Glenn Michibata

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Glenn Michibata
Country  Canada
Residence West Windsor Township, New Jersey
Born (1962-06-13) June 13, 1962 (age 52)
Toronto, Ontario
Height 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Turned pro 1983
Retired 1993
Plays Right-handed
Prize money $ 1,081,667
Singles
Career record 72–113 (ATP Tour, Grand Prix and Grand Slam
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 48 (7 April 1986)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 2R (1988)
French Open 2R (1989
Wimbledon 2R (1984), (1988), (1991)
US Open 2R (1988), (1989)
Other tournaments
Doubles
Career record 250–208 (ATP Tour, Grand Prix and Grand Slam
Career titles 4
Highest ranking No. 5 (8 July 1991)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open F (1990)
French Open SF (1991)
Wimbledon SF (1991)
US Open 3R (1990, 1992)
Other Doubles tournaments
Olympic Games 1R (1988)
Last updated on: July 5, 2014.

Glenn Michibata (born June 13, 1962) is a former professional tennis player and former head coach of the Princeton University Tigers tennis team. Currently, Michibata is Director of Elite and Tournament Training for the Princeton Tennis Program.[1]

Playing Career[edit]

Collegiate career[edit]

Prior to turning pro, Michibata was an All American player at Pepperdine University in the 1981, 1982 and 1983 seasons.[2]

Professional career - singles[edit]

An ATP touring professional from 1983 to 1993, the right-handed Michibata earned a career-high singles ranking of World No. 48 in April 1986.[3] His best results were semi-finals appearances at the 1985 outdoor Tokyo, 1989 Wellington, and 1989 Schenectady Grand Prix events.

Michibata reached the 2nd round in all four Grand Slam tournaments, but never further. His first Grand Slam appearance was at the 1983 US Open, when he lost in the 2nd Round to Pat Cash. His last was also at the US Open in 1991, when he lost in the 1st Round to Nuno Marques. Michibata only played all four Grand Slams in the same year in 1989, reaching the 2nd Round at the French Open and US Open and losing in the 1st Round at the Australian Open and Wimbledon.

Professional career - doubles[edit]

Michibata had more success as a doubles player. Much of that success came with fellow Canadian Grant Connell, including four titles. In 1990, Michibata and Connell were finalists at the Australian Open. Michibata's highest doubles ranking was #5 on 8 July 1991 after he and Connell reached the semi-finals of both the French Open and Wimbledon. Coincidentally, they lost both of those semi-finals to John Fitzgerald and Anders Järryd.

Davis Cup & Olympics[edit]

Michibata competed 14 Canadian Davis Cup teams between 1982 and 1992. He went 4 and 10 in singles and 7 and 8 in doubles. The Connell-Michibata pair won a crucial match in a 1990 tie against the Dutchmen Paul Haarhuis and Mark Koevermans 7–6(5), 7–6(5), 6–2, as Canada defeated the Netherlands 3–2 in the qualifying round for the 1991 World Group. Unfortunately the Canadian team as well as the Connell-Michibata pairing lost in the first round of the World Group in 1991 as well as the following year, two of the only three times Canada has competed in the World Group since its inception in 1981.

Michibata also competed in Men's Doubles with Grant Connell at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul. They were seeded 6th, but lost in the first round to Moreten Christensen and Michael Tauson of Denmark.

Coaching career[edit]

After retiring as a player, Michibata became the Director of Tennis at Whistler Racquet and Golf Resort in Whistler, British Columbia. Also, Michibata coached the doubles team of fellow Canadian Daniel Nestor and Mark Knowles for two years (1995-1997).

