Michael Sell
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Michael Sell

Michael Sell
Country (sports)United States United States
ResidenceCherry Hill, NJ
Born (1972-08-23) August 23, 1972 (age 49)
Berkeley, California
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Turned pro1995
Prize money$294,371
Career record6-16
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 136 (March 30, 1998)
Grand Slam singles results
French Open1R (1998)
US Open2R (1997)
Career record19-26
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 83 (August 24, 1998)
Grand Slam doubles results
Australian Open2R (1998)
French Open2R (1998, 1999)
Wimbledon2R (1999)
US Open2R (1997, 1998)

Michael Sell (born August 23, 1972) is a former professional tennis player from the United States.[1] He is currently co-head coach of the women's tennis team at Louisiana State University with Julia Sell since 2015.[2]


Before he turned professional, Sell played for the University of Georgia and was an All-American every year from 1992 to 1995.[3] He won a bronze medal in the men's doubles at the 1993 Summer Universiade, partnering Rob Givone.[3]

Sell appeared in the main singles draw of two Grand Slams.[3] In the 1997 US Open he beat Cecil Mamiit in the opening round, then lost in four sets to Daniel Vacek the next time he played.[3] He exited in the opening round of the 1998 French Open, losing to Jordi Mas, despite taking the first set 6-0.[3] His best performance on the singles circuit came at the 1999 Japan Open Tennis Championships, where he defeated Mark Woodforde and Gouichi Motomura to make the round of 16.[3] In the 2000 Heineken Open he had a win over world number 34 Nicolas Escude.[3]

As a doubles player he was more successful, reaching the second round of all four Grand Slams, including the 1998 Australian Open where he partnered French Open winner Gustavo Kuerten.[3] His best results came when he teamed up with countryman David DiLucia.[3] The pair twice made the semi-finals of San Jose's Sybase Open, in 1998 and 1999.[3]

He is now a tennis coach and has served as the personal coach of Monica Seles, Donald Young and John Isner.[3]

Challenger Titles

Singles: (3)

No. Year Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
1. 1997 Bronx, United States Hard Italy Gianluca Pozzi 3-6, 6-4, 6-3
2. 1997 Sedona, United States Hard United States Glenn Weiner 6-4, 6-4
3. 1999 Puebla, Mexico Hard Mexico Alejandro Hernández 7-6(7-5), 7-5

Doubles: (11)

Coaching career

Michael Sell became co-head coach of the women's tennis team at Louisiana State University in 2015 joining his wife, Julia Sell, who has been head coach at LSU since 2012.[2]


  1. ^ ITF Tennis Profile
  2. ^ a b "Michael Sell". lsusports.net. Retrieved 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k ATP World Tour Profile

External links

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