Tom Cain (tennis)

Thomas Spessard Cain (born October 11, 1958) is a former professional tennis player from the United States.

Tom Cain
Full nameThomas Spessard Cain
Country (sports) United States
Born (1958-10-11) October 11, 1958 (age 62)
Richmond, Virginia
Turned pro1980
Prize money$139,482
Career record43–66
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 106 (3 January, 1983)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open2R (1982, 1984)
French Open1R (1983)
Wimbledon1R (1983, 1984)
US Open2R (1983)
Career record13–34
Career titles1
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open1R (1980)
Wimbledon1R (1980, 1984)
US Open1R (1980, 1983)


Born in Richmond, Virginia on October 11, 1958, he is the son of Ronald and Susan Cain.[1]

Cain was a member of the US Junior Davis Cup team in 1976. He played varsity tennis while at Southern Methodist University and was an All-American in the 1980 season.[2]

From 1980 he competed professionally and in his first year on tour was a semi-finalist at the Columbus Open, a tournament on the Grand Prix circuit. He had wins over both Johan Kriek and Guy Forget when he made the quarter-finals at Hong Kong in 1982.[3] Another upset win came against then world number 23 Mark Edmondson at the 1983 Stella Artois Championships in Queen's, London. He won a Grand Prix doubles title at the 1983 South Orange Open, with Fritz Buehning.[4]

In Grand Slam competition he appeared in the main draw of all four major tournaments. He took Guillermo Vilas to five sets when he faced the Argentine in the second round of the 1983 US Open. With the score at 1–1 in the fifth set, Cain was injured when he twisted his ankle and slid head first into the scoreboard. Although he was able to continue the match he won only one more game.[5] In both of his appearances at Wimbledon he had to retire hurt during his first round matches, against Tim Gullikson in 1983 and Miloslav Mečíř in 1984.

Retiring from tennis in 1986, Cain then worked with Wheat First Securities for many years.[6] He is now Senior Vice-President with UBS Financial Services and is married with two daughters and a son.

Grand Prix career finalsEdit

Doubles: 1 (1–0)Edit

Outcome No. Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 1983 South Orange, U. S. Clay   Fritz Buehning   John Lloyd
  Dick Stockton
6–2, 7–5

Challenger titlesEdit

Singles: (1)Edit

No. Year Tournament Surface Opponent Score
1. 1982 Chigasaki, Japan Clay   Henrik Sundström 6–4, 6–3


  1. ^ Packett, John (May 11, 2008). "Cain brings memories, game to event". Richmond Times-Dispatch. Retrieved 15 January 2016.
  2. ^ "Columbus". Poughkeepsie Journal. August 6, 1982. p. 11. Retrieved 15 January 2016.
  3. ^ "Wilkison Rallies to Win". New York Times. November 5, 1982. Retrieved 15 January 2016.
  4. ^ "South Orange, N.J". United Press International. July 31, 1983. Retrieved 15 January 2016.
  5. ^ Huber, Mic (September 2, 1983). "Vilas Staves Off 11th-Hour Upset". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. p. 14B. Retrieved 15 January 2016.
  6. ^ Dearth, Sonny (June 24, 1994). "Bad Boys Of Tennis Va. Bound". Daily Press. Retrieved 15 January 2016.

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