Leonardo Martín Mayer (locally [leoˈnaɾðo maɾˈtim ˈmaʝeɾ];[a] German: [ˈmaɪ̯ɐ]; born May 15, 1987) is a former 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. He is coached by Alejandro Fabbri and Leo Alonso. He was born in Corrientes and resides in Buenos Aires.
|Residence||Buenos Aires, Argentina|
|Born||15 May 1987|
|Height||1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)|
|Plays||Right-handed (one-handed backhand)|
|Career record||179–197 (47.6% in ATP World Tour and Grand Slam main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)|
|Highest ranking||No. 21 (22 June 2015)|
|Current ranking||No. 256 (2 August 2021)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||2R (2014, 2015, 2018, 2019)|
|French Open||4R (2019)|
|US Open||3R (2012, 2014, 2017)|
|Career record||94–123 (43.3% in ATP World Tour and Grand Slam main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)|
|Highest ranking||No. 48 (28 January 2019)|
|Current ranking||No. 131 (2 August 2021)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||SF (2019)|
|French Open||3R (2015, 2018)|
|US Open||QF (2014, 2015, 2019)|
|Davis Cup||W (2016)|
|Last updated on: 5 August 2021.|
Mayer started playing tennis at age nine.
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.
2009–2013: Becoming a professional tennis playerEdit
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.
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 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, 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.
2018: 3rd Hamburg FinalEdit
Defeated 3 players ranked outside Top 100 to reach ATP Masters 1000 Indian Wells 4R (lost to his boyhood friend and eventual champion 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).
2019: French Open 4th roundEdit
2020: Severe dip in formEdit
Mayer played his last ATP tournament at the 2021 Chile Open where he lost in the first round to Pedro Sousa in straight sets. His last event was 2021 Wimbledon qualifying where he lost in the first round to compatriot Marco Trungelliti in straight sets.
On October 7, 2021, Mayer announced his retirement from tennis.
ATP career finalsEdit
Singles: 5 (2 titles, 3 runner-ups)Edit
|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: 5 (1 title, 4 runner-ups)Edit
|Loss||0–1||Feb 2010||Pacific Coast Championships, US||250 Series||Hard (i)||Benjamin Becker|| Mardy Fish
|Win||1–1||Feb 2011||Argentina Open, Argentina||250 Series||Clay||Oliver Marach|| Franco Ferreiro
|Loss||1–2||Aug 2012||Winston-Salem Open, US||250 Series||Hard||Pablo Andújar|| Santiago González
|3–6, 6–4, [2–10]|
|Loss||1–3||Jan 2018||Brisbane International, Australia||250 Series||Hard||Horacio Zeballos|| Henri Kontinen
|6–3, 3–6, [2–10]|
|Loss||1–4||Feb 2020||Córdoba Open, Argentina||250 Series||Clay||Andrés Molteni|| Marcelo Demoliner
Team competitions finalsEdit
Davis Cup: 1 (1 title)Edit
|Win||Nov 2016||Davis Cup, Zagreb, Croatia||Hard (i)|| Juan Martín del Potro
| Marin Čilić
ATP Challenger and ITF Futures finalsEdit
Singles: 22 (10-12)Edit
|Win||1-0||Nov 2005||Chile F6, Santiago||Futures||Clay||Emiliano Redondi||6-3, 6-4|
|Loss||1-1||Nov 2006||Puebla, Mexico||Challenger||Hard||Robert Kendrick||5–7, 4–6|
|Win||2-1||Jul 2007||Cuenca, Ecuador||Challenger||Clay||Thomaz Bellucci||6–3, 6–2|
|Loss||2-2||Aug 2007||Graz, Austria||Challenger||Clay||Victor Hănescu||6–7(4–7), 3–6|
|Win||3-2||Nov 2007||Puebla, Mexico||Challenger||Hard||Dawid Olejniczak||6–1, 6–4|
|Loss||3-3||Aug 2008||Bronx, USA||Challenger||Hard||Lukáš Dlouhý||0–6, 1–6|
