Onny Parun

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Onny Parun
OBE
Onny Parun.jpg
Country (sports) New Zealand
ResidenceWellington, New Zealand
Born (1947-04-15) 15 April 1947 (age 72)
Wellington, New Zealand
Height188 cm (6 ft 2 in)
Turned pro1969 (amateur tour from 1967)
Retired1982
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Singles
Career record321–294
Career titles5
Highest rankingNo. 19 (5 March 1975)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenF (1973)
French OpenQF (1975)
WimbledonQF (1971, 1972)
US OpenQF (1973)
Other tournaments
Tour FinalsRR (1974)
Doubles
Career record162–221
Career titles2
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open3R (1973)
French OpenW (1974)
Wimbledon3R
US OpenQF (1971)

Onny Parun OBE (born 15 April 1947) is a former tennis player of Croatian descent from New Zealand, who was among the world's top 20 for five years and who reached the quarterfinals at Wimbledon in 1971 and 1972. He made the final of the Australian Open in 1973, losing to John Newcombe in four sets, and was a US Open quarterfinalist in 1973 and also a quarterfinalist at the French Open in 1975.

Parun and Australian Dick Crealy won the French Open doubles title in 1974, he also made the Masters in 1974, qualifying by finishing in the top eight on the grand prix table. Parun played Davis Cup from 1966 to 1982 and won a string of national titles, including the Benson and Hedges Open three times in four years.

Parun became the second player from New Zealand to reach a Grand Slam Singles final, 62 years after Anthony Wilding had reached the 1913 Wimbledon final, and Parun became the second player from New Zealand to win a Grand Slam Doubles title, 61 years after Wilding had won the 1914 Wimbledon doubles title and was also the last player from New Zealand to reach the finals of a Grand Slam Doubles title before Michael Venus was successful in the 2017 French Open.

Parun reached his career-high ATP singles ranking on 5 March 1975, when he became World No. 19. His brother, Tony Parun, also played professional tennis.

In September 1974, he defeated Jimmy Connors in San Francisco to end the No. 1 world ranked player's run of 160 weeks atop the ATP rankings.

In the 1982 Queen's Birthday Honours, Parun was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for services to tennis.[1] Since retiring from competition, Parun has been a coach, and trades shares on the US share market.[2][3]

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Singles (1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1973 Australian Open Grass Australia John Newcombe 3–6, 7–6, 5–7, 1–6

Doubles (1 title)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1974 French Open Clay Australia Dick Crealy United States Robert Lutz
United States Stan Smith
6–3, 6–2, 3–6, 5–7, 6–1

Grand Slam tournament performance timeline[edit]

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)

Singles[edit]

Tournament 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 SR
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A A A A A F 3R A A A 1R A A 1R 1R A 0 / 5
French Open A 1R 1R 1R 1R 3R 3R 4R QF A 1R 1R A 1R 1R 1R 0 / 13
Wimbledon 2R 3R 2R 1R QF QF A 1R 3R 4R 3R 1R 2R 4R A A 0 / 13
US Open A A 1R 2R 3R 3R QF 2R 3R 1R 3R A 1R 1R A A 0 / 11
Strike Rate 0 / 1 0 / 2 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 2 0 / 4 0 / 2 0 / 2 0 / 4 0 / 2 0 / 1 0 / 42

Note: The Australian Open was held twice in 1977, in January and December.

ATP Tour singles titles (5)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score
1. 3 November 1974 Jakarta, Indonesia Hard Australia Kim Warwick 6–3, 6–3, 6–4
2. 16 November 1974 Bombay, India Clay Australia Tony Roche 6–3, 6–3, 7–6
3. 12 January 1975 Auckland, New Zealand Grass New Zealand Brian Fairlie 4–6, 6–4, 6–4, 6–7, 6–4
4. 31 December 1975 Auckland, New Zealand Grass New Zealand Brian Fairlie 6–2, 6–3, 4–6, 6–3
5. 6 April 1976 Johannesburg, South Africa Hard South Africa Cliff Drysdale 7–6, 6–3

References[edit]

  1. ^ London Gazette (supplement), No. 49010, 11 June 1982. Retrieved 5 May 2013.
  2. ^ Jonathan Millmow (28 September 2013). "Night owl Onny Parun still loves a challenge". The Dominion Post.
  3. ^ Joseph Romanos (23 April 2009). "The Wellingtonian interview: Onny Parun". The Wellingtonian.

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