Bob Gary Giltinan was born in Sydney, Australia on the 4th of July 1949 to his parents Robert and Edna. He grew up in the Western Suburbs of Sydney and attended Croydon Technical College.
Although he excelled academically, by the age of 15 it was obvious Bob was an exceptional athlete. It was at this age he started to play the game of tennis. Fast-forward four years and Bob was the number 2-ranked junior player in the world.
Bob's transition to the ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) tour was swift and successful. He rocketed to a ranking of 16 in the world, represented Australia in winning Davis Cup squads, played team tennis partnering Bjorn Borg and Martina Navratilova, made a semi-final and final appearance at the Australian Open and won over 70 tournaments worldwide.
This quick success was halted in 1971 when Bob was called upon for National Service. He completed two years during the Vietnam War.
Upon leaving tennis he married Linda Gore, a resident of England. The two met whilst Bob was playing tennis at Wimbledon. In 1983 they had a son named Robert and in 1986 a daughter named Lara (both of whom won National junior tennis titles and were ranked professionally).
Bob worked closely with many players after his retirement and played a vital role in keeping Australia at the forefront of the sport. He was appointed as the Australian Davis Cup selector, National selector and NSW State Coach.
In 2000 he was awarded the National Sports Medal by the Honourary John Howard AC and in 2001 was a recognised International volunteer, again by the Honourary John Howard AC. He was officially honoured for his services to Davis Cup in 2005 and has been an Australia Day Ambassador for many years.
Since moving to the Northern Beaches in 1985, Bob has made substantial financial and timely contributions to countless organisations. Schools, animal funds, sporting clubs, underprivileged children, and local media have all greatly benefited thanks to him.
Bob has been guest speaker at countless functions to raise money for charities and community projects. He has organised the appearances of Olympic gold medallists, world champions and celebrities to support fundraising events and his tennis centre has been host to many of these.
Bob is Vice President of the ATPCA (Association of Tennis Professionals Coaches Association) and Deputy Mayor of Waringah. He also serves as a Justice of the Peace in and for the state of New South Wales. and j ankujhfjerf jjjjjjkjhbkbjhbikj