|Loss||3-4||Sep 2008||Cali, Colombia||Challenger||Clay||Marcos Daniel||2–6 RET|
|Loss||3-5||Oct 2008||Asunción, Paraguay||Challenger||Clay||Martín Vassallo Argüello||6–3, 3–6, 6–7(2–7)|
|Win||4-5||Nov 2008||Medellín, Colombia||Challenger||Clay||Sergio Roitman||6–4, 7–5|
|Win||5-5||Jul 2011||Dortmund, Germany||Challenger||Clay||Thomas Schoorel||6–3, 6–2|
|Loss||5-6||Aug 2011||Trani, Italy||Challenger||Clay||Steve Darcis||6–4, 3–6, 2–6|
|Loss||5-7||Sep 2011||Genova, Italy||Challenger||Clay||Martin Kližan||3–6, 1–6|
|Win||6-7||Oct 2011||Napoli, Italy||Challenger||Clay||Alessandro Giannessi||6–3, 6–4|
|Win||7-7||Nov 2011||São Leopoldo, Brazil||Challenger||Clay||Nikola Ćirić||7–5, 7–6(7–1)|
|Loss||7-8||Nov 2012||Medellín, Colombia||Challenger||Clay||Paolo Lorenzi||6–7(5–7), 7–6(7–4), 4–6|
|Win||8-8||Nov 2012||Guayaquil, Ecuador||Challenger||Clay||Paolo Lorenzi||6–2, 6–4|
|Loss||8-9||Sep 2013||Orléans, France||Challenger||Hard(i)||Radek Štěpánek||3–6, 4–6|
|Win||9-9||Nov 2013||Guayaquil, Ecuador||Challenger||Clay||Pedro Sousa||6–4, 7–5|
|Win||10-9||Aug 2016||Manerbio, Italy||Challenger||Clay||Filip Krajinović||7–6 (7–3), 7–5|
|Loss||10-10||Oct 2016||Buenos Aires, Argentina||Challenger||Clay||Renzo Olivo||6–2, 6–7(3–7), 6–7(3–7)|
|Loss||10-11||Mar 2017||Tigre, Argentina||Challenger||Hard||Taro Daniel||7–5, 3–6, 4–6|
|Loss||10-12||Jul 2017||Båstad, Sweden||Challenger||Clay||Dušan Lajović||6–2, 7–6(7–4)|
Doubles: 19 (11–8)Edit
|Win||1–0||Aug 2005||Argentina F6, Buenos Aires||Futures||Clay||Emiliano Massa|| Diego Cristin
|6–1, 5–7, 6–4|
|Win||2–0||Sep 2005||Argentina F12, Buenos Aires||Futures||Clay||Emiliano Massa|| Diego Cristin
Lucas Arnold Ker
|Loss||2–1||Jul 2006||Campos do Jordao, Brazil||Challenger||Hard||Jacob Adaktusson|| Marcelo Melo
|Win||3–1||Sep 2006||Brazil F12, Caldas Novas||Futures||Hard||Sebastian Decoud|| Frederico Casaro
|Win||4–1||Nov 2006||Guayaquil, Ecuador||Challenger||Clay||Juan-Pablo Brzezicki|| Marcel Felder
|1–6, 7–5, [14–12]|
|Win||5–1||May 2007||Naples, United States||Challenger||Clay||Juan-Pablo Brzezicki|| Pablo Cuevas
|6–1, 6–7(4–7), [10–8]|
|Loss||5–2||Jul 2007||Cordoba, Spain||Challenger||Hard||Paul Capdeville|| Santiago Ventura
|Loss||5–3||Jul 2007||Bogota, Colombia||Challenger||Clay||Pablo Gonzalez|| Santiago Gonzalez
|Loss||5–4||Oct 2007||Belo Horizonte, Brazil||Challenger||Clay||Adrián García|| Marcel Granollers
|Win||6–4||Apr 2008||Florianapolis, Brazil||Challenger||Clay||Adrián García|| Bruno Soares
|Loss||6–5||Jun 2008||Reggio Emilia, Italy||Challenger||Clay||Mariano Hood|| Yu Xinyuan
|Win||7–5||Sep 2008||Quito, Ecuador||Challenger||Clay||Hugo Armando|| Ricardo Mello
|Win||8–5||Oct 2008||Asuncion, Paraguay||Challenger||Clay||Alejandro Fabbri|| Mariano Hood
|Win||9–5||Jan 2009||Sao Paulo, Brazil||Challenger||Hard||Carlos Berlocq|| Mariano Hood
|Win||10–5||May 2009||Tunis, Tunisia||Challenger||Clay||Brian Dabul|| Johan Brunstrom
|Loss||10–6||Nov 2012||Guayaquil, Ecuador||Challenger||Clay||Martín Ríos-Benítez|| Facundo Bagnis
|Loss||10–7||Aug 2016||Manerbio, Italy||Challenger||Clay||Juan Ignacio Galarza|| Nikola Mektic
|Win||11–7||Oct 2016||Lima, Peru||Challenger||Clay||Sergio Galdos|| Ariel Behar
|Loss||11–8||Apr 2017||Tallahassee, United States||Challenger||Clay||Maximo Gonzalez|| Scott Lipsky
|6–4, 6–7(5–7), [7–10]|
Junior Grand Slam finalsEdit
Doubles: 1 (1 title)Edit
|Win||2005||French Open||Clay||Emiliano Massa|| Sergei Bubka
|2–6, 6–3, 6–4|
Current through the 2021 Wimbledon Championships.
