Ricardo Mello

Ricardo Mello (born 21 December 1980) is a Brazilian retired tennis player. His preference is for clay courts. He has had the occasional win in hard court tournaments. His best singles rank was No. 50 in 2005. He won one singles tournament (Delray Beach in 2004) and reached the semifinals three times at the Brasil Open. He played most of his tennis in Challenger tournaments, where he won 15 singles titles and three doubles titles.

Ricardo Mello
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Country (sports) Brazil
ResidenceCampinas, Brazil
Born (1980-12-21) 21 December 1980 (age 40)
Campinas, Brazil
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Turned pro1999
Retired2013
PlaysLeft-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money$1,483,919
Singles
Career record60–94 (at ATP Tour-level, Grand Slam-level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles1
Highest rankingNo. 50 (25 July 2005)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open2R (2005, 2012)
French Open1R (2004, 2005, 2010, 2011)
Wimbledon2R (2011)
US Open3R (2004)
Doubles
Career record11–25 (at ATP Tour-level, Grand Slam-level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 118 (11 July 2005)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open3R (2012)
French Open2R (2005)
Wimbledon1R (2005, 2011)

CareerEdit

Early daysEdit

Ricardo was born in Campinas, Brazil and started to play tennis at the age of three. At 15, he drew a wild card into a tournament in his hometown. He lost to veteran and French Open winner Gustavo Kuerten. However, he gained his first ATP career points. In 1999, Ricardo won his first Futures events in Uruguay and Paraguay.

2004Edit

Mello won his lone ATP title at Delray Beach, defeating Vincent Spadea in the final.

2006Edit

At the Campbell's Hall of Fame Championships, Mello played top seed Andy Murray. Murray was in control of the first set, winning 6–1, but Mello won the second set 6–1. Mello took the third and final to a tiebreak, after having three match points. He lost in the tiebreak 5–7.

At the RCA Championships in Indianapolis, Mello faced Jean-René Lisnard in the first round and won in straight sets. In the second round, he faced 14th seed Vincent Spadea and lost.

SponsorshipEdit

The sponsor for his clothes, shoes and racquets was Babolat.

ATP career titlesEdit

Singles: 1Edit

Legend
Grand Slam (0–0)
ATP Masters Series (0–0)
ATP Tour (1–0)
Titles by surface
Hard (1–0)
Clay (0–0)
Result W/L Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Win 1–0 Sep 2004 Delray Beach, United States Hard   Vincent Spadea 7–6(7–2), 6–3

Grand Slam performance timelineEdit

Tournament 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 SR W–L
Australian Open 1R 2R 1R 1R 2R 0 / 5 2–5
French Open 1R 1R Q1 Q1 Q1 1R 1R 0 / 4 0–4
Wimbledon Q1 1R Q2 Q2 Q1 1R 2R 0 / 3 1–3
US Open 3R 2R Q2 Q1 Q1 Q3 2R 1R 1R 0 / 5 4–5
Win–Loss 2–3 2–4 0–1 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–3 1–4 1–2 0 / 17 7–17
Year-end ranking 70 112 133 251 199 151 76 85

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