Leif Shiras

George Livingston "Leif" Shiras (born August 21, 1959) is an American former professional tennis player, and now a tennis journalist.

Leif Shiras
Full nameGeorge Livingston Shiras
Country (sports) United States
ResidenceLaguna Hills, California
Born (1959-08-21) 21 August 1959 (age 61)
Norwalk, Connecticut
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Turned pro1981
Prize money$467,156
Career record71–102
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 31 (30 July 1984)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open3R (1985)
French Open2R (1990)
Wimbledon4R (1989)
US Open2R (1989)
Career record49–90
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 57 (17 October 1988)

Personal lifeEdit

Shiras attended high school at Shorewood High School in Shorewood, Wisconsin.[1]

Prior to his professional career, Shiras played tennis at Princeton University, where he was an NCAA All-American in 1979 and 1980.

Tennis careerEdit

During his career as a player, Shiras reached one top-level final – at the Queen's Club Championships in 1984, where he lost to John McEnroe 1–6, 6–3, 2–6 (having beaten Ivan Lendl in the first round). His best singles performance at a Grand Slam event came at Wimbledon in 1989, where he reached the fourth round. His career-high ranking was World No. 31 in singles (in 1984) and World No. 57 in doubles in (in 1988).

Shiras retired from the professional tour in 1990. Since then, he has worked as a tennis journalist, primarily as a commentator for the Tennis Channel, British Sky Sports and Fox Sports. In 1993, he moved from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, to where he currently resides, in Laguna Hills, California, with his two sons, Emmett and Austin, and his wife Maria. Leif broke into broadcasting tennis with Barry MacKay as his partner

In 1995, Shiras won the Wimbledon over-35 men's doubles title (partnering Paul McNamee).

Career finalsEdit

Singles (1 loss)Edit

Result W/L Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0–1 Jun 1984 Queen's Club, London, UK Grass   John McEnroe 1–6, 6–3, 2–6


  1. ^ Doyle, Candace. "Serving up fund-raiser"[permanent dead link], Greater Milwaukee Today, May 26, 2004. Accessed September 17, 2007. "He attended Shorewood High School, Shorewood Intermediate School and Lake Bluff Elementary School."

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