Mark Nielsen (tennis)
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Mark Nielsen Tennis

Mark Nielsen
Country (sports)New Zealand New Zealand
Born (1977-10-08) 8 October 1977 (age 43)
Height1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Turned pro1997
Prize money$166,271
Career record22-21
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 172 (15 May 2000)
Career record8-11
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 171 (15 Sep 2003)

Mark Nielsen (born 8 October 1977) is a former professional tennis player from New Zealand.[1]


Nielsen had a highest junior ranking of 16th and during his early career on the juniors circuit had wins over Dominik Hrbatý, Mark Philippoussis and Paradorn Srichaphan.[2][3] At the 1994 Australian Open, Nielsen and partner Jean-Noel Grinda Jr made the boys' doubles semi-finals.[2] The following year he and countryman Teo Susnjak won doubles titles at the Australian Hardcourt Junior Championships and Philippines Junior Championships.[2]

In 1997, Nielsen began playing Davis Cup tennis for New Zealand.[4] He took part in a World Group play-off tie against Spain in 1999, which the New Zealanders lost without winning a match.[4] Nielsen lost both of his singles rubbers, to Felix Mantilla and Francisco Clavet, but did take the former into a fifth set.[4]

Nielsen was a wildcard entrant at the 1998 Heineken Open and in front of his home crowd defeated Brazilian Fernando Meligeni in the opening round, before being eliminated by Marcelo Rios.[5] He competed in the Heineken Open a further seven times and also reached the second round in 2002, with a win over seventh seed and world number 33 Andreas Vinciguerra.[5] With partner James Shortall, Nielsen also made the quarter-finals of the doubles that year.[5] He was a doubles quarter-finalist again at the Heineken Open in 2003 and 2004.[5]

At Islamabad in 2004, Nielsen played the longest match in New Zealand's Davis Cup history, against Pakistan's Aisam Qureshi. The five set match lasted for five hours and 20 minutes.[6]

In 2006, a sample that Nielsen had provided while playing the qualifying stages at the Australian Open, tested positive for finasteride, which can be used as a masking agent.[7] An independent Anti-Doping Tribunal accepted Nielsen's claim that he took the product containing the positive substance to treat hair-loss, but found that by failing to check whether the hair-loss product contained such a substance indicated a "serious dereliction of duty on the part of any player who participates in a sport governed by the WADA Code".[7] He was given a two-year suspension by the International Tennis Federation.[7]

The ban effectively ended his career, but once the suspension ended he did briefly return to compete on the Futures circuit and he played a Davis Cup tie in Kuwait. That would be his 20th and final Davis Cup tie, a tally bettered only by Onny Parun. He finished with 25 Davis Cup wins to his name, from 43 rubbers.[4] His 20 wins for New Zealand in singles also has him second all-time, to Onny Parun.[4]

Challenger titles

Doubles: (3)

No. Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
1. 2000 Weiden, Germany Clay Russia Andrei Stoliarov Germany Daniel Elsner
Germany Andy Fahlke
7-5, 6-3
2. 2002 Seoul, South Korea Hard Australia Jaymon Crabb Argentina Federico Browne
Netherlands Rogier Wassen
3. 2005 Tolyatti, Russia Hard United States Scott Lipsky Italy Flavio Cipolla
Italy Massimo Ocera
6-2, 6-3


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