General Mike L.
Belkin
Male
Canada
1945-06-29
Montreal, Canada


About

In a career in which he transitioned from being an amateur to playing professionally he achieved many outstanding tournament results.
Mike Belkin was born in Montreal, Quebec, but moved to Miami, Florida in 1958 when he was 13 years old. Belkin was first coached by his father, Ralph Belkin, at the club tennis level. At the age of 15, Belkin having become Florida men?s champion with victories over Frank Froehling and Gardner Mulloy, was given the key to the City of Miami and offered a tennis scholarship from the University of Miami. He had exceptional results as a junior winning back to back Orange Bowl titles - U16 singles in 1960 beating Tomas Koch and the U18 singles in 1961 beating Tony Roche. He was also the U18 US National Junior Champion and, at the time, was only the third non-American to win this event the others being Rod Laver and Raul Ramirez. He was also a top ranked collegiate player while he attended the University of Miami and he reached the finals of the 1965 NCAA individual championships where he lost to Arthur Ashe 4-6, 1-6, 1-6. At 19 Belkin was ranked 3& in the US. He had beaten Arthur Ashe twice and was called up to the US Davis Cup squad. However, he was not included in the team that left for Spain.
Belkin?s best competitive surface was clay and his right-handed game was characterized by outstanding ground strokes notably a double-handed backhand which at the time was still relatively uncommon.
Belkin was No. 1 in Canada five times between 1966 and 1972. He held the singles titles at the Canadian closed championships in 1969, 1970 and 1972 and reached the semi-final of the Canadian Open in 1969. Belkin was a member of the Davis Cup team where he achieved a 17-12 record, including a 14-7 record in singles. He had numerous impressive wins away from home including Britain?s Mike Sangster, Russian Tomas Lejus, Brazil?s Tomas Koch and Mexican Joaquim Loyo-Mayo.
Mike?s career spanned the advent of open tennis. Most of his Grand Slam experience was as an amateur. He played the US Championships from 1961-1964 and in 1964, after defeating Rod Susman, lost to Cliff Richey in 5 sets. However, he did play in the US Open in 1970 at Forest Hills but lost early and in 1972 when he was forced to retire. His first Wimbledon was 1964 when he reached the third round defeating Cliff Drysdale before losing to Bob Hewitt. He returned in 1966 losing in the second round to the #4 seed and eventual winner Manuel Santana. He competed at Roland Garros in 1966 and 1969 but failed to win a match although in 1969 he was forced to retire up two sets against Frenchman Georges Goven. At the 1968 Australian Championships he reached the quarter finals losing 16-14, 6-3, 6-3 to the eventual winner Bill Bowrey.
Mike played numerous tournaments in North America first as an amateur and then as a professional although later in his career he was plagued with injury. Nonetheless he achieved some notable victories including Phil Dent and Stan Smith, Jan Kodes, Roscoe Tanner, Brian Gottfried, Cliff Richey and a rookie Jimmy Connors! The ATP only introduced rankings in 1973 when Belkin was in the twilight of his career. However, he did reach 128 in September of that year.



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Archive statistics 1960 - 1975
17
432
278


Tournament wins 1973 - Buffalo Indoor (Open)
1972 - Canadian National Championships (Open)
1971 - St. Petersburg Masters Invitation (Open)
1971 - Southeastern Invitation (Open)
1970 - Canadian National Championships (Open)
1969 - Alabama State Championship (Open)
1969 - Canadian National Championships (Open)
1968 - St. Petersburg Masters Invitation (Open)
1967 - Detroit Invitation (Amateur)
1967 - Western States Championships (Open)
1967 - Blue and Gray Invitation (Open)
1966 - Ontario Championships (Open)
1966 - Province of Quebec Championships (Open)
1965 - Detroit Invitation (Amateur)
1964 - Ontario Championships (Open)
1962 - Florida State Closed (Open)
1962 - Blue and Gray Invitation (Open)


