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
PlaysRight-handed
Prize money$49,090
Singles
Career record1–6
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 218 (27 July 1987)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open1R (1987)
Wimbledon1R (1987)
Doubles
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)

Biography

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

References

  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.

External links

1983 Australian Open

The 1983 Australian Open was a tennis tournament played on grass courts at the Kooyong Stadium in Melbourne in Victoria in Australia. It was the 72nd edition of the Australian Open and was held from 29 November through 11 December 1983.

1985 Australian Open – Men's Doubles

The Men's Doubles tournament at the 1985 Australian Open was held from 25 November through 8 December 1985 on the outdoor grass courts at the Kooyong Stadium in Melbourne, Australia. Paul Annacone and Christo van Rensburg won the title, defeating Mark Edmondson and Kim Warwick in the final.

1986 ATP Challenger Series

The ATP Challenger Series is the second tier tour for professional tennis organised by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP). The 1986 ATP Challenger Series calendar comprises 54 tournaments, with prize money ranging from $25,000 up to $75,000.

1986 Wimbledon Championships – Men's Singles Qualifying

Players and pairs who neither have high enough rankings nor receive wild cards may participate in a qualifying tournament held one week before the annual Wimbledon Tennis Championships.

1987 ATP Challenger Series

The ATP Challenger Series is the second tier tour for professional tennis organised by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP). The 1987 ATP Challenger Series calendar comprises 61 tournaments, with prize money ranging from $25,000 up to $75,000.

1987 Australian Open – Men's Doubles

Paul Annacone and Christo van Rensburg were the defending champions, but lost in the semifinals to Swedes and top seeds Stefan Edberg and Anders Järryd.

Edberg and Järryd won the 1987 Australian Open men's doubles tennis tournament, defeating home players Peter Doohan and Laurie Warder in the final 6–4, 6–4, 7–6(7–3).

1987 Wimbledon Championships – Men's Singles Qualifying

Players and pairs who neither have high enough rankings nor receive wild cards may participate in a qualifying tournament held one week before the annual Wimbledon Tennis Championships.

1988 Wimbledon Championships – Men's Doubles Qualifying

Players and pairs who neither have high enough rankings nor receive wild cards may participate in a qualifying tournament held one week before the annual Wimbledon Tennis Championships.

1988 Wimbledon Championships – Men's Singles Qualifying

Players and pairs who neither have high enough rankings nor receive wild cards may participate in a qualifying tournament held one week before the annual Wimbledon Tennis Championships.

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Tampere Open

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