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Paul Wekesa (born 2 July 1967) is a former professional tennis player from Kenya. He won 3 doubles titles, achieved a career-high singles ranking of World No. 100 and reached two tour-level quarterfinals at Auckland in 1989 and Seoul in 1995.

Paul Wekesa
Country (sports) Kenya
ResidenceNairobi, Kenya
Born (1967-07-02) 2 July 1967 (age 52)
Nairobi, Kenya
Height1.87 m (6 ft 1 12 in)
Turned pro1987
Retired1996
PlaysRight-handed
Prize money$448,114
Singles
Career record27–43 (at ATP, Grand Prix and Grand Slam level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 100 (1 May 1995)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open2R (1989)
French Open1R (1995)
Wimbledon1R (1995)
US Open1R (1995)
Doubles
Career record60–77 (at ATP, Grand Prix and Grand Slam level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles3
Highest rankingNo. 66 (23 March 1992)

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Tennis careerEdit

Prior to turning professional, he won the doubles tournament at the 1987 Division II NCAA Men's Tennis Championships while attending Chapman University.[1] During his career, Wekesa won 3 ATP Tour doubles titles. He reached the quarterfinals in doubles at the 1992 Australian Open. Wekesa won a bronze medal at the 1987 All-Africa Games held in Nairobi, Kenya. He is the only Kenyan tennis player to reach Top 100 of ATP rankings.[2] He also features for the Kenya Davis Cup team and was still active in 1998.[3] He was the first player to be beaten by Tim Henman in the main draw of a Grand Slam tournament, at Wimbledon in 1995. After retirement from playing, he has served as a Kenyan national teams coach.[2] He won the "Hall of Fame" category at the 2007 Kenyan Sports Personality of the Year awards.[4] His father Noah Wekesa is a Kenyan politician and minister.[5]

Career finalsEdit

Legend
Grand Slam (0)
Tennis Masters Cup (0)
ATP Masters Series (0)
ATP Tour (6)

Doubles wins (3)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Winner 1. 16 October 1988 Tel Aviv, Israel Hard   Roger Smith   Patrick Baur
  Alexander Mronz
6–3, 6–3
Winner 2. 16 April 1989 Seoul, South Korea Hard   Scott Davis   John Letts
  Bruce Man-Son-Hing
6–2, 6–4
Runner-up 1. 30 April 1989 Singapore Hard   Paul Chamberlin   Rick Leach
  Jim Pugh
3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 2. 5 August 1990 Los Angeles, United States Hard   Peter Lundgren   Scott Davis
  David Pate
6–3, 1–6, 3–6
Winner 3. 10 November 1991 Birmingham, U.K. Carpet (i)   Jacco Eltingh   Ronnie Båthman
  Rikard Bergh
7–5, 7–5
Runner-up 3. 28 August 1994 Umag, Croatia Clay   Karol Kučera   Diego Pérez
  Francisco Roig
2–6, 4–6

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "NCAA.com – The Official Website of NCAA Championships". NCAA.com. Retrieved 2018-04-20.
  2. ^ a b Kenyapage.net: Kenya's greatest Sporting Figures Archived 2007-12-06 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Stevegtennis.com: Davis Cup Results 1998 Archived 2007-08-13 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ SOYA Awards - 2007 winners
  5. ^ Office of Public Communications

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