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Tom Gullikson to Appear at Tennis Weekend

Tennis legend Tom Gullikson will be attening USTA North Carolina's Tennis Weekend January 24-26, 2013 in Pinehurst. Notorious for his fascinating stories, Gullikson will speak at a handfulof events throughout the weekend for the 300+ guests expected to be in attendance for the four-day event.

Gullikson became one of the earliest USTA Player Development coaches where he coached Jim Courier, Todd Martin and Jennifer Capriati, among others. He later served as the program’s Director of Coaching from 1997-2001. Gullikson served as U.S. Davis Cup Captain from 1994-99, leading the 1995 team to the Davis Cup title, and was the men’s coach during the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, where he helped Andre Agassi win the men’s singles gold medal. He captured 16 career doubles titles (10 with identical twin brother Tim) and reached the Wimbledon doubles final in 1983 with Tim. One year later, Gullikson won the US Open mixed doubles title with partner Manuela Maleeva. He peaked to No. 4 in doubles.

 

Bio from ATPWorldTour.com:
Tom Gullikson proved again in 1984 that he has a knack for beating the big boys. "Gully" (a handy sobriquet for both he and his twin brother, Tim) has career wins over Bjorn Borg and Jimmy Connors, and it was Connors who was victimized again in '84, at Madrid.

The Gullikson's story has a bit of of Andy Hardy to it. They grew up in Lacrosse, Wisconsin, across the street from the tennis courts of the local campus of the state university. Mother Gullikson needed someplace to send her charges where she could keep an eye on them; hence the boys learned tennis. Although they never played a national junior tournament, they owned the competition at the state level as boys. They would frequently meet each other in the finals of such tournaments, and if one brother won on a particular week, then the other would often take top
honors the next time around. And all of this transpired while Papa Gullikson kept the townfolk well-groomed in his role as the community barber. As if this weren't enough, Tom and Time were in the same fraternity and married sorority sisters.

Tom announced his retirement in the summer of 1986, scheduled for the end of the year. Resides in Palm Coast, Florida with wife, Julie, and daughters Petra and Christina.