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 80)
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
Grand Slam Singles results
French Open 2R (1965, 1968)
Wimbledon QF (1965)
US Open 4R (1960, 1961)

Dr. Allen E. Fox (born June 25, 1939) is a former world class 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, beating Ray Senkowski of Michigan, 6–1, 6–2, and 6–4.[4][5] 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 in 1968.[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]

In 1966, he won the Canadian Nationals and the (40th annual) Mercedes-Benz Cup, formerly known as the Pacific Southwest Championships, as a graduate student, beating the then-current Champions of all four Major Slams – Manuel Santana, Wimbledon, Fred Stolle, US, Tony Roche, French, and Roy Emerson, Australian, 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]


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]


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

See also


  1. ^ "Alan Fox". ATP World Tour. Retrieved March 4, 2011.
  2. ^ a b c "Fox, Allen". Jews In Sports. Retrieved July 12, 2015.
  3. ^ "Hollywood Preps Score Net Upsets". June 21, 1956. Retrieved March 3, 2011.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "MTNGUIDE06" (PDF). Retrieved March 4, 2011. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  5. ^ Wechsler, Bob (2008). Day by day in Jewish sports history. ISBN 9780881259698. Retrieved March 3, 2011.
  6. ^ "Allen Fox". USTA Southern California. June 25, 2002. Archived from the original on December 19, 2007. Retrieved April 15, 2010.
  7. ^ "Meet Dr. Allen Fox". Allen Fox Tennis. Archived from the original on July 13, 2015. Retrieved July 12, 2015.
  8. ^ a b c d e "UCLA To Induct Eight New Athletics Hall of Fame Members". September 21, 2005. Archived from the original on July 17, 2011. Retrieved March 3, 2011.
  9. ^ a b Wechsler, Bob (2008). Day by day in Jewish sports history. ISBN 9780881259698. Retrieved March 3, 2011.
  10. ^ Schoenfeld, Bruce (June 2004). The match: Althea Gibson and Angela Buxton: how two outsiders—one Black, the other Jewish—forged a friendship and made sports history. ISBN 9780060526528. Retrieved March 3, 2011.
  11. ^ Allen Fox (February 17, 1993). Think to win: the strategic dimension of tennis. ISBN 9780060982003. Retrieved March 3, 2011.
  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.
  13. ^ "Spitzes Thrill Games Crowd". The Press-Courier. July 29, 1969. Retrieved March 3, 2011.
  14. ^ "Fox Maccabiah Net Champion". Los Angeles Times. August 6, 1969. Retrieved March 3, 2011.
  15. ^ "Players". Retrieved April 15, 2010.
  16. ^ . Daily News of Los Angeles. November 16, 1991,0EF61422D7B002F2.html |url= missing title (help). Retrieved March 3, 2011.
  17. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on June 30, 2012. Retrieved August 16, 2008.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  18. ^ [1]

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