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Jeff Tarango

Jeff Tarango
Full name Jeffrey Gail Tarango
Country (sports)  United States
Residence Manhattan Beach, CA, USA
Born (1968-11-20) November 20, 1968
Manhattan Beach, CA, USA
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Turned pro 1989
Retired 2003 (comeback 2008-2010)
Plays Left-handed (2-handed backhand)
Prize money $3,730,289
Career record 239–294
Career titles 2
Highest ranking No. 42 (November 2, 1992)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 3R (1997, 1999)
French Open 3R (1993, 1996)
Wimbledon 3R (1995)
US Open 3R (1989, 1996, 1997)
Other tournaments
Olympic Games 2R (2000)
Career record 253–247
Career titles 14
Highest ranking No. 10 (October 18, 1999)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 3R (1996, 2001, 2002)
French Open F (1999)
Wimbledon 3R (1997, 2001)
US Open 3R (1996, 1997, 2000)

Jeffrey Gail ("Jeff") Tarango (born November 20, 1968) is a retired American professional tennis player. He was a Top 10 doubles player and a runner-up at the 1999 French Open Men's Doubles tournament. At Wimbledon in 1995, he defaulted a match after a dispute with the umpire, and his wife assaulted the umpire once Tarango had left the court.


  • Career 1
    • Pro tour 1.1
    • Wimbledon 1995 default 1.2
    • After retirement 1.3
  • Record in detail 2
    • Doubles titles (14) 2.1
    • Doubles finalist (12) 2.2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


Pro tour

Tarango turned professional in 1989, after completing his junior year at Stanford University where he won two NCAA team titles. During his career, he won 2 top-level professional singles titles and 14 doubles titles. Tarango reached two Super 9 quarterfinals: Rome in 1995 and Miami in 1998. His career-high world rankings were No. 42 in singles and No. 10 in doubles.[1] He was runner-up in the men's doubles at the 1999 French Open (partnering with Goran Ivanišević).

Wimbledon 1995 default

Trailing 7–6 (8–6), 2–1, to Alexander Mronz, Tarango became infuriated with French umpire Bruno Rebeuh, who had ruled against Tarango several times. During the match, when preparing to serve, the crowd heckled Tarango and he responded "Oh, shut up!" Rebeuh immediately issued a code violation to Tarango on the grounds of audible obscenity. Tarango protested this and called for the tournament referee calling for Rebeuh to be removed. No relief was given to Tarango and he was instructed to continue to play. He then accused Rebeuh of being "One of the most corrupt officials in the game" - to this Rebeuh gave Tarango another code violation, this time for unsportsmanlike conduct. Tarango took umbrage, packed up his rackets and stormed off the court. [2] To add to the controversy, Tarango's wife at the time then slapped Rebeuh twice in the face.[3]

Tarango was eventually banned by the ITF from the 1996 Wimbledon tournament.

Ironically, Tarango was also the beneficiary of a default in the men's doubles tournament at the same championship. He and partner Henrik Holm were at two sets all against the team of Jeremy Bates and Tim Henman when Henman angrily smashed a ball which inadvertently hit a ball girl, resulting in their disqualification.[4]

After retirement

Tarango retired from the main tour in 2003 and now devotes his time to coaching, broadcasting for BBC, ESPN, Tennis Channel, Fox Sports and DirecTV. He also hosts a charity event in La Jolla for the Rady Children's Hospital in San Diego. Tarango is currently the Vice Chair for the AAC on the USOC (Governance Committee). He has been a member of the Davis Cup Committee for 6 years within the USTA. He still makes occasional appearances at professional events, including the 2008 USA F21 Futures event in Milwaukee.[5] He also commentates for BBC Radio and in particular for their extended coverage on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra. During his broadcasting career, Tarango has earned a reputation for having a good eye for potential Hawk-Eye overrules.

In his 2009 autobiography, Open, Andre Agassi claims that Tarango cheated in a juniors tournament to hand the eight-year-old Agassi his first ever competitive loss.[6] To which, Tarango says they had a Chair Umpire and Agassi is lying throughout the book "just to make money". Tarango has coached many players such as Younes El Aynaoui, Andriy Medvedev, Maria Sharapova, Vince Spadea, Marijana Lucic, Irakli Labadze, JC Aragone and many others.

After professional tennis, Tarango worked for the AON Corporation with Theodore Forstmann, Andy Roddick, and many other society notables.

Tarango currently consults and does speaking engagements for inspired groups.

Tarango is currently married to Jessica Balgrosky and they have five children (Nina Rose, Katherine, Jackson, Ace, and Jesse).

Record in detail

Doubles titles (14)

No. Date Tournament Surface Partnering Opponents in the final Score
1. May 1, 1995 Seoul, South Korea Hard Sébastien Lareau Joshua Eagle
Andrew Florent
6–3, 6–2
2. July 24, 1995 Washington D.C., United States Hard Olivier Delaître Petr Korda
Cyril Suk
1–6, 6–3, 6–2
3. September 18, 1995 Bucharest, Romania Clay Mark Keil Cyril Suk
Daniel Vacek
6–4, 7–6
4. July 15, 1996 Bastad, Sweden Clay David Ekerot Joshua Eagle
Peter Nyborg
6–4, 3–6, 6–4
5. September 16, 1996 Bucharest, Romania Clay David Ekerot David Adams
Menno Oosting
7–6, 7–6
6. November 16, 1998 Moscow, Russia Carpet (I) Jared Palmer Yevgeny Kafelnikov
Daniel Vacek
6–4, 6–7, 6–2
7. January 18, 1999 Auckland, New Zealand Hard Daniel Vacek Jiří Novák
David Rikl
7–5, 7–5
8. February 15, 1999 St. Petersburg, Russia Carpet (I) Daniel Vacek Menno Oosting
Andrei Pavel
3–6, 6–3, 7–5
9. April 19, 1999 Tokyo, Japan Hard Daniel Vacek Wayne Black
Brian MacPhie
4–3, RET.
10. July 12, 1999 Bastad, Sweden Clay David Adams Nicklas Kulti
Mikael Tillström
7–6(8-6), 6–4
11. September 20, 1999 Bournemouth, England Clay David Adams Michael Kohlmann
Nicklas Kulti
6–3, 6–7(5-7), 7–6(7-5)
12. October 4, 1999 Toulouse, France Hard (I) Olivier Delaître David Adams
John-Laffnie de Jager
6–3, 7–6(7-2), 6–4
13. November 20, 2000 Brighton, England Hard (I) Michael Hill Paul Goldstein
Jim Thomas
6–3, 7–5
14. April 16, 2001 Casablanca, Morocco Clay Michael Hill Pablo Albano
David Macpherson
7–6(7-2), 6–3

Doubles finalist (12)


  1. ^ [1] Jeff Tarango at the Association of Tennis Professionals
  2. ^ , Sunday, July 2, 1995.Los Angeles TimesCart, Julie. "Wimbledon Takes a Slap in the Face : Tennis: Tarango becomes first to walk off court, then accuses umpire of favoritism,"
  3. ^ The Advertiser: Sport's most embarrassing moments- no. 15. A wag and a slapper
  4. ^ , Thursday, June 29, 1995.The Associated PressWilson, Stephen. "Fans Were Treated to the Longest Women's Match in Grand Slam History,"
  5. ^ [2]
  6. ^ [3]

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