Andrew Richardson (tennis)

Andrew Richardson (born 14 March 1974) is a former professional tennis player from Great Britain.

Andrew Richardson
Country (sports)United Kingdom Great Britain
ResidenceBourne, England
Born (1974-03-14) 14 March 1974 (age 46)
Peterborough, England
Height6 ft 7 in (201 cm)
Turned pro1992
Retired2000
PlaysLeft-handed
CoachDavid Sammel
Prize money$246,675
Singles
Career record6-14
Career titles0
1 Challenger
Highest rankingNo. 133 (3 November 1997)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenQ3 (1997, 1998)
French OpenQ1 (1997, 1998)
Wimbledon3R (1997)
US OpenQ3 (1996)
Doubles
Career record15-31
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 96 (21 October 1996)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open2R (1997)
French Open1R (1996)
Wimbledon2R (1992, 1995, 1996)
US Open2R (1996)

CareerEdit

Richardson competed in the singles draw of a Grand Slam three times, all at Wimbledon and on each occasions as a wildcard. In both 1992 and 1998 he lost in the opening round, to Marc Rosset and Hicham Arazi respectively. However, in the 1997 Wimbledon Championships he reached the third round, with wins over Spanish qualifier Sergi Duran in straight sets and then another Spaniard Juan Albert Viloca, in five sets. He was eliminated by countryman Greg Rusedski in the third round.[1]

He was more successful as a doubles player, winning five tournament on the ATP Challenger Tour. One of those, at Seoul in 1995, was one with Tim Henman as his partner. The pair also reached the semi finals of the 1996 Czech Indoor tournament, an ATP Tour event. Richardson would later be a best man at Henman's wedding.[2]

In 1997, Richardson represented an understrength Great Britain Davis Cup team against Zimbabwe. He defeated Byron Black in a singles match, to level the tie at 1-1 but his second match, against Byron's brother Wayne, which Richardson lost, was a dead-rubber, with Zimbabwe having already secured the tie.[3]

He is now a tennis coach and has worked with British players Ross Hutchins, Miles Kasiri and Alan Mackin.

Challenger TitlesEdit

Singles: (1)Edit

No. Year Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
1. 1997   Urbana, United States Hard   Cecil Mamiit 6–7, 7–6, 6–3

Doubles: (5)Edit

No. Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
1. 1995   Seoul, South Korea Clay   Tim Henman   Filippo Messori
  Vincenzo Santopadre
6–2, 6–1
2. 1995   Rogaška Slatina, Slovenia Carpet   Mark Petchey   Patrick Baur
  Joost Winnink
6–7, 6–4, 6–4
3. 1996   Bristol, Great Britain Grass   Petr Pala   Lionel Barthez
  Patrick Baur
6–2, 6–4
4. 1998   Lippstadt, Germany Carpet   Myles Wakefield   Raemon Sluiter
  Peter Wessels
4–6, 7–6, 6–4
5. 1998   Lübeck, Germany Carpet   Lorenzo Manta   Stephane Simian
  Tuomas Ketola
7–6, 6–2

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