Des Tyson

Desmond "Des" Tyson (born 26 September 1965) is a former professional tennis player from Australia.

Des Tyson
Full nameDesmond Tyson
Country (sports) Australia
Born26 September 1965 (age 53)
Griffith, Australia
Prize money$49,090
Career record1–6
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 218 (27 July 1987)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open1R (1987)
Wimbledon1R (1987)
Career record22–36
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 71 (26 January 1987)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenQF (1985, 1987)
French Open1R (1987)
Wimbledon2R (1986)
US Open1R (1986)
Mixed doubles
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian OpenQF (1987)
French Open3R (1987)
Wimbledon2R (1987)


A right-handed player, Tyson comes from the New South Wales town of Griffith. He partnered with Jamie Harty to win the boys' doubles title at the 1983 Australian Open.[1] This was the only Grand Slam junior doubles title that the pairing of Mark Kratzmann and Simon Youl didn't win in 1983.

Tyson played mainly in doubles events on the professional tour. His best result in singles at Grand Prix level was an upset win over then world number 31 and top seed Paolo Canè at Saint-Vincent in 1986.[2] This was the only time he progressed past the first round of a Grand Prix tournament, but he also had two main draw appearances in Grand Slams, at both the Australian Open and Wimbledon Championships in 1987. In doubles he was much more successful, making it to 71 in the world. He twice made the men's doubles quarter-finals at the Australian Open, in 1985 and 1987, both times with Antony Emerson. At the 1987 Australian Open he also reached the mixed doubles quarter-finals, with Janine Tremelling. He won three Challenger titles in doubles and made four Grand Prix semi-finals. In one of those Grand Prix tournaments, he and partner Tim Siegel beat highly ranked pair Darren Cahill and John Fitzgerald. He retired from professional tennis in 1990.

During the 1990s he worked as a tennis coach in Hong Kong for the territory's Sports Institute.[3] He made a comeback to the tour in 1996, by which time he was eligible to represent Hong Kong due to long term residency and was talked about as a possible Davis Cup selection.[3] His return to tennis consisted of a series of Asian satellite tournaments and he won both the singles and doubles titles at an event in Tianjin.[3] He took part in the qualifying draw for the men's singles at the 1997 Australian Open.

From 2003 to 2010 he was a national coach for the Chinese Tennis Association. Since then he has returned to Australia and now works for Tennis Australia. He coaches Jordan Thompson, who under Tyson broke into the top 100 and has played Davis Cup for Australia.[4]

In 2016 Tyson received a coaching excellence award for the high performance category at the Australian Tennis Awards.[5]

Challenger titles

Doubles: (3)

No. Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
1. 1986 Travemünde, West Germany Clay United States Jim Pugh South Africa Henri de Wet
Spain Jesus Colas
4–6, 6–3, 6–4
2. 1987 Tampere, Finland Clay Sweden David Engel Sweden Christer Allgårdh
Greece George Kalovelonis
6–3, 3–6, 6–3
3. 1989 Brisbane, Australia Hard Australia Brett Custer Australia Shane Barr
United States Ted Scherman
7–6, 6–4


  1. ^ "Tennis - Australia Open". The Canberra Times. 10 December 1983. p. 50. Retrieved 13 May 2017 – via National Library of Australia.
  2. ^ "Aosta Valley International". Clarion-Ledger. 14 August 1986. p. 30. Retrieved 13 May 2017.
  3. ^ a b c Careem, Nazvi (4 October 1996). "Davis Cup glory beckons as Tyson turns back clock". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 13 May 2017.
  4. ^ Pearce, Linda (14 December 2015). "Jordan Thompson after wildcard three-peat". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 13 May 2017.
  5. ^ Pearce, Linda (29 November 2016). "Dylan Alcott takes out main prize at Australian tennis awards". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 13 May 2017.

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