Matt Mitchell

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Matt Mitchell is a former American professional tennis player who played from 1979-1987.

Mitchell who was born in Berkeley, California. As a junior, he was the number one player in his age group in Northern California every second year from the 10s through the 16s.[citation needed] He had four National Junior Titles: National 12-and-under Hardcourt Championships in doubles with Jeff Robinson (Burlingame, California); National 14-and-under Hardcourt Championships in singles where he defeated Perry Wright, (Burlingame, California); National 16-and-under Hardcourt Championships in singles where he defeated Walter Redondo (Burlingame, California); and, the National 16-and-under Hardcourt Championships in doubles with Nial Brash (Kalamazoo, Michigan).[citation needed]

In 1974, Mitchell was recruited by Coach Dick Gould of Stanford University where Mitchell signed his letter of intent in 1975. At Stanford University, MItchell became at 3-time All-American where he achieved his first All-American honors when he beat the two-sport All-American John Lucas from the University of Maryland in the round of 32 at the NCAA Championships in Corpus Christi, Texas.[citation needed]

In 1977, Mitchell along with Bill Maze, Perry Wright, John Rast, Jim Hodges, Lloyd Bourne and Peter Rennert won the first ever Full Squad NCAA National Team Championships where each team sent their best 6 singles players and best 3 doubles teams to compete in a new single-elimination tournament.[citation needed] In the next four days after Stanford University won the National Team Championships, Mitchell, who was seeded first in the singles event, beat John Bennett of Brigham Young University, John Austin of UCLA, Ben McKown of Trinity College, Bruce Nichols of UCLA, Chris Lewis of USC, and in the final, Tony Graham of UCLA in the best of five set final to win the NCAA Singles Title.[citation needed]

In 1979 Mitchell, in his first year as a professional player was nominated as Rookie of the Year after he was ranked the second highest rookie, behind Vince Van Patten.[citation needed] Mitchell's greatest success in singles came at the Black and Decker Championships, in Melbourne, Australia in 1984, where he beat Eliot Teltscher who was eighth in the world, and Pat Cash who was tenth in the world to win the tournament.[citation needed] That single event catapulted Mitchell's ranking from 160 in the world to 53.[citation needed]

Mitchell's greatest success as a professional came as a doubles player, winning seven tournaments in doubles between 1980 and 1985,[citation needed] including the ATP Player's Championships in Cincinnati, Ohio with Francisco Gonzalez, and, while partnering with Kevin Curren former All-American from University of Texas at Austin in 1986, they lost in the semi-finals of the US Open Championships to Mats Wilander and Joakim Nyström of Sweden in a five-set match, 7-6 in the fifth.[citation needed] Mitchell's highest doubles ranking as a professional was 30 in the world.[citation needed]

In 1981, Mitchell was inducted into Stanford University Athletic Hall of Fame.[citation needed]

In 2004, Mitchell created a Top-10 Tennis Video Podcast called 'Classic Tennis,' free to anyone who wanted to learn the game of tennis from the basics to technical to competitive and strategic.[citation needed]

In 2006, Mitchell was inducted into the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's Men's Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame.[citation needed]

External links[edit]

  • [1] Classic Tennis - Wordpress Blog
  • [2] Intercollegiate Tennis Association Hall of Fame - Class of 2006