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Barry Cowan

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Barry Cowan
  • Age: 40 (25.08.1974)
  • Birthplace: Southport, England
  • Residence: Lathom, England
  • Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
  • Weight: 172 lbs (78 kg)
  • Plays: Left-handed
  • Turned Pro: 1991
  • Coach: David Sammel

Great Britain

As of 25.05.2015
Ranking W-L Titles Prize Money




5-21 0 $315,856

Singles & Doubles combined





11-26 0 $315,856

Singles & Doubles combined

Lancastrian Barry Cowan is best known for extending Pete Sampras to five sets at the 2001 Wimbledon Championships. As World No. 248 he eventually lost to the top seed 6-3, 6-2, 6-7(5), 4-6, 6-3 in the second round on Court One. He received seven Wimbledon singles wild cards (1994-95, 1998-2002), reaching the second round in 2001-2002. His parents, Peter and Claire, encouraged his sporting ambitions and Cowan became an all-round sportsman, attending the LTA Rover School at Bisham Abbey and as a member of the North of England's Under-15 hockey team. He contracted glandular fever in November 1995 and did not play any tennis for two years. He qualified for the 2000 US Open, making a first round exit (l. to Knippschild). He was coached by David Sammel and Jez Green during the height of his career. Cowan’s best ATP performance came in doubles, with a runner-up performance (w/ Navarra) at 2001 Chennai (l. to B. Black-W. Black). He mainly played on the ATP Challenger Tour, winning one singles title at 2001-Gramado (d. A. Ram) and finishing runner-up at 1997-Bombay (l. to Suzuki) and 1999-Jaipur (l. to Paes). In doubles on the ATP Challenger Tour, he won one title at 2000-Hull (w/ Godwin) and finished runner-up at seven other tournaments – 1994-Rogaska (w/ A. Richardson), 1998-Eckental (w/ Veglio), 1999-Calcutta (w/ Whitehouse), 1999-New Dehli (w/ Whitehouse), 1999-Jerusalem (w/ Godwin), 2001-Hull (w/ Lee), 2001-Belo Horizonte (w/ Taino). He represented Great Britain at the 2000 Sydney Olympics in singles (l. to Nestor) and doubles (w/ Spencer). In September 2001, he made his Davis Cup debut for Great Britain against Ecuador at Guayaquil, having been a non-playing squad member on several occasions. He retired from professional tennis after making a second round exit at 2002 Wimbledon (l. to N. Lapentti), and has since worked as a television commentator for Sky Sports in their coverage of major tennis events. He supports Liverpool Football Club and regularly plays golf. Bio: James Buddell

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