Ismail El Shafei

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Ismail El Shafei
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Isamil El Shafei (1982)
Country (sports) Egypt
ResidenceCairo
Born (1947-11-15) 15 November 1947 (age 73)
Cairo
Turned pro1968 (amateur tour from 1964)
RetiredMarch 1983
PlaysLeft-handed (two-handed backhand)
Singles
Career record293–329 (47.1%)[1]
Career titles6[1]
Highest rankingNo. 34 (8 April 1975)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open3R (1971)
French Open3R (1969)
WimbledonQF (1974)
US Open4R (1974)
Doubles
Career record232–216 (Open era)
Career titles9
Highest rankingNo. 26 (30 August 1977)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenQF (1978)
French Open3R (1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1978)
WimbledonQF (1981)
US Open4R (1970)

Ismail El Shafei (Arabic: إسماعيل الشافعي‎) (born 15 November 1947) is a former men's professional tennis player and president of the Egyptian Tennis Federation. He is currently a member of the board of directors of the International Tennis Federation and is chairman of the ITF juniors circuit.[2] He won six career singles titles and reached eleven finals. In doubles, he won nine career titles.

Career[edit]

El Shafei played his first tournament in March 1962 at the Egyptian Championships losing in straight sets to Italian player Giuseppe Merlo in the round of 32.[3] He reached his first tournament final in Ostordorf, West Germany in 1963 before losing to Harald Elschenbroich. In 1964, he won the boys' singles tournament at Wimbledon. He won his first senior's tournament in San Jose, Costa Rica in January 1966. He won the Egyptian Open in Cairo three times (1969, 1974–1974). An adaptable player, he competed on all surfaces, (grass, clay, hard, and carpet). El Shafei is the only Egyptian player to make the top 40 in Grand Prix/ATP ranking history. He had the distinction of being one of only four players to beat Björn Borg at Wimbledon,[2] knocking him out in the third round in 1974 (the other three were John McEnroe, Roger Taylor and Arthur Ashe.) He reached his last professional singles final (exhibition) at the Cairo Invitational losing to Bjorn Borg in two sets in December 1979 and played his last singles tournament in June 1982 at the Bristol Open losing to then South African player Johan Kriek,[3] he retired in 1983.

Post playing career[edit]

Following his playing career El Shafei remained involved in tennis in an administrative role: he was elected president of the Egyptian Tennis Federation on two occasions (1994–96 and 2005–08).[4] In 1998, he was elected to the board of directors of the International Tennis Federation until 2001. He would serve a second term as director of the ITF (2003–2013).[4] In September 2015, he was elected for a third term as a director and is currently chairman of coaching and chairman of the juniors circuit.[4]

Personal[edit]

He was educated at Cairo University[4] and is the son of Adli El Shafei and father of Adli El Shafei II.

Career finals[edit]

Singles (6 titles, 11 runner-ups)[edit]

Result No. Year Tournament Location Surface Opponent Score
Loss 1. 2-09-1963 Ostordorf Tennis Tournament Ostordorf Clay West Germany Harald Elschenbroich 0–6, 0–6
Win 1. 24-01-1966 San Jose Tennis Tournament San José Clay Australia Gary Penberthy 6–2, 6–2, 6–4[5]
Loss 2. 16-01-1967 Asian Championships Kalkutta Grass Soviet Union Alex Metreveli 3–6, 6–8, 4–6
Loss 3. 06-03-1967 Egyptian Championships Cairo Clay Sweden Jan-Erik Lundqvist 4–6, 4–6, 2–6
Win 2. 22-01-1968 German Indoor Championships Bremen Hard (i) France Daniel Contet 6–2, 6–2, 9–7
Loss 4. 04-03-1968 Egyptian Championships Cairo Clay Czechoslovakia Milan Holecek 6–4, 3–6, 1–6, 2–6
Loss 5. 04-03-1968 Le Touquet Tennis tournament Cairo Clay France François Jauffret 1–6, 2–6, 3–6
Loss 6. 10-02-1969 U.S. National Indoor Tennis Championships Salisbury Hard (i) United States Stan Smith 3–6, 8–6, 4–6, 4–6
Win 3. 10-03-1969 Egyptian Open Cairo Clay Hungary Istvan Gulyas 6–2, 6–2, 9–7
Loss 7. 17-03-1969 Alexandria International Championships Alexandria Clay Hungary Istvan Gulyas 1–6, 6–3, 3–6, 5–7
Loss 8. 13-10-1969 Dewar Cup Perth Perth Carpet (i) United Kingdom Mark Cox 6–3, 12–14, 1–6
Loss 9. 15-03-1971 Egyptian Open Cairo Clay Soviet Union Alex Metreveli 6–8, 9–7, 4–6
Win 4. 05-03-1973 Egyptian Open Cairo Clay France Patrick Proisy 6–4, 6–8, 6–3, 6–3
Win 5. 04-03-1974 Egyptian Open Cairo Clay France François Jauffret 6–0, 4–6, 6–1, 6–3
Win 6. 11-11-1974 Philippine Open Manila Hard West Germany Hans-Jürgen Pohmann 7–6, 6–1[5][6]
Loss 10. 04-08-1975 Brummana International Brummana Clay Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Nikola Pilic 6–7, 6–3, 6–7, 7–6, 4–6
Loss 11. 21-11-1977 Taipei Summit Championships Taipei Hard (i) United States Tim Gullikson 6–7, 6–3, 6–7, 7–6, 4–6[7]

