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Kevin Melvyn Curren (born 2 March 1958 in Durbanmarker, South Africa) is a former professional tennis player. He played in two Grand Slam singles finals and won four Grand Slam doubles titles.

Personal

Curren became a naturalized American citizen in April 1985.

Career

Curren played both tennis and cricket at Glenwood High School in Durban. At college he played tennis for the University of Texas at Austinmarker in the United States and won the NCAA singles title in 1979. He turned professional later that year, and won his first top-level singles title in 1981 in Johannesburgmarker.

In 1983, Curren reached his first Grand Slam semi-final at Wimbledonmarker, losing to unseeded New Zealander Chris Lewis in a dramatic five-set match 6–7, 6–4, 7–6, 6–7, 8–6, that was noteworthy for allowing Lewis to become only the seventh unseeded player to ever reach the Wimbledon final. In 1984, Curren powered his way through the draw and played Mats Wilander in the final of the Australian Openmarker, after making a comeback from two sets down to defeat Ben Testerman in the semi-finals. Wilander won the match, played on the grass courts at Kooyong, in four sets 6–7, 6–4, 7–6, 6–2.

In 1985, Curren reached the final at Wimbledon. En route to the final, he comprehensively defeated future champion Stefan Edberg in the fourth round 7–6, 6–3, 7-6; the then-World No. 1 John McEnroe in the quarter-finals 6–2, 6–2, 6-4; and World No. 3 Jimmy Connors in the semi-finals 6–2, 6–2, 6–1. He became the only player ever to defeat both McEnroe and Connors in the same Grand Slam tennis tournament. In the final he lost in four sets to Boris Becker 6–3, 6–7, 7–6, 6–4 in a match best remembered for making the 17 year-old Becker the youngest-ever male Grand Slam champion (a record which would later be eclipsed by Michael Chang in 1989 at the French Openmarker). The final was very heated and intense, and Becker sent several hostile glares to Curren before and after points. On one of the final change-overs, Becker even bumped Curren's shoulder as they passed one another. After his defeat, Curren was noted as saying that he thought the game would see an increase in the number of successful young players, and predicted they would have more intense, but shorter, careers.

Though he never won a Grand Slam singles title, Curren did win four Grand Slam doubles titles. In 1981 he won the US Openmarker mixed doubles, and in 1982 he won the Wimbledon mixed doubles, and both men's doubles and mixed doubles at the US Open. During his career, Curren won 5 top-level singles titles and 26 doubles titles. His career-high rankings were World No. 5 in singles and World No. 3 in doubles. His career prize-money earnings totalled US$3,055,510. His final career singles title came in 1989 at Frankfurtmarker, and his last doubles title was won in 1992 in Seoulmarker. Curren retired from the professional tour in 1993.

Since retiring from the tour, Curren has served as Captain of South Africa's Davis Cup team.

Grand Slam singles finals

Runner-ups (2)

Year Championship Opponent in Final Score in Final
1984 Australian Openmarker Mats Wilander 6–7(5), 6–4, 7–6(3), 6–2
1985 Wimbledonmarker Boris Becker 6–3, 6–7(4), 7–6(3), 6–4


Singles finals (13)

Wins (5)

No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score
1. 1981 Johannesburg, South Africa Hard Bernard Mitton 6–4, 6–4
2. 1982 Cologne, Germany Hard (i) Shlomo Glickstein 2–6, 6–2, 6–3
3. 1985 Toronto Indoor, Canada Carpet Anders Järryd 7–6, 6–3
4. 1986 Atlantamarker, U.S. Carpet Tim Wilkison 7–6, 7–6
5. 1989 Frankfurtmarker, Germany Carpet Petr Korda 6–2, 7–5


Runner-ups (8)

