|Country (sports)||United States|
|Born||December 23, 1954|
San Diego, California
|Height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Plays||Right-handed (one-handed backhand)|
|Highest ranking||No. 7 (October 5, 1981)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||W (1980)|
|French Open||3R (1978)|
|US Open||4R (1978, 1980)|
|Highest ranking||No. 24 (August 9, 1983)|
Brian David Teacher (born December 23, 1954) is a former American professional male tennis player. He reached a career-high ranking World No. 7 in 1981.
Teacher is best remembered for his singles championship at the Australian Open in 1980. His career-high world singles ranking was No. 7 and his world doubles ranking was No. 5, both in 1981. He won 8 career singles titles, and 16 doubles titles.
Following his playing career, he became an ATP & WTA touring coach. He currently runs the Brian Teacher Tennis Academy in South Pasadena, California.
Early and personal life
In 1979 he married fellow California player Kathy May, also a Top 10 tennis player, and the great-granddaughter of David May, founder of The May Department Stores Company (now Macy's), and the mother of Taylor Fritz. They subsequently divorced. He later studied for his MBA at the USC Marshall School of Business.
Junior, high school, and college
In 1972, he won the boys' 18 singles and doubles titles. At the University of California-Los Angeles, where he studied economics, he won the Pacific-8 singles and doubles championship in 1974, was an All-American from 1973–76, and was a member of the UCLA teams that won the NCAA championship in 1975 and 1976.
He reached the finals in the South Australian and New South Wales Opens in 1977. In 1978, at the Seiko World Super Tennis Tournament in Tokyo, Teacher upset UCLA graduates Jimmy Connors and Arthur Ashe before losing in the final to Björn Borg 6–3, 6–4.
In 1980, he won the Australian Open, becoming the second Jewish player to win a men's Grand Slam Singles event (after Dick Savitt). He won the final over Kim Warwick of Australia in straight sets. With his Grand Slam victory, Teacher is one of only five American male players in the Open era to have won a single Grand Slam event (along with Michael Chang, Vitas Gerulaitis, Andy Roddick, and Roscoe Tanner). Seven more Americans have more than one Slam (Stan Smith, Arthur Ashe, Jim Courier, Jimmy Connors, Andre Agassi, John McEnroe, and Pete Sampras).
His career-high world singles ranking was No. 7 and his world doubles ranking was No. 5, both in 1981.
He won 8 career singles titles, and 16 doubles titles.
Halls of fame
Teacher was inducted in 2001 into the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Hall of Fame, in 2008 into the San Diego Tennis Hall of Fame, and he is also a member of the NCAA Tennis Hall of Fame and the Southern California Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. In 2014 he was inducted into the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. In 2015, Teacher was inducted into the Southern California Tennis Association Hall of Fame.
Following his playing career, he became an ATP & WTA touring coach working with, among others, Andre Agassi and Greg Rusedski. Under his tutelage, Rusedski made a run from #85 in the world to the top ten and the U.S. Open finals. Teacher also coached world #1 doubles players Jim Grabb, Richey Reneberg, Daniel Nestor, and Max Mirnyi. On the women's side, he coached WTA tour player Marissa Irvin. He currently runs the Brian Teacher Tennis Academy in South Pasadena, California.
Grand Slam finals
Singles (1 win)
|Win||1980||Australian Open||Grass||Kim Warwick||7–5, 7–6(7–4), 6–2|
Singles (8 titles, 15 runners-up)
|Loss||1.||Sep 1976||Newport, U.S.||Grass||Vijay Amritraj||3–6, 6–4, 3–6, 1–6|
|Loss||2.||Jan 1977||Adelaide, Australia||Grass||Victor Amaya||1–6, 4–6|
|Win||1.||Apr 1977||Jackson, Mississippi, U.S.||Carpet||Bill Scanlon||6–3, 6–3|
|Loss||3.||Dec 1977||Sydney Outdoor, Australia||Grass||Roscoe Tanner||3–6, 6–3, 3–6, 7–6, 4–6|
|Loss||4.||Oct 1978||Tokyo Indoor, Japan||Carpet||Björn Borg||3–6, 4–6|
|Win||2.||Nov 1978||Taipei, Taiwan||Carpet||Tom Gorman||6–3, 6–3, 6–3|
