Alex Kim (tennis)
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Alex Kim Tennis

Alex Kim
Country (sports)United States United States
ResidenceDelray Beach, Florida
Born (1978-12-20) December 20, 1978 (age 43)
Silver Spring, Maryland
United States
Height5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Turned pro2000
Prize money$281,041
Career record8-26
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 106 (June 10, 2002)
Grand Slam singles results
Australian Open3R (2002)
French Open1R (2003)
US Open1R (2000, 2002, 2003)
Career record0-5
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 264 (October 20, 2003)
Grand Slam doubles results
US Open1R (2002, 2003)
Medal record
Men's tennis
Representing  United States
Pan American Games
Bronze medal - third place Men's singles

Alex Kim (born December 20, 1978) is a professional tennis player from the United States.[1]

Early career

In the 1996 US Open, Kim and Mexico's Mariano Sánchez made the boys' doubles semi-finals, where they lost to the Bryan brothers.[2]

He began playing collegiate tennis in 1998, for Stanford University.[3] The American was a member of the championship winning Stanford sides of 1998 and 2000.[3] In the latter year, he also won the NCAA Division 1 singles title and was an All-American.[3] He and teammate Geoff Abrams formed the top-ranked doubles team in the nation in 2000, and were named the ITA National Doubles Team of the Year.[4] He was inducted into the Stanford Athletic Hall of Fame in 2011.[5]

ATP Tour

Given a wildcard entry, Kim made his first Grand Slam appearance in 2000, at the US Open.[3] He had the misfortune of being drawn against world number one Andre Agassi in the first round and lost in straight sets.[3] In June 2000, he won the doubles title with Geoff Abrams at the USTA Chandler Cup Futures.[6]

The next time that he played in a Grand Slam event, the 2002 Australian Open, he put in the best performance of his career, starting with an opening round win over Davide Sanguinetti.[3] Despite being ranked outside of the world's top 200, Kim managed to defeat fourth seed Yevgeny Kafelnikov in the second round, without dropping a set.[7] In the third round, he was eliminated by the only other qualifier remaining in the draw, Fernando Gonzalez.[3]

He also played at the US Open in 2002, but lost in the first round to Greg Rusedski.[3] In Washington's Legg Mason Tennis Classic that year, he claimed a win over another big name player, 10th seed Todd Martin.[3] He was unable to get past Jarkko Nieminen in the round of 16.[3]

In 2003, he played in three Grand Slam tournaments, but lost in the opening round of each.[3] He was beaten by Scott Draper in the Australian Open, squandered a two set lead in losing to Mark Philippoussis in the French Open and was defeated by Younes El Aynaoui in the US Open.[3]

Kim was a joint bronze medalist in the men's singles event at the 2003 Pan American Games, which were held in the Dominican Republic. He lost in the semi-finals to Marcelo Rios, in a match decided by two tiebreaks.[8]

As a doubles player, Kim competed in the 2002 US Open with Kevin Kim (who is of no relation) and with Jeff Salzenstein in the 2003 US Open.[3] He and his partner lost in the first round of each.[3]

Challenger titles

Singles: (3)

No. Year Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
1. 2001 United States Kerrville, United States Hard United States Mardy Fish 6-3, 3-6, 6-4
2. 2002 United States Birmingham, United States Clay United States Cecil Mamiit 7-6(11-9), 6-2
3. 2003 United States Fresno, United States Hard United States Jeff Morrison 7-5, 7-6(8-6)

Doubles: (1)

No. Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
1. 2003 South Korea Seoul, South Korea Hard South Korea Hyung-Taik Lee United States Alex Bogomolov, Jr.
United States Jeff Salzenstein
1-6, 6-1, 6-4


  1. ^ ITF Pro Circuit Profile
  2. ^ ITF Junior Profile
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n ATP World Tour Profile
  4. ^ "Cunha, Hemmeler Named ITA Doubles Team of the Year". Retrieved 2013.
  5. ^ "Alex Kim". Stanford Athletic Hall of Fame. March 19, 2012. Archived from the original on January 24, 2013.
  6. ^ Dasher, Anthony (May 19, 2001). "Soft-spoken standout". Online Athens. Retrieved 2013.
  7. ^ The Guardian, "Kafelnikov confounded by scattered seeds", January 16, 2002
  8. ^ "Marcelo Ríos va por el oro en Santo Domingo" [Marcelo Ríos is going for the gold at Santo Domingo] (in Spanish). Santo Domingo: El Mercurio. August 9, 2003. Retrieved 2019.

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