The Ivan Lendl Tennis Clinic
The Ivan Lendl Tennis Clinic at Chautauqua Institution, endorsed by the USTA Eastern, features legendary men’s tennis champion Ivan Lendl, who was ranked No. 1 in the world for 270 weeks and won 94 ATP singles titles, including reaching 19 Grand Slam singles finals, winning eight titles.
Lendl remains the only male tennis player with more than 90% match wins in five different years. He was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2001.
Following his retirement in 1994, Ivan has become one of the top coaches in the world having worked with the USTA Development Program in Orland and guiding Andy Murray to two Wimbledon Championships and a world #1 ranking.
August 3–4, 2021
Location: Chautauqua Institution Tennis Center, Chautauqua, N.Y.
Note: All participants will be required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Final shots need to have been administered two full weeks or more prior to the start of the clinic.
The Clinic features:
- Direct instruction with Ivan Lendl and other USTA pros over two days at the Chautauqua Tennis Center.
- Post-clinic conversation and engagement with Ivan Lendl and clinic pros
- Intimate group of only 50 participants
- Meals, VIP Reception and instructional supplies provided.
- Overnight Packages available at the historic Athenaeum Hotel, including the Chautauqua Gate Pass with access to most Institution programming for participants and one guest each (packages based on double accommodations in standard rooms).
|Day One||Tuesday, August 3, 2021|
|Noon–1:30 p.m.||Arrival, Check In, Welcome (Lunch Provided)|
|2 p.m.||3 Hours of Clinic Instruction|
|6–7:30 p.m.||VIP Reception at the Athenaeum Hotel Parlor (Full Bar and hors d’oeuvres)|
|Day Two||Wednesday, August 4, 2021|
|8–9 a.m.||Continental Breakfast at the Tennis Courts|
|9 a.m.–Noon||Clinic Instruction|
Q&A, Photo Opportunity and Autographs with Ivan Lendl
Round Robin Play
*Participants with overnight or other Clinic packages including Chautauqua events will enjoy the Wednesday evening performance at the iconic Chautauqua Amphitheater featuring Margo Price with Special Guest Allison Russell.
Bring the family, and they can enjoy the Chautauqua Experience — lectures, performances, recreation activities, enrichment classes and more — while you participate in the Ivan Lendl Tennis Clinic. Check out the Chautauqua program August 3–4 here.
Participant Level of Play:
This clinic is for intermediate to advanced players, mid-teen to adult players, ages 15 to 70+. A health release or waiver will be required for registration.
About Ivan Lendl
Although he’d been a prodigious winner for four years, it was not until the French final of 1984 that Ivan Lendl began to really stake his claim to greatness. Then, from two sets down to the year’s leading player, John McEnroe, Lendl battled back to win in five sets, seizing the first of his eight major singles (of 19 finals). He won two other French (1986-87), two Australian (1989, ’90), and three U.S. (1985, ’86, ’87). Until 1984, at 24, his competitive zeal in big finals had been questioned, particularly after his U.S. Open finals losses to Jimmy Connors of 1982-83. But Lendl dispelled all that, and won in 1985 over McEnroe, in 1986 over Miloslav Mecir and 1987 over Mats Wilander. Ivan’s two other French titles were banged out in 1986 and 1987 over Swedes Mikael Pernfors and Wilander.
In Australia, after falling in the 1983 final to Wilander, he bounced back to win in 1989 over Mecir and 1990 over Edberg in an injury walkover. His 1985 U.S. Open conquest of McEnroe hoisted him past the New Yorker to No. 1 in the world, a position he held until losing the Open in 1988 to Wilander – 156 straight weeks, four short of Jimmy Connors’s record at the time. He returned to No. 1 for 1989 and spent a total 270 weeks at the peak during 13 seasons in the Top 10 between 1980 and 1992. Lendl’s Flushing Meadow time has been spectacular: Appearing in eight successive finals (from 1982), he equalled the record of Big Bill Tilden (1918-25). His loss of the 1988 final to Wilander halted a 27-match winning streak in the U.S. championship, second only to Tilden’s string of 42 between 1920 and the quarters of 1926.
