James Cluskey
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James Cluskey

James Cluskey
Country (sports) Ireland
ResidenceDublin, Republic of Ireland
Born (1986-08-18) 18 August 1986 (age 35)
Dublin, Ireland
Height1.98 m (6 ft 6 in)
Turned pro2009
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money$48,141
Career record0-0
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 801 (5 November 2007)
Career record1-7
Career titles0 ATP
Highest rankingNo. 145 (9 September 2013)
Current rankingNo. 192 (18 August 2014)
Last updated on: 18 August 2014.

James Cluskey (born 18 August 1986) is a retired Irish professional tennis player, mainly playing doubles. He was born in Dublin, Ireland[1] and attended Belvedere College along with fellow Irish tennis player James McGee. Cluskey was, for some time, the highest ranked Irish doubles player.[2] Cluskey retired from professional tennis in November 2015.[3]


Early career

In 2004, Cluskey won the Irish under-18 singles championship. He also reached the final of the men's doubles and won the mixed doubles at the national championships.[4] He then took the decision in 2005 to move to the United States, where he played college tennis for Louisiana State University. He had a successful four years there where he achieved a national doubles ranking of 3 with partner Ken Skupski.[4] In total he won 82 doubles and 57 singles matches in college tennis.[4]

Cluskey played his first futures event in Limerick in June 2006. He reached the quarter-finals of the doubles with university teammate Ken Skupski and also qualified for the main draw of the singles, reaching the second round.[5] His form earned him a call up to the Irish Davis Cup team for their match against Slovenia where he narrowly lost a tense five set match in the doubles rubber.[6] He continued playing futures during the summer months when he was not attending university. He won his first ever Challenger level match in 2008 at the Shelbourne Irish Open, partnering Colin O'Brien.[5]


In 2010 Cluskey started to make his first breakthroughs at futures level. He won his first doubles tournament in Eilat[5] partnering Michael Venus, who he had played with at university.[4] He then went on to win a further three futures events that year, in Edinburgh, Dublin and J?rmala, partnering compatriot Colin O'Brien.[5]


Cluskey's ranking enabled him to enter a couple of Challenger tournaments at the start of 2011. After a couple of disappointing results he won his first doubles title of 2011 in March in a futures event in Vaduz and followed that up with another title the following week in Taverne.[5] He went from strength to strength in 2011 and won a further two futures titles, along with reaching six finals. His best run came in October where he reached five consecutive finals at futures events, all of which were in France.[5] He partnered Jean Andersen in three of these finals although they only won one of them. Cluskey was also runner-up in the other two. This form saw Cluskey again enter a couple of Challengers at the end of the year, in Loughborough and Salzburg but again his form was poor, going out in the first round of both.


2012 again saw a slow start to the year for Cluskey, but he managed to turn his fortunes around and take another doubles title in a futures event in Cividino. In May, he then went on to finally have some success at Challenger level, reaching the semi-finals of the Status Athens Open with Frenchman Fabrice Martin. Cluskey and Martin went on to have further success that year, winning futures events in Palma del Río and Bagnères-de-Bigorre, as well as making the quarter finals of the Guzzini Challenger and the semi finals of the President's Cup.[5] Cluskey also had some success with other partners, reaching the semi finals of the Türk Telecom ?zmir Cup with Matwé Middelkoop. Cluskey's form this year also some him break into the top 200 of the ATP doubles rankings for the first time in his career in mid-September.[7]


Cluskey started 2013 in the same excellent form he had finished 2012 in. By now he was focusing solely on doubles and he reached four consecutive futures finals in his first four tournaments of the year, although he only won one of them.[5] This form saw him mainly playing on the Challenger Tour by April instead of the futures tournaments he was used to playing. His form at this level was poor though and he regularly exited in the first round of tournaments. As costs began to mount up he was beginning to consider quitting tennis[8] until he spectacularly turned his from round by teaming up with old partner Fabrice Martin to win the PTT Cup. It was the first time either of them had won a title at challenger level.[5] Cluskey then followed up this success only two weeks later, this time winning the Guimarães Open with Maximillian Neuchrist. These two tournament wins gave Cluskey a newfound belief that he could go on to have a successful career in tennis[8] as he rose to a new career high ranking. His good form continued into the next couple of months as he won two more futures events and reached the final of the American Express - TED Open.


