NORWALK, Conn. -- Happy birthday to Norwalk’s George Livingston "Leif" Shiras!
Shiras, who has lived in Norwalk, turns 57 on Sunday. The former professional tennis player was born Aug. 21, 1959, in Norwalk.
Shiras played tennis at Princeton University, where he was an NCAA All-American in 1979 and 1980.
During his career as a player, he reached one top-level final – at the Queen's Club Championships in 1984, where he lost to John McEnroe, 1-6, 6-3, 2-6. His best singles performance at a Grand Slam event came at Wimbledon in 1989, where he reached the fourth round.
His career-high ranking was World No. 31 in singles (in 1984) and World No. 57 in doubles in (in 1988).
He retired from the professional tour in 1990. Since then, he has worked as a tennis journalist, primarily as a commentator for the Tennis Channel, British Sky Sports and Fox Sports.
In 1995, he won the Wimbledon over-35 men's doubles title, partnering Paul McNamee.
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