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Eliot Teltscher
Country  United States
Residence Irvine, California, USA
Date of birth March 15, 1959 (1959-03-15) (age 50)
Place of birth Rancho Palos Verdes, California, USA
Height 1.778 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 68 kg (150 lb; 10.7 st)
Turned pro 1977
Retired 1988
Plays Right-handed
Career prize money $1,653,997
Singles
Career record 399–216
Career titles 10
Highest ranking No. 6 (May 7, 1982)
Grand Slam results
Australian Open QF (1983)
French Open 4R (1979, 1982, 1983)
Wimbledon 3R (1977)
US Open QF (1980, 1981, 1983)
Doubles
Career record 161–164
Career titles 4
Highest ranking No. 38 (August 26, 1985)
Last updated on: June 15, 2008.

Eliot Teltscher (born March 15, 1959, in Rancho Palos Verdes, California) is a retired professional American tennis player.

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Tennis career

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Early years

Teltscher's mother was born in Israel; his father emigrated there during the Holocaust, and joined the British army. They moved to the United States, where Teltscher was born, and encouraged him to take up tennis, which he began playing at the age of nine.

By the time he was 17, Teltscher was ranked in the top 10 nationally in junior rankings.

He was an All-American in his only year at UCLA (1978), which he attended on a tennis scholarship.

That same year he defeated Onny Parun to capture the Benson & Hedges New Zealand Open at Stanley Street, Auckland, in a match best remembered for a controversial overrule midway through the third set.

Pro career

In 1979, Teltscher turned pro. A worldwide top 10 player from 1980-82, he was ranked no lower than #15 from through 1984. He reached his highest singles ATP-ranking on May 7, 1982, when he became ranked #6 in the world.

He reached the French Open doubles final with partner Terry Moor in 1981, and won the French Open mixed doubles title with Barbara Jordan two years later. He also reached the quarterfinals at the U.S. Open three times (1980, 1981, and 1983 -- losing to Jimmy Connors all three years), and the quarterfinals at the 1983 Australian Open. In March 1987 he beat Connors, ranked # 8 in the world, in Chicago 6–3, 6–1. He won 10 singles titles during his professional career, which ended in 1988.

Looking back at his career, Teltscher expressed pride at the time his honesty took over from his competitive nature. During a match at the Masters Tournament against Vitas Gerulaitis, his racket grazed the net while it was match point. No one, including Gerulitis, was aware of the rule violation except for Teltscher. Rather than let it pass, however, he informed the judges of the infraction and lost the point, and maybe the match, because of his honesty. His parents are most proud of him for that action.

Davis Cup

Teltscher was on the U.S. Davis Cup team in 1982, 1983, and 1985. He had a combined record of 5–4 in singles play, and helped the U.S. win the Davis Cup in 1982 over France.[1]

Major finals

Grand Slam finals

Men's doubles

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1981 French Open Clay United States Terry Moor Switzerland Heinz Günthardt
Hungary Balázs Taróczy
6–2, 7–6, 6–3

Mixed doubles

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Winner 1983 French Open Clay United States Barbara Jordan United States Leslie Allen
United States Charles Strode
6–2, 6–3

ATP Tour finals

Singles (24)

Wins (10)

No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score
1. 1978 Hong Kong Hard United States Pat Du Pré 6–4, 6–3, 6–2
2. 1979 Atlanta, United States Hard Australia John Alexander 6–3, 4–6, 6–2
3. 1980 Atlanta, United States Hard United States Terry Moor 6–2, 6–2
4. 1980 Maui, United States Hard United States Tim Wilkison 7–6, 6–3
5. 1981 San Juan, United States Hard United States Tim Gullikson 6–4, 6–2
6. 1981 San Francisco, United States Carpet United States Brian Teacher 6–3, 7–6
7. 1983 Tokyo, Japan Hard Ecuador Andrés Gómez 7–5, 3–6, 6–1
8. 1984 Brisbane, Australia Hard Paraguay Francisco González 3–6, 6–3, 6–4
9. 1984 Johannesburg, South Africa Hard United States Vitas Gerulaitis 6–3, 6–1, 7–6
10. 1987 Hong Kong Hard Australia John Fitzgerald 6–7, 3–6, 6–1, 6–2, 7–5

Runner-ups (14)

