Glenn Michibata

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Glenn Michibata
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Birthdate June 13, 1962
Birthplace Toronto, Ontario, Canada
From Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Height 5’9” (1,75m)
Style of play Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Turned pro 1983
Retired 1993
Best ATP singles ranking No. 48 (April 7, 1986)
Best ATP doubles ranking No. 5 (July 8, 1991)
Profile on CdnTennis.ca

Biography

Glenn Michibata (born June 13, 1962 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada) is a Canadian former professional tennis player. He reached a career-high ATP singles ranking of No. 48 on April 7, 1986 and a career-high ATP doubles ranking of No. 5 on July 8, 1991.

Prior to turning pro, Michibata was an All-American player at Pepperdine University in the 1981, 1982 and 1983 seasons. His best singles results were semifinals appearances at the 1985 outdoor Tokyo, 1989 Wellington, and 1989 Schenectady Grand Prix events. Michibata reached the second round in all four Grand Slam tournaments, but never further. His first Grand Slam appearance was at the 1983 US Open, when he lost in the second Round to Pat Cash. His last was also at the US Open in 1991, when he lost in the first round to Nuno Marques. Michibata only played all four Grand Slams in the same year in 1989, reaching the secnd Round at the French Open and US Open and losing in the first Round at the Australian Open and Wimbledon. Michibata had more success as a doubles player. Much of that success came with fellow Canadian Grant Connell, including four titles. In 1990, Michibata and Connell were finalists at the Australian Open. He was named Tennis Canada male player of the year in 1983 and 1985. He retired in 1993.

Michibata is the former head coach of the Princeton University Tigers tennis team. Currently, he is Director of Elite and Tournament Training for the Princeton Tennis Program. Michibata is married and has a son and a daughter. In 1999, he was inducted into the Canadian Tennis Hall of Fame. He currently resides in West Windsor Township, New Jersey, United States.

Grand Slam finals

Doubles: 1 (1 runner-up)

Result Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 1990 Australian Open Hard Grant Connell (CAN) Pieter Aldrich (RSA)
Danie Visser (RSA)
4–6, 6–4, 1–6, 4–6

Other significant finals

ATP Championship Series, Single-Week finals

Doubles: 3 (3 runners-up)

Result Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 1991 Montréal Hard Grant Connell (CAN) Patrick Galbraith (USA)
Todd Witsken (USA)
4–6, 6–3, 1–6
Loss 1991 Cincinnati Hard Grant Connell (CAN) Ken Flach (USA)
Robert Seguso (USA)
7–6, 4–6, 5–7
Loss 1993 Montréal Hard David Pate (USA) Jim Courier (USA)
Mark Knowles (BAH)
4–6, 6–7

ATP career finals

Doubles: 27 (4 titles, 23 runners-up)

