Kevin Ullyett

Kevin Ullyett (born 23 May 1972) is a former professional tennis player from Zimbabwe. His primary success on the tour was in men's doubles.

Kevin Ullyett
Ullyett 2009 US Open 01.jpg
Country (sports) Zimbabwe
ResidenceLondon, United Kingdom
Born (1972-05-23) 23 May 1972 (age 48)
Salisbury, Rhodesia
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Turned pro1990
Retired2010
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money$4,138,771
Singles
Career record21–34
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 107 (22 May 2000)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open2R (2000)
US Open2R (1993)
Doubles
Career record502–310
Career titles34
Highest rankingNo. 4 (31 January 2005)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenW (2005)
French OpenQF (2004, 2008, 2009)
WimbledonF (2008)
US OpenW (2001)
Mixed doubles
Career record53–40
Career titles1
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian OpenW (2002)
French OpenQF (2002, 2005, 2007)
WimbledonF (2002)
US OpenSF (2009)

Ullyett won 34 doubles titles during his career, including two Grand Slams at the 2001 US Open and the 2005 Australian Open with countryman Wayne Black. He also competed in the 2000 and 2004 Summer Olympics,[1] coming in at fifth place in 2004 with Black. In mixed doubles, Ullyett won the 2002 Australian Open with Daniela Hantuchová. He reached the final of Wimbledon in 2002 with Hantuchová, and the semifinals there in 2003 and 2005 with Hantuchová and Liezel Huber, respectively. He and Huber were also the runners-up at the 2005 Australian Open.

Black, Ullyett's compatriot and long-time doubles partner, retired at the end of 2005. He then played with Paul Hanley for two seasons, then with Jonas Björkman, who retired at the end of 2008, and finally with Brazilian Bruno Soares.

His father, Robert Ullyett, represented Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) in cricket and field hockey. He was part of the national team that competed at the 1964 Olympics (they beat New Zealand 2–1 and came 11th out of 15).[2]

He made his final tennis appearance at the South African Open in February 2010 (partnering with Wesley Moodie)[3][4] eighteen years after he first appeared there in 1992 competing in his first ATP Tour event. He had over 500 career wins.[5]

He lives with his wife and two children in London. Their first child, Jemima, was born in 2005.[6][7] He hopes for a career in property development after tennis.[8]

Grand Slam finalsEdit

Doubles (2 wins)Edit

Result Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 2001 US Open Hard   Wayne Black   Donald Johnson
  Jared Palmer
7–6(11–9), 2–6, 6–3
Win 2005 Australian Open Hard   Wayne Black   Bob Bryan
  Mike Bryan
6–4, 6–4

Mixed doubles (1 win)Edit

Result Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 2002 Australian Open Hard   Daniela Hantuchová   Gastón Etlis
  Paola Suárez
6–3, 6–2