Cluskey's form saw him recalled to the Irish Davis Cup team for the first time since 2011.[9] He teamed up with David O'Hare and they nearly pulled off a shock result against Aliaksandr Bury and former world number one doubles player Max Mirnyi, losing in five sets after having had match points in the fourth.[10] Cluskey then went on to reach the final of a futures event in Nottingham with Liam Broady. In April, Cluskey won his first ever Davis Cup rubber, as Ireland overcame Egypt for a 3-2 victory.[11] Clsukey continued to play with a variety of partners and his form began to improve in late May, having struggled earlier in the year, where he reached the semifinals of Karshi Challenger. He then also reached the semifinals of the Prague Open. In July, partnering Mikhail Kukushkin, he made the cut for his first ever ATP World Tour event - the Swedish Open. They were defeated in their opening match by fourth seeds Brunström and Monroe.[12] Cluskey then reached the final of the Guzzini Challenger with Lithuanian Laurynas Grigelis but they were defeated in the final set match tie-break.[13] He failed to continue this form in the following week as he lost in the quarter-finals of the Tampere Open with partner Darren Walsh. After back-to-back first-round exits in Segovia and Prague, Cluskey recovered to reach the semi-finals of the Maserati Challenger with Miguel Ángel Reyes-Varela.

Davis Cup

Cluskey has represented the Irish Davis Cup team on eight separate occasions since his first appearance in 2006. He has only competed in doubles for his country and so far has only won one rubber, holding a 1-7 record. His last appearance was in 2014.[6]

Doubles titles

Legend (doubles)
Grand Slam (0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0)
ATP World Tour 500 (0)
ATP World Tour 250 (0)
ATP Challenger Tour (2)
ITF Futures (14)

Wins (16)

No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponent in the final Score
1. 13 February 2010 Eilat, F3 Hard New Zealand Michael Venus Belarus Aliaksandr Bury
Belarus Pavel Katliarov
6-7(3), 6-3, [15-13]
2. 9 May 2010 Edinburgh, F6 Clay Republic of Ireland Colin O'Brien Republic of Ireland Barry King
United Kingdom Marcus Willis
6-3, 6-3
3. 24 July 2010 Dublin, F1 Carpet Republic of Ireland Colin O'Brien Australia Colin Ebelthite
Republic of Ireland Barry King
6-2, 7-6(1)
4. 21 August 2010 J?rmala, F1 Clay Republic of Ireland Colin O'Brien Czech Republic Jakub Lustyk
Czech Republic David Novak
2-6, 6-3, [14-12]
5. 26 March 2011 Vaduz, F2 Carpet France Fabrice Martin Poland Piotr Gadomski
Netherlands Tim Van Terheijden
7-6(2), 6-4
6. 2 April 2011 Taverne, F3 Carpet Italy Claudio Grassi Italy Erik Crepaldi
Poland Piotr Gadomski
6-2, 6-1
7. 4 June 2011 Ashkelon, F6 Hard United States John Paul Fruttero Israel Noam Behr
Israel Igor Smilansky
6-3, 6-0
8. 2 October 2011 Forbach, F16 Carpet South Africa Jean Andersen France Michael Bois
France Kevin Botti
5-7, 6-1, [10-3]
9. 30 March 2012 Cividino, F2 Hard India Purav Raja Italy Andrea Agazzi
Italy Enrico Iannuzzi
6-7(10), 6-4, [10-2]
10. 30 June 2012 Palma del Río, F18 Hard France Fabrice Martin Spain Gerard Granollers
Spain Andoni Vivanco-Guzmán
6-3, 6-4
11. 8 September 2012 Bagnères-de-Bigorre, F15 Hard France Fabrice Martin France Charles-Antoine Brézac
France Simon Cauvard
6-7(4), 7-5, [11-9]
12. 12 January 2013 Schwieberdingen, F1 Hard Germany Alexander Satschko Germany Dominique Maden
Germany Yannick Maden
6-0, 6-1
13. 14 July 2013 Istanbul Hard France Fabrice Martin United Kingdom Brydan Klein
South Africa Ruan Roelofse
3-6, 6-3, [10-5]
14. 28 July 2013 Guimarães Hard Austria Maximilian Neuchrist Spain Roberto Ortega Olmedo
Spain Ricardo Villacorta-Alonso
6-7(5), 6-2, [10-8]
15. 23 August 2013 Minsk, F2 Hard France Fabrice Martin Moldova Andrei Ciumac
Ukraine Volodymyr Uzhylovskyi
6-3, 6-4
16. 31 August 2013 Pozoblanco, F28 Hard Austria Maximilian Neuchrist Spain Ivan Arenas-Gualda
Spain José Checa-Calvo
6-3, 6-2

