Chris Lewis is a former professional
tennis player from New Zealand who reached the 1983 Wimbledon final as an
unseeded player. He won 3 singles titles and achieved a career-high singles
ranking of World No. 19 in April 1984. He also won 8 doubles titles during his
12 years on the tour. During his career Lewis was coached by Harry Hopman and
Tony Roche. Early life
Lewis was born in Auckland, New Zealand and received his secondary education at
Marcellin College and Lynfield College. He is the eldest of three sons. His
brothers are David Lewis and Mark Lewis who also had significant competitive
tennis careers. Tennis career
=Juniors=Lewis reached the No. 1 junior world
ranking in 1975, winning the Wimbledon Boys’ Singles title and reaching the
final of the US Open Boys’ Singles.=Pro tour=
In reaching the 1983 Wimbledon finals, after a five-set win over Kevin Curren
in the semi-finals, Lewis became the seventh unseeded man and only the second
New Zealander after Tony Wilding to reach a Wimbledon singles final. He lost
the final to John McEnroe. He also reached the finals at the Cincinnati
Masters in 1981, again losing to John McEnroe.
After tennis In the 1999 New Zealand general
election, Lewis unsuccessfully stood for parliament as a list candidate for the
Libertarianz party. Now resident in Irvine, California, in addition to
owning and operating Tennis-Experts.com, an online tennis equipment retailer, he
coaches at the Woodbridge Tennis Club. His daughter, Geneva Lewis, is a
successful violinist. Equipment
Lewis was the first man in history to reach the final of one of the four
tennis majors while using an over-size racquet, a Prince original graphite. He
was also one of the first players equipped with custom made shoes designed
for the grass surface. Career finals
=Grand Slam singles finals==ATP World Tour Masters 1000 finals=
=Singles: 10=References
External links Chris Lewis at the Association of Tennis
Professionals Chris Lewis at the International Tennis
Federation Chris Lewis at the Davis Cup

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