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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 47)
Salisbury, Rhodesia
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Turned pro1990
Retired2010
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize moneyUS$$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 doubles titles (3)Edit

Men's doubles (2)Edit

Year Championship Partner Opponents in Final Score in Final
2001 US Open   Wayne Black   Donald Johnson
  Jared Palmer
7–6(11–9), 2–6, 6–3
2005 Australian Open   Wayne Black   Bob Bryan
  Mike Bryan
6–4, 6–4

Mixed doubles (1)Edit

Year Championship Partner Opponents in Final Score in Final
2002 Australian Open   Daniela Hantuchová   Gastón Etlis
  Paola Suárez
6–3, 6–2

Men's doubles finals (58)Edit

Wins (34)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 (21)
Clay (6)
Grass (3)
Carpet (3)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1. 29 April 1996 Seoul, South Korea Hard   Kent Kinnear   Rick Leach
  Jonathan Stark
4–6, 4–6
Winner 1. 3 February 1997 Shanghai, China Carpet   Max Mirnyi   Tomas Nydahl
  Stefano Pescosolido
7–6, 6–7, 7–5
Winner 2. 27 April 1998 Orlando, Florida, US Clay   Grant Stafford   Michael Tebbutt
  Mikael Tillström
4–6, 6–4, 7–5
Winner 3. 11 May 1998 Coral Springs, Florida, US Clay   Grant Stafford   Mark Merklein
  Vince Spadea
7–5, 6–4
Winner 4. 27 July 1998 Washington, D.C., USA Hard   Grant Stafford   Wayne Ferreira
  Patrick Galbraith
6–3, 7–5
Winner 5. 21 September 1998 Bournemouth, United Kingdom Clay   Neil Broad   Wayne Arthurs
  Alberto Berasategui
7–6, 6–3
Runner-up 2. 12 October 1998 Basel, Switzerland Hard (i)   Piet Norval   Olivier Delaître
  Fabrice Santoro
3–6, 6–7
Runner-up 3. 11 January 1999 Doha, Qatar Hard   Piet Norval   Alex O'Brien
  Jared Palmer
3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 4. 18 October 1999 Vienna, Austria Hard (i)   Piet Norval   David Prinosil
  Sandon Stolle
3–6, 4–6
Winner 6. 25 October 1999 Lyon, France Carpet   Piet Norval   Wayne Ferreira
  Sandon Stolle
4–6, 7–6(7–5), 7–6(7–4)
Winner 7. 15 November 1999 Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i)   Piet Norval   Jan-Michael Gambill
  Scott Humphries
7–5, 6–3
Winner 8. 28 August 2000 Long Island, New York, US Hard   Jonathan Stark   Jan-Michael Gambill
  Scott Humphries
6–4, 6–4
Winner 9. 9 October 2000 Hong Kong Hard   Wayne Black   Dominik Hrbatý
  David Prinosil
6–1, 6–2
Winner 10. 13 November 2000 St. Petersburg, Russia Hard (i)   Daniel Nestor   Thomas Shimada
  Myles Wakefield
7–6(7–5), 7–5
Winner 11. 19 February 2001 Copenhagen, Denmark Hard (i)   Wayne Black   Jiří Novák
  David Rikl
6–3, 6–3
Winner 12. 27 August 2001 Long Island, New York, US Hard   Jonathan Stark   Leoš Friedl
  Radek Štěpánek
6–1, 6–4
Winner 13. 10 September 2001 US Open, New York City Hard   Wayne Black   Donald Johnson
  Jared Palmer
7–6(11–9), 2–6, 6–3
Winner 14. 7 January 2002 Adelaide, Australia Hard   Wayne Black   Bob Bryan
  Mike Bryan
7–5, 6–2
Winner 15. 4 March 2002 San Jose, California, US Hard (i)   Wayne Black   John-Laffnie de Jager
  Robbie Koenig
6–3, 4–6, [10–5]
Runner-up 5. 13 May 2002 Rome, Italy Clay   Wayne Black   Martin Damm
  Cyril Suk
5–7, 5–7
Winner 16. 17 June 2002 Queen's Club, London, England Grass   Wayne Black   Mahesh Bhupathi
  Max Mirnyi
7–6(7–5), 3–6, 6–3
Winner 17. 19 August 2002 Washington, D.C., USA Hard   Wayne Black   Bob Bryan
  Mike Bryan
7–6(7–4), 4–6, 6–3
Winner 18. 14 October 2002 Lyon, France Carpet   Wayne Black   Mark Knowles
  Daniel Nestor
6–4, 3–6, 7–6(7–3)
Winner 19. 28 October 2002 Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i)   Wayne Black   Wayne Arthurs
  Paul Hanley
6–4, 2–6, 7–6(7–4)
Runner-up 6. 3 March 2003 Dubai, United Arab Emirates Hard   Wayne Black   Leander Paes
  David Rikl
3–6, 0–6
Winner 20. 5 May 2003 Munich, Germany Clay   Wayne Black   Joshua Eagle
  Jared Palmer
6–3, 7–5
Runner-up 7. 21 July 2003 Stuttgart, Germany Clay   Yevgeny Kafelnikov   Tomáš Cibulec
  Pavel Vízner
6–3, 3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 8. 6 October 2003 Moscow, Russia Carpet   Wayne Black   Mahesh Bhupathi
