Craig A. Miller

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For the American tennis player, see Craig D. Miller.
Craig Miller
Country Australia Australia
Residence Frenchs Forest
Born 18 October 1962
Young,
New South Wales
Height 6'2" (188 cm)
Plays Right-handed
Prize money $139,258
Singles
Career record 29–54
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 102 (3 January 1983)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 2R (1979)
French Open 1R (1983)
Wimbledon 2R (1983, 1984)
Doubles
Career record 57–66
Career titles 2
Highest ranking No. 64 (2 January 1984)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open SF (1985)
French Open 1R (1983, 1984)
Wimbledon 3R (1982, 1983)
US Open 1R (1980, 1983, 1984)

Craig A. Miller (born 18 October 1962) is a former professional tennis player from Australia.[1]

Junior years[edit]

Miller was the boy's singles champion at the 1980 Australian Open, beating Wally Masur in the final. The Australian had been runner-up the previous year, to Greg Whitecross. He was also a semi-finalist at the 1980 US Open and with Pat Cash won the doubles title at the 1982 Australian Open.[2]

Professional career[edit]

In 1982, Miller was a quarter-finalist at the Sydney Outdoor tournament and lost in the doubles final of the New South Wales Open, partnering Cliff Letcher.[3]

The following year he made the semi-finals of the Melbourne Outdoor event.[3] Also in 1983, Miller had a win over John Lloyd in the Wimbledon Championships and won two doubles titles, at Hong Kong and Adelaide, both times in an unseeded pairing.[3]

Miller and partner Laurie Warder were semi-finalists at the 1985 Australian Open.[3]

In 1986 he started the season well by reaching the singles quarter-finals at Auckland but wouldn't appear on tour again until September, as a result of a benign tumour that he had to have removed from his vocal cords. During this time he wasn't able to travel overseas due to restrictions on his medication and he instead spent his time coaching at the Australian Institute of Sport.[4][5] He played for another year and a half, before retiring after the 1988 Australian Open.[3]

Coaching[edit]

Miller was the head development coach of Tennis Australia for seven years and now runs his own tennis program, IQ Tennis.[6]

Grand Prix career finals[edit]

Doubles: 3 (2–1)[edit]

Outcome No. Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1. 1982 Australia Sydney, Australia Grass Australia Cliff Letcher Australia John Alexander
Australia John Fitzgerald
4–6, 6–7
Winner 2. 1983 Hong Kong Hong Kong Hard United States Drew Gitlin United States Sammy Giammalva, Jr.
United States Steve Meister
6–2, 6–2
Winner 3. 1983 Australia Adelaide, Australia Grass United States Eric Sherbeck Australia Broderick Dyke
Australia Rod Frawley
6–3, 4–6, 6–4

Challenger titles[edit]

Doubles: (2)[edit]

No. Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
1. 1981 Australia Brisbane, Australia Grass Australia Chris Johnstone Australia Brad Drewett
Australia Warren Maher
6–4, 7–5
2. 1982 Japan Tokyo, Japan Clay Australia Pat Cash New Zealand Bruce Derlin
New Zealand David Mustard
6–2, 6–2

References[edit]

  1. ^ ITF Pro Circuit Profile
  2. ^ ITF Junior Profile
  3. ^ a b c d e ATP World Tour Profile
  4. ^ Sunday Age, "In search of the next Australian champion", 16 January 2011, John Manga
  5. ^ Washington Post, "Fringe Player, Teen Enjoy All the Luck; One Had Second Chance, One Awaits Lendl", 30 July 1987, Steve Berkowitz
  6. ^ IQ Tennis – Staff Profiles