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.
|Born||21 December 1980|
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Plays||Left-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Career record||60–94 (at ATP Tour-level, Grand Slam-level, and in Davis Cup)|
|Highest ranking||No. 50 (25 July 2005)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||2R (2005, 2012)|
|French Open||1R (2004, 2005, 2010, 2011)|
|US Open||3R (2004)|
|Career record||11–25 (at ATP Tour-level, Grand Slam-level, and in Davis Cup)|
|Highest ranking||No. 118 (11 July 2005)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||3R (2012)|
|French Open||2R (2005)|
|Wimbledon||1R (2005, 2011)|
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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.
Mello won his lone ATP title at Delray Beach, defeating Vincent Spadea in the final.
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.
The sponsor for his clothes, shoes and racquets was Babolat.
ATP career titlesEdit
|Win||1–0||Sep 2004||Delray Beach, United States||Hard||Vincent Spadea||7–6(7–2), 6–3|
Grand Slam performance timelineEdit
|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|