In 1997, Michibata became an assistant tennis coach at the University of Southern California staying there until 2000, when he moved to Princeton University to become the head coach of its tennis program.[4] He remained at Princeton for 12 years during which time he had a 145-121 record, including winning records in seven Ivy League seasons, and three Ivy League Players of the Year.[5]

Michibata has remained in the Princeton area, as he is currently Director of Elite and Tournament Training for the Princeton Tennis Program.[6]

Personal[edit]

Michibata is married and has a son and a daughter.[7] In 1999, he was inducted into both the Canadian Tennis Hall of Fame in 1999.[8] and the Etobicoke Sports Hall of Fame.[9] Michibata and Grant Connell were inducted into the Roger Cup Hall of Fame in 2010.[10]

Career statistics[edit]

Singles Grand Slam performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 Career SR Career Win-Loss
Grand Slams
Australian Open A A A A 1R 2R 1R A A 0 / 3 1–3
French Open A 1R A 1R 1R A 2R A A 0 / 4 1–4
Wimbledon A 2R A 1R A 2R 1R A 2R 0 / 5 3–5
U.S. Open 2R 1R A 1R A A 2R A 1R 0 / 5 2–5
Grand Slam SR 0 / 1 0 / 3 0 / 0 0 / 3 0 / 2 0 / 2 0 / 4 0 / 0 0 / 2 0 / 17 align="center"
Annual Win-Loss 1–1 1–3 0–0 0–3 0–2 2–2 2-4 0-0 1-2 7–17

Doubles titles (4)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam (0–1)
Tennis Masters Cup (0–0)
ATP Masters Series (0–3)
ATP Championship Series (1–4)
ATP Tour (3–15)
Titles by Surface
Hard (4–18)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–2)
Carpet (0–3)

Doubles finals results[edit]

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1. 6 August 1984 Livingston, United States Hard United States Paul Annacone United States Scott Davis
United States Ben Testerman
4–6, 4–6
Runner-up 2. 25 February 1985 Toronto Indoor, Canada Carpet United States Glenn Layendecker United States Peter Fleming
Sweden Anders Järryd
6–7, 2–6
Runner-up 3. 4 January 1988 Wellington, New Zealand Hard Australia Broderick Dyke United States Dan Goldie
United States Rick Leach
2–6, 3–6
Winner 1. 22 August 1988 Livingston, United States Hard Canada Grant Connell United States Marc Flur
United States Sammy Giammalva Jr.
2–6, 6–4, 7–5
Runner-up 4. 10 October 1988 Brisbane, Australia Hard (i) Canada Grant Connell West Germany Eric Jelen
West Germany Carl-Uwe Steeb
4–6, 1–6
Runner-up 5. 9 January 1989 Wellington, New Zealand Hard United States Rill Baxter Australia Peter Doohan
Australia Laurie Warder
6–3, 2–6, 3–6
Runner-up 6. 29 January 1990 Australian Open, Melbourne Hard Canada Grant Connell South Africa Pieter Aldrich
South Africa Danie Visser
4–6, 6–4, 1–6, 4–6
Runner-up 7. 26 February 1990 Philadelphia, United States Carpet Canada Grant Connell United States Rick Leach
United States Jim Pugh
6–3, 4–6, 2–6
Winner 2. 23 April 1990 Seoul, South Korea Hard Canada Grant Connell Australia Jason Stoltenberg
Australia Todd Woodbridge
7–6, 6–4
Winner 3. 23 July 1990 Washington, D.C., United States Hard Canada Grant Connell Mexico Jorge Lozano
United States Todd Witsken
6–3, 6–7, 6–2
Runner-up 8. 20 August 1990 Indianapolis, United States Hard Canada Grant Connell United States Scott Davis
United States David Pate
6–7, 6–7
Runner-up 9. 14 January 1991 Auckland, New Zealand Hard Canada Grant Connell Spain Sergio Casal
Spain Emilio Sánchez
6–4, 3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 10. 4 March 1991 Chicago, United States Carpet Canada Grant Connell United States Scott Davis
United States David Pate
4–6, 7–5, 6–7
Runner-up 11. 8 April 1991 Hong Kong Hard United States Robert Van't Hof United States Patrick Galbraith
United States Todd Witsken
2–6, 4–6
Winner 4. 29 April 1991 Singapore Hard Canada Grant Connell South Africa Stefan Kruger
South Africa Christo van Rensburg
6–4, 5–7, 7–6
Runner-up 12. 17 June 1991 London/Queen's Club, England Grass Canada Grant Connell Australia Todd Woodbridge
Australia Mark Woodforde
4–6, 6–7
Runner-up 13. 29 July 1991 Montreal, Canada Hard Canada Grant Connell United States Patrick Galbraith
United States Todd Witsken
4–6, 6–3, 1–6
Runner-up 14. 5 August 1991 Los Angeles, United States Hard United States Brad Pearce Argentina Javier Frana
United States Jim Pugh
5–7, 6–2, 4–6
Runner-up 15. 12 August 1991 Cincinnati, United States Hard Canada Grant Connell United States Ken Flach
United States Robert Seguso
7–6, 4–6, 5–7
Runner-up 16. 30 September 1991 Brisbane, Australia Hard Australia John Fitzgerald Australia Todd Woodbridge
Australia Mark Woodforde
6–7, 3–6
Runner-up 17. 13 January 1992 Auckland, New Zealand Hard Canada Grant Connell South Africa Wayne Ferreira
United States Jim Grabb
4–6, 3–6
Runner-up 18. 6 April 1992 Singapore Hard Canada Grant Connell Australia Todd Woodbridge
Australia Mark Woodforde
7–6, 2–6, 4–6
Runner-up 19. 24 August 1992 Indianapolis, United States Hard Canada Grant Connell United States Jim Grabb
United States Richey Reneberg
6–7, 2–6
Runner-up 20. 5 April 1993 Osaka, Japan Hard United States David Pate United States Mark Keil
South Africa Christo van Rensburg
6–7, 3–6
Runner-up 21. 12 April 1993 Tokyo Outdoor, Japan Hard United States David Pate United States Ken Flach
United States Rick Leach
6–2, 3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 22. 21 June 1993 Manchester, England Grass South Africa Stefan Kruger United States Ken Flach
United States Rick Leach
4–6, 1–6
Runner-up 23. 2 August 1993 Montreal, Canada Hard United States David Pate United States Jim Courier
The Bahamas Mark Knowles
4–6, 6–7

