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Robert Kendrick

Robert Kendrick
KendrickUSOpenQualys.jpeg
Country (sports) United States
ResidenceOrlando, Florida, United States
Born (1979-11-15) November 15, 1979 (age 43)
Fresno, California, United States
Height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Turned pro2000
Retired2014
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize moneyUS$1,363,211
Singles
Career record35-78
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 69 (20 July 2009)
Grand Slam singles results
Australian Open1R (2007, 2008, 2009)
French Open2R (2009)
Wimbledon2R (2006)
US Open2R (2008, 2009)
Doubles
Career record31-42
Career titles1
Highest rankingNo. 77 (4 February 2008)
Grand Slam doubles results
Australian Open1R (2004, 2007, 2008)
French Open1R (2007, 2009)
Wimbledon2R (2009)
US OpenQF (2007)
Grand Slam mixed doubles results
US Open2R (2008)
Last updated on: 1 July 2022.

Robert Bradley Kendrick (born November 15, 1979) is an American retired professional tennis player. He turned professional in 2000. His career-high singles ranking is World No. 69, achieved in July 2009.

Early life

Robert Kendrick was born to Tom and Doris Kendrick and began playing tennis at the age of 5. Tom is a real estate appraiser and Doris is a housewife. Kendrick has three older siblings: Kerry, Tommy, and Scott. He graduated from Bullard High School in 1997. In 1996, he led his team to an undefeated section championship.

College and junior tennis career

Kendrick has been called a serve-and-volley player.[1] Kendrick's main strengths are his serve and his forehand.

Throughout high school, he competed in junior tennis and enjoyed some intermittent success. In 1996, he was the runner-up in singles at the 1996 USTA Boys' 18s National Indoor Championships. Then in 1997, he reached the final in doubles of the Easter Bowl and reached the singles final and took the doubles title at the USTA International Grass Court Championships. In 1998, he attended the University of Washington, earning All-American in singles and doubles as a sophomore, with a record of 31-9 and got as high as no. 3 in the collegiate rankings that year. He then transferred to Pepperdine University for his junior year and again attained All-American with an 18-10 record. He reached the round of 16 at the NCAA Men's Tennis Championship, where he lost to Jeff Morrison. In 2001, he and Michael Russell won the doubles championship at the USTA Futures event in Mobile, Alabama.[2]

2006

In 2006, Kendrick entered the top 100 for the first time in his career, ending the year at world no. 87. Consequently, 2006 is generally considered to be Kendrick's breakthrough year to date.

Kendrick got to the second round of the 2006 ATP Delray Beach International Tennis Championships. He defeated Kevin Kim 6-4, 7-5 in the first round, but lost to eighth seed Vincent Spadea 4-6, 1-6, in his second-round match.

Kendrick went into Wimbledon ranked world no. 237. In his first match, he beat Yen-Hsun Lu 7-6, 6-3, 6-0. In the second round, he lost to second seed, Rafael Nadal. The Spaniard had to come back for only the second time in his career from two sets down to beat Kendrick 6-7, 3-6, 7-6, 7-5, 6-4. Kendrick's performance surprised many. Up until the final, Kendrick was the only player in the tournament to take sets from Nadal. The Spaniard lost the final to top-seeded Swiss Roger Federer.

Kendrick played in the Campbell's Hall of Fame Tenis Championships in Newport, Rhode Island. He made it to the quarterfinals, but was beaten by Andy Murray 0-6, 0-6.

He made amends for the defeat by winning the doubles title with his Austrian playing partner Jürgen Melzer. In the final, the duo beat South African Jeff Coetzee and American Justin Gimelstob.

2007

In 2007, Kendrick played in all four Grand Slam tournaments. In January at the Australian Open, he drew Rafael Nadal in the first round and lost 6-7, 3-6, 2-6, committing six double faults and having a low percentage of second-serve points won (38%). Kendrick subsequently lost in the first round of several tournaments before reaching the third round at the Sony Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne, Florida, where he was defeated in straight sets by Andy Murray. At the French Open, Kendrick again fell in the first round, losing in four sets to world no. 134 Juan Pablo Brzezicki of Argentina, again thanks to six double faults and a low percentage of second serve points won (this time, 46%).

