Kevin Ullyett
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Kevin Ullyett

Kevin Ullyett
Ullyett 2009 US Open 01.jpg
Country (sports) Zimbabwe
ResidenceLondon, United Kingdom
Born (1972-05-23) 23 May 1972 (age 48)
Salisbury, Rhodesia
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Turned pro1990
Retired2010
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money$4,138,771
Singles
Career record21-34
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 107 (22 May 2000)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open2R (2000)
US Open2R (1993)
Doubles
Career record502-310
Career titles34
Highest rankingNo. 4 (31 January 2005)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenW (2005)
French OpenQF (2004, 2008, 2009)
WimbledonF (2008)
US OpenW (2001)
Mixed doubles
Career record53-40
Career titles1
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian OpenW (2002)
French OpenQF (2002, 2005, 2007)
WimbledonF (2002)
US OpenSF (2009)

Kevin Ullyett (born 23 May 1972) is a former professional tennis player from Zimbabwe. His primary success on the tour was in men's doubles.

Ullyett won 34 doubles titles during his career, including two Grand Slams at the 2001 US Open and the 2005 Australian Open with countryman Wayne Black. He also competed in the 2000 and 2004 Summer Olympics,[1] coming in at fifth place in 2004 with Black. In mixed doubles, Ullyett won the 2002 Australian Open with Daniela Hantuchová. He reached the final of Wimbledon in 2002 with Hantuchová, and the semifinals there in 2003 and 2005 with Hantuchová and Liezel Huber, respectively. He and Huber were also the runners-up at the 2005 Australian Open.

Black, Ullyett's compatriot and long-time doubles partner, retired at the end of 2005. He then played with Paul Hanley for two seasons, then with Jonas Björkman, who retired at the end of 2008, and finally with Brazilian Bruno Soares.

His father, Robert Ullyett, represented Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) in cricket and field hockey. He was part of the national team that competed at the 1964 Olympics (they beat New Zealand 2-1 and came 11th out of 15).[2]

He made his final tennis appearance at the South African Open in February 2010 (partnering with Wesley Moodie)[3][4] eighteen years after he first appeared there in 1992 competing in his first ATP Tour event. He had over 500 career wins.[5]

He lives with his wife and two children in London. Their first child, Jemima, was born in 2005.[6][7] He hopes for a career in property development after tennis.[8]

Grand Slam finals

Doubles (2 wins)

Result Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 2001 US Open Hard Zimbabwe Wayne Black United States Donald Johnson
United States Jared Palmer
7-6(11-9), 2-6, 6-3
Win 2005 Australian Open Hard Zimbabwe Wayne Black United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
6-4, 6-4

Mixed doubles (1 win)

Result Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 2002 Australian Open Hard Slovakia Daniela Hantuchová Argentina Gastón Etlis
Argentina Paola Suárez
6-3, 6-2

ATP career finals

Doubles (34-24)