Doubles (9 titles)[edit]

Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
1974 St. Louis WCT, U.S. Clay New Zealand Brian Fairlie Australia Geoff Masters
Australia Ross Case
7–6, 6–7, 7–6
1974 Christchurch, New Zealand N/A United States Roscoe Tanner Australia Syd Ball
Australia Ray Ruffels
w/o
1974 Jakarta, Indonesia Hard United States Roscoe Tanner West Germany Jürgen Fassbender
West Germany Hans-Jürgen Pohmann
7–5, 6–3
1976 ATP Sydney Indoor, Australia Hard (i) New Zealand Brian Fairlie Australia Syd Ball
Australia Kim Warwick
7–5, 6–7, 7–6
1977 Newport, U.S. Grass New Zealand Brian Fairlie United States Tim Gullikson
United States Tom Gullikson
6–7, 6–3, 7–6
1978 Cairo, Egypt Clay New Zealand Brian Fairlie Argentina Lito Álvarez
United States George Hardie
6–3, 7–5, 6–2
1980 Cairo, Egypt Clay Netherlands Tom Okker France Christophe Freyss
France Bernard Fritz
6–3, 3–6, 6–3
1980 Gstaad, Switzerland Clay United Kingdom Colin Dowdeswell Australia Mark Edmondson
Australia Kim Warwick
6–4, 6–4
1981 Cairo, Egypt Clay Hungary Balázs Taróczy Italy Paolo Bertolucci
Italy Gianni Ocleppo
6–7, 6–3, 6–1

Grand Slam singles performance timeline[edit]

Won Wimbledon Championship for Boys 1964 & was runner-up in 1963

Tournament 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 Career SR Career W–L Career Win %
Australian Open A A A 3R A A A A A A 1R A A 0 / 2 2–2 33.33
French Open A 3R A A A 1R 2R 1R 1R 2R 1R A A 0 / 7 4–7 36.36
Wimbledon 2R 1R 3R 1R A A QF 2R 3R 1R 1R 1R 1R 0 / 11 10–11 47.61
US Open A 3R 1R 1R A 3R 4R A 2R A A A A 0 / 6 8–6 53.33
Win–Loss 1–1 4–3 2–2 2–3 0–0 2–2 8–3 1–2 3–3 1–2 0–3 0–1 0–1 0 / 26 24–26 48.00

Davis Cup[edit]

El Shafei participated in 17 ties for Egypt, where he played 42 matches, winning 23, losing 19 he also served as team captain in the 1980s.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Ismail El Shafei: Career match record". thetennisbase.com. Tennis Base. Retrieved 6 November 2017.
  2. ^ a b Harwitt, Sandra (30 September 2016). "ITF Junior Chairman El Shafei on the scene in Budapest". itftennis.com. International Tennis Federation. Retrieved 6 November 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Ismail El Shafei: Player Activity". thetennisbase.com. Tennis Base. Retrieved 6 November 2017.
  4. ^ a b c d "Meet the Board". itftennis.com. International Tennis Federation, 25 September 2015. Retrieved 6 November 2017.
  5. ^ a b "Ismail El Shafei: Tournament results". thetennisbase.com. Tennis Base. Retrieved 6 November 2017.
  6. ^ "Manila Results Grand Prix Tour 1974". ATP World Tour. ATP. Retrieved 6 November 2017.
  7. ^ "Taipei Results Grand Prix Tour 1977". ATP World Tour. ATP. Retrieved 6 November 2017.
  8. ^ ""Meet the Board" ITF Board of Directors for 2015–2019". ktf.kz. Tennis Federation of Kazakhstan. 28 September 2015. Retrieved 6 November 2017.

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