Steve Denton

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Steve Denton
Country United States
ResidenceCollege Station, Texas, USA
Born(1956-09-05) September 5, 1956 (age 58)
Kingsville, Texas, USA
Height1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Turned pro1978
Retired1987
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
CollegeUniversity of Texas
Prize money$1,084,664
Singles
Career record108–117 (Grand Prix, WCT and Grand Slam level, and Davis Cup)
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 12 (April 18, 1983)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenF (1981, 1982)
French Open1R (1982, 1984)
Wimbledon4R (1982)
US Open4R (1982)
Other tournaments
Tour Finals1R (1982)
WCT FinalsQF (1983)
Doubles
Career record325–198 (Grand Prix, WCT and Grand Slam level, and Davis Cup)
Career titles18
Highest rankingNo. 2 (August 15, 1983)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenF (1983)
French OpenQF (1984)
WimbledonSF (1982, 1983)
US OpenW (1982)
Other Doubles tournaments
Tour FinalsF (1982)
 
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Steve Denton
Country United States
ResidenceCollege Station, Texas, USA
Born(1956-09-05) September 5, 1956 (age 58)
Kingsville, Texas, USA
Height1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Turned pro1978
Retired1987
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
CollegeUniversity of Texas
Prize money$1,084,664
Singles
Career record108–117 (Grand Prix, WCT and Grand Slam level, and Davis Cup)
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 12 (April 18, 1983)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenF (1981, 1982)
French Open1R (1982, 1984)
Wimbledon4R (1982)
US Open4R (1982)
Other tournaments
Tour Finals1R (1982)
WCT FinalsQF (1983)
Doubles
Career record325–198 (Grand Prix, WCT and Grand Slam level, and Davis Cup)
Career titles18
Highest rankingNo. 2 (August 15, 1983)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenF (1983)
French OpenQF (1984)
WimbledonSF (1982, 1983)
US OpenW (1982)
Other Doubles tournaments
Tour FinalsF (1982)

Steve Denton (born September 5, 1956, in Kingsville, Texas) is a former professional tennis player for the ATP Tour. He is currently the head men's tennis coach at Texas A&M University.

After becoming an all-American at the University of Texas in 1978, Denton spent nine seasons playing for the ATP Tour. He reached the final of both the 1981 and 1982 Australian Open, and won the 1982 US Open doubles championship with Kevin Curren, attaining career-high rankings of World No. 12 in singles and World No. 2 in doubles. He won a total of 18 tour level doubles titles and, despite reaching 6 finals, never won a singles title. In 1984, his 138 miles per hour (222 km/h) serve broke the world record, which would not be broken until 13 years later. After retiring from the pros, he moved to Corpus Christi, Texas, coaching several local junior tennis teams. In 2001, he debuted his college coaching career at Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi, where he led his teams to three conference championships and a first-ever NCAA tournament appearance. In 2006, he resigned to become the head coach at Texas A&M University.

For his accomplishments, he is a member of the ITA Hall of Fame, the Texas Tennis Hall of Fame, the Blue-Gray Tennis Class Hall of Fame, and the Longhorn Hall of Honor.

Playing career[edit]

High school and college[edit]

Denton attended Bishop High School in Bishop, Texas. As a prep, he won four consecutive UIL state 3A singles titles. He then attended the University of Texas at Austin, where he played tennis from 1976–79. He earned all-American honors in 1978. Along with teammate Kevin Curren, he won the U.S. Tennis Association amateur indoor and SWC doubles title in 1979. He completed his college career with an 85–22 singles record, which currently ranks third all-time in school history. He also compiled a 72–18 doubles record, and a 78–27 team record. For his collegiate and professional accomplishments, he was inducted into the Longhorn Hall of Honor in 2006.[1]

Professional[edit]

Denton was ranked as high as World No. 12 on the ATP Rankings in singles and No. 2 in doubles, both in 1983. Denton was known for his big serve and employed an unusual service motion which involved taking two steps forward prior to striking the ball. Current ATP rules prohibit such a motion (or any service motion involving a running or walking start). In 1984, Denton set a service record of 138 mph (222 km/h) that would stand for 13 years until it was broken in 1997 by Mark Philippoussis who recorded a 142 mph (229 km/h) delivery. The current record of 156 mph (251 km/h) is held by Ivo Karlović.

