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Kelly Jones (tennis)

Kelly Jones (born March 31, 1964) is a former professional tennis player from the United States who was briefly ranked the World No. 1 men's doubles player in 1992. He is currently the Head Men's Tennis Coach at Furman University in Greenville, SC.

Kelly Jones
Country (sports) United States
ResidenceTampa, Florida
Born (1964-03-31) March 31, 1964 (age 55)
Fort Gordon, Georgia
Height1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Turned pro1986
Retired1998
PlaysRight-handed
Prize money$1,168,278
Singles
Career record48–84
Career titles2
Highest rankingNo. 86 (August 13, 1990)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open4R (1993)
French Open2R (1990)
Wimbledon3R (1990)
US Open2R (1987, 1988, 1990)
Doubles
Career record220–204
Career titles8
Highest rankingNo. 1 (October 12, 1992)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenF (1992)
French Open2R (1990, 1995. 1996)
Wimbledon3R (1992)
US OpenF (1992)

BiographyEdit

Jones played varsity tennis at Pepperdine University from 1982 to 1985, where he won the NCAA Division 1 doubles title in 1984 and 1985. He was a member of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games U.S. tennis team.

Jones joined the professional tour in 1986. He won his first top-level doubles title in 1987 at Auckland.

In 1988, Jones finished runner-up in the mixed doubles at Wimbledon, partnering Gretchen Magers.

Jones was runner-up in the men's doubles at both the Australian Open and the US Open in 1992, partnering Rick Leach. In October that year, he reached the World No. 1 doubles ranking for a week.

After 12 years on the professional tour, Jones retired in 1998. During his career, he won eight top-level doubles titles. Jones also won a tour singles event in Singapore, where he captured the title both in 1989 and 1990. His best singles performance at a Grand Slam event was at the 1993 Australian Open, where he reached the fourth round. His career-high singles ranking was World No. 86 (in 1990). Jones' career prize-money earnings totaled US$1,165,009.

Since retiring from the tour, Jones has coached high-profile players including Mardy Fish, Xavier Malisse and James Blake.

Jones is married to Tami Whitlinger, a former professional tennis player.

Career finalsEdit

Singles (2 titles)Edit

Result W/L Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Win 1–0 May 1989 Singapore Hard   Amos Mansdorf 6–1, 7–5
Win 2–0 May 1990 Singapore Hard   Richard Fromberg 6–4, 2–6, 7–6