|Grand Slam tournaments|
|Australian Open||Q2||A||A||1R||1R||1R||1R||2R||2R||1R||A||2R||2R||1R||A||0 / 10||4–10||29%|
|French Open||Q1||A||2R||3R||3R||3R||1R||3R||3R||1R||Q2||1R||4R||Q3||Q1||0 / 10||14–10||58%|
|Wimbledon||Q2||Q1||2R||1R||Q1||1R||2R||4R||3R||1R||A||1R||2R||NH||Q1||0 / 9||8–9||47%|
|US Open||Q2||Q2||2R||1R||A||3R||2R||3R||1R||A||3R||1R||1R||1R||A||0 / 10||8–10||47%|
|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||5–4||0–2||0–0||0 / 39||34–39||47%|
|ATP World Tour Masters 1000|
|Indian Wells||A||A||A||1R||A||2R||3R||A||A||3R||A||4R||2R||NH||A||0 / 6||9–6||60%|
|Miami||A||A||Q1||1R||A||1R||1R||A||3R||1R||A||2R||3R||NH||A||0 / 7||5–7||42%|
|Monte Carlo||A||A||A||A||A||Q1||A||Q1||A||A||A||A||Q1||NH||A||0 / 0||0–0||–|
|Madrid||A||A||A||2R||A||A||A||Q1||3R||1R||A||3R||Q1||NH||A||0 / 4||5–4||56%|
|Rome||A||A||A||1R||A||A||A||A||2R||1R||A||1R||A||Q2||A||0 / 4||1–4||20%|
|Canada||A||A||2R||1R||A||Q1||A||A||2R||A||A||A||A||NH||A||0 / 3||2–3||40%|
|Cincinnati||A||A||A||A||A||Q2||A||A||1R||A||A||3R||A||A||A||0 / 2||2–2||50%|
|Shanghai||NH||Q1||A||A||A||A||2R||2R||A||Q2||1R||A||NH||0 / 3||2–3||40%|
|Paris||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||1R||2R||A||A||A||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||0–0||0–0||0 / 31||27–31||47%|
|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||0–1||0–0||1 / 7||11–4||73%|
|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||0–0||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||16–18||0–8||0–1||2 / 196||179–197||48%|
|Grand Slam tournaments|
|Australian Open||A||3R||1R||2R||1R||1R||2R||1R||A||2R||SF||2R||A||0 / 10||10–10||50%|
|French Open||A||2R||A||1R||1R||1R||3R||2R||A||3R||1R||2R||A||0 / 9||7–9||44%|
|Wimbledon||1R||2R||A||1R||1R||1R||1R||1R||A||3R||2R||NH||A||0 / 9||4–9||31%|
|US Open||1R||2R||A||2R||1R||QF||QF||A||3R||2R||QF||A||A||0 / 9||13–9||59%|
|Win–Loss||0–2||5–4||0–1||2–4||0–4||2–4||6–4||1–3||2–1||6–4||8–4||2–2||0–0||0 / 37||34–37||48%|
Top-10 wins per seasonEdit
- He has a 2–32 (5.9%) record against players who were, at the time the match was played, ranked in the top 10.
|1.||David Ferrer||7||Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany||Clay||F||6–7(3–7), 6–1, 7–6(7–4)||46|
|2.||Kevin Anderson||8||Queen's Club Championships, London, United Kingdom||Grass||1R||7–6(7–4), 4–6, 7–6(7–3)||36|
Mayer is married to fellow Argentinian Milagros Aventin.
- In isolation, Martín is pronounced [maɾˈtin].
- ATP Rankings
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- "Leonardo Mayer". Retrieved June 4, 2012.
- "Leonardo Mayer: 'Tennis Gave Me Everything'". ATP Tour. Retrieved October 7, 2021.
- "Mayer Gets Married In Buenos Aires". ATP Tour. Retrieved February 18, 2020.
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