Benjamin Mitchell (tennis)

Benjamin "Ben" Mitchell (born 30 November 1992) is an Australian professional tennis player who as of March 2021 is unranked by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP).[1]

Benjamin Mitchell
Benjamin Mitchell, 2015 Wimbledon Qualifying - Diliff.jpg
Country (sports) Australia
ResidenceGold Coast, Australia
Born (1992-11-30) 30 November 1992 (age 30)
Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
Height6' 0"
Turned pro2008
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
CoachDesmond Tyson
Prize money$302,377
Singles
Career record0–5
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 204 (2 March 2015)
Grand Slam singles results
Australian Open1R (2012, 2013)
French OpenQ1 (2012, 2015, 2016)
WimbledonQ2 (2015)
US OpenQ1 (2014, 2016)
Doubles
Career record1–4
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 303 (27 January 2014)
Grand Slam doubles results
Australian Open2R (2014)
Grand Slam mixed doubles results
Australian Open1R (2012, 2016)
Last updated on: 15 July 2021.

As a junior, Mitchell enjoyed a successful career in which he reached one junior grand slam singles final at the 2010 Wimbledon Championships and reached a ranking of World No. 20. In January 2012, he competed in his first ATP main draw event at the Brisbane International. His last appearance, to date, was at an ITF event in Toowoomba, Australia, in October 2018.

Personal lifeEdit

Mitchell is the younger brother of former Home and Away actor, Luke Mitchell. Mitchell comes from a tennis-loving family and also has two other brothers and one sister.[citation needed] He has a daughter named Zara.[2][3]

In December 2015, Mitchell withdrew from the final round of the 2016 Australian Open Main Draw Wildcard playoff to be present for the birth of his daughter. Mitchell has coached at Brisbane Boys College.[4]

Junior careerEdit

Mitchell competed in his first junior ITF under 18 event in December 2005 as a 13-year-old, he was beaten soundly in the first round by James Wong 6–3 6–1. Mitchell had varying success between Australian and New Zealand tournaments through 2006–2008 which included his first final in Darwin. Mitchell stopped playing junior tournaments in 2009 to focus on senior tournaments and in doing so entered his last season as a junior in 2010 without a ranking. Tennis Australia provided wildcards into the Traralgon International and the Australian Open junior event and Mitchell did not disappoint. He reached the final of the Traralgon International and the quarterfinals of the Australian Open juniors event. Following his successful Australian summer Mitchell won his first and only junior title in Nonthaburi, Thailand where he defeated Suk-Young Jeong in the final 7–5 6–3.

In the last event Mitchell ever entered he recorded his best result as he went through qualifying to reach the final of the 2010 Junior Wimbledon Championships where he lost in straight sets to Márton Fucsovics 4–6 4–6.[5]

Junior singles titles (1)Edit

Legend (singles)
Grand Slam (0)
Grade A (0)
Grade B (0)
Grade 1–5 (1)
No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
1. 13 March 2010 Nonthaburi Hard   Suk-Young Jeong 7–5, 6–3

Junior Grand Slam finalsEdit

Singles: 1 (1 runner-up)Edit

Result Year Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Loss 2010 Wimbledon Grass   Marton Fucsovics 4–6, 4–6

Professional careerEdit

2010 – 2012Edit

In June, Mitchell participated in a futures tournament in Australia, where he lost in straight sets in the first round to Krishananth Balakrishnan of Australia.[6] In November 2010, Mitchell entered the Australian Open Wild Card Play-offs, hoping to win himself a main draw wild card for the 2011 Australian Open. However, Mitchell lost to fellow Australian and fourth seed, Matthew Ebden in the quarterfinals.

At the 2011 Australian Open, Mitchell received a wild card into the Men's Doubles along with James Duckworth, but they were defeated in the first round by Daniel Nestor and Max Mirnyi.[7]

Mitchell won his first futures title in February (Australia F2) against Michael Look.

Mitchell played in the 2012 Australian Open but lost in the first round to John Isner 4–6, 4–6, 6–7.

2013Edit

Mitchell started his year at the 2013 Brisbane International after he was awarded a wildcard. he lost in the first round to Marcos Baghdatis in straight sets. Mitchell received a wildcard into the 2013 Australian Open after winning the Australian Open Wildcard Playoff. He lost to countrymen James Duckworth in the first round in five sets. Mitchell then had two consecutive first round losses. The first at the 2013 McDonald's Burnie International to top seed John Millman and then at the 2013 Charles Sturt Adelaide International to Suk-Young Jeong.