At the Queen's Club Championships in June, he reached the second round and won a set against Novak Djokovic. At Wimbledon, however, he was not able to reach the second round as he had the previous year, losing a five-setter to Tommy Robredo. He went 1-3 in the US Open Series, before falling to Igor Andreev of Russia in the first round of the US Open itself 6-7, 3-6, 4-6. Again, his second serve was a weakness: he won just 42% of second-serve points and double-faulted five times.

While 2007 was largely a lackluster year for Kendrick on the main ATP circuit, he did win three Challenger events: Dallas, Calabasas, and Knoxville. In Calabasas, Kendrick had to defeat two up-and-coming fellow Americans, John Isner and Donald Young, in the semifinals and finals, respectively.

2008

Kendrick kicked off 2008 by playing in the Australian Open, where he lost in the first round to fellow American Amer Delic, then ranked no. 136 4-6, 5-7, 2-6. Although Kendrick won 76% of points where he got his first serve in, he only won 36% of points where he did not. He was broken five times. Later in that year, he joined up with the apparel company Athletic DNA.

2009

Kendrick began the year with a loss in the first round of the 2009 Australian Open to Robin Söderling 7-5, 4-6, 4-6, 5-7. He made it to the second round of the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships, before losing to Evgeny Korolev 6-3, 6-6, 5-7, then losing to David Nalbandian in the second round of the BNP Paribas Open 4-6, 4-6. He beat Söderling in the second round of the Sony Ericsson Open, then lost in the third round to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 5-7, 4-6.

Kendrick did not make it out of the first rounds of the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships or the Estoril Open. At the 2009 French Open, he beat Daniel Brands 6-7, 7-5, 7-6, 4-6, 6-3, to advance to the second round for the first time in his career, where he lost 5-7, 0-6, 1-6, to Gilles Simon, who had also defeated him at the Estoril Open.

In the first round at Wimbledon, he was beaten by Andy Murray 5-7, 7-6, 3-6, 4-6.[3]

2011

During the 2011 French Open, Kendrick tested positive for the drug methylhexanamine, which has been banned in sport since 2010. According to Kendrick, he unwittingly ingested the drug when taking a pill to combat jet lag.

The ITF ruled in July 2011 that he would be banned from the sport for 12 months, effective from May 22, 2011. The ITF also ruled that Kendrick's first-round finish at the 2011 French Open be disqualified, and his ranking points and prize money be taken away.[4]

Kendrick received vocal public support from a number of prominent players, including James Blake, John Isner, and Andy Murray. In interviews, Blake and Isner specifically contrasted his case with that of Wayne Odesnik, who had just returned to active play after his own suspension for possession of human growth hormone.[5]

Kendrick's ban was subsequently decreased to 8 months by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.[6]

ATP career finals

Doubles: 2 (1 title, 1 runner-up)

Legend
Grand Slam Tournaments (0-0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0-0)
ATP Masters 1000 Series (0-0)
ATP 500 Series (0-0)
ATP 250 Series (1-1)
Finals by surface
Hard (0-1)
Clay (0-0)
Grass (1-0)
Carpet (0-0)
Finals by setting
Outdoors (1-0)
Indoors (0-1)
Result W-L Date Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0-1 Feb 2003 San Jose, United States International Series Hard United States Paul Goldstein South Korea Lee Hyung-Taik
Belarus Vladimir Voltchkov
5-7, 6-4, 3-6
Win 1-1 Jul 2003 Newport, United States International Series Grass Austria Jurgen Melzer South Africa Jeff Coetzee
United States Justin Gimelstob
7-6(7-3), 6-0


ATP Challenger and ITF Futures finals

Singles: 26 (12-14)

Legend
ATP Challenger (10-12)
ITF Futures (2-2)
Finals by surface
Hard (11-12)
Clay (1-2)
Grass (0-0)
Carpet (0-0)


