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John Whitlinger (born February 4, 1954) is a right-handed former professional tennis player from the United States.

John Whitlinger
Country (sports) United States
Born (1954-02-04) February 4, 1954 (age 65)
Neenah, Wisconsin[1]
Height5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Career record45–77 (36.9%)
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 75 (June 2, 1975)
Grand Slam Singles results
French OpenR1 (1977)
WimbledonR1 (1976)
US OpenR1 (1974, 1975, 1976)
Career record75–97 (43.6%)
Career titles1
Highest rankingNo. 854 (January 3, 1983)
Grand Slam Doubles results
French OpenR1 (1977)
WimbledonR1 (1976)
US OpenR3 (1975)
Coaching career (2004–2014[2])
Coaching achievements
Coachee Singles Titles total1 (2010, Bradley Klahn)
Coachee(s) Doubles Titles total1 (2004, KC Corkery and Sam Worburg)
Coaching awards and records

1997 ITA National Assistant Coach of the Year


Playing careerEdit

Whitlinger played in ten majors in his career, his highest finish being at the 1975 US Open where he lost in the third round alongside Mike Cahill to eventual finalists Tom Okker and Marty Riessen.[3] Whitlinger won one doubles title in his career.

Career finalsEdit

Doubles (1–6)Edit

Result No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 1. 1974 Cincinnati, U.S. Hard   James Delaney   Dick Dell
  Sherwood Stewart
6–4, 6–7, 2–6
Loss 2. 1975 Chicago, U.S. Carpet   Mike Cahill   John Alexander
  Phil Dent
3–6, 4–6
Loss 3. 1976 Sacramento, U.S. Carpet   Mike Cahill   Tom Gorman
  Sherwood Stewart
6–3, 4–6, 4–6
Loss 4. 1976 Boston, U.S. Clay   Mike Cahill   Ray Ruffels
  Allan Stone
6–3, 3–6, 6–7
Win 1. 1976 Bermuda Clay   Mike Cahill   Dick Crealy
  Ray Ruffels
6–4, 4–6, 7–6
Loss 5. 1977 Munich, Germany Clay   Nikola Špear   František Pala
  Balázs Taróczy
3–6, 4–6
Loss 6. 1977 Perth, Australia Hard   Nick Saviano   Ray Ruffels
  Allan Stone
2–6, 1–6

Coaching careerEdit

Whitlinger coached the Stanford men's tennis team as an associate from 1987-2004, and as head coach from 2004 until his retirement in 2014.[2] He coached KC Corkery and Sam Worburg to the 2004 NCAA Doubles Championship and Bradley Klahn to the 2010 NCAA Singles Championship.


Whitlinger's son J.J. (John Jr.) Whitlinger is in his fourth season with the Furman University men's tennis program and his first as associate head coach.[4]

Honors and awardsEdit


  1. ^ "John Whitlinger - Player Activity - ATP World Tour - Tennis".
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Stanford's John Whitlinger retires after 10 seasons, nine NCAA appearances". May 29, 2014.
  3. ^
  4. ^ [1] Official University website]
  5. ^ a b "Congratulations John Whitlinger, 2010 USTA Midwest Section Hall of Fame".
  6. ^ "Neenah inducts 10 in 1st Hall of Fame class". Post-Crescent.

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