Colin Fleming

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Colin Fleming
Colin Fleming 2010.jpg
Colin Fleming at 2010 Commonwealth Games Mixed doubles final match
Country  Great Britain
Residence Linlithgow, West Lothian
Born (1984-08-13) 13 August 1984 (age 30)
Broxburn, Scotland
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Turned pro 2003
Plays Right-handed
Prize money US$ $845,627
Singles
Career record 1–2 (at ATP Tour level and Grand Slam level, in and Davis Cup)
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 359 (14 September 2009)
Doubles
Career record 140-114 (at ATP Tour level and Grand Slam level, in and Davis Cup)
Career titles 7 (ATP World Tour and Grand Slam)
Highest ranking No. 17 (9 September 2013)
Current ranking No. 71 (17 November 2014)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 3R (2012)
French Open 2R (2010), (2011)
Wimbledon QF (2011)
US Open QF (2011, 2013)
Mixed Doubles
Career record 13-12 (52%)
Career titles 0
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open QF (2012)
French Open 1R (2013), (2014)
Wimbledon QF (2012)
US Open QF (2012)
Last updated on: 22 November 2014.
Colin Fleming
Medal record
Tennis
Competitor for  Scotland
Commonwealth Games
Gold 2010 Delhi Mixed Doubles

Colin Fleming (born 13 August 1984 in Broxburn, West Lothian) is a British professional tennis player who specialises in doubles. He is currently ranked number 71 in the world, and is the British number 3 and Scottish number 2.[1] He was selected for 2009 Great Britain Davis Cup team, and has since been a regular part of Britain's Davis Cup fixtures.[2] Together with Jocelyn Rae, he won the gold medal in the mixed doubles at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi for Scotland.

He has reached fifteen ATP Tour doubles finals in his career winning seven of them: two in 2009, 2012 and 2013 and one in 2011. In 2011, he had his best doubles Grand Slam season to date reaching the quarterfinals of Wimbledon his best achievement in a Grand Slam tournament, and then two months later equalling it at the US Open. He has had a number of different partners, but primarily plays alongside his British compatriots, most notably Ross Hutchins, Jamie & Andy Murray, Ken Skupski and Jonathan Marray. Fleming's most successful partnership has been with Ross Hutchins, however whilst Hutchins was off the tour with illness, Fleming spent most of 2013 partnered by Marray.

Biography[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Working his way up through the ranks Colin loved to compete, and regularly travelled long distances to play in regional challenge events and regional and GB junior tournaments. He was never at the top rank in the juniors, being small and slightly built until late teens, but held his own through court craft and determination. He also began his county career as a junior, representing North of Scotland, culminating in the great enjoyment he has in playing Summer County week and the camaraderie that he has with the North of Scotland players.

Colin left high school in 2001 at age 17 to study Economics & Finance at The University of Stirling as a sports bursar. The University offered him the opportunity to continue with his tennis training and competition as part of a high quality programme, otherwise he would have become a social player at that time. His tennis career was supported by the University when they enabled him to take two sabbatical years from 2004 to turn pro and join the tour, during which time he achieved career highs for singles and doubles in 2006. After selection in the Davis Cup squad for the match against Serbia and playing Wimbledon in 2006, Colin decided to quit the tour to return to Stirling in order to complete his University degree. He graduated with First Class Honours in 2007 and secured a graduate scheme position as an energy trader where he worked for a year. With his hunger rekindled and his head set on making it in pro tennis, Colin decided to return to the tour in August 2008.

He is a known supporter of Partick Thistle.

Tennis career[edit]

2009[edit]

In 2009 he won his first doubles tournament on the ATP Tour circuit with compatriot Ken Skupski at the 2009 Open de Moselle in France 2–6, 6–4, [10–5]. A few months later he won his second title at the 2009 St. Petersburg Open again partnering Ken Skupski winning 2–6, 7–5, [10–4].

2010[edit]

In 2010 Fleming competed in his first grand slam outside of Wimbledon at the Australian open again partnering Ken Skupski made it to the second round. Fleming then competed at the French open for the first time again partnering Ken Skupski but fell at the second round in three sets.

He competed in the Eastbourne Open in England again partnering Ken Skupski and got to the final only to lose to Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski in three sets 3–6, 7–5, [8–10]. For the first time he made it into the second round of Wimbledon but lost to the much more experienced Bryan brother's in straight sets again partnering Ken Skupski.

Fleming for the first time competed at the US open and competed at all four grand slams for the first time. But fell in the first round in straight sets, once again partnering Ken Skupski.