Legend
Grand Slam (2)
Tennis Masters Cup (0)
ATP Masters Series (5)
ATP International Series Gold (4)
ATP Tour (23)
Titles by surface
Hard (22)
Clay (6)
Grass (3)
Carpet (3)
Result W/L Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 1. Apr 1996 Seoul, South Korea Hard United States Kent Kinnear United States Rick Leach
United States Jonathan Stark
4-6, 4-6
Win 1. Feb 1997 Shanghai, China Carpet (i) Belarus Max Mirnyi Sweden Tomas Nydahl
Italy Stefano Pescosolido
7-6, 6-7, 7-5
Win 2. Apr 1998 Orlando, United States Clay South Africa Grant Stafford Australia Michael Tebbutt
Sweden Mikael Tillström
4-6, 6-4, 7-5
Win 3. May 1998 Coral Springs, United States Clay South Africa Grant Stafford The Bahamas Mark Merklein
United States Vince Spadea
7-5, 6-4
Win 4. Jul 1998 Washington DC., United States Hard South Africa Grant Stafford South Africa Wayne Ferreira
United States Patrick Galbraith
6-3, 7-5
Win 5. Sep 1998 Bournemouth, United Kingdom Clay United Kingdom Neil Broad Australia Wayne Arthurs
Spain Alberto Berasategui
7-6, 6-3
Loss 2. Oct 1998 Basel, Switzerland Hard (i) South Africa Piet Norval France Olivier Delaître
France Fabrice Santoro
3-6, 6-7
Loss 3. Jan 1999 Doha, Qatar Hard South Africa Piet Norval United States Alex O'Brien
United States Jared Palmer
3-6, 4-6
Loss 4. Oct 1999 Vienna, Austria Hard (i) South Africa Piet Norval Germany David Prinosil
Australia Sandon Stolle
3-6, 4-6
Win 6. Oct 1999 Lyon, France Carpet (i) South Africa Piet Norval South Africa Wayne Ferreira
Australia Sandon Stolle
4-6, 7-6(7-5), 7-6(7-4)
Win 7. Nov 1999 Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i) South Africa Piet Norval United States Jan-Michael Gambill
United States Scott Humphries
7-5, 6-3
Win 8. Aug 2000 Long Island, United States Hard United States Jonathan Stark United States Jan-Michael Gambill
United States Scott Humphries
6-4, 6-4
Win 9. Oct 2000 Hong Kong, China Hard Zimbabwe Wayne Black Slovakia Dominik Hrbatý
Germany David Prinosil
6-1, 6-2
Win 10. Nov 2000 St. Petersburg, Russia Hard (i) Canada Daniel Nestor Japan Thomas Shimada
South Africa Myles Wakefield
7-6(7-5), 7-5
Win 11. Feb 2001 Copenhagen, Denmark Hard (i) Zimbabwe Wayne Black Czech Republic Ji?í Novák
Czech Republic David Rikl
6-3, 6-3
Win 12. Aug 2001 Long Island, United States Hard United States Jonathan Stark Czech Republic Leo? Friedl
Czech Republic Radek ?t?pánek
6-1, 6-4
Win 13. Sep 2001 US Open, New York Hard Zimbabwe Wayne Black United States Donald Johnson
United States Jared Palmer
7-6(11-9), 2-6, 6-3
Win 14. Jan 2002 Adelaide, Australia Hard Zimbabwe Wayne Black United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
7-5, 6-2
Win 15. Mar 2002 San Jose, United States Hard (i) Zimbabwe Wayne Black South Africa John-Laffnie de Jager
South Africa Robbie Koenig
6-3, 4-6, [10-5]
Loss 5. May 2002 Rome Masters, Italy Clay Zimbabwe Wayne Black Czech Republic Martin Damm
Czech Republic Cyril Suk
5-7, 5-7
Win 16. Jun 2002 Queen's Club, England Grass Zimbabwe Wayne Black India Mahesh Bhupathi
Belarus Max Mirnyi
7-6(7-5), 3-6, 6-3
Win 17. Aug 2002 Washington DC., United States Hard Zimbabwe Wayne Black United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
7-6(7-4), 4-6, 6-3
Win 18. Oct 2002 Lyon, France Carpet (i) Zimbabwe Wayne Black The Bahamas Mark Knowles
Canada Daniel Nestor
6-4, 3-6, 7-6(7-3)
Win 19. Oct 2002 Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i) Zimbabwe Wayne Black Australia Wayne Arthurs
Australia Paul Hanley
6-4, 2-6, 7-6(7-4)
Loss 6. Mar 2003 Dubai, United Arab Emirates Hard Zimbabwe Wayne Black India Leander Paes
Czech Republic David Rikl
3-6, 0-6
Win 20. May 2003 Munich, Germany Clay Zimbabwe Wayne Black Australia Joshua Eagle
United States Jared Palmer
6-3, 7-5
Loss 7. Jul 2003 Stuttgart, Germany Clay Russia Yevgeny Kafelnikov Czech Republic Tomá? Cibulec
Czech Republic Pavel Vízner
6-3, 3-6, 4-6
Loss 8. Oct 2003 Moscow, Russia Carpet (i) Zimbabwe Wayne Black India Mahesh Bhupathi
Belarus Max Mirnyi
3-6, 5-7