|Win||3.||Jul 1979||Newport, Rhode Island, U.S.||Grass||Stan Smith||1–6, 6–3, 6–4|
|Loss||5.||Apr 1980||Los Angeles, U.S.||Hard||Gene Mayer||3–6, 2–6|
|Loss||6.||Nov 1980||Hong Kong||Hard||Ivan Lendl||7–5, 6–7, 3–6|
|Loss||7.||Nov 1980||Taipei, Taiwan||Carpet||Ivan Lendl||7–6, 3–6, 3–6, 6–7|
|Loss||8.||Nov 1980||Bangkok, Thailand||Carpet||Vijay Amritraj||3–6, 5–7|
|Loss||9.||Dec 1980||Sydney Outdoor, Australia||Grass||Fritz Buehning||3–6, 7–6, 6–7|
|Win||4.||Dec 1980||Australian Open, Melbourne||Grass||Kim Warwick||7–5, 7–6, 6–2|
|Win||5.||Aug 1981||Columbus, Ohio, U.S.||Hard||John Austin||6–3, 6–2|
|Loss||10.||Sep 1981||San Francisco, U.S.||Carpet||Eliot Teltscher||3–6, 6–7|
|Loss||11.||Sep 1982||Maui, Hawaii, U.S.||Hard||John Fitzgerald||2–6, 3–6|
|Win||6.||Dec 1982||Dortmund WCT, Germany||Carpet||Wojtek Fibak||6–7, 6–4, 6–4, 2–6, 6–4|
|Win||7.||Mar 1983||Munich WCT, Germany||Carpet||Mark Dickson||1–6, 6–4, 6–2, 6–3|
|Win||8.||Aug 1983||Columbus, Ohio, U.S.||Hard||Bill Scanlon||7–6, 6–4|
|Loss||12.||Sep 1983||Dallas, Texas, U.S.||Hard||Andrés Gómez||7–6, 1–6, 1–6|
|Loss||13.||Jun 1984||Bristol, U.K.||Grass||Johan Kriek||7–6, 6–7, 4–6|
|Loss||14.||Jul 1984||Gstaad, Switzerland||Clay||Joakim Nyström||4–6, 2–6|
|Loss||15.||Jul 1985||Livingston, U.S.||Hard||Brad Gilbert||6–7, 4–6|
Doubles (16 titles, 8 runners-up)
|Win||1.||1976||Columbus, U.S.||Hard||William Brown|| Fred McNair
|Loss||1.||1978||Miami, U.S.||Clay||Bob Carmichael|| Tom Gullikson
|Win||2.||1978||Manila, Philippines||Clay||Sherwood Stewart|| Ross Case
|Loss||2.||1979||Washington Indoor, U.S.||Carpet||Bob Carmichael|| Robert Lutz
|4–6, 5–7, 6–3, 6–7|
|Loss||3.||1979||Stuttgart Indoor, Germany||Hard (i)||Bob Carmichael|| Wojtek Fibak
|3–6, 7–5, 6–7|
|Win||3.||1980||Washington-2, U.S.||Carpet||Ferdi Taygan|| Kevin Curren
|4–6, 6–3, 7–6|
|Loss||4.||1980||Rotterdam, Netherlands||Carpet||Bill Scanlon|| Vijay Amritraj
|Win||4.||1980||Los Angeles, U.S.||Hard||Butch Walts|| Anand Amritraj
|Loss||5.||1980||Columbus, U.S.||Hard||Peter Fleming [a]|| Brian Gottfried
|Win||5.||1980||Toronto, Canada||Hard||Bruce Manson|| Heinz Günthardt
|6–3, 3–6, 6–4|
|Win||6.||1980||Cincinnati, U.S.||Hard||Bruce Manson|| Wojtek Fibak
|6–7, 7–5, 6–4|
|Loss||6.||1980||Hong Kong||Hard||Bruce Manson|| Peter Fleming
|Win||7.||1980||Taipei, Taiwan||Carpet||Bruce Manson|| John Austin
|Win||8.||1980||Bangkok, Thailand||Carpet||Ferdi Taygan|| Tom Okker
|Win||9.||1981||La Quinta, U.S.||Hard||Bruce Manson|| Terry Moor
|Win||10.||1981||Frankfurt, Germany||Carpet||Butch Walts|| Vitas Gerulaitis
|7–5, 6–7, 7–5|
|Win||11.||1981||London/Queen's Club, U.K.||Grass||Pat Du Pré|| Kevin Curren
|3–6, 7–6, 11–9|
|Win||12.||1981||Columbus, U.S.||Hard||Bruce Manson|| Anand Amritraj
|Loss||7.||1982||Los Angeles, U.S.||Hard||Bruce Manson|| Sherwood Stewart
|1–6, 7–6, 3–6|
|Win||13.||1982||Stuttgart Outdoor, Germany||Clay||Mark Edmondson|| Andreas Maurer
|Win||14.||1982||San Francisco, U.S.||Carpet||Fritz Buehning|| Marty Davis
|6–7, 6–2, 7–5|
|Loss||8.||1983||Richmond, Virginia, U.S.||Carpet||Fritz Buehning|| Pavel Složil
|Win||15.||1983||Columbus, U.S.||Hard||Scott Davis|| Anand Amritraj
|6–1, 4–6, 7–6|
|Win||16.||1983||Johannesburg, South Africa||Hard||Steve Meister|| Andrés Gómez
|6–7, 7–6, 6–2|
Grand Slam tournament performance timeline
|Australian Open||A||A||A||A||1R||A||A||W||A||QF||3R||3R||A||A||A||1 / 5||15–4|
|French Open||A||A||A||A||2R||3R||2R||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||0 / 3||4–3|
|Wimbledon||A||A||A||2R||1R||2R||4R||3R||2R||QF||3R||1R||1R||2R||Q2||0 / 11||15–11|
|US Open||2R||3R||1R||1R||2R||4R||1R||4R||2R||2R||1R||1R||3R||1R||A||0 / 14||14–14|
|Win–Loss||1–1||2–1||0–1||1–2||2–4||6–3||10–3||12–2||2–2||9–3||4–3||1–3||2–2||1–2||0–0||1 / 33||53–32|
- After he retired he completed his undergraduate economics degree and studied business at the University of Southern California.
- As a coach, he worked with Jim Grabb, Mark Knowles, Max Mirnyi, Daniel Nestor, Richey Reneberg, and Greg Rusedski.
- He is married and has two children.
- Fleming's partner incorrectly listed by the ATP as Eliot Teltscher. It was actually Brian Teacher as listed by the ITF.
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