Georges Goven

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Georges Goven
Country (sports)  France
Residence Paris, France
Born (1948-04-26) 26 April 1948 (age 70)
Lyon, France
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Turned pro 1968 (amateur tour from 1965)
Retired 1984
Plays Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
Career record 162–209 (Grand Slam, Grand Prix, WCT and Davis Cup)
Career titles 4
Highest ranking No. 13 (30 November 1970)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 3R (1965, 1973)
French Open SF (1970)
Wimbledon 3R (1966, 1972)
US Open 3R (1975)
Career record 83–129 (Grand Slam, Grand Prix, WCT and Davis Cup)
Career titles 1
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 1R (1973)
French Open SF (1970)
Wimbledon 2R (1969, 1971, 1972)
US Open 2R (1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973)
Last updated on: 1 October 2015.

Georges Goven (born 26 April 1948, in Lyon) is a retired tennis player from France.

Tennis career[edit]


As a junior, he won the Australian Championships Boys' Singles title in 1964.

Amateur / Pro tour[edit]

Goven reached the semifinals in both singles and doubles (partnering François Jauffret) at the 1970 French Open.

He notably defeated Ilie Năstase (then World No. 7) in Paris in September 1977 with the help of the Spaghetti racket, and Vitas Gerulaitis (then World No. 5) in Florence in May 1983.[1]

After retirement[edit]

Goven has coached such players as Nicolas Escudé, Nathalie Dechy and Tatiana Golovin. He was the Davis Cup team captain from 1993–1994. Currently, he is the captain of the France Fed Cup team since 2005 (replacing his compatriot and former player Guy Forget) and coaches Kristina Mladenovic.


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