Loss 9. Oct 2003 Madrid, Spain Hard (i) Zimbabwe Wayne Black India Mahesh Bhupathi
Belarus Max Mirnyi
2-6, 6-2, 3-6
Loss 10. Mar 2004 Indian Wells, United States Hard Zimbabwe Wayne Black France Sébastien Grosjean
France Arnaud Clément
3-6, 6-4, 5-7
Win 21. Apr 2004 Key Biscayne, United States Hard Zimbabwe Wayne Black Sweden Jonas Björkman
Australia Todd Woodbridge
6-2, 7-6(14-12)
Win 22. May 2004 Hamburg, Germany Clay Zimbabwe Wayne Black United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
6-1, 6-2
Loss 11. Jul 2004 Indianapolis, United States Hard Zimbabwe Wayne Black Australia Jordan Kerr
United States Jim Thomas
7-6(9-7), 6-7(3-7), 3-6
Loss 12. Nov 2004 Paris Masters, France Carpet (i) Zimbabwe Wayne Black Sweden Jonas Björkman
Australia Todd Woodbridge
3-6, 4-6
Loss 13. Nov 2004 Tennis Masters Cup, Houston Hard Zimbabwe Wayne Black United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
6-4, 5-7, 4-6, 2-6
Win 23. Jan 2005 Australian Open, Melbourne Hard Zimbabwe Wayne Black United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
6-4, 6-4
Loss 14. Apr 2005 Key Biscayne, United States Hard Zimbabwe Wayne Black Sweden Jonas Björkman
Belarus Max Mirnyi
1-6, 2-6
Loss 15. Aug 2005 Washington DC., United States Hard Zimbabwe Wayne Black United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
4-6, 2-6
Win 24. Aug 2005 Montreal, Canada Hard Zimbabwe Wayne Black Israel Jonathan Erlich
Israel Andy Ram
7-6(7-2), 6-4
Loss 16. Aug 2005 Cincinnati, United States Hard Zimbabwe Wayne Black Sweden Jonas Björkman
Belarus Max Mirnyi
4-6, 7-5, 2-6
Loss 17. Jan 2006 Adelaide, Australia Hard Australia Paul Hanley Israel Jonathan Erlich
Israel Andy Ram
6-7(4-7), 6-7(10-12)
Win 25. Feb 2006 Rotterdam, Netherlands Hard (i) Australia Paul Hanley Israel Jonathan Erlich
Israel Andy Ram
7-6(7-4), 7-6(7-2)
Win 26. Mar 2006 Dubai, United Arab Emirates Hard Australia Paul Hanley The Bahamas Mark Knowles
Canada Daniel Nestor
1-6, 6-2, [10-1]
Win 27. May 2006 Hamburg, Germany Clay Australia Paul Hanley The Bahamas Mark Knowles
Canada Daniel Nestor
4-6, 7-6(7-5), [10-4]
Win 28. Jun 2006 Queen's Club, England Grass Australia Paul Hanley Sweden Jonas Björkman
Belarus Max Mirnyi
6-4, 7-6(7-5)
Loss 18. Aug 2006 Washington DC., United States Hard Australia Paul Hanley United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
3-6, 7-5, [3-10]
Loss 19. Aug 2006 Toronto, Canada Hard Australia Paul Hanley United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
5-7, 1-6
Win 29. Oct 2006 Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i) Australia Paul Hanley Belgium Olivier Rochus
Belgium Kristof Vliegen
7-6(7-2), 6-4
Win 30. Jan 2007 Sydney, Australia Hard Australia Paul Hanley The Bahamas Mark Knowles
Canada Daniel Nestor
6-4, 6-7(3-7), [10-6]
Loss 20. Aug 2007 Montréal, Canada Hard Australia Paul Hanley India Mahesh Bhupati
Czech Republic Pavel Vízner
4-6, 4-6
Loss 21. Apr 2008 Estoril, Portugal Clay United Kingdom Jamie Murray South Africa Jeff Coetzee
South Africa Wesley Moodie
2-6, 6-4, [8-10]
Win 31. Jun 2008 Nottingham, United Kingdom Grass Brazil Bruno Soares South Africa Jeff Coetzee
United Kingdom Jamie Murray
6-2, 7-6(7-5)
Loss 22. Jul 2008 Wimbledon, London Grass Sweden Jonas Björkman Canada Daniel Nestor
Serbia Nenad Zimonji?
6-7(12-14), 7-6(7-3), 3-6, 3-6
Loss 23. Aug 2008 Washington DC., United States Hard Brazil Bruno Soares France Marc Gicquel
Sweden Robert Lindstedt
6-7(3-7), 3-6
Win 32. Oct 2008 Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i) Sweden Jonas Björkman Sweden Johan Brunström
Sweden Michael Ryderstedt
6-1, 6-3
Win 33. Nov 2008 Paris Masters, France Hard (i) Sweden Jonas Björkman South Africa Jeff Coetzee
South Africa Wesley Moodie
6-2, 6-2
Loss 24. Aug 2009 New Haven, United States Hard Brazil Bruno Soares Austria Julian Knowle
Austria Jürgen Melzer
4-6, 6-7(3-7)
Win 34. Oct 2009 Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i) Brazil Bruno Soares Sweden Simon Aspelin
Australia Paul Hanley
6-4, 7-6(7-4)

