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John Lloyd

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John Lloyd
  • Age: 60 (27.08.1954)
  • Birthplace: Leigh-On-Sea, England
  • Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
  • Weight: 165 lbs (75 kg)
  • Plays: Right-handed
Inactive

Great Britain

Inactive 01.07.1986
S D
Ranking W-L Titles Prize Money
Career

High

21

23.07.1978

204-255 1 $598,092

Singles & Doubles combined

Career

High

34

08.09.1986

206-239 2 $598,092

Singles & Doubles combined

Lives in Pacific Palisades, California, with his wife, Deborah, and two children, Aiden and Hayley. Younger brother of David, a former professional player and businessman, and Tony. Was married to former women's World No. 1 Chris Evert from 1979-87. Former British No. 1 and Davis Cup team member from 1974-80, 1983-86 (27-24 record). Alongside his brother, David, in 1978, was part of the first British team to reach the final since 1937 (l. to United States 4-1). Reached the 1977 Australian Open final (l. to Gerulaitis), 1984 US Open quarter-finals – becoming the first Briton since Mark Cox in 1966 – the 1985 Australian Open quarter-finals and on three occasions the Wimbledon third round (1973, 1984-85). At the 1984 US Open, he completed a storybook comeback in which he went from ranking No. 23 in July 1978 to 356 at the end of 1980 to the mid-20s in late 1985. Won a career high $120,205 in prize money in 1985. This earned him the Comeback Player of the Year Award from Tennis Magazine (U.S.). Was coached by Bob Brett late in his career. Won three Grand Slam mixed doubles titles with Wendy Turnbull at 1982 Roland Garros, 1983-84 Wimbledon. The pair was also runner-up at 1982 Wimbledon. Retired from professional tennis at a tearful 1986 Wimbledon press conference, having lost to Christo Steyn in the first round. Won one singles title at 1974 Merion (d. Whitlinger) and two doubles titles. Considered grass his favourite surface. Ranked a career-high No. 21 (23 July 1978) in singles and No. 34 (8 September 1986) in doubles. Hobbies include movies, football (supports Wolverhampton Wanderers) and cars. Briefly coached Bjorn Borg and Tracy Austin on their comebacks in early 1990s. Started his television commentary career at HBO in 1993, following the death of Arthur Ashe. Coached Great Britain's Davis Cup team from 1997-2000. Replaced Jeremy Bates as Davis Cup captain in August 2006 and spent approximately 12 weeks a year in the role; won his first three ties as captain (3-5 record overall) before resigning in March 2010. He works as a BBC television commentator at the Grand Slams, including Wimbledon. At the 2009 US Open, he worked for Sky Sports. Bio: James Buddell

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