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Mark Cox (born 5 July 1943) is a former tennis player from England, who played professional and amateur tennis in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. He was ranked as high as World No. 13 on the ATP rankings (achieving that ranking in August 1977). Cox was educated at Wyggeston Grammar School in Leicester and Millfield School in Somerset.

Mark Cox
Country (sports)United Kingdom United Kingdom
Born (1943-07-05) 5 July 1943 (age 75)
Leicester, England
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Turned pro1970 (amateur tour from 1958)
Retired1981
PlaysLeft-handed (one-handed backhand)
Singles
Career record593-370 (61.5%) [1]
Career titles21 [2]
Highest rankingNo. 13 (23 August 1977)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenQF (1967, 1971)
French Open3R (1968)
Wimbledon4R (1968, 1977, 1979)
US OpenQF (1966)
Other tournaments
WCT FinalsQF (1975)
Doubles
Career record142–157 (Open era)
Career titles3 (Open era)
Team competitions
Davis CupF (1969)

Cox obtained an economics undergraduate degree from the University of Cambridge (Downing College), where he was a member of the Cambridge University Lawn Tennis Club.

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CareerEdit

He played his first tournament on 3 November 1958 at the Torquay Indoor [3]. During his career, he won twenty singles titles [4] and three doubles titles spanning both the pre-open era and open era, reached the quarterfinals at the US Nationals (in 1966), and the final at the event in Cincinnati (in 1977).[5] He also played on Great Britain's Davis Cup team, and was on the team that reached the 1978 final against the United States.[6] He has also gone down in tennis history as the first amateur player to beat a professional.[7]

In May 1968, at the British Hard Court Championships at Bournemouth, he beat the American Pancho Gonzales in five sets in two and a quarter hours.[8] Cox also achieved big upset wins over No. 1 seed, Rod Laver, at the 1971 Australian Open,[9] and over No. 2 seed, Ken Rosewall, at the 1972 US Open.[10] Cox retired from playing in 1981. During his latter playing years and after his retirement, Cox has worked as a coach, and also as a television commentator for the BBC.

Personal lifeEdit

Cox is a Patron of a charity "CRY" (Cardiac Risk in the Young) and an ambassador for the Win Tennis Academy at Bisham. He lives with his wife Susie in London.[citation needed]

Career finalsEdit

Singles (21 titles, 14 runner-ups)Edit

Result No. Year Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Loss 1. 1962 Manly, Australia Grass   Martin Mulligan 2-6, 2-6 [11]
Win 1. 1966 Baltimore, USA Grass   Jim McManus 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 [11]
Loss 2. 1967 East London, South Africa Clay   Tom Okker 7-9, 5-7 [11]
Win 2. 1968 San Juan Puerto Rico Hard   Allen Fox 6-2, 6-1, 4-6, 2-6, 6-2 [11]
Open era
Loss 3. 1968 London, England Carpet (i)   Stan Smith 4-6, 4-6 [11]
Win 3. 1968 Eastbourne, England Grass   Owen Davidson 6-4, 6-4 [11]
Win 4. 1968 Istanbul, Turkey Clay   Patricio Rodríguez 6-3, 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 [11]
Win 5. 1968 Perth, Scotland Carpet (i)   Bob Hewitt 6-3, 6-4 [11]
Win 6. 1969 Bloemfontein, South Africa Hard   Bob Maud 6-2, 7-5 [11]
Loss 4. 1968 Buffalo, New York, USA Hard (i)   Clark Graebner 8-6, 9-7, 6-2 [11]
Loss 5. 1969 Macon, USA Carpet (i)   Manuel Orantes 8-10, 5-7, 6-4, 7-9 [11]
Loss 6. 1969 Caracas, Venezuela Clay   Thomaz Koch 6–8, 3–6, 6–2, 4–6 [11]
Loss 7. 1969 Willemstad, Curacao Clay   Cliff Richey 4-6, 3-6, 3-6 [11]
Win 7. 1969 Charlotte, USA Clay   Jan Kodes 13-11, 6-2 [11]
Win 8. 1969 Stalybridge, England Carpet (i)   Bob Hewitt 6-4, 6-3 [11]
Win 9. 1969 Torquay, England Hard (i)   John Clifton 8-6, 6-3 [11]
Win 10. 1969 London, England Carpet (i)   Bob Hewitt 4-6, 9-7, 6-2 [11]
Win 11. 1969 Perth, Scotland Carpet (i)   Ismail El Shafei 3-6, 14-12, 6-1 [11]
Win 12. 1970 Bournemouth, England Clay   Bob Hewitt 6-1, 6-2, 6-3
Win 13. 1972 Macon , USA Carpet (i)   Roy Emerson 6-3, 6-7, 6-3
Loss 8. 1972 Louisville WCT, US Clay   Arthur Ashe 4–6, 4–6
Win 14. 1972 Cleveland WCT, US Hard   Ray Ruffels 6–3, 4–6, 4–6, 6–3, 6–4
Loss 9. 1973 London WCT, England Hard (i)   Brian Fairlie 6–2, 2–6, 2–6, 6–7
Win 15. 1973 Denver WCT, US Carpet   Arthur Ashe 6–1, 6–1
Win 16. 1973 Eastbourne, England Grass   Patrice Dominguez 6–2, 2–6, 6–3
Loss 10. 1974 Bologna WCT, Italy Carpet   Arthur Ashe 4–6, 5–7
Loss 11. 1974 London WCT, England Hard (i)   Björn Borg 7–6, 6–7, 4–6
Win 17. 1975 Washington Indoor WCT, US Carpet   Dick Stockton 6–2, 7–6
Win 18. 1975 London WCT, England Carpet   Brian Fairlie 6–1, 7–5
Win 19. 1975 Atlanta WCT, US Carpet   John Alexander 6–3, 7–6
Win 20. 1976 Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i)   Manuel Orantes 4–6, 7–5, 7–6
Win 21. 1977 Helsinki, Finland Carpet   Kjell Johansson 6–3, 6–3
Loss 12. 1977 London/Queen's Club, England Grass   Raúl Ramírez 7–9, 5–7
Loss 13. 1977 Cincinnati, US Clay   Harold Solomon 2–6, 3–6
Loss 14. 1980 Stuttgart Indoor, Germany Hard (i)   Tomáš Šmíd 1–6, 3–6, 7–5, 6–1, 4–6