  Max Mirnyi
3–6, 5–7
Runner-up 9. 20 October 2003 Madrid, Spain Hard (i)   Wayne Black   Mahesh Bhupathi
  Max Mirnyi
2–6, 6–2, 3–6
Runner-up 10. 22 March 2004 Indian Wells, California, US Hard   Wayne Black   Sébastien Grosjean
  Arnaud Clément
3–6, 6–4, 5–7
Winner 21. 5 April 2004 Key Biscayne, Florida, US Hard   Wayne Black   Jonas Björkman
  Todd Woodbridge
6–2, 7–6(14–12)
Winner 22. 17 May 2004 Hamburg, Germany Clay   Wayne Black   Bob Bryan
  Mike Bryan
6–1, 6–2
Runner-up 11. 26 July 2004 Indianapolis, Indiana, US Hard   Wayne Black   Jordan Kerr
  Jim Thomas
7–6(9–7), 6–7(3–7), 3–6
Runner-up 12. 8 November 2004 Paris, France Carpet   Wayne Black   Jonas Björkman
  Todd Woodbridge
3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 13. 21 November 2004 Tennis Masters Cup, Houston, Texas, US Hard   Wayne Black   Bob Bryan
  Mike Bryan
6–4, 5–7, 4–6, 2–6
Winner 23. 31 January 2005 Australian Open, Melbourne Hard   Wayne Black   Bob Bryan
  Mike Bryan
6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 14. 4 April 2005 Key Biscayne, Florida, US Hard   Wayne Black   Jonas Björkman
  Max Mirnyi
1–6, 2–6
Runner-up 15. 8 August 2005 Washington, D.C., USA Hard   Wayne Black   Bob Bryan
  Mike Bryan
4–6, 2–6
Winner 24. 15 August 2005 Montreal, Canada Hard   Wayne Black   Jonathan Erlich
  Andy Ram
7–6(7–2), 6–4
Runner-up 16. 22 August 2005 Cincinnati, Ohio, US Hard   Wayne Black   Jonas Björkman
  Max Mirnyi
4–6, 7–5, 2–6
Runner-up 17. 9 January 2006 Adelaide, Australia Hard   Paul Hanley   Jonathan Erlich
  Andy Ram
6–7(4–7), 6–7(10–12)
Winner 25. 27 February 2006 Rotterdam, Netherlands Hard (i)   Paul Hanley   Jonathan Erlich
  Andy Ram
7–6(7–4), 7–6(7–2)
Winner 26. 6 March 2006 Dubai, United Arab Emirates Hard   Paul Hanley   Mark Knowles
  Daniel Nestor
1–6, 6–2, [10–1]
Winner 27. 22 May 2006 Hamburg, Germany Clay   Paul Hanley   Mark Knowles
  Daniel Nestor
4–6, 7–6(7–5), [10–4]
Winner 28. 19 June 2006 Queen's Club, London, England Grass   Paul Hanley   Jonas Björkman
  Max Mirnyi
6–4, 7–6(7–5)
Runner-up 18. 7 August 2006 Washington, D.C., USA Hard   Paul Hanley   Bob Bryan
  Mike Bryan
3–6, 7–5, [3–10]
Runner-up 19. 14 August 2006 Toronto, Canada Hard   Paul Hanley   Bob Bryan
  Mike Bryan
5–7, 1–6
Winner 29. 16 October 2006 Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i)   Paul Hanley   Olivier Rochus
  Kristof Vliegen
7–6(7–2), 6–4
Winner 30. 15 January 2007 Sydney, Australia Hard   Paul Hanley   Mark Knowles
  Daniel Nestor
6–4, 6–7(3–7), [10–6]
Runner-up 20. 12 August 2007 Montréal, Canada Hard   Paul Hanley   Mahesh Bhupati
  Pavel Vízner
4–6, 4–6
Runner-up 21. 21 April 2008 Estoril, Portugal Clay   Jamie Murray   Jeff Coetzee
  Wesley Moodie
2–6, 6–4, [8–10]
Winner 31. 16 June 2008 Nottingham, United Kingdom Grass   Bruno Soares   Jeff Coetzee
  Jamie Murray
6–2, 7–6(7–5)
Runner-up 22. 5 July 2008 Wimbledon, London Grass   Jonas Björkman   Daniel Nestor
  Nenad Zimonjić
6–7(12–14), 7–6(7–3), 3–6, 3–6
Runner-up 23. 17 August 2008 Washington, D.C., USA Hard   Bruno Soares   Marc Gicquel
  Robert Lindstedt
6–7(3–7), 3–6
Winner 32. 12 October 2008 Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i)   Jonas Björkman   Johan Brunström
  Michael Ryderstedt
6–1, 6–3
Winner 33. 2 November 2008 Paris, France Hard (i)   Jonas Björkman   Jeff Coetzee
  Wesley Moodie
6–2, 6–2
Runner-up 24. 29 August 2009 New Haven, USA Hard   Bruno Soares   Julian Knowle
  Jürgen Melzer
4–6, 6–7(3–7)
Winner 34. 25 October 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 Slams
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
Grand Slam W-L 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. ^ https://www.sports-reference.com/olympics/athletes/ul/kevin-ullyett–1.html
  2. ^ https://www.sports-reference.com/olympics/athletes/ul/robert-ullyett–1.html
  3. ^ http://allafrica.com/stories/200912280519.html
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 30 July 2010. Retrieved 30 July 2010. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ http://satablog.com/2010/01/28/full-circle-for-ullyett/#more–4713
  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