He reached six singles finals, most notably the Australian Open (in 1981 and 1982) and the Cincinnati Masters (in 1982). He also won 18 doubles titles (including the US Open and the Canada Masters) in 1982, and reaching 23 additional doubles finals.

Grand Slam Finals, 7[edit]

Singles, 2 (2 finals)[edit]

OutcomeYearChampionshipSurfaceOpponent in the finalScore in the final
Runner-Up1981Australian OpenGrassSouth Africa Johan Kriek6–2, 7–6, 6–7, 6–4
Runner-Up1982Australian Open (2)GrassUnited States Johan Kriek6–3, 6–3, 6–2

Men's Doubles, 2 (1 win, 1 loss)[edit]

OutcomeYearChampionshipSurfacePartnerOpponent in the finalScore in the final
Winner1982US OpenGrassSouth Africa Kevin CurrenUnited States Victor Amaya
United States Hank Pfister
6–2, 6–7, 5–7, 6–2, 6–4
Runner-Up1983Australian OpenGrassUnited States Sherwood StewartAustralia Mark Edmondson
Australia Paul McNamee
6–3, 7–6

Mixed Doubles, 3 (3 finals)[edit]

OutcomeYearChampionshipSurfacePartnerOpponent in the finalScore in the final
Runner-Up1983WimbledonGrassUnited States Billie Jean KingUnited Kingdom John Lloyd
Australia Wendy Turnbull
6–7, 7–6, 7–5
Runner-Up1983US OpenGrassUnited States JoAnne RussellUnited States Anne Smith
South Africa Kevin Curren
6–4, 7–6
Runner-Up1984Wimbledon (2)GrassUnited States Kathy JordanUnited Kingdom John Lloyd
Australia Wendy Turnbull
6–3, 6–3

Titles and Finals[edit]

Doubles titles (18)[edit]

