Jay Lapidus

Jay Lapidus (born May 1, 1959) is a former professional tennis player from the United States.[1]

Jay Lapidus
Country (sports)United States United States
North Carolina
Born (1959-05-01) May 1, 1959 (age 61)
Princeton, New Jersey, U.S.
Height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Turned pro1980
Prize money$246,102
Career record75–106
Career titles1
Highest rankingNo. 34 (March 21, 1983)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open4R (1985)
French Open2R (1982)
Wimbledon3R (1986)
US Open3R (1984)
Career record19–51
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 169 (January 3, 1983)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Wimbledon1R (1982)
US Open1R (1980, 82, 83, 85)

Playing careerEdit

A three time All-American, Lapidus played collegiate tennis for Princeton University.

Lapidus won his only Grand Prix title in 1982, at the Stowe Open.[2] He defeated Tim Mayotte, Brad Gilbert, John Alexander and Tom Gullikson en route to the final, which he won in straight sets, over Eric Fromm.[3] The American also made semi-finals in Basel and Stockholm that year.[3]

His best Grand Slam performance came in the 1985 Australian Open.[3] He was beaten in the fourth round by sixth seed Johan Kriek.[3] His only other appearances in the third round were at the 1984 US Open (as a qualifier) and the 1986 Wimbledon Championships.[3]

During his career, Lapidus had a number of wins over players ranked in the world's top 20, including Peter Fleming at South Orange in 1979, Chip Hooper at Tampa in 1982, Aaron Krickstein at North Conway in 1984, Vitas Gerulaitis at Houston in 1985 and Juan Aguilera at Memphis in 1985.[3] His best win came in 1982, at a Hartford WCT tournament, where he beat the world number six, José Luis Clerc.[3]


In 1991, Lapidus became head coach of Duke University and remained in that role until 2008. He finished with a 372-126 record in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), with his wins tally bettered by only two coaches in history. On six occasions he was named as the ACC Coach of the Year and he coached 11 ACC Championships.[4]

Personal lifeEdit

Lapidus is married to former Filipino Fed Cup player Pia Tamayo.[3]

Grand Prix career finalsEdit

Singles: 1 (1–0)Edit

Result W-L Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Win 1–0 1982 Stowe, United States Hard   Eric Fromm 6–4, 6–2

Doubles: 1 (0–1)Edit

Result W-L Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0–1 1982 Paris, France Hard   Richard Meyer   Brian Gottfried
  Bruce Manson
4–6, 2–6