Van Winitsky

Van Winitsky (born March 12, 1959) is a former professional tennis player from the United States. He achieved a career-high rankings of World No. 7 in doubles in October 1983 and World No. 35 in singles in February 1984.[1]

Van Winitsky
Country (sports) United States
Born (1959-03-12) March 12, 1959 (age 61)
Miami, USA
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Turned pro1978
Prize money$408,120
Career record106–133
Career titles3
Highest rankingNo. 35 (February 8, 1982)
Grand Slam Singles results
French Open3R (1980)
Wimbledon2R (1978)
US Open3R (1980)
Career record150–119
Career titles9
Highest rankingNo. 7 (October 10, 1983)
Grand Slam Doubles results
French Open2R (1978, 1980)
Wimbledon3R (1979)
US OpenF (1983)
Mixed doubles
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Wimbledon2R (1979, 1980)

Early and personal lifeEdit

Winitsky was born in Miami, Florida, lived in Lauderhill, Florida, and is Jewish.[1][2][3] His father Manny Winitsky was the best player of his age in Florida for 15 years, beginning at age 45.[3] He lives in Delray Beach, Florida.[4] Van attended North Miami Beach Senior High School and won the Florida state high school singles tennis championships as a freshman in 1974.[3]

Tennis careerEdit

Winitsky won Junior Wimbledon, Junior U.S. Open and Junior Nat'l at Kalamazoo, Mich. in singles and doubles in 1977 and won 3 Junior Orange Bowl singles titles.[3][5] He played college tennis for UCLA for one and a half years, and was an All American.[6][7] He played on the 1978 U.S. Davis Cup team in with John McEnroe, Brian Gottfried, and Harold Solomon.[7]

Winitsky enjoyed most of his tennis success while playing doubles. During his career, he won 9 ATP Tour doubles titles and finished runner-up an additional 11 times. Partnering Fritz Buehning in doubles, Winitsky finished runner-up at the 1983 US Open.[3]Winitsky also was a quarter finalist in mixed doubles partnering with Rayni Fox Borinsky at the 1980 US Open. He won 3 ATP Tour singles titles and finished runner-up 1 additional time. His titles included 1981 Hong Kong Seiko Open over Mark Edmondson of Australia, 1982 Hollywood Bowl Classic in Guaruja, Brazil over Carlos Kirmayr of Brazil, and 1982 Hilton Head Shipyard WCT over Chris Lewis of New Zealand in the finals. His runner-up finish was the 1978 Cleveland Grand Prix against Peter Feigl of Austria.

At just before 21st birthday, he had surgery that resulted in a 16-inch scar and atrophied muscles.[3] In 1985, he retired from ATP Tour after winning the WTT conference championships for the Miami Beach Breakers.[3][7]

Career finalsEdit

Doubles (11 titles, 9 runner-ups)Edit

Result No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1. 1978 Tulsa, U.S. Hard (i)   Russell Simpson   Carlos Kirmayr
  Ricardo Ycaza
4–6, 7–6, 6–2
Win 2. 1978 North Conway, U.S. Clay   Robin Drysdale   Mike Fishbach
  Bernard Mitton
4–6, 7–6, 6–3
Loss 1. 1978 Boston, U.S. Clay   Heinz Günthardt   Víctor Pecci
  Balázs Taróczy
3–6, 6–3, 1–6
Loss 2. 1978 Hartford, U.S. Carpet   Mark Edmondson   John McEnroe
  Bill Maze
3–6, 6–3, 5–7
Win 3. 1978 Buenos Aires, Argentina Clay   Chris Lewis   José Luis Clerc
  Belus Prajoux
6–4, 3–6, 6–0
Loss 3. 1980 Tulsa, U.S. Hard (i)   Francisco González   Robert Lutz
  Dick Stockton
6–2, 6–7, 2–6
Loss 4. 1980 South Orange, U.S. Clay   Fritz Buehning   Bill Maze
  John McEnroe
6–7, 4–6
Win 4. 1981 Washington, D.C., U.S. Clay   Raúl Ramírez   Pavel Složil
  Ferdi Taygan
5–7, 7–6, 7–6
Loss 5. 1981 Indianapolis, U.S. Clay   Raúl Ramírez   Kevin Curren
  Steve Denton
3–6, 7–5, 5–7
Win 5. 1981 Cleveland, U.S. Hard   Erik van Dillen   Syd Ball
  Ross Case
6–4, 5–7, 7–5
Win 6. 1981 Tel Aviv, Israel Hard   Steve Meister   John Feaver
  Steve Krulevitz
3–6, 6–3, 6–3
Loss 6. 1981 Bangkok, Thailand Carpet   Lloyd Bourne   John Austin
  Mike Cahill
3–6, 6–7
Loss 7. 1982 Las Vegas, U.S. Hard   Carlos Kirmayr   Sherwood Stewart
  Ferdi Taygan
6–7, 4–6
Loss 8. 1982 Hilton Head WCT, U.S. Clay   Alan Waldman   Mark Edmondson
  Rod Frawley
1–6, 5–7
Win 7. 1982 Washington, D.C., U.S. Clay   Raúl Ramírez   Hans Gildemeister
  Andrés Gómez
7–5, 7–6
Win 8. 1982 South Orange, U.S. Clay   Raúl Ramírez   Jai DiLouie
  Blaine Willenborg
3–6, 6–4, 6–1
Loss 9. 1982 Hong Kong Hard   Kim Warwick   Charles Buzz Strode
  Morris Skip Strode
4–6, 6–3, 2–6
Loss 10. 1983 Guarujá, Brazil Hard   Shlomo Glickstein   Tim Gullikson
  Tomáš Šmíd
7–5, 6–7, 3–6
Loss 11. 1983 U.S. Open Hard   Fritz Buehning   Peter Fleming
  John McEnroe
3–6, 4–6, 2–6
Win 9. 1983 Dallas, U.S. Hard   Nduka Odizor   Steve Denton
  Sherwood Stewart
6–3, 7–5

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "Van Winitsky | Overview | ATP Tour | Tennis". ATP Tour.
  2. ^ "Jewish Post 12 March 1982 — Hoosier State Chronicles: Indiana's Digital Historic Newspaper Program".
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Editor, Dave Heeren, West Sports. "INJURIES FORCE FATHER, SON TO GIVE UP TENNIS CAREERS". maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  4. ^ "Van Winitsky | Bio | ATP Tour | Tennis". ATP Tour.
  5. ^ Google Books.
  6. ^ Association, National Collegiate Athletic (1976). National Collegiate Championships Records Book. National Collegiate Athletic Association. – via Google Books.
  7. ^ a b c "Van Winitsky Pro Tennis Career | ATP Doubles Tournaments".

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