Donald Johnson

Donald James "Don" Johnson (born September 9, 1968) is a former professional tennis player from the United States who reached the World No. 1 doubles ranking in 2002. Although born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, he was raised and learned the sport of tennis in the Pittsburgh suburb of Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania.[1] Johnson attended Fairview High School in Erie, Pennsylvania, and won the PIAA State Singles Championship in 1984. During his career, he won the Wimbledon men's doubles title in 2001 (partnering Jared Palmer), and the Wimbledon mixed doubles title in 2000 (partnering Kimberly Po). He also won the doubles title at the Tennis Masters Cup in 2000 (partnering Piet Norval). He won a total of 23 top-level doubles titles.

Donald Johnson
Country (sports) United States
ResidenceAtlanta, Georgia
Born (1968-09-09) September 9, 1968 (age 53)
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Turned pro1992
PlaysLeft-handed
Prize money$2,294,044
Singles
Career record7–16
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 194 (April 22, 1996)
Grand Slam Singles results
French Open2R (1995)
Doubles
Career record318–238
Career titles23
Highest rankingNo. 1 (January 28, 2002)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenSF (2002)
French OpenQF (1996, 1998)
WimbledonW (2001)
US OpenF (2001)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian OpenSF (2003)
French OpenQF (1998, 2000)
WimbledonW (2000)
US OpenF (1999)

Prior to turning professional, Johnson played collegiate tennis for the University of North Carolina from 1987 to 1991. As a youngster, he earned the Sportsmanship Award at the USTA National Junior Championships in 1986.

Grand Slam finalsEdit

Doubles: 1 (1–1)Edit

Result Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 2001 Wimbledon Grass   Jared Palmer   Jiří Novák
  David Rikl
6–4, 4–6, 6–3, 7–6(8–6)
Loss 2001 US Open Hard   Jared Palmer   Wayne Black
  Kevin Ullyett
6–7(9–11), 6–2, 3–6

Mixed doubles: 2 (1–1)Edit

Result Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 1999 US Open Hard   Kimberly Po   Ai Sugiyama
  Mahesh Bhupathi
4–6, 4–6
Win 2000 Wimbledon Grass   Kimberly Po   Kim Clijsters
  Lleyton Hewitt
6–4, 7–6(7–3)

Career finalsEdit

Doubles: 35 (23–12)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam (1)
Tennis Masters Cup (1)
ATP Masters Series (2)
ATP International Series Gold (3)
ATP Tour (16)
Wins by surface
Hard (13)
Clay (6)
Grass (3)
Carpet (1)
Result No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1. Mar 1996 Mexico City, Mexico Clay   Francisco Montana   Nicolás Pereira
  Emilio Sánchez
6–2, 6–4
Win 2. Aug 1996 Amsterdam, Netherlands Clay   Francisco Montana   Rikard Bergh
  Jack Waite
6–4, 3–6, 6–2
Win 3. Apr 1997 Monte Carlo, Monaco Clay   Francisco Montana   Jacco Eltingh
  Paul Haarhuis
7–6, 2–6, 7–6
Loss 1. Jul 1997 Stuttgart Outdoor, Germany Clay   Francisco Montana   Gustavo Kuerten
  Fernando Meligeni
4–6, 4–6
Loss 2. Oct 1997 Ostrava, Czech Republic Carpet   Francisco Montana   Jiří Novák
  David Rikl
2–6, 4–6
Win 4. Feb 1998 Marseille, France Hard (i)   Francisco Montana   Mark Keil
  T. J. Middleton
6–4, 3–6, 6–3
Loss 3. Feb 1998 Dubai, UAE Hard   Francisco Montana   Mahesh Bhupathi
  Leander Paes
2–6, 5–7
Win 5. Apr 1998 Estoril, Portugal Clay   Francisco Montana   David Roditi
  Fernon Wibier
6–1, 2–6, 6–1
Win 6. May 1998 Hamburg, Germany Clay   Francisco Montana   David Adams
  Brett Steven
6–2, 7–5
Win 7. Oct 1998 Palermo, Italy Clay   Francisco Montana   Pablo Albano
  Daniel Orsanic
6–4, 7–6
Win 8. Apr 1999 Estoril, Portugal Clay   Tomás Carbonell   Jiří Novák
  David Rikl
6–3, 2–6, 6–1
Win 9. Jul 1999 Gstaad, Switzerland Clay   Cyril Suk   Aleksandar Kitinov
  Eric Taino
7–5, 7–6
Win 10. Feb 2000 Mexico City, Mexico Clay   Byron Black   Gastón Etlis
  Martín Rodríguez
6–3, 7–5
Win 11. Apr 2000 Estoril, Portugal Clay   Piet Norval   David Adams
  Joshua Eagle
6–4, 7–5
Win 12. Jun 2000 Nottingham, England Grass   Piet Norval   Ellis Ferreira
  Rick Leach
1–6, 6–4, 6–3
Loss 4. Jul 2000 Stuttgart Outdoor, Germany Clay   Lucas Arnold Ker   Jiří Novák
  David Rikl
7–5, 2–6, 3–6
Loss 5. Oct 2000 Toulouse, France Hard (i)   Piet Norval   Julien Boutter
  Fabrice Santoro
6–7, 6–4, 6–7
Win 13. Oct 2000 Basel, Switzerland Carpet   Piet Norval   Roger Federer
  Dominik Hrbatý
7–6, 4–6, 7–6
Loss 6. Nov 2000 Stuttgart Indoor, Germany Hard (i)   Piet Norval   Jiří Novák
  David Rikl
6–3, 3–6, 4–6
Win 14. Dec 2000 Doubles Championship, Bangalore Hard   Piet Norval   Mahesh Bhupathi
  Leander Paes
7–6, 6–3, 6–4
Win 15. Mar 2001 Acapulco, Mexico Clay   Gustavo Kuerten   David Adams
  Martín García
6–3, 7–6
Win 16. Mar 2001 Scottsdale, U.S. Hard   Jared Palmer   Marcelo Ríos
  Sjeng Schalken
7–6, 6–2
Loss 7. Apr 2001 Estoril, Portugal Clay   Nenad Zimonjić   Radek Štěpánek
  Michal Tabara
4–6, 1–6
Win 17. Apr 2001 Barcelona, Spain Clay   Jared Palmer   Tommy Robredo
  Fernando Vicente
7–6, 6–4
Win 18. May 2001 Majorca, Spain Clay   Jared Palmer   Feliciano López
  Francisco Roig
7–5, 6–3
Win 19. Jun 2001 Nottingham, England Grass   Jared Palmer   Paul Hanley
  Andrew Kratzmann
6–4, 6–2
Win 20. Jul 2001 Wimbledon, London Grass   Jared Palmer   Jiří Novák
  David Rikl
6–4, 4–6, 6–3, 7–6
Loss 8. Aug 2001 Montreal, Canada Hard   Jared Palmer   Jiří Novák
  David Rikl
4–6, 6–3, 3–6
Loss 9. Sep 2001 U.S. Open, New York Hard   Jared Palmer   Wayne Black
  Kevin Ullyett
6–7, 6–2, 3–6
Win 21. Oct 2001 Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i)   Jared Palmer   Jonas Björkman
  Todd Woodbridge
6–3, 4–6, 6–3
Win 22. Jan 2002 Doha, Qatar Hard   Jared Palmer   Jiří Novák
  David Rikl
6–3, 7–6(5)
Win 23. Jan 2002 Sydney, Australia Hard   Jared Palmer   Joshua Eagle
  Sandon Stolle
6–4, 6–4
Loss 10. Apr 2002 Miami, U.S. Hard   Jared Palmer   Mark Knowles
  Daniel Nestor
3–6, 6–3, 1–6
Loss 11. Jun 2002 Nottingham, England Grass   Jared Palmer   Mike Bryan
  Mark Knowles
6–0, 6–7, 4–6
Loss 12. Jun 2003 s’Hertogenbosch, Netherlands Grass   Leander Paes   Martin Damm
  Cyril Suk
5–7, 6–7

