Robert Van't Hof
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Robert Van't Hof

Robert Van't Hof
Full nameRobert Van't Hof
Country (sports) United States
ResidenceNewport Beach, California, U.S.[1]
Born (1959-04-10) April 10, 1959 (age 63)
Lynwood, California, U.S.
Height1.92 m (6 ft 3 in)
Turned pro1980
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money$495,947
Career record83-105 (44.15%)
Career titles2
Highest rankingNo. 25 (July 4, 1983)
Grand Slam singles results
Australian Open3R (1981)
Wimbledon4R (1983)
US Open2R (1980, 1982)
Career record170-171 (49.85%)
Career titles6
Highest rankingNo. 20 (August 25, 1986)
Grand Slam doubles results
Australian OpenQF (1990)
French Open3R (1981)
Wimbledon4R (1985, 1987)
US OpenQF (1985)

Robert Van't Hof (born April 10, 1959)[1] is a former professional tennis player from the United States.

Early life

Van't Hof was born in Lynwood, California.[1]


Van't Hof studied for three years at the University of Southern California, winning the National Collegiate Athletic Association singles title in 1980.[2] He left the University without being awarded a degree, in order to pursue his tennis career.[3]

Van't Hof was inducted into the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Hall of Fame in 2003.[4]

Professional career

Turning professional in 1980, Van't Hof won his first top-level singles title in 1981 at Taipei and his second in 1989 in Seoul.[1] His best singles performance at a Grand Slam event came in 1983 at Wimbledon, where he reached the final 16.

Van't Hof won two top-level singles titles and six tour doubles titles, including the Pacific Southwest with Scott Davis in 1985, as an unseeded team. His career-high rankings were World No. 25 in singles (in 1983), and World No. 20 in doubles (in 1986).[1] He retired from the professional tour in 1990.


After retiring as a player, Van't Hof worked as a coach to players including Lindsay Davenport, Todd Martin, and Coco Vandeweghe. [3][5]

Career finals


Result W/L Year Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0-1 1980 Hobart, Australia Hard Israel Shlomo Glickstein 6-7, 4-6
Win 1-1 1981 Taipei, Taiwan Carpet (i) United States Pat DuPré 7-5, 6-2
Loss 1-2 1982 Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. Hard United States Sandy Mayer 5-7, 3-6
Win 2-2 1989 Seoul, South Korea Hard Australia Brad Drewett 7-5, 6-4


Result W/L Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0-1 1981 Tokyo, Japan Clay United States Larry Stefanki Switzerland Heinz Günthardt
Hungary Balázs Taróczy
6-3, 2-6, 1-6
Loss 0-2 1982 Auckland, New Zealand Hard United States Larry Stefanki United Kingdom Andrew Jarrett
United Kingdom Jonathan Smith
5-7, 6-7
Win 1-2 1982 Taipei, Taiwan Carpet (i) United States Larry Stefanki United States Fred McNair
United States Tim Wilkison
6-3, 7-6
Win 2-2 1984 Bristol, England Grass United States Larry Stefanki Australia John Alexander
Australia John Fitzgerald
6-4, 5-7, 9-7
Win 3-2 1985 Los Angeles, California, U.S. Hard United States Scott Davis United States Paul Annacone
South Africa Christo van Rensburg
6-3, 7-6
Win 4-2 1986 Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. Carpet (i) United States Andy Kohlberg South Africa Christo Steyn
South Africa Danie Visser
6-2, 6-3
Win 5-2 1990 Auckland, New Zealand Hard United States Kelly Jones Israel Gilad Bloom
Netherlands Paul Haarhuis
7-6, 6-0
Win 6-2 1990 San Francisco, California, U.S. Carpet (i) United States Kelly Jones United States Glenn Layendecker
United States Richey Reneberg
2-6, 7-6, 6-3
Loss 6-3 1991 Hong Kong, China Hard Canada Glenn Michibata United States Patrick Galbraith
United States Todd Witsken
2-6, 4-6


  1. ^ a b c d e "Robert Van't Hof". ATP Tour. Retrieved 2020.
  2. ^ "U.S.C.'s Van't Hof Takes N.C.A.A. Tennis Crown". New York Times. May 27, 1980. Retrieved 2020.
  3. ^ a b Pucin, Diane (August 5, 1999). "In Rob she trusts". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2020.
  4. ^ "ITA Men's Hall of Fame". Retrieved 2020.
  5. ^ "Wimbledon 2010: Laura Robson defeats American to reach girls' last 16". The Guardian. June 29, 2010. Retrieved 2020.

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