Kelly Evernden

Kelly Graeme Evernden (born 21 September 1961) is a former professional tennis player from New Zealand.

Kelly Evernden
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Full nameKelly Graeme Evernden
Country (sports) New Zealand
ResidenceSeattle, Washington, United States
Born (1961-09-21) 21 September 1961 (age 61)
Gisborne, New Zealand
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Turned pro1985
Retired1995
PlaysRight-handed (one handed-backhand)
Prize money$896,750
Singles
Career record135–146
Career titles3
0 Challenger, 0 Futures
Highest rankingNo. 31 (6 November 1989)
Grand Slam singles results
Australian OpenQF (1987)
French Open1R (1991)
Wimbledon3R (1987)
US Open3R (1985, 1987)
Other tournaments
Olympic Games2R (1988)
Doubles
Career record147–147
Career titles5
0 Challenger, 0 Futures
Highest rankingNo. 19 (18 July 1988)
Grand Slam doubles results
Australian OpenQF (1988)
French Open2R (1987, 1988)
WimbledonQF (1988, 1991)
US OpenQF (1992)
Other doubles tournaments
Olympic Games2R (1988)
Grand Slam mixed doubles results
Australian OpenQF (1991)
Wimbledon3R (1987)
US OpenSF (1990)
Last updated on: 22 August 2022.

Evernden turned professional in 1985 and won his first tour doubles title in 1986 at Cologne. His first top-level singles title came in 1987 at Bristol. His best singles performance at a Grand Slam event came at the 1987 Australian Open, where he reached the quarter-finals by defeating Jonathan Canter, Johan Kriek, Brad Pearce and Derrick Rostagno before being knocked-out by Wally Masur. Evernden represented New Zealand at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul.


Over the course of his career, Evernden won three top-level singles titles, the last of which was won in 1989 at Wellington. He also won five tour doubles titles (the most significant of which was the Canadian Open in 1989). Evernden's career-high rankings were world No. 31 in singles and world No. 19 in doubles. He retired from the professional tour in 1994.


Amazingly, Evernden played pro tennis with only one lung, having had a lung removed as the result of an injury sustained in an accident at the age of 16. He was hit by a car and his heart stopped twice in five days (once for one minute and once for 45 seconds). In addition to puncturing a lung which had to be removed, he also had a broken arm, leg and ribs, however he recovered fully from the accident.[1]

He lives on Mercer Island with his wife and two sons.

Prior to turning professional, Evernden played tennis for the University of Arkansas (where he studied business management and psychology) and was an All-American in 1984.

Evernden is a quarter Ngāti Porou Māori, and his Māori name "Te Rangai" means "Young Warrior". His Irish name, Kelly, means "War".

ATP career finalsEdit

Singles: 7 (3 titles, 4 runner-ups)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam Tournaments (0–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP Masters 1000 Series (0–0)
ATP 500 Series (0–0)
ATP 250 Series (3–4)
Finals by surface
Hard (2–1)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (1–1)
Carpet (0–2)
Finals by setting
Outdoors (2–2)
Indoors (1–2)


Result W–L Date Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0–1 Oct 1985 Brisbane, Australia Grand Prix Carpet   Paul Annacone 3–6, 3–6
Loss 0–2 Dec 1985 Sydney, Australia Grand Prix Grass   Henri Leconte 7–6(8–6), 2–6, 3–6
Win 1–2 Jun 1987 Bristol, United Kingdom Grand Prix Grass   Tim Wilkison 6–4, 7–6
Win 2–2 Oct 1987 Brisbane, Australia Grand Prix Hard   Eric Jelen 3–6, 6–1, 6–1
Win 3–2 Jan 1989 Wellington, New Zealand Grand Prix Hard   Shuzo Matsuoka 7–5, 6–1, 6–4
Loss 3–3 Oct 1989 Vienna, Austria Grand Prix Carpet   Paul Annacone 7–6(7–5), 4–6, 1–6, 6–2, 3–6
Loss 3–4 Aug 1990 Schenectady, United States World Series Hard   Ramesh Krishnan 1–6, 1–6

Doubles: 8 (5 titles, 3 runner-ups)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam Tournaments (0–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP Masters 1000 Series (1–0)
ATP 500 Series (0–0)
ATP 250 Series (4–3)
Finals by surface
Hard (4–2)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (1–1)
Finals by setting
Outdoors (2–1)
Indoors (3–1)


