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Michael Jeremy Bates, commonly known as Jeremy Bates (born 19 June 1962) is a British former professional tennis player. He was ranked UK number 1 in 1987 and again from 1989 to 1994. He reached a career-high ATP world ranking of 54 from 17 April 1995 to 23 April 1995.[1]

Jeremy Bates
Full nameMichael Jeremy Bates
Country (sports) United Kingdom
ResidenceLondon, England
Born (1962-06-19) 19 June 1962 (age 57)
Solihull, England
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Turned pro1982
Retiredyes
PlaysTennis
Prize money$1,339,965
Singles
Career record132–193 (at ATP Tour, Grand Prix tour, WCT tour, and Grand Slam level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles1
Highest rankingNo. 54 (17 April 1995)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open3R (1989)
French Open3R (1988, 1989)
Wimbledon4R (1992, 1994)
US Open2R (1986)
Doubles
Career record163–171 (at ATP Tour, Grand Prix tour, WCT tour, and Grand Slam level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles3
Highest rankingNo. 25 (4 March 1991)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenF (1988)
French Open3R (1987)
WimbledonQF (1990, 1993)
US Open2R (1986, 1990)
Mixed doubles
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian OpenW (1991)
WimbledonW (1987)

During his career he won two Grand Slam mixed doubles titles, Wimbledon in 1987 and the Australian Open in 1991, with tennis partner Jo Durie as well as one singles title and three men's doubles titles. After retiring from the professional circuit, he served as the captain of Britain's Davis Cup team from 2004 to 2006.[2]

CareerEdit

Bates turned professional in 1982. Partnering his fellow British player Jo Durie, he won the mixed doubles titles at Wimbledon in 1987, the first British doubles team to win the title for 51 years and the Australian Open in 1991, the first time a British doubles team has ever won the title. He was also a Men's Doubles runner-up at the Australian Open in 1988 (partnering Sweden's Peter Lundgren).

As a singles player, he reached the fourth round at Wimbledon twice – in 1992 and 1994 – losing on both occasions to France's Guy Forget. In the 1992 encounter Bates held a match point against Forget in the fourth-set, but failed to convert it and ended up losing in five sets 7–6, 4–6, 6–3, 6–7, 3–6, narrowly missing out on a place in the quarter-finals. He was also the first ever opponent of Andre Agassi in the main draw of a Grand Slam tournament, in the first round of the U.S. Open in 1986, winning in four sets.

Bates won one top-level singles title during his career – at Seoul in 1994 when he was aged 31, becoming the first British male to win an ATP tour title since 1977 (he was the oldest champion on the tour that season). He also won three men's doubles titles at Tel Aviv (1989), Queen's Club (1990), and Rotterdam (1994). He was the British national champion six times, and played in 20 Davis Cup ties for Britain, scoring 27 wins and 24 losses. His career-high rankings were World No. 54 in singles (in 1995) and World No. 25 in doubles (in 1991).

Grand Slam finalsEdit

Doubles: 1 (1 runner-up)Edit

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 1988 Australian Open Hard   Peter Lundgren   Rick Leach
  Jim Pugh
3–6, 2–6, 3–6

Mixed doubles: 2 (2 titles)Edit

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1987 Wimbledon Grass   Jo Durie   Nicole Bradtke
  Darren Cahill
7–6(12–10), 6–3
Win 1991 Australian Open Hard   Jo Durie   Robin White
  Scott Davis
2–6, 6–4, 6–4

Career finalsEdit

Singles: 1 (1 title)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
Year-End Championships (0–0)
Grand Slam Cup (0–0)
Super 9 / ATP Masters Series (0–0)
ATP Championship Series / International Series Gold (0–0)
ATP Tour (1–0)
Titles by surface
Hard (1–0)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Titles by setting
Outdoors (1–0)
Indoors (0–0)
Result W-L Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Win 1–0 Apr 1994 Seoul, South Korea Hard   Joern Renzenbrink 6–4, 6–7(5–7), 6–3

Doubles: 3 finals (3)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
Year-End Championships (0–0)
Grand Slam Cup (0–0)
Super 9 / ATP Masters Series (0–0)
ATP Championship Series / International Series Gold (0–0)
ATP Tour (3–0)
Titles by surface
Hard (1–0)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (1–0)
Carpet (1–0)
Titles by setting
Outdoors (1–0)
Indoors (0–0)
Result W-L Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1–0 Oct 1989 Tel-Aviv, Israel Hard   Patrick Baur   Rikard Bergh
  Per Henricsson
6–1, 4–6, 6–1
Win 2–0 Jun 1990 London, England Grass   Kevin Curren   Henri Leconte
  Ivan Lendl
6–2, 7–6
Win 3–0 Feb 1994 Rotterdam, Netherlands Carpet   Jonas Björkman   Jacco Eltingh
  Paul Haarhuis
6–4, 6–1

Grand Slam performance timelineEdit

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)

SinglesEdit

Tournament 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 Career SR Career W-L
Australian Open A LQ LQ LQ 1R NH 2R 2R 3R 1R 1R 1R 1R A 2R A 0 / 9 4–9
French Open A A A A A 1R A 3R 3R 1R A A 1R LQ 1R A 0 / 6 4–6
Wimbledon LQ 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R 3R 2R 2R 2R 2R 4R 1R 4R 1R 1R 0 / 15 12–15
US Open A A A A 1R 2R A 1R A 1R A A LQ 1R 1R A 0 / 6 1–6
Grand Slam SR 0 / 0 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 2 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 2 0 / 2 0 / 3 0 / 2 0 / 4 0 / 1 0 / 36 21–36
Year End Ranking 341 329 256 185 99 187 89 152 96 126 168 105 98 77 143 600

Post-retirement activityEdit

Bates retired from the professional tour in 1996. Since leaving the tour, he has served as captain of Britain's Davis Cup team as well as playing in seniors' events. He quit as Head of Performance for the Lawn Tennis Association in January 2007. In September 2007, Bates was appointed Director of Tennis at the Sutton Tennis Academy (London, UK). He quit Sutton Tennis Academy in May 2010, and has since been working as a broadcaster and commentator for the BBC, Eurosport and SKY. In March 2011 he also became the individual coach of former British Number 1 Anne Keothavong.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Jeremy Bates: Player Profile". atpworldtour.com. Retrieved 13 June 2014.
  2. ^ "Bates quits as Davis Cup captain". 24 July 2006 – via news.bbc.co.uk.

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