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Leonardo Martín Mayer[2] (locally [leoˈnaɾðo maɾˈtim ˈmaʝeɾ];[a] German: [ˈmaɪ̯ɐ]; born May 15, 1987) is a professional tennis player from Argentina. Mayer achieved a career-high singles ranking of world No. 21 in June 2015 and world No. 48 in doubles in January 2019.[3] He is coached by Mariano Hood and Leo Alonso.[3] He was born in Corrientes and resides in Buenos Aires.

Leonardo Mayer
Leonardo Mayer 1, 2015 Wimbledon Championships - Diliff.jpg
Country (sports) Argentina
ResidenceBuenos Aires, Argentina
Born (1987-05-15) 15 May 1987 (age 32)
Corrientes, Argentina
Height1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Turned pro2003
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
CoachMariano Hood
Leo Alonso
Prize moneyUS$6,492,427
Official websiteleonardomayer.net
Singles
Career record177–184 (49.0% in ATP World Tour and Grand Slam main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles2
Highest rankingNo. 21 (22 June 2015)
Current rankingNo. 60 (15 July 2019)[1]
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open2R (2014, 2015, 2018, 2019)
French Open4R (2019)
Wimbledon4R (2014)
US Open3R (2012, 2014, 2017)
Doubles
Career record82–110 (42.7% in ATP World Tour and Grand Slam main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles1
Highest rankingNo. 48 (28 January 2019)
Current rankingNo. 81 (1 July 2019)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenSF (2019)
French Open3R (2015, 2018)
Wimbledon3R (2018)
US OpenQF (2014, 2015)
Team competitions
Davis CupW (2016)
Last updated on: 3 July 2019.

Contents

CareerEdit

Early careerEdit

Mayer started playing tennis at age nine.[3]

ITFEdit

As a junior, Mayer won the 2005 French Open Boys' Doubles and the Orange Bowl with Emiliano Massa, reaching as high as No. 2 in the combined world rankings in June 2005. He won one Challenger singles title in 2008 and lost in three other finals.[3]

2009-2013: Becoming a professional Tennis PlayerEdit

 
Mayer at the Winston-Salem Open

Mayer qualified for his first Grand Slam at the 2009 French Open and beat 15th seed James Blake in straight sets in the first round. He lost to Tommy Haas in five sets in the second round. At Wimbledon, he beat Óscar Hernández in straight sets in the first round. He lost to Fernando González in four sets in the second round.

Mayer had a successful American summer, reaching the semifinals of the LA Tennis Open (lost to Carsten Ball) and the quarterfinals of the Pilot Pen Tennis tournament in New Haven (lost to Igor Andreev). At the 2009 US Open, Mayer reached the second round, losing to Radek Štěpánek in straight sets.

In 2011, Mayer qualified for the Brasil Open and defeated world no. 73 Igor Andreev in the first round of the main draw. In the second round, he played seventh-seeded Italian Potito Starace and lost.

Mayer reached the third round of the French Open for the third time and the US Open in 2012, losing to Nicolás Almagro in straight sets at Roland Garros and Juan Martín del Potro in New York.[4]

2014: First ATP title and top 30Edit

In February 2014, Mayer reached his first career ATP final at Viña del Mar, defeating second seed Tommy Robredo en route. Mayer lost to top-seed Fabio Fognini in straight sets. At Oeiras and Niza, he reached the quarterfinals as a qualifier in both. He was defeated in the third round of the French Open by Rafael Nadal.

At Wimbledon, he reached the fourth round of a Grand Slam for the first time. He defeated No. 25 seed Andreas Seppi, former Wimbledon semifinalist and Australian Open runner-up Marcos Baghdatis, and Andrey Kuznetsov before being defeated by Grigor Dimitrov in straight sets. With this run, Mayer was ranked in the top 50 for the first time in his career.

Next, Mayer played in the 2014 MercedesCup, where he lost in the second round to Mikhail Youzhny. Then, he played at the 2014 International German Open, where he beat Guillermo García-López and Philipp Kohlschreiber, reaching the final without dropping a set. In the final, he defeated top seed David Ferrer in three sets, winning his first ATP title.

Seeded 23rd at the 2014 US Open, Mayer reached the third round, being defeated by Kei Nishikori. In the doubles tournament, he partnered with compatriot Carlos Berlocq and made it to the quarterfinals, beating the reigning Wimbledon champions Jack Sock and Vasek Pospisil.

Mayer won his two singles rubbers against Israel in the Davis Cup Play-offs, helping Argentina to secure a place in the 2015 World Group.