In October, Mitchell won the Melbourne Challenger pairing Thanasi Kokkinakis. This was his first challenger title. However he lost in the opening round of the singles to Bradley Klahn in straight sets. Mitchell then reached the quarterfinals of the Traralgon Challenger where he lost to James Duckworth.

2014Edit

Mitchell began his year at the 2014 Brisbane International in qualifying where he defeated seventh seed Wayne Odesnik in the first round in straight sets. He lost in the second round in a third set tiebreak to Pierre-Hugues Herbert. Mitchell then played in qualifying at the 2014 Australian Open where he lost in the first round against John-Patrick Smith in straight sets. Mitchell partnered with Jordan Thompson in the Men's Doubles where they won their first round over Carlos Berlocq and Alejandro González in three sets. This marked the first match win that Mitchell or Thompson had at a Grand Slam. They lost in the second round against 14th seeds and eventual champions Łukasz Kubot and Robert Lindstedt. Mitchell then competed at the Burnie International where he defeated Luke Saville in the first round. He retired in the quarter finals. Mitchell lost in the first round of qualification for Wimbledon to Marius Copil. On 6 July, Mitchell won his first title of the year at the Canada F4, defeating the #1 seed Filip Peliwo 6–3, 2–6, 6–4.

2015: career highEdit

Mitchell lost in the first round of qualifying for the Australian Open to eventual qualifier Illya Marchenko before playing two challengers in Tasmania where he made the semi-final in Burnie and quarter final in Launceston. In late February, Mitchell made the second round of the Shimadzu Challenger where he won the doubles with Jordan Thompson. Mitchell reached a career high of 204 on 2 March 2015. In March, Mitchell played two events in China. He lost to eventual winner Kimmer Coppejans in round 1 of Guangzhou challenger and retired with a back injury in round 1 of the Shenzhen challenger. Mitchell didn't play again until the 2015 French Open where he lost in round 1 of qualifying before turning to grass, where he lost in round 1 of the Manchester Challenger to eventual winner Sam Groth. Mitchell then attempted to qualify for Wimbledon but lost in the second round. Mitchell won his first Challenger tournament, the Canberra International, defeating compatriot Luke Saville in the final 5–7 6–0 6–1.[8]

2016: hiatusEdit

Mitchell commenced 2016 with a wild card into the 2016 Brisbane International but lost in round 1 to Tobias Kamke. He made the second round of qualifying for the 2016 Australian Open and the quarter final of the Launceston Challenger before heading to Asia and North America. Mitchell returned to Australia in September and played two Futures tournaments. In November 2016, Mitchell decided to take an indefinite break from tennis until the "fire in the belly" returns.[9]

2017: returnEdit

In September Mitchell returned to play after a 10-month hiatus at the Australia F4 in Alice Springs. Mitchell told Tennis Australia "It’s early days, my first tournament back, but obviously I’m refreshed mentally" adding "I feel like I want to be here and I want to do well, so there’s obviously been a big change in mindset".[10] He lost in the second round. The following week, Mitchell made the final of the Australia F5 in Brisbane, losing to Bradley Mousley. He played the rest of the season in Australia, ending the year with a ranking of 734.


ATP Challenger and ITF Futures finalsEdit

Singles: 19 (10–9)Edit

Legend
ATP Challenger (1–0)
ITF Futures (9–9)
Finals by surface
Hard (8–9)
Clay (1–0)
Grass (1–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0–1 Dec 2010 Australia F13, Bendigo Futures Hard   Sam Groth 6–7(7–9), 4–6
Win 1–1 Mar 2011 Australia F2, Berri Futures Grass   Michael Look 2–6, 6–4, 6–3
Win 2–1 Jun 2011 Spain F21, Melilla Futures Hard   Roberto Ortega-Olmedo 6–3, 6–1
Loss 2–2 Jul 2011 Great Britain F11, Chiswick Futures Hard   Chris Eaton 5–7, 1–6
Loss 2–3 Sep 2011 Australia F5, Alice Springs Futures Hard   Michael Look 4–6, 4–6
Loss 2–4 Sep 2011 Australia F6, Cairns Futures Hard   James Lemke 1–6, 6–4, 3–6
Win 3–4 Oct 2011 Australia F8, Esperance Futures Hard   Matt Reid 6–1, 6–4
Loss 3–5 Oct 2011 Australia F9, Kalgoorlie Futures Hard   Brydan Klein 5–7, 3–6
Win 4–5 Nov 2011 Australia F12, Traralgon Futures Hard   Michael Venus 7–6(7–3), 6–7(2–7), 6–0
Loss 4–6 Nov 2011 Australia F13, Bendigo Futures Hard   Matt Reid 6–7(6–8), 6–4, 1–6
Win 5–6 Oct 2012 Australia F11, Traralgon Futures Hard   Luke Saville 6–3, 2–6, 6–1
Loss 5–7 Nov 2012 Australia F12, Bendigo Futures Hard   John Millman 3–6, 3–6
Win 6–7 May 2013 Thailand F1, Bangkok Futures Hard   Karunuday Singh 6–3, 1–6, 7–6(7–2)
Win 7–7 Jun 2013 Korea F5, Gyeongsan Futures Hard   Hiroki Kondo 7–6(7–4), 7–6(7–3)
Win 8–7 Jul 2014 Canada F4, Kelowna Futures Hard   Filip Peliwo 6–3, 2–6, 6–4
Loss 8–8 Dec 2014 Thailand F11, Bangkok Futures Hard   Danai Udomchoke 0–6, 6–3, 3–6
Win 9–8 Nov 2015 Canberra, Australia Challenger Clay   Luke Saville 5–7, 6–0, 6–1
Win 10–8 Nov 2015 Australia F10, Wollongong Futures Hard   Sebastian Fanselow 6–1, 6–4
Loss 10–9 Oct 2017 Australia F5, Brisbane Futures Hard   Bradley Mousley 6–3. 4–6, 2–6


