Mike Estep (born July 19, 1949) is a former professional tennis player from the United States.
|Country (sports)||United States|
|Residence||Hurst, Texas, USA|
|Born||July 19, 1949|
Dallas, Texas, USA
|Height||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
|Turned pro||1969 (amateur tour from 1966)|
|Highest ranking||No. 59 (August 23, 1973)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||3R (1982)|
|French Open||2R (1973, 1975)|
|US Open||2R (1975)|
|Career record||182–168 (Open era)|
|Career titles||7 (Open era)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||QF (1980, 1982)|
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.
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.
Estep resides in Hurst, Texas.
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.
Achievements at Rice UniversityEdit
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 finalsEdit
Singles: 4 (2 titles, 2 runner-ups)Edit
|Win||1.||1973||Merion, U.S.||Grass||Gene Scott||7–5, 3–6, 7–6, 3–6, 7–5|
|Win||2.||1976||Khartoum, Sudan||Hard||Thomaz Koch||6–4, 6–7, 6–4, 6–3|
|Loss||1.||1982||Tampa, U.S.||Hard||Brian Gottfried||7–6, 2–6, 4–6|
|Loss||2.||1982||Newport, U.S.||Grass||Hank Pfister||1–6, 5–7|
Doubles: 16 (7 titles, 9 runner-ups)Edit
|Win||1.||1973||Omaha, U.S.||Hard (i)||William Brown|| Jimmy Connors
Juan Gisbert Sr.
|Win||2.||1973||Salt Lake City, U.S.||Hard (i)||Raúl Ramírez|| Jiří Hřebec
|Win||3.||1973||Calgary, Canada||Indoor||Ilie Năstase|| Szabolcz Baranyi
|6–7, 7–5, 6–3|
|Win||4.||1973||Valencia, Spain||Clay||Ion Ţiriac|| Patrick Hombergen
|6–4, 1–6, 10–8|
|Loss||1.||1973||Barcelona, Spain||Clay||Ion Ţiriac|| Juan Gisbert Sr.
|Win||5.||1973||Djakarta, Indonesia||Hard||Ian Fletcher|| John Newcombe
|Win||6.||1974||Philadelphia WCT, U.S.||Carpet||Pat Cramer|| Jean-Baptiste Chanfreau
|Loss||2.||1974||Hampton, U.S.||Carpet||Pat Cramer|| Željko Franulović
|6–4, 5–7, 1–6|
|Loss||3.||1974||Adelaide, Australia||Grass||Paul Kronk|| Grover Raz Reid
|Loss||4.||1974||Manila, Philippines||Hard||Marcello Lara|| Syd Ball
|3–6, 6–7, 7–9|
|Win||7.||1975||Washington Indoor WCT, U.S.||Carpet||Jeff Simpson|| Anand Amritraj
|Loss||5.||1975||Houston, U.S.||Clay||Jeff Simpson|| Robert Lutz
|Loss||6.||1975||Boston, U.S.||Clay||John Andrews|| Brian Gottfried
|6–4, 3–6, 6–7|
|Loss||7.||1976||Cologne, Germany||Carpet||Colin Dowdeswell|| Bob Hewitt
|1–6, 6–3, 6–7|
|Loss||8.||1981||Stuttgart Outdoor, Germany||Clay||Mark Edmondson|| Peter McNamara
|6–2, 4–6, 6–7|
|Loss||9.||1981||Brisbane, Australia||Grass||Mark Edmondson|| Rod Frawley
|5–7, 6–4, 6–7|
- Mike Estep at the Association of Tennis Professionals
- Mike Estep at the International Tennis Federation 
- "Ultimate Tennis Statistics - Mike Estep". www.ultimatetennisstatistics.com. Retrieved 2020-05-05.