Doubles performance timeline

Tournament 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 Career SR Career W-L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A 1R QF A 2R 1R 1R 2R QF QF 3R QF W SF SF 3R 3R A 1 / 15 33-14
French Open A A 1R A 1R 1R 2R 3R 3R 3R 3R 2R QF 1R 2R 2R QF QF A 0 / 15 19-15
Wimbledon A LQ 1R 1R A 1R 2R 3R 1R 1R 2R 3R QF SF QF 2R F QF 1R 0 / 16 24-16
US Open A A 1R A A 1R 2R 1R 1R W QF 3R QF SF SF SF 2R 2R A 1 / 14 29-13
Win-Loss 0-0 0-0 0-4 3-2 0-1 1-4 3-4 4-4 2-4 11-3 9-4 7-4 12-4 14-3 12-4 10-4 8-4 9-4 0-1 2 / 60 105-58
Masters 1000
Indian Wells A A SF LQ A A A 2R 1R 1R QF 2R F QF 1R QF QF 1R A 0 / 12 16-12
Miami A A 2R 1R A A 2R 2R 3R 3R 3R 2R W F SF QF 2R QF A 1 / 14 23-13
Monte Carlo A A A A A A A 2R 1R 1R A SF A A A SF SF 2R A 0 / 7 7-7
Rome A A A A A A A 1R A 1R F 2R QF 2R QF QF SF SF A 0 / 10 11-10
Madrid (Stuttgart) A A A A A A 1R 1R 2R 2R 2R F A SF SF 2R SF SF A 0 / 11 11-11
Canada A A A A A A 1R 2R 2R 2R 2R 1R 2R W F F QF 2R A 1 / 12 14-11
Cincinnati A LQ LQ A A 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R 2R 1R 2R F 2R QF 2R 2R A 0 / 13 5-13
Shanghai Not Held 2R A 0 / 1 0-1
Paris A A A A A A QF 1R 1R SF 2R QF F SF 1R QF W 2R A 1 / 12 16-11
Hamburg A A A A A A A 2R A 2R 1R 2R W 2R W F 2R NME 2 / 9 13-7
Masters W-L 0-0 0-0 4-2 0-1 0-0 0-1 3-5 4-9 3-7 5-9 9-8 8-9 17-5 17-7 12-7 14-9 13-8 7-9 0-0 5 / 101 116-96
Year-end ranking 235 135 91 158 103 92 35 26 34 13 11 18 9 6 8 10 8 24 - -

References

  1. ^ Kevin at Sports Reference
  2. ^ Robert at Sports Reference
  3. ^ http://allafrica.com/stories/200912280519.html
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 30 July 2010. Retrieved 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ [1] Archived 9 February 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ "Tennis Server ATP/WTA Pro Tennis Showcase - 2009 Legg Mason Tennis Classic - Wild Cards and Qualifiers Win in DC". Tennisserver.com.
  8. ^ http://doublesonlycourt.files.wordpress.com/2009/10/on-court-with-kevin-ullyett.pdf

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