|Country (sports)||United States|
November 13, 1956|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Plays||Right-handed (one-handed backhand)|
|Highest ranking||No. 9 (January 9, 1984)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||QF (1980)|
|French Open||2R (1977, 1979)|
|US Open||SF (1983)|
|WCT Finals||SF (1983)|
|Highest ranking||No. 132 (July 13, 1987)|
William Neil Scanlon (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.
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.
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).
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. 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, Yaroslava Shvedova, and Julian Reister have since repeated the feat.
Activities and distinctions
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.
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.
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.
Scanlon and his wife, Stephanie, live in Bel Air, California and Park City, Utah.
Singles finals 14 (6 titles, 8 runners-up)
|Runner-up||1.||January 12, 1977||Birmingham WCT, Birmingham, USA||Carpet (i)||Jimmy Connors||3–6, 3–6|
|Runner-up||2.||April 4, 1977||Jackson Mississippi, US||Carpet (i)||Brian Teacher||3–6, 3–6|
|Winner||1.||October 2, 1978||Maui, Hawaii, US||Hard||Peter Fleming||6–2, 6–0|
|Winner||2.||October 1, 1979||Maui, Hawaii, US||Hard||Peter Fleming||6–1, 6–1|
|Winner||3.||January 5, 1981||Auckland, New Zealand||Hard||Tim Wilkison||6–7, 6–3, 3–6, 7–6, 6–0|
|Winner||4.||November 16, 1981||Bangkok, Thailand||Carpet (i)||Mats Wilander||6–2, 6–3|
|Winner||5.||March 28, 1982||Zurich WCT, Zurich, Switzerland||Carpet (i)||Vitas Gerulaitis||7–5, 7–6, 1–6, 0–6, 6–4|
|Runner-up||3.||October 18, 1982||Vienna, Austria||Hard (i)||Brian Gottfried||1–6, 4–6, 0–6|
|Runner-up||4.||October 25, 1982||Paris Indoor, Paris France||Carpet (i)||Wojtek Fibak||2–6, 2–6, 2–6|
|Runner-up||5.||November 30, 1982||Chicago-2 WCT, Chicago, USA||Carpet (i)||Wojtek Fibak||2–6, 6–2, 3–6, 4–6|
|Runner-up||6.||December 14, 1982||Hartford WCT, Hartford, USA||Carpet (i)||Ivan Lendl||2–6, 4–6, 5–7|
|Runner-up||7.||August 1, 1983||Vienna, Austria||Hard||Brian Teacher||6–7, 4–6|
|Winner||6.||July 7, 1986||Newport, USA||Grass||Tim Wilkison||7–5, 6–4|
|Runner-up||8.||December 30, 1986||Adelaide, Australia||Grass||Wally Masur||4–6, 6–7|
Doubles finals 8 (6 titles, 2 runner-ups)
|Runner-up||1977||Birmingham WCT, Birmingham, Alabama, US||Carpet||Billy Martin|| Wojtek Fibak
|Runner-up||1977||Monterrey WCT, Monterrey, Mexico||Carpet||Billy Martin|| Ross Case
|6–3, 3–6, 4–6|
|Winner||1977||Brisbane, Australia||Grass||Vitas Gerulaitis|| Mal Anderson
|Runner-up||1980||Rotterdam, Netherlands||Carpet||Brian Teacher|| Vijay Amritraj
|Runner-up||1980||Wembley, England||Carpet||Eliot Teltscher|| Peter Fleming
|Runner-up||1981||Auckland, New Zealand||Hard||Tony Graham|| Ferdi Taygan
|Winner||1987||Auckland, New Zealand||Grass||Ivan Lendl|| Peter Doohan
|6–7, 6–3, 6–4|
|Runner-up||1988||Bossonnens, Switzerland||Hard||Bret Garnett|| Hugo Nuñez
- These records were attained in the Open Era of tennis.
|Tournament||Year||Record accomplished||Player tied|
|Delray Beach WCT||1983||Achieved a Golden Set||Stefano Napolitano|
- "ATP website profile of Bill Scanlon". ATP World Tour. Retrieved January 7, 2012.
- Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997
- "Rusedski wins 25 straight points at Ericsson Open". CNN Sports Illustrated. March 22, 2001. Retrieved February 22, 2012.
- Politiken, May 10, 1995, 1st Section, p.10