Robert Van't Hof
Robert Vanthof (born April 10, 1959) is a former professional tennis player from the United States.
|Full name||Robert Vanthof|
|Country (sports)||United States|
|Residence||Newport Beach, California, U.S.|
|Born||April 10, 1959 (age 60)|
Lynwood, California, U.S.
|Height||1.92 m (6 ft 3 in)|
|Plays||Right-handed (one-handed backhand)|
|Career record||83–105 (44.15%)|
|Highest ranking||No. 25 (July 4, 1983)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||R3 (1981)|
|Wimbledon||R1 (1985) R1 (1984) R4 (1983) R2 (1981) R2 (1980)|
|US Open||R1 (1984) R1 (1983) R2 (1982) R2 (1980) R1 (1979)|
|Career record||170–171 (49.85%)|
|Highest ranking||No. 20 (August 25, 1986)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||R2 (1991) QF (1990) R4 (1981) R4 (1979)|
|French Open||R2 (1988) R3 (1981)|
|Wimbledon||R2 (1991) R2 (1990) R2 (1989) R2 (1988) R4 (1987) R4 (1985) R3 (1984) R2 (1983) R2 (1980) R2 (1976)|
|US Open||R2 (1991) R2 (1990) R2 (1989) R4 (1988) R4 (1987) R2 (1986) QF (1985) R3 (1984) R3 (1983) R3 (1982) R2 (1980) R2 (1979)|
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).
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.
|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
|6–3, 2–6, 1–6|
|Runner-up||2.||1982||Auckland, New Zealand||Hard||Larry Stefanki|| Andrew Jarrett
|Winner||1.||1982||Taipei, Taiwan||Carpet (I)||Larry Stefanki|| Fred McNair
|Winner||2.||1984||Bristol, England||Grass||Larry Stefanki|| John Alexander
|6–4, 5–7, 9–7|
|Winner||3.||1985||Los Angeles, California, U.S.||Hard||Scott Davis|| Paul Annacone
Christo van Rensburg
|Winner||4.||1986||Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.||Carpet (I)||Andy Kohlberg|| Christo Steyn
|Winner||5.||1990||Auckland, New Zealand||Hard||Kelly Jones|| Gilad Bloom
|Winner||6.||1990||San Francisco, California, U.S.||Carpet (I)||Kelly Jones|| Glenn Layendecker
|2–6, 7–6, 6–3|
|Runner-up||3.||1991||Hong Kong||Hard||Glenn Michibata|| Patrick Galbraith