OutcomeNo.DateTournamentSurfacePartnerOpponents in the finalScore in the final
Runner-up1.1979Hong KongCarpetUnited States Jeff TurpinUnited States Pat Du Pré
United States Robert Lutz
3–6, 4–6
Winner1.1980Denver, U.S.CarpetSouth Africa Kevin CurrenPoland Wojtek Fibak
Switzerland Heinz Günthardt
7–5, 6–2
Runner-up2.1980Washington-2, U.S.CarpetSouth Africa Kevin CurrenUnited States Ferdi Taygan
United States Brian Teacher
6–4, 3–6, 6–7
Runner-up3.1980North Conway, U.S.ClaySouth Africa Kevin CurrenUnited States Jimmy Connors
United States Brian Gottfried
6–7, 2–6
Winner2.1980Indianapolis, U.S.ClaySouth Africa Kevin CurrenPoland Wojtek Fibak
Czechoslovakia Ivan Lendl
3–6, 7–6, 6–4
Winner3.1980Barcelona, SpainClayCzechoslovakia Ivan LendlCzechoslovakia Pavel Složil
Hungary Balázs Taróczy
6–2, 6–7, 6–3
Winner4.1980Basel, SwitzerlandHard (i)South Africa Kevin CurrenSouth Africa Bob Hewitt
South Africa Frew McMillan
6–7, 6–4, 6–4
Runner-up4.1980Bologna, ItalyCarpetAustralia Paul McNameeHungary Balázs Taróczy
United States Butch Walts
6–2, 3–6, 0–6
Winner5.1981Monterrey WCT, MexicoCarpetSouth Africa Kevin CurrenSouth Africa Johan Kriek
New Zealand Russell Simpson
7–6, 6–3
Runner-up5.1981Brussels, BelgiumCarpetSouth Africa Kevin CurrenUnited States Sandy Mayer
South Africa Frew McMillan
6–4, 3–6, 3–6
Runner-up6.1981London/Queen's Club, EnglandGrassSouth Africa Kevin CurrenUnited States Pat Du Pré
United States Brian Teacher
6–3, 6–7, 9–11
Winner6.1981Indianapolis, U.S.ClaySouth Africa Kevin CurrenMexico Raúl Ramírez
United States Van Winitsky
6–3, 5–7, 7–5
Winner7.1981Vienna, AustriaHard (i)United States Tim WilkisonUnited States Sammy Giammalva, Jr.
United States Fred McNair
4–6, 6–3, 6–4
Winner8.1981Stockholm, SwedenHard (i)South Africa Kevin CurrenUnited States Sherwood Stewart
United States Ferdi Taygan
6–7, 6–4, 6–0
Runner-up7.1982Masters Doubles WCT, LondonCarpetSouth Africa Kevin CurrenSwitzerland Heinz Günthardt
Hungary Balázs Taróczy
7–6, 3–6, 5–7, 4–6
Winner9.1982Denver, U.S.CarpetSouth Africa Kevin CurrenAustralia Phil Dent
Australia Kim Warwick
6–4, 6–4
Winner10.1982Memphis, U.S.CarpetSouth Africa Kevin CurrenUnited States Peter Fleming
United States John McEnroe
7–6, 4–6, 6–2
Runner-up8.1982Munich-2 WCT, GermanyCarpetSouth Africa Kevin CurrenAustralia Mark Edmondson
Czechoslovakia Tomáš Šmíd
6–4, 5–7, 2–6
Winner11.1982Frankfurt, GermanyCarpetAustralia Mark EdmondsonUnited States Tony Giammalva
United States Tim Mayotte
6–7, 6–3, 6–3
Winner12.1982Houston, U.S.ClaySouth Africa Kevin CurrenAustralia Mark Edmondson
Australia Peter McNamara
7–5, 6–4
Winner13.1982Toronto, CanadaHardSouth Africa Kevin CurrenUnited States Peter Fleming
United States John McEnroe
6–7, 7–5, 6–2
Runner-up9.1982Cincinnati, U.S.HardAustralia Mark EdmondsonUnited States Peter Fleming
United States John McEnroe
2–6, 3–6
Winner14.1982US Open, New YorkHardSouth Africa Kevin CurrenUnited States Victor Amaya
United States Hank Pfister
6–2, 6–7, 5–7, 6–2, 6–4
Runner-up10.1982Sydney Indoor, AustraliaHard (i)Australia Mark EdmondsonUnited States John McEnroe
United States Peter Rennert
3–6, 6–7
Winner15.1983Philadelphia, U.S.CarpetSouth Africa Kevin CurrenUnited States Peter Fleming
United States John McEnroe
6–4, 7–6
Winner16.1983Munich WCT, GermanyCarpetSouth Africa Kevin CurrenSwitzerland Heinz Günthardt
Hungary Balázs Taróczy
7–5, 2–6, 6–1
Winner17.1983Houston WCT, U.S.ClaySouth Africa Kevin CurrenUnited States Mark Dickson
Czechoslovakia Tomáš Šmíd
7–6, 6–7, 6–1
Winner18.1983Las Vegas, U.S.HardSouth Africa Kevin CurrenUnited States Tracy Delatte
United States Johan Kriek
6–3, 7–5
Runner-up11.1983Forest Hills WCT, U.S.ClaySouth Africa Kevin CurrenUnited States Tracy Delatte
United States Johan Kriek
7–6, 5–7, 3–6
Runner-up12.1983London/Queen's Club, EnglandGrassSouth Africa Kevin CurrenUnited States Brian Gottfried
Australia Paul McNamee
4–6, 3–6
Runner-up13.1983Dallas, U.S.HardUnited States Sherwood StewartNigeria Nduka Odizor
United States Van Winitsky
3–6, 5–7
Runner-up14.1983Tokyo Indoor, JapanCarpetAustralia John FitzgeraldAustralia Mark Edmondson
United States Sherwood Stewart
1–6, 4–6
Runner-up15.1983Wembley, EnglandCarpetUnited States Sherwood StewartUnited States Peter Fleming
United States John McEnroe
3–6, 4–6
Runner-up16.1983Australian Open, MelbourneGrassUnited States Sherwood StewartAustralia Mark Edmondson
Australia Paul McNamee
3–6, 6–7
Runner-up17.1984Richmond WCT, U.S.CarpetSouth Africa Kevin CurrenUnited States John McEnroe
United States Patrick McEnroe
6–7, 2–6
Runner-up18.1984Brussels, BelgiumCarpetSouth Africa Kevin CurrenUnited States Tim Gullikson
United States Tom Gullikson
4–6, 7–6, 6–7
Runner-up19.1984Milan, ItalyCarpetSouth Africa Kevin CurrenCzechoslovakia Pavel Složil
Czechoslovakia Tomáš Šmíd
4–6, 3–6
Runner-up20.1985Memphis, U.S.CarpetSouth Africa Kevin CurrenCzechoslovakia Pavel Složil
Czechoslovakia Tomáš Šmíd
6–1, 3–6, 4–6
Runner-up21.1985Atlanta, U.S.CarpetCzechoslovakia Tomáš ŠmídUnited States Paul Annacone
South Africa Christo van Rensburg
4–6, 3–6
Runner-up22.1987Cincinnati, U.S.HardAustralia John FitzgeraldUnited States Ken Flach
United States Robert Seguso
5–7, 3–6
Runner-up23.1988Tokyo Outdoor, JapanHardUnited States David PateAustralia John Fitzgerald
United States Johan Kriek
4–6, 7–6, 4–6