2011[edit]

In 2011 he reached the Final of the Casablanca open in Morocco, this time partnering Igor Zelenay only to lose the final to Robert Lindstedt and Horia Tecău in straight sets 2–6, 1–6.

In June at Wimbledon Fleming had his best performance at a Grand Slam event in doubles, partnered by Ross Hutchins he defeated 7th seeds Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski on his way to the quarterfinals. The pair lost a very tight five set thriller to Christopher Kas and Alexander Peya 4–6, 4–6, 7–6(7–2), 6–2, 4–6. Two months later at the US Open, the pair equaled their Wimbledon performance, once again reaching the quarterfinals. Despite a victory over 2nd seeds Max Mirnyi and Daniel Nestor in their second match, they ultimately lost in three sets to Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi, blowing a match point opportunity in the deciding set.

Then at the Davis Cup he help Great Britain Win their promotion tie 5–0 against Hungary to advance to group I playing in both the doubles and one of the dead singles rubbers. Thiswas his first ever ATP Tour singles match win, against Sebo Kiss 6–4, 6–3.

Fleming and Hutchins later reached the semi finals of the Open de Moselle but lost to second seeds Lukáš Dlouhý and Marcelo Melo in three sets. He did however finally win his third title after a two-year, at the St. Petersburg Open, the last title he won back in 2009. They defeated Michail Elgin and Alexander Kudryavtsev in three sets 6–3, 6–7(5–7), [10–8]. This was Flemings first title with Hutchins, and with the victory his world ranking rose to a career high rank of number 30 in the world.

2012[edit]

At the start of the 2012 season, Fleming and Hutchins reached the third round of the Australian Open for the first time, only to lose to the Bryan bothers, 4–6, 6–0, 2–6 This raised his ranking to a career high of no. 29 in the world. He also reached the quarterfinals of the mixed event with Liezel Huber.

Fleming won his second title with Hutchins and his first in the 2012 season at the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships, defeating Michal Mertiňák and André Sá, 2–6, 7–6(7–5), [15–13]. This also raised his doubles ranking to a career high rank of no. 24 in the world.

In mid-June, after being out of action due to an injury, Fleming won his second title of the year, again partnering Hutchins at the Aegon International. They defeated fellow Brits and good friends Jamie Delgado and Ken Skupskim 6–4, 6–3. This was Fleming's third title with Hutchins. However, they had a disappointing run at Wimbledon, going out in the first round in five sets, even though they took the first two, 6–3, 6–4, 2–6, 6–7(5–7), 3–6 to Mikhail Kukushkin and Lukáš Rosol. In the mixed doubles event, Fleming had more success partnering Hsieh Su-wei. They made it to the quarterfinals, where they lost to third seeds Nenad Zimonjić and Katarina Srebotnik in straight sets, 6–7(3–7), 3–6.

In their first tournament after Wimbledon, Fleming and Hutchins competed at the Campbell's Hall of Fame Tennis Championships. They got to the final, but were defeated by Santiago González and Scott Lipsky in straight sets, 6–7(3–7), 3–6. Having lost in the semifinals at the BB&T Atlanta Open, Fleming next competed at the London 2012 Summer Olympics in the doubles event, partnering Hutchins again in their first Olympics. However, they lost in the first round to Benneteau and Gasquet in a very disappointing straight-sets defeat 5–7, 3–6.

At the last Major of the season Fleming and Hutchins made it to the third round of the US Open before being beaten by Brothers and home Favorites Ryan Harrison and Christian Harrison in straight sets 3–6, 4–6. Fleming also competed in the mixed doubles event, partnering Sania Mirza of India. They were beaten in the Quarter finals by fourth seeds Květa Peschke and Marcin Matkowski in straight sets 3–6, 5–7. In the second round, they defeated defending champions Melanie Oudin and Jack Sock in straight sets.

After a poor run at the St. Petersburg Open Open Fleming and Hutchins Next headed off to Asia. They got to the final in their first tournament at the Malaysia Open, This also being their fourth final of the season. However, after a bright start, they lost the final in three sets 7–5, 5–7, [7–10] to Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares.

At the penultimate masters 1000 of the season Fleming and Hutchins had their best run at a masters 1000 event making the semi finals, only to narrowly lose to the Indian duo of Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna 7–6(7–4), 3–6, [8–10] whilst serving for the match.

