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Robert Vanthof (born April 10, 1959) is a former professional tennis player from the United States.

Robert Vanthof
Full nameRobert Vanthof
Country (sports) United States
ResidenceNewport Beach, California, U.S.
BornApril 10, 1959 (age 60)
Lynwood, California, U.S.
Height1.92 m (6 ft 3 in)
Turned pro1980
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money$495,947
Career record83–105 (44.15%)
Career titles2
Highest rankingNo. 25 (July 4, 1983)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenR3 (1981)
WimbledonR1 (1985) R1 (1984) R4 (1983) R2 (1981) R2 (1980)
US OpenR1 (1984) R1 (1983) R2 (1982) R2 (1980) R1 (1979)
Career record170–171 (49.85%)
Career titles6
Highest rankingNo. 20 (August 25, 1986)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenR2 (1991) QF (1990) R4 (1981) R4 (1979)
French OpenR2 (1988) R3 (1981)
WimbledonR2 (1991) R2 (1990) R2 (1989) R2 (1988) R4 (1987) R4 (1985) R3 (1984) R2 (1983) R2 (1980) R2 (1976)
US OpenR2 (1991) R2 (1990) R2 (1989) R4 (1988) R4 (1987) R2 (1986) QF (1985) R3 (1984) R3 (1983) R3 (1982) R2 (1980) R2 (1979)


Early LifeEdit

Vanthof was born in Lynwood but grew up in the neighboring city of Downey, California.


He was a four year scholarship athlete at the University of Southern California (USC).

Professional CareerEdit

He won the 1977 USTA Boys 18 Doubles and the 1980 NCAA Singles Title.

For three years, Robert was the #1 tennis player and an All American at the University of Southern California, when he won the NCAA Singles Title. He played two years for George Toley, who recruited him, and then one year for Dick Leach.

Turning professional in 1980, Van't Hof won his first top-level singles title in 1981 at Taipei and his second in 1989 in Seoul. His best singles performance at a Grand Slam event came in 1983 at Wimbledon, where he reached the final 16.

Van't Hof won two top-level singles titles and six tour doubles titles, including the Pacific Southwest with Scott Davis in 1985, as an unseeded team. His career-high rankings were World No. 25 in singles (in 1983), and World No. 20 in doubles (in 1986). He retired from the professional tour in 1990.

Off the CourtEdit

Since retiring as a player, Vanthof has worked as a tennis coach for high-profile players, Todd Martin, Coco Vandeweghe and Lindsay Davenport, when she won her three Grand Slam singles titles. For the last 28 years, Robert has been the Director of Tennis at the Palisades Tennis Club.

His younger brother is Erik Vanthof, who was also a professional tennis player.

He was married to Betsy and has 3 children: Kaes, Elizabeth and Brecht.

Singles TitlesEdit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1. 1980 Hobart, Australia Hard   Shlomo Glickstein 6–7, 4–6
Winner 1. 1981 Taipei, Taiwan Carpet (I)   Pat DuPré 7–5, 6–2
Runner-up 2. 1982 Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. Hard   Sandy Mayer 5–7, 3–6
Winner 2. 1989 Seoul, South Korea Hard   Brad Drewett 7–5, 6–4

Doubles TitlesEdit

Outcome No. Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in the Final Score in the Final
Runner-up 1. 1981 Tokyo Outdoor, Japan Clay   Larry Stefanki   Heinz Günthardt
  Balázs Taróczy
6–3, 2–6, 1–6
Runner-up 2. 1982 Auckland, New Zealand Hard   Larry Stefanki   Andrew Jarrett
  Jonathan Smith
5–7, 6–7
Winner 1. 1982 Taipei, Taiwan Carpet (I)   Larry Stefanki   Fred McNair
  Tim Wilkison
6–3, 7–6
Winner 2. 1984 Bristol, England Grass   Larry Stefanki   John Alexander
  John Fitzgerald
6–4, 5–7, 9–7
Winner 3. 1985 Los Angeles, California, U.S. Hard   Scott Davis   Paul Annacone
  Christo van Rensburg
6–3, 7–6
Winner 4. 1986 Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. Carpet (I)   Andy Kohlberg   Christo Steyn
  Danie Visser
6–2, 6–3
Winner 5. 1990 Auckland, New Zealand Hard   Kelly Jones   Gilad Bloom
  Paul Haarhuis
7–6, 6–0
Winner 6. 1990 San Francisco, California, U.S. Carpet (I)   Kelly Jones   Glenn Layendecker
  Richey Reneberg
2–6, 7–6, 6–3
Runner-up 3. 1991 Hong Kong Hard   Glenn Michibata   Patrick Galbraith
  Todd Witsken
2–6, 4–6


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