Doubles (3 titles, 8 runner-ups)Edit

Result No. Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 1. 1973 Copenhagen WCT, Denmark Carpet   Graham Stilwell   Erik Van Dillen
  Tom Gorman
4–6, 4–6
Win 1. 1973 Cologne WCT, Germany Carpet   Graham Stilwell   Tom Okker
  Marty Riessen
7–6, 6–3
Win 2. 1973 London, England Carpet   Owen Davidson   Gerald Battrick
  Graham Stilwell
6–4, 8–6
Loss 2. 1974 Denver WCT, US Carpet   Jun Kamiwazumi   Arthur Ashe
  Roscoe Tanner
3–6, 6–7
Loss 3. 1975 San Antonio WCT, US Hard   Cliff Drysdale   John Alexander
  Phil Dent
6–7, 6–4, 4–6
Loss 4. 1975 Memphis, US Carpet   Cliff Drysdale   Erik Van Dillen
  Dick Stockton
6–1, 5–7, 4–6
Loss 5. 1975 Atlanta WCT, US Carpet   Cliff Drysdale   Anand Amritraj
  Vijay Amritraj
3–6, 2–6
Loss 6. 1975 World Doubles WCT, Mexico Carpet   Cliff Drysdale   Brian Gottfried
  Raúl Ramírez
6–7, 7–6, 2–6, 6–7
Loss 7. 1976 Washington WCT, US Carpet   Cliff Drysdale   Eddie Dibbs
  Harold Solomon
4–6, 5–7
Loss 8. 1977 London WCT Hard (i)   Eddie Dibbs   Ilie Năstase
  Adriano Panatta
6–7, 7–6, 3–6
Win 3. 1977 Basel, Switzerland Carpet   Buster Mottram   John Feaver
  John James
7–5, 6–4, 6–3

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Garcia, Gabriel. "Mark Cox: Career match record". thetennisbase.com. Madrid, Spain: Tennismem SL. Retrieved 9 November 2017.
  2. ^ Garcia, Gabriel. "Mark Cox: Career match record". thetennisbase.com. Madrid, Spain: Tennismem SL. Retrieved 9 November 2017.
  3. ^ Garcia, Gabriel. "Mark Cox: Tournament activity/results". thetennisbase.com. Madrid, Spain: Tennismem SL. Retrieved 9 November 2017.
  4. ^ Garcia, Gabriel. "Mark Cox: Tournament activity/results". thetennisbase.com. Madrid, Spain: Tennismem SL. Retrieved 9 November 2017.
  5. ^ Lawrence Journal-World. "Sports Briefs". 19 July 1977, p. 11. Retrieved on 15 July 2013.
  6. ^ Wilmington Morning Star. "Davis Cup players named". 17 November 1978, p. 3-C. Retrieved on 15 July 2013.
  7. ^ Spartanburg Herald-Journal. "Mark Cox Is Tennis Champ". 3 May 1970, p. B4. Retrieved on 15 July 2013.
  8. ^ Montreal Gazette. He followed this up for good measure by beating two times Wimbledon Champion Roy Emerson in the next round. "British Tennis Amateur Mark Cox Upsets U.S. Pro Pancho Gonzales". Associated Press, 25 April 1968, p. 14. Retrieved on 15 July 2013.
  9. ^ Stone, Peter. "Laver leaves tired, beaten". The Age, 12 March 1971, p. 24. Retrieved on 15 July 2013.
  10. ^ Times Daily (Florence, S.C.). "The 'Giant Killer': Mark Cox Upsets Rosewall In U.S. Open Tennis Play". Associated Press, 3 September 1972, p. 16. Retrieved on 15 July 2013.
  11. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r Garcia, Gabriel. "Mark Cox: Tournament results titles/finals". thetennisbase.com. Madrid, Spain: Tennismem SL. Retrieved 9 November 2017.

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