Mayer lost in the second round at the Malaysian Open to Jarkko Nieminen and in the first round of the China Open to Martin Klizan. He lost in the second round of the Shanghai Masters to Roger Federer, who saved five match points against Mayer.

2015: Career High Ranking of 21Edit

Mayer started the year at Doha, where he lost in the first round in a tight three-set match against Andreas Seppi. Then, he competed in the Apia International Sydney, where he reached the semifinals but was defeated by Mikhail Kukushkin. In the Australian Open, he was seeded 27th but was defeated by Viktor Troicki in four sets in the second round.

Next, Mayer reached the quarterfinals at the Brasil Open, being defeated by local favourite João Souza. On March 8, 2015, he played in the longest singles match in Davis Cup history, beating João Souza in 6 hours and 42 minutes, 7–6(7–4), 7–6(7–5), 5–7, 5–7, 15–13. Mayer was unable to recover in time for the Indian Wells Masters and was defeated in the third round of the Miami Masters by Kevin Anderson.

The Argentine started the European clay-court swing with a first round loss in Barcelona. Then, he reached the third round at Madrid and the second round in the Rome Masters. In the Open de Nice Côte d'Azur, he reached the third ATP final of his career, losing to Dominic Thiem. Mayer reached the third round of the French Open as the 23rd seed, being defeated by Marin Čilić in straight sets.

In the grass court season, Mayer reached the quarterfinals at Nottingham (lost to Denis Istomin) and the third round of Wimbledon where he was the 24th seed before he (lost to Kevin Anderson) in straight sets.

2016: Davis Cup ChampionEdit

Mayer lost in the first round of the 2016 Australian Open and the 2016 French Open. He had minor success in the 2016 Indian Wells Masters beating Sam Groth and 20th seed Viktor Troicki before losing to Marin Čilić in the third round. In the 2016 Wimbledon Championships, he lost in the first round to Donald Young.

In the Davis Cup semifinal between Great Britain and Argentina, Mayer beat Daniel Evans in the fifth and deciding rubber 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4, sending Argentina into its fifth Davis Cup Final. Mayer teamed with Juan Martín del Potro for doubles in the Davis Cup Final against Croatia. They lost to Marin Čilić and Ivan Dodig. However, Argentina won their first championship 3 to 2.

2017: Second ATP titleEdit

Mayer lost in the second round of the 2017 Argentina Open and the 2017 U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships (lost to John Isner). In July he lost in the 2nd round of qualifying to a teenager in the 2017 German Open only to enter the MD as Lucky Loser and win his first tournament as a father (his son Valentino was born in February 2017). He became the first lucky loser to win an ATP 500 tournament. In the final, he defeated Florian Mayer in three sets, winning his second ATP 500 title. Due to winning his second Hamburg title, Mayer climbed 89 spots, breaking into the top 50 for the first time since 2016, at number 49.[5]

2018: 3rd Hamburg FinalEdit

Defeated 3 players ranked outside Top 100 to reach ATP Masters 1000 Indian Wells 4R (lost to his boyhood friend Juan Martin del Potro in 3 sets). Reached QFs at Buenos Aires and Sao Paulo. Improved to 2-29 vs. Top 10 players by beating Kevin Anderson in 3rd-set TB at London/Queen’s Club. Fell to A. Zverev in ATP Masters 1000 Madrid 3R, but earned only break point faced by German en route to title. Squandered 6 MPs vs. Nicolas Jarry in the ATP Estoril 1R (most of all players to lose a match this season). Blew a 2-set lead for 1st time in career at Wimbledon (lost to Struff in 1R). Finished as Brisbane doubles runner-up in 1st event with Zeballos since 2010 Wimbledon (l. to Kontinen/Peers).

ATP career finalsEdit

Singles: 5 (2 titles, 3 runner-ups)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (2–1)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (0–2)
Titles by surface
Hard (0–0)
Clay (2–3)
Grass (0–0)
Titles by setting
Outdoor (2–3)
Indoor (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0–1 Feb 2014 Chile Open, Chile 250 Series Clay   Fabio Fognini 2–6, 4–6
Win 1–1 Jul 2014 German Open, Germany 500 Series Clay   David Ferrer 6–7(3–7), 6–1, 7–6(7–4)
Loss 1–2 May 2015 Open de Nice Côte d'Azur, France 250 Series Clay   Dominic Thiem 7–6(10–8), 5–7, 6–7(2–7)
Win 2–2 Jul 2017 German Open, Germany (2) 500 Series Clay   Florian Mayer 6–4, 4–6, 6–3
Loss 2–3 Jul 2018 German Open, Germany 500 Series Clay   Nikoloz Basilashvili 4–6, 6–0, 5–7

