Benjamin Mitchell (tennis)

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Benjamin Mitchell
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Country  Australia
Residence Gold Coast, Australia
Born (1992-11-30) 30 November 1992 (age 21)
Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
Turned pro 2008
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money $191,547
Singles
Highest ranking 209 (20 February 2012)
Current ranking 226 (18 August 2014)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 1R (2012, 2013)
French Open Q1 (2012)
Wimbledon Q1 (2012), (2014)
US Open Q1 (2014)
Australian Open Junior QF (2010)
Wimbledon Junior F (2010)
Doubles
Career titles 1-0
Highest ranking 303 (27 January 2014)
Current ranking 308 (18 August 2014)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 2R (2014) with Jordan Thompson
Last updated on: 19 August 2014.

Benjamin "Ben" Mitchell (born 30 November 1992) is an Australian professional tennis player who as of 19 August 2014 is ranked World No. 226 by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP).[1] As a junior, Mitchell enjoyed a successful career in which he reached one junior grand slam singles final at the 2010 Wimbledon Championships and reached a ranking of World No. 20. In January 2012, he competed in his first ATP main draw event at the Brisbane International.

Personal life[edit]

Mitchell is the younger brother of Home and Away actor, Luke Mitchell. Mitchell comes from a tennis loving family and also has two other brothers and one sister.

Junior career[edit]

Mitchell competed in his first junior ITF under 18 event in December 2005 as a 13 year old, he was beaten soundly in the first round by James Wong 6-3 6-1. Mitchell had varying success between Australian and New Zealand tournaments through 2006-2008 which included his first final in Darwin. Mitchell stopped playing junior tournaments in 2009 to focus on senior tournaments and in doing so entered his last season as a junior in 2010 without a ranking. Tennis Australia provided wildcards into the Traralgon International and the Australian Open junior event and Mitchell did not disappoint. He reached the final of the Traralgon International and the quarterfinals of the Australian Open juniors event. Following his successful Australian summer Mitchell won his first and only junior title in Nonthaburi, Thailand where he defeated Suk-Young Jeong in the final 7-5 6-3.

In the last event Mitchell ever entered he recorded his best result as he went through qualifying to reach the final of the 2010 Junior Wimbledon Championships where he lost in straight sets to Márton Fucsovics 4-6 4-6.[2]

Junior singles titles (1)[edit]

Legend (Singles)
Grand Slam (0)
Grade A (0)
Grade B (0)
Grade 1–5 (1)
No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
1. 13 March 2010 Thailand Nonthaburi Hard South Korea Suk-Young Jeong 7–5, 6–3

Professional career[edit]

2010[edit]

In June, Mitchell participated in a futures tournament in Australia, where he lost in straight sets in the first round to Krishananth Balakrishnan of Australia.[3] In November 2010, Mitchell entered the Australian Open Wild Card Play-offs, hoping to win himself a main draw wild card for the 2011 Australian Open. However, Mitchell lost to fellow Australian and fourth seed, Matthew Ebden in the quarterfinals.

2011[edit]

At the 2011 Australian Open, Mitchell received a wild card into the Men's Doubles along with James Duckworth, but they were defeated in the first round by Daniel Nestor and Max Mirnyi.[4]

Mitchell won his first futures title in February (Australia F2) against Michael Look.

2012[edit]

Mitchell played in the 2012 Australian Open but lost in the first round to John Isner 4-6, 4-6, 6-7.

2013[edit]

Mitchell started his year at the 2013 Brisbane International after he was awarded a wildcard. he lost in the first round to Marcos Baghdatis in straight sets. Mitchell received a wildcard into the 2013 Australian Open after winning the Australian Open Wildcard Playoff. He lost to countrymen James Duckworth in the first round in five sets. Mitchell then had two consecutive first round losses. The first at the 2013 McDonald's Burnie International to top seed John Millman and then at the 2013 Charles Sturt Adelaide International to Suk-Young Jeong.

In October, Mitchell won the Melbourne Challenger pairing Thanasi Kokkinakis. This was his first challenger title. However he lost in the opening round of the singles to Bradley Klahn in straight sets. Mitchell then reached the quarterfinals of the Traralgon Challenger where he lost to James Duckworth.

