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Bernard Mitton (9 November 1954 – 5 May 2017[1]) was a South African professional tennis player.

Bernard Mitton
Country (sports)South Africa South Africa
ResidenceIrvine, California, U.S.
Born(1954-09-11)11 September 1954
Vryburg, South Africa
Died5 May 2017(2017-05-05) (aged 62)
Height1.87 m (6 ft 1 12 in)
Turned pro1973
Retired1984
PlaysRight-handed
Singles
Career record199–218
Career titles2
Highest rankingNo. 54 (15 December 1975)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open2R (1978, 1982)
French Open3R (1977)
Wimbledon4R (1973, 1976)
US Open4R (1980)
Doubles
Career record210–191
Career titles9
Highest rankingNo. 20 (25 June 1984)

Mitton reached his highest world singles ranking of 51 on 15 December 1975, and his highest doubles ranking of 20 on 25 June 1984. His career record in singles in the ATP tour was 199–218, winning two titles - at Newport, Rhode Island in 1978 and San Jose, California in 1979. He was the runner-up in three other tournaments: San Jose (1978), Adelaide (1979) and Johannesburg (1981).

His doubles record was 210–191, and he won nine titles: Auckland (1979); Stowe, Vermont and Cologne (1980); Richmond WCT (1981); Johannesburg (1981); Tampa (1981); Columbus, Ohio (1982); Ferrara (1983); and La Quinta, California (1984). He was the runner-up in eight tournaments: Sarasota, Florida (1978); North Conway, New Hampshire (1978); Rotterdam (1979); Maui, Hawaii (1982) Ancona (1982); Toulouse (1983); Florence (1984), and Queen's Club (1984).

Mitton had career wins over John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors, and Arthur Ashe in singles. Although he failed to reach the quarterfinals in any Grand Slam tournament, he reached the fourth round on three occasions. In his first Grand Slam tournament in 1973, he reached the fourth round of Wimbledon before losing to Connors 6–3, 6–3, 6–2. In 1976, he again reached the fourth round at Wimbledon, defeating former champion John Newcombe in the third round (3–6, 6–3, 9–7, 9–7) before falling to Raúl Ramírez (9–7, 3–6, 6–1, 6–1). Finally, he reached the fourth round at the 1980 US Open, defeating José Luis Clerc in the first round (6–3, 6–2, 4–6, 2–6, 7–5) before finally losing to Connors (7–6, 6–4, 6–4).

Mitton retired from the tour in 1984 and joined the Newport Beach Tennis Club as director of tennis. From 2000–2003, he was at Rancho San Clemente. He taught until his death at The Racket Club of Irvine, California. He has three children: Natalie, Barend and Olivia.

Contents

Career finalsEdit

Legend (Singles)
Grand Slam
Tennis Masters Cup
ATP Masters Series
ATP Tour
Challengers
Futures

Singles (2 titles, 3 runner-ups)Edit

Result W-L Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0–1 Apr 1978 San Jose, U.S. Garpet   Arthur Ashe 7–6, 1–6, 2–6
Win 1–1 Jul 1978 Newport, Rhode Island, U.S. Grass   John James 6–1, 3–6, 7–6
Win 2–1 Mar 1979 San Jose, Costa Rica Hard   Tom Gorman 6–4, 6–1, 6–3
Loss 2–2 Dec 1979 Adelaide, Australia Grass   Kim Warwick 5–7, 4–6
Loss 2–3 Apr 1981 Johannesburg, Australia Hard   Kevin Curren 4–6, 4–6

Doubles (9 titles, 3 runner-ups)Edit

Result W-L Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1–0 Jan 1979 Auckland, New Zealand Hard   Kim Warwick   Andrew Jarrett
  Jonathan Smith
6–3, 2–6, 6–3
Win 2–0 Aug 1980 Stowe, US Hard   Bob Lutz   Ilie Năstase
  Ferdi Taygan
6–4, 6–3
Win 3–0 Oct 1980 Cologne, West Germany Hard   Andrew Pattison   Jan Kodeš
  Tomáš Šmíd
6–4, 6–1
Win 4–0 Feb 1981 Richmond, U.S. Hard   Tim Gullikson   Brian Gottfried
  Raúl Ramírez
3–6, 6–2, 6–3
Win 5–0 Mar 1981 Tampa, U.S. Hard   Butch Walts   David Carter
  Paul Kronk
6–3, 3–6, 6–1
Win 6–0 Apr 1981 Johannesburg, South Africa Hard   Ray Moore   Shlomo Glickstein
  David Schneider
7–5, 3–6, 6–1
Win 7–0 Aug 1981 Columbus, U.S. Hard   Tim Gullikson   Victor Amaya
  Hank Pfister
4–6, 6–1, 6–4
Win 8–0 Nov 1983 Ferrara, Italy Carpet   Butch Walts   Stanislav Birner
  Stefan Simonsson
7–6, 0–6, 6–3
Loss 8–1 Nov 1983 Toulouse, France Hard (i)   Butch Walts   Heinz Günthardt
  Pavel Složil
7–5, 5–7, 4–6
Win 9–1 Feb 1984 La Quinta, U.S. Hard   Butch Walts   Scott Davis
  Ferdi Taygan
5–7, 6–3, 6–2
Loss 9–2 May 1984 Florence, Italy Clay   Butch Walts   Mark Dickson
  Chip Hooper
6–7, 6–4, 5–7
Loss 9–3 Jun 1984 London/Queen's Club, England Grass   Butch Walts   Pat Cash
  Paul McNamee
4–6, 3–6

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Remembering Bernie Mitton, Former Top 50 Player". www.atpworldtour.com. Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP). 9 May 2017.

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