Doubles (8 titles - 10 runners-up)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam (0–2)
Tennis Masters Cup (0–0)
ATP Masters Series (0–1)
ATP Championship Series (2–0)
ATP Tour (6–7)
Titles by surface
Hard (4–5)
Clay (1–2)
Grass (1–1)
Carpet (2–2)
Result W/L Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1–0 Jan 1987 Auckland, New Zealand Hard   Brad Pearce   Carl Limberger
  Mark Woodforde
7–6, 7–6
Loss 1–1 Feb 1987 Lyon, France Carpet   David Pate   Guy Forget
  Yannick Noah
6–4, 3–6, 4–6
Loss 1–2 Oct 1987 Toulouse, France Hard (i)   Patrik Kühnen   Wojtek Fibak
  Michiel Schapers
2–6, 4–6
Win 2–2 Jul 1988 Newport, U.S. Grass   Peter Lundgren   Scott Davis
  Dan Goldie
6–3, 7–6
Loss 2–3 Nov 1989 Johannesburg, South Africa Hard (i)   Joey Rive   Luke Jensen
  Richey Reneberg
0–6, 4–6
Win 3–3 Jan 1990 Auckland, New Zealand Hard   Robert Van't Hof   Gilad Bloom
  Paul Haarhuis
7–6, 6–0
Win 4–3 Feb 1990 San Francisco, U.S. Carpet   Robert Van’t Hof   Glenn Layendecker
  Richey Reneberg
2–6, 7–6, 6–3
Loss 4–4 Jun 1990 Manchester, England Grass   Nick Brown   Mark Kratzmann
  Jason Stoltenberg
3–6, 6–2, 4–6
Win 5–4 Oct 1990 Lyon, France Carpet   Patrick Galbraith   Jim Grabb
  David Pate
7–6, 6–4
Loss 5–5 Nov 1991 Paris, France Carpet   Rick Leach   John Fitzgerald
  Anders Järryd
6–3, 3–6, 2–6
Loss 5–6 Jan 1992 Sydney Outdoor, Australia Hard   Scott Davis   Sergio Casal
  Emilio Sánchez
6–3, 1–6, 4–6
Loss 5–7 Jan 1992 Australian Open, Melbourne Hard   Rick Leach   Todd Woodbridge
  Mark Woodforde
4–6, 3–6, 4–6
Win 6–7 Apr 1992 Tokyo Outdoor, Japan Hard   Rick Leach   John Fitzgerald
  Anders Järryd
0–6, 7–5, 6–3
Win 7–7 Aug 1992 New Haven, U.S. Hard   Rick Leach   Patrick McEnroe
  Jared Palmer
7–6, 6–7, 6–2
Loss 7–8 Sep 1992 U.S. Open, New York Hard   Rick Leach   Jim Grabb
  Richey Reneberg
6–3, 6–7, 3–6, 3–6
Loss 7–9 May 1993 Tampa, U.S. Clay   Todd Martin   Jared Palmer
  Derrick Rostagno
3–6, 4–6
Loss 7–10 May 1997 Atlanta, U.S. Clay   Scott Davis   Jonas Björkman
  Nicklas Kulti
2–6, 6–7
Win 8–10 May 1997 St. Poelten, Austria Clay   Scott Melville   Luke Jensen
  Murphy Jensen
6–2, 7–6

Doubles performance timelineEdit

Tournament 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 Career SR Career Win-Loss
Grand Slams
Australian Open A A NH 2R 2R 3R 2R SF F 2R 2R 2R 1R 2R A A A A A A A A A 0 / 11 18–11
French Open A A A A A A 2R A 1R A 1R 2R 2R 1R A A A A A A A A A 0 / 6 3–6
Wimbledon A A 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R 2R 3R 1R A 2R 1R 1R A A A A A A A A A 0 / 11 4–11
U.S. Open 2R 1R 3R 1R 1R 1R SF 2R F 3R 3R QF 2R 1R A A A A A A A A A 0 / 14 21–14
Grand Slam SR 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 2 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 42 N/A
Annual Win-Loss 1–1 0–1 2–2 1–3 1–3 2–3 6–4 6–3 12–4 3–3 3–3 6–4 2–4 1–4 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 N/A 46–42
ATP Masters Series
Indian Wells These Tournaments Were Not

Masters Series Events

Before 1990
QF SF 1R 1R A A 1R SF A A A A A A A A A 0 / 6 8–6
Miami 3R 2R 2R 2R A 2R 2R 2R A A A A A A A A A 0 / 7 3–7
Monte Carlo A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A 0 / 0 0–0
Rome A A 1R A A A 2R A A A A A A A A A A 0 / 2 1–2
Hamburg A A 2R A A A A A A A A A A A A A A 0 / 1 0–1
Canada 2R A SF 1R A 1R 2R 2R A A A A A A A A A 0 / 6 5–5
Cincinnati A A 2R 1R A A 2R A A A A A A A A A A 0 / 3 1–3
Stuttgart (Stockholm) QF QF QF A A A A A A A A A A A A A A 0 / 3 4–3
Paris 2R F 2R A A A A A A A A A A A A A A 0 / 3 5–3
Masters Series SR N/A 0 / 5 0 / 4 0 / 8 0 / 4 0 / 0 0 / 2 0 / 5 0 / 3 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 31 N/A
Annual Win-Loss N/A 6–5 9–4 3–8 0–4 0–0 1–2 4–4 4–3 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 N/A 27–30
Year End Ranking 252 304 94 64 65 135 22 37 5 130 138 87 90 73 1466 712 967 624 N/A

A = did not attend tournament
NH = tournament not held

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