Alex Bogdanovic

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Aleksa "Alex" Bogdanovic
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Country United Kingdom Great Britain
Residence London, England, UK
Born (1984-05-22) 22 May 1984 (age 30)
Belgrade, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Turned pro 2002
Plays Left-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money $695,395
Career record 11–36 (at ATP Tour and Grand Slam level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 108 (25 June 2007)
Current ranking No. 708 (31 March 2014)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open Q2 (2008, 2009)
French Open Q2 (2007, 2008, 2009)
Wimbledon 1R (2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009)
US Open 1R (2004)
Career record 2–10 (at ATP Tour and Grand Slam level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 336 (12 January 2009)
Last updated on: 5 April 2014.

Aleksa Bogdanovic (Serbian: Aлeкca Бoгдaнoвић, Aleksa Bogdanović; born 1984), also known as his British nickname Alex, is a Serbian-British tennis player born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia. Alex was brought to England by his parents Dušan and Amelija when he was seven and took up tennis as a means of making new friends.

Bogdanovic turned professional in 2002. He is the current British No. 7, with a career-high ranking is World No. 108, which he achieved in June 2007. Bogdanovic has competed mainly in the Challenger Tour. He qualified for the 2004 US Open, losing in the first round. He received wildcards to Wimbledon every year from 2002 to 2009, losing in the first round each time.

Bogdanovic is generally regarded as a player who has never fulfilled his potential.[1][2] The Times writes that "Bogdanovic has long been regarded as a player too satisfied by failure and in denial of the true facts of tennis life."[3]

Early career[edit]


He had a lot of success in juniors for Great Britain, reaching a high of no 8, winning the Uruguay Bowl in Montevideo and reaching the semifinal of the US Junior Open in United States in 2001, the first British player ever to do so.

Early senior career in Britain[edit]

He finished runner-up in the U18 national championships in 2001 to Richard Bloomfield and also finished runner-up in the senior national championships that autumn beating top 100 player Martin Lee and British no 4 Arvind Parmar before losing in the final to Lee Childs in straight sets. In 2002, he was given a wildcard for Wimbledon, being the youngest man in the draw. However, he lost in the first round. His first senior title was won this year, the Futures tournament in Nottingham. That autumn he won the senior national championships, beating Martin Lee again and defeating Jamie Delgado 7–5, 6–2 in the final.

Davis Cup Debut[edit]

Bogdanovic made his debut in the Davis Cup for Great Britain in February 2003 against Australia, playing against the then world number 1, Lleyton Hewitt. Bogdanovic, then ranked at 457 in the world, made a great start on the clay court surface against a surprisingly lacklustre Hewitt and led 5–3 in the first set, but Hewitt then found his form and cruised to victory in straight sets, 7–5, 6–1, 6–2. Bogdanovic beat Todd Woodbridge 6–2, 7–6, in a dead-rubber to prevent a whitewash.

LTA controversy[edit]

In April 2004, the Lawn Tennis Association withdrew the bulk of their funding to him citing lack of commitment. This was emphasised by a defeat to German Álex Calatrava at the Wimbledon Championships. Although taking him to five sets, the defeat raised significant questions over his mental capacity to succeed.

He also lost his place in Great Britain's Davis Cup squad following just one victory in eight singles rubbers. At a Sarajevo challenger event, Bogdanovic withdrew from his quarterfinal match due to food poisoning. He was scheduled thereafter to play in a futures event in Greece but, for the same reasons, stated he was unable to do so.


Grass Court season[edit]

The 2006 Grass court season was disappointing, seeing Bogdanovic going out in first rounds of the Surbiton Trophy, Queens and the Nottingham Open ATP tournaments. As well at Wimbledon. He drew strong opponents in all three ATP events. At Queens he took World number 33 Dmitry Tursunov to a tie- break, in Nottingham he took a set off world 52 Max Mirnyi and at Wimbledon he made a credible showing against world number 2 Rafael Nadal. Alex received Wild Card entry into all three.

Newport, United States[edit]

For the first time in his career, his ranking was high enough for him to be granted regular entry (i.e. without having to qualify) into the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships in Newport, Rhode Island the week after Wimbledon, which his compatriot Greg Rusedski had won the previous two years.

