General Leif
Shiras
Male
United States of America
1959-01-28
Norwalk CT, United States of America


About

Shiras attended high school at Shorewood High School in Shorewood, Wisconsin.
Prior to his professional career, Shiras played tennis at Princeton University.
He spent a very typical playing career for most American tennis players of his time: in the late 1970s, he studied at Princeton University for several years, while playing for him in the NCAA tennis league, where he established himself as an excellent high-level player, he was an NCAA All-American in 1979 and 1980.
After graduation, Leif tried his hand at pro-tour and achieved local success relatively quickly, entering and gaining a foothold in the first hundred single player ratings. At this level, he regularly played in tournaments of the elite Grand Prix series and Grand Slam tournaments.
During his career as a player, Shiras reached one top-level final – at the Queen's Club Championships in 1984, where he lost to John McEnroe 1–6, 6–3, 2–6 having beaten No.1. Ivan Lendl (7-5, 6-3) in the first round (Lendl lost the No.1 spot due to his defeat for a week).

His best singles performance at a Grand Slam event came at Wimbledon in 1989, where he reached the fourth round. His career-high ranking was World No. 31 in singles (in 1984) and World No. 57 in doubles in (in 1988).

The American doubles career was not unsuccessful either: in the men's doubles ranking he was able to enter the Top60, having achieved several semifinals at the Grand Prix competitions; and in the competitions among mixed couples, he’s listed one semi-final of the Grand Slam tournament: at the US Open-1985, where Leif and Katie Horvath lost only to future winners: Martina Navratilova and Heinz Gunthardt (6-4, 6-2).

He won 3 Challenger singles titles: at Spring in 1983, Fukuoka in 1986 and Munich in 1987.

In the early 1990s, the results of Shiras fell noticeably, and at the end of the 1991 season, the American ended his active playing career, though he then picked up a racket several times at exhibition competitions, and in the late 1990s he even played in the futures qualification next to with his place of residence then.

Shiras retired from the professional tour in 1990. Having completed his playing career, Leif was in great demand on television as a leading and sports commentator, soon becoming one of the faces of tennis broadcasting on a number of major English-language channels. In 2003, with the organization of a profile tennis channel in the USA, Shiras became a member of his commentary team, along with other former players. Since then, he has worked as a tennis journalist, primarily as a commentator for the Tennis Channel, British Sky Sports and Fox Sports. In 1993, he moved from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, to where he currently resides, in Laguna Hills, California, with his two sons, Emmett and Austin, and his wife Maria. Leif broke into broadcasting tennis with Barry MacKay as his partner.

In 1995, Shiras won the Wimbledon over-35 men's doubles title (partnering Paul McNamee).

In 2010, as the member of the Class of 2010, he was inducted into the ITA (Intercollegiate Tennis Association) Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame in Athens, Georgia.



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Archive statistics 1979 - 1990
2
222
121


Tournament wins 1983 - Spring, Texas (Open)
1983 - United States 5 Satellite - Leg 4 (Open)


Tournaments Australian Open - 1990 Wimbledon - 1990 Roland Garros - 1990 Australian Open - 1989 Wimbledon - 1989 US Open - 1989 Wimbledon - 1988 US Open - 1988 Australian Open - 1987 Wimbledon - 1987 Roland Garros - 1987 Australian Open - 1985 Wimbledon - 1985 Queens Club Tournament - 1985 US International Indoor Championships - 1985 Auckland - 1985 Delray Beach - 1985 Philadelphia Indoors - 1985 Toronto Indoor - 1985 Winter Circuit Alcan - Leg 3 - 1985 Montreal Challenger - 1985 WCT - Houston - 1985 Fort Myers - 1985 Chicago - 1985 Australian Open - 1984 Wimbledon - 1984 US Open - 1984 New South Wales Championships - 1984 Canadian International Championships - 1984 Pacific Coast Championship - 1984 Cincinnati - 1984 Queens Club Tournament - 1984 International Championships of Egypt - Cairo - 1984 West of England Championships - 1984 Auckland - 1984 Western Australia Championships - 1984 Hall of Fame Championships - 1984 Australian Indoors - 1984 Maui Classic - 1984 WCT - Forest Hills - 1984 Tokyo Indoor - 1984 US International Indoor - Qualifying - 1984 Spring, Texas - 1984 Amarillo Challenger - 1984 Bahrain Challenger - 1984 Winter Circuit Alcan - Leg 3 - 1984 Montreal Challenger - 1984 Livingston - 1984 Australian Open - 1983 South Australian Championships - 1983 Kent Championships - 1983 Wimbledon Qualifying - 1983 US Open Qualifying - 1983 Santos Open - 1983 River Oaks - Qualifying - 1983 Queens Club - Qualifying - 1983 Lagos - 1983 Nagoya - 1983 United States 5 Satellite - Leg 1 - 1983 United States 5 Satellite - Leg 2 - 1983 United States 5 Satellite - Leg 3 - 1983 United States 5 Satellite - Leg 4 - 1983 United States 5 Satellite - Masters - 1983 United States 6 Satellite - Leg 1 - 1983 Ogun - 1983 Tokyo Challenger - 1983 Texas Professional Open - 1983 Hall of Fame - Qualifying - 1983 US Pro Championships - Qualifying - 1983 Campos do Jordao - 1983 Spring, Texas - 1983 Dallas Open - Qualifying - 1983 US Open - 1982 US Open Qualifying - 1982 Cincinnati - Qualifying - 1982 United States 2 Satellite - Leg 1 - 1982 United States 2 Satellite - Leg 2 - 1982 United States 2 Satellite - Leg 3 - 1982 United States 2 Satellite - Leg 4 - 1982 United States 2 Satellite - Masters - 1982 United States 5 Satellite - Leg 1 - 1982 United States 5 Satellite - Leg 2 - 1982 United States 5 Satellite - Leg 3 - 1982 United States 5 Satellite - Leg 4 - 1982 Canada Satellite - Leg 1 - 1982 Toyota City - 1982 Nagareyama - 1982 Canadian International - Qualifying - 1982 Columbus Open - Qualifying - 1982 US Open Qualifying - 1981 Intercollegiate Championships - 1981 United States 3 Satellite - Leg 1 - 1981 United States 3 Satellite - Leg 2 - 1981 United States 3 Satellite - Leg 3 - 1981 United States 3 Satellite - Leg 4 - 1981 US Open - 1980 US Clay Courts - 1980 Intercollegiate Championships - 1980 United States 4 Satellite - Leg 1 - 1980 United States 4 Satellite - Leg 4 - 1980 United States 4 Satellite - Masters - 1980 Intercollegiate Championships - 1979 United States 4 Satellite - Leg 1 - 1979 United States 4 Satellite - Leg 4 - 1979

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