Jonathan Canter

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Jonathan Canter
Country (sports) United States United States
Born (1965-06-04) June 4, 1965 (age 51)
Los Angeles,
United States
Height 6'1" (185 cm)
Turned pro 1983
Plays Right-handed
Prize money $474,516
Career record 68–96
Career titles 1
Highest ranking No. 36 (October 13, 1986)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 1R (1985, 1987, 1991)
French Open 2R (1986, 1987)
Wimbledon 2R (1986)
US Open 2R (1985, 1986, 1987)
Career record 38–68
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 84 (July 9, 1990)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 3R (1985, 1989)
French Open 2R (1984)
Wimbledon 3R (1990)
US Open 3R (1989)

Jonathan Canter (born June 4, 1965) is a former professional tennis player from the United States.[1]

Early years[edit]

Canter was born in Los Angeles, where his father, Stanley S. Canter, worked as a film producer. His father, who was also manager of Jimmy Connors for a time, produced films such as Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes, Tarzan and the Lost City and Hornets' Nest, which he also wrote.[2][3]

The promising junior made the quarter-finals of the US Open in 1981 and the following year he reached further quarter-finals at the US Open and French Open. His best performances however came in the doubles. With countryman Michael Kures as his partner, Canter won the boy's doubles title at the 1982 US Open, beating Australians Pat Cash and John Frawley in the final. He also made the doubles semi-finals at the 1982 Wimbledon Championships, partnering Chuck Willenborg. At the same event the following year, Canter was once again a singles quarter-finalist.[4]

Professional career[edit]

Canter never made the third round of the singles draw at a Grand Slam.[5] He twice came close, the first time at the 1986 French Open when he squandered a two set lead over Jean-Philippe Fleurian in their second round encounter.[5] In the US Open that year, after coming from two sets down to defeat Tim Mayotte in his opening match, Canter was again at the wrong end of a second round match decided in five sets, losing to Dan Goldie.[5]

He did however reach the third round on four occasions in the doubles.[5] His biggest win came in the 1990 Wimbledon Championships, where he and partner Bruce Derlin upset reigning champions John Fitzgerald and Anders Järryd.[5]

In 1985, Canter won his only Grand Prix/ATP title, at the Melbourne Outdoor tournament.[5] The following year he would make it to number 36 in the world.[5] His best results that season were semi-final appearances at Montreal and Toronto.[5] In Montreal he had a win over world number four Yannick Noah.[5]

Grand Prix career finals[edit]

Singles: 1 (1–0)[edit]

Outcome No. Year Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Winner 1. 1985 Australia Melbourne, Australia Grass Australia Peter Doohan 5–7, 6–3, 6–4

Challenger titles[edit]

Singles: (1)[edit]

No. Year Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
1. 1987 France Guadeloupe Hard United States Larry Stefanki 6–3, 6–4

Doubles: (3)[edit]

No. Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
1. 1990 Thailand Bangkok, Thailand Hard New Zealand Bruce Derlin Australia Neil Borwick
New Zealand David Lewis
6–4, 6–4
2. 1991 Guam Guam Hard United States Kenny Thorne South Africa David Adams
United States Doug Eisenman
6–1, 6–2
3. 1993 France Reunion Island Hard United States Jeff Tarango South Africa Lan Bale
South Africa Mark Kaplan
6–4, 3–6, 7–5