2013[edit]

Fleming made a strong start to the 2013 season, winning the doubles title at the Heineken Open with Brazilian partner Bruno Soares, as Fleming's regular doubles partner Ross Hutchins was out with illness. Fleming teamed up with fellow Scot Jamie Murray for the Australian Open, however they lost in the first round to Michael Kohlmann and Jarkko Nieminen. Following a break of around two weeks, Fleming then teamed up with Wimbledon champion Jonathan Marray at the Open Sud de France where they were the top seeds. The pair made it to the semifinals before losing in three sets to Sweden's Johan Brunström, and Raven Klaasen of South Africa. The following week, Fleming teamed up with Rohan Bopanna of India, with whom he won his second title of the year at the Open 13 in France, defeating Bopanna's former partner Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi and Dutchman Jean-Julien Rojer in straight sets in the final.

At Indian Wells, Fleming teamed up with Paul Hanley of Australia, with whom he made it to the quarterfinals before losing to Bruno Soares and Alexander Peya. After a first round defeat in Miami, partnered by Jonathan Marray, the two Brits returned to the UK for Great Britain's first Davis Cup fixture of the year. After Russia took the first two singles rubbers, both in five sets, Fleming and Marray pulled one back against Victor Baluda and Igor Kunitsyn, defeating the duo in straight sets.Continuing his partnership with Marray, Fleming reached his second career ATP final, at the 2013 Aegon International. En route to the final, the pair defeated Marray's former partner Frederik Nielsen, with whom he had won the Wimbledon doubles title the previous year. In the final the pair faced the duo of Austrian Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares of Brazil. Despite a strong start in which they took the first set, the pair couldn't maintain their intensity and ultimately lost in three sets, a trio of double faults from Marray in the 8th game of the second set proving to be fatal Fleming entered Wimbledon with Marray. The two made it to the third round, but they couldn't replicate the form that saw Marray clinch the title during the previous season, going out in straight sets to Daniel Nestor, and Robert Lindsteadt.

Following on from Wimbledon, Fleming remained in his partnership with Marray going into the American hardcourt season. The pair made their second final of the year at the BB&T Atlanta Open, where they lost to the French-Dutch duo of Edouard Roger-Vasselin and Igor Sijsling. They then lost in the opening round of the Citi Open the following week. As their ranking was too low to compete in the Rogers Cup, Fleming teamed up with fellow Scot and world number 2 singles player Andy Murray for the first time. The pair reached their first ever Masters Series final where they were beaten by Peya and Soares,[3] the same partnership that Fleming had lost to in the Aegon International final.

At the US Open, Fleming returned to his usual partnership with Jonathan Marray. They were seeded 12th for the tournament but faced a tough opening match which they came through in three sets. Another win followed to set up a 3rd round clash with 6th seeds Rohan Bopanna and Édouard Roger-Vasselin. They came through in straight sets to reach the quarter-final and equal Fleming's best ever US Open performance which he had achieved two years previously. They faced top seeds Bob and Mike Bryan but narrowly lost out 6–7(7–9), 4–6.[4] Fleming then partnered Andy Murray in the Davis Cup for the first time and they pulled off a four set win against Ivan Dodig and Mate Pavić[5] to return to the world group for the first time since 2008.

2014[edit]

2014 saw Fleming resume his regular partnership with Ross Hutchins after the latter returned from his illness.[6] They lost their opening match of the season at the Brisbane International and were also defeated at the Heineken Open, before finally claiming a win at the Australian Open where they defeated Marinko Matosevic and Michał Przysiężny.[7] They struggled to find form throughout the year but managed to turn things round in May by reaching the final of the BMW Open,[8] where they were defeated by Jamie Murray and John Peers.[9] Fleming then teamed up with Andre Sá to play the Aegon Trophy in early June, where they were narrowly defeated in the final by Chris Guccione and Rajeev Ram.[10] He then partnered Marcin Matkowski to reach the quarterfinals of Aegon Championships,[11] before resuming his partnership with Hutchins to make the semifinals of the Aegon International.[12] They were then defeated in their opening match at Wimbledon,[13] and Fleming also lost in the second round of the mixed doubles with fellow Scot Jocelyn Rae.[14]

Fleming next competed at the MercedesCup with Mariusz Fyrstenberg but they were defeated in the opening round.

