Neville Godwin ( born January 31, 1975 in Johannesburg ) is a former South African tennis player.
Godwin, whose father worked as a tennis coach, began at the age of three years with the tennis game. In 1991 he first came to the junior tournament at Wimbledon, but failed in the second round to Vince Spadea. The following year, he reached the quarter-finals and was in the doubles final of the junior tournament, the French Open. In 1993 he took part in the doubles final of the junior tournament, the French Open and Wimbledon and won the doubles title at the U.S. Open Junior Championships.
1994 Godwin was a professional tennis player. His first title he won in 1996 on the side of Leander Paes at the Challenger tournament in Jerusalem. Throughout his career, he was able to achieve a total of eleven Challenger doubles title. In addition, he scored two Challenger single item. His greatest success on the ATP World Tour was the title win in the tournament in Newport in 2001, after he had stood in the finals in 1998. In doubles, he was able to win any titles on the ATP World Tour, but reached three times a final. Its highest listing in the tennis world ranking he reached in 1997 with position 90 in the singles and 2000 position 57 in doubles.
His best individual result at a Grand Slam tournament was reaching the quarter-finals of Wimbledon in 1996., Where he profited by defeating Cristiano Caratti and Grant Stafford of an injury-related task of Boris Becker, but his fellow countryman Alexander Rădulescu was then clearly inferior in three sets. In the doubles competition, he reached the second round in each of Wimbledon and the U.S. Open, his best result was the quarter- finals at the French Open in 2000. Alongside Michael Hill was subject to the eventual finalists Paul Haarhuis and Sandon Stolle. In 1998, he was also in the second round of the mixed competition of Wimbledon.
Godwin played between 1999 and 2001 7 single and 2 double batches for the South African Davis Cup team. His two double games he could win his individual account was 2:5, where he was inferior among others Greg Rusedski and Tim Henman in the match against Great Britain.