Jun Kuki

Jun Kuki (九鬼 潤, Kuki Jun, born 28 December 1945) is a former professional tennis player from Japan.

Jun Kuki
Full nameJun Kuki
Country (sports) Japan
Born (1945-12-28) 28 December 1945 (age 74)
Yokkaichi, Japan
PlaysRight-handed
Singles
Career record67–115
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 74 (7 November 1976)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open2R (1972)
French Open3R (1971)
Wimbledon2R (1973)
US Open2R (1971)
Doubles
Career record14–69
Career titles0
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open2R (1972)
French Open2R (1970, 1971)
Wimbledon2R (1975)
US Open1R (1970, 1971, 1972)

BiographyEdit

Kuki, a right-hander, played collegiate tennis in the United States for UCLA. He had an unbeaten season in 1969, with a 13–0 record.[1]

He was first picked for the Japan Davis Cup team in the 1971 tournament.[2]

His best performance in a Grand Slam tournament came at the 1971 French Open when he had wins over Phil Dent and Peter Marmureanu, before losing a five-set third round match to Bob Lutz.[3]

In April 1976 he had the most prolific period of his career when he finished runner-up in a further two Grand Prix tournaments, both in Spain. He lost to Paolo Bertolucci in the final at Barcelona, then to Buster Mottram in Palma, Majorca.[4][5]

A regular Davis Cup competitor for Japan in the 1970s, Kuki played the last of his nine ties for the Japanese team in 1978. He played a total of 17 singles matches, of which he won 11.

In the 1980s he was coach of Etsuko Inoue, a player on the women's circuit.[6]

Grand Prix career finalsEdit

Singles: 2 (0–2)Edit

Result No. Year Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Loss 1. 1976 Barcelona, Spain Clay   Paolo Bertolucci 1–6, 6–3, 1–6, 6–7
Loss 2. 1976 Palma, Majorca, Spain Clay   Buster Mottram 5–7, 3–6, 3–6

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Ripton, Ray (2 May 1985). "31-0 Tennis Record Goes Beyond Words". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 24 December 2015.
  2. ^ "Japanese Pick Kuki". The Milwaukee Journal. 7 May 1971. p. 19. Retrieved 24 December 2015.
  3. ^ "Grand Slam Bid By Court Ended". Herald-Journal. 31 May 1971. p. 83. Retrieved 24 December 2015.
  4. ^ "Sports In Brief". Kentucky New Era. 3 April 1976. p. 15. Retrieved 24 December 2015.
  5. ^ "International Tournament". Sydney Morning Herald. 20 April 1976. p. 16. Retrieved 24 December 2015.
  6. ^ Povtak, Tim. "Inoue A Pioneer For Japanese Tennis Players From Eastern Bloc Dominate Top 5 Places In Women's Rankings". Orlando Sentinel. 24 April 1985. Retrieved 24 December 2015.

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