Singles runner-ups (6)[edit]

OutcomeNo.DateChampionshipSurfaceOpponent in the finalScore in the final
Runner-up1.1981Australian Open, MelbourneGrassSouth Africa Johan Kriek2–6, 6–7, 7–6, 4–6
Runner-up2.1982Metz, FranceHard (i)United States Erick Iskersky4–6, 3–6
Runner-up3.1982Cincinnati, U.S.HardCzechoslovakia Ivan Lendl2–6, 6–7
Runner-up4.1982Australian Open, MelbourneGrassUnited States Johan Kriek3–6, 3–6, 2–6
Runner-up5.1983Richmond WCT, U.S.CarpetArgentina Guillermo Vilas3–6, 5–7, 4–6
Runner-up6.1984Richmond WCT, U.S.CarpetUnited States John McEnroe3–6, 6–7

Coaching career[edit]

Denton made his first head coaching debut at Texas A&M–Corpus Christi in 2001. In his five seasons there, he led the Islanders to three Southland Conference regular-season championships, two tournament championships, and the team's first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance. He was named Southland Conference Coach of the Year twice, in 2004 and 2005. He finished with a 64–48 overall record.[2]

On August 8, 2006, Denton became the head men's tennis coach at Texas A&M University. After struggling for two years in Big 12 Conference play, Denton led the Aggies to a 5-1 conference record and 2nd place finish in his third year, earning Big 12 Coach of the Year honors.[3]

Coaching record[edit]

SeasonTeamOverallConferenceStandingPostseason
Texas A&M–Corpus Christi Islanders (Southland Conference) (2001–2006)
2001–2002Texas A&M–Corpus Christi8–12
2002–2003Texas A&M–Corpus Christi13–9
2003–2004Texas A&M–Corpus Christi14–71st
2004–2005Texas A&M–Corpus Christi19–86–01stNCAA Second Round
2005–2006Texas A&M–Corpus Christi10–125–11st
Texas A&M–Corpus Christi:64–48
Texas A&M Aggies (Big 12 Conference) (2006–present)
2006–2007Texas A&M15–121–57thNCAA Second Round
2007–2008Texas A&M13–122–45thNCAA Second Round
2008–2009Texas A&M17–95–12ndNCAA Sweet Sixteen
2009–2010Texas A&M25–75–12ndNCAA Sweet Sixteen
2010–2011Texas A&M29–65–12ndNCAA Sweet Sixteen
Texas A&M:99–4618–12
Total:163–94

      National champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Steve Denton". Texas Longhorns Athletics. Retrieved March 22, 2008. [dead link]
  2. ^ "A&M's Denton Selected to 2008 ITA Hall of Fame Class". Big 12 Sports. Archived from the original on May 11, 2008. Retrieved March 21, 2008. 
  3. ^ "Denton, Pollock and Krajicek Earn Big 12 Conference Honors". AggieAthletics.com. Retrieved May 7, 2009. 

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