Erik van Dillen

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Erik van Dillen
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Erik van Dillen (1964)
Country  United States
Residence San Mateo, California
Born (1951-02-21) February 21, 1951 (age 63)
San Mateo, California
Height 183 cm (6 ft)
Turned pro 1973
Retired 1982
Plays Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
Career record 153–205
Career titles 1
Highest ranking No. 36 (September 13, 1973)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 2R (1977)
French Open 4R (1974, 1975)
Wimbledon 4R (1974)
US Open 3R (1979, 1980)
Career record 288–178
Career titles 13
Highest ranking No. 35 (August 23, 1977)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open F (1977)
French Open QF (1978)
Wimbledon F (1972)
US Open F (1971)

Erik van Dillen (born February 21, 1951) is an American former professional tennis player who played over 25 major Grand Slam Championships: Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and U.S. Open.

Professional tennis[edit]

Born in San Mateo, California, van Dillen first played tennis aged six years old. During his junior tennis career he won both the singles and doubles competitions at the USTA Boys 16 & 18 National Championships in Kalamazoo, Michigan, as well as winning other national titles in the 12 & 14 year old divisions.[citation needed]

Between 1960 and 1981, Erik beat six of the then-top players; John McEnroe,[1] Stan Smith,[2] Arthur Ashe,[3] Jimmy Connors,[4] Guillermo Vilas,[5] and Ilie Năstase.[6] At his peak, he was ranked 36th in the world in singles, and 35th in doubles.[7]

After tennis[edit]

Erik earned a degree in finance from the University of Southern California and an MBA from San Francisco State University. He joined IMG, a sports marketing agency. While at IMG, Erik worked with Joe Montana, Martina Navratilova, Arnold Palmer, Kristi Yamaguchi and Chris Evert and helped to build a number of sport and lifestyle events including the WTA Bank of the West Tennis Classic (formerly the Virginia Slims of Oakland), the US Open of Surfing (a 10-day sports and lifestyle exhibition), the Transamerica Seniors Golf Championship and the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon.[citation needed]

After the death of Mark McCormack in 2003, Erik left the company to create van Dillen Partners, a sports and lifestyle marketing agency. The agency works with professional sports and media associations; such as the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP), Women’s Tennis Association (WTA), Association of Volleyball Professionals (AVP), Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP), Stanford University Athletics, ESPN, NBC Sports, Fox Sports Net, ABC Sports and CBS Sports.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Erik is married to Barbara van Dillen and together they have five children. He lives in San Mateo, California. He was formerly married to Lailee Bakhtiar.


  1. ^ Alfano, Peter (June 24, 1988). "Wimbledon exit for McEnroe on centre court". New York Times. Retrieved April 23, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Head-to-head: Erik van Dillen against Stan Smith". ATP World Tour. Retrieved April 23, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Head-to-head: Erik van Dillen against Arthur Ashe". ATP World Tour. Retrieved April 23, 2013. 
  4. ^ Joel Drucker. Jimmy Connors Saved My Life: A Personal Biography. Retrieved April 23, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Erik Van Dillen - Opponents". Retrieved April 23, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Player profile - Erik VAN DILLEN (USA)". Davis Cup. Retrieved April 23, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Tennis Players - Erik Van Dillen". ATP World Tour. Retrieved April 23, 2013. 

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