Bogdanovic was drawn to play against American world 735 in the 1st round, Jesse Levine. He won this match 6–4 7–5, his first ATP tour victory of the season. Alex went on to beat George Bastl of Switzerland 6–1 7–6 (8–6), in the second round, to advance to the quarter finals of an ATP Tour for the first time in his career. He lost to the 6th seed from Austria, Jürgen Melzer in 3 sets after having won the first set.


Bogdanovic had a slow start to the season with his ranking dropping to 150. However his season picked up its pace when he was victorious in the Valencia challenger raising his ranking to 132. He followed this up with another consecutive challenger final in Cardiff, but failed to beat Frédéric Niemeyer in this encounter.

Bogdanovic then had a poor clay court season with 2 first-round challenger exits and failing to qualify for the French Open main draw. After this came a 2nd-round defeat to Richard Bloomfield at the Surbiton Trophy.

Before Wimbledon, where he has been granted entry via a wildcard. Alex competed at two ATP tour events, Queen's and the Nottingham Open.

At Queen's he managed to gain an impressive victory over world number 42 Hyung-Taik Lee, and beat British youngster Jamie Baker in the second round to play Andy Roddick. He put on a superb performance against Roddick having won the first set 6–4, and pushed Roddick to a close tie-break in the second set. During the tie-break he was two points from victory, but Roddick took advantage of the Hawk-eye system and a correctly challenged call put him 6–5 up in the tie-break before winning the second set to make it one set all. Roddick broke Alex's serve for the first time in the final set making the final result 4–6 7–6(7–5) 6–4. Bogdanovic's impressive run at Queen's meant a career high of 108. After the match Roddick complimented Bogdanovic and claimed he was "lucky to get out of there." He eagerly backed the idea Alex should easily burst into the top 50 at least by the end of 2007.[4] This dream has not yet been realised.


Bogdanovic's projected entry into the World's Top 50 did not materialise. In a poor start to 2008, he was involved in Great Britain's Davis Cup defeat by Argentina and slipped out of the Top 200. His poor 2008 continued, with wildcard entries for the 2008 Artois Championships and 2008 Wimbledon Championships men's singles tournament resulting in defeats. At Wimbledon he faced Simone Bolelli from Italy and lost in four sets 6–7, 6–4, 3–6, 6–7, his seventh consecutive defeat in the first round at Wimbledon. This low was followed by a victory in the Challenger Banque Tournament in Canada, which helped boost Bogdanovic back into the Top 200, for a short period at least.

As Great Britain's 2nd ranked player Bogdanovic was selected for the Davis Cup World Group play-off against Austria in September. Playing the first singles rubber against World No 41 Jürgen Melzer, he lost in 4 sets. He played the final rubber against Alexander Peya, a player ranked two places below, in match to decide which country will be relegated from the World Group to the Group One Euro/African Zone. After winning the first, he faded to lose in four sets.

Despite captain John Lloyd admitting that the final tie was 50/50 in a televised interview by Sue Barker, his comments and further comments by LTA chief executive Roger Draper regarding a lack of a number two player suggests that this could be the last time Bogdanovic will represent his country in a Davis Cup tie.


In January 2009, Bogdanovic was dropped from Great Britain's Davis Cup squad.[5] In June, he went out of Wimbledon to Tomáš Berdych in straight sets in the first round. This was his eighth straight loss at Wimbledon. In total he won 3 out of 27 sets at Wimbledon.[6] He continued to compete largely on the Challenger circuit, winning in Kolding, Denmark, which helped him to retain his place in the world top 200.


In June 2010, Bogdanovic didn't receive his normal wildcard into the Wimbledon main draw and he had to qualify. In the second round of Wimbledon 2010 qualifying he lost to Nicholas Mahut 3–6 6–3 24–22.[7]

Singles finals[edit]


