Mark Hilton (tennis)

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Mark Hilton
Country (sports) United Kingdom Great Britain
Born (1981-04-20) 20 April 1981 (age 36)
Chester, England
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Turned pro 2000
Plays Left-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money $173,449
Singles
Career record 1–4
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 202 (20 June 2005)
Grand Slam Singles results
Wimbledon 2R (2004)
US Open Q1 (2005)
Doubles
Career record 1–8
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 160 (8 August 2005)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Wimbledon 2R (2005)

Mark Hilton (born 20 April 1981) is a tennis coach and former professional tennis player from England.

Career[edit]

As a junior, Hilton made the semi-finals of the boys' doubles event at the 1999 Wimbledon Championships. He and partner James Nelson lost narrowly 15–17 to Guillermo Coria and David Nalbandian in the final set of their semi-final.[1]

Hilton, while ranked 479 in the world, upset Albert Costa at the 2004 Wimbledon Championships, to make the second round, where he lost to Dominik Hrbatý.[2][3]He had previously lost in the opening round of Wimbledon in 2002, to Barry Cowan and in 2003, to Younes El Aynaoui.[3] In the men's doubles, he was unable to get past the Wimbledon first round in his first four attempts, but with Jonathan Marray in 2005 defeated the French pairing of Julien Benneteau and Nicolas Mahut.[3] They then lost in the second round to Ivo Karlović and Rogier Wassen.[3]

He won three ATP Challenger doubles titles in 2005, with Marray.[3] His final tennis match of 2005 was the quarterfinals of the Sunderland Challenger doubles with Marray in November.

In 2005, at the age of 24, Hilton decided to retire because he thought he had reached his peak with a singles ranking of 202 in June, and he became a tennis coach.[4]

In 2012, Hilton was assigned as Liam Broady's coach, when Broady joined the Lawn Tennis Association against his father's wishes, and the Broadys did not speak to each other for several years.[5][6] In November 2015, Broady ended his LTA funding to heal the rift with his father, and dispensed with Hilton's services.[7]

Hilton now works with Dan Evans.[8]

Challenger titles[edit]

Doubles: (3)[edit]

No. Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
1. 2005 Wrexham, Great Britain Hard United Kingdom Jonathan Marray Finland Tuomas Ketola
Denmark Frederik Nielsen
6–3, 6–2
2. 2005 Nottingham, Great Britain Hard United Kingdom Jonathan Marray India Mustafa Ghouse
India Harsh Mankad
6–4, 3–6, 6–3
3. 2005 Manchester, Great Britain Grass United Kingdom Jonathan Marray United Kingdom James Auckland
United Kingdom Daniel Kiernan
6–3, 6–2

References[edit]

  1. ^ ITF Junior Profile
  2. ^ "Hilton stuns Costa". BBC Sport. 24 September 2004. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Mark Hilton - ATP Profile". ATP World Tour. Retrieved 29 June 2016. 
  4. ^ "Mark Hilton interview". Youtube. 29 April 2010. 
  5. ^ "Liam Broady finds a route to the stars". Independent. 22 December 2014. 
  6. ^ "Liam Broady hopes Wimbledon win will get him off friends’ floors". Guardian. 29 June 2015. 
  7. ^ "Wimbledon 2016: Liam Broady rejected LTA funding to settle rift with his father". Evening Standard. 30 September 2016. 
  8. ^ "Dan Evans: Leon Smith challenges British number four". BBC Sport. 16 June 2016. 

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