ATP career finalsEdit

Doubles (34–24)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam (2)
Tennis Masters Cup (0)
ATP Masters Series (5)
ATP International Series Gold (4)
ATP Tour (23)
Titles by surface
Hard (22)
Clay (6)
Grass (3)
Carpet (3)
Result W/L Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 1. Apr 1996 Seoul, South Korea Hard   Kent Kinnear   Rick Leach
  Jonathan Stark
4–6, 4–6
Win 1. Feb 1997 Shanghai, China Carpet (i)   Max Mirnyi   Tomas Nydahl
  Stefano Pescosolido
7–6, 6–7, 7–5
Win 2. Apr 1998 Orlando, United States Clay   Grant Stafford   Michael Tebbutt
  Mikael Tillström
4–6, 6–4, 7–5
Win 3. May 1998 Coral Springs, United States Clay   Grant Stafford   Mark Merklein
  Vince Spadea
7–5, 6–4
Win 4. Jul 1998 Washington DC., United States Hard   Grant Stafford   Wayne Ferreira
  Patrick Galbraith
6–3, 7–5
Win 5. Sep 1998 Bournemouth, United Kingdom Clay   Neil Broad   Wayne Arthurs
  Alberto Berasategui
7–6, 6–3
Loss 2. Oct 1998 Basel, Switzerland Hard (i)   Piet Norval   Olivier Delaître
  Fabrice Santoro
3–6, 6–7
Loss 3. Jan 1999 Doha, Qatar Hard   Piet Norval   Alex O'Brien
  Jared Palmer
3–6, 4–6
Loss 4. Oct 1999 Vienna, Austria Hard (i)   Piet Norval   David Prinosil
  Sandon Stolle
3–6, 4–6
Win 6. Oct 1999 Lyon, France Carpet (i)   Piet Norval   Wayne Ferreira
  Sandon Stolle
4–6, 7–6(7–5), 7–6(7–4)
Win 7. Nov 1999 Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i)   Piet Norval   Jan-Michael Gambill
  Scott Humphries
7–5, 6–3
Win 8. Aug 2000 Long Island, United States Hard   Jonathan Stark   Jan-Michael Gambill
  Scott Humphries
6–4, 6–4
Win 9. Oct 2000 Hong Kong, China Hard   Wayne Black   Dominik Hrbatý
  David Prinosil
6–1, 6–2
Win 10. Nov 2000 St. Petersburg, Russia Hard (i)   Daniel Nestor   Thomas Shimada
  Myles Wakefield
7–6(7–5), 7–5
Win 11. Feb 2001 Copenhagen, Denmark Hard (i)   Wayne Black   Jiří Novák
  David Rikl
6–3, 6–3
Win 12. Aug 2001 Long Island, United States Hard   Jonathan Stark   Leoš Friedl
  Radek Štěpánek
6–1, 6–4
Win 13. Sep 2001 US Open, New York Hard   Wayne Black   Donald Johnson
  Jared Palmer
7–6(11–9), 2–6, 6–3
Win 14. Jan 2002 Adelaide, Australia Hard   Wayne Black   Bob Bryan
  Mike Bryan
7–5, 6–2
Win 15. Mar 2002 San Jose, United States Hard (i)   Wayne Black   John-Laffnie de Jager
  Robbie Koenig
6–3, 4–6, [10–5]
Loss 5. May 2002 Rome Masters, Italy Clay   Wayne Black   Martin Damm
  Cyril Suk
5–7, 5–7
Win 16. Jun 2002 Queen's Club, England Grass   Wayne Black   Mahesh Bhupathi
  Max Mirnyi
7–6(7–5), 3–6, 6–3
Win 17. Aug 2002 Washington DC., United States Hard   Wayne Black   Bob Bryan
  Mike Bryan
7–6(7–4), 4–6, 6–3
Win 18. Oct 2002 Lyon, France Carpet (i)   Wayne Black   Mark Knowles
  Daniel Nestor
6–4, 3–6, 7–6(7–3)
Win 19. Oct 2002 Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i)   Wayne Black   Wayne Arthurs
  Paul Hanley
6–4, 2–6, 7–6(7–4)
Loss 6. Mar 2003 Dubai, United Arab Emirates Hard   Wayne Black   Leander Paes
  David Rikl
3–6, 0–6
Win 20. May 2003 Munich, Germany Clay   Wayne Black   Joshua Eagle
  Jared Palmer
6–3, 7–5
Loss 7. Jul 2003 Stuttgart, Germany Clay   Yevgeny Kafelnikov   Tomáš Cibulec
  Pavel Vízner
6–3, 3–6, 4–6
Loss 8. Oct 2003 Moscow, Russia Carpet (i)   Wayne Black   Mahesh Bhupathi
  Max Mirnyi