Born March 7, 1960, at Ostrava, Czechoslovakia, and reared there, he has an excellent tennis bloodline. His mother, Olga Lendlova, was a Top Ten player in their homeland, ranking as high as No. 2. His father, Jiri Lendl, also was a fine player, ranking as high as No. 15, and who, in 1990, became president of the Czechoslovak Tennis Federation. Unlike countrywoman Martina Navratilova, he did not announce his defection, but left no doubt when he settled in the U.S. in 1984, and declined to play further Davis Cup after 1985. In 1992, he became a U.S. citizen.
In 1980, Lendl, unbeaten in seven singles and three doubles, led Czechoslovakia to its lone Davis Cup. Before an uproarious final round crowd in Prague, he anchored the 4-1 triumph over Italy. He won both his singles on the first day and, with Tomas Smid, clinched with a stirring doubles decision over Adriano Panatta and Paolo Bertolucci.
A 6-foot-2, 175-pound, right-handed paragon of hard work and fitness, he amassed stunning numbers campaigning tirelessly between 1980 and 1983, when he won 36 of 101 tournaments. He played 32 in 1980, winning three on a 113-29 match record, and won 15 of 23 in 1982 on 107-9. He won 11 of 17 in 1985 on 84-7. His last big production year was 1989: 10 of 17 on 79-7. His 92nd pro singles title in 1992 left him second only to Connors’ 109 in the open era. In 1982 he put together the third longest winning streak of the open era, 44 straight matches, two shy of Guillermo Vilas’ 1977 record.
A basher from the baseline, relying on strength and heavy topspin, Lendl wasn’t particularly stylish but got the job done with an intimidating will and appetite for victory. His anticipation and speed afoot were often overlooked. Ivan’s pursuit of the one prize beyond him, Wimbledon, was Jobian. He played 14 times at the Big W but, strain and try as he did to become a serve-and-volleyer, and as close as he came – final-round losses to Boris Becker in 1986 and Pat Cash in 1987 – grass was his no-no. That may be unfair to say about a man who batted .774 there, was also thrice a semi-finalist, but he joined Ken Rosewall and Pancho Gonzalez as the greatest never to win the Big W. An aching back didn’t help as, seeded seventh, he lost his last attempt, in 1993, to Arnaud Boetsch in the second round.
The damaged back caused him to default in the third set of his second-rounder against Bernd Karbacher at the 1994 U.S. Open. He would not play again, and announced his retirement shortly after that at age 34, ranked No. 30. His last title, Tokyo (indoor) in 1993, was a 6-4, 6-4 win over Todd Martin, and his last final, Sydney 1994, was a loss to Pete Sampras. Lendl’s was a hefty pro career of 17 years: 94 singles titles, six doubles titles, and a 1,279-274 singles W-L record (.805), topped only by Connors. He was the all-time prize money champ with $21,282,417 when he quit. An avid golfer, he lives in Connecticut.
MAJOR TITLES (8) – Australian singles, 1989, 1990; French singles, 1984, 1986, 1987 US. singles, 1985, 1986, 1987.
OTHER U.S. TITLES – Clay Court singles, 1985; Pro singles, 1992, 1993, 1994.
DAVIS CUP – 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985;record: 18-11 in singles, 4-4 in doubles.
SINGLES RECORD IN THE MAJORS – Australian (48-10), French (53-12), Wimbledon (48-14), US. (73-13).
– Bio Courtesy Bud Collins
About the Chautauqua Institution Tennis Center
Tennis has a long and rich tradition at Chautauqua. Originally introduced by co-founder Bishop John Vincent in 1878, the first lawn tennis court was set up along Chautauqua’s lakefront.
The Chautauqua Tennis Center boasts eight state-of-the-art, fast-dry Har-Tru courts. Using the patented “Hydro-Grid” system, the clay-like playing surface is kept uniformly moist by a sub-surface irrigation system. The result is a court that is consistent, gives a true bounce, is gentle on the feet and legs of players, and also drains exceptionally well, allowing for a quick return to play even after heavy rain. Two of the courts are illuminated for night play.
About the USTA
The United States Tennis Association (USTA) is the national governing body for the sport of tennis and the recognized leader in promoting and developing the sport’s growth on every level in the U.S.
About Chautauqua Institution
Chautauqua Institution is a community on the shores of Chautauqua Lake in southwestern New York state that comes alive each summer — and year-round through the CHQ Assembly online platforms — with a unique mix of fine and performing arts, lectures, interfaith worship and programs, and recreational activities. As a community, we celebrate, encourage and study the arts and treat them as integral to all of learning, and we convene the critical conversations of the day to advance understanding through civil dialogue.