Alex Kim (tennis)

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Alex Kim
Country United States United States
Residence Delray Beach, Florida
Born December 20, 1978
Silver Spring,
Maryland
United States
Height 5'9" (175 cm)
Turned pro 2000
Plays Right-handed
Prize money $281,041
Singles
Career record 8-26
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 106 (June 10, 2002)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 3R (2002)
French Open 1R (2003)
US Open 1R (2000, 2002, 2003)
Doubles
Career record 0-5
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 264 (October 20, 2003)
Grand Slam Doubles results
US Open 1R (2002, 2003)
Alex Kim
Medal record
Competitor for  United States
Men's Tennis
Pan American Games
Bronze 2003 Santo Domingo Men's Singles

Alex Kim (born December 20, 1978) is a professional tennis player from the United States.[1]

Early career[edit]

In the 1996 US Open, Kim and Mexico's Mariano Sanchez made the boy's doubles semi-finals, where they lost to the Bryan brothers.[2]

He began playing collegiate tennis in 1998, for Stanford University.[3] The American was a member of the championship winning Stanford sides of 1998 and 2000.[3] In the latter year he also won the NCAA Division 1 singles title and was an All-American.[3] In 2000, along with teammate Geoff Abrams, he was part of the top-ranked doubles team in the nation, which also was named the ITA National Doubles Team of the Year.[4][5][6][7] He was inducted into the Stanford Athletic Hall of Fame in 2011.[8]

ATP Tour[edit]

Given a wildcard entry, Kim made his first Grand Slam appearance in 2000, at the US Open.[3] He had the misfortune of being drawn against world number one Andre Agassi in the first round and lost in straight sets.[3] In June 2000, he won the doubles title with Geoff Abrams at the USTA Chandler Cup Futures.[9]

The next time that he played in a Grand Slam event, the 2002 Australian Open, he put in the best performance of his career, starting with an opening round win over Davide Sanguinetti.[3] Despite being ranked outside of the world's top 200, Kim managed to defeat fourth seed Yevgeny Kafelnikov in the second round, without dropping a set.[10] In the third round he was eliminated by the only other qualifier remaining in the draw, Fernando Gonzalez.[3]

He also played at the US Open in 2002, but lost in the first round to Greg Rusedski.[3] In Washington's Legg Mason Tennis Classic that year, he claimed a win over another big name player, 10th seed Todd Martin.[3] He was unable to get past Jarkko Nieminen in the round of 16.[3]

In 2003 he played in three Grand Slam tournaments, but lost in the opening round of each.[3] He was beaten by Scott Draper in the Australian Open, squandered a two set lead in losing to Mark Philippoussis in the French Open and was defeated by Younes El Aynaoui in the US Open.[3]

Kim was a joint bronze medalist in the men's singles event at the 2003 Pan American Games, which were held in the Dominican Republic. He lost in the semi-finals to Marcelo Rios, in a match decided by two tiebreaks.

As a doubles player, Kim competed in the 2002 US Open with Kevin Kim (who is of no relation) and with Jeff Salzenstein in the 2003 US Open.[3] He and his partner lost in the first round of each.[3]

Challenger Titles[edit]

Singles: (3)[edit]

No. Year Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
1. 2001 United States Kerrville, United States Hard United States Mardy Fish 6–3, 3–6, 6–4
2. 2002 United States Birmingham, United States Clay United States Cecil Mamiit 7–6(11–9), 6–2
3. 2003 United States Fresno, United States Hard United States Jeff Morrison 7–5, 7–6(8–6)

Doubles: (1)[edit]

No. Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
1. 2003 South Korea Seoul, South Korea Hard South Korea Hyung-Taik Lee United States Alex Bogomolov, Jr.
United States Jeff Salzenstein
1–6, 6–1, 6–4

References[edit]

  1. ^ ITF Pro Circuit Profile
  2. ^ ITF Junior Profile
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n ATP World Tour Profile
  4. ^ "Cunha, Hemmeler Named ITA Doubles Team of the Year". GoDuke.com. Retrieved November 13, 2013. 
  5. ^ "SPARTANS SWEEP PAST FRESNO ST.; STANFORD'S ABRAMS CAPTURES TENNIS TITLE". Mercury News. May 1, 2000. Retrieved November 13, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Tennis: Morrison Win Streak Over". The Gainesville Sun. May 23, 2000. Retrieved November 13, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Abrams Selected for Elite Tennis Training Program". Los Angeles Times. June 1, 2000. Retrieved November 13, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Alex Kim". Stanford Athletic Hall of Fame. March 19, 2012. 
  9. ^ Dasher, Anthony (May 19, 2001). "Soft-spoken standout". Online Athens. Retrieved November 13, 2013. 
  10. ^ The Guardian, "Kafelnikov confounded by scattered seeds", January 16, 2002