Bernie Mitton

Bernard Mitton
Country South Africa Republic of South Africa
Residence Irvine, California, USA
Born (1954-09-11) 11 September 1954 (age 59)
Vryburg, South Africa
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Turned pro 1973
Retired 1984
Plays Right-handed
Career record 199–218
Career titles 2
Highest ranking No. 54 (15 December 1975)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 2R (1978, 1982)
French Open 3R (1977)
Wimbledon 4R (1973 - 1976)
US Open 4R (1980)
Career record 210–191
Career titles 9
Highest ranking No. 20 (25 June 1984)
Last updated on: 10 June 2008.

Bernard Mitton, born 9 November 1954 is a professional male tennis player in both singles and doubles from the Republic of South Africa. He was born in Vryburg, South Africa.

Mitton reached his highest rank in singles at World No. 51 on 15 December 1975, and in doubles of World No. 20 on 25 June 1984. His career record in singles in the ATP tour was 199–218, winning two titles. In doubles, he went 210–191, winning nine titles.

His two title wins in singles were at Newport, Rhode Island in 1978 and San Jose, California in 1979. He was the runner-up in three tournaments: San Jose (1978), Adelaide (1979) and Johannesburg (1981).

His nine title wins in doubles include: Auckland (1979); Stowe, Vermont and Cologne (1980); Richmond WCT (1981); Johannesburg (1981); Tampa (1981); Columbus, Ohio (1982); Ferrara (1983); and La Quinta, California (1984). He was the runner-up in eight tournaments: Sarasota, Florida (1978); North Conway, New Hampshire (1978); Rotterdam (1979); Maui, Hawaii (1982) Ancona (1982); Toulouse (1983); Florence (1984), and Queen's Club (1984).

Mitton had career wins over John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors, and Arthur Ashe in singles. Although he failed to reach the quarterfinals in any Grand Slam tournament, he reached the fourth round on three separate occasions.

In his very first Grand Slam tournament in 1973, he reached the fourth round of Wimbledon before losing to Connors 6–3, 6–3, 6–2.

In 1976, he again reached the fourth round at Wimbledon, defeating former champion John Newcombe in the third round (3–6, 6–3, 9–7, 9–7) before falling to Raúl Ramírez (9–7, 3–6, 6–1, 6–1).

In 1980, he reached the fourth round at the US Open, defeating José Luis Clerc in the first round (6–3, 6–2, 4–6, 2–6, 7–5) before finally losing to Connors (7–6, 6–4, 6–4).

Mitton retired from the tour in 1984 and joined the Newport Beach Tennis Club as director of tennis. From 2000–2003, he was at Rancho San Clemente and is currently teaching at The Racket Club of Irvine, California. He has three children, Natalie, Brend and Olivia.

Singles titles

Legend (Singles)
Grand Slam (0)
Tennis Masters Cup (0)
ATP Masters Series (0)
ATP Tour (2)
Challengers (0)
Futures (0)
No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in Final Score in Final
1. 10 July 1978 Newport, Rhode Island, U.S. Grass Australia John James 6–1, 3–6, 7–6
2. 19 March 1979 San Jose, Costa Rica Hard United States Tom Gorman 6–4, 6–4, 6–3

Singles runner-ups (3)

Doubles titles (9)

External links

Association of Tennis Professionals

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