Mike Estep

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Mike Estep
Mike Estep wrc02855.jpg
Country (sports)  United States
Residence Hurst, Texas, USA
Born (1949-07-19) July 19, 1949 (age 67)
Dallas, Texas, USA
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Turned pro 1969 (amateur tour from 1966)
Retired 1983
Plays Right-handed
Career record 117–179
Career titles 2
Highest ranking No. 59 (August 23, 1973)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 3R (1982)
French Open 2R (1973, 1975)
Wimbledon 4R (1975)
US Open 2R (1975)
Career record 182–168 (Open era)
Career titles 7 (Open era)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open QF (1980, 1982)

Mike Estep (born July 19, 1949) is a former professional tennis player from the United States.

During his career Estep won 2 singles titles and 7 doubles titles. He achieved a career-high singles ranking of World No. 59 in August 1973.

In 1983 until 1986 he coached Martina Navratilova. Later he worked with Carling Bassett, Hana Mandlíková and Arantxa Sánchez Vicario.

He was a board member of the Association of Tennis Professionals from 1982 to 1989, holding the position of chairman of the ATP Ranking Committee at the same time. He also worked with the U.S. Tennis Association, creating a method for ranking juniors in 1999 that is now used nationwide, and serving on the junior development council for Texas from 1993 to 1995.[1]

Estep resides in Hurst, Texas.

Grand Prix and WCT finals (20)[edit]


Titles (2)[edit]

Outcome No. Date Championship Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Winner 1. 1973 Merion, U.S. Grass United States Gene Scott 7–5, 3–6, 7–6, 3–6, 7–5
Winner 2. 1976 Khartoum, Sudan Hard Brazil Thomaz Koch 6–4, 6–7, 6–4, 6–3
Runner-up 1. 1982 Tampa, U.S. Hard United States Brian Gottfried 7–6, 2–6, 4–6
Runner-up 2. 1982 Newport, U.S. Grass United States Hank Pfister 1–6, 5–7


The 1975 listings below that reads Russell Simpson should read Jeff Simpson (his brother).

Titles (7)[edit]

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Winner 1. 1973 Omaha, U.S. Hard (i) United States William Brown United States Jimmy Connors
Spain Juan Gisbert Sr.
Winner 2. 1973 Salt Lake City, U.S. Hard (i) Mexico Raúl Ramírez Czechoslovakia Jiří Hřebec
Czechoslovakia Jan Kukal
6–4, 7–6
Winner 3. 1973 Calgary, Canada Indoor Romania Ilie Năstase Hungary Szabolcz Baranyi
Hungary Péter Szőke
6–7, 7–5, 6–3
Winner 4. 1973 Valencia, Spain Clay Romania Ion Ţiriac Belgium Patrick Hombergen
Belgium Bernard Mignot
6–4, 1–6, 10–8
Runner-up 1. 1973 Barcelona, Spain Clay Romania Ion Ţiriac Spain Juan Gisbert Sr.
Spain Manuel Orantes
4–6, 6–7
Winner 5. 1973 Djakarta, Indonesia Hard Australia Ian Fletcher Australia John Newcombe
Australia Allan Stone
7–5, 6–4
Winner 6. 1974 Philadelphia WCT, U.S. Carpet South Africa Pat Cramer France Jean-Baptiste Chanfreau
France Georges Goven
6–1, 6–1
Runner-up 2. 1974 Hampton, U.S. Carpet South Africa Pat Cramer Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Željko Franulović
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Nikola Pilić
6–4, 5–7, 1–6
Runner-up 3. 1974 Adelaide, Australia Grass Australia Paul Kronk United States Grover Raz Reid
Australia Allan Stone
6–7, 4–6
Runner-up 4. 1974 Manila, Philippines Hard Mexico Marcello Lara Australia Syd Ball
Australia Ross Case
3–6, 6–7, 7–9
Winner 7. 1975 Washington Indoor WCT, U.S. Carpet New Zealand Russell Simpson India Anand Amritraj
India Vijay Amritraj
7–6, 6–3
Runner-up 5. 1975 Houston, U.S. Clay New Zealand Russell Simpson United States Robert Lutz
United States Stan Smith
5–7, 6–7
Runner-up 6. 1975 Boston, U.S. Clay United States John Andrews United States Brian Gottfried
Mexico Raúl Ramírez
6–4, 3–6, 6–7
Runner-up 7. 1976 Cologne, Germany Carpet Rhodesia Colin Dowdeswell South Africa Bob Hewitt
South Africa Frew McMillan
1–6, 6–3, 6–7
Runner-up 8. 1981 Stuttgart Outdoor, Germany Clay Australia Mark Edmondson Australia Peter McNamara
Australia Paul McNamee
6–2, 4–6, 6–7
Runner-up 9. 1981 Brisbane, Australia Grass Australia Mark Edmondson Australia Rod Frawley
New Zealand Chris Lewis
5–7, 6–4, 6–7


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