Simon Youl

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Simon Youl
Country (sports) Australia
ResidenceElephant's Pass, Tasmania
Born (1965-07-01) 1 July 1965 (age 54)
Launceston, Tasmania
Height185 cm (6 ft 1 in)
Turned pro1983
Retired1994
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money$930,856
Singles
Career record91–139
Career titles2
Highest rankingNo. 80 (28 September 1992)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open4R (1990)
French Open3R (1985)
Wimbledon4R (1988)
US Open1R (1988, 1990, 1991, 1992)
Other tournaments
Olympic GamesQF (1984, demonstration)
Doubles
Career record104–144
Career titles2
Highest rankingNo. 63 (20 April 1992)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenQF (1992)
French Open3R (1986, 1990)
WimbledonQF (1986, 1989)
US OpenQF (1992)
Mixed doubles
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open2R (1987)

Simon John Arthur Youl (born 1 July 1965[1]) is a former professional tennis player from Australia.

Tennis career[edit]

Youl was an Australian Institute of Sport scholarship holder from 1981 to 1984.[2]

Juniors[edit]

As a junior player, Youl formed a successful doubles partnership with his fellow Australian player Mark Kratzmann. In 1983, the pair won the Boys' Doubles titles at the French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open. In singles, he reached three slam finals, attaining a ranking as high as No. 5 in the junior world rankings in 1983.[3]

Pro tour[edit]

As a professional player, Youl won two top-level singles titles (at Schenectady in 1989, and Singapore in 1992), and two tour doubles titles (Casablanca in 1990, and Bucharest in 1994), his best singles performances at Grand Slam events came in reaching the fourth round at Wimbledon in 1988 (lost to Stefan Edberg) and the Australian Open in 1990 (lost to Ivan Lendl).

Youl's career-high rankings were world No. 80 in singles and world No. 63 in doubles (both in 1992).

Retirement[edit]

He retired from the professional tour in 1994 (playing one Challenger event the following year). Since retiring as a player, he has worked as a tennis coach and is the current State and National High Performance Academy Coach in Hobart, Tasmania.

Career finals[edit]

Singles (2 titles)[edit]

Result No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Win 1. Jul 1989 Schenectady, U.S. Hard United States Scott Davis 2–6, 6–4, 6–4
Win 2. Apr 1992 Singapore Hard Netherlands Paul Haarhuis 6–4, 6–1

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tasmanian Sporting Hall of Fame Honour Roll, Department of Economic Development, Tourism and the Arts (Tasmanian Government), 2008.
  2. ^ Excellence : the Australian Institute of Sport. Canberra: Australian Sports Commission. 2002. ISBN 1-74013-060-X.
  3. ^ Tennis Australia Profile

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