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Ivan Lendl is considered one of the best tennis players of all time. Even today, the native of Czechoslovakia is at the top of various statistics. But not only as a tennis player was he number 1 in the world rankings for a long time. As coach of Andy Murray, Ivan Lendl was able to repeat this success in 2016. Today he lives in Connecticut and is the father of five daughters.
Ivan Lendl is one of those celebrities who reveal very little about their personal lives. All that is known about his early life is that he was born in Ostrava in what was then Czechoslovakia. His parents were among the best tennis players in the country. His mother was long number two in the national tennis rankings. His father was also considered a good tennis player. So you can say that he was born with a talent for tennis. Not much more is known about Ivan Lendl’s private childhood and youth. But about his career.
Even as a youth, Ivan Lendl was one of the world’s best players. At the age of 17 he won the junior titles at the French Open and at Wimbledon. He also topped the world junior rankings. In 1978 it switched from the junior camp to the professional players and was also able to show success here quickly. Already in 1979 he was in the final of a tennis tournament, which he still lost. In 1980 and 1981 he won seven and 10 smaller tournaments, respectively, but was able to draw attention to himself. In 1982 he won the World Team Cup with the Czechoslovak team and reached the final of the French Open for the first time, which he lost. Since 1981, Ivan Lendl lived in the United States, first only part of the time, then from 1984 onwards permanently. Despite this, he continued to play for Czechoslovakia. Ivan Lendl has had American citizenship since 1992.
One of the most successful tennis players of all time has not lacked career highlights. Winning Wimbledon as a junior is certainly part of Ivan Lendl’s career. After all, Wimbledon was the only tournament he never won in his professional career. The years 1982 and 1983 can certainly also be seen as highlights. During this time he was able to win 44 games in a row.
For each player, winning represents one of the four Grand Slam tournaments. These are Wimbledon, French Open, Australian Open and US Open. Ivan Lendl even won three of them several times. He won his first Grand Slam tournament in 1984 at the French Open in Paris. Repeat in 1986 and 1987. Lendl was also successful three times at the US Open. Here he even won in a row in 1985, 1986 and 1987. He won the Australian Open twice in 1989 and 1990.
Another highlight is certainly the number 1 in the world rankings. Lendl achieved this position for the first time in 1983. In the years that followed, he and his toughest competitor, John McEnroe, alternated at the top of the world rankings almost every week. Ivan Lendl was only able to win this unofficial duel in 1985 and remained in the top position almost continuously until 1990. Only in 1988 did he have to cede the top position to Mats Wilander for 20 weeks. Overall, Lendl was number 1 in the world for 270 weeks, which no one before him had managed.
Other highlights of his career have to do with his work as a coach. From 2012 to 2014, Lendl was the coach of British tennis player Andy Murray. During this time, as a coach, he was able to win the gold medal at the Olympic Games in 2012 and 2016 and again the US Open. There were also two titles in Wimbledon in 2013 and 2016. Lendl then worked as a coach for Alexander Zverev from 2018 to 2019, but the chemistry between the two was not right, so there was no great success. The only big success was winning the ATP Finals 2018.
“How am I supposed to know what color my car is outside? I’m sitting in it.”
“I’m afraid to look deep inside because maybe there’s nothing there. tennis is my life It saves me from that fear.”
“Roger Federer is the only guy I watch for his punches, that’s just beautiful.”
Ivan Lendl no longer owns a tennis racket. He donated all to good causes. If he does want to play, then he has to borrow a racquet.
Since he has five daughters, he claims with a wink that his German shepherd is the only one who listens to him at home.
His biggest competitor in his active days was John McEnroe. The two don’t get along very well to this day.
From 1981 Lendl lived in the United States, which proves his exceptional position in Czechoslovak sport. Since Czechoslovakia was a communist state, even top athletes could not easily travel to western countries.