3–6, 5–7
Loss 9. Oct 2003 Madrid, Spain Hard (i)   Wayne Black   Mahesh Bhupathi
  Max Mirnyi
2–6, 6–2, 3–6
Loss 10. Mar 2004 Indian Wells, United States Hard   Wayne Black   Sébastien Grosjean
  Arnaud Clément
3–6, 6–4, 5–7
Win 21. Apr 2004 Key Biscayne, United States Hard   Wayne Black   Jonas Björkman
  Todd Woodbridge
6–2, 7–6(14–12)
Win 22. May 2004 Hamburg, Germany Clay   Wayne Black   Bob Bryan
  Mike Bryan
6–1, 6–2
Loss 11. Jul 2004 Indianapolis, United States Hard   Wayne Black   Jordan Kerr
  Jim Thomas
7–6(9–7), 6–7(3–7), 3–6
Loss 12. Nov 2004 Paris Masters, France Carpet (i)   Wayne Black   Jonas Björkman
  Todd Woodbridge
3–6, 4–6
Loss 13. Nov 2004 Tennis Masters Cup, Houston Hard   Wayne Black   Bob Bryan
  Mike Bryan
6–4, 5–7, 4–6, 2–6
Win 23. Jan 2005 Australian Open, Melbourne Hard   Wayne Black   Bob Bryan
  Mike Bryan
6–4, 6–4
Loss 14. Apr 2005 Key Biscayne, United States Hard   Wayne Black   Jonas Björkman
  Max Mirnyi
1–6, 2–6
Loss 15. Aug 2005 Washington DC., United States Hard   Wayne Black   Bob Bryan
  Mike Bryan
4–6, 2–6
Win 24. Aug 2005 Montreal, Canada Hard   Wayne Black   Jonathan Erlich
  Andy Ram
7–6(7–2), 6–4
Loss 16. Aug 2005 Cincinnati, United States Hard   Wayne Black   Jonas Björkman
  Max Mirnyi
4–6, 7–5, 2–6
Loss 17. Jan 2006 Adelaide, Australia Hard   Paul Hanley   Jonathan Erlich
  Andy Ram
6–7(4–7), 6–7(10–12)
Win 25. Feb 2006 Rotterdam, Netherlands Hard (i)   Paul Hanley   Jonathan Erlich
  Andy Ram
7–6(7–4), 7–6(7–2)
Win 26. Mar 2006 Dubai, United Arab Emirates Hard   Paul Hanley   Mark Knowles
  Daniel Nestor
1–6, 6–2, [10–1]
Win 27. May 2006 Hamburg, Germany Clay   Paul Hanley   Mark Knowles
  Daniel Nestor
4–6, 7–6(7–5), [10–4]
Win 28. Jun 2006 Queen's Club, England Grass   Paul Hanley   Jonas Björkman
  Max Mirnyi
6–4, 7–6(7–5)
Loss 18. Aug 2006 Washington DC., United States Hard   Paul Hanley   Bob Bryan
  Mike Bryan
3–6, 7–5, [3–10]
Loss 19. Aug 2006 Toronto, Canada Hard   Paul Hanley   Bob Bryan
  Mike Bryan
5–7, 1–6
Win 29. Oct 2006 Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i)   Paul Hanley   Olivier Rochus
  Kristof Vliegen
7–6(7–2), 6–4
Win 30. Jan 2007 Sydney, Australia Hard   Paul Hanley   Mark Knowles
  Daniel Nestor
6–4, 6–7(3–7), [10–6]
Loss 20. Aug 2007 Montréal, Canada Hard   Paul Hanley   Mahesh Bhupati
  Pavel Vízner
4–6, 4–6
Loss 21. Apr 2008 Estoril, Portugal Clay   Jamie Murray   Jeff Coetzee
  Wesley Moodie
2–6, 6–4, [8–10]
Win 31. Jun 2008 Nottingham, United Kingdom Grass   Bruno Soares   Jeff Coetzee
  Jamie Murray
6–2, 7–6(7–5)
Loss 22. Jul 2008 Wimbledon, London Grass   Jonas Björkman   Daniel Nestor
  Nenad Zimonjić
6–7(12–14), 7–6(7–3), 3–6, 3–6
Loss 23. Aug 2008 Washington DC., United States Hard   Bruno Soares   Marc Gicquel
  Robert Lindstedt
6–7(3–7), 3–6
Win 32. Oct 2008 Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i)   Jonas Björkman   Johan Brunström
  Michael Ryderstedt
6–1, 6–3
Win 33. Nov 2008 Paris Masters, France Hard (i)   Jonas Björkman   Jeff Coetzee
  Wesley Moodie
6–2, 6–2
Loss 24. Aug 2009 New Haven, United States Hard   Bruno Soares   Julian Knowle
  Jürgen Melzer
4–6, 6–7(3–7)
Win 34. Oct 2009 Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i)   Bruno Soares   Simon Aspelin
  Paul Hanley
6–4, 7–6(7–4)