Runner-up (15)

No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponent in the final Score
1. 18 June 2010 Kelibia, F3 Hard Republic of Ireland Colin O'Brien France Laurent Rochette
Russia Mikhail Vasiliev
3-6, 6-1, [6-10]
2. 23 July 2011 Dublin, F1 Carpet Republic of Ireland James McGee France Albano Olivetti
United Kingdom Neal Skupski
6-7(4), 3-6
3. 18 September 2011 Mulhouse, F14 Hard France Fabrice Martin France Pierre-Hugues Herbert
France Albano Olivetti
3-6, 4-6
4. 9 October 2011 Nevers, F17 Hard France Alexandre Sidorenko France Kevin Botti
France Laurent Rochette
6-7(3), 3-6
5. 14 October 2011 Saint-Dizier, F18 Hard Republic of Ireland Sam Barry Germany Holger Fischer
Czech Republic Jan Mertl
4-6, 5-7
6. 23 October 2011 La Roche-sur-Yon, F19 Hard South Africa Jean Andersen France Jeremy Blandin
France Gleb Sakharov
6-7(2), 6-3, [7-10]
7. 29 October 2011 Rodez, F20 Hard South Africa Jean Andersen France Pierre-Hugues Herbert
France Albano Olivetti
4-6, 3-6
8. 16 June 2012 Martos, F16 Hard Republic of Ireland Sam Barry Spain Iván Arenas-Gualda
Spain Jaime Pulgar-García
6-7(4), 6-7(7)
9. 11 October 2012 Saint-Dizier, F20 Hard France Alexandre Sidorenko France Antoine Benneteau
France Nicolas Renavand
5-7, 4-6
10. 19 January 2013 Stuttgart-Stammheim, F2 Hard Germany Alexander Satschko Germany Philipp Marx
Romania Florin Mergea
2-6, 2-6
11. 27 January 2013 Bressuire, F2 Hard Montenegro Goran To?i? France Pierre-Hugues Herbert
France Nicolas Renavand
2-6, 6-7(7)
12. 8 February 2013 Wirral, F4 Hard United Kingdom Sean Thornley United Kingdom Lewis Burton
United Kingdom Neal Skupski
6-7(5), 6-2, [7-10]
13. 9 March 2013 Lille, F4 Hard United Kingdom Lewis Burton France Jonathan Eysseric
France Nicolas Renavand
7-6(3), 6-7(5), [5-10]
14. 15 September 2013 Istanbul-2 Hard Spain Adrián Menéndez Maceiras United Kingdom Jamie Delgado
Australia Jordan Kerr
3-6, 2-6
15. 21 February 2014 Nottingham, F5 Hard United Kingdom Liam Broady France Rémi Boutillier
France Quentin Halys
2-6, 6-0, [8-10]
16. 19 July 2014 Recanati Hard Lithuania Laurynas Grigelis Serbia Ilija Bozoljac
Serbia Goran To?i?
7-5, 4-6, [5-10]


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  10. ^ "Doubles pairing cheer Cahill". 3 February 2014.
  11. ^ "Ireland lead against Egypt in Davis Cup". 6 April 2014.
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  13. ^ "Bozoljac e Tosic vincono la finale di doppio". Guzzini Challenger. 19 July 2014. Archived from the original on 26 July 2014. Retrieved 2014.

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