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Jamie Delgado (born 21 March 1977) is a British tennis coach and former professional player. Delgado has represented Great Britain in the Davis Cup,[1] most recently in 2006.

Jamie Delgado
Jamie Delgado, Aegon Championships, London, UK - Diliff.jpg
Delgado coaching Gilles Müller during a practice session at the 2015 Aegon Championships in London.
Country (sports)United Kingdom Great Britain
ResidenceLondon, England
Born (1977-03-21) 21 March 1977 (age 42)
Birmingham, England
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Turned pro1995
Retired2014
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money$834,831
Singles
Career record11–35 (ATP Tour and Grand Slam-level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 121 (20 August 2001)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open1R (2000)
Wimbledon2R (1999, 2001, 2006)
US Open1R (2000)
Doubles
Career record31–79 (ATP Tour and Grand Slam-level, in and Davis Cup)
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 57 (8 October 2012)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open1R (2012, 2013)
French Open1R (2010)
Wimbledon3R (2006, 2009)
US Open3R (2011, 2012)
Coaching career (2014–)
Last updated on: 5 June 2016.

Delgado holds the all-time male record for playing in consecutive Wimbledon tournaments, playing for the 23rd time in 2014 at the age of 37.[2]

His best singles performance at Wimbledon was reaching the second round, on three occasions (1999, 2001 and 2006).

He reached the quarter-finals of the President's Cup tournament in Kazakhstan in 2000.[3] In total he has won three singles Challenger Tour titles but as the years passed, he became more predominantly a doubles specialist player where he has had better success winning fifteen challenger Tour titles and making the final of two ATP Tour events both in 2012. He has coached Gilles Müller and now coaches Andy Murray.

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Early and personal lifeEdit

Jamie Delgado was born in Birmingham but moved to Spain and was brought up in Tenerife until the age of ten when he moved back to England.

He had a promising junior career that included winning the 1989 under-12 British grass-court championships, he was the first Briton to win the 1991 under-14 Orange Bowl when he defeated Cavallaro. He also captured the 1994 Queen's Club junior tournament defeating Nicolás Lapentti. At Reed's School, he was a member of the David Lloyd Slater Squad, set up by financier Jim Slater and former pro David Lloyd. He turned professional in 1995 at the age of 18. He also has a brother called Johnny Delgado who coaches tennis at St Paul's School.

Senior careerEdit

1995–2009Edit

Delgado's best performance at Wimbledon was making the third-round of the men’s doubles in 2006 and again in 2009.[4]

2010Edit

Delgado began the 2010 season by winning the Tretorn SERIE+ GEMAX Open in Belgrade. He partnered home Favourite Ilija Bozoljac as they defeated Dustin Brown and Martin Slanar in straight sets 6–3, 6–3. He next competed at the French Open for the first time and this was also his first Grand Slam outside of Wimbledon. He partnered Evgeny Korolev of Kazakhstan but they lost in the first round in straight sets to the French duo Thierry Ascione and Laurent Recouderc 3–6, 5–7. Then at Wimbledon he partnered Josh Goodall to the second round where they lost in straight sets to Mahesh Bhupathi and Max Mirnyi 3–6, 4–6, 4–6. He won his second and final title of the season at the Guzzini Challenger partnering Croatia's Lovro Zovko. They defeated Charles-Antoine Brézac and Vincent Stouff in straight sets 7–6(8–6), 6–1.

2011Edit

In January with now full-time partner Jonathan Marray, they won the Heilbronn Open Challenger defeating Frank Moser and David Škoch in straight sets 6–1, 6–4. They next won the BH Telecom Indoors Challenger in March, defeating Yves Allegro and Andreas Beck in straight sets 7–6(7–4), 6–2. Later that month, they won the Aegon GB Pro-Series Bath, defeating Yves Allegro and Andreas Beck in straight sets 6–3, 6–4. In May, they won their fourth title of the year at the BNP Paribas Primrose Bordeaux, defeating French duo Julien Benneteau and Nicolas Mahut in straight sets 7–5, 6–3. Then at Wimbledon they made it into the second round, where they were defeated by Wesley Moodie and Dick Norman in four sets 6–4, 6–7(5–7), 6–7(6–8), 2–6. They next competed at the US Open, where both Delgado and Marray had their best run at a Grand Slam outside of Wimbledon. They were defeated by sixth seeds and eventual tournament runners-up Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski in three sets 7–6(7–5), 2–6, 3–6. This raised his doubles ranking to a career-high No. 74 in the world. They won their fifth and final Challenger title of the year on home soil at the Aegon Pro-Series Loughborough, where they defeated Irish duo Sam Barry and Daniel Glancy in straight sets 6–2, 6–2.

2012Edit

 
Jamie Delgado playing at the 2013 Wimbledon Championships

In January Delgado competed at the Australian Open where he partnered Jonathan Marray. They lost in the first round to the sixth seeds Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski in straight sets 6–4, 6–4.