2014[edit]

Mitchell began his year at the 2014 Brisbane International in qualifying where he defeated seventh seed Wayne Odesnik in the first round in straight sets. He lost in the second round in a third set tiebreak to Pierre-Hugues Herbert. Mitchell then played in qualifying at the 2014 Australian Open where he lost in the first round against John-Patrick Smith in straight sets. Mitchell partnered with Jordan Thompson in the Men's Doubles where they won their first round over Carlos Berlocq and Alejandro González in three sets. This marked the first match win that Mitchell or Thompson have had at a Grand Slam. They lost in the second round against 14th seeds and eventual champions Łukasz Kubot and Robert Lindstedt. Mitchell then competed at the Burnie International where he defeated Luke Saville in the first round. He retired in the quarter finals. Mitchell lost in the first round of qualification for Wimbledon to Marius Copil. On July 6, Mitchell won his first title of the year at the Canada F4, defeating the #1 seed Filip Peliwo 6-3, 2-6, 6-4.

Career statistics[edit]

Singles titles (8)[edit]

Legend (singles)
Grand Slam (0)
Tennis Masters Cup (0)
ATP Masters Series (0)
ATP Tour (0)
Challengers (0)
Futures (8-7)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 29 November 2010 Australia F13, Australia, AUS Hard Australia Samuel Groth 6-7(7-9), 4-6
Winner 2. 28 February 2011 Australia Australia F2, Berri Grass Australia Michael Look 2–6, 6–4, 6–3
Winner 3. 20 June 2011 Spain Spain F21,Melilla Hard Spain Roberto Ortega-Olmedo 6–3, 6–1
Runner-up 4. 25 July 2011 United Kingdom Great Britain F11, Great Britain Hard United Kingdom Chris Eaton 5-7, 1-6
Runner-up 5. 5 September 2011 Australia Australia F5 Australia Hard Australia Michael Look 4-6, 4-6
Runner-up 6. 12 September 2011 Australia Australia F6, Australia Hard Australia James Lemke 1-6, 6-4, 3-6
Winner 7. 3 October 2011 Australia Australia F7, Esperance Hard Australia Matt Reid 6–1, 6–4
Runner-up 8. 10 October 2011 Australia Australia F9 Australia Hard United Kingdom Brydan Klein 5-7, 3-6
Winner 9. 14 November 2011 Australia Australia F12, Traralgon Hard New Zealand Michael Venus 7–6(7–3), 6–7(2–7), 6–0
Runner-up 10. 21 November 2011 Australia Australia F13, Australia Hard Australia Matt Reid 6-7(6), 6-4, 1-6
Winner 11. 22 October 2012 Australia Australia F11, Traralgon Hard Australia Luke Saville 6-3, 2-6, 6-1
Runner-up 12. 29 October 2012 Australia Australia F12, Australia Hard Australia John Millman 3-6, 3-6
Winner 13. 25 May 2013 Thailand Thailand F1 Bangkok Hard Indonesia Karunuday Singh 6-3, 1–6, 7–6(7–2)
Winner 14. 9 June 2013 South Korea Korea F5 Gyeongsan Hard Japan Hiroki Kondo 7–6(7–4), 7–6(7–3)
Winner 15. 6 July 2014 Canada Canada F4 Kelowna Hard Canada Filip Peliwo 6-3, 2-6, 6-4

Doubles: 1 (1–0)[edit]

Legend (Singles)
Grand Slam (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 (0–0)
ATP Challenger Tour (1–0)
ITF Futures Tour (0–0)
Titles by Surface
Hard (1-0)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponent in the final Score in the final
Winner 1. 21 October 2013 Australia Melbourne, Australia Hard Australia Thanasi Kokkinakis Australia Andrew Whittington
Australia Alex Bolt
6-3, 6-2

Grand Slam Singles performance timeline[edit]

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR LQ (Q#) A P Z# PO SF-B F S G NMS NH

Won tournament; or reached Final; Semifinal; Quarter-final; Round 4, 3, 2, 1; competed at a Round Robin stage; lost in Qualification Round; absent from tournament event; played in a Davis Cup Zonal Group (with its number indication) or Play-off; won a bronze, silver (F or S) or gold medal at the Olympics; a downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament (Not a Masters Series); or a tournament that was Not Held in a given year.

To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated either at the conclusion of a tournament, or when the player's participation in the tournament has ended.

Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open Q1 Q1 1R 1R Q1 0-2
French Open A A Q1 A A 0–0
Wimbledon A A Q1 A Q1 0–0
US Open A A A A Q1 0–0
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–1 0-0 0–2
Year-End Ranking 612 227 327 265

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