Doubles: 4 (1 title, 3 runner-ups)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (0–0)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (1–3)
Titles by surface
Hard (0–3)
Clay (1–0)
Grass (0–0)
Titles by setting
Outdoor (1–2)
Indoor (0–1)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0–1 Feb 2010 Pacific Coast Championships, US 250 Series Hard (i)   Benjamin Becker   Mardy Fish
  Sam Querrey
6–7(3–7), 5–7
Win 1–1 Feb 2011 Argentina Open, Argentina 250 Series Clay   Oliver Marach   Franco Ferreiro
  André Sá
7–6(8–6), 6–3
Loss 1–2 Aug 2012 Winston-Salem Open, US 250 Series Hard   Pablo Andújar   Santiago González
  Scott Lipsky
3–6, 6–4, [2–10]
Loss 1–3 Jan 2018 Brisbane International, Australia 250 Series Hard   Horacio Zeballos   Henri Kontinen
  John Peers
6–3, 3–6, [2–10]

Team competitions finalsEdit

Davis Cup: 1 (1 title)Edit

Outcome Date Tournament Surface Partner(s) Opponents Score
Win Nov 2016 Davis Cup, Zagreb, Croatia Hard (i)   Juan Martín del Potro
  Federico Delbonis
  Guido Pella
  Marin Čilić
  Ivo Karlović
  Ivan Dodig
  Franko Škugor
3–2

Challenger finalsEdit

Singles (9-12)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. November 26, 2006 Puebla, Mexico Hard   Robert Kendrick 5–7, 4–6
Winner 1. July 22, 2007 Cuenca, Ecuador Clay   Thomaz Bellucci 6–3, 6–2
Runner-up 2. August 19, 2007 Graz, Austria Clay   Victor Hănescu 6–7(4–7), 3–6
Winner 2. November 25, 2007 Puebla, Mexico Hard   Dawid Olejniczak 6–1, 6–4
Runner-up 3. August 17, 2008 Bronx, USA Hard   Lukáš Dlouhý 0–6, 1–6
Runner-up 4. September 21, 2008 Cali, Colombia Clay   Marcos Daniel 2–6 RET
Runner-up 5. October 12, 2008 Asunción, Paraguay Clay   Martín Vassallo Argüello 6–3, 3–6, 6–7(2–7)
Winner 3. November 16, 2008 Medellín, Colombia Clay   Sergio Roitman 6–4, 7–5
Winner 4. July 31, 2011 Dortmund, Germany Clay   Thomas Schoorel 6–3, 6–2
Runner-up 6. August 7, 2011 Trani, Italy Clay   Steve Darcis 6–4, 3–6, 2–6
Runner-up 7. September 11, 2011 Genova, Italy Clay   Martin Kližan 3–6, 1–6
Winner 5. October 2, 2011 Napoli, Italy Clay   Alessandro Giannessi 6–3, 6–4
Winner 6. November 6, 2011 São Leopoldo, Brazil Clay   Nikola Ćirić 7–5, 7–6(7–1)
Runner-up 8. November 4, 2012 Medellín, Colombia Clay   Paolo Lorenzi 6–7(5–7), 7–6(7–4), 4–6
Winner 7. November 11, 2012 Guayaquil, Ecuador Clay   Paolo Lorenzi 6–2, 6–4
Runner-up 9. September 29, 2013 Orléans, France Hard(i)   Radek Štěpánek 3–6, 4–6
Winner 8. November 17, 2013 Guayaquil, Ecuador Clay   Pedro Sousa 6–4, 7–5
Winner 9. August 26, 2016 Manerbio, Italy Clay   Filip Krajinović 7–6 (7–3), 7–5
Runner-up 10. October 16, 2016 Buenos Aires, Argentina Clay   Renzo Olivo 6–2, 6–7(3–7), 6–7(3–7)
Runner-up 11. March 19, 2017 Tigre, Argentina Hard   Taro Daniel 7–5, 3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 12. July 15, 2017 Båstad, Sweden Clay   Dušan Lajović 6–2, 7–6(7–4)

Performance timelinesEdit

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A P Z# PO G F-S SF-B NMS NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (Z#) Davis/Fed Cup Zonal Group (with number indication) or (PO) play-off; (G) gold, (F-S) silver or (SF-B) bronze Olympic medal; a (NMS) downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.

SinglesEdit

Current through the 2019 Wimbledon Championships.

