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.
|Born||July 4, 1990|
|Height||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Career record||19–39 (ATP World Tour, Grand Slam main draw and Davis Cup matches)|
2 Challengers, 8 Futures
|Highest ranking||No. 148 (27 May 2013)|
|Current ranking||No. 215 (6 May 2019)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||1R (2014, 2015)|
|French Open||Q2 (2012, 2019)|
|Wimbledon||Q2 (2012, 2014, 2015)|
|US Open||Q3 (2014)|
11 Challengers, 4 Futures
|Highest ranking||No. 78 (18 March 2019)|
|Current ranking||No. 90 (6 May 2019)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||2R (2019)|
|Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results|
|Australian Open||2R (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.
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).
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). 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).
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.
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 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."
Challenger and Futures finalsEdit
Singles: 25 (10–15)Edit
|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
|Loss||0–1||Jan 2009||China F2, Shenzhen||Futures||Hard||Zeng Shaoxuan|| Rylan Rizza
Kaes Van't Hof
|Win||1–1||Feb 2009||Australia F2, Berri||Futures||Grass||Zeng Shaoxuan|| Kaden Hensel
|6–3, 3–6, [10–6]|
|Win||2–1||Aug 2009||China F5, Chongqing||Futures||Hard||Zeng Shaoxuan|| Chen I-ta
|Loss||2–2||Aug 2009||China F6, Jiaxing||Futures||Hard||Zeng Shaoxuan|| Gong Maoxin
|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
|Loss||3–3||Jan 2010||Israel F1, Eilat||Futures||Hard||Wu Di|| Andrej Martin
|Loss||3–4||Feb 2010||Azerbaijan F2, Baku||Futures||Hard (i)||Wu Di|| Matwé Middelkoop
Antal van der Duim
|Win||4–4||Apr 2010||China F3, Chongqing||Futures||Hard||Wu Di|| Gong Maoxin
|6–3, 1–6, [10–8]|
|Loss||4–5||Aug 2010||Astana, Kazakhstan||Challenger||Hard (i)||Wu Di|| Mikhail Elgin
|Loss||4–6||Jul 2011||Wuhai, China, P.R.||Challenger||Hard||Feng He|| Lee Hsin-han
|Loss||4–7||Sep 2012||Ningbo, China, P.R.||Challenger||Hard||Gong Maoxin|| Sanchai Ratiwatana
|Loss||4–8||Mar 2013||Kazakhstan F2, Aktobe||Futures||Hard (i)||Gong Maoxin|| Victor Baluda
|Loss||4–9||Jul 2013||Beijing, China, P.R.||Challenger||Hard||Gong Maoxin|| Toshihide Matsui
|6–4, 6–7(6–8), [8–10]|
|Loss||4–10||Jun 2014||Prague, Czech Republic||Challenger||Clay||Lee Hsin-han|| Roman Jebavý
|Win||5–10||Aug 2016||Chengdu, China, P.R.||Challenger||Hard||Gong Maoxin|| Gao Xin
|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
|7–6(7–4), 5–7, [7–10]|
|Win||6–12||Mar 2017||Zhuhai, China, P.R.||Challenger||Hard||Gong Maoxin|| Ruan Roelofse
|Loss||6–13||Oct 2017||Suzhou, China, P.R.||Challenger||Hard||Gong Maoxin|| Gao Xin
|6–7(5–7), 6–4, [7–10]|
|Loss||6–14||Mar 2018||Qujing, China, P.R.||Challenger||Hard||Wu Di|| Aliaksandr Bury
|7–6(7–3), 4–6, [10–12]|
|Win||7–14||Apr 2018||Nanchang, China, P.R.||Challenger||Clay (i)||Gong Maoxin|| Ruben Gonzales
|3–6, 7–6(9–7), [10–7]|
|Loss||7–15||Apr 2018||Anning, China, P.R.||Challenger||Clay||Gong Maoxin|| Aliaksandr Bury
|Win||8–15||Jul 2018||Recanati, Italy||Challenger||Hard||Gong Maoxin|| Gonzalo Escobar
|2–6, 7–6(7–5), [10–8]|
|Win||9–15||Aug 2018||Chengdu, China, P.R.||Challenger||Hard||Gong Maoxin|| Mikhail Elgin
|Win||10–15||Sep 2018||Zhangjiagang, China, P.R.||Challenger||Hard||Gong Maoxin|| Bradley Mousley
|Win||11–15||Sep 2018||Shanghai, China, P.R.||Challenger||Hard||Gong Maoxin|| Hua Runhao
|6–4, 3–6, [10–4]|
|Win||12–15||Oct 2018||Ningbo, China, P.R.||Challenger||Hard||Gong Maoxin|| Hsieh Cheng-peng
|7–5, 2–6, [10–5]|
|Win||13–15||Oct 2018||Liuzhou, China, P.R.||Challenger||Hard||Gong Maoxin|| Hsieh Cheng-peng
|6–3, 2–6, [10–3]|
|Win||14–15||Feb 2019||Bangkok, Thailand||Challenger||Hard||Gong Maoxin|| Hsieh Cheng-peng
|Win||15–15||Mar 2019||Zhuhai, China, P.R.||Challenger||Hard||Gong Maoxin|| Max Purcell
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