No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score
1. 1978 Atlanta, United States Hard United States Stan Smith 4–6, 6–1, 2–1, ret.
2. 1980 Birmingham, United States Carpet United States Jimmy Connors 6–3, 6–2
3. 1980 New Orleans, United States Carpet Poland Wojtek Fibak 6–4, 7–5
4. 1980 San Francisco, United States Carpet United States Gene Mayer 6–2, 2–6, 6–1
5. 1980 Republic of China Carpet United States Jimmy Connors 6–2, 6–4
6. 1980 Tokyo Outdoor, Japan Clay Czechoslovakia Ivan Lendl 3–6, 6–4, 6–0
7. 1981 Montreal, Canada Hard Czechoslovakia Ivan Lendl 6–3, 6–2
8. 1981 Tokyo Outdoor, Japan Clay Hungary Balázs Taróczy 6–3, 1–6, 7–6
9. 1982 Rome, Italy Clay Ecuador Andrés Gómez 6–2, 6–3, 6–2
10. 1982 Melbourne Indoor, Australia Carpet United States Vitas Gerulaitis 2–6, 6–2, 6–2
11. 1983 La Quinta, United States Hard Spain José Higueras 6–4, 6–2
12. 1984 Los Angeles, United States Hard United States Jimmy Connors 6–4, 4–6, 6–4
13. 1987 Scottsdale, United States Hard United States Brad Gilbert 6–2, 6–2
14. 1988 Guarujá, Brazil Hard Brazil Luiz Mattar 6–3, 6–3

Doubles (14)

Wins(4)

No. Date Tournament Surface Partnering Opponent in the final Score
1. 1979 Tulsa, United States Hard (i) Paraguay Francisco González Australia Colin Dibley
United States Tom Gullikson
6–7, 7–5, 6–3
2. 1980 New Orleans, United States Carpet United States Terry Moor South Africa Raymond Moore
South Africa Robert Trogolo
7–6, 6–1
3. 1982 Delray Beach WCT, United States Clay United States Mel Purcell Czechoslovakia Tomáš Šmíd
Hungary Balázs Taróczy
6–4, 7–6
4. 1982 Maui, United States Hard United States Mike Cahill Paraguay Francisco González
South Africa Bernard Mitton
6–4, 6–4

Runner-ups (10)

No. Date Tournament Surface Partnering Opponent in the final Score
1. 1978 Columbus, United States Clay Mexico Marcello Lara Australia Colin Dibley
Australia Bob Giltinan
6–2, 6–3
2. 1979 Atlanta, United States Hard Australia Steve Docherty South Africa Raymond Moore
Romania Ilie Năstase
6–4, 6–2
3. 1980 Rome, Italy Clay Hungary Balázs Taróczy Australia Mark Edmondson
Australia Kim Warwick
7–6, 7–6
4. 1980 Columbus, Ohio, United States Hard United States Peter Fleming United States Brian Gottfried
United States Sandy Mayer
6–4, 6–2
5. 1980 Tokyo Outdoor, Japan Clay United States Terry Moor Australia Ross Case
Chile Jaime Fillol
6–3, 3–6, 6–4
6. 1980 Wembley, England Carpet United States Bill Scanlon United States Peter Fleming
United States John McEnroe
7–5, 6–3
7. 1981 San Juan, Puerto Rico Hard United States Tim Gullikson United States Tim Mayotte
United States Chris Mayotte
6–4, 7–6
8. 1981 La Quinta, United States Hard United States Terry Moor United States Bruce Manson
United States Brian Teacher
7–6, 6–2
9. 1981 French Open, Paris Clay United States Terry Moor Switzerland Heinz Günthardt
Hungary Balázs Taróczy
6–2, 7–6, 6–3
10. 1984 Johannesburg, South Africa Hard United States Steve Meister United States Tracy Delatte
Paraguay Francisco González
7–6, 6–1

Coaching

Among others, he served as a traveling personal coach from 1992 to 1997 for Justin Gimelstob, Richey Reneberg (1997), Jeff Tarango (1995), Pete Sampras, and Jim Grabb (1992).

Teltscher served as a head men's tennis coach at Pepperdine University for the 1991-92 school season, and as a tennis coach at the Manhattan Beach Country Club from 1992 to 1997.

He served as a USA Tennis National Coach from 1998 to 2001, but in 2001 he resigned from to become 19-year-old Taylor Dent's personal coach.

He was named USTA Director of Tennis Operations in December 2002.

Teltscher was named the 2003 Pan American Games Men's Coach.

Hall of Fame

Teltscher, who is Jewish, was inducted into the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 1991.

Miscellaneous

  • Upon his retirement, Teltscher became a member of the ATP Players board in 1989.

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