Mike Estep
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Mike Estep
Mike Estep
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Country (sports) United States
ResidenceHurst, Texas, USA
Born (1949-07-19) July 19, 1949 (age 71)
Dallas, Texas, USA
Height5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Turned pro1969 (amateur tour from 1966)
Retired1983
PlaysRight-handed
Singles
Career record117-179
Career titles2
Highest rankingNo. 59 (August 23, 1973)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open3R (1982)
French Open2R (1973, 1975)
Wimbledon4R (1975)
US Open2R (1975)
Doubles
Career record182-168 (Open era)
Career titles7 (Open era)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenQF (1980, 1982)

Mike Estep (born July 19, 1949) is a former professional tennis player from the United States.

During his career Estep won 2 singles titles and 7 doubles titles. He achieved a career-high singles ranking of World No. 59 in August 1973.

In 1983 until 1986 he coached Martina Navratilova. Later he worked with Carling Bassett, Hana Mandlíková, Jana Novotná and Arantxa Sánchez Vicario.

He was a board member of the Association of Tennis Professionals from 1982 to 1989, holding the position of chairman of the ATP Ranking Committee at the same time. He also worked with the U.S. Tennis Association, creating a method for ranking juniors in 1999 that is now used nationwide, and serving on the junior development council for Texas from 1993 to 1995.[1]

Estep resides in Hurst, Texas.

Early life

Estep grew up in Dallas, where he graduated from the St. Mark's School of Texas. He was an All American tennis player while an undergraduate at Rice University. Mike Estep was a very successful junior player and had a No 1 ranking for five straight years (from 1963 to 1967). Estep was named the Texas High School Player of the Year, and led the U.S. to the Sunshine Cup Title and played on the U.S. Junior Davis Cup Team. Estep and George Taylor of Houston were the No. 1 doubles team in the country, the first time an all-Texas pair won a national junior boys' championship.[2]

Achievements at Rice University

At Rice University Mike Estep was the Southwest Conference singles and doubles Champion in 1970, NCAA semifinalist in the doubles in 1968, finalist in singles in 1969 and a semifinalist in the singles in 1970. He received an All-American honors for 3 consecutive years from 1969 to 1971, with an honorable mention in 1968. After earning a B.A. in political science in 1971,

Grand Prix and WCT finals

Singles: 4 (2 titles, 2 runner-ups)

Result No. Year Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Win 1. 1973 Merion, U.S. Grass United States Gene Scott 7-5, 3-6, 7-6, 3-6, 7-5
Win 2. 1976 Khartoum, Sudan Hard Brazil Thomaz Koch 6-4, 6-7, 6-4, 6-3
Loss 1. 1982 Tampa, U.S. Hard United States Brian Gottfried 7-6, 2-6, 4-6
Loss 2. 1982 Newport, U.S. Grass United States Hank Pfister 1-6, 5-7

Doubles: 16 (7 titles, 9 runner-ups)

Result No. Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1. 1973 Omaha, U.S. Hard (i) United States William Brown United States Jimmy Connors
Spain Juan Gisbert Sr.
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Win 2. 1973 Salt Lake City, U.S. Hard (i) Mexico Raúl Ramírez Czechoslovakia Ji?í H?ebec
Czechoslovakia Jan Kukal
6-4, 7-6
Win 3. 1973 Calgary, Canada Indoor Romania Ilie N?stase Hungary Szabolcz Baranyi
Hungary Péter Sz?ke
6-7, 7-5, 6-3
Win 4. 1973 Valencia, Spain Clay Romania Ion ?iriac Belgium Patrick Hombergen
Belgium Bernard Mignot
6-4, 1-6, 10-8
Loss 1. 1973 Barcelona, Spain Clay Romania Ion ?iriac Spain Juan Gisbert Sr.
Spain Manuel Orantes
4-6, 6-7
Win 5. 1973 Djakarta, Indonesia Hard Australia Ian Fletcher Australia John Newcombe
Australia Allan Stone
7-5, 6-4
Win 6. 1974 Philadelphia WCT, U.S. Carpet South Africa Pat Cramer France Jean-Baptiste Chanfreau
France Georges Goven
6-1, 6-1
Loss 2. 1974 Hampton, U.S. Carpet South Africa Pat Cramer Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia ?eljko Franulovi?
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Nikola Pili?
6-4, 5-7, 1-6
Loss 3. 1974 Adelaide, Australia Grass Australia Paul Kronk United States Grover Raz Reid
Australia Allan Stone
6-7, 4-6
Loss 4. 1974 Manila, Philippines Hard Mexico Marcello Lara Australia Syd Ball
Australia Ross Case
3-6, 6-7, 7-9
Win 7. 1975 Washington Indoor WCT, U.S. Carpet New Zealand Jeff Simpson India Anand Amritraj
India Vijay Amritraj
7-6, 6-3
Loss 5. 1975 Houston, U.S. Clay New Zealand Jeff Simpson United States Robert Lutz
United States Stan Smith
5-7, 6-7
Loss 6. 1975 Boston, U.S. Clay United States John Andrews United States Brian Gottfried
Mexico Raúl Ramírez
6-4, 3-6, 6-7
Loss 7. 1976 Cologne, Germany Carpet Rhodesia Colin Dowdeswell South Africa Bob Hewitt
South Africa Frew McMillan
1-6, 6-3, 6-7
Loss 8. 1981 Stuttgart Outdoor, Germany Clay Australia Mark Edmondson Australia Peter McNamara
Australia Paul McNamee
6-2, 4-6, 6-7
Loss 9. 1981 Brisbane, Australia Grass Australia Mark Edmondson Australia Rod Frawley
New Zealand Chris Lewis
5-7, 6-4, 6-7

References[3][4]

  1. ^ Rice University Champions Book
  2. ^ St. Mark's School of Texas - Alumni Athletes
  3. ^ "Estep". texas-tennis-museum. Retrieved .
  4. ^ "Mike Estep | Overview | ATP Tour | Tennis". ATP Tour. Retrieved .

External links

  1. ^ "Ultimate Tennis Statistics - Mike Estep". www.ultimatetennisstatistics.com. Retrieved .

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