Bill Scanlon

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Bill Scanlon
Country (sports)  United States
Residence Dallas, Texas
Born (1956-11-13) November 13, 1956 (age 60)
Dallas, Texas
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Turned pro 1976[1]
Retired 1989
Plays Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money $1,427,007
Singles
Career record 296–258
Career titles 6
Highest ranking No. 9 (January 9, 1984)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open QF (1980)
French Open 2R (1977, 1979)
Wimbledon QF (1979)
US Open SF (1983)
Other tournaments
WCT Finals SF (1983)
Doubles
Career record 99–152
Career titles 2
Highest ranking No. 132 (July 13, 1987)

William Neil Scanlon[2] (born November 13, 1956) is a former tennis player from the United States, who won seven singles and two doubles titles during his 13-year professional career. The right-hander reached his career-high ATP singles ranking of World No. 9 in January 1984. He is also known for upsetting top-seeded John McEnroe in the fourth round at the 1983 US Open.[1]

Career[edit]

After winning the NCAA Singles championships in 1976 as a sophomore for Trinity University (upsetting UCLA's Peter Fleming), Scanlon turned pro and, in his first Grand Prix event, defeated world #7 Harold Solomon to reach the quarter-finals. His first ever ATP singles ranking was No. 154. Later that summer, Scanlon defeated world no. 4 Adriano Panatta at the US Open and, with two wins over former world #1 Ilie Năstase in early 1977, climbed the rankings to No. 23 by March 1977.

After a frustrating season in 1978, Scanlon rebounded in his final tournament of the year to take the title in Maui with wins over John McEnroe, Harold Solomon and Peter Fleming. In 1979 he reached the quarter-finals of Wimbledon (losing to Jimmy Connors) before successfully defending his title in Maui, again beating Fleming in the final.

Scanlon peaked in 1983 when he reached the semi-finals of the US Open . He defeated Pat Cash, Chris Lewis, Henrik Sundström and John McEnroe before losing to Jimmy Connors.

In 1985 Scanlon underwent two knee surgeries, missing most of the season. He continued to compete through 1989, winning only one more singles title, the Hall of Fame Championships in Newport, Rhode Island.

During his career, Scanlon would log wins over eight players who had been or would be ranked #1 in the world, including Stan Smith, Ilie Năstase (twice), Björn Borg, John McEnroe (three times), Ivan Lendl, Mats Wilander, Boris Becker, and Andre Agassi. Other notable victories over top players include wins over Guillermo Vilas (career high No. 2) and Vitas Gerulaitis (career high #3), as well as Adriano Panatta (career high No. 4), Pat Cash (career high No. 4), and Harold Solomon (career high No. 5).

Golden set[edit]

Scanlon achieved a golden set against Marcos Hocevar of Brazil in the first round of the WCT Gold Coast Classic at Delray Beach, Florida on February 22, 1983. Scanlon won the match, 6–2, 6–0.[3] A golden set is when a player wins the set without losing a single point. The feat is recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records. Only Tine Scheuer-Larsen,[4] Yaroslava Shvedova, and Julian Reister have since repeated the feat.

Activities and distinctions[edit]

Scanlon has been named to the Intercollegiate Tennis Hall of Fame and the Texas Tennis Hall of Fame. His Golden Set achievement is represented in the International Tennis Hall of Fame. He served on the ATP Board of Directors during his professional career and also founded the Dallas Youth Foundation in 1984 to provide sports activities to Dallas area youth featuring professional tennis players, Dallas Cowboys, Texas Rangers, Dallas Mavericks, and Olympic athletes. He has also served on the board of the Southern California Tennis Association and the USTA Davis Cup committee. He was chairman of the Carl Reiner Celebrity Pro-Am and was co-founder of the Beverly Hills Invitational Charity Event.

Post-tennis career[edit]

Scanlon has been a professional investment advisor since 1992. He is founder and principal of Advantage Capital Advisors LLC, a registered investment advisor in Los Angeles, California. He was formerly the senior partner of The Scanlon Group, a top wealth management team at UBS Financial in Los Angeles.

Author[edit]

Scanlon authored the book Bad News for McEnroe: Blood, Sweat, and Backhands with John, Jimmy, Ilie, Ivan, Bjorn, and Vitas as a tribute to the era during which he participated on the ATP International Tour. The book focuses on the high-profile personalities of the sport during that era, their rivalries, their celebrity, and the growth of the sport's popularity.

