PLAYER PROFILE

Wally Masur

  • Age54
  • Born13 May 1963
  • Birth PlaceSouthampton, United Kingdom
  • Playing StatusRetired
“He will be seeded – I think he’ll be very, very dangerous. I think there’ll be a lot of people looking at the draw not wanting him in their section.”

— Wally Masur, 26 Aug 2016

» Aussies set for strong showing in New York

Masur began playing tennis in Canberra aged eight and was coached by Charlie Hollis, who was Rod Laver’s coach. Masur won the Australian Open juniors in 1981.

He was a member of the Australian Davis Cup team for eight years, notching up a 17-15 win–loss record from 1985 to 1993.

Highlights of his career include reaching the semifinals at the Australian Open in 1987 (l. to Edberg) and at the US Open in 1993 (l. to Pioline). He made the last 16 at Wimbledon on three occasions.

Masur recorded two memorable victories in Australia’s win over France in the first round of the Davis Cup in 1990, beating Yannick Noah and Henri Leconte, both in five sets.

A respected media commentator, Masur coached the Australian Davis Cup team from 2001 to 2005.

He won three singles titles: Hong Kong 1983, Adelaide 1987, Newport 1988, and 13 doubles.

His highest singles world ranking was No.15 (October 1993) and doubles was No.8 (April 1993). He lives in Sydney.

Wally Masur in the news

Masur takes over Performance reins from Rafter
during a practice session at Emirates Arena on September 16, 2015 in Glasgow, Scotland.
17 February, 2017

Tennis Australia Performance Director Pat Rafter has stepped down, with former Davis Cup captain and coach, Wally Masur, moving into the role.
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Tennis titans make FAST4 a hit in Sydney
A view over the ICC in FAST4 mode during the Rafael Nadal v Nick Kyrgios singles match; Getty Images
9 January, 2017

Spanish legend Rafael Nadal, exciting top 10 talent Dominic Thiem and top two Australian stars Nick Kyrgios and Bernard Tomic lit up Sydney's ICC in a FAST4 spectacular.
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AO wildcards for De Minaur, Whittington
Alex De Minaur (L) and Andrew Whittington have been awarded Australian Open 2017 main-draw wildcards; Getty Images
2 January, 2017

Alex De Minaur and Andrew Whittington will both feature in a Grand Slam main draw for the first time after receiving main draw wildcards into Australian Open 2017.
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Australian Open wildcard for Sam Groth
December Showdown 2016
21 December, 2016

Christmas comes early for big-serving Victorian Sam Groth.
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