Doubles: 5 (3–2)Edit

Legend
ATP Challenger (2–1)
ITF Futures (1–1)
Finals by surface
Hard (3–2)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1–0 Oct 2012 Australia F9, Esperance Futures Hard   Alex Bolt   Adam Feeney
  Zach Itzstein
6–2, 6–3
Win 2–0 Oct 2013 Melbourne, Australia Challenger Hard   Thanasi Kokkinakis   Andrew Whittington
  Alex Bolt
6–3, 6–2
Win 3–0 Mar 2015 Kyoto, Japan Challenger Hard   Jordan Thompson   Go Soeda
  Yasutaka Uchiyama
6–3, 6–2
Loss 3–1 Aug 2015 Thailand F6, Bangkok Futures Hard   Jordan Thompson   Toshihide Matsui
  Christopher Rungkat
6–4, 3–6, [9–11]
Loss 3–2 Jul 2016 Winnipeg, Canada Challenger Hard   Jarryd Chaplin   Mitchell Krueger
  Daniel Nguyen
2–6, 5–7


Grand Slam singles performance timelineEdit

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# DNQ A NH
(W) winner; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (DNQ) did not qualify; (A) absent; (NH) not held; (SR) strike rate (events won / competed); (W–L) win–loss record.
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.
Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 SR W–L Win%
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open Q1 Q1 1R 1R Q1 Q1 Q2 A 0 / 2 0–2 0%
French Open A A Q1 A A Q1 Q1 A 0 / 0 0–0  – 
Wimbledon A A Q1 A Q1 Q2 A A 0 / 0 0–0  – 
US Open A A A A Q1 A Q1 A 0 / 0 0–0  – 
Win–loss 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–1 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0 / 2 0–2 0%
Year-end Ranking 612 227 327 265 236 231 494 735 Prize Money: $302,377

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Players | ATP Tour | Tennis".
  2. ^ O’Brien, Connor (8 October 2017). "Regret-free Mitchell back on court". Gold Coast Bulletin. Retrieved 9 February 2022.
  3. ^ Malone, Paul (2 January 2016). "Ben Mitchell plans to take new daughter Zara to Wimbledon at the age of six months". The Courier-Mail. Retrieved 9 February 2022.
  4. ^ "Gold Coast product Ben Mitchell to take an indefinite break from tennis and will instead coach". Gold Coast Bulletin. 16 November 2016. Retrieved 18 September 2017.
  5. ^ "Benjamin Mitchell loses Wimbledon junior final". Herald Sun. 5 July 2010. Retrieved 20 December 2011.
  6. ^ "Tennis – ATP World Tour – Tennis Players – Benjamin Mitchell". ATP World Tour. Retrieved 20 December 2011.
  7. ^ "Canadian Marino pushes Schiavone to the brink in Melbourne". The Globe and Mail. 19 January 2011. Retrieved 23 January 2011.
  8. ^ "Ben Mitchell downs 'best mate' Luke Saville in Canberra International final". Sydney Morning Herald. 8 November 2015. Retrieved 10 November 2015.
  9. ^ "Gold Coast product Ben Mitchell to take an indefinite break from tennis and will instead coach". Gold Coast Bulletin. 16 November 2016. Retrieved 18 September 2017.
  10. ^ "BEN MITCHELL RETURNS IN ALICE SPRINGS". Tennis Australia. 17 September 2017. Retrieved 18 September 2017.

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