Result W-L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0-1 Jul 2000 USA F17, Chico Futures Hard United States Zack Fleishman 6-4, 5-7, 4-6
Loss 0-2 Apr 2001 USA F9, Stone Mountain Futures Hard Russia Andrey Cherkasov 1-6, 1-6
Win 1-2 Apr 2001 USA F10, Elkin Futures Hard United States Jack Brasington 2-6, 6-4, 6-3
Win 2-2 Jun 2002 USA F13, Fresno Futures Hard United States Zack Fleishman 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
Win 3-2 Sep 2002 Tulsa, United States Challenger Hard Brazil Daniel Melo 6-3, 6-3
Loss 3-3 Nov 2003 Austin, United States Challenger Hard United States Paul Goldstein 3-6, 3-6
Win 4-3 Oct 2004 Austin, United States Challenger Hard South Africa Wesley Whitehouse 7-5, 6-7(2-7), 6-2
Loss 4-4 Oct 2004 Burbank, United States Challenger Hard United States Kevin Kim 5-7, 6-1, 3-6
Loss 4-5 Feb 2006 Dallas, United States Challenger Hard United States Kevin Kim 6-1, 4-6, 1-6
Win 5-5 May 2006 Forest Hills, United States Challenger Clay United States Cecil Mamiit 6-2, 6-2
Win 6-5 Nov 2006 Puebla, Mexico Challenger Hard Argentina Leonardo Mayer 7-5, 6-4
Win 7-5 Feb 2007 Dallas, United States Challenger Hard Germany Benedikt Dorsch 6-3, 6-4
Loss 7-6 May 2007 Naples, United States Challenger Clay United States Bobby Reynolds 6-7(5-7), 4-6
Win 8-6 Oct 2007 Calabasas, United States Challenger Hard United States Donald Young 3-6, 7-6(7-4), 6-4
Win 9-6 Nov 2007 Knoxville, United States Challenger Hard United States Kevin Kim 3-6, 6-2, 6-4
Loss 9-7 Apr 2008 Tallahassee, United States Challenger Hard United States Bobby Reynolds 7-5, 4-6, 3-6
Loss 9-8 May 2008 Bradenton, United States Challenger Clay United States Jesse Levine 3-6, 7-5, 6-7(3-7)
Loss 9-9 Jul 2008 Lexington, United States Challenger Hard India Somdev Devvarman 3-6, 3-6
Loss 9-10 Oct 2008 Sacramento, United States Challenger Hard United States Donald Young 4-6, 1-6
Win 10-10 Nov 2008 Louisville, United States Challenger Hard United States Donald Young 6-1, 6-1
Win 11-10 Nov 2008 Nashville, United States Challenger Hard India Somdev Devvarman 6-3, 7-5
Loss 11-11 May 2010 Carson, United States Challenger Hard United States Donald Young 4-6, 4-6
Loss 11-12 Aug 2010 Binghamton, United States Challenger Hard Japan Kei Nishikori 3-6, 6-7(4-7)
Loss 11-13 Oct 2010 Sacramento, United States Challenger Hard Australia John Millman 3-6, 2-6
Win 12-13 Nov 2010 Charlottesville, United States Challenger Hard United States Michael Shabaz 6-2, 6-3
Loss 12-14 Nov 2010 Knoxville, United States Challenger Hard Japan Kei Nishikori 1-6, 4-6

Doubles: 30 (12-18)

