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Pavel Složil

Pavel Složil
Country (sports)  Czechoslovakia
Born (1955-12-29) 29 December 1955
Opava, Czechoslovakia
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Plays Right-handed
Prize money $925,242
Singles
Career record 144–163
Career titles 2
Highest ranking No. 35 (12 November 1984)
Grand Slam Singles results
French Open 3R (1982)
US Open 2R (1985, 1986)
Doubles
Career record 358–155
Career titles 32
Highest ranking No. 4 (18 February 1985)
Grand Slam Doubles results
French Open F (1984)
Wimbledon SF (1986)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
French Open W (1978)

Pavel Složil (born 29 December 1955) is a former professional tennis player from Czechoslovakia.

Složil enjoyed most of his tennis success while playing doubles. During his career he won 32 doubles titles and finished runner-up an additional 29 times, including at the French Open in 1984.

Slozil and his partner, Renata Tomanová (also from Czechoslovakia), won the 1978 French Open Mixed Doubles Championship, defeating Virginia Ruzici (Romania) and Patrice Dominguez (France). The mixed doubles championship was an important event in those days, contested by top players, with John McEnroe and Mary Carillo having won the year before.

In 1985, Složil achieved a career-high doubles ranking of World No. 4.

Složil participated in 11 Davis Cup ties for Czechoslovakia from 1978 to 1986, posting a 7–2 record in doubles and a 4–2 record in singles. He was a member of the winning Czech Davis Cup team in 1980, along with teammates Ivan Lendl, Tomáš Šmíd and Jan Kodeš.

Složil served as Steffi Graf's coach from mid-1986 until the end of 1991. Shortly after the start of his tenure as Graf's coach, she had her Grand Slam breakthrough year in 1987, winning six tournaments and then defeating Martina Navratilova in the French Open. Graf went on to be a finalist at Wimbledon and the US Open, losing both times to Navratilova. The next year, Graf achieved a calendar year's Grand Slam, a feat performed only twice before. She also won the 1988 Olympics singles and the Wimbledon Ladies doubles that same year.

From 1987 through 1991, coached by Složil, Graf won ten Grand Slam singles championships, winning the Australian Open (1988–89-90), the French Open (1987–88), Wimbledon (1988–89-91) and the U.S. Open (1988–89), plus numerous side tournaments.

He subsequently served as coach for Jennifer Capriati, Anna Kournikova and Magdalena Maleeva between 1992 and 1999. In 2002, he began work at the World Tennis Club in Naples, Florida. He serves there as Tennis Director and continues to teach tennis to a wide range of players.

Doubles titles (32)

