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Ruben Bemelmans (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈrybən ˈbeːməlmɑns]; born 14 January 1988) is a Belgian male professional tennis player. His career-high ATP rankings are world No. 84 in singles, achieved in September 2015, and world No. 128 in doubles, achieved in October 2012. As a qualifier, Bemelmans reached the quarterfinals of Vienna in 2013, defeating No. 4 seed Philipp Kohlschreiber en route.

Ruben Bemelmans
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Country (sports) Belgium
ResidenceMaasmechelen, Belgium
Born (1988-01-14) 14 January 1988 (age 31)
Genk, Belgium
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Turned pro2006
PlaysLeft-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money$1,922,218
Career record28–58
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 84 (28 September 2015)
Current rankingNo. 171 (24 June 2019)[1]
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open2R (2018)
French Open2R (2018)
Wimbledon3R (2017)
US Open3R (2015)
Career record13–15
Career titles1
Highest rankingNo. 128 (1 October 2012)
Current rankingNo. 245 (1 July 2019)[1]
Grand Slam Doubles results
WimbledonQ1 (2012, 2017, 2018)
Team competitions
Davis CupF (2015, 2017)
Hopman CupF (2011)
Last updated on: 1 July 2019.


Tennis careerEdit

Bemelmans competes mainly in the Challenger tour circuit. He won his first Futures event in Espelkamp, Germany in July 2007, and has a total of nine titles at this level. His best performance to date was in winning the Volkswagen Challenger event in Wolfsburg in March 2009, winning three matches in qualifying before going on to beat Stefano Galvani of Italy in the final. He won this tournament again in 2011.[2]


In February 2010 Bemelmans succeeded in qualifying for his first ATP level event, the Zagreb Indoors tournament. However he lost in the First Round to Alexandre Sidorenko of France in three sets.[3]

In June 2010, he entered the main draw of the 2010 Gerry Weber Open in Halle as a lucky loser. In the opening round he lost to German Philipp Kohlschreiber in three close sets.

In September 2010, Ruben played for Belgium in the Davis cup play-off tie against Australia. He was a late replacement for an injured Steve Darcis. He played Lleyton Hewitt and after a solid effort, he succumbed in a 6–7, 5–7, 6–2, 4–6 duel.[4]

In January 2011, Bemelmans was invited to represent Belgium in the Hopman Cup alongside Justine Henin. They reached the final, beating Kazakhstan and Serbia along the way, where they were defeated by USA 2–1.[5]

Bemelmans won his first match in a Grand Slam main draw at 2012 Wimbledon, defeating Carlos Berlocq in 4 sets. He was bested by Richard Gasquet in straight sets in the second round. About a month later, Bemelmans (playing doubles with fellow countryman Xavier Malisse) won his first title on the ATP Tour, the 250 level Los Angeles Open.

In 2013, Bemelmans made the final of 2 Challenger Tour events, Nottingham (a Challenger event from 2011–2014) and Eckental where he lost to Steve Johnson and Benjamin Becker respectively.

2014 saw Bemelmans have another strong showing at Eckental, this time winning the tournament, beating 2012 champion Daniel Brands en route.


Ruben Bemelmans at the 2018 French Open

In September 2015, Bemelmans defeated Gilles Müller and Jack Sock (retired) to reach the third round of the US Open where he lost against Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka in three sets.[6] He was unable to defend his title in Eckental however, falling in the semi-finals to Benjamin Becker. Bemelmans also played an active part in the Belgian Davis Cup team that reached the final that season, and played the second singles rubber where he was beaten by Andy Murray.

Bemelmans made 2 Challenger finals late in 2016, at Charlottesville and Champaign.

In 2017, Bemelmans won the tile at Koblenz before losing to Denis Shapovalov in the final of Drummondville. He then made the third round of Wimbledon, his best result at the tournament, beating former world No. 2 Tommy Haas in the first round.

