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Tim Wilkison (born November 23, 1959) is a former professional male tennis player from the United States.

Tim Wilkison
Country (sports) United States
ResidenceCharlotte, NC
Born (1959-11-23) November 23, 1959 (age 59)
Shelby, NC, U.S.
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Turned pro1979
Retired1993
PlaysLeft-handed
Prize moneyUS$ 1,289,085
Singles
Career record294-296 (ATP, Grand Prix, WCT & Grand Slam level & Davis Cup)
Career titles6
Highest rankingNo. 23 (September 29, 1986)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open4R (1985, 1987)
French Open2R (1990)
Wimbledon3R (1979, 1981)
US OpenQF (1986)
Doubles
Career record263-257 (ATP, Grand Prix, WCT & Grand Slam level & Davis Cup)
Career titles10
Highest rankingNo. 21 (July 31, 1989)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenSF (1979)
French Open3R (1985)
WimbledonSF (1979)
US OpenQF (1979)

Tennis careerEdit

Wilkison was the No. 1 ranked junior in the United States and played on the tour for over 25 years. The left-hander won six singles titles, ten doubles championships, and reached a career-high singles ranking of world No. 23 in September 1986. Wilkison is perhaps best known for his diving volleys at Wimbledon that earned him the nickname "Dr. Dirt".

In his playing career, Wilkison had victories over Arthur Ashe, Stan Smith, Roscoe Tanner, Guillermo Vilas, Yannick Noah, Boris Becker, Jim Courier, John McEnroe, Andre Agassi, and Pete Sampras.

His best Grand Slam singles result came at the 1986 US Open, where he reached the quarterfinals by defeating Horst Skoff, Paul McNamee, Yannick Noah and Andrei Chesnokov, before losing to Stefan Edberg in straight sets. Wilkison has stated that his preferred surface is clay.

His eldest son, MacLane, now plays at UNC.

Career finalsEdit

Singles (6 titles, 9 runner-ups)Edit

Result No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Loss 1. 1977 Auckland, New Zealand Grass   Vijay Amritraj 6–7, 7–5, 1–6, 2–6
Win 1. 1978 Sydney Outdoor, Australia Grass   Kim Warwick 6–3, 6–3, 6–7, 3–6, 6–2
Win 2. 1979 Auckland, New Zealand Hard   Peter Feigl 6–3, 4–6, 6–4, 2–6, 6–2
Loss 2. 1980 Auckland, New Zealand Hard   John Sadri 4–6, 6–3, 3–6, 4–6
Loss 3. 1980 Maui, U.S. Hard   Eliot Teltscher 6–7, 3–6
Loss 4. 1981 Auckland, New Zealand Hard   Bill Scanlon 7–6, 3–6, 6–3, 6–7, 0–6
Win 3. 1981 Sydney Outdoor, Australia Grass   Chris Lewis 6–4, 7–6, 6–3
Win 4. 1982 Auckland, New Zealand Hard   Russell Simpson 6–4, 6–4, 6–4
Loss 5. 1984 North Conway, U.S. Clay   Joakim Nyström 2–6, 5–7
Loss 6. 1984 Basel, Switzerland Hard (i)   Joakim Nyström 3–6, 6–3, 4–6, 2–6
Win 5. 1984 Vienna, Austria Hard (i)   Pavel Složil 6–1, 6–1, 6–2
Win 6. 1985 Nancy, France Hard   Slobodan Živojinović 4–6, 7–6, 9–7
Loss 7. 1986 Atlanta, U.S. Carpet   Kevin Curren 6–7, 6–7
Loss 8. 1986 Newport, U.S. Grass   Bill Scanlon 5–7, 4–6
Loss 9. 1987 Bristol, England Grass   Kelly Evernden 4–6, 6–7

Doubles (10 titles, 14 runner-ups)Edit

Result No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 1. 1979 North Conway, U.S. Clay   John Sadri   Ion Ţiriac
  Guillermo Vilas
4–6, 6–7
Loss 2. 1980 Auckland, New Zealand Hard   John Sadri   Peter Feigl
  Rod Frawley
2–6, 5–7
Win 1. 1980 Manchester, England Grass   John Sadri   Dennis Ralston
  Roscoe Tanner
6–7, 7–5, 6–2
Loss 3. 1980 Melbourne Indoor, Australia Carpet   John Sadri   Fritz Buehning
  Ferdi Taygan
1–6, 2–6
Win 2. 1981 Auckland, New Zealand Hard   Ferdi Taygan   Tony Graham
  Bill Scanlon
7–5, 6–1
Win 3. 1981 Vienna, Austria Hard (i)   Steve Denton   Sammy Giammalva Jr.
  Fred McNair
7–5, 6–4
Loss 4. 1982 Taipei, Taiwan Carpet   Fred McNair   Larry Stefanki
  Robert Van't Hof
3–6, 6–7
Loss 5. 1984 Bari, Italy Clay   Marcel Freeman   Stanislav Birner
  Libor Pimek
6–2, 6–7, 4–6
Loss 6. 1984 Basel, Switzerland Hard (i)   Stefan Edberg   Pavel Složil
  Tomáš Šmíd
6–7, 2–6
Win 4. 1984 Treviso, Italy Clay   Pavel Složil   Jan Gunnarsson
  Sherwood Stewart
7–5, 6–3
Loss 7. 1984 Toulouse, France Hard (i)   Pavel Složil   Jan Gunnarsson
  Michael Mortensen
4–6, 2–6
Loss 8. 1985 Basel, Switzerland Hard (i)   Mark Dickson   Tim Gullikson
  Tom Gullikson
6–4, 4–6, 4–6
Win 5. 1986 Newport, U.S. Grass   Vijay Amritraj   Eddie Edwards
  Francisco González
4–6, 7–5, 7–6
Loss 9. 1987 Los Angeles, U.S. Hard   Brad Gilbert   Kevin Curren
  David Pate
3–6, 4–6
Win 6. 1987 Vienna, Austria Hard (i)   Mel Purcell   Emilio Sánchez
  Javier Sánchez
6–3, 7–5
Loss 10. 1988 Toronto, Canada Hard   Andrew Castle   Ken Flach
  Robert Seguso
6–7, 3–6
Win 7. 1988 Rye Brook, U.S. Hard   Andrew Castle   Jeremy Bates
  Michael Mortensen
4–6, 7–5, 7–6
Loss 11. 1988 San Francisco, U.S. Carpet   Scott Davis   John McEnroe
  Mark Woodforde
4–6, 6–7
Win 8. 1988 Scottsdale, U.S. Hard   Scott Davis   Rick Leach
  Jim Pugh
6–4, 7–6
Loss 12. 1988 Johannesburg, South Africa Hard (i)   Gary Muller   Kevin Curren
  David Pate
6–7, 4–6
Loss 13. 1989 Memphis, U.S. Hard (i)   Scott Davis   Paul Annacone
  Christo van Rensburg
6–7, 7–6, 1–6
Loss 14. 1989 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Carpet   Patrick McEnroe   Jorge Lozano
  Todd Witsken
6–2, 4–6, 4–6
Win 9. 1989 Bristol, England Grass   Paul Chamberlain   Mike De Palmer
  Gary Donnelly
7–6, 6–4
Win 10. 1989 Livingston, U.S. Hard   Tim Pawsat   Kelly Evernden
  Sammy Giammalva Jr.
7–5, 6–3

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