Ivan Lendl

Ivan Lendl, a former professional tennis player with eight Grand Slam singles titles, is regarded as one of the greatest players ever. He participated in 19 Grand Slam singles championships; nevertheless, in 2009 and 2014, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal overtook him. He was regarded as one of the game’s most dominant players in the 1980s. And he continued to be a formidable opponent in the early 1990s. Ivan Lendl became the top tennis player in the world on February 28, 1983, and he maintained that rank the following year when he defeated John McEnroe in the 1984 “French Open” championship match. He held the top rank for 270 weeks, spanning four years (1985–1987 and 1989).

Ivan Lendl

He is a Czechoslovak by birth, but he later became a citizen of the United States. Lendl and Pete Sampras hold the record for the longest streak of eleven years of competing in at least one Grand Slam final. Another elite player, John McEnroe, matched his record of 12 year. End titles before the “Association of Tennis Professionals” (ATP) was founded. In addition to setting a record with 22 Grand Prix Super Series victories, he won five Masters Grand Prix titles and two WCT Finals wins.

Along with Roger Federer and Jimmy Connors, he holds the record for the most singles matches won (over 1000), having won 94 solo titles. In 2001, he was inducted into the “International Tennis Hall of Fame.” In 2012, he took over as Andy Murray’s coach. 

Ivan Lendl Personal Information

Age63 years old
FamilySamantha Frankel
FatherJiri Lendl
MotherOlga
ChildrenNikola, Marika, Daniela, Isabelle, and Caroline
Height188 cm
CountryRepublic of the Czechs
AncestryCzech America

  

Childhood & Early Life

He was Jiri Lendl and Olga Lendlova’s only child. He was born on March 7, 1960, in Ostrava in the Moravian-Silesian Region of Czechoslovakia (now the Czech Republic). 

In addition to being a lawyer, his father was a skilled chess player who won junior titles in Bohemia and Moravia and competed in the Czechoslovakian chess tournament. Jiri was ranked in the top fifteen male Czechoslovakian tennis players. He also played tennis. His mother, Ogla, was a champion tennis player who previously had the title of second place among women in Czechoslovakia. 

Ivan Lendl

At the age of twelve, Ivan Lendl won the national championship for his age group, and when he was fourteen, he won his first tennis match against his mother. 

When he was fifteen, the Czechoslovakian Tennis Federation sent him to Florida for six weeks of training. 

Ivan Lendl Career 

  • He began playing tennis professionally in 1978. He quickly established himself in the sport, taking home the French Open and Wimbledon junior titles for boys that year and ranked first in the world among juvenile players. 
  • Ivan kept changing the game; in 1979, he made it to his first central singles final. 
  • He won seven singles titles in 1980, including three tournament crowns in three back-to-back weeks. 

Ivan Lendl

  • In 1981, he won ten more titles, including the inaugural “Masters Grand Prix” tour title, which he won by defeating Vitas Gerulaitis in five sets. That year, however, he lost to Swedish star Björn Borg in the “French Open,” his first-ever Grand Slam final. 
  • He relocated to the U.S. in 1981 and took up residence with former Polish tennis player and instructor Wojtek Fibak. 
  • He defeated John McEnroe in straight sets to win his first “World Championship Tennis” (WCT) final in 1982. Lendl went on to win all ten WCT events in which he participated. He defeated McEnroe in straight sets in the 1982 “Masters Grand Prix” final of the “Volvo Masters” singles tennis tournament, earning his second straight season-ending title on that tour. 

  • Due to competition between the Grand Prix and WCT, event prize money rose sharply, and Ivan Lendl quickly became the highest-paid tennis player due to his winning streak. 
  • He participated in 23 single tournaments in 1982, winning 15 of them. He had another chance to win a Grand Slam final at the U.S. Open that year, but Jimmy Connors prevailed. 
  • In his early career, he appeared unable to win Grand Slam championships; as a result, he finished 1983 as the runner-up in both the U.S. Open and the Australian Open. 

Ivan Lendl

  • He defeated John McEnroe to win his maiden Grand Slam championship in the “French Open” in 1984. Nevertheless, in the U.S. Open and Volvo Masters finals that year, he lost in straight sets against John McEnroe. He repeated as the “French Open” champion in 1986, this time over Mikael Pernfors, and in 1987, he triumphed over Mats Wilander. 
  • In 1984, he bought a home in Greenwich, Connecticut. In 1987, he applied for and was granted a U.S. Permanent Resident Card. To compete for the United States in the 1988 Davis Cup and Olympic Games, he needed to become a citizen of the United States as soon as possible. He eventually became an American citizen on July 7, 1992. 
  • He defeated John McEnroe in the 1985 “U.S. Open” championship match and won again in 1986 and 1987 against Miloslav Mečíř and Mats Wilander, respectively. 
  • He won three straight “Masters Grand Prix” titles, all “Nabisco Masters – Singles,” in 1985 and 1986 against Boris Becker and in 1987 against Mats Wilander. With these victories, he amassed a total of five Grand Prix victories. 

  • He defeated Miloslav Mečíř in straight sets to win the “Australian Open” championship for the first time in 1989. Ivan defeated Stefan Edberg in straight sets in 1990 to reclaim his title as the reigning “Australian Open” champion. He won 10 titles in 17 events that year. 
  • 2006 Swiss tennis player Roger Federer surpassed his match-winning percentage of above 90%. Despite reaching the finals in 1986 and 1987 and semi-finals in 1983, 1984, 1988, 1989, and 1990, he never won Wimbledon, despite having an incredible tennis career. 
  • He announced his retirement from professional tennis on December 21, 1994, citing persistent back problems; however, he changed his mind after three months. 
  • After quitting tennis professionally, he participated in a few exhibition matches. In addition, he picked up golf and now has a zero handicap. 
  • On December 31, 2011, the Scottish tennis player Andy Murray inducted him into his coaching team. On March 19, 2014, they declared that they would be terminating their coaching collaboration.

Ivan Lendl Personal Life and Heritage 

Samantha Frankel and him were wed on September 16, 1989. Their five daughters are Marika, Nikola, Daniela, and the twins Isabelle and Caroline. 

While Caroline is more interested in rowing. And Nikola interested to horse competitions. Marika, Isabelle, and Daniela are golf enthusiasts. 

As an art lover and collector, he possesses an extensive collection of posters. Featuring the decorative artist and Czech Art Nouveau painter Alfons Mucha, shown in Prague in 2013. 

Humanitarian Employment 

In 2004, he organized the “Ivan Lendl Celebrity Golf Tournament,” a charitable competition. 

Gary Player, a well-known golfer and friend, runs the “Gary Player Invitational charity Pro-Am,” which he has participated in multiple times. The charity seeks to raise money for underprivileged people’s education worldwide. 

Ivan Lendl Net worth

The Czech-born Ivan Lendl used to play professional tennis and is now worth $40 million. In the 1980s, Ivan Lendl was one of the best tennis players in the world. He played tennis better than any other player in the world 270 weeks out of the year. Before he quit the game in 1994, Ivan would go on to win 8 Majors. Three times he won the US Open, three times he won the French Open, which he won twice. Ivan never won Wimbledon, but he did make it to the finals twice. In 2001, he was added to the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

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