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Tom Gullikson

U.S. Davis Cup Captain
U.S. Olympic Coach

Date of Birth: Sept. 8, 1951
Birthplace: LaCrosse, Wis.
Residence: Palm Coast, Fla.
Education:University of Northern Illinois '73


  • Career best in a Grand Slam singles event was at the 1982 U.S. Open, where he reached the quarterfinals before losing to Guillermo Vilas.
  • Won the 1984 U.S. Open mixed doubles championship with Manuela Maleeva.
  • Reached the 1983 Wimbledon doubles finals with twin brother, Tim, losing the title to John McEnroe and Peter Fleming.
  • Reached at least the third round of all four Grand Slam championships. (Reached the third round of a Grand Slam tournament 10 times in his career.)
  • Reached the doubles semifinals at three of the four Grand Slam championships ('82 U.S. Open semifinals, '83 Wimbledon final, '83 Australian semifinals).
  • Fifteen career doubles titles. A doubles finalist 11 times.
  • Won his lone career singles title in Newport, R.I. in 1985, defeating John Sadri. He reached the singles final in four other tour events (1978 - Miami, Paris Indoor; 1980 - Tokyo; 1983 - Bristol).
  • Holds career wins over Bjorn Borg, Jimmy Connors, Vitas Gerulaitis, Ilie Nastase and Stefan Edberg.
  • Achieved a career-high singles ranking of No. 38.
  • Achieved a career-high doubles ranking of No. 9.
  • Finished ranked in the world's top 75 for eight of nine years from 1977 to 1985.
  • Named the 36th U.S. Davis Cup captain in October of 1993.
  • In his first year as captain, he lead the U.S. Davis Cup team to the World Group semifinals with victories over India and the Netherlands. The team lost in the semifinals to Sweden. All three matches were on the road.
  • In his second year as Davis Cup captain in 1995, he helped the U.S. team to the title, with a 3-2 win over Russia in the final.
  • Nicknamed "Skipper" by his Davis Cup players.
  • Joined the USTA Player Development coaching staff in 1988 as a coach for touring professionals.
  • With USTA Player Development, he has coached many of today's top American players such as Jim Courier, MaliVai Washington, Todd Martin and Jennifer Capriati.
  • Coached the men's tennis team at the University of Northern Illinois.
  • Twin brother, Tim, coached Pete Sampras before he died this year.
  • Wife, Julie; daughters, Petra and Christina.
  • An avid sports fan.
  • An excellent golfer with a 4 handicap. Plays occasionally with University of Florida football coach Steve Spurrier.

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