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Zhang Ze (Chinese: 张择; pinyin: Zhāng Zé; Mandarin pronunciation: [ʈʂáŋ tsɤ̌]; born July 4, 1990), is a Chinese male tennis player. Currently No. 215 in the world, he is China's highest-ranked male singles player.

Zhang Ze
张择
Ze Zhang 5, 2015 Wimbledon Qualifying - Diliff.jpg
Country (sports) China
ResidenceNanjing, China
Born (1990-07-04) July 4, 1990 (age 29)
Nanjing, China
Height1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Turned pro2005
Playsright-handed
CoachJiang Wei
Prize moneyUS$975,638
Singles
Career record19–39 (ATP World Tour, Grand Slam main draw and Davis Cup matches)
Career titles0
2 Challengers, 8 Futures
Highest rankingNo. 148 (27 May 2013)
Current rankingNo. 215 (6 May 2019)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open1R (2014, 2015)
French OpenQ2 (2012, 2019)
WimbledonQ2 (2012, 2014, 2015)
US OpenQ3 (2014)
Doubles
Career record8–23
Career titles0
11 Challengers, 4 Futures
Highest rankingNo. 78 (18 March 2019)
Current rankingNo. 90 (6 May 2019)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open2R (2019)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open2R (2015)
Last updated on: 9 May 2019.

Zhang's career highlights include reaching the quarterfinals of the 2012 China Open (defeating Richard Gasquet en route), playing the Australian Open main draw on two consecutive occasions (2014 and 2015), and teaming up with Roger Federer to play doubles at the 2013 Shanghai Rolex Masters.

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CareerEdit

Zhang's early years were spent on the ITF Circuit throughout Asia. In February 2008, Zhang made his first appearance in the qualifying draw of an ATP Challenger tournament in Melbourne, defeating Mikal Statham (5–7, 7–5, 6–4). In the second round, Zhang lost to Nima Roshan (6–7(6–8), 1–6).[1]

On 28 March 2010, Zhang won the first single's title of his professional career in an ITF Futures event in Mengzi City, China. He defeated Riccardo Ghedin (6–1, 6–4).[2] Just under two months later, on 22 May, Zhang reached his first final on the Challenger Tour in Fergana, Uzbekistan, after entering as a qualifier. He lost to Evgeny Kirillov (6–3, 2–6, 6–2).[3]

In 2010, Zhang became, for the first time in his career, Chinese champion in both singles and doubles of the QuanYunHui. He was selected to play for China’s Davis Cup team.

On 22 May 2011, exactly a year to the day of his first final on the Challenger Tour, Zhang won his second ITF single's title by defeating Lee Hsin-han (6–1, 6–0) in Guiyang, China.

He played the qualifying rounds at the 2012 Wimbledon, and the 2012 US Open, where he made it to the second round but lost.

In the 2012 China Open, Zhang defeated world No.14 Richard Gasquet 6–4, 3–6, 6–4 in the second round, before he lost to Florian Mayer on the following day.[4]

In October 2013, Zhang teamed up with Roger Federer at the 2013 Shanghai Rolex Masters. They beat Kevin Anderson and Dmitry Tursunov, 6–2, 6–1. However, the pair were defeated in the second round.

In January 2014, Zhang qualified in men's singles for the 2014 Australian Open, his first grand slam tournament. In the first round he lost to world No. 33 and 31-seed Fernando Verdasco in four sets: 7–5, 3–6, 2–6, 3–6.

In January 2015, 187-ranked Zhang earned one of eight wildcards to the 2015 Australian Open men's singles main draw. Zhang was the highest-ranked men's singles player from China at the time and was the only China representative in men's singles, men's doubles, and mixed doubles (male). In singles he lost in the first round to unseeded Australian two-time Grand Slam winner Lleyton Hewitt, ranked 87 in the world at the time, in four sets: 3–6, 6–1, 0–6, 4–6. In men's doubles, Zhang and partner Lee Hsin-han of Taiwan were given a wildcard to the main draw and faced number 2 seeds Julien Benneteau and Édouard Roger-Vasselin of France in the first round and lost in straight sets 1–6, 4–6. In mixed doubles, Zhang and partner Chang Kai-Chen of Taiwan were given a wildcard to the main draw and they advanced to the second round.