No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score
1. 1982 Los Angeles-2 WCT, U.S. Carpet Ivan Lendl 7–6, 7–5, 6–1
2. 1982 Amsterdam WCTmarker, Netherlands Carpet Wojtek Fibak 7–5, 3–6, 6–4, 6–3
3. 1983 Milan, Italy Carpet Ivan Lendl 5–7, 6–3, 7–6
4. 1984 Australian Openmarker, Melbournemarker Grass Mats Wilander 6–7, 6–4, 7–6, 6–2
5. 1985 Houstonmarker, U.S. Carpet John McEnroe 7–5, 6–1, 7–6
6. 1985 Wimbledonmarker, London Grass Boris Becker 6–3, 6–7, 7–6, 6–4
7. 1986 Scottsdale, U.S. Hard John McEnroe 6–3, 3–6, 6–2
8. 1988 Toronto, Canada Hard Ivan Lendl 7–6, 6–2


Doubles titles (26)

No. Date Tournament Surface Partnering Opponent in the final Score
1. 1980 Denver, U.S. Carpet Steve Denton Wojtek Fibak
Heinz Günthardt
7–5, 6–2
2. 1980 Indianapolis, U.S. Clay Steve Denton Wojtek Fibak
Ivan Lendl
3–6, 7–6, 6–4
3. 1980 Basel, Switzerland Hard (i) Steve Denton Bob Hewitt
Frew McMillan
6–7, 6–4, 6–4
4. 1981 Monterrey WCTmarker, Mexico Carpet Steve Denton Johan Kriek
Russell Simpson
7–6, 6–3
5. 1981 Indianapolis, U.S. Clay Steve Denton Raúl Ramírez
Van Winitsky
6–3, 5–7, 7–5
6. 1981 Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i) Steve Denton Sherwood Stewart
Ferdi Taygan
6–7, 6–4, 6–0
7. 1982 Denver, U.S. Carpet Steve Denton Phil Dent
Kim Warwick
6–4, 6–4
8. 1982 Memphis, U.S. Carpet Steve Denton Peter Fleming
John McEnroe
7–6, 4–6, 6–2
9. 1982 Houston, U.S. Clay Steve Denton Mark Edmondson
Peter McNamara
7–5, 6–4
10. 1982 U.S.marker Openmarker, New York Hard Steve Denton Victor Amaya
Hank Pfister
6–2, 6–7, 5–7, 6–2, 6–4
11. 1982 Los Angeles-2 WCT, U.S. Carpet Hank Pfister Andy Andrews
Drew Gitlin
4–6, 6–2, 7–5
12. 1983 Philadelphia, U.S. Carpet Steve Denton Peter Fleming
John McEnroe
6–4, 7–6
13. 1983 Munich WCTmarker, Germany Carpet Steve Denton Heinz Günthardt
Balázs Taróczy
6–7, 6–4, 6–4
14. 1983 Houston WCT, U.S. Clay Steve Denton Mark Dickson
Tomáš Šmíd
7–6, 6–7, 6–1
15. 1983 Las Vegas, U.S. Hard Steve Denton Tracy Delatte
Johan Kriek
6–3, 7–5
16. 1984 Rotterdam, Netherlands Carpet Wojtek Fibak Fritz Buehning
Ferdi Taygan
6–4, 6–4
17. 1986 London/Queen's Club, England Grass Guy Forget Darren Cahill
Mark Kratzmann
6–2, 7–6
18. 1987 Tokyo Outdoor, Japan Hard Paul Annacone Andrés Gómez
Anders Järryd
6–3, 6–7, 6–3
19. 1987 Los Angeles, U.S. Hard David Pate Brad Gilbert
Tim Wilkison
6–3, 6–4
20. 1987 Johannesburg, South Africa Hard (i) David Pate Eric Korita
Brad Pearce
6–4, 6–4
21. 1988 Memphis, U.S. Hard (i) David Pate Peter Lundgren
Mikael Pernfors
6–3, 7–5
22. 1988 Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i) Jim Grabb Paul Annacone
John Fitzgerald
7–5, 7–5
23. 1988 Johannesburg, South Africa Hard (i) David Pate Gary Muller
Tim Wilkison
7–6, 6–4
24. 1989 Tokyo Indoor, Japan Carpet David Pate Andrés Gómez
Slobodan Živojinović
4–6, 6–3, 7–6
25. 1990 London/Queen's Club, England Grass Jeremy Bates Henri Leconte
Ivan Lendl
6–2, 7–6
26. 1992 Seoul, South Korea Hard Gary Muller Kelly Evernden
Brad Pearce
7–6, 6–4


