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Kelly Graeme Evernden (born 21 September 1961, in Gisborne, New Zealand) 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, USA
Born (1961-09-21) 21 September 1961 (age 58)
Gisborne, New Zealand
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Turned pro1985
Retired1995
PlaysRight-handed (one handed-backhand)
Prize money$914,750
Singles
Career record135–146
Career titles3
Highest rankingNo. 31 (6 November 1989)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenQF (1987)
French Open1R (1991)
Wimbledon3R (1987)
US Open3R (1985, 1987)
Doubles
Career record147–147
Career titles5
Highest rankingNo. 19 (18 July 1988)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenQF (1988)
French Open2R (1987, 1988)
WimbledonQF (1988, 1991)
US OpenSF MXD (1989),QF (1992)
Last updated on: 12 May 2012.

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".

Career finalsEdit

Singles (3 titles – 4 runners-up)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 9 December 1985 Brisbane, Australia Carpet   Paul Annacone 3–6, 3–6
Runner-up 2. 7 October 1985 Sydney Outdoor, Australia Grass   Henri Leconte 7–6(8–6), 2–6, 3–6
Winner 1. 15 June 1987 Bristol, Great Britain Grass   Tim Wilkison 6–4, 7–6
Winner 2. 5 October 1987 Brisbane, Australia Hard (i)   Eric Jelen 3–6, 6–1, 6–1
Winner 3. 2 January 1989 Wellington, New Zealand Hard   Shuzo Matsuoka 7–5, 6–1, 6–4
Runner-up 3. 16 October 1989 Vienna, Austria Carpet   Paul Annacone 7–6(7–5), 4–6, 1–6, 6–2, 3–6
Runner-up 4. 20 August 1990 Schenectady, USA Hard   Ramesh Krishnan 1–6, 1–6

Doubles (5 titles – 3 runners-up)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 6 April 1986 Cologne Hard (i)   Chip Hooper   Jan Gunnarsson
  Peter Lundgren
6–4, 6–7, 6–3
Winner 2. 11 October 1987 Brisbane Hard (i)   Matt Anger   Broderick Dyke
  Wally Masur
7–6, 6–2
Winner 3. 28 February 1988 Philadelphia Carpet (i)   Johan Kriek   Kevin Curren
  Danie Visser
7–6, 6–3
Runner-up 1. 13 August 1989 Livingston Hard   Sammy Giammalva Jr.   Tim Pawsat
  Tim Wilkison
5–7, 3–6
Winner 4. 20 August 1989 Montreal Hard   Todd Witsken   Charles Beckman
  Shelby Cannon
6–3, 6–3
Runner-up 2. 22 October 1989 Vienna Carpet (i)   Paul Annacone   Jan Gunnarsson
  Anders Järryd
2–6, 3–6
Winner 5. 7 January 1990 Wellington Hard   Nicolás Pereira   Sergio Casal
  Emilio Sánchez Vicario
6–4, 7–6
Runner-up 3. 26 April 1992 Seoul Hard   Brad Pearce   Kevin Curren
  Gary Muller
6–7, 4–6

ReferencesEdit

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

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