Allen Fox

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Allen E. Fox
Country (sports)  United States
Residence San Luis Obispo, California
Born (1939-06-25) June 25, 1939 (age 81)
Los Angeles, California
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)[1]
Turned pro 1955 (amateur tour)
Retired 1971
College University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA)
Official website AllenFoxTennis.net
Singles
Career record {{#property:P564}}
Grand Slam Singles results
French Open 2R (1965, 1968)
Wimbledon QF (1965)
US Open 4R (1960, 1961)
Career record {{#property:P555}}

Dr. Allen E. Fox (born June 25, 1939) is a former tennis player in the 1960s and 1970s who went on to be a college coach and author. He was ranked as high as U.S. No. 4 in 1962, and was in the top ten in the U.S. five times between 1961 and 1968.[2]

Tennis career

Fox attended Beverly Hills High School, and played tennis for the school.[3]

In 1960, he won the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) doubles title with Larry Nagler for the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA).[4] In 1961, as team captain, Fox won the NCAA singles title.[5][4] He only lost twice in dual match play while in college, to Rafael Osuna and Chuck McKinley.[6] He was named All-American in 1959, 1960, and 1961,[4] and was named All-UCLA and All-University of California Athlete of the Year.[4] Fox helped lead UCLA to NCAA team championships in 1960 and 1961.[4] He graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in physics in 1961, and later earned a Ph.D. there in psychology.[7]

When he graduated, Fox was the 4th-ranked singles player in the United States.[4][8] He won the singles title at Cincinnati in 1961. He won also the 1962 US National Hard Court title.[4][8] That year, he reached the singles final in Cincinnati, falling to Marty Riessen. In 1965 he reached the quarterfinals at Wimbledon.[8]

He won the Canadian Nationals in 1966. That year Fox also won the (40th annual) Mercedes-Benz Cup, formerly known as the Pacific Southwest Championships, when he was a graduate student, beating the then-current champions of all four majors – Manuel Santana aka "Manolo" Santana, Fred Stolle, Tony Roche, and Roy Emerson in the finals.[9][10]

Maccabiah Games

Fox is Jewish.[9][11] He won a gold medal at the 1965 Maccabiah Games.[12] Four years later, he was back at the 1969 Maccabiah Games as the top seed, and again won the gold medal.[13][14]

Davis Cup

He was named to the U.S. Davis Cup team in 1961, 1962, and 1966.[4] He played 2 singles matches, winning both of them without giving up more than 2 games in any of the 6 sets that he played.[15]

Halls of Fame

Fox was elected to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Hall of Fame as a player and a coach in 1988.[8] In 1991, he was inducted into the Southern California Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.[16]

He was inducted into the Southern California Tennis Association Hall of Fame in 2002. Fox was also inducted into the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame in 2005.[4][17]

Coaching

Fox coached the Pepperdine University men’s tennis team, at the highest level-Division 1, for 17 years.[8] His teams, which included Brad Gilbert, reached the NCAA finals twice, the semifinals three times, and the quarterfinals six times. In his career, he coached his teams to a 368–108 won-lost record between 1979 and 1995; the .778 winning percentage is the best in Pepperdine tennis history.[18] He was named to the Intercollegiate Tennis Coaches Hall of Fame and, aside from Gilbert, coached players such as Robbie Weiss (NCAA singles winner), Kelly Jones (NCAA doubles winner and world No. 1 doubles player), and Martin Laurendeau (Captain of the Canadian Davis Cup Team).

Writing and videos

Fox has worked as a broadcaster, writer, and lecturer.[2] He has authored several books, including Think to Win: The Strategic Dimension of Tennis (1993), If I'm The Better Player, Why Can't I Win?, and The Winner's Mind: A Competitor's Guide to Sports and Business Success.[4] He is a former editor of Tennis Magazine.

Allen has published two videos, titled Allen Fox's Ultimate Tennis Lesson (2001) and Allen Fox's Ultimate Tennis Drills (2001).[2]

Personal

Fox lives in San Luis Obispo, California, with his wife Nancy and his two sons, Charlie and Evan.

See also

References

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  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Fox, Allen". Jews In Sports. Retrieved July 12, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Hollywood Preps Score Net Upsets". June 21, 1956. Retrieved March 3, 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 4.8 4.9 "MTNGUIDE06" (PDF). Retrieved March 4, 2011. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles> Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "autogenerated1" defined multiple times with different content
  5. Day by day in Jewish sports history. Retrieved March 3, 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Allen Fox". USTA Southern California. June 25, 2002. Archived from the original on December 19, 2007. Retrieved April 15, 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "Meet Dr. Allen Fox". Allen Fox Tennis. Retrieved July 12, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 "UCLA To Induct Eight New Athletics Hall of Fame Members". Uclabruins.com. September 21, 2005. Retrieved March 3, 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. 9.0 9.1 Day by day in Jewish sports history. Retrieved March 3, 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. The match: Althea Gibson and Angela Buxton: how two outsiders—one Black, the other Jewish—forged a friendship and made sports history. Retrieved March 3, 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. Allen Fox. Think to win: the strategic dimension of tennis. Retrieved March 3, 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  12. Leon, Jack (July 19, 1989). "Harold Zimman: U.S. Tennis Stars' Absence Didn't Dim Bar Mitzva Maccabiah Tourney". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved March 3, 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  13. "Spitzes Thrill Games Crowd". The Press-Courier. July 29, 1969. Retrieved March 3, 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  14. "Fox Maccabiah Net Champion". Los Angeles Times. August 6, 1969. Retrieved March 3, 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  15. "Players". daviscup.com. Retrieved April 15, 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  16. . Daily News of Los Angeles. November 16, 1991 http://docs.newsbank.com/g/GooglePM/LA/lib00086,0EF61422D7B002F2.html |url= missing title (help). Retrieved March 3, 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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