Tournaments WCT - St. Petersburg - 1975 Boca West International - 1975 US Pro Championships - 1974 Rothmans Tennis Spectacular - 1974 Canadian International Championships - 1973 Buffalo Indoor - 1973 Midland International Indoors - 1973 WCT-Quebec - 1973 Baltimore International Indoors - 1973 Royal Crown Classic - 1973 Birmingham International Indoor - 1973 Canadian Indoors - 1973 US Open - 1972 Canadian International Championships - 1972 US Clay Courts - 1972 US International Indoor Championships - 1972 Florida State Championship - 1972 San Luis Potosi Open - 1972 Tulsa Invitation - 1972 Canadian National Championships - 1972 Southeastern Invitation - 1972 Midland International Indoors - 1972 Clean Air Classic - 1972 Tanglewood - 1972 Kansas City International Indoor - 1972 Royal Crown Classic - 1972 WCT Montreal - 1972 Clean Air Classic - second meeting - 1972 Canadian International Championships - 1971 Cincinnati - 1971 US International Indoor Championships - 1971 River Oaks Tournament - 1971 Florida State Championship - 1971 Macon Indoor - 1971 Altamira International Invitation - 1971 St. Petersburg Masters Invitation - 1971 Blue and Gray Invitation - 1971 Jacksonville Invitation - 1971 Royal Palm Invitation - 1971 Glenwood Manor Invitation - 1971 US Hard Courts - 1971 Washington Open - 1971 Fort Lauderdale - 1971 Southeastern Invitation - 1971 Hampton - 1971 Buddy Pontiac International - 1971 Clean Air Classic - 1971 Green Island Invitational - 1971 Tanglewood - 1971 Rothmans of Jamaica - 1971 US Open - 1970 Canadian International Championships - 1970 Cincinnati - 1970 US Clay Courts - 1970 US International Indoor Championships - 1970 Atlanta Invitation Tournament - 1970 River Oaks Tournament - 1970 Florida State Championship - 1970 South Florida - 1970 Austin Smith Championships - 1970 St. Petersburg Masters Invitation - 1970 Tulsa Invitation - 1970 Canadian National Championships - 1970 River Oaks - Qualifying - 1970 Roland Garros - 1969 US Open - 1969 Canadian International Championships - 1969 Alabama State Championship - 1969 Cincinnati - 1969 US Clay Courts - 1969 British Hard Court Championships - 1969 Austin Smith Championships - 1969 Cumberland Hard Courts - 1969 St. Petersburg Masters Invitation - 1969 Jacksonville Invitation - 1969 Washington Open - 1969 Canadian National Championships - 1969 Australian Open - 1968 Canadian International Championships - 1968 US Clay Courts - 1968 River Oaks Tournament - 1968 Auckland - 1968 Manly Seaside Tournament - 1968 Caribe Hilton International Championships - 1968 St. Petersburg Masters Invitation - 1968 South Australian Championships - 1967 Victorian Championships - 1967 New South Wales Championships - 1967 Canadian International Championships - 1967 US Clay Courts - 1967 Western States Championships - 1967 British Hard Court Championships - 1967 South African Championships - 1967 Queensland Championships - 1967 Natal Championships - 1967 Sicilian International Championships - 1967 Western Province - 1967 Catania - 1967 Blue and Gray Invitation - 1967 Tulsa Invitation - 1967 Orange Free State - 1967 Pan American Games - 1967 Detroit Invitation - 1967 Ontario Centennial - 1967 Quebec International Round Robin - 1967 Eastern Province - 1967 Wimbledon - 1966 Monte Carlo - 1966 Roland Garros - 1966 Canadian International Championships - 1966 Nice - 1966 US Clay Courts - 1966 Western States Championships - 1966 Italian International Championships - 1966 British Hard Court Championships - 1966 Ontario Championships - 1966 West of England Championships - 1966 Province of Quebec Championships - 1966 Aix-en-Provence - 1966 Austin Smith Championships - 1966 Glamorgan - 1966 Border Championships Second Edition - 1966 Detroit Invitation - 1966 Sugar Bowl - 1965 US Clay Courts - 1965 Western States Championships - 1965 Dixie Championships - 1965 Ontario Championships - 1965 Good Neighbor Tournament - 1965 Intercollegiate Championships - 1965 Masters Invitation - 1965 Pittsburgh Golf Club Invitation - 1965 Detroit Invitation - 1965 Wimbledon - 1964 US Open - 1964 Nassau Bowl - 1964 Eastern Grass Court Championships - 1964 Sugar Bowl - 1964 US Clay Courts - 1964 Queens Club Tournament - 1964 Ontario Championships - 1964 West of England Championships - 1964 Northern Lawn Tennis Association Tournament - 1964 Good Neighbor Tournament - 1964 Pennsylvania Lawn Tennis Championship - 1964 Masters Invitation - 1964 US Open - 1963 Newport Casino Tournament - 1963 Eastern Grass Court Championships - 1963 US Clay Courts - 1963 Western States Championships - 1963 Good Neighbor Tournament - 1963 Pennsylvania Lawn Tennis Championship - 1963 Middle Atlantic Grass Courts - 1963 US Open - 1962 Newport Casino Tournament - 1962 Southern Championships - 1962 Tennessee Valley Invitation - 1962 Cincinnati - 1962 US Clay Courts - 1962 Western States Championships - 1962 Good Neighbor Tournament - 1962 Blue and Gray Invitation - 1962 Florida State Closed - 1962 US Open - 1961 Newport Casino Tournament - 1961 Florida State Closed - 1961 Florida East Coast - 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