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Ben Ellwood (born 12 March 1976) is a former professional tennis player from Australia.

Ben Ellwood
Country (sports)Australia Australia
ResidenceSouth Melbourne
Born (1976-03-12) 12 March 1976 (age 43)
Canberra, Australia
Height5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Turned pro1994
PlaysRight-handed
Prize money$388,461
Singles
Career record4–14
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 140 (28 October 1996)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open2R (1996)
Wimbledon1R (1997)
US Open1R (1996)
Doubles
Career record32–50
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 66 (18 March 2002)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open3R (1999, 2000)
French Open2R (2001)
Wimbledon3R (2000)
US OpenQF (1999)

CareerEdit

An outstanding junior, Ellwood won the boys' singles at the 1994 Australian Open, defeating Andrew Ilie in the final. He was the boys' doubles champion as well (with Mark Philippoussis) and also went on to win the boys' doubles at the 1994 Wimbledon Championships and 1994 US Open (with Philippousssis and Nicolás Lapentti, respectively). This made Ellwood the first ever player to win the boys' doubles at the Australian Open, Wimbledon Championships and US Open in the same year.

Ellwood made his Grand Slam debut in the 1995 Australian Open and came close to upsetting world number 46 Fabrice Santoro in the opening round. He lost the encounter in five sets, but had a chance to win the match in a fourth set tiebreak, which the Frenchman won 9–7. His only Grand Slam singles win came in Australia a year later, when he beat Olivier Delaître. As a doubles player he had much more success, with his best result being a quarter-finals berth at the 1999 US Open, with Michael Tebbutt as his partner. The pair defeated 10th seeds Yevgeny Kafelnikov and Daniel Vacek along the way. He also competed in the mixed doubles and made the second round of two Grand Slams in 2002, at the Australian Open and Wimbledon, both times with Evie Dominikovic. These would be the only two occasions he won a Grand Slam mixed doubles match but he only twice played with his younger sister, Annabel Ellwood, in the 1998 Australian Open and 1999 Wimbledon Championships.[1]

On the ATP Tour, Ellwood made his only final when he and David Adams were doubles runners-up in the 2002 Delray Beach International Tennis Championships. Previously he had been a doubles quarter-finalist in Queen's with Michael Hill and made doubles semi-finals at Hong Kong in 1999 and Bucharest in 2001.[2]

ATP career finalsEdit

Doubles: 1 (0–1)Edit

Outcome No. Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1. 2002   Delray Beach, United States Hard   David Adams   Martin Damm
  Cyril Suk
4–6, 7–6(7–5), [5–10]

Challenger titlesEdit

Singles: (2)Edit

No. Year Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
1. 1996   Bristol, Great Britain Grass   Nick Weal 6–4, 6–3
2. 1996   Manchester, Great Britain Grass   Fernon Wibier 6–4, 6–4

Doubles: (6)Edit

No. Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
1. 1994   Perth, Australia Grass   Mark Philippoussis   Wayne Arthurs
  Neil Borwick
7–5, 7–6
2. 1998   Lexington, United States Hard   Lleyton Hewitt   Paul Goldstein
  Jim Thomas
5–7, 6–3, 6–2
3. 2001   Surbiton, Great Britain Grass   David Adams   Jeff Coetzee
  Marcos Ondruska
7–6(7–5), 6–4
4. 2001   Manchester, Great Britain Grass   Fredrik Lovén   Wesley Moodie
  Shaun Rudman
4–6, 7–5, 6–4
5. 2002   Brest, France Hard   Stephen Huss   Jonathan Erlich
  Andy Ram
6–1, 6–4
6. 2002   Wroclaw, Poland Hard   Stephen Huss   Aleksandar Kitinov
  Johan Landsberg
6–7(3–7), 7–5, 7–6(8–6)

ReferencesEdit