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Byron Black (born October 6, 1969 in Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia) is a former touring professional tennis and Davis Cup player for Zimbabwe.

Biography

He is the brother of Cara and Wayne Black, both professional tennis players. He attended the University of Southern California and was an All-American as named by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA).

In 1995 Black was a US Open quarterfinalist and in 2000 he reached the same round at Wimbledon. His highest career singles ranking was World No. 22, which he achieved in June 1996.

An accomplished doubles player, Black became world no. 1 in doubles in February 1994. He won the 1994 French Open partnering Jonathan Stark. Black was a doubles finalist in three other majors, the 1994 and 2001 Australian Opens and 1996 Wimbledon.

Black is one of the few professional players to have played with a double-handed forehand.

Black formed the core of the Zimbabwean Davis Cup team with his brother Wayne.

Byron's father Don had a grass court in Highlands, Harare on which Byron honed his skills. As a junior Byron played tennis for Prince Edward School in Harare. On one occasion as a 13 year old he thrashed an 18 year old Bunny Eales of Oriel Boys 6-1 6-1 in an interschools game. He moved to Oriel Boys High School to increase his exposure to stronger players, like Greig Rodgers and Mark Gurr, future Davis Cup players for Zimbabwe. Byron played in Club Open Tournaments in Harare as well as the Zimbabwe Open tournament for several years before turning professional. At that time, anyone could enter the Zimbabwe open and you could find yourself playing Byron in the first round.

Doubles Titles (22)

Legend
Grand Slam (1)
Tennis Masters Cup (0)
ATP Masters Series (5)
ATP Championship Series (3)
ATP Tour (13)
Titles by Surface
Hard (14)
Clay (4)
Grass (1)
Carpet (3)
No. Date Tournament Surface Partnering Opponent in the final Score
1. 5 April, 1993 Durban, South Africa Hard South Africa Lan Bale South Africa Johan De Beer
South Africa Marcos Ondruska
7–6, 6–2
2. 26 July, 1993 Washington D.C., United States Hard United States Rick Leach Canada Grant Connell
United States Patrick Galbraith
6–4, 7–5
3. 4 October, 1993 Basel, Switzerland Hard (i) United States Jonathan Stark United States Brad Pearce
United States Dave Randall
3–6, 7–5, 6–3
4. 11 October, 1993 Toulouse, France Hard (i) United States Jonathan Stark Germany David Prinosil
Germany Udo Riglewski
7–5, 7–6
5. 25 October, 1993 Vienna, Austria Carpet United States Jonathan Stark United States Mike Bauer
Germany David Prinosil
6–3, 7–6
6. 8 November, 1993 Paris, France Carpet United States Jonathan Stark Netherlands Tom Nijssen
Czech Republic Cyril Suk
4–6, 7–5, 6–2
7. 14 February, 1994 Memphis, United States Hard (i) United States Jonathan Stark United States Jim Grabb
United States Jared Palmer
7–6, 6–4
8. 6 June, 1994 French Open, Paris Clay United States Jonathan Stark Sweden Jan Apell
Sweden Jonas Björkman
6–4, 7–6
9. 1 August, 1994 Toronto, Canada Hard United States Jonathan Stark United States Patrick McEnroe
United States Jared Palmer
6–4, 6–4
10. 29 May, 1995 Bologna, Italy Clay United States Jonathan Stark Belgium Libor Pimek
United States Vince Spadea
7–5, 6–3
11. 13 November, 1995 Moscow, Russia Carpet United States Jonathan Stark United States Tommy Ho
New Zealand Brett Steven
6–4, 3–6, 6–3
12. 19 February, 1996 Dubai, UAE Hard Canada Grant Connell Czech Republic Karel Nováček
Czech Republic Jiří Novák
6–0, 6–1
13. 20 May, 1996 Rome, Italy Clay United States Jonathan Stark Belgium Libor Pimek
South Africa Byron Talbot
6–2, 6–3
14. 24 June, 1996 Halle, Germany Grass Canada Grant Connell Russia Yevgeny Kafelnikov
Czech Republic Daniel Vacek
6–1, 7–5
15. 19 August, 1996 New Haven, United States Hard Canada Grant Connell Sweden Jonas Björkman
Sweden Nicklas Kulti
6–4, 6–4
16. 13 April, 1998 Hong Kong Hard United States Alex O'Brien South Africa Neville Godwin
Finland Tuomas Ketola
7–5, 6–1
17. 2 August, 1999 Los Angeles, United States Hard South Africa Wayne Ferreira Croatia Goran Ivanišević
United States Brian MacPhie
6–2, 7–6(4)
18. 16 August, 1999 Cincinnati, United States Hard Sweden Jonas Björkman Australia Todd Woodbridge
Australia Mark Woodforde
6–3, 7–6(6)
19. 1 November, 1999 Stuttgart Indoor, Germany Hard (i) Sweden Jonas Björkman South Africa David Adams
South Africa John-Laffnie De Jager
6–7, 7–6, 6–0
20. 28 February, 2000 Mexico City, Mexico Clay United States Donald Johnson Argentina Gastón Etlis
Argentina Martin Rodriguez
6–3, 7–5
21. 8 January, 2001 Chennai, India Hard Zimbabwe Wayne Black United Kingdom Barry Cowan
Italy Mose Navarra
6–4, 6–3
22. 24 September, 2001 Shanghai, China Hard Japan Thomas Shimada South Africa John-Laffnie De Jager
South Africa Robbie Koenig
6–2, 3–6, 7–5
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Runner-ups (19)

