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Mark Merklein (born June 28, 1972) is a Bahamas-born former college and professional tennis player. He played for the Bahamas Davis Cup team from 1999–2004.[1]

Mark Merklein
Country (sports) Bahamas
ResidenceGainesville, Florida
Born (1972-06-28) June 28, 1972 (age 47)
Freeport, Bahamas
Height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Turned pro1994
PlaysRight-handed
Prize moneyUS$ 502,870
Singles
Career record10–21
Career titles0
Highest ranking160 (7 July 1997)
Grand Slam Singles results
US Open1R (1994, 1998)
Doubles
Career record88–104
Career titles4
Highest ranking37 (12 January 2004)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open3R (2003)
French Open2R (1998, 1999, 2005)
Wimbledon2R (1999, 2002)
US Open2R (1993, 1998)
Other doubles tournaments
Olympic GamesQF (2000)
Mixed doubles
Career record2–4
Career titles0
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open1R (2004)
Wimbledon3R (1999)
Team competitions
Davis CupW/L (15–12)
Last updated on: December 21, 2014.

Merklein was born in Freeport, Bahamas. He grew up in Coral Springs, Florida, and attended St. Thomas Aquinas High School in nearby Fort Lauderdale. Playing for the St. Thomas Raiders high school tennis team, he won six Class 3A high school titles – two at No. 2 singles, one at No. 1 singles, and three at No. 1 doubles.[2]

Merklein accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where he played for the Florida Gators men's tennis team in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and Southeastern Conference (SEC) competition from 1991 to 1994. As a Gator, he won the NCAA national championship doubles title with partner David Blair in 1993. The following year, Merklein won the NCAA national championship singles title in 1994 in dominating fashion, losing only one set. Merklein was a four-time All-American, a three-time All-SEC selection, and the SEC Player of the Year in 1994. He was inducted into the University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame as a "Gator Great" in 2005.[3][4]

Merklein turned professional in 1994, and won four doubles titles during his career. He won matches at all four Majors. On July 7, 1997, he reached his highest singles ranking of world No. 160, and reached his highest doubles ranking on January 12, 2004, when he became world No. 37.

On May 24, 2013, Merklein was hired as the University of Florida men's tennis assistant coach.[5]

Merklein currently resides in Gainesville, Florida.

Grand Slam tournament performance timelineEdit

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)

SinglesEdit

Tournament 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998
Australian Open A A A A A
French Open A A A A Q2
Wimbledon A A A A Q3
US Open 1R Q1 Q2 Q1 1R

DoublesEdit

Tournament 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005
Australian Open A A A A A A 2R 1R A A 3R 1R A
French Open A A A A A 2R 2R A A 1R 1R 1R 2R
Wimbledon A A A A A 1R 2R A 1R 2R 1R 1R Q2
US Open 2R 1R 1R 1R 1R 2R A Q2 1R 1R 1R 1R A

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Mark Merklein Davis Cup bio". Retrieved 21 December 2014.
  2. ^ Dave Heeren, "Every Little Step He Takes Brings Mark Merklein Closer To His Goal Of Tennis Stardom," Sun-Sentinel (July 10, 1991). Retrieved July 26, 2014.
  3. ^ F Club, Hall of Fame, Gator Greats. Retrieved December 18, 2014.
  4. ^ "Nine Hall of Fame Inductees Announced," GatorZone.com (September 30, 2004). Retrieved July 26, 2014.
  5. ^ "Gator Great Mark Merklein Hired as Men's Tennis Assistant Coach," GatorZone.com (May 24, 2013). Retrieved May 24, 2013.

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