Legend
ATP Challenger (9-15)
ITF Futures (3-3)
Finals by surface
Hard (11-16)
Clay (1-2)
Grass (0-0)
Carpet (0-0)
Result W-L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1-0 Dec 1999 USA F22, Phoenix Futures Hard United States Diego Ayala Israel Oren Motevassel
Germany Alexander Waske
6-1, 6-3
Win 2-0 Jun 2000 USA F16, Redding Futures Hard United States Zack Fleishman United States Trace Fielding
Mexico David Roditi
7-6(9-7), 6-1
Loss 2-1 Jul 2000 USA F17, Chico Futures Clay United States Zack Fleishman United States Michael Joyce
Australia Luke Smith
6-7(3-7), 7-6(7-3), 1-6
Loss 2-2 Aug 2000 USA F22, Godfrey Futures Hard United States Jason Cook United States Jeff Laski
United States Gavin Sontag
2-4, 4-5(4-7), 4-2, 2-4
Win 3-2 Apr 2001 USA F7, Mobile Futures Hard United States Michael Russell South Africa Vaughan Snyman
Israel Nir Welgreen
6-1, 6-4
Loss 3-3 Apr 2001 USA F9, Stone Mountain Futures Hard United States Brandon Hawk United States Gavin Sontag
Canada Jerry Turek
6-1, 4-6, 3-6
Loss 3-4 Jun 2001 Tallahassee, United States Challenger Hard United States Brandon Hawk Australia Matthew Breen
Australia Lee Pearson
4-6, 2-6
Loss 3-5 Jul 2001 Granby, Canada Challenger Hard United States Brandon Hawk Canada Bobby Kokavec
United States Jeff Morrison
4-6, 4-6
Win 4-5 Jul 2001 Aptos, United States Challenger Hard United States Brandon Hawk United States Kelly Gullett
United States Gavin Sontag
7-5, 7-5
Win 5-5 Oct 2001 Kerrville, United States Challenger Hard United States Brandon Hawk United States Mardy Fish
United States Jeff Morrison
6-3, 6-7(7-9), 6-3
Loss 5-6 Aug 2002 Binghamton, United States Challenger Hard Israel Amir Hadad United States Paul Goldstein
United States Scott Humphries
6-4, 6-7(1-7), 5-7
Win 6-6 Oct 2002 San Antonio, United States Challenger Hard United States Diego Ayala United States Hugo Armando
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dusan Vemic
6-2, 6-4
Loss 6-7 Nov 2002 Puebla, Mexico Challenger Hard United States Diego Ayala Mexico Miguel Gallardo-Valles
Mexico Alejandro Hernandez
1-6, 7-5, 6-7(3-7)
Win 7-7 Jan 2003 Waikoloa, United States Challenger Hard United States Diego Ayala United States Levar Harper-Griffith
United States Alex Kim
4-6, 7-6(7-2), 6-2
Win 8-7 Apr 2003 Paget, Bermuda Challenger Clay The Bahamas Mark Merklein Australia Ashley Fisher
Australia Andrew Kratzmann
6-3, 3-1 ret.
Loss 8-8 May 2003 Birmingham, United States Challenger Clay United States Paul Goldstein Brazil Josh Goffi
United States Travis Parrott
4-6, 6-2, 2-6
Loss 8-9 Oct 2003 Tiburon, United States Challenger Hard United States Diego Ayala United States Brandon Coupe
United States Justin Gimelstob
6-0, 3-6, 6-7(3-7)
Loss 8-10 Oct 2003 Torrance, United States Challenger Hard United States Diego Ayala Paraguay Ramon Delgado
Brazil Andre Sa
3-6, 4-6
Loss 8-11 Oct 2004 Austin, United States Challenger Hard United States Brian Vahaly Brazil Andre Sa
Brazil Bruno Soares
3-6, 1-6
Loss 8-12 Oct 2004 Tiburon, United States Challenger Hard United States Brandon Coupe Brazil Andre Sa
Brazil Bruno Soares
2-6, 3-6
Loss 8-13 Jun 2006 Busan, South Korea Challenger Hard United States Cecil Mamiit United States Scott Lipsky
United States Todd Widom
3-6, 7-6(7-2), [7-10]
Win 9-13 Oct 2006 Calabasas, United States Challenger Hard Philippines Cecil Mamiit Israel Harel Levy
United States Sam Warburg
5-7, 6-4, [10-5]
Loss 9-14 Nov 2006 Louisville, United States Challenger Hard United States Amer Delic Netherlands Robin Haase
Netherlands Igor Sijsling
walkover
Win 10-14 Oct 2007 Sacramento, United States Challenger Hard United States Brian Wilson United States John-Paul Fruttero
United States Sam Warburg
7-5, 7-6(10-8)
Loss 10-15 Oct 2007 Calabasas, United States Challenger Hard Philippines Cecil Mamiit United States John Isner
United States Brian Wilson
6-7(10-12), 6-4, [8-10]
Loss 10-16 Apr 2008 Tallahassee, United States Challenger Hard United States Ryan Sweeting United States Rajeev Ram
United States Bobby Reynolds
walkover
Loss 10-17 Apr 2010 Tallahassee, United States Challenger Hard United States Bobby Reynolds Australia Stephen Huss
Australia Joseph Sirianni
2-6, 4-6
Win 11-17 Oct 2010 Tiburon, United States Challenger Hard United States Travis Rettenmaier United States Ryler DeHeart
Canada Pierre-Ludovic Duclos
6-1, 6-4
Win 12-17 Nov 2010 Charlottesville, United States Challenger Hard United States Donald Young United States Ryler DeHeart
Canada Pierre-Ludovic Duclos
7-6(7-5), 7-6(7-3)
Loss 12-18 Jan 2011 Honolulu, United States Challenger Hard United States Alex Kuznetsov United States Travis Rettenmaier
United States Ryan Harrison
walkover