Doubles performance timelineEdit

Tournament 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 Career SR Career W-L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A 1R QF A 2R 1R 1R 2R QF QF 3R QF W SF SF 3R 3R A 1 / 15 33–14
French Open A A 1R A 1R 1R 2R 3R 3R 3R 3R 2R QF 1R 2R 2R QF QF A 0 / 15 19–15
Wimbledon A LQ 1R 1R A 1R 2R 3R 1R 1R 2R 3R QF SF QF 2R F QF 1R 0 / 16 24–16
US Open A A 1R A A 1R 2R 1R 1R W QF 3R QF SF SF SF 2R 2R A 1 / 14 29–13
Win-Loss 0–0 0–0 0–4 3–2 0–1 1–4 3–4 4–4 2–4 11–3 9–4 7–4 12–4 14–3 12–4 10–4 8–4 9–4 0–1 2 / 60 105–58
Masters 1000
Indian Wells A A SF LQ A A A 2R 1R 1R QF 2R F QF 1R QF QF 1R A 0 / 12 16–12
Miami A A 2R 1R A A 2R 2R 3R 3R 3R 2R W F SF QF 2R QF A 1 / 14 23–13
Monte Carlo A A A A A A A 2R 1R 1R A SF A A A SF SF 2R A 0 / 7 7–7
Rome A A A A A A A 1R A 1R F 2R QF 2R QF QF SF SF A 0 / 10 11–10
Madrid (Stuttgart) A A A A A A 1R 1R 2R 2R 2R F A SF SF 2R SF SF A 0 / 11 11–11
Canada A A A A A A 1R 2R 2R 2R 2R 1R 2R W F F QF 2R A 1 / 12 14–11
Cincinnati A LQ LQ A A 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R 2R 1R 2R F 2R QF 2R 2R A 0 / 13 5–13
Shanghai Not Held 2R A 0 / 1 0–1
Paris A A A A A A QF 1R 1R SF 2R QF F SF 1R QF W 2R A 1 / 12 16–11
Hamburg A A A A A A A 2R A 2R 1R 2R W 2R W F 2R NME 2 / 9 13–7
Masters W-L 0–0 0–0 4–2 0–1 0–0 0–1 3–5 4–9 3–7 5–9 9–8 8–9 17–5 17–7 12–7 14–9 13–8 7–9 0–0 5 / 101 116–96
Year-end ranking 235 135 91 158 103 92 35 26 34 13 11 18 9 6 8 10 8 24

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Kevin at Sports Reference
  2. ^ Robert at Sports Reference
  3. ^ http://allafrica.com/stories/200912280519.html
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 30 July 2010. Retrieved 30 July 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 1 April 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ [1] Archived 9 February 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ "Tennis Server ATP/WTA Pro Tennis Showcase – 2009 Legg Mason Tennis Classic – Wild Cards and Qualifiers Win in DC". Tennisserver.com.
  8. ^ http://doublesonlycourt.files.wordpress.com/2009/10/on-court-with-kevin-ullyett.pdf

External linksEdit