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Brian Teacher

Brian David Teacher (born December 23, 1954) is a former professional American male tennis player.

He was World # 7 in 1981.

Tennis career

Teacher learned both tennis and swimming at the age of five, but concentrated solely on tennis after ear and throat troubles caused him to give up swimming.

In 1972 he won the Boys' 18 singles and doubles titles.

The following year, Teacher enrolled at the University of California-Los Angeles where he was an All-American from 1973-76, won the Pacific 8 singles and doubles championship in 1974, and was a member of UCLA's NCAA championship teams in 1975-76.

In 1976, just shy of graduating from UCLA with a degree in economics, Teacher turned pro.

In 1977 he won his first singles title, and reached the finals in both the South Australian and New South Wales Opens.

In 1978, Teacher created a sensation at the Seiko World Super Tennis Tournament in Tokyo, by upsetting UCLA graduates Jimmy Connors and Arthur Ashe, losing only in the finals to Bjorn Borg, 6–3, 6–4.

Teacher is best remembered for his victory at the Australian Open in 1980. He won the Open in straight sets (7–5, 7–6, 6–2) over Kim Warwick of Australia, becoming the first Jewish male to win a singles title in a Grand Slam event since the 1950s.

He won eight career singles titles, and 16 in doubles.

Style of play

He was a terrific player on faster surfaces, where he could use a serve-and-volley attack.

Hall of Fame

Teacher was inducted in 2001 into the ITA Intercollegiate Tennis Hall of Fame.

Grand Slam singles finals

Wins (1)

Year Championship Opponent in Final Score in Final
1980 Australian Open Kim Warwick 7–5, 7–6, 6–2

Singles titles (8)

Legend
Grand Slam (1)
Tennis Masters Cup (0)
Grand Prix (7)
Titles by Surface
Hard (2)
Grass (2)
Clay (0)
Carpet (4)
No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score
1. 1977 Jackson, U.S. Carpet Bill Scanlon 6–3, 6–3
2. 1978 Taipei, Taiwan Carpet Tom Gorman 6–3, 6–3, 6–3
3. 1979 Newport, U.S. Grass Stan Smith 1–6, 6–3, 6–4
4. 1980 Australian Open, Melbourne Grass Kim Warwick 7–5, 7–6, 6–2
5. 1981 Columbus, U.S. Hard John Austin 6–3, 6–2
6. 1982 Dortmund WCT, Germany Carpet Wojtek Fibak 6–7, 6–4, 6–4, 2–6, 6–4
7. 1983 Munich WCT, Germany Carpet Mark Dickson 1–6, 6–4, 6–2, 6–3
8. 1983 Columbus, U.S. Hard Bill Scanlon 7–6, 6–4

Runner-ups (15)

No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score
1. 1976 Newport, U.S. Grass Vijay Amritraj 6–3, 4–6, 6–3, 6–1
2. 1977 Adelaide, Australia Grass Victor Amaya 6–1, 6–4
3. 1977 Sydney Outdoor, Australia Grass Roscoe Tanner 6–3, 3–6, 6–3, 6–7, 6–4
4. 1978 Tokyo Indoor, Japan Carpet Björn Borg 6–3, 6–4
5. 1980 Los Angeles, U.S. Hard Gene Mayer 6–3, 6–2
6. 1980 Hong Kong Hard Ivan Lendl 5–7, 7–6, 6–3
7. 1980 Taipei, Taiwan Carpet Ivan Lendl 6–7, 6–3, 6–3, 7–6
8. 1980 Bangkok, Thailand Carpet Vijay Amritraj 6–3, 7–5
9. 1980 Sydney Outdoor, Australia Grass Fritz Buehning 6–3, 6–7, 7–6
10. 1981 San Francisco, U.S. Carpet Eliot Teltscher 6–3, 7–6
11. 1982 Maui, U.S. Hard John Fitzgerald 6–2, 6–3
12. 1983 Dallas, U.S. Hard Andrés Gómez 6–7, 6–1, 6–1
13. 1984 Bristol, England Grass Johan Kriek 6–7, 7–6, 6–4
14. 1984 Gstaad, Switzerland Clay Joakim Nyström 6–4, 6–2
15. 1985 Livingston, U.S. Hard Brad Gilbert 7–6, 6–4

