Chris is a former professional tennis player from New Zealand who reached the 1983 Wimbledon final. Lewis reached the singles final of ten major tournaments, winning three. He achieved a career-high singles ranking of World No. 19 in April 1984. He also won 8 doubles titles and reached the finals of 8 more during his 12 years on the tour. He was coached by Harry Hopman and Tony Roche.
He was the first player from New Zealand to reach a Wimbledon singles final since Anthony Wilding won the title in 1913. He is also the last player from New Zealand to reach the singles final of a Grand Slam tournament as of 2020. Widely regarded as the fittest player on the tour during his era, he is also considered the best New Zealand tennis player of the modern game. He was ranked No. 1 in New Zealand for a decade, and in 1983 was voted New Zealand’s Sports Person of the Year.
Chris reached the No. 1 junior world ranking in 1975, winning the Wimbledon Boys’ Singles title and reaching the final of the US Open Boys’ Singles.
In reaching the 1983 Wimbledon final, after a five set win over Kevin Curren in the semi-finals, he became the seventh unseeded man and only the second New Zealander after Anthony Wilding to reach a Wimbledon singles final. He lost the final to John McEnroe (2-6, 2-6, 2-6). He also reached the finals at the Cincinnati Masters in 1981, again losing to John McEnroe (3-6, 4-6).
In his coaching career, Chris has developed and coached young players (in every age group) who have won the most prestigious junior events in the world, including junior grand slam titles. He has also coached at the very highest level of men’s professional tennis, including coaching Carl-Uwe Steeb, world # 14, and Ivan Lendl, world #1.
Today, based at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, Chris and his partner, Chuck Brymer, run one of the most successful high-performance junior tennis academies (Brymer Lewis Tennis) in the USA