No. Date Tournament Surface Partnering Opponent in the final Score
1. 20 April, 1992 Hong Kong Hard South Africa Byron Talbot United States Brad Gilbert
United States Jim Grabb
6–2, 6–1
2. 12 July, 1993 Newport, United States Grass United States Jim Pugh Argentina Javier Frana
South Africa Christo Van Rensburg
4–6, 6–1, 7–6
3. 30 August, 1993 Schenectady, United States Hard New Zealand Brett Steven Germany Bernd Karbacher
Russia Andrei Olhovskiy
2–6, 7–6, 6–1
4. 10 January, 1994 Adelaide, Australia Hard South Africa David Adams Australia Mark Kratzmann
Australia Andrew Kratzmann
6–4, 6–3
5. 31 January, 1994 Australian Open, Melbourne Hard United States Jonathan Stark Netherlands Jacco Eltingh
Netherlands Paul Haarhuis
6–7, 6–3, 6–4, 6–3
6. 7 February, 1994 San Jose, United States Hard (i) United States Jonathan Stark United States Rick Leach
United States Jared Palmer
4–6, 6–4, 6–4
7. 14 February, 1994 Indian Wells, United States Hard United States Jonathan Stark Canada Grant Connell
United States Patrick Galbraith
7–5, 6–3
8. 10 October, 1994 Sydney Indoor, Australia Hard (i) United States Jonathan Stark Netherlands Jacco Eltingh
Netherlands Paul Haarhuis
6–4, 7–6
9. 17 October, 1994 Tokyo Indoor, Japan Hard United States Jonathan Stark Canada Grant Connell
United States Patrick Galbraith
6–3, 3–6, 6–4
10. 7 November, 1994 Paris, France Carpet United States Jonathan Stark Netherlands Jacco Eltingh
Netherlands Paul Haarhuis
3–6, 7–6, 7–5
11. 9 January, 1995 Adelaide, Australia Hard Canada Grant Connell United States Jim Courier
Australia Patrick Rafter
7–6, 6–4
12. 15 May, 1995 Hamburg, Germany Clay Russia Andrei Olhovskiy South Africa Wayne Ferreira
Russia Yevgeny Kafelnikov
6–1, 7–6
13. 4 March, 1996 Philadelphia, United States Carpet Canada Grant Connell Australia Todd Woodbridge
Australia Mark Woodforde
7–6, 6–2
14. 15 April, 1996 New Delhi, India Hard Australia Sandon Stolle Sweden Jonas Björkman
Sweden Nicklas Kulti
4–6, 6–4, 6–4
15. 8 July, 1996 Wimbledon, England Grass Canada Grant Connell Australia Todd Woodbridge
Australia Mark Woodforde
4–6, 6–1, 6–3, 6–2
16. 19 May, 1997 Rome, Italy Clay United States Alex O'Brien The Bahamas Mark Knowles
Canada Daniel Nestor
6–3, 4–6, 7–5
17. 1 March, 1999 London, England Carpet South Africa Wayne Ferreira United Kingdom Tim Henman
United Kingdom Greg Rusedski
6–3, 7–6(6)
18. 9 August, 1999 Montreal, Canada Hard South Africa Wayne Ferreira Sweden Jonas Björkman
Australia Patrick Rafter
7–6, 6–4
19. 29 January, 2001 Australian Open, Melbourne Hard Germany David Prinosil Sweden Jonas Björkman
Australia Todd Woodbridge
6–1, 5–7, 6–4, 6–4

