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Robert Van't Hof (born April 10, 1959) is a former professional tennis player from the United States.

Robert Van't Hof
Full nameRobert Van't Hof
Country (sports) United States
ResidenceNewport Beach, California, U.S.
Born (1959-04-10) April 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 Open3R (1981)
Wimbledon4R (1983)
US Open2R (1980, 1982)
Career record170–171 (49.85%)
Career titles6
Highest rankingNo. 20 (August 25, 1986)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenQF (1990)
French Open3R (1981)
Wimbledon4R (1985, 1987)
US OpenQF (1985)


Early lifeEdit

Van't Hof was born in Lynwood, California but grew up in the neighboring city of Downey.


He was a three year scholarship athlete at the University of Southern California (USC). Van't Hof was a three-time singles All American and two-time doubles All American. After he won the 1980 NCAA Singles Title his junior year, he left the university to turn professional.

Van't Hof was inducted into the ITA Hall of Fame in 2003.

Professional careerEdit

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.

Singles titlesEdit

Outcome No. Year Tournament Surface Opponents in the Final Score in the Final
Runner-up 1. 1980 Hobart, Australia Outdoor/Hard   Shlomo Glickstein 6–7, 4–6
Winner 1. 1981 Taipei, Taiwan Indoor/Carpet   Pat DuPré 7–5, 6–2
Runner-up 2. 1982 Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. Outdoor/Hard   Sandy Mayer 5–7, 3–6
Winner 2. 1989 Seoul, South Korea Outdoor/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, Japan Outdoor/Clay   Larry Stefanki   Heinz Günthardt
  Balázs Taróczy
6–3, 2–6, 1–6
Runner-up 2. 1982 Auckland, New Zealand Outdoor/Hard   Larry Stefanki   Andrew Jarrett
  Jonathan Smith
5–7, 6–7
Winner 1. 1982 Taipei, Taiwan Indoor/Carpet   Larry Stefanki   Fred McNair
  Tim Wilkison
6–3, 7–6
Winner 2. 1984 Bristol, England Outdoor/Grass   Larry Stefanki   John Alexander
  John Fitzgerald
6–4, 5–7, 9–7
Winner 3. 1985 Los Angeles, California, U.S. Outdoor/Hard   Scott Davis   Paul Annacone
  Christo van Rensburg
6–3, 7–6
Winner 4. 1986 Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. Indoor/Carpet   Andy Kohlberg   Christo Steyn
  Danie Visser
6–2, 6–3
Winner 5. 1990 Auckland, New Zealand Outdoor/Hard   Kelly Jones   Gilad Bloom
  Paul Haarhuis
7–6, 6–0
Winner 6. 1990 San Francisco, California, U.S. Indoor/Carpet   Kelly Jones   Glenn Layendecker
  Richey Reneberg
2–6, 7–6, 6–3
Runner-up 3. 1991 Hong Kong, China Outdoor/Hard   Glenn Michibata   Patrick Galbraith
  Todd Witsken
2–6, 4–6


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