36 Facts About Ivan Lendl

1. Ivan Lendl was created on March 7, 1960 in Ostrava, Czechoslovakia.

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2. Ivan Lendl married Samantha Frankel on the 16 September 1989.

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3. Ivan Lendl was nominated Player of the Year by the Association of Tennis Professionals three times during the mid-1980s.

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4. Ivan Lendl won the US Open three times: 1985, 1986 and 1987.

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5. Ivan Lendl was a member of Czechoslovakia's Davis Cup winner that year.

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6. Ivan Lendl has a nearly complete collection of posters by Alfons Mucha.

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7. Ivan Lendl has played in the Gary Player Invitational charity Pro-Am several times, and organized a charity competition in 2004 called the Ivan Lendl Celebrity Golf Tournament.

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8. Ivan Lendl successfully applied for a US Permanent Resident Card in 1987, hoping to obtain US citizenship in time to represent the USA in the 1988 Olympic Games and in the Davis Cup.

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9. Ivan Lendl won eight titles, and was a runner-up in 11.

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10. Ivan Lendl reached 19 Grand Slam singles finals in his career.

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11. Ivan Lendl signed with Mizuno, and finally began to play with a mid-sized racket very similar to the Adidas racket he had used throughout most of his career, itself based on the Kneissl White Star model.

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12. Toward the end of his days on the ATP tour, Ivan Lendl ended his long-term clothing, shoe, and racket deal with Adidas.

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13. Ivan Lendl devoted considerable effort to improving his net play, but fell short of a Wimbledon title.

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14. Ivan Lendl was known, along with Bjorn Borg, for using his heavy topspin forehand to dictate play, although Borg's full Western-style topspin was more of a high loop.

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15. On June 12, 2016, Ivan Lendl rejoined Andy Murray's coaching team.

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16. On December 31, 2011, Ivan Lendl was appointed to coach Andy Murray.

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17. In May 2012, Ivan Lendl played in Prague for the first time since the 1970s, in the 2012 Sparta Prague Open tournament.

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18. Ivan Lendl won a career total of 94 ATP singles titles and 6 doubles titles, and his career prize money of US $21,262,417 was a record at the time.

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19. Ivan Lendl announced his retirement from professional tennis on December 21, 1994, aged 34, due to chronic back pain.

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20. Ivan Lendl skipped the French Open again to focus on Wimbledon, but lost in the third round against David Wheaton, and was never to win the Wimbledon title.

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21. Ivan Lendl switched to a larger headed racket and skipped the 1990 French Open in order to spend more time practising on grass.

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22. Ivan Lendl reached the semi-finals in 1988 and 1989, but lost to Becker on both occasions.

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23. Ivan Lendl began 1989 by winning his first Australian Open title with a straight sets final victory over Miloslav Mecir, and went on to win 10 titles out of 17 tournaments he entered.

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24. Ivan Lendl won the Masters Grand Prix title for the third time, defeating Boris Becker in straight sets.

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25. Ivan Lendl lost in the final of the 1985 French Open to Mats Wilander.

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26. In 1984, Ivan Lendl bought his own house in Greenwich, Connecticut.

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27. In July 1983, Ivan Lendl played three exhibition matches in Sun City, South Africa, in the apartheid-era bantustan of Bophuthatswana.

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28. Ivan Lendl reached his first Grand Slam final at the French Open in 1981, where he lost in five sets to Bjorn Borg.

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29. Ivan Lendl faced McEnroe again in the Masters Grand Prix final and won in straight sets to claim his second season-ending championship of the WCT.

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30. Ivan Lendl competed on the World Championship Tennis tour, where he won all ten tournaments he entered, including his first WCT Finals, where he defeated John McEnroe in straight sets.

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31. Ivan Lendl relocated to the United States in 1981, first living at the home of mentor and friend, Wojtek Fibak.

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32. Ivan Lendl was part of Czechoslovakia's Davis Cup winning team that year.

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33. Ivan Lendl was born into a tennis family in Ostrava, Moravian-Silesian Region, Czechoslovakia.

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34. Ivan Lendl pioneered the now ubiquitous method of playing the sport at professional level.

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35. Ivan Lendl was the world No 1 for 270 weeks in the 1980s and finished his career with 94 singles titles.

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36. Ivan Lendl is a retired Czech-American professional tennis player.

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