Tournament 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 SR W–L Win %
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open Q2 A A 1R 1R 1R 1R 2R 2R 1R A 2R 2R 0 / 9 4–9 31%
French Open Q1 A 2R 3R 3R 3R 1R 3R 3R 1R Q2 1R 4R 0 / 10 14–10 58%
Wimbledon Q2 Q1 2R 1R Q1 1R 2R 4R 3R 1R A 1R 2R 0 / 9 8–9 47%
US Open Q2 Q2 2R 1R A 3R 2R 3R 1R A 3R 1R 0 / 8 8–8 50%
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 3–3 2–4 2–2 4–4 2–4 8–4 5–4 0–3 2–1 1–4 5-3 0 / 36 34–36 49%
ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Indian Wells A A A 1R A 2R 3R A A 3R A 4R 2R 0 / 6 9–6 60%
Miami A A Q1 1R A 1R 1R A 3R 1R A 2R 3R 0 / 7 5–7 42%
Monte Carlo A A A A A Q1 A Q1 A A A A Q1 0 / 0 0–0  – 
Madrid A A A 2R A A A Q1 3R 1R A 3R Q1 0 / 4 5–4 56%
Rome A A A 1R A A A A 2R 1R A 1R A 0 / 4 1–4 20%
Canada A A 2R 1R A Q1 A A 2R A A A 0 / 3 2–3 40%
Cincinnati A A A A A Q2 A A 1R A A 3R 0 / 2 2–2 50%
Shanghai NH Q1 A A A A 2R 2R A Q2 1R 0 / 3 2–3 40%
Paris A A A A A A A 1R 2R A A A 0 / 2 1–2 33%
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 1–1 1–5 0–0 1–2 2–2 1–2 8–7 2–4 0–0 8–6 3–2 0 / 31 27–31 47%
National representation
Davis Cup A A QF SF A A SF PO SF W 1R A
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–2 0–0 0–0 1–1 2–0 4–0 3–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 1 / 6 11–3 79%
Career statistics
2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 Career
Tournaments 0 1 18 19 7 14 18 21 23 15 9 25 14 184
Titles / Finals 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 1 / 2 0 / 1 0 / 0 1 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 0 2 / 5
Overall Win–Loss 0–0 1–1 17–18 13–21 4–7 14–14 13–18 28–20 28–23 12–15 11–8 22–25 14-14 2 / 184 177–184 49%
Win %  –  50% 49% 38% 36% 50% 42% 58% 55% 44% 58% 47% 50% 49.03%
Year-end ranking 179 115 75 94 78 72 95 28 35 139 52 56

DoublesEdit

Tournament 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 SR W–L Win %
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A 3R 1R 2R 1R 1R 2R 1R A 2R SF 0 / 9 9–9 50%
French Open A 2R A 1R 1R 1R 3R 2R A 3R 1R 0 / 8 6–8 46%
Wimbledon 1R 2R A 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R A 3R 0 / 8 3–8 27%
US Open 1R 2R A 2R 1R QF QF A 3R 2R 0 / 8 10–8 56%
Win–Loss 0–2 5–4 0–1 2–4 0–4 3–4 6–4 1–3 2–1 6–4 4-2 0 / 33 28–33 47%

Top-10 wins per seasonEdit

  • He has a 2–32 (.059) record against players who were, at the time the match was played, ranked in the top 10.
# Player Rank Event Surface Rd Score LM Rank
2014
1.   David Ferrer 7 Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany Clay F 6–7(3–7), 6–1, 7–6(7–4) 46
2018
2.   Kevin Anderson 8 Queen's Club Championships, London, United Kingdom Grass 1R 7–6(7–4), 4–6, 7–6(7–3) 36

Personal lifeEdit

Mayer is married to fellow Argentinian Milagros Aventin. The couple have one child together.[6]

NotesEdit

  1. ^ In isolation, Martín is pronounced [maɾˈtin].

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ ATP Rankings
  2. ^ "US Open 2017: Rafael Nadal's road to final". The Indian Express. September 9, 2017. Retrieved January 8, 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d http://www.itftennis.com/procircuit/players/player/profile.aspx?playerid=100049039
  4. ^ "Leonardo Mayer". Retrieved June 4, 2012.
  5. ^ http://www.atpworldtour.com/en/news/mayer-mayer-hamburg-2017-final
  6. ^ "Leonardo Mayer's Wife Milagros Aventín (Bio, Wiki)". Fabwags.com. August 31, 2017. Retrieved June 5, 2019.

External linksEdit