John Marks (tennis)

John M.P. Marks (born 9 December 1952) is a former professional tennis player from Australia.

John Marks
Full nameJohn M.P. Marks
Country (sports) Australia
ResidenceSydney, Australia
Born (1952-12-09) 9 December 1952
Sydney, Australia
Turned pro1975
Retired1980
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Singles
Career record27–74 (Grand Prix, WCT and Grand Slam level, and Davis Cup)
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 44 (3 January 1979)[1]
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenF (1978)
French Open2R (1978)
Wimbledon2R (1978)
US Open1R (1977, 1979)
Doubles
Career record153–102 (Grand Prix, WCT and Grand Slam level, and Davis Cup)
Career titles7
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open2R (1977Dec)
French OpenQF (1978)
WimbledonQF (1978)
US OpenSF (1978)
Mixed doubles
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
WimbledonQF (1979)[2]

Marks is best remembered for finishing runner-up in singles at the 1978 Australian Open, defeating Arthur Ashe in the semifinals. As a result of this slam final appearance, he achieved his career-high singles ranking of World No. 44, after entering the tournament ranked No. 177.[1] Marks never won a singles title during his career, but won 7 doubles titles and reached the semifinals of the men's doubles at the 1978 US Open. As a junior, Marks won the Australian Open boys' doubles in 1971, partnering Michael Phillips.

Career finals

Singles (2 runners-up )

Outcome No. Year Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 1975 Sydney Outdoor, Australia Grass Ross Case 2–6, 1–6
Runner-up 2. 1978 Australian Open, Melbourne Grass Guillermo Vilas 4–6, 4–6, 6–3, 3–6

Doubles (7 titles)

Outcome No. Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 1975 Sydney Outdoor, Australia Grass Mark Edmondson Chris Kachel
Peter McNamara
6–1, 6–1
Runner-up 1. 1976 Palma, Spain Clay Mark Edmondson John Andrews
Colin Dibley
6–2, 3–6, 2–6
Runner-up 2. 1976 Sydney Outdoor, Australia Grass Mark Edmondson Syd Ball
Kim Warwick
3–6, 4–6
Winner 2. 1977 Cairo, Egypt Clay John Bartlett Pat Du Pré
Chris Lewis
7–5, 6–1, 6–3
Winner 3. 1977 Båstad, Sweden Clay Mark Edmondson Jean-Louis Haillet
François Jauffret
6–4, 6–0
Winner 4. 1977 Manila, Philippines Hard Chris Kachel Mike Cahill
Terry Moor
4–6, 6–0, 7–6
Runner-up 3. 1978 Florence, Italy Clay Mark Edmondson Corrado Barazzutti
Adriano Panatta
3–6, 7–6, 3–6
Runner-up 4. 1978 Sydney Indoor, Australia Hard (i) Mark Edmondson John Newcombe
Tony Roche
4–6, 3–6
Winner 5. 1978 Hong Kong Hard Mark Edmondson Hank Pfister
Brad Rowe
5–7, 7–6, 6–1
Runner-up 5. 1978 Taipei, Taiwan Carpet Mark Edmondson Sherwood Stewart
Butch Walts
2–6, 7–6, 6–7
Runner-up 6. 1979 Hamburg, Germany Clay Mark Edmondson Jan Kodeš
Tomáš Šmíd
3–6, 1–6, 6–7
Winner 6. 1979 Gstaad, Switzerland Clay Mark Edmondson Ion Ţiriac
Guillermo Vilas
2–6, 6–1, 6–4
Runner-up 7. 1979 Båstad, Sweden Clay Mark Edmondson Heinz Günthardt
Bob Hewitt
2–6, 2–6
Winner 7. 1979 Taipei, Taiwan Carpet Mark Edmondson Pat Du Pré
Robert Lutz
6–1, 3–6, 6–4

Grand Slam tournament performance timeline

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)

Singles

Tournament1976197719781979SR
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open 1R 1R 1R F 1R 0 / 5
French Open A A 2R 1R 0 / 2
Wimbledon 1R 1R 2R 1R 0 / 4
US Open A 1R A 1R 0 / 2
Strike Rate 0 / 2 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 13

Note: The Australian Open was held twice in 1977, in January and December.

References

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