Mark Cox (tennis)
5 July 1943 |
|Turned pro||1970 (amateur tour from 1962)|
|Plays||Left-handed (one-handed backhand)|
|Career record||299–224 (Open era)|
|Highest ranking||No. 13 (23 August 1977)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||QF (1967, 1971)|
|French Open||3R (1968)|
|Wimbledon||4R (1968, 1977, 1979)|
|US Open||QF (1966)|
|WCT Finals||QF (1975)|
|Career record||142–157 (Open era)|
|Career titles||3 (Open era)|
|Davis Cup||F (1969)|
Mark Cox (born 5 July 1943 in Leicester) is a former tennis player from England, who played professional and amateur tennis in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. He was ranked as high as World No. 13 on the ATP rankings (achieving that ranking in August 1977). Cox was educated at Wyggeston Boys' School in Leicester and Millfield School in Somerset.
During his career, he won eight singles titles and three doubles titles, reached the quarterfinals at the US Nationals (in 1966), and the final at the event in Cincinnati (in 1977). He also played on Great Britain's Davis Cup team, and was on the team that reached the 1978 final against the United States. He has also gone down in tennis history as the first amateur player to beat a professional. In May 1968, at the British Hard Court Championships at Bournemouth, he beat the American Pancho Gonzales in five sets in two and a quarter hours. Cox also achieved big upset wins over No. 1 seed, Rod Laver, at the 1971 Australian Open, and over No. 2 seed, Ken Rosewall, at the 1972 US Open. Cox retired from playing in 1981. During his latter playing years and after his retirement, Cox has worked as a coach, and also as a television commentator for the BBC. He is also a Patron of a charity "CRY" (Cardiac Risk in the Young) and an Ambassador for the Win Tennis Academy at Bisham. He lives with his wife Susie in London.
Grand Prix and WCT singles finals (16)
|Outcome||No.||Date||Championship||Surface||Opponent in the final||Score in the final|
|Runner-up||1.||1969||Caracas, Venezuela||Clay||Thomaz Koch||6–8, 3–6, 6–2, 4–6|
|Runner-up||2.||1972||Louisville WCT, US||Clay||Arthur Ashe||4–6, 4–6|
|Winner||1.||1972||Cleveland WCT, US||Hard||Ray Ruffels||6–3, 4–6, 4–6, 6–3, 6–4|
|Runner-up||3.||1973||London WCT, England||Hard (i)||Brian Fairlie||6–2, 2–6, 2–6, 6–7|
|Winner||2.||1973||Denver WCT, US||Carpet||Arthur Ashe||6–1, 6–1|
|Winner||3.||1973||Eastbourne, England||Grass||Patrice Dominguez||6–2, 2–6, 6–3|
|Runner-up||4.||1974||Bologna WCT, Italy||Carpet||Arthur Ashe||4–6, 5–7|
|Runner-up||5.||1974||London WCT, England||Hard (i)||Björn Borg||7–6, 6–7, 4–6|
|Winner||4.||1975||London WCT, England||Carpet||Brian Fairlie||6–1, 7–5|
|Winner||5.||1975||Washington Indoor WCT, US||Carpet||Dick Stockton||6–2, 7–6|
|Winner||6.||1975||Atlanta WCT, US||Carpet||John Alexander||6–3, 7–6|
|Winner||7.||1976||Stockholm, Sweden||Hard (i)||Manuel Orantes||4–6, 7–5, 7–6|
|Winner||8.||1977||Helsinki, Finland||Carpet||Kjell Johansson||6–3, 6–3|
|Runner-up||6.||1977||London/Queen's Club, England||Grass||Raúl Ramírez||7–9, 5–7|
|Runner-up||7.||1977||Cincinnati, US||Clay||Harold Solomon||2–6, 3–6|
|Runner-up||8.||1980||Stuttgart Indoor, Germany||Hard (i)||Tomáš Šmíd||1–6, 3–6, 7–5, 6–1, 4–6|
Grand Prix and WCT doubles finals (11)
|Outcome||No.||Date||Tournament||Surface||Partner||Opponents in the final||Score in the final|
|Runner-up||1.||1973||Copenhagen WCT, Denmark||Carpet||Graham Stilwell|| Erik Van Dillen
|Winner||1.||1973||Cologne WCT, Germany||Carpet||Graham Stilwell|| Tom Okker
|Winner||2.||1973||London, England||Carpet||Owen Davidson|| Gerald Battrick
|Runner-up||2.||1974||Denver WCT, US||Carpet||Jun Kamiwazumi|| Arthur Ashe
|Runner-up||3.||1975||San Antonio WCT, US||Hard||Cliff Drysdale|| John Alexander
|6–7, 6–4, 4–6|
|Runner-up||4.||1975||Memphis, US||Carpet||Cliff Drysdale|| Erik Van Dillen
|6–1, 5–7, 4–6|
|Runner-up||5.||1975||Atlanta WCT, US||Carpet||Cliff Drysdale|| Anand Amritraj
|Runner-up||6.||1975||World Doubles WCT, Mexico||Carpet||Cliff Drysdale|| Brian Gottfried
|6–7, 7–6, 2–6, 6–7|
|Runner-up||7.||1976||Washington WCT, US||Carpet||Cliff Drysdale|| Eddie Dibbs
|Runner-up||8.||1977||London WCT||Hard (i)||Eddie Dibbs|| Ilie Năstase
|6–7, 7–6, 3–6|
|Winner||3.||1977||Basel, Switzerland||Carpet||Buster Mottram|| John Feaver
|7–5, 6–4, 6–3|
- Lawrence Journal-World. "Sports Briefs". 19 July 1977, p. 11. Retrieved on 15 July 2013.
- Wilmington Morning Star. "Davis Cup players named". 17 November 1978, p. 3-C. Retrieved on 15 July 2013.
- Spartanburg Herald-Journal. "Mark Cox Is Tennis Champ". 3 May 1970, p. B4. Retrieved on 15 July 2013.
- Montreal Gazette. He followed this up for good measure by beating two times Wimbledon Champion Roy Emerson in the next round. "British Tennis Amateur Mark Cox Upsets U.S. Pro Pancho Gonzales". Associated Press, 25 April 1968, p. 14. Retrieved on 15 July 2013.
- Stone, Peter. "Laver leaves tired, beaten". The Age, 12 March 1971, p. 24. Retrieved on 15 July 2013.
- Times Daily (Florence, S.C.). "The 'Giant Killer': Mark Cox Upsets Rosewall In U.S. Open Tennis Play". Associated Press, 3 September 1972, p. 16. Retrieved on 15 July 2013.