Billy Martin (tennis)

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Billy Martin
Country (sports)United States United States
ResidenceLos Angeles, California, U.S.
Born (1956-12-25) December 25, 1956 (age 63)
Evanston, Illinois, U.S.
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Turned pro1975
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Career record144–175
Career titles1
Highest rankingNo. 32 (5 March 1975)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open1R (1980)
French Open3R (1981)
WimbledonQF (1977)
US Open2R (1973, 1976)
Career record126–160
Career titles3
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenSF (1980)
French OpenSF (1981)
Wimbledon3R (1973, 1977, 1981)
US Open2R (1975)
Mixed doubles
Career titles1
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
French OpenW (1980)

Billy Martin (born December 25, 1956) is a right-handed former professional tennis player from the United States. During his career, he won the NCAA Singles Title in 1975, defeating George Hardie, and one singles title and three doubles titles on the Pro Tour. He achieved a career-high singles ranking of world No. 32 in 1975. Martin currently serves as the head coach for the UCLA Bruins men's tennis team, a position he has held since 1994.[1] Martin, who played at UCLA, has 14 straight top 5 NCAA team finishes and 9 consecutive 20-win seasons. He was named ITA (Intercollegiate Tennis Association) division 1 National Coach of the Year and is a member of ITA Hall of Fame.[2] He beat Raul Ramirez and Stan Smith at the Washington D.C. tournament.

Career finals[edit]

Singles (1 title, 1 runner-up)[edit]

Result No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Loss 1. 1975 Birmingham, U.S. Carpet United States Jimmy Connors 4–6, 3–6
Win 1. 1975 Little Rock, U.S. Carpet United States George Hardie 6–2, 7–6

Doubles (3 titles, 4 runner-ups)[edit]

Result No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 1. 1976 Denver WCT, U.S. Carpet United States Jimmy Connors Australia John Fitzgerald
Australia Phil Dent
7–6, 2–6, 5–7
Loss 2. 1977 Birmingham WCT, U.S. Carpet United States Bill Scanlon Poland Wojtek Fibak
Netherlands Tom Okker
3–6, 4–6
Loss 3. 1977 Monterrey WCT, Mexico Carpet United States Bill Scanlon Australia Ross Case
Poland Wojtek Fibak
6–3, 3–6, 4–6
Win 1. 1977 Laguna Niguel, U.S. Hard United States James Chico Hagey United States Peter Fleming
United States Trey Waltke
6–3, 6–4
Win 2. 1979 Brussels, Belgium Clay Australia Peter McNamara Brazil Carlos Kirmayr
Hungary Balázs Taróczy
5–7, 7–5, 6–4
Win 3. 1981 Bristol, England Grass New Zealand Russell Simpson United States John Austin
South Africa Johan Kriek
6–3, 4–6, 6–4
Loss 4. 1981 Newport, U.S. Grass South Africa Kevin Curren Australia Brad Drewett
United States Erik van Dillen
2–6, 4–6


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