Simon Youl

  • Age51
  • Born 1 July 1965
  • Birth PlaceLaunceston, Tasmania
  • Playing StatusRetired

Youl was the No.1 ranked Australian 18/u junior in 1983 and ranked No.5 in the world.

He was runner-up to Stefan Edberg at the 1983 US Open Juniors and Australian Open Juniors.

Ranked No.1 in junior doubles with Mark Kratzmann, he won the US Open, Wimbledon and French Open junior doubles titles of 1983.

The son of farmer and Formula 1 racing car driver John Youl his senior record was similarly impressive.

He won two ATP singles titles (Schenectady 1989 and Singapore 1992), and two doubles (Casablanca 1990 and Bucharest 1994).

Youl reached the last 16 of the Australian Open in 1990, losing to eventual champion Ivan Lendl, and the last 16 at Wimbledon in 1988, losing to eventual champion Stefan Edberg.

He was twice a doubles quarterfinalist at Wimbledon (1986 w/Warder and 1989 w/Van Emburg), at the Australian Open (1992 w/Borwick) and the US Open (1992 w/Borwick).

Youl achieved a career-high singles ranking of No.80 (September 1992) and No.63 in doubles (April 1992).

He retired aged 30 with persistent back and knee problems. He is now National Coach in Tasmania.

Simon Youl in the news

Aussie girls score epic victory at WJT Finals
Australia's girls' team at the ITF World Junior Tennis Finals in Prostejov, Czech Republic; (L-R) captain Simon Youl, Jaimee Fourlis, Destanee Aiava and Seone Mendez; Tennis Australia
7 August, 2013

While Australia's boys' team cruised to victory, our girls' squad gritted their way to an epic victory over the Italians at the ITF World Junior Tennis Finals on…
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Aussies off to a flyer in World Junior Tennis Finals
The Australian boys' and girls' teams at the World Junior Tennis Finals in Prostejov, Czech Republic - (back row L-R) girls' captain Simon Youl, Alex De Minaur, Kody Pearson, Alexei Popyrin, boys' captain Ben Pyne; (front row L-R) Destanee Aiava, Seone Mendez and Jaimee Fourlis; Tennis Australia
6 August, 2013

Australia’s boys’ and girls’ teams have begun brightly at the World Junior Tennis Finals in the Czech Republic, both winning their opening round-robin matches.
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Aussies teams set for World Junior Tennis finals
The Australian World Junior Tennis team from (L-R) Kody Pearson, Alexei Popyrin, Alex De Minaur and coach Ben Pyne; Tennis Australia
5 August, 2013

A strong squad of Australian junior boys and girls will this week take on the world's best in the World Junior Tennis Finals in Prostejov, Czech Republic.
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Improve your net game Part II
Stefan Edberg, Roland Garros, 1990. GETTY IMAGES
20 June, 2013

Former ATP pro and now coach Simon Youl returns with part II of his insights into how to improve your net game.
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