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Christopher Wilkinson (born 5 January 1970) is a former tennis player from England.

Chris Wilkinson
Country (sports)United Kingdom Great Britain
ResidenceRowlands Castle, England
Born (1970-01-05) 5 January 1970 (age 49)
Southampton, England
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Turned pro1989
Retired1999
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money$2.4 million
Singles
Career record28–52
Career titles0
3 Challengers
Highest rankingNo. 114 (13 September 1993)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open1R (1994)
French OpenQ1 (1993, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999)
Wimbledon3R (1993, 1994, 1995, 1998)
US OpenQ2 (1996)
Other tournaments
Olympic Games1R (1992)
Doubles
Career record19–38
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 86 (16 February 1998)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open1R (1998)
French Open2R (1998)
WimbledonQF (1993)

CareerEdit

Born and bred in Southampton, Chris Wilkinson has achieved much in the world of tennis. But it could have been very different as his first passion was football in which he excelled for Southampton and had trials for Aston Villa and Coventry. Wilkinson started his winning ways with tennis tournament success as a 10-year-old junior. From there Wilkinson went on to win national and overseas tournaments and represented Great Britain in the World Championships at all junior age groups.

On the main Tour Wilkinson played some of his best tennis at Wimbledon where he reached the 3rd round in Singles on four occasions and made the quarter finals of Doubles. Wilkinson had the privilege of playing on Centre and No. 1 court on many occasions. He will probably be best remembered for his Centre Court battle in 1993 against Stefan Edberg, in which he broke the champion's serve no less than seven times before faltering on his own and succumbing to defeat in three close sets.[1] His best win was over Goran Ivanišević in 1993 at Queen's. Wilkinson has recorded many notable wins over several top 20 world ranked players. Wimbledon continues to be a special place for the former British No. 1 and he is regularly invited to compete in the Gentleman's senior invitational event.

In 1993 Wilkinson achieved his ambition of becoming British No. 1 Singles player. He has represented Great Britain in the Davis Cup and the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. Wilkinson retired from the main tour in 1999 but kept up his competitive play in the following years and in 2005 became the British and world over-35 champion.

Wilkinson is still very much involved with the sport, working with the LTA as a National Performance Coach/captain for the 12 to 16-year-old boys. In February 2018, he was appointed as County Performance Manager for Hampshire and Isle of Wight LTA.[2]

Wilkinson also remains very busy in the media world, including TV commentating for Eurosport, ATP media and ITV4. He also has a regular column with ESPN.[3]

As for playing tennis, Wilkinson is regularly invited to exhibition events where he often plays with some of the all-time greats of the tennis world.

Wilkinson currently resides in Hampshire with his wife Amanda and their two daughters, Alice born in 1998 and Emily born in 2001.

ReferencesEdit

In 1984 he featured in an advert shown in the UK and Ireland for Bisto gravy.

  1. ^ Reuters (26 June 1993). "UK: Edberg ends Wilkinson hopes at Wimbledon". Reuters.
  2. ^ "County Performance Manager - Chris Wilkinson - LTA". www3.lta.org.uk. Retrieved 2019-07-13.
  3. ^ "Chris Wilkinson: Memories of SW19". ESPN.co.uk. Retrieved 2019-07-13.

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