Legend (Singles)
Grand Slam (0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0)
ATP World Tour 500 (0)
ATP World Tour 250 (0)
ATP Challenger Tour (9)
ITF Futures (4)
No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score
1. 4 February 2002 United Kingdom Nottingham, Great Britain F1 Carpet United Kingdom Luke Milligan 6–7(5), 7–6(6), 6–4
2. 12 July 2004 United Kingdom Manchester, Great Britain Grass Slovakia Michael Mertinak 6–1, 6–3
3. 4 July 2005 United Kingdom Nottingham, Great Britain Grass United Kingdom Mark Hilton 6–3, 7–5
4. 21 November 2005 United Kingdom Sunderland, Great Britain Hard Thailand Danai Udomchoke 7–6(4), 7–5
5. 23 January 2006 United Kingdom Wrexham, Great Britain Hard France Stéphane Robert 6–3, 6–2
6. 6 February 2006 Italy Bergamo, Italy Carpet Italy Simone Bolelli 6–1, 3–0 Ret.
7. 20 November 2006 United Kingdom Shrewsbury, Great Britain Hard Germany Mischa Zverev 4–6, 6–4, 6–4
8. 9 April 2007 United States Valencia, CA, USA Hard United States Zack Fleishman 6–4, 6–7(4), 6–3
9. 7 July 2008 Canada Granby, Canada Hard Thailand Danai Udomchoke 7–6(14), 3–6, 7–6(6)
10. 18 October 2009 Denmark Kolding, Denmark Hard Croatia Ivan Dodig 3–6, 7–6(7), Def.
11. 23 January 2011 United States Tamarac, FL, USA F2 Clay United Kingdom Daniel Smethurst 6–4, 0–6, 6–2
12. 8 July 2012 United States Pittsburgh, PA, USA F18 Clay Australia Matheson Klein 6–2, 6–4
13. 15 July 2012 United States Rochester, NY, USA F19 Clay United States Chase Buchanan 6–3, 6–4


No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score
1. 2 June 2003 United Kingdom Surbiton, Great Britain Grass South Africa Wesley Moodie 4–6, 7–6(2), 1–6
2. 26 April 2004 United Kingdom Glasgow, Great Britain F1 Carpet France Gaël Monfils 4–6, 3–6
3. 5 July 2004 United Kingdom Nottingham, Great Britain Grass France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 3–6, 4–6
4. 2 October 2006 Belgium Mons, Belgium Hard Serbia Janko Tipsarević 4–6, 6–1, 2–6
5. 16 April 2007 United Kingdom Cardiff, Great Britain Hard Canada Frédéric Niemeyer 4–6, 5–7
6. 4 April 2011 United States Little Rock, AR, USA F9 Hard Spain Arnau Brugués-Davi 3–6, 1–6
7. 24 September 2012 United States Irvine, CA, USA F26 Hard United States Daniel Nguyen 5–7, 2–6
8. 8 April 2013 United States Oklahoma City, USA F9 Hard South Africa Rik de Voest 3–6, 2–6

Grand Slam Singles Performance Timeline[edit]

To prevent confusion and double counting, information in this table is updated only once a tournament or the player's participation in the tournament has concluded. This table is current through the 2014 Australian Open.

Tournament 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 Career SR Career W-L Win %
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A A Q2 Q2 A Q1 Q2 Q2 Q2 A A A 0 / 0 0–0 0.00
French Open A A A Q2 Q2 Q2 Q2 Q2 Q1 A A A 0 / 0 0–0 0.00
Wimbledon 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R Q2 Q1 A Q2 0 / 8 0–8 0.00
US Open A A 1R Q1 Q1 Q1 Q1 Q1 Q1 A A A 0 / 1 0–1 0.00
Win-Loss 0–1 0–1 0–2 0–1 0–1 0–1 0–1 0–1 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0 / 9 0–9 0.00


  1. ^ Paul Kelso (24 June 2009). "Wimbledon 2009: Alex Bogdanovic pays as British tennis reels from failure". London: The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 6 July 2010. 
  2. ^ Simon Reed (31 July 2009). "Reed: British tennis in malaise". Eurosport UK. Retrieved 6 July 2010. [dead link]
  3. ^ Barry Flatman (23 June 2008). "Analysis: Alex Bogdanovic too satisfied by failure". London: The Times. Retrieved 6 July 2010. 
  4. ^ "Brave Bogdanovic falls to Roddick". BBC News. 14 June 2007. 
  5. ^ Harman, Neil (24 January 2009). "John Lloyd excludes Alex Bogdanovic from cutthroat challenge". The Times (London). 
  6. ^ Pritha Sarkar (8 June 2010). "Rejected and dejected, Bogdanovic fumes at Wimbledon snub". STV. Retrieved 6 July 2010. 
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