Doubles titles (16)

No. Date Tournament Surface Partnering Opponent in the final Score
1. 1976 Columbus, U.S. Hard William Brown Fred McNair
Sherwood Stewart
6–3, 6–4
2. 1978 Manila, Philippines Clay Sherwood Stewart Ross Case
Chris Kachel
6–3, 7–6
3. 1980 Washington-2, U.S. Carpet Ferdi Taygan Kevin Curren
Steve Denton
4–6, 6–3, 7–6
4. 1980 Los Angeles, U.S. Hard Butch Walts Anand Amritraj
John Austin
6–2, 6–4
5. 1980 Toronto, Canada Hard Bruce Manson Heinz Günthardt
Sandy Mayer
6–3, 3–6, 6–4
6. 1980 Cincinnati, U.S. Hard Bruce Manson Wojtek Fibak
Ivan Lendl
6–7, 7–5, 6–4
7. 1980 Taipei, Taiwan Carpet Bruce Manson John Austin
Ferdi Taygan
6–4, 6–0
8. 1980 Bangkok, Thailand Carpet Ferdi Taygan Tom Okker
Dick Stockton
7–6, 7–6
9. 1981 La Quinta, U.S. Hard Bruce Manson Terry Moor
Eliot Teltscher
7–6, 6–2
10. 1981 Frankfurt, Germany Carpet Butch Walts Vitas Gerulaitis
John McEnroe
7–5, 6–7, 7–5
11. 1981 London/Queen's Club, England Grass Pat Du Pré Kevin Curren
Steve Denton
3–6, 7–6, 11–9
12. 1981 Columbus, U.S. Hard Bruce Manson Anand Amritraj
Vijay Amritraj
6–1, 6–1
13. 1982 Stuttgart Outdoor, Germany Clay Mark Edmondson Andreas Maurer
Wolfgang Popp
6–3, 6–1
14. 1982 San Francisco, U.S. Carpet Fritz Buehning Marty Davis
Chris Dunk
6–7, 6–2, 7–5
15. 1983 Columbus, U.S. Hard Scott Davis Anand Amritraj
John Fitzgerald
6–1, 4–6, 7–6
16. 1983 Johannesburg, South Africa Hard Steve Meister Andrés Gómez
Sherwood Stewart
6–7, 7–6, 6–2

Runner-ups (7)

No. Date Tournament Surface Partnering Opponent in the final Score
1. 1978 Miami, U.S. Clay Bob Carmichael Tom Gullikson
Gene Mayer
7–6, 6–3
2. 1979 Washington Indoor, U.S. Carpet Bob Carmichael Robert Lutz
Stan Smith
6–4, 7–5, 3–6, 7–6
3. 1979 Stuttgart Indoor, Germany Hard (i) Bob Carmichael Wojtek Fibak
Tom Okker
6–3, 5–7, 7–6
4. 1980 Rotterdam, Netherlands Carpet Bill Scanlon Vijay Amritraj
Stan Smith
6–4, 6–3
5. 1980 Hong Kong Hard Bruce Manson Peter Fleming
Ferdi Taygan
7–5, 6–2
6. 1982 Los Angeles, U.S. Hard Bruce Manson Sherwood Stewart
Ferdi Taygan
6–1, 6–7, 6–3
7. 1983 Richmond WCT, U.S. Carpet Fritz Buehning Pavel Slozil
Tomáš Šmíd
6–2, 6–4

Miscellaneous

  • After he retired he completed his undergraduate work, and went on to business school at the University of Southern California.
  • He has two daughters with wife Lori: Noel and Kelly.
  • The book Superlearning 2000 (update on the 1979 original version) attributes the rise in Teacher's career during 1980 to his experiments with suggestive accelerated learning methods, which were introduced to him by Powell Blankenship, a tennis teacher in San Diego.

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