Runner-ups (27)

No. Date Tournament Surface Partnering Opponent in the final Score
1. 1980 Washington-2marker, U.S. Carpet Steve Denton Ferdi Taygan
Brian Teacher
4–6, 6–3, 7–6
2. 1980 North Conway, U.S. Clay Steve Denton Jimmy Connors
Brian Gottfried
7–6, 6–3
3. 1981 Brusselsmarker, Belgium Carpet Steve Denton Sandy Mayer
Frew McMillan
4–6, 6–3, 6–3
4. 1981 London/Queen's Club, United Kingdom Grass Steve Denton Pat Du Pré
Brian Teacher
3–6, 7–6, 11–9
5. 1981 Newport, U.S. Grass Billy Martin Brad Drewett
Erik Van Dillen
6–2, 6–4
6. 1982 Masters Doubles WCT, London Carpet Steve Denton Heinz Günthardt
Balázs Taróczy
6–7, 6–3, 7–5, 6–4
7. 1982 Munichmarker-2 WCT, Germany Carpet Steve Denton Mark Edmondson
Tomáš Šmíd
4–6, 7–5, 6–2
8. 1982 Rotterdam, Netherlands Carpet Fritz Buehning Mark Edmondson
Sherwood Stewart
7–5, 6–2
9. 1982 Amsterdam WCTmarker, Netherlands Carpet Buster Mottram Fritz Buehning
Tomáš Šmíd
4–6, 6–3, 6–0
10. 1983 Forest Hills WCT, U.S. Clay Steve Denton Tracy Delatte
Johan Kriek
6–7, 7–5, 6–3
11. 1983 London/Queen's Club, United Kingdom Grass Steve Denton Brian Gottfried
Paul McNamee
6–4, 6–3
12. 1984 Richmond WCT, U.S. Carpet Steve Denton John McEnroe
Patrick McEnroe
7–6, 6–2
13. 1984 Brussels, Belgium Carpet Steve Denton Tim Gullikson
Tom Gullikson
6–4, 6–7, 7–6
14. 1984 Milan, Italy Carpet Steve Denton Pavel Složil
Tomáš Šmíd
6–4, 6–3
15. 1985 Memphis, U.S. Carpet Steve Denton Pavel Složil
Tomáš Šmíd
1–6, 6–3, 6–4
16. 1985 Brussels, Belgium Carpet Wojtek Fibak Stefan Edberg
Anders Järryd
6–3, 7–6
17. 1988 Philadelphia, U.S. Carpet Danie Visser Kelly Evernden
Johan Kriek
7–6, 6–3
18. 1988 Vienna, Austria Carpet Tomáš Šmíd Alex Antonitsch
Balázs Taróczy
4–6, 6–3, 7–6
19. 1989 Indian Wellsmarker, U.S. Hard David Pate Boris Becker
Jakob Hlasek
3–6, 6–3, 6–4
20. 1989 Tokyo Outdoor, Japan Hard David Pate Ken Flach
Robert Seguso
6–4, 6–4
21. 1989 Frankfurtmarker, Germany Carpet Eric Jelen Pieter Aldrich
Danie Visser
7–6, 6–7, 6–3
22. 1989 Wembley, United Kingdom Carpet Jeremy Bates Jakob Hlasek
John McEnroe
6–1, 7–6
23. 1990 Toronto Indoor, Canada Carpet Neil Broad Patrick Galbraith
David Macpherson
2–6, 6–4, 6–3
24. 1990 Hong Kong Hard Joey Rive Pat Cash
Wally Masur
6–3, 6–3
25. 1990 Berlin, Germany Carpet Patrick Galbraith Pieter Aldrich
Danie Visser
7–6, 7–6
26. 1991 Lyon, France Hard (i) Jeremy Bates Steve DeVries
David Macpherson
7–6, 3–6, 6–3
27. 1992 Memphis, U.S. Hard (i) Gary Muller Todd Woodbridge
Mark Woodforde
7–5, 4–6, 7–6


References

  1. ITF Tennis - Mens Circuit - Player Biography


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