BRIAN TEACHER(U. S. A.)
Australian Open 1980
Brian Teacher was a journeyman who took advantage of a weak field to win his only Grand Slam title at the 1980 Australian Open. 25 year old serve and volley player Teacher beat Paul McNamee in the quarters and Peter McNamara in the semis. In the final he met home favourite Kim Warwick. Warwick was suffering from a back injury and could not serve at full pace. The injury seemed to play on Warwick's mind as Teacher kept focussed to win 7-5,7-6,6-3. At Wimbledon in 1982, Teacher beat Mats Wilander before losing in the quarters. At the 1982 Australian Open, he lost on a fifth set tie break to Hank Pfister. After a fairly undistinguished career, Teacher retired in 1987 and concentrated on a coaching career. He became Greg Rusedski's coach and guided Rusedski to the 1997 US Open final. Though Teacher's coaching skills were held in high regard, Rusedski promptly sacked him just days after playing the '97 US final. Perhaps Rusedski regretted this decision as his form began to dip and he went through several coaches in quick succession.
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