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Mike Estep (born July 19, 1949) is a former professional tennis player from the United States.

Mike Estep
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Country (sports) United States
ResidenceHurst, Texas, USA
Born (1949-07-19) July 19, 1949 (age 70)
Dallas, Texas, USA
Height5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Turned pro1969 (amateur tour from 1966)
Retired1983
PlaysRight-handed
Singles
Career record117–179
Career titles2
Highest rankingNo. 59 (August 23, 1973)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open3R (1982)
French Open2R (1973, 1975)
Wimbledon4R (1975)
US Open2R (1975)
Doubles
Career record182–168 (Open era)
Career titles7 (Open era)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenQF (1980, 1982)

During his career Estep won 2 singles titles and 7 doubles titles. He achieved a career-high singles ranking of World No. 59 in August 1973.

In 1983 until 1986 he coached Martina Navratilova. Later he worked with Carling Bassett, Hana Mandlíková, Jana Novotná and Arantxa Sánchez Vicario.

He was a board member of the Association of Tennis Professionals from 1982 to 1989, holding the position of chairman of the ATP Ranking Committee at the same time. He also worked with the U.S. Tennis Association, creating a method for ranking juniors in 1999 that is now used nationwide, and serving on the junior development council for Texas from 1993 to 1995.[1]

Estep resides in Hurst, Texas.

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Early lifeEdit

Estes grew up in Dallas, where he graduated from the St. Mark's School of Texas. He was an All American tennis player while an undergraduate at Rice University. [2]

Grand Prix and WCT finalsEdit

Singles: 4 (2 titles, 2 runner-ups)Edit

Result No. Year Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Win 1. 1973 Merion, U.S. Grass   Gene Scott 7–5, 3–6, 7–6, 3–6, 7–5
Win 2. 1976 Khartoum, Sudan Hard   Thomaz Koch 6–4, 6–7, 6–4, 6–3
Loss 1. 1982 Tampa, U.S. Hard   Brian Gottfried 7–6, 2–6, 4–6
Loss 2. 1982 Newport, U.S. Grass   Hank Pfister 1–6, 5–7

Doubles: 16 (7 titles, 9 runner-ups)Edit

Result No. Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1. 1973 Omaha, U.S. Hard (i)   William Brown   Jimmy Connors
  Juan Gisbert Sr.
DEF
Win 2. 1973 Salt Lake City, U.S. Hard (i)   Raúl Ramírez   Jiří Hřebec
  Jan Kukal
6–4, 7–6
Win 3. 1973 Calgary, Canada Indoor   Ilie Năstase   Szabolcz Baranyi
  Péter Szőke
6–7, 7–5, 6–3
Win 4. 1973 Valencia, Spain Clay   Ion Ţiriac   Patrick Hombergen
  Bernard Mignot
6–4, 1–6, 10–8
Loss 1. 1973 Barcelona, Spain Clay   Ion Ţiriac   Juan Gisbert Sr.
  Manuel Orantes
4–6, 6–7
Win 5. 1973 Djakarta, Indonesia Hard   Ian Fletcher   John Newcombe
  Allan Stone
7–5, 6–4
Win 6. 1974 Philadelphia WCT, U.S. Carpet   Pat Cramer   Jean-Baptiste Chanfreau
  Georges Goven
6–1, 6–1
Loss 2. 1974 Hampton, U.S. Carpet   Pat Cramer   Željko Franulović
  Nikola Pilić
6–4, 5–7, 1–6
Loss 3. 1974 Adelaide, Australia Grass   Paul Kronk   Grover Raz Reid
  Allan Stone
6–7, 4–6
Loss 4. 1974 Manila, Philippines Hard   Marcello Lara   Syd Ball
  Ross Case
3–6, 6–7, 7–9
Win 7. 1975 Washington Indoor WCT, U.S. Carpet   Jeff Simpson   Anand Amritraj
  Vijay Amritraj
7–6, 6–3
Loss 5. 1975 Houston, U.S. Clay   Jeff Simpson   Robert Lutz
  Stan Smith
5–7, 6–7
Loss 6. 1975 Boston, U.S. Clay   John Andrews   Brian Gottfried
  Raúl Ramírez
6–4, 3–6, 6–7
Loss 7. 1976 Cologne, Germany Carpet   Colin Dowdeswell   Bob Hewitt
  Frew McMillan
1–6, 6–3, 6–7
Loss 8. 1981 Stuttgart Outdoor, Germany Clay   Mark Edmondson   Peter McNamara
  Paul McNamee
6–2, 4–6, 6–7
Loss 9. 1981 Brisbane, Australia Grass   Mark Edmondson   Rod Frawley
  Chris Lewis
5–7, 6–4, 6–7

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