Lester Cook
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Lester Cook
Lester Cook
Country (sports) United States
ResidenceMarina Del Rey, CA, United States
Born (1984-04-24) April 24, 1984 (age 37)
Calabasas, California[1]
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
PlaysRight-handed
Prize money$173,600
Singles
Career record0-1 (ATP, Grand Slam, Davis Cup)
Career titles0
0 Challenger. 7 Futures
Highest rankingNo. 191 (25 October 2010) [2]
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenQ1 (2010)
French OpenQ1 (2010)
WimbledonQ1 (2010, 2011)
US OpenQ1 (2007, 2009, 2010)
Doubles
Career record0-2 (ATP, Grand Slam, Davis Cup)
Career titles0
2 Challenger. 11 Futures
Highest ranking175 (18 January 2010)
Last updated on: 21 June 2021.

Lester Cook (born April 24, 1984) [1] is an American former professional tennis player.

As a junior, he was top 5 in the country in the 18 and under division, finishing 4th place at the prestigious Kalamazoo Hard Court Nationals and 3rd in the International Grass Court and International Hard Court championships that same year. At 16, he competed in the French Open, U.S. Open, Australian Open, and the Orange Bowl, proudly earning 6 National Sportsmanship awards along the way.

A year later Lester entered college at 17 where he pursued a degree in Economics at Texas A&M University in College Station, TX. In his 3 years at Texas A&M under the tutelage of Tim Cass, Lester was a 3 time All-American finishing with a career high ITA ranking of No. 6 in singles and No. 1 in doubles with partner Ante Matijevic. After his junior year Lester was one of six players asked to represent the U.S. Collegiate All-star Team in a scrimmage match against the Chinese National team.

In 2005, Lester left college and turned pro. In his 6 years on tour, Lester had the privilege of traveling to over 30 countries and 31 states following his dream of being the best tennis player in the world. Along the way he won 8 professional singles titles as well as 18 professional doubles titles reaching a career high ranking of No. 191 in singles and No. 175 in doubles. He competed in all 4 grand slams as a professional and also participated in 3 World Team Tennis seasons being drafted by the Delaware Smash and Newport Beach Breakers twice.

He won the men's singles in the Ojai Tennis Tournament in 2007, 2009, and 2010.[3]

At the end of 2011, Lester retired from the tour and was focused on building a career as a coach. In 2014 he married his girlfriend of five years, Katie. They have two children and live in Ojai, CA. Lester currently works in real estate in both Los Angeles and Ventura County.

Coaching Career

- Teaching pro at Malibu Racquet Club starting September 2013

- USTA high performance coach for Jr Davis Cup Team Feb 2014

- Hitting Partner for Sloane Stephens July-December 2014


After retiring from professional tennis, Cook because a real estates agent in Ojai, starting his own (self-named) agency.[4]

ATP Challenger and ITF Futures finals

Singles: 10 (7-3)

Legend
ATP Challenger (0-1)
ITF Futures (7-2)
Finals by surface
Hard (6-2)
Clay (0-1)
Grass (0-0)
Carpet (1-0)
Result W-L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Win 1-0 Jun 2006 Thailand F1, Bangkok Futures Hard South Korea Hyung-Kwon Kim] 6-3, 6-1
Win 2-0 Sep 2006 Mexico F14, Monterrey Futures Hard Mexico Miguel Gallardo-Valles 7-6(7-3), 4-6, 7-6(7-2)
Loss 2-1 Feb 2007 Costa Rica F1, San José Futures Hard Canada Peter Polansky 6-2, 5-7, 3-6
Win 3-1 Jun 2007 Japan F6, Kusatsu Futures Carpet Japan Takahiro Terachi 6-3, 2-6, 6-4
Win 4-1 Oct 2007 USA F25, Laguna Niguel Futures Hard United States Nikita Kryvonos 6-2, 6-3
Win 5-1 Nov 2007 USA F28, Waikolu Futures Hard Australia Carsten Ball 5-7, 7-6(7-2), 6-3
Win 6-1 Oct 2008 USA F25, Laguna Niguel Futures Hard Denmark Martin Pedersen 6-2, 6-2
Win 7-1 Mar 2009 USA F6, McAllen Futures Hard Russia Andrey Kumantsov 1-6, 6-2, 4-0 ret.
Loss 7-2 Sep 2010 Tulsa, United States Challenger Hard United States Bobby Reynolds 3-6, 3-6
Loss 7-3 May 2011 USA F12, Tampa Futures Clay United States Blake Strode 3-6, 4-6

Doubles: 19 (13-6)

