|Residence||Sydney, New South Wales|
4 July 1949 |
Sydney, New South Wales
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Highest ranking||No. 16 (1974)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||SF (1977Dec)|
|French Open||2R (1968, 1978)|
|Wimbledon||2R (1970, 1973, 1974, 1978)|
|US Open||1R (1978)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||F (1973)|
|French Open||4R (1968)|
|US Open||3R (1978)|
|Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results|
|Australian Open||1R (1969)|
|Davis Cup||W (1973, 1977)|
Bob Gary Giltinan JP (born 4 July 1949, 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.
Giltinan is a direct relative of notable Australian entrepreneur James Joseph Giltinan (J J Giltinan), who helped to 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, which is contested each year on Sydney Harbour.
He won one title at Surbiton in 1974, defeating Syd Ball in straight sets, reached the finals of Newport in 1973, falling to Roger Taylor of Great Britain 8–9 6–8, and was a member of the winning 1973 & 1977 Australian Davis Cup squads. Giltinan also represented the Cleveland Nets in World Team Tennis during the 1970s partnering Björn Borg, Marty Riessen and Martina Navratilova.
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 finally falling to John Alexander and Phil Dent 11–9 3–6 4–6 2–6.
Giltinan is best known for his run as a singles grand slam qualifier into the Semi-finals of the December 1977 Australian Open. He would lose to John Lloyd of Great Britain in straight sets. This matches the best performance of any qualifier in a Grand Slam draw. His other notable singles Grand Slam performance was his loss to John Alexander in four sets in the 1973 Australian Open Quarterfinals.
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 final in straight sets. Unlike his other titles, this was on Clay. In 1979 he and Phil Dent defeated Ion Ţiriac and Guillermo Vilas in the Hobart Finals. Also notable is their defeat of Mark Edmondson and John Marks in the Semi-finals.
In the year 2000, Giltinan was awarded the Australian Sports Medal for service as a "Previous player, coach and manager for elite players. Has been NSW state coach, national selector". He has also been awarded the Australian Defence Medal for services to Australia during the Vietnam War.
In September 2008, Giltinan, stood as an Independent B Ward Councillor candidate for Warringah Council, and was subsequently elected. He was re-elected at the 2012 local government elections, after which he was subsequently elected as Deputy Mayor.
|No.||Date||Tournament||Surface||Opponent in the final||Score|
|1.||1 June 1974||Surbiton||Grass||Syd Ball||6–3 6–2|
|No.||Date||Tournament||Surface||Partnering||Opponent in the final||Score|
|1.||7 August 1978||Columbus||Clay||Colin Dibley|| Eliot Teltscher
|2.||1 January 1979||Hobart||Grass||Phil Dent|| Ion Ţiriac
Honours and awards
|Australian Defence Medal|
|Deputy Mayor of Warringah
2012 – 2013