Jay Berger
Jay Berger
Jay Berger
Jay Berger
YTD Rank: ${ytdRank} Career High Rank (${careerDate}): ${careerRank}
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  • Wife, Nadia (married '90); Daughter, Alexandra; Son, Daniel, is former all-American golfer at Florida State Univ. and rookie on PGA Tour in 2015.

    Singles titles: 3, as follows: 1989--Charleston; 1988--Sao Paulo; 1986--Buenos Aires...

    Doubles title: 1, as follows: 1988--Sao Paulo (w/de la Pena)

    Turned pro after the 1986 US Open. Earned All-America honors at Clemson (SC) in 1986, completing his college season with a 34-11 record and wins over Dan Goldie and Tom Mercer. A member of the 1986 USTA Junior Davis Cup team. In 1985 he won the USTA Boys' 18s Clay Court and USTA Boys' 18s Hard Court titles. The latter earned him a wildcard into the main draw of the US Open, where he upset Brian Teacher en route to the Round of 16, the best finish of any reigning 18's champion in the Open era. Captured the 1985 Florida State Junior Championship. Suffered an ankle injury in the final at Buenos Aires in 1987, forcing him to retire to Guillermo Perez-Roldan at 3-2 in the first set. Also missed the doubles final with Horacio de la Pena. Began 1987 reaching the quarter-finals at the Lipton International in Key Biscayne, Fla., upsetting Andres Gomez in the fourth round. Broke into the top 50 for the first time and finished No. 47 on the ATP computer. Reached the semifinals at Orlando in 1988, defeating No. 2 ranked Mats Wilander and Aaron Krickstein before losing to eventual titlist Andrei Chesnokov. He handed No. 3 Boris Becker his worst career defeat of 6-1, 6-1 in the third round at Indian Wells in March 1989 en route to the semi-finals. Compiled a 40-19 match record and earned a career-high $332,168 while finishing a year-end best No. 10 in 1989. It was his third straight top 50 finish (fourth consecutive top 100). Represented the US in Davis Cup in 1988 and 1990, undefeated in two singles matches. A former head coach at the University of Miami, Berger served as the USTA's Head of Men's Tennis for nine years.



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