Jay Berger is an American former professional tennis player. He is noted for having won three singles titles and one doubles title on the ATP Tour. On April 16, 1990, he reached his highest world ranking of No.7.
Player Bio and Family Life
Berger was born on November 26, 1966, in Fort Dix, New Jersey. He stands 5 feet 11 inches or 1.8 meters tall. He is a right-handed player and has a two-handed backhand. Throughout his professional career, he won $992,136 in prize money.
Jay is Jewish and is married to his wife Nadia. They have four children. His son Daniel Berger, is a PGA Tour pro golfer. Daniel won the 2015 Rookie of the Year Award. As of 2021, Daniel has had four career PGA wins.
College Tennis Career
In 1985, he was the champion for the USTA Boys’ I8s National Championship. He also won the Florida State Junior Championship in the same year.
Berger attended Clemson University where he was an All-American. He had a singles record of 91-22 in two seasons. He is the third all-time at Clemson with a winning percentage of 80.5%
Professional Tennis Career
Jay turned professional in 1986 and he played on the ATP Tour circuit from 1986 until his retirement in 1991. In his rookie year, he won the ATP Buenos Aires event. He followed this by winning the singles and doubles titles in Sao Paolo in 1988.
In 1989, he made it to the quarterfinals of the French Open and the US Open. He also won at Charleston, South Carolina that year, marking his third tour singles title. He was also the runner-up at the 1990 Canadian Open. In April 1990, he reached his highest World Ranking of No.7.
He also appeared in the Davis Cup, both in 1988 and 1990.
Retirement and Halls of Fame
Berger decided to retire from professional tennis in 1991. He had been suffering from chronic knee injuries.
He was inducted into the Florida Hall of Fame in 1993. In 2001, he was inducted into the Miami-Dade Hall of Fame. In 2014, he was inducted into the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.
Singles Career Record: 141–80
Singles Career Titles: 3
Singles Highest Ranking: No. 7 (April 16, 1990)
Doubles Career Record: 19–28
Doubles Career Titles: 1
Highest Ranking: No. 196 (November 14, 1988)
Grand Slam Results - Singles
- 1991 - Australian Open, 3R
- 1989 - French Open, QF
- 1988 – Wimbledon, 2R
- 1989 - US Open, QF
Grand Slam Doubles results
1987 - US Open, 2R