Kevin Melvyn Curren
(born 2 March 1958 in Durban
, South Africa) is a former professional tennis
player. He played in two Grand Slam
singles finals and won four Grand Slam doubles titles.
Curren became a naturalized American citizen in April 1985.
Curren played both tennis and cricket at Glenwood High School
in Durban. At college he played tennis for the University of Texas at Austin
in the United States and won the NCAA
singles title in 1979. He turned professional later that year, and won his first top-level singles title in 1981 in Johannesburg
In 1983, Curren reached his first Grand Slam semi-final at Wimbledon
, beating defending champion, Jimmy Connors
6–3, 6–7, 6–3, 7–6, in the fourth round, causing a big upset. Curren lost to unseeded New Zealander Chris Lewis
in a dramatic five-set semi final match 6–7, 6–4, 7–6, 6–7, 8–6, that was noteworthy for allowing Lewis to become only the seventh unseeded player to ever reach the Wimbledon final. In 1984, Curren powered his way through the draw and played Mats Wilander
in the final of the Australian Open
, after making a comeback from two sets down to defeat Ben Testerman
in the semi-finals. Wilander won the match, played on the grass courts at Kooyong
, in four sets 6–7, 6–4, 7–6, 6–2.
In 1985, Curren reached the final at Wimbledon with the help of coaching from Tony Roche
. After defeating future champion Stefan Edberg
in the fourth round in straight sets,... Read More