Doubles performance timelineEdit

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# DNQ A NH
(W) Won; (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)
Tournament 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 Career SR Career win–loss
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A A A A 2R 3R 1R 3R 3R 1R A 1R SF QF A 0 / 9 14–9
French Open A A A A A 1R 3R QF 1R QF 1R 2R 1R 2R 2R A 0 / 10 11–10
Wimbledon A A A A A 1R 1R 1R QF 3R 2R 2R W SF 3R A 1 / 10 18–9
U.S. Open A A A A 3R 2R 2R 1R 3R 1R 3R 1R F QF 3R 1R 0 / 12 17–12
Grand Slam SR 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 1 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 3 1 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 1 1 / 41 N/A
Annual win–loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–1 2–4 5–4 3–4 7–4 7–4 3–4 2–3 10–3 12–4 8–4 0–1 N/A 60–40
ATP Masters Series
Indian Wells NME A A A A A A A 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R SF 2R A 0 / 7 3–7
Miami NME A A A 2R 2R A 2R 2R 2R 2R 2R QF F 2R A 0 / 10 12–10
Monte Carlo NME A A A A 1R A A W 2R SF QF QF SF SF A 1 / 8 17–7
Rome NME A A A A A A A 1R 1R SF 2R QF QF 1R A 0 / 7 7–7
Hamburg NME A A A A A A A 1R W 2R 2R A 2R 2R A 1 / 6 8–5
Canada NME A A A A 1R 1R QF 2R QF 1R SF F QF 1R A 0 / 10 13–10
Cincinnati NME A A A A A A 1R 2R 2R 2R 1R 2R QF 2R A 0 / 8 6–8
Stuttgart (Stockholm) NME A A A A A A A 2R 2R 1R F 2R A A A 0 / 5 5–5
Paris NME A A A A A A A 2R 1R A A QF A A A 0 / 3 2–3
Masters Series SR N/A 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 1 0 / 3 0 / 1 0 / 3 1 / 9 1 / 9 0 / 8 0 / 8 0 / 8 0 / 7 0 / 7 0 / 0 2 / 64 N/A
Annual win–loss N/A 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–1 1–3 0–1 3–3 9–8 8–8 9–8 12–8 11–8 14–7 5–7 0–0 N/A 73–62
Year-end ranking 834 522 157 100 106 100 42 26 24 36 18 3 10 35 1211 N/A

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "WPIAL 100 years: These are the athletes who have helped define it".

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