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1. 1978 Kitzbühel, Austria Clay Pavel Hutka Mike Fishbach
Chris Lewis
7–6, 4–6, 3–6
Runner-up 2. 1978 Madrid, Spain Clay Tomáš Šmíd Wojtek Fibak
Jan Kodeš
7–6, 1–6, 2–6
Runner-up 3. 1979 Nice, France Clay Tomáš Šmíd Peter McNamara
Paul McNamee
1–6, 6–3, 2–6
Runner-up 4. 1979 Florence, Italy Clay Ivan Lendl Paolo Bertolucci
Adriano Panatta
4–6, 3–6
Runner-up 5. 1979 Stuttgart Outdoor, Germany Clay Wojtek Fibak Colin Dowdeswell
Frew McMillan
4–6, 2–6, 6–2, 4–6
Runner-up 6. 1979 Cologne, Germany Hard (i) Heinz Günthardt Gene Mayer
Stan Smith
3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 7. 1980 Vienna, Austria Clay Tomáš Šmíd Gianni Ocleppo
Christophe Roger-Vasselin
DEF
Runner-up 8. 1980 Barcelona, Spain Clay Balázs Taróczy Steve Denton
Ivan Lendl
2–6, 7–6, 3–6
Runner-up 9. 1980 Vienna, Austria Hard (i) Heinz Günthardt Robert Lutz
Stan Smith
1–6, 2–6
Runner-up 10. 1981 Linz, Austria Hard (i) Brad Drewett Anders Järryd
Hans Simonsson
4–6, 6–7
Runner-up 11. 1981 Nice, France Clay Chris Lewis Yannick Noah
Pascal Portes
6–4, 3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 12. 1981 Monte Carlo, Monaco Clay Tomáš Šmíd Heinz Günthardt
Balázs Taróczy
3–6, 3–6
Winner 1. 1981 Florence, Italy Clay Raúl Ramírez Paolo Bertolucci
Adriano Panatta
6–3, 3–6, 6–3
Winner 2. 1981 Boston, U.S. Clay Raúl Ramírez Hans Gildemeister
Andrés Gómez
6–4, 7–6
Runner-up 13. 1981 Washington, D.C., U.S. Clay Ferdi Taygan Raúl Ramírez
Van Winitsky
7–5, 6–7, 6–7
Runner-up 14. 1981 North Conway, U.S. Clay Ferdi Taygan Heinz Günthardt
Peter McNamara
5–7, 4–6
Runner-up 15. 1981 Geneva, Switzerland Clay Tomáš Šmíd Heinz Günthardt
Balázs Taróczy
4–6, 6–3, 2–6
Runner-up 16. 1981 Basel, Switzerland Hard (i) Markus Günthardt José Luis Clerc
Ilie Năstase
6–7, 7–6, 6–7
Winner 3. 1982 Genova WCT, Italy Carpet Tomáš Šmíd Mike Cahill
Buster Mottram
6–7, 7–5, 6–3
Winner 4. 1982 Brussels, Belgium Hard (i) Sherwood Stewart Tracy Delatte
Chris Dunk
6–4, 6–7, 7–5
Winner 5. 1982 Madrid, Spain Clay Tomáš Šmíd Heinz Günthardt
Balázs Taróczy
6–1, 3–6, 9–7
Winner 6. 1982 Hamburg, Germany Clay Tomáš Šmíd Anders Järryd
Hans Simonsson
6–4, 6–3
Runner-up 17. 1982 Kitzbühel, Austria Clay Rod Frawley Mark Edmondson
Kim Warwick
6–4, 4–6, 3–6
Runner-up 18. 1982 Cap d'Agde WCT, France Clay Tomáš Šmíd Andy Andrews
Drew Gitlin
2–6, 4–6
Winner 7. 1982 Geneva, Switzerland Clay Tomáš Šmíd Carl Limberger
Mike Myburg
6–4, 6–0
Runner-up 19. 1982 Basel, Switzerland Hard (i) Fritz Buehning Henri Leconte
Yannick Noah
2–6, 2–6
Winner 8. 1982 Vienna, Austria Carpet Henri Leconte Mark Dickson
Terry Moor
6–1, 7–6
Winner 9. 1982 Dortmund WCT, Germany Carpet Tomáš Šmíd Mike Cahill
Francisco González
6–2, 6–7, 6–1
Winner 10. 1982 Toulouse, France Carpet Tomáš Šmíd Jean-Louis Haillet
Yannick Noah
6–4, 6–4
Winner 11. 1983 Richmond WCT, U.S. Carpet Tomáš Šmíd Fritz Buehning
Brian Teacher
6–2, 6–4
Winner 12. 1983 Delray Beach WCT, U.S. Clay Tomáš Šmíd Anand Amritraj
Johan Kriek
7–6, 6–4
Runner-up 20. 1983 Rotterdam, Netherlands Hard (i) Peter Fleming Fritz Buehning
Tom Gullikson
6–7, 6–4, 6–7
Winner 13. 1983 Milan, Italy Carpet Tomáš Šmíd Fritz Buehning