In October 2015, Zhang was one of three players to receive a wildcard into the main draw of the China Open. After upsetting Denis Istomin in the first round (6–3, 1–6, 6–3), Zhang was defeated by world No.1 and defending champion Novak Djokovic (6–2, 6–1), who went on to win the tournament for the sixth time. Despite a comfortable win for Djokovic, he heaped praise on the youngster, saying he has "Top 100 stuff."[5]

Challenger and Futures finalsEdit

Singles: 25 (10–15)Edit

Legend (Singles)
ATP Challenger Tour (2–5)
ITF Futures Tour (8–10)
Titles by Surface
Hard (9–15)
Clay (1–0)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0–1 Jan 2009 China F2, Shenzhen Futures Hard   Zeng Shaoxuan 4–6, 0–2 ret.
Loss 0–2 May 2009 China F3, Taizhou Futures Hard   Gong Maoxin 3–6, 6–4, 4–6
Loss 0–3 Feb 2010 Israel F2, Eilat Futures Hard   Andrej Martin 1–6, 1–6
Win 1–3 Mar 2010 China F2, Mengzi Futures Hard   Riccardo Ghedin 6–1, 6–4
Loss 1–4 Apr 2010 Korea F3, Changwon Futures Hard   Jordan Cox 4–6, 3–6
Loss 1–5 May 2010 Fergana, Uzbekistan Challenger Hard   Evgeny Kirillov 3–6, 6–2, 2–6
Loss 1–6 Jan 2011 China F2, Mengzi Futures Hard   Gong Maoxin 1–6, 7–6(7–3), 2–6
Win 2–6 May 2011 China F6, Guiyang Futures Hard (i)   Lee Hsin-han 6–1, 6–0
Win 3–6 Jun 2011 China F7, Shenzhen Futures Hard   An Jae-sung 6–4, 6–2
Loss 3–7 Jan 2012 China F2, Shenzhen Futures Hard   Austin Krajicek 6–3, 3–6, 6–7(4–7)
Loss 3–8 Feb 2012 Australia F1, Toowoomba Futures Hard   Érik Chvojka 2–6, 6–1, 6–7(4–7)
Win 4–8 Apr 2012 China F5, Chengdu Futures Hard   Wu Di 7–6(7–3), 6–3
Loss 4–9 Apr 2012 China F6, Chengdu Futures Hard   Wu Di 1–6, 6–7(6–8)
Win 5–9 Jul 2012 Netherlands F3, Breda Futures Clay   Thiemo de Bakker 6–4, 3–6, 6–4
Win 6–9 Feb 2013 Kazakhstan F1, Aktobe Futures Hard (i)   Marek Semjan 6–2, 6–7(6–8), 6–1
Loss 6–10 Mar 2013 Kazakhstan F2, Aktobe Futures Hard (i)   Marek Semjan 3–6, 7–6(7–5), 2–6
Win 7–10 Mar 2014 China F3, Yuxi Futures Hard   Chung Hyeon 7–6(7–3), 7–6(7–3)
Win 8–10 Apr 2014 China F5, Chengdu Futures Hard   Dzmitry Zhyrmont 3–6, 6–3, 6–2
Loss 8–11 Jul 2015 China F10, Xi'an Futures Hard   Li Zhe 2–6, 6–2, 4–6
Loss 8–12 Feb 2016 Kyoto, Japan Challenger Hard (i)   Yūichi Sugita 7–5, 3–6, 4–6
Loss 8–13 Mar 2016 Zhuhai, China, P.R. Challenger Hard   Thomas Fabbiano 7–5, 1–6, 3–6
Win 9–13 Feb 2017 San Francisco, USA Challenger Hard (i)   Vasek Pospisil 7–5, 3–6, 6–2
Loss 9–14 Sep 2017 Zhangjiagang, China, P.R. Challenger Hard   Jason Jung 4–6, 6–2, 4–6
Loss 9–15 Mar 2018 Shenzhen, China, P.R. Challenger Hard   Ilya Ivashka 4–6, 2–6
Win 10–15 Aug 2018 Chengdu, China, P.R. Challenger Hard   Henri Laaksonen 2–6, 5–2 ret.