Legend
ATP Challenger (2-2)
ITF Futures (11-4)
Finals by surface
Hard (11-5)
Clay (1-1)
Grass (0-0)
Carpet (1-0)
Result W-L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1-0 Dec 2002 USA F30, Laguna Niguel Futures Hard United States Jason Cook United States Brandon Hawk
United States Huntley Montgomery
6-2, 6-4
Win 2-0 Jun 2003 USA F14, Sunnyvale Futures Hard United States Ryan Newport United States Brian Wilson
United States Nick Rainey
2-6, 6-3, 6-1
Win 3-0 Jul 2004 USA F16, Chico Futures Hard United States Jason Cook United States Sam Warburg
United States KC Corkery
7-5, 7-6(7-5)
Win 4-0 Feb 2005 USA F4, Brownsville Futures Hard Canada Rob Steckley United States Tres Davis
United States Eric Nunez
walkover
Loss 4-1 Oct 2005 USA F25, Laguna Niguel Futures Hard Canada Rob Steckley Canada Philip Gubenco
Canada Erik Chvojka
6-7(4-7), 6-4, 1-6
Loss 4-2 Jun 2006 Thailand F1, Bangkok Futures Hard Canada Rob Steckley Colombia Ruben-Dario Torres
South Africa Izak Van Der Merwe
4-6, 3-6
Loss 4-3 Aug 2006 Mexico F13, Monterrey Futures Clay United States Shane La Porte Mexico Miguel Gallardo-Valles
Mexico Carlos Palencia
3-6, 4-6
Win 5-3 Sep 2006 Mexico F14, Monterrey Futures Hard United States Shane La Porte Chile Jorge Aguilar
Mexico Daniel Garza
6-3, 6-4
Win 6-3 Jun 2007 Guatemala F1, Guatemala City Futures Hard United States Shane La Porte Mexico Miguel Gallardo-Valles
Mexico Carlos Palencia
6-3, 7-5
Win 7-3 Jun 2007 Japan F6, Kusatsu Futures Carpet United States Shane La Porte Japan Hiroyasu Sato
Japan Joji Miyao
4-6, 6-4, 7-6(7-1)
Win 8-3 Nov 2007 USA F28, Waikolu Futures Hard United States Shane La Porte Australia Carsten Ball
United States Rylan Rizza
6-2, 6-3
Loss 8-4 Apr 2008 Humacao, Puerto Rico Challenger Hard United States Kevin Kim United States Bobby Reynolds
United States Rajeev Ram
3-6, 4-6
Win 9-4 May 2008 Bradenton, United States Challenger Clay Australia Carsten Ball United States Ryler Deheart
United States Todd Widom
4-6, 6-3, [10-6]
Loss 9-5 Feb 2009 Carson, United States Challenger Hard United States Donald Young United States Scott Lipsky
United States David Martin
6-7(3-7), 6-4, [6-10]
Win 10-5 Feb 2009 USA F4, Brownsville Futures Hard United States Shane La Porte Armenia Tigran Martirosyan
United States Jesse Witten
6-1, 7-5
Loss 10-6 Apr 2009 USA F7, Mobile Futures Hard Philippines Treat Huey Canada Milos Raonic
Canada Philip Bester
3-6, 6-1, [5-10]
Win 11-6 Jun 2009 USA F13, Sacramento Futures Hard Philippines Treat Huey Australia Andrew Coelho
Australia Adam Feeney
6-4, 3-6, [10-2]
Win 12-6 Oct 2009 Sacramento, United States Challenger Hard United States David Martin Mexico Santiago Gonzalez
United States Travis Rettenmaier
4-6, 6-3, [10-5]
Win 13-6 Apr 2010 USA F9, Little Rock Futures Hard United States Brett Joelson Australia Brydan Klein
Australia John Millman
6-4, 3-6, [10-7]

Performance timeline

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)

Singles

Tournament 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 SR W-L Win %
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A A Q1 A 0 / 0 0-0  - 
French Open A A A Q1 A 0 / 0 0-0  - 
Wimbledon A A A Q1 Q1 0 / 0 0-0  - 
US Open Q1 A Q1 Q1 A 0 / 0 0-0  - 
Win-Loss 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 / 0 0-0  - 
ATP Tour Masters 1000
Indian Wells Masters A A Q1 Q2 Q1 0 / 0 0-0  - 
Win-Loss 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 / 0 0-0  - 

References

  1. ^ a b ATPtennis.com - Players - Profiles - Profile[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Lester Cook Singles Activity". ITF Tour. Retrieved 2021.
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ "About". Lester Cook Real Estate. Retrieved 2021.

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