June 2012 saw Delgado's first ATP Tour Final, at the Aegon International, partnering Ken Skupski. The pair were defeated by fellow Brits and good friends Colin Fleming and Ross Hutchins in straight sets 4–6, 3–6.

Having picked up a good run of form he next competed at Wimbledon again partnering Ken Skupski. They lost in the second round to the second seeds and defending champions Bob and Mike Bryan in straight sets 6–7(2–7), 0–6, 2–6. In the first round they beat German duo Matthias Bachinger and Tobias Kamke in four sets 6–3, 5–7, 6–3, 6–4.

A month after Wimbledon Skupski and Delgado got into their second final of the season at the Farmers Classic. They lost in three sets to Belgium duo Ruben Bemelmans and Xavier Malisse 6–7(5–7), 6–4, [10–7]. However this performance and recent good performances rose his doubles ranking to a career high No.66 in the world. At the 2012 US Open Delgado now with full-time partner Ken Skupski made it to the third round before losing to Spanish sixth seeds Marcel Granollers and Marc López in straight sets 2–6, 4–6. In the second round they defeated the defending champions Jürgen Melzer and Philipp Petzschner in straight sets.

2013Edit

Delgado reached the second round of the men's doubles at Wimbledon, with partner Matthew Ebden.

2014Edit

At Wimbledon, Delgado broke the all-time male record for playing in consecutive Wimbledon tournaments, receiving a doubles wildcard with Luxembourg’s Gilles Müller and reaching the second round.[2][4] This was Delgado's 23rd Wimbledon appearance, at the age of 37, and his debut as a player-coach.

Delgado/Müller's best doubles result was reaching the semi-finals of the Tilia Slovenia Open.

Delgado continued playing with Gilles Müller until the Rakuten Japan Open on 29 September. They lost in the first round,[5] and Delgado retired to concentrate on coaching Müller.[6]

2015Edit

Since Gilles Müller finished 2013 at No 368 in the world rankings after missing the second half of the year with injury, he climbed back into the top 50. At the age of 32 Müller was in the best form of his career, for which he gives much credit to Delgado. Müller said “He’s definitely a great coach because he knows a lot.”[6]

2016Edit

In February, Andy Murray appointed Delgado as his assistant coach.[7]

ATP career finalsEdit

Doubles: 2 (2 runners-up)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (0–0)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (0–2)
Titles by surface
Hard (0–1)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–1)
Titles by setting
Outdoor (0–2)
Indoor (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0–1 Jun 2012 Eastbourne International, United Kingdom 250 Series Grass   Ken Skupski   Colin Fleming
  Ross Hutchins
4–6, 3–6
Loss 0–2 Jul 2012 Los Angeles Open, United States 250 Series Hard   Ken Skupski   Ruben Bemelmans
  Xavier Malisse
6–7(5–7), 6–4, [7–10]

Grand Slam performance timelinesEdit

SinglesEdit

Tournament 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 W–L
Australian Open A A A 1R A A A A A A 0–1
French Open A A A A A A A A A A 0–0
Wimbledon 1R A 2R 1R 2R 1R 1R 1R 1R 2R 3–9
US Open A A A 1R A A A A A A 0–1
Win-Loss 0–1 0–0 1–1 0–3 1–1 0–1 0–1 0–1 0–1 1–1 3–11

DoublesEdit

Tournament 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 W–L
Australian Open A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A 1R 1R A 0–2
French Open A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A 1R A A A A 0–1
Wimbledon Q1 Q1 1R 1R 1R 1R Q3 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R 3R 1R 1R 3R 2R 2R 2R 2R 2R 9–19
US Open A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A 3R 3R A A 4–2
Win-Loss 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–1 0–1 0–1 0–0 0–1 0–1 0–1 0–1 0–1 0–1 2–1 0–1 0–1 2–1 1–2 3–2 3–3 1–2 1–1 13–24

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Delgado back for Davis Cup". BBC Sport. 29 January 2002.
  2. ^ a b "Wimbledon 2014: Britain's Jamie Delgado smashes record with 23rd consecutive All England Club appearance". Telegraph. 25 June 2014.
  3. ^ "Delgado undone by Safin skill". BBC Sport. 15 September 2000.
  4. ^ a b "Jamie Delgado sets new record for most consecutive men's Wimbledon appearances (but Brit has won 25 matches in 23 years)". Mail Online. 26 June 2014.
  5. ^ "Jamie Delgado – Last event played". ATP World Tour. 29 September 2014.
  6. ^ a b "Aegon Championships 2015: Jamie Delgado plots friend Andy Murray's downfall as Gilles Müller knocks out holder Grigor Dimitrov". Independent. 18 June 2015.
  7. ^ "Andy Murray brings in former British player Jamie Delgado to join his coaching team". Mail Online. 29 February 2016.

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