Peter Fleming
6–2, 5–7, 6–4
Runner-up 21. 1983 Lisbon, Portugal Clay Ferdi Taygan Carlos Kirmayr
Cassio Motta
5–7, 4–6
Winner 14. 1983 Madrid, Spain Clay Heinz Günthardt Markus Günthardt
Zoltan Kuharszky
6–3, 6–3
Winner 15. 1983 Munich, Germany Clay Chris Lewis Anders Järryd
Tomáš Šmíd
6–4, 6–2
Winner 16. 1983 Gstaad, Switzerland Clay Tomáš Šmíd Colin Dowdeswell
Wojtek Fibak
6–7, 6–4, 6–2
Runner-up 22. 1983 Stuttgart Outdoor, Germany Clay Tomáš Šmíd Anand Amritraj
Mike Bauer
6–4, 3–6, 2–6
Winner 17. 1983 Kitzbühel, Austria Clay Wojtek Fibak Colin Dowdeswell
Zoltan Kuharszky
7–5, 6–2
Winner 18. 1983 Basel, Switzerland Hard (i) Tomáš Šmíd Stefan Edberg
Florin Segărceanu
6–1, 3–6, 7–6
Winner 19. 1983 Toulouse, France Hard (i) Heinz Günthardt Bernard Mitton
Butch Walts
5–7, 7–5, 6–4
Winner 20. 1984 Masters Doubles WCT, London Carpet Tomáš Šmíd Anders Järryd
Hans Simonsson
1–6, 6–3, 3–6, 6–1, 6–3
Winner 21. 1984 Milan, Italy Carpet Tomáš Šmíd Kevin Curren
Steve Denton
6–4, 6–3
Runner-up 23. 1984 French Open, Paris Clay Tomáš Šmíd Henri Leconte
Yannick Noah
4–6, 6–2, 6–3, 3–6, 2–6
Winner 22. 1984 Washington, D.C., U.S. Clay Ferdi Taygan Drew Gitlin
Blaine Willenborg
7–6, 6–1
Winner 23. 1984 Bordeaux, France Clay Blaine Willenborg Loïc Courteau
Guy Forget
6–1, 6–4
Winner 24. 1984 Barcelona, Spain Clay Tomáš Šmíd Martín Jaite
Víctor Pecci
6–2, 6–0
Winner 25. 1984 Basel, Switzerland Hard (i) Tomáš Šmíd Stefan Edberg
Tim Wilkison
7–6, 6–2
Runner-up 24. 1984 Wembley, England Carpet Tomáš Šmíd Andrés Gómez
Ivan Lendl
2–6, 2–6
Winner 26. 1984 Treviso, Italy Clay Tim Wilkison Jan Gunnarsson
Sherwood Stewart
6–2, 6–3
Runner-up 25. 1984 Toulouse, France Hard (i) Tim Wilkison Jan Gunnarsson
Michael Mortensen
4–6, 2–6
Runner-up 26. 1984 Masters, New York Carpet Tomáš Šmíd Peter Fleming
John McEnroe
2–6, 2–6
Winner 27. 1985 Memphis, U.S. Carpet Tomáš Šmíd Kevin Curren
Steve Denton
1–6, 6–3, 6–4
Winner 28. 1985 Rotterdam, Netherlands Carpet Tomáš Šmíd Vitas Gerulaitis
Paul McNamee
6–4, 6–4
Winner 29. 1985 Monte Carlo, Monaco Clay Tomáš Šmíd Shlomo Glickstein
Shahar Perkiss
6–2, 6–3
Winner 30. 1985 Nice, France Clay Claudio Panatta Loïc Courteau
Guy Forget
3–6, 6–3, 8–6
Runner-up 27. 1985 Indianapolis, U.S. Clay Kim Warwick Ken Flach
Robert Seguso
4–6, 4–6
Runner-up 28. 1985 Toulouse, France Hard (i) Tomáš Šmíd Ricardo Acuña
Jakob Hlasek
6–3, 2–6, 7–9
Winner 31. 1986 Nice, France Clay Jakob Hlasek Gary Donnelly
Colin Dowdeswell
6–3, 4–6, 11–9
Winner 32. 1986 Saint Vincent, Italy Clay Libor Pimek Bud Cox
Michael Fancutt
6–3, 6–3
Runner-up 29. 1986 Toulouse, France Hard (i) Jakob Hlasek Miloslav Mečíř
Tomáš Šmíd
2–6, 6–3, 4–6

Singles titles (2)

Outcome No. Date Championship Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1. 1979 Kitzbühel, Austria Clay Vitas Gerulaitis 2–6, 2–6, 4–6
Winner 1. 1981 Nancy, France Hard (i) Ilie Năstase 6–2, 7–5
Runner-up 2. 1983 Delray Beach WCT, U.S. Clay Guillermo Vilas 1–6, 4–6, 0–6
Runner-up 3. 1984 Vienna, Austria Hard (i) Tim Wilkison 1–6, 1–6, 2–6
Winner 2. 1985 Kitzbühel, Austria Clay Michael Westphal 7–5, 6–2

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