Doubles performance timeline

Tournament 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 Career SR Career Win-Loss
Grand Slams
Australian Open A A A 2R 1R F 1R 2R 3R 1R 2R 2R F 3R 0 / 11 18–11
French Open A A A 1R 1R W 2R 2R 1R 1R 2R 2R 1R 3R 1 / 11 12–10
Wimbledon A A 2R 1R QF 3R 3R F 2R 1R 1R 3R 1R 2R 0 / 12 17–12
U.S. Open 2R A A 1R 2R 3R QF 1R 1R 3R SF 1R 2R A 0 / 11 14–11
Grand Slam SR 0 / 1 0 / 0 0 / 1 0 / 4 0 / 4 1 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 3 1 / 45 N/A
Annual Win-Loss 1–1 0–0 1–1 1–4 4–4 15–3 6–4 7–4 3–4 2–4 6–4 4–4 6–4 5–3 N/A 61–44
ATP Masters Series
Indian Wells NME 2R A A A F 2R SF 2R 2R 1R 1R QF A 0 / 9 9–8
Miami NME A A A SF SF SF SF QF 3R 1R QF 2R A 0 / 9 17–9
Monte Carlo NME A A A A A 2R A A A A A A A 0 / 1 0–1
Rome NME A A A A A 1R W F A A QF A A 1 / 4 11–3
Hamburg NME A A A A A F A A A A 2R A A 0 / 2 4–2
Canada NME A A A 2R W 2R QF 1R 1R F A 1R A 1 / 8 9–7
Cincinnati NME A A A A QF SF QF 1R 1R W A 2R A 1 / 7 10–6
Stuttgart (Stockholm) NME A A A A A QF 2R A 1R W A A A 1 / 4 5–3
Paris NME A A A W F 2R SF 1R 2R 2R 1R A A 1/ 8 11–7
Masters Series SR N/A 0 / 1 0 / 0 0 / 0 1 / 3 1 / 5 0 / 9 1 / 7 0 / 6 0 / 6 2 / 6 0 / 5 0 / 4 0 / 0 5 / 52 N/A
Annual Win-Loss N/A 1–0 0–0 0–0 9–2 14–4 9–9 12–6 6–6 4–6 13–4 5–5 3–4 0–0 N/A 76–46
Year End Ranking 586 381 149 90 5 6 18 4 70 70 10 53 34 106 N/A

A = did not attend tournament

Singles titles (2)

No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score
1. 29 April 1996 Seoul, South Korea Hard Czech Republic Martin Damm 7–6, 6–3
2. 12 April 1999 Chennai, India Hard Germany Rainer Schüttler 6–4, 1–6, 6–3

Runner-ups (8)

No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score
1. 8 January 1996 Adelaide, Australia Hard Russia Yevgeny Kafelnikov 7–6, 3–6, 6–1
2. 15 April 1996 New Delhi, India Hard Sweden Thomas Enqvist 6–2, 7–6
3. 13 April 1998 Hong Kong Hard Denmark Kenneth Carlsen 6–2, 6–0
4. 20 April 1998 Tokyo, Japan Hard Romania Andrei Pavel 6–3, 6–4
5. 22 June 1998 Nottingham, England Grass Sweden Jonas Björkman 6–3, 6–2
6. 15 November 1999 Moscow, Russia Carpet Russia Yevgeny Kafelnikov 7–6, 6–4
7. 21 February 2000 Memphis, U.S. Hard (i) Sweden Magnus Larsson 6–2, 1–6, 6–3
8. 26 June 2000 Nottingham, England Grass France Sébastien Grosjean 7–6, 6–3

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