(born November 13, 1956 in Dallas, Texas
) is a former tennis player
from the United States
, who won nine singles and two doubles titles during his professional career. The right-hander reached his highest singles ATP
ranking on January 9, 1984, when he reached number 9. He is also known for upsetting top-seeded John McEnroe (7-6, 7-6, 4-6, 6-3) in the fourth round at the 1983 US Open.
Career Finals (21)
The only known example of a golden set
in professional tennis was achieved by Scanlon against Marcos Hocevar
(of Brazil) in the first round of the WCT Gold Coast Classic at Delray Beach, Florida
on February 22, 1983. Scanlon won the match, 6–2, 6–0. A golden set is when a player wins the set without losing a single point. The feat is recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records
Scanlon authored the book "Bad News for McEnroe : Blood, Sweat, and Backhands with John, Jimmy, Ilie, Ivan, Bjorn, and Vitas" as a tribute to the era during which he participated on the ATP International Tour. The book focuses on the high profile personalities of the sport during that era, their rivalries, their celebrity, and the growth of the sport's popularity.
Prior to turning pro, he won the NCAA men's singles championship in 1976 while attending Trinity University