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–1)
Olympic Games (0–0)
Masters Grand Prix / ATP Tour World Championships (0–0)
ATP Championship Series, Single-Week (0–3)
ATP Championship Series (1–4)
Grand Prix / ATP World Series (3–15)
Titles by surface
Hard (4–18)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–2)
Carpet (0–3)
Result W–L Date Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0–1 Aug 1984 Livingston Open, United States Grand Prix Hard Paul Annacone (USA) Scott Davis (USA)
Ben Testerman (USA)
4–6, 4–6
Loss 0–2 Feb 1985 Toronto Indoor, Canada Grand Prix Carpet (i) Glenn Layendecker (USA) Peter Fleming (USA)
Anders Järryd (SWE)
6–7, 2–6
Loss 0–3 Jan 1988 BP National Championships, New Zealand Grand Prix Hard Broderick Dyke (AUS) Dan Goldie (USA)
Rick Leach (USA)
2–6, 3–6
Win 1–3 Aug 1988 Livingston Open, United States Grand Prix Hard Grant Connell (CAN) Marc Flur (USA)
Sammy Giammalva Jr. (USA)
2–6, 6–4, 7–5
Loss 1–4 Oct 1988 Queensland Open, Australia Grand Prix Hard (i) Grant Connell (CAN) Eric Jelen (FRG)
Carl-Uwe Steeb (FRG)
4–6, 1–6
Loss 1–5 Jan 1989 BP National Championships, New Zealand Grand Prix Hard Rill Baxter (USA) Peter Doohan (AUS)
Laurie Warder (AUS)
6–3, 2–6, 3–6
Loss 1–6 Jan 1990 Australian Open, Australia Grand Slam Hard Grant Connell (CAN) Pieter Aldrich (RSA)
Danie Visser (RSA)
4–6, 6–4, 1–6, 4–6
Loss 1–7 Feb 1990 U.S. Pro Indoor, United States Championship Series Carpet (i) Grant Connell (CAN) Rick Leach (USA)
Jim Pugh (USA)
6–3, 4–6, 2–6
Win 2–7 Apr 1990 Seoul Open, South Korea World Series Hard Grant Connell (CAN) Jason Stoltenberg (AUS)
Todd Woodbridge (AUS)
7–6, 6–4
Win 3–7 Jul 1990 Washington Open, United States Championship Series Hard Grant Connell (CAN) Jorge Lozano (MEX)
Todd Witsken (USA)
6–3, 6–7, 6–2
Loss 3–8 Aug 1990 Indianapolis Tennis Championships, United States Championship Series Hard Grant Connell (CAN) Scott Davis (USA)
David Pate (USA)
6–7, 6–7
Loss 3–9 Jan 1991 ATP Auckland Open, New Zealand World Series Hard Grant Connell (CAN) Sergio Casal (ESP)
Emilio Sánchez (ESP)
6–4, 3–6, 4–6
Loss 3–10 Mar 1991 Chicago Open, United States World Series Carpet (i) Grant Connell (CAN) Scott Davis (USA)
David Pate (USA)
4–6, 7–5, 6–7
Loss 3–11 Apr 1991 Hong Kong Open, Hong Kong World Series Hard Robert Van't Hof (USA) Patrick Galbraith (USA)
Todd Witsken (USA)
2–6, 4–6
Win 4–11 Apr 1991 Singapore Open, Singapore World Series Hard Grant Connell (CAN) Stefan Kruger (RSA)
Christo van Rensburg (RSA)
6–4, 5–7, 7–6
Loss 4–12 Jun 1991 Queen's Club Championships, United Kingdom World Series Grass Grant Connell (CAN) Todd Woodbridge (AUS)
Mark Woodforde (AUS)
4–6, 6–7
Loss 4–13 Jul 1991 Canadian Open, Canada Single-Week Hard Grant Connell (CAN) Patrick Galbraith (USA)
Todd Witsken (USA)
4–6, 6–3, 1–6
Loss 4–14 Aug 1991 Los Angeles Open, United States World Series Hard Brad Pearce (USA) Javier Frana (ARG)
Jim Pugh (USA)
5–7, 6–2, 4–6
Loss 4–15 Aug 1991 Cincinnati Masters, United States Single-Week Hard Grant Connell (CAN) Ken Flach (USA)
Robert Seguso (USA)
7–6, 4–6, 5–7
Loss 4–16 Sep 1991 Queensland Open, Australia World Series Hard John Fitzgerald (AUS) Todd Woodbridge (AUS)
Mark Woodforde (AUS)
6–7, 3–6
Loss 4–17 Jan 1992 ATP Auckland Open, New Zealand World Series Hard Grant Connell (CAN) Wayne Ferreira (RSA)
Jim Grabb (USA)
4–6, 3–6
Loss 4–18 Apr 1992 Singapore Open, Singapore World Series Hard Grant Connell (CAN) Todd Woodbridge (AUS)
Mark Woodforde (AUS)
7–6, 2–6, 4–6
Loss 4–19 Aug 1992 Indianapolis Tennis Championships, United States Championship Series Hard Grant Connell (CAN) Jim Grabb (USA)
Richey Reneberg (USA)
6–7, 2–6
Loss 4–20 Apr 1993 ATP Osaka, Japan World Series Hard David Pate (USA) Mark Keil (USA)
Christo van Rensburg (RSA)
6–7, 3–6
Loss 4–21 Apr 1993 Japan Open, Japan Championship Series Hard David Pate (USA) Ken Flach (USA)
Rick Leach (USA)
6–2, 3–6, 4–6
Loss 4–22 Jun 1993 Manchester Open, United Kingdom World Series Grass Stefan Kruger (RSA) Ken Flach (USA)
Rick Leach (USA)
4–6, 1–6
Loss 4–23 Aug 1993 Canadian Open, Canada Single-Week Hard David Pate (USA) Jim Courier (USA)
Mark Knowles (BAH)
4–6, 6–7

