Robert Van't Hof

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

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 61)
Lynwood, California, U.S.
Height1.92 m (6 ft 3 in)
Turned pro1980
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money$495,947
Singles
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)
Doubles
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)

Early lifeEdit

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

EducationEdit

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 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 careerEdit

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.

CoachingEdit

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

Career titlesEdit

SinglesEdit

Result No. Year Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Loss 1. 1980 Hobart, Australia Hard   Shlomo Glickstein 6–7, 4–6
Win 1. 1981 Taipei, Taiwan Carpet (i)   Pat DuPré 7–5, 6–2
Loss 2. 1982 Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. Hard   Sandy Mayer 5–7, 3–6
Win 2. 1989 Seoul, South Korea Hard   Brad Drewett 7–5, 6–4

DoublesEdit

Result No. Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 1. 1981 Tokyo, Japan Clay   Larry Stefanki   Heinz Günthardt
  Balázs Taróczy
6–3, 2–6, 1–6
Loss 2. 1982 Auckland, New Zealand Hard   Larry Stefanki   Andrew Jarrett
  Jonathan Smith
5–7, 6–7
Win 1. 1982 Taipei, Taiwan Carpet (i)   Larry Stefanki   Fred McNair
  Tim Wilkison
6–3, 7–6
Win 2. 1984 Bristol, England Grass   Larry Stefanki   John Alexander
  John Fitzgerald
6–4, 5–7, 9–7
Win 3. 1985 Los Angeles, California, U.S. Hard   Scott Davis   Paul Annacone
  Christo van Rensburg
6–3, 7–6
Win 4. 1986 Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. Carpet (i)   Andy Kohlberg   Christo Steyn
  Danie Visser
6–2, 6–3
Win 5. 1990 Auckland, New Zealand Hard   Kelly Jones   Gilad Bloom
  Paul Haarhuis
7–6, 6–0
Win 6. 1990 San Francisco, California, U.S. Carpet (i)   Kelly Jones   Glenn Layendecker
  Richey Reneberg
2–6, 7–6, 6–3
Loss 3. 1991 Hong Kong, China Hard   Glenn Michibata   Patrick Galbraith
  Todd Witsken
2–6, 4–6

ReferencesEdit

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

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