Doubles: 30 (15–15)Edit

Legend (Doubles)
ATP Challenger Tour (11–10)
ITF Futures Tour (4–5)
Titles by Surface
Hard (13–12)
Clay (1–3)
Grass (1–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0–1 Jan 2009 China F2, Shenzhen Futures Hard   Zeng Shaoxuan   Rylan Rizza
  Kaes Van't Hof
3–6, 2–6
Win 1–1 Feb 2009 Australia F2, Berri Futures Grass   Zeng Shaoxuan   Kaden Hensel
  Adam Hubble
6–3, 3–6, [10–6]
Win 2–1 Aug 2009 China F5, Chongqing Futures Hard   Zeng Shaoxuan   Chen I-ta
  Yi Chu-huan
7–5, 7–6(7–5)
Loss 2–2 Aug 2009 China F6, Jiaxing Futures Hard   Zeng Shaoxuan   Gong Maoxin
  Xue Feng
7–6(7–4), 6–7(5–7), [7–10]
Win 3–2 Sep 2009 France F13, Bagnères-de-Bigorre Futures Hard   Gong Maoxin   Fabrice Martin
  Adil Shamasdin
6–4, 6–4
Loss 3–3 Jan 2010 Israel F1, Eilat Futures Hard   Wu Di   Andrej Martin
  Miloslav Mečíř
2–6, 3–6
Loss 3–4 Feb 2010 Azerbaijan F2, Baku Futures Hard (i)   Wu Di   Matwé Middelkoop
  Antal van der Duim
6–7(8–10), 5–7
Win 4–4 Apr 2010 China F3, Chongqing Futures Hard   Wu Di   Gong Maoxin
  Li Zhe
6–3, 1–6, [10–8]
Loss 4–5 Aug 2010 Astana, Kazakhstan Challenger Hard (i)   Wu Di   Mikhail Elgin
  Nikolaus Moser
0–6, 4–6
Loss 4–6 Jul 2011 Wuhai, China, P.R. Challenger Hard   Feng He   Lee Hsin-han
  Yang Tsung-hua
2–6, 6–7(4–7)
Loss 4–7 Sep 2012 Ningbo, China, P.R. Challenger Hard   Gong Maoxin   Sanchai Ratiwatana
  Sonchat Ratiwatana
4–6, 2–6
Loss 4–8 Mar 2013 Kazakhstan F2, Aktobe Futures Hard (i)   Gong Maoxin   Victor Baluda
  Mate Pavić
2–6, 3–6
Loss 4–9 Jul 2013 Beijing, China, P.R. Challenger Hard   Gong Maoxin   Toshihide Matsui
  Danai Udomchoke
6–4, 6–7(6–8), [8–10]
Loss 4–10 Jun 2014 Prague, Czech Republic Challenger Clay   Lee Hsin-han   Roman Jebavý
  Jiří Veselý
1–6, 3–6
Win 5–10 Aug 2016 Chengdu, China, P.R. Challenger Hard   Gong Maoxin   Gao Xin
  Li Zhe
6–3, 4–6, [13–11]
Loss 5–11 Aug 2016 Qingdao, China, P.R. Challenger Clay   Gong Maoxin   Danilo Petrović
  Tak Khunn Wang
2–6, 6–4, [5–10]
Loss 5–12 Feb 2017 San Francisco, USA Challenger Hard (i)   Gong Maoxin   Matt Reid
  John-Patrick Smith
7–6(7–4), 5–7, [7–10]
Win 6–12 Mar 2017 Zhuhai, China, P.R. Challenger Hard   Gong Maoxin   Ruan Roelofse
  Yi Chu-huan
6–3, 7–6(7–4)
Loss 6–13 Oct 2017 Suzhou, China, P.R. Challenger Hard   Gong Maoxin   Gao Xin
  Sun Fajing
6–7(5–7), 6–4, [7–10]
Loss 6–14 Mar 2018 Qujing, China, P.R. Challenger Hard   Wu Di   Aliaksandr Bury
  Peng Hsien-yin
7–6(7–3), 4–6, [10–12]
Win 7–14 Apr 2018 Nanchang, China, P.R. Challenger Clay (i)   Gong Maoxin   Ruben Gonzales
  Christopher Rungkat
3–6, 7–6(9–7), [10–7]
Loss 7–15 Apr 2018 Anning, China, P.R. Challenger Clay   Gong Maoxin   Aliaksandr Bury
  Lloyd Harris
3–6, 4–6
Win 8–15 Jul 2018 Recanati, Italy Challenger Hard   Gong Maoxin   Gonzalo Escobar
  Fernando Romboli
2–6, 7–6(7–5), [10–8]
Win 9–15 Aug 2018 Chengdu, China, P.R. Challenger Hard   Gong Maoxin   Mikhail Elgin
  Yaraslav Shyla
6–4, 6–4
Win 10–15 Sep 2018 Zhangjiagang, China, P.R. Challenger Hard   Gong Maoxin   Bradley Mousley
  Akira Santillan
w/o
Win 11–15 Sep 2018 Shanghai, China, P.R. Challenger Hard   Gong Maoxin   Hua Runhao
  Zhang Zhizhen
6–4, 3–6, [10–4]
Win 12–15 Oct 2018 Ningbo, China, P.R. Challenger Hard   Gong Maoxin   Hsieh Cheng-peng
  Christopher Rungkat
7–5, 2–6, [10–5]
Win 13–15 Oct 2018 Liuzhou, China, P.R. Challenger Hard   Gong Maoxin   Hsieh Cheng-peng
  Christopher Rungkat
6–3, 2–6, [10–3]
Win 14–15 Feb 2019 Bangkok, Thailand Challenger Hard   Gong Maoxin   Hsieh Cheng-peng
  Christopher Rungkat
6–4, 6–4
Win 15–15 Mar 2019 Zhuhai, China, P.R. Challenger Hard   Gong Maoxin   Max Purcell
  Luke Saville
6–4, 6–4

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Melbourne Challenger". International Tennis Federation. Retrieved 11 October 2010.
  2. ^ "China F2 Futures". International Tennis Federation. Retrieved 10 October 2010.
  3. ^ "ATP Results: Fergana 2010". Association of Tennis Professionals. Retrieved 10 October 2010.
  4. ^ "Wild Card Zhang Surprises No.14 Gasquet in 2nd Round".
  5. ^ "Is China Tennis' Next Frontier?".

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