Doubles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 Career SR Career Win-Loss
Grand Slams
Australian Open A A NH 2R QF QF F 3R 3R 2R A A A A 0 / 7 17–7
French Open A A 3R 1R A 1R 3R SF 2R 3R A A A A 0 / 7 11–7
Wimbledon 1R 2R 1R 2R 3R 1R QF SF 2R 2R A A A A 0 / 10 13–10
U.S. Open A A 1R 2R 1R 1R 3R 2R 3R 1R A A A A 0 / 8 6–8
Grand Slam SR 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 32 N/A
Annual Win-Loss 0–1 1–1 2–3 3–4 5–3 3–4 12–4 11–4 6–4 4–4 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 N/A 47–32
ATP Masters Series
Indian Wells These Tournaments Were Not

Masters Series Events

Before 1990
2R 2R QF 1R A A A A 0 / 4 3–4
Miami 3R 2R 3R 1R A A 1R A 0 / 5 2–5
Monte Carlo A A A A A A A A 0 / 0 0–0
Rome A A A A A A A A 0 / 0 0–0
Hamburg A A A A A A A A 0 / 0 0–0
Canada SF F 1R F A A 2R A 0 / 5 10–5
Cincinnati 2R F 2R QF A A 1R A 0 / 5 6–5
Madrid (Stuttgart) SF 2R SF 1R A A A A 0 / 4 5–4
Paris 2R 2R 2R 1R A A A A 0 / 4 1–4
Masters Series SR N/A 0 / 6 0 / 6 0 / 6 0 / 6 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 3 0 / 0 0 / 27 N/A
Annual Win-Loss N/A 6–6 7–6 7–6 6–6 0–0 0–0 1–3 0–0 N/A 27–27
Year End Ranking 186 100 87 119 36 56 10 8 27 42 - - 280 1313 N/A


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