Performance timelines

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# P# DNQ A Z# PO G S B NMS NTI P NH
(W) winner; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (P#) preliminary round; (DNQ) did not qualify; (A) absent; (Z#) Davis/Fed Cup Zonal Group (with number indication) or (PO) play-off; (G) gold, (S) silver or (B) bronze Olympic/Paralympic medal; (NMS) not a Masters tournament; (NTI) not a Tier I tournament; (P) postponed; (NH) not held; (SR) strike rate (events won / competed); (W-L) win-loss record.

Singles

Tournament 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 SR W-L Win%
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A Q3 Q2 A A A 1R 1R 1R Q2 A A A A 0 / 3 0-3 0%
French Open A Q1 A Q3 Q1 A 1R A 2R A 1R A A A 0 / 3 1-3 25%
Wimbledon Q1 Q2 1R Q2 Q1 2R 1R Q3 1R 1R A A A A 0 / 5 1-5 17%
US Open Q1 Q3 1R Q1 A 1R 1R 2R 2R 1R A A A A 0 / 6 2-6 25%
Win-loss 0-0 0-0 0-2 0-0 0-0 1-2 0-4 1-2 2-4 0-2 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 / 17 4-17 19%
ATP Tour Masters 1000
Indian Wells A A A Q2 Q1 A 1R Q2 2R Q1 Q1 A A Q1 0 / 2 1-2 33%
Miami A A Q2 Q2 A A 3R Q1 3R Q1 1R A A A 0 / 3 3-3 50%
Canada A A A A A 1R A A A A A A A A 0 / 1 0-1 0%
Cincinnati A A 1R A A A Q1 A Q2 A A A A A 0 / 1 0-1 0%
Paris A A A A A A A A Q2 A A A A A 0 / 0 0-0  - 
Win-loss 0-0 0-0 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-1 1-2 0-0 3-2 0-0 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 / 7 4-7 36%

Doubles

Tournament 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 SR W-L Win%
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A A 1R A A 1R 1R A A 0 / 3 0-3 0%
French Open A A A A A A 1R A 1R A 0 / 2 0-2 0%
Wimbledon A 1R 1R A A A A Q2 2R A 0 / 3 1-3 25%
US Open 1R A A A A 1R QF 1R 3R 2R 0 / 6 6-6 50%
Win-loss 0-1 0-1 0-1 0-1 0-0 0-1 3-3 0-2 3-3 1-1 0 / 14 7-14 33%

References

  1. ^ "Tennis: Serve and volley springs into action".
  2. ^ "Michael Russell: Circuit Player of the Week". USTA. May 25, 2008. Retrieved 2013.
  3. ^ "Murray v Kendrick as it happened". BBC News. June 23, 2009. Retrieved 2010.
  4. ^ Anti-doping press release over failed drugs test for Methylhexaneamine, itftennis.com, July 27, 2011
  5. ^ Ben Rothenburg (August 4, 2011). "Wayne Odesnik, The Most Hated Man In Tennis". SBNation.
  6. ^ Brian Homewood (August 22, 2011). "Doping: U.S. tennis player Kendrick's ban cut to eight months". Reuters. Retrieved 2016.

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