Personal life[edit]

Scanlon and his wife, Stephanie, live in Bel Air, California and Park City, Utah.

Career finals[edit]

Singles finals 14 (6 titles, 8 runners-up)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam (0)
Grand Prix (5)
WCT (2)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. January 12, 1977 Birmingham WCT, Birmingham, USA Carpet (i) United States Jimmy Connors 3–6, 3–6
Runner-up 2. April 4, 1977 Jackson Mississippi, US Carpet (i) United States Brian Teacher 3–6, 3–6
Winner 1. October 2, 1978 Maui, Hawaii, US Hard United States Peter Fleming 6–2, 6–0
Winner 2. October 1, 1979 Maui, Hawaii, US Hard United States Peter Fleming 6–1, 6–1
Winner 3. January 5, 1981 Auckland, New Zealand Hard United States Tim Wilkison 6–7, 6–3, 3–6, 7–6, 6–0
Winner 4. November 16, 1981 Bangkok, Thailand Carpet (i) Sweden Mats Wilander 6–2, 6–3
Winner 5. March 28, 1982 Zurich WCT, Zurich, Switzerland Carpet (i) United States Vitas Gerulaitis 7–5, 7–6, 1–6, 0–6, 6–4
Runner-up 3. October 18, 1982 Vienna, Austria Hard (i) United States Brian Gottfried 1–6, 4–6, 0–6
Runner-up 4. October 25, 1982 Paris Indoor, Paris France Carpet (i) Poland Wojtek Fibak 2–6, 2–6, 2–6
Runner-up 5. November 30, 1982 Chicago-2 WCT, Chicago, USA Carpet (i) Poland Wojtek Fibak 2–6, 6–2, 3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 6. December 14, 1982 Hartford WCT, Hartford, USA Carpet (i) Czechoslovakia Ivan Lendl 2–6, 4–6, 5–7
Runner-up 7. August 1, 1983 Vienna, Austria Hard United States Brian Teacher 6–7, 4–6
Winner 6. July 7, 1986 Newport, USA Grass United States Tim Wilkison 7–5, 6–4
Runner-up 8. December 30, 1986 Adelaide, Australia Grass Australia Wally Masur 4–6, 6–7

Doubles finals 8 (6 titles, 2 runner-ups)[edit]

Outcome Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1977 Birmingham WCT, Birmingham, Alabama, US Carpet United States Billy Martin Poland Wojtek Fibak
Netherlands Tom Okker
3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 1977 Monterrey WCT, Monterrey, Mexico Carpet United States Billy Martin Australia Ross Case
Poland Wojtek Fibak
6–3, 3–6, 4–6
Winner 1977 Brisbane, Australia Grass United States Vitas Gerulaitis Australia Mal Anderson
Australia Ken Rosewall
7–6, 6–4
Runner-up 1980 Rotterdam, Netherlands Carpet United States Brian Teacher India Vijay Amritraj
United States Stan Smith
4–6, 3–6
Runner-up 1980 Wembley, England Carpet United States Eliot Teltscher United States Peter Fleming
United States John McEnroe
5–7, 3–6
Runner-up 1981 Auckland, New Zealand Hard United States Tony Graham United States Ferdi Taygan
United States Tim Wilkison
5–7, 1–6
Winner 1987 Auckland, New Zealand Grass United States Ivan Lendl Australia Peter Doohan
Australia Laurie Warder
6–7, 6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 1988 Bossonnens, Switzerland Hard United States Bret Garnett Ecuador Hugo Nuñez
Slovakia Branislav Stankovič
4–6, 6–7

Records[edit]

  • These records were attained in the Open Era of tennis.
Tournament Year Record accomplished Player tied
Delray Beach WCT 1983 Achieved a Golden Set[3] Stands alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "ATP website profile of Bill Scanlon". ATP World Tour. Retrieved January 7, 2012. 
  2. ^ Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997
  3. ^ a b "Rusedski wins 25 straight points at Ericsson Open". CNN Sports Illustrated. March 22, 2001. Retrieved February 22, 2012. 
  4. ^ Politiken, May 10, 1995, 1st Section, p.10

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