General R. Bruce
Kleege
Male
United States of America
1954-11-01
Frankfurt, West-Germany


About

He is a former professional tennis player from the United States.
Kleege grew up in La Jolla, California, but was born in Frankfurt, West Germany. He is of Latvian descent through his father Robert, who worked at the time for the United Nations.
He got his start in tennis at age 10.
After attending Clairemont High School, Kleege went to Brigham Young University from 1972 to 1977. He had a noted varsity tennis career, which culminated in winning the No. 1 singles conference championship in 1977, a year he went undefeated and ranked sixth nationally. For his efforts he was awarded All-American honors in both singles and doubles (with Mike Nissley) in his senior year. He finished ranked No. 6 in the nation his senior year. Graduating in 1977 with a business management degree, Kleege made the decision to turn professional and made his first appearance on the Grand Prix circuit at a doubles tournament in Basel in October 1977.

Most of his singles matches in 1978 came in ATP Challenger events, but he made the main draw of the end of year Australian Open, in which he lost in the first round to Arthur Ashe, who was making his last appearance at the tournament. He started 1979 by winning the doubles title at the Lagos Open, a Grand Prix tournament, with Joel Bailey. A few weeks later he was a singles quarter-finalist in San Jose, Costa Rica. The following year his best performance was when he made the third round of the 1982 Australian Open. He suffered the disappointment of losing a five-and-a-half-hour match in the final round of qualifying for the 1983 Wimbledon Championships, to Tian Viljoen, 11–13 in the fifth set. However he got to enter the main draw when sixth seed Gene Mayer had to withdraw. Later in the year he had an upset win over world number 14 and top seed Steve Denton at the 1983 Hall of Fame Tennis Championships in Newport. He retired from his professional tennis career in 1984

He was inducted into the BYU Hall of Fame in 2007.



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Archive statistics 1973 - 1983
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Tournaments Wimbledon - 1983 US Open - 1983 Australian Open - 1982 International Championships of Egypt - Cairo - 1982 US Pro Championships - 1982 Wimbledon Qualifying - 1982 US Open Qualifying - 1982 Hall of Fame Championships - 1982 Colombia Satellite - Leg 1 - 1982 Colombia Satellite - Leg 2 - 1982 Colombia Satellite - Leg 3 - 1982 Colombia Satellite - Leg 4 - 1982 Colombia Satellite - Masters - 1982 Itau Cup - Porto Alegre - 1982 Itau Cup - Rio de Janeiro - 1982 Toyota City - 1982 Chigasaki - 1982 Itau Cup - Brasilia - 1982 Nagareyama - 1982 Berkeley - 1982 West of England - Qualifying - 1982 Campos do Jordao - 1982 WCT - Los Angeles Forum Classic - Qualifying - 1982 Lagos - 1981 Guadalajara Open - 1981 Kyoto Classic - 1981 Nagoya - 1981 Itau Cup - Porto Alegre - 1981 Itau Cup - Rio de Janeiro - 1981 Netherlands 2 Satellite - Leg 1 - 1981 Netherlands 2 Satellite - Leg 2 - 1981 Netherlands 2 Satellite - Leg 3 - 1981 Netherlands 2 Satellite - Leg 4 - 1981 Kaduna - 1981 Tokyo Challenger - 1981 Itau Cup - Brasilia - 1981 Canadian International Championships - 1980 Cincinnati - 1980 Kent Championships - 1980 Wimbledon Qualifying - 1980 Japan Open - 1980 Indian Wells - 1980 Philadelphia Indoors - 1980 New Orleans International - 1980 Dayton Classic - 1980 Sarasota Open - 1980 Mexico City Challenger - 1980 US Open - 1979 Cincinnati - 1979 Auckland - 1979 Santa Clara - 1979 Maui Classic - 1979 Lagos - 1979 AMEX - Kiamesha Lake - 1979 San Jose International - 1979 Little Rock - 1979 Sarasota Open - 1979 Stowe - 1979 AMEX - Lincoln - 1979 Costa Rica International - 1979 AMEX - Green Bay - 1979 Amex - San Diego - 1979 Lafayette Grand Prix - 1979 Australian Open - 1978 New South Wales Championships - 1978 US Open Qualifying - 1978 Pasadena Open - 1978 Salt Lake City International - 1978 Gould Rookie Pro Classic - 1978 Nautical Inn Rookies - 1978 Lancaster Open - 1978 Tinton Falls - 1978 AMEX - Lincoln - 1978 Crow Canyon Classic - 1978 Calcutta International - 1978 Canada Satellite - Leg 4 - 1978 Canada Satellite - Masters - 1978 Intercollegiate Championships - 1977 Glenwood Manor Invitation - 1977 Mid-America - 1977 US National Amateur Indoors - 1977 Missouri Open - 1977 Woodlake Racquet Club Open - 1977 Sioux City - 1977 Intercollegiate Championships - 1976 Washington State Championships - 1975 Pacific Northwest - 1975 Spokane Invitational - 1975 Intercollegiate Championships - 1974 Intercollegiate Championships - 1973

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