Jonathan Canter

Jonathan Canter (born June 4, 1965) is a former professional tennis player from the United States.[1]

Jonathan Canter
Country (sports) United States
Born (1965-06-04) June 4, 1965 (age 55)
Los Angeles,
United States
Height1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Turned pro1983
Prize money$474,516
Career record68–96
Career titles1
Highest rankingNo. 36 (October 13, 1986)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open1R (1985, 1987, 1991)
French Open2R (1986, 1987)
Wimbledon2R (1986)
US Open2R (1985, 1986, 1987)
Career record38–68
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 84 (July 9, 1990)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open3R (1985, 1989)
French Open2R (1984)
Wimbledon3R (1990)
US Open3R (1989)

Early yearsEdit

Canter was born in Los Angeles, where his father, Stanley S. Canter, worked as a film producer. His father, who was also manager of Jimmy Connors for a time, produced films such as Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes, Tarzan and the Lost City and Hornets' Nest, which he also wrote.[2][3]

He won the boys 16 and under singles in the 1979 Ojai Tennis Tournament.[4] The promising junior made the quarterfinals of the 1981 US Open and the following year, he reached further quarterfinals at the US Open and French Open. His best performances however came in the doubles. With countryman Michael Kures as his partner, Canter won the boys' doubles title at the 1982 US Open, beating Australians Pat Cash and John Frawley in the final. He also made the doubles semifinals at the 1982 Wimbledon Championships, partnering Chuck Willenborg. At the same event the following year, Canter was once again a singles quarterfinalist.[5]

Professional careerEdit

Canter never made the third round of the singles draw at a Grand Slam.[6] He twice came close, the first time at the 1986 French Open when he squandered a two set lead over Jean-Philippe Fleurian in their second-round encounter.[6] In the US Open that year, after coming from two sets down to defeat Tim Mayotte in his opening match, Canter was again at the wrong end of a second-round match decided in five sets, losing to Dan Goldie.[6]

He did, however, reach the third round on four occasions in the doubles.[6] His biggest win came during the 1990 Wimbledon Championships, where he and partner Bruce Derlin upset reigning champions John Fitzgerald and Anders Järryd.[6]

In 1985, Canter won his only Grand Prix/ATP title, at the Melbourne Outdoor tournament.[6] The following year, he would make it to No. 36 in the world.[6] His best results that season were semifinal appearances at Montreal and Toronto.[6] In Montreal, he had a win over world No. 4, Yannick Noah.[6]

Grand Prix career finalsEdit

Singles: 1 (1–0)Edit

Result Year Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Win 1985 Melbourne, Australia Grass   Peter Doohan 5–7, 6–3, 6–4

Challenger titlesEdit

Singles (1)Edit

No. Year Tournament Surface Opponent Score
1. 1987 Guadeloupe Hard   Larry Stefanki 6–3, 6–4

Doubles (3)Edit

No. Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
1. 1990 Bangkok, Thailand Hard   Bruce Derlin   Neil Borwick
  David Lewis
6–4, 6–4
2. 1991 Guam Hard   Kenny Thorne   David Adams
  Doug Eisenman
6–1, 6–2
3. 1993 Reunion Island Hard   Jeff Tarango   Lan Bale
  Mark Kaplan
6–4, 3–6, 7–5