The 2018 Australian Open saw Bemelmans win his first match at the tournament in 3 main draw appearances when he earned a credible first round victory over 18th seed Lucas Pouille.[7]

At the 2018 French Open he made it past the first round for the second consecutive grand slam when he beat Yuki Bhambri in his opening match.[8] However he lost in five sets in round two to Estonian Jürgen Zopp.[9]

Benelmans qualified for the 2018 Wimbledon championships defeating Bernard Tomic in the final qualifying round.[10] He then defeated American Steve Johnson in five sets to reach round 2 of a slam for the third consecutive time in 2018.[11]

ATP career finalsEdit

Ruben Bemelmans at the 2011 Wimbledon Championships

Doubles: 1 (1 title)Edit

Grand Slam Tournaments (0–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (0–0)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (1–0)
Finals by Surface
Hard (1–0)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1–0 Jul 2012 Los Angeles Open, US 250 Series Hard   Xavier Malisse   Jamie Delgado
  Ken Skupski
7–6(7–5), 4–6, [10–7]

ITF and Challenger titlesEdit

Legend (Singles)
ATP Challenger Tour (5)
ITF Futures (9)
No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
1. 15 July 2007 Espelkamp, Germany Clay   Franz Stauder 6–2, 7–5
2. 24 November 2007 Ramat Hasharon, Israel Hard   Niels Desein 6–3, 6–3
3. 9 March 2008 Bassersdorf, Switzerland Carpet   Ladislav Chramosta 3–6, 6–3, 6–2
4. 31 May 2008 Cesena, Italy Clay   Carlos Avellán 6–4, 3–6, 6–0
5. 15 February 2009 Bressuire, France Hard   Vincent Millot 6–4, 6–3
6. 1 March 2009 Wolfsburg, Germany Carpet   Stefano Galvani 7–5(7–5), 3–6, 6–3
7. 27 September 2009 Plaisir, France Hard   Pierrick Ysern 6–7(5–7), 6–1, 7–5
8. 8 March 2010 Lille, France Hard   Niels Desein 6–4, 6–2
9. 15 March 2010 Poitiers, France Hard   Charles-Antoine Brezac 6–4, 4–6, 6–4
10. 28 June 2010 Palma del Rio, Spain Hard   Niels Desein 4–6, 6–4, 7–6(7–1)
11. 27 February 2011 Wolfsburg, Germany Carpet   Dominik Meffert 6–7(7–10), 6–4, 6–4
12. 27 October 2014 Eckental, Germany Carpet   Tim Pütz 7–6(7–3), 6–3
13. 5 April 2015 Le Gosier, Guadeloupe Hard   Édouard Roger-Vasselin 7–6(8–6), 6–3
14. 22 January 2017 Koblenz, Germany Hard   Nils Langer 6–4, 3–6, 7–6(7–0)

Singles performance timelineEdit

Tournament 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open Q1 Q1 A Q1 1R Q3 1R Q3 Q1 2R 1–3
French Open Q1 Q2 Q1 Q2 Q2 Q2 1R Q2 Q1 2R 0–1
Wimbledon Q3 Q1 1R 2R Q3 Q2 1R 1R 3R 2R 3–5
US Open Q2 Q3 Q2 Q2 Q1 Q2 3R Q1 1R 1R 2–3
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–1 1–1 0–1 0–0 2–4 0–1 2–2 3–4 8–14


  1. ^ a b "Ruben Bemelmans/overview". Association of Tennis Professionals.
  2. ^ "Ruben Bemelmans schrijft Challengertoernooi van Wolfsburg op zijn naam" [Ruben Bemelmans wins Wolfsburg challenger]. (in Dutch). Mediahuis n.v. 27 February 2011. Archived from the original on 27 November 2015.
  3. ^ "Ruben Bemelmans meteen out op eerste ATP-toernooi" [First round loss for Bemelmans in first appearance in an ATP tournament]. (in Dutch). Mediahuis n.v. 3 February 2010. Archived from the original on 27 November 2015.
  4. ^ Forde-White, Emily (14 September 2010). "Rochus levels tie down under". International Tennis Federation. Archived from the original on 23 October 2012.
  5. ^ "USA Wins Sixth Hyundai Hopman". International Tennis Federation. 8 January 2011. Archived from the original on 10 February 2011.
  6. ^ Clary, Brian (5 September 2015). "Wawrinka keeps rolling, takes out Bemelmans in three". US United States Tennis Association. Archived from the original on 13 September 2015.
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