Bob Giltinan

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Bob Giltinan
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Country (sports) Australia
ResidenceSydney, New South Wales
Born (1949-07-04) 4 July 1949 (age 70)
Sydney, New South Wales
Height1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Career record66–95
Career titles1
Highest rankingNo. 16 (1974)[1]
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenSF (1977Dec)
French Open2R (1968, 1978)
Wimbledon2R (1970, 1973, 1974, 1978)
US Open1R (1978)
Career record64–78
Career titles2
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenF (1973)
French Open4R (1968)
Wimbledon4R (1974)
US Open3R (1978)
Mixed doubles
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open1R (1969)
Team competitions
Davis CupW (1973, 1977)

Bob Gary Giltinan OAM (born 4 July 1949 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia) is a former professional tennis player who was a grass court specialist. He won one singles title and two doubles titles over a twelve-year career spanning the introduction of the open era in 1968 to 1979. He reached a career-high ranking of World No. 16.[1][2]

Giltinan is a direct relative of notable Australian entrepreneur James Joseph Giltinan (J J Giltinan), who helped found the sport of rugby league football in Australia, and also what is now effectively the world championships for 18 ft skiff class yachts, the JJ Giltinan International Trophy, contested each year on Sydney Harbour.

Tennis career[edit]

Beginning his tennis career in the 1960s, it was halted for two years when he completed National Service with the Australian Army during the Vietnam War.

He won one singles title at Surbiton in 1974, defeating Syd Ball in straight sets, and reached the final of Newport in 1973, falling to Roger Taylor of Great Britain 8–9 6–8. Giltinan was a member of the winning 1973 and 1977 Australian Davis Cup squads. He also represented the Cleveland Nets in World Team Tennis during the 1970s, partnering Björn Borg, Marty Riessen and Martina Navratilova.

Giltinan is best known for his run into the singles semi-finals of the 1977 Australian Open as a qualifier, where he would lose to John Lloyd of Great Britain. This run matches the best performance of any qualifier in a Grand Slam. His other notable singles Grand Slam performance was his loss to John Alexander in four sets in the quarter-finals of the 1973 Australian Open.

Giltinan's best Grand Slam doubles forays include a three set loss with Syd Ball to Ross Case and Geoff Masters in the 1973 Australian Open final, after defeating the far more famous pairing of Roche/Newcombe 6–4, 5–7, 12–10 in the semi-finals. He and Syd Ball also reached the 1970 Australian Open semi-finals, falling to John Alexander and Phil Dent 11–9 3–6, 4–6, 2–6.

Giltinan won 2 doubles titles in his career. In 1978, he and Colin Dibley defeated Marcello Lara and Eliot Teltscher at the 1978 Columbus Open in straight sets. Unlike his other titles, this was on clay. In 1979, Giltinan and Phil Dent defeated Ion Ţiriac and Guillermo Vilas in the final of Hobart. Also notable is their defeat of Mark Edmondson and John Marks in the semi-finals.

Aside from the finals at the Australian Open, Giltinan reached one other doubles final. In 1978, he and Colin Dibley were defeated by Tim Gullikson and Tom Gullikson at Newport.

Later life[edit]

On 28 July 2000, Giltinan was awarded the Australian Sports Medal for service as a "Previous player, coach and manager of elite players. Has been NSW state coach and national selector".[3] He was also awarded the Australian Defence Medal.

In September 2008, Giltinan stood as an independent candidate for Warringah Council for a four-year term and was elected. He was re-elected in 2012, after which he was elected Deputy Mayor of Warringah by his fellow councillors.

On 10 June 2019, Giltinan was appointed to the Order of Australia for "service to tennis, and to the community of the Northern Beaches".[4]

Career Titles[edit]

Singles (1)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score
1. 1 June 1974 Surbiton Grass Australia Syd Ball 6–3, 6–2

Doubles (2)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Surface Partnering Opponent in the final Score
1. 7 August 1978 Columbus Clay Australia Colin Dibley United States Eliot Teltscher
Mexico Marcello Lara
6–2, 6–3
2. 1 January 1979 Hobart Grass Australia Phil Dent Romania Ion Ţiriac
Argentina Guillermo Vilas

Honours and awards[edit]

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Australian Sports Medal
Australian Defence Medal
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Order of Australia Medal


  1. ^ a b ATPCA Bio
  2. ^ Giltinans Tennis Bio Archived 20 December 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "GILTINAN, Bob Gary – Australian Sports Medal". It's an Honour database. Australian Government. Retrieved 5 October 2012.
  4. ^ "2019 Queen's Birthday Honours List | Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia". Retrieved 2 July 2019.

External links[edit]

Civic offices
Preceded by
Julie Sutton
Deputy Mayor of Warringah
2012 – 2013
Succeeded by
Sue Heins