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Gerald Melzer (born 13 July 1990) is a professional Austrian tennis player. As a qualifier, he reached the semifinals of Munich in 2015. He achieved a career-high singles ranking of world No. 68 in November 2016.

Gerald Melzer
Gerald Melzer – Wimbledon Qualifying 2016 – 1.jpg
Country (sports) Austria
ResidenceLinz, Austria
Born (1990-07-13) 13 July 1990 (age 28)
Vienna, Austria
Height1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Turned pro2007
PlaysLeft-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money$862,251
Singles
Career record20–34
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 68 (21 November 2016)
Current rankingNo. 151 (10 September 2018)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open1R (2017, 2018)
French Open1R (2016)
WimbledonQ3 (2016, 2017)
US OpenQ3 (2018)
Doubles
Career record4–10
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 197 (28 April 2014)
Current rankingNo. 595 (10 September 2018)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open1R (2017)
WimbledonQ1 (2018)
Last updated on: 10 September 2018.

He is the younger brother of top Austrian tennis player Jürgen Melzer (hence his nickname, Mini Melts)[1] and is the son of Rudolf Melzer, an Austrian businessman and mayor of Deutsch-Wagram, and Michaela, a saleswoman.

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CareerEdit

Gerald Melzer has primarily spent his time on the Futures circuit, while also playing challengers and several doubles events with his brother. He began playing on the tour in 2007, competing in tournaments in Austria as well as Futures tournaments in Africa. He has had more success playing doubles, partnering with his brother to win a challenger in Graz, Austria.[2] Gerald faced his brother, Jürgen, in the first round of the 2015 Wimbledon qualifying tournament, and lost in straight sets. Jürgen described it as the "worst tennis day of my life and I hope we will never play each other again."[3]

At the 2017 Australian Open, Melzer lost in the first round to Australian Alex De Minaur in five sets. He held a match point in the fourth set, but was unable to close it out.[4]

ATP Challenger and ITF Future titlesEdit

Singles: 18Edit

Challengers (7)
Futures (11)
No.    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
1 Sep 2010 Bujumbura, Burundi Futures Clay   Bart Govaerts 6–2, 6–4
2 Sep 2010 Kigali, Rwanda Futures Clay   Stanislav Vovk 7–6(10–8), 6–0
3 Sep 2010 Kampala, Uganda Futures Clay   Takanyi Garanganga 6–4, 6–4
4 May 2011 Orange Park, United States Futures Clay   Daniel Garza 1–1, ret.
5 Oct 2011 Bujumbura, Burundi Futures Clay   Ruan Roelofse 6–4, 6–2
6 Nov 2011 Kigali, Rwanda Futures Clay   Lukas Jastraunig 6–2, 6–4
7 Feb 2012 Santiago, Chile Futures Clay   Guillermo Rivera Aránguiz 7–6(7–4), 6–3
8 May 2012 Orange Park, United States Futures Clay   Tennys Sandgren 7–6(7–5), 6–3
9 Nov 2012 Bujumbura, Burundi Futures Clay   Alessandro Bega 6–2, 6–3
10 Nov 2012 Kigali, Rwanda Futures Clay   Sherif Sabry 6–4, 6–4
11 Sep 2013 Kigali, Rwanda Futures Clay   Lukas Jastraunig 6–1, 6–1
1 Feb 2014 Morelos, Mexico Challenger Hard   Victor Estrella Burgos 6–1, 6–4
2 Jan 2016 Mendoza, Argentina Challenger Clay   Axel Michon 4–6, 6–4, 6–0
3 Jan 2016 Bucaramanga, Colombia Challenger Clay   Paolo Lorenzi 6–3, 6–1
4 Feb 2016 Morelos, Mexico (2) Challenger Hard   Alejandro González 7–6(7–4), 6–3
5 Oct 2016 Mohammedia, Morocco Challenger Clay   Stefanos Tsitsipas 3–6, 6–3, 6–2
6 Oct 2017 Lima, Peru Challenger Clay   Jozef Kovalík 7–5, 7–6(7–4)
7 Nov 2017 Guayaquil, Ecuador Challenger Clay   Facundo Bagnis 6–3, 6–1

Doubles: 16Edit

Challengers (4)
Futures (12)
No.    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
1 Aug 2008 Graz, Austria Challenger Clay   Jürgen Melzer   Julien Jeanpierre
  Nicolas Renavand
1–6, 7–6(10–8), [10–4]
2 Jul 2012 Tampere, Finland Challenger Clay   Michael Linzer   Niels Desein
  André Ghem
6–1, 7–6(7–3)
3 Feb 2014 Morelos, Mexico Challenger Hard   Andrej Martin   Alejandro Moreno Figueroa
  Miguel Ángel Reyes-Varela
6–2, 6–4
4 Jul 2017 Cortina, Italy Challenger Clay   Guido Andreozzi   Steven de Waard
  Ben McLachlan
6–2, 7–6(7–4)

Singles performance timelineEdit

Current till 2018 US Open.

Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 SR W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A A A A Q2 A 1R 1R 0 / 2 0–2
French Open A A A Q1 Q2 Q1 1R Q3 Q1 0 / 1 0–1
Wimbledon A A A A A Q1 Q3 Q3 Q2 0 / 0 0–0
US Open A A A Q1 Q1 Q1 A Q1 Q3 0 / 0 0–0
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–1 0–1 0 / 3 0–3
National representation
Davis Cup A A A A Z1 Z1 Z1 Z1 PO 0 / 0 4–5
Career statistics
Tournaments 1 0 0 2 3 4 6 7 6 29
Overall Win–Loss 0–1 0–0 0–0 0–2 0–4 4–4 3–8 9–9 4–6 20–34
Year-end ranking 438 349 281 202 162 166 68 100 37%

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.spaziotennis.com/editor/melzer-gerard-atp-profilo-storia-jurgen-fratelli/47858
  2. ^ "ITF Pro Circuits Meets... Gerald Melzer". ITF. Archived from the original on December 6, 2010. Retrieved January 12, 2011.
  3. ^ "'The worst tennis day of my life,' says victorious Melzer". Wimbledon.com. Retrieved 27 June 2015.
  4. ^ "Alex De Minaur wins through to second round on Australian Open debut". The Guardian. 16 January 2017. Retrieved 17 January 2017.

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