ATP Challenger Tour finals

Doubles: 5 (5 titles)

Titles by surface
Hard (5–0)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L Date Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1–0 May 1985 Berkeley, United States $25,000 Hard Glenn Layendecker (USA) Matt Doyle (IRL)
John Mattke (USA)
6–4, 6–7, 7–5
Win 2–0 May 1985 Spring, United States $25,000 Hard Rill Baxter (USA) Roger Knapp (USA)
Mark Wooldridge (USA)
6–4, 6–3
Win 3–0 Aug 1987 New Haven, United States $25,000 Hard Glenn Layendecker (USA) Gilad Bloom (ISR)
Brad Pearce (USA)
3–6, 6–4, 6–2
Win 4–0 Oct 1987 Coquitlam, Canada $25,000 Hard Grant Connell (CAN) Juan Ríos (PUR)
Roger Smith (BAH)
7–6, 5–7, 6–4
Win 5–0 Oct 1987 Vancouver, Canada $25,000 Hard Grant Connell (CAN) Josef Brabenec (CAN)
Tony Macken (CAN)
6–4, 6–2

Singles performance timeline

Tournament 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 SR W–L Win %
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A A NH 1R 2R 1R Q2 A A 0 / 3 1–3 25%
French Open A 1R A 1R 1R A 2R A A A 0 / 4 1–4 20%
Wimbledon A 2R Q3 1R A 2R 1R Q3 2R Q1 0 / 5 3–5 38%
US Open 2R 1R A 1R A A 2R A 1R Q1 0 / 5 2–5 29%
Win–Loss 1–1 1–3 0–0 0–3 0–2 2–2 2–4 0–0 1–2 0–0 0 / 17 7–17 29%

Doubles performance timeline

Tournament 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 SR W–L Win %
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A NH 2R QF QF F 3R 3R 2R 0 / 7 17–7 71%
French Open A A 3R 1R A 1R 3R SF 2R 3R 0 / 7 11–7 61%
Wimbledon 1R 2R 1R 2R 3R 1R QF SF 2R 2R 0 / 10 13–10 57%
US Open A A 1R 2R 1R 1R 3R 2R 3R 1R 0 / 8 6–8 43%
Win–Loss 0–1 1–1 2–3 3–4 5–3 3–4 12–4 11–4 6–4 4–4 0 / 32 47–32 59%

Mixed doubles performance timeline

Tournament 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 SR W–L Win %
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A NH A A A A 2R 1R SF 0 / 3 4–3 57%
French Open A 2R A A A A 2R QF A 0 / 3 4–2 67%
Wimbledon 1R A 1R A 1R 3R QF 1R 3R 0 / 7 7–7 50%
US Open A A A A A A QF SF QF 0 / 3 7–3 70%
Win–Loss 0–1 1–0 0–1 0–0 0–1 2–1 7–4 5–4 7–3 0 / 16 22–15 59%

Wins over top-10 opponents

Michibata has a 1–12 (8%) record against players who were, at the time the match was played, ranked in the top 10.

Wins over top-10 opponents per season
Season 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 Total
Wins 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
No. Opponent Rank Event Surface Round Score Michibata
Rank
1984
1. Anders Järryd (SWE) 6 Tokyo Indoor, Japan Carpet (i) 1R 6–4, 6–2 158

Titles won with partners

Partner Grand
Slams
Olympic
Games
ATP World
Champs
ATP Champ
Sgl-Week
ATP Champ
Series
ATP World
Series
Total
Grant Connell (CAN) 0 0 0 0 1 3 4
Overall Total 0 0 0 0 1 3 4

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