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Todd Witsken

Todd Witsken
Country (sports)  United States
Born (1963-11-04)November 4, 1963
Indianapolis, Indiana
Died May 25, 1998(1998-05-25) (aged 34)
Zionsville, Indiana
Turned pro 1985
Retired 1993
Plays Right-handed (1-handed backhand)
College University of Southern California
Prize money $1,420,910
Singles
Career record 115–135
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 43 (November 13, 1989)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open QF (1988)
French Open 2R (1988, 1989)
Wimbledon 2R (1986, 1989)
US Open 4R (1986)
Doubles
Career record 222–148
Career titles 12
Highest ranking No. 4 (August 29, 1988)

Todd Witsken (November 4, 1963 – May 25, 1998) was an American tennis player. He specialized in playing doubles and began his professional career in 1985. He was a three-time all-American at the University of Southern California. His career-high rankings were World No. 43 in singles and No. 4 in doubles.[1] Witsken retired just before the 1993 US Open and died from brain cancer on May 25, 1998, at the age of 34.[1]

Witsken's biggest singles win was at the 1986 US Open, where he beat 5-time US Open champion, Jimmy Connors, 6-2, 6-4, 7-5, in their third round match. It was the first time since 1973 that Connors had failed to reach the US Open semi finals.

In 1989 he lost to Greg Holmes 5-7, 6-4, 7-6(5), 4-6, 14-12 in the second round at Wimbledon, a match that was the longest Men's singles match at Wimbledon, timed at 5 hours 28 minutes, until the epic Isner-Mahut match in 2010.

He was one of eight children born to Marilyn and Henry Witsken. His hometown was Carmel, Indiana, where he left behind four children.

ATP Tour finals (22)

Legend
Grand Slam (0)
Tennis Masters Cup (0)
ATP Masters Series (2)
ATP International Series Gold (0)
ATP Tour (10)

Doubles champion (12)

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1. October 4, 1987 San Francisco, USA Carpet (i) Glenn Layendecker Jim Grabb
Patrick McEnroe
2–6, 6–0, 4–6
Runner-up 2. March 6, 1988 Indian Wells, USA Hard Jorge Lozano Boris Becker
Guy Forget
4–6, 4–6
Runner-up 3. May 1, 1988 Charleston, USA Clay Jorge Lozano Pieter Aldrich
Danie Visser
6–7, 3–6
Winner 1. May 8, 1988 Forest Hills, USA Clay Jorge Lozano Pieter Aldrich
Danie Visser
6–3, 7–6
Winner 2. May 15, 1988 Rome, Italy Clay Jorge Lozano Anders Järryd
Tomáš Šmíd
6–3, 6–3
Winner 3. July 10, 1988 Boston, USA Clay Jorge Lozano Bruno Orešar
Jaime Yzaga
6–2, 7–5
Runner-up 4. July 24, 1988 Washington, USA Hard Jorge Lozano Rick Leach
Jim Pugh
3–6, 7–6, 2–6
Winner 4. July 31, 1988 Stratton Mountain, USA Hard Jorge Lozano Pieter Aldrich
Danie Visser
6–3, 7–6
Runner-up 5. November 27, 1988 Itaparica, Brazil Hard Jorge Lozano Sergio Casal
Emilio Sánchez
6–7, 6–7
Winner 5. April 16, 1989 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Carpet (i) Jorge Lozano Patrick McEnroe
Tim Wilkison
2–6, 6–4, 6–4
Winner 6. July 16, 1989 Gstaad, Switzerland Clay Cassio Motta Petr Korda
Milan Šrejber
6–4, 6–3
Winner 7. August 20, 1989 Montreal, Canada Hard Kelly Evernden Charles Beckman
Shelby Cannon
6–3, 6–3
Winner 8. November 12, 1989 Stockholm, Sweden Carpet (i) Jorge Lozano Rick Leach
Jim Pugh
6–3, 5–7, 6–3
Runner-up 6. November 26, 1989 Itaparica, Brazil Hard Jorge Lozano Rick Leach
Jim Pugh
2–6, 6–7
Runner-up 7. July 22, 1990 Washington, USA Hard Jorge Lozano Grant Connell
Glenn Michibata
3–6, 7–6, 2–6
Runner-up 8. October 21, 1990 Vienna, Austria Carpet (i) Jorge Lozano Udo Riglewski
Michael Stich
4–6, 4–6
Winner 9. April 7, 1991 Hong Kong Hard Patrick Galbraith Glenn Michibata
Robert Van't Hof
6–2, 6–4
Winner 10. May 5, 1991 Munich, Germany Clay Patrick Galbraith Anders Järryd
Danie Visser
7–5, 6–4
Winner 11. July 28, 1991 Montreal, Canada Hard Patrick Galbraith Grant Connell
Glenn Michibata
6–4, 3–6, 6–1
Winner 12. March 22, 1992 Key Biscayne, USA Hard Ken Flach Kent Kinnear
Sven Salumaa
6–4, 6–3
Runner-up 9. July 19, 1992 Washington, USA Hard Ken Flach Bret Garnett
Jared Palmer
2–6, 3–6

Singles finals (1)

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponents in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1. February 11, 1990 San Francisco, USA carpet (i) Andre Agassi 1–6, 3–6

References

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