Result W–L Date Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1–0 Apr 1986 Cologne, Germany Grand Prix Hard   Chip Hooper   Jan Gunnarsson
  Peter Lundgren
6–4, 6–7, 6–3
Win 2–0 Oct 1987 Brisbane, Australia Grand Prix Hard   Matt Anger   Broderick Dyke
  Wally Masur
7–6, 6–2
Win 3–0 Feb 1988 Philadelphia, United States Grand Prix Carpet   Johan Kriek   Kevin Curren
  Danie Visser
7–6, 6–3
Loss 3–1 Aug 1989 Livingston, United States Grand Prix Hard   Sammy Giammalva Jr.   Tim Pawsat
  Tim Wilkison
5–7, 3–6
Win 4–1 Aug 1989 Montreal, Canada Grand Prix Hard   Todd Witsken   Charles Beckman
  Shelby Cannon
6–3, 6–3
Loss 4–2 Oct 1989 Vienna, Austria Grand Prix Carpet   Paul Annacone   Jan Gunnarsson
  Anders Järryd
2–6, 3–6
Win 5–2 Jan 1989 Wellington, New Zealand Grand Prix Hard   Nicolás Pereira   Sergio Casal
  Emilio Sánchez Vicario
6–4, 7–6
Loss 5–3 Apr 1992 Seoul, South Korea World Series Hard   Brad Pearce   Kevin Curren
  Gary Muller
6–7, 4–6

ATP Challenger and ITF Futures finalsEdit

Singles: 1 (0–1)Edit

Legend
ATP Challenger (0–1)
ITF Futures (0–0)
Finals by surface
Hard (0–1)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L Date Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0–1 Oct 1991 Ponte Vedra, United States Challenger Hard   Jonathan Stark 3–6, 1–6

Doubles: 1 (0–1)Edit

Legend
ATP Challenger (0–1)
ITF Futures (0–0)
Finals by surface
Hard (0–0)
Clay (0–1)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L Date Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0–1 Jun 1992 Halle, Germany Challenger Clay   Brett Steven   Karsten Braasch
  Lars Koslowski
6–4, 6–7, 0–6

Performance timelinesEdit

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.

SinglesEdit

Tournament 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 SR W–L Win %
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open Q3 A 1R A QF 1R 2R 1R 1R A A 0 / 6 5–6 45%
French Open A A A A A A A A 1R A A 0 / 1 0–1 0%
Wimbledon A A 2R 1R 3R 2R 1R 1R 1R A A 0 / 7 4–7 36%
US Open A A 3R 1R 3R 1R 1R 1R 1R Q1 Q1 0 / 7 4–7 36%
Win–loss 0–0 0–0 3–3 0–2 8–3 1–3 1–3 0–3 0–4 0–0 0–0 0 / 21 13–21 38%
National Representation
Summer Olympics NH A Not Held 2R Not Held A NH 0 / 1 1–1 50%
ATP Masters Series
Indian Wells A A A A A 1R A A A A A 0 / 1 0–1 0%
Miami A A A 1R A 1R 2R 1R 1R A A 0 / 5 1–5 17%
Canada A A A A 3R 2R 3R 1R A A A 0 / 4 5–4 56%
Cincinnati A A A A 3R 1R A A A A A 0 / 2 2–2 50%
Win–loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–1 4–2 1–4 3–2 0–2 0–1 0–0 0–0 0 / 12 8–12 40%

DoublesEdit

Tournament 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 SR W–L Win %
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open 2R A 2R QF 1R 2R 2R A 1R 0 / 7 7–7 50%
French Open 1R A 2R 2R A A 1R 1R A 0 / 5 2–5 29%
Wimbledon 3R 3R 1R QF 2R 2R QF A A 0 / 7 12–7 63%
US Open 2R 2R 2R 2R 2R 1R 1R QF A 0 / 8 8–8 50%
Win–loss 4–4 3–2 3–4 8–4 2–3 2–3 4–4 3–2 0–1 0 / 27 29–27 52%
National Representation
Summer Olympics Not Held 2R Not Held A NH 0 / 1 1–1 50%
ATP Masters Series
Indian Wells A A A QF A A A A A 0 / 1 2–1 67%
Miami A 2R 1R 3R 2R 1R 2R A A 0 / 6 5–6 45%
Rome 1R A A A A A A A A 0 / 1 0–1 0%
Canada 1R A 1R QF W 2R A A A 1 / 5 8–4 67%
Cincinnati A A 1R A A A A A A 0 / 1 0–1 0%
Paris A A A 1R A A A A A 0 / 1 0–1 0%
Win–loss 0–2 1–1 0–3 6–4 6–1 1–2 1–1 0–0 0–0 1 / 15 15–14 52%

Mixed DoublesEdit

Tournament 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 SR W–L Win %
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A 1R 2R 1R A QF 0 / 4 3–4 43%
French Open A A A A A A 0 / 0 0–0  – 
Wimbledon 1R 3R 2R A A 2R 0 / 4 4–4 50%
US Open A A A A SF A 0 / 1 3–1 75%
Win–loss 8–1 2–2 2–2 0–1 3–1 3–2 0 / 9 10–9 53%

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "ATP Player Profile". ATP. Retrieved 26 March 2012.

External linksEdit