Tom (“Gully”) Gullikson is a former professional player, coach and U.S. Davis Cup captain. As head of our Tennis and Golf Recruiting practice, he uses his vast network to find talented coaches for collegiate tennis programs and tennis directors for clubs.
Tom recently retired from his position as USTA Lead National Coach with USTA Player Development. He began coaching with the USTA in 1988 as one of the very first coaches in the USTA Player Development program, and he guided American stars Jim Courier, Todd Martin, MaliVai Washington and Jennifer Capriati, among others, during their careers.
During his career as a professional tennis player, Tom won 16 ATP Tour doubles titles – ten of them partnering with his now-deceased identical twin brother, Tim. The brothers were runners-up in the men’s doubles competition at Wimbledon in 1983. Tom also won the mixed doubles title at the US Open in 1984 with Manuela Maleeva.
Tom won one ATP Tour singles title (at Newport in 1985). His career-high rankings were World No. 23 in singles and World No. 4 in doubles (in 1984 and 1983, respectively). He retired from the professional tour in 1986.
While on the ATP Tour, Tom gained tremendous knowledge from experiences on the tour competing against some of the greatest champions in the history of the game including Björn Borg, John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors, Ivan Lendl, Stefan Edberg and Boris Becker.
Tom was the United States Davis Cup Captain from 1994 to 1999. He captained the teams that won the Davis Cup in 1995 and were runners-up in 1997. In 1996, he was the coach of the US men’s Olympic tennis team, and guided Andre Agassi to win the Olympic Gold Medal in Atlanta.
Tom holds both USPTA and USPTR certifications and has written instructional articles for TENNIS Magazine, Tennis USTA, and various teaching manuals published by the USTA. He has also worked as a television commentator for ESPN and CBS.
Tom is a member of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Hall of Fame and the USPTA Hall of Fame. He is past chair of the Tim and Tom Gullikson Foundation, which is now a part of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation.
Tom currently lives in Chicago with his wife, Shaun Considine, and his step-daughter.