Significant finals[edit]

Masters 1000 finals[edit]

Doubles: 1 (1 Runner-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponent Score
Runner-up 2013 Montréal Hard United Kingdom Andy Murray Austria Alexander Peya
Brazil Bruno Soares
4–6, 6–7(4–7)

ATP career finals[edit]

Doubles: 15 (7 titles, 8 runners-up)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–1)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (0–0)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (7–7)
Finals by Surface
Hard (6–3)
Clay (0–2)
Grass (1–3)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Winner 1. 22 September 2009 Open de Moselle, Metz, France Hard (i) United Kingdom Ken Skupski France Arnaud Clément
France Michaël Llodra
2–6, 6–4, [10–5]
Winner 2. 1 November 2009 St. Petersburg Open, St. Petersburg, Russia Hard (i) United Kingdom Ken Skupski France Jérémy Chardy
France Richard Gasquet
2–6, 7–5, [10–4]
Runner-up 1. 19 June 2010 Aegon International, Eastbourne, Great Britain Grass United Kingdom Ken Skupski Poland Mariusz Fyrstenberg
Poland Marcin Matkowski
3–6, 7–5, [8–10]
Runner-up 2. 9 April 2011 Grand Prix Hassan II, Casablanca, Morocco Clay Slovakia Igor Zelenay Sweden Robert Lindstedt
Romania Horia Tecău
2–6, 1–6
Winner 3. 30 October 2011 St. Petersburg Open, St. Petersburg, Russia Hard (i) United Kingdom Ross Hutchins Russia Michail Elgin
Russia Alexander Kudryavtsev
6–3, 6–7(5–7), [10–8]
Winner 4. 4 March 2012 Delray Beach International Tennis Championships, Delray Beach, United States Hard United Kingdom Ross Hutchins Slovakia Michal Mertiňák
Brazil André Sá
2–6, 7–6(7–5), [15–13]
Winner 5. 22 June 2012 Aegon International, Eastbourne, Great Britain Grass United Kingdom Ross Hutchins United Kingdom Jamie Delgado
United Kingdom Ken Skupski
6–4, 6–3
Runner-up 3. 15 July 2012 Campbell's Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, Newport, United States Grass United Kingdom Ross Hutchins Mexico Santiago González
United States Scott Lipsky
6–7(3–7), 3–6
Runner-up 4. 30 September 2012 Proton Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Hard (i) United Kingdom Ross Hutchins Austria Alexander Peya
Brazil Bruno Soares
7–5, 5–7, [7–10]
Winner 6. 12 January 2013 Heineken Open, Auckland, New Zealand Hard Brazil Bruno Soares Sweden Johan Brunström
Denmark Frederik Nielsen
7–6(7–1), 7–6(7–2)
Winner 7. 24 February 2013 Open 13, Marseille, France Hard (i) India Rohan Bopanna Pakistan Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi
Netherlands Jean-Julien Rojer
6–4, 7–6(7–3)
Runner-up 5. 21 June 2013 AEGON International, Eastbourne, United Kingdom Grass United Kingdom Jonathan Marray Austria Alexander Peya
Brazil Bruno Soares
6–3, 3–6, [8–10]
Runner-up 6. 29 July 2013 BB&T Atlanta Open, Atlanta, United States Hard United Kingdom Jonathan Marray France Édouard Roger-Vasselin
Netherlands Igor Sijsling
6–7(6–8), 3-6
Runner-up 7. 11 August 2013 Rogers Cup, Montréal, Canada Hard United Kingdom Andy Murray Brazil Bruno Soares
Austria Alexander Peya
4–6, 6–7(4–7)
Runner-up 8. 4 May 2014 BMW Open, Munich, Germany Clay United Kingdom Ross Hutchins United Kingdom Jamie Murray
Australia John Peers
4–6, 2–6

Men's doubles[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. 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.

Tournament 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 Career
Grand Slams
Australian Open A A A A 2R 1R 3R 1R 2R 4–5
French Open A A A A 2R 2R A 1R 1R 2–4
Wimbledon 1R A A 1R 2R QF 1R 3R 1R 6–7
US Open A A A A 1R QF 3R QF 7–4
Win-Loss 0–1 0–0 0–0 0–1 3–4 6–4 4–3 5–4 1–3 19–20
ATP World Tour Finals
ATP World Tour Finals A A A A A A A A 0–0
Olympics
Olympic rings with white rims.svg Summer Olympics Not Held A Not Held 1R 0–1
ATP World Tour 1000
Indian Wells Masters A A A A A A 1R QF 2R 3–3
Miami Masters A A A A A A 2R 1R 1R 1–3
Monte Carlo Masters A A A A A A A 2R A 1–1
Rome Masters A A A A A A A A A 0–0
Madrid Masters A A A A A A A A A 0–0
Canada Masters A A A A A A A F A 4–1
Cincinnati Masters A A A A A A 1R A 0–1
Shanghai Masters NM1 A A A SF 2R 4–2
Paris Masters A A A A A 2R 2R A 2–2
Hamburg Masters A A A NM1 0–0
Win-Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–1 5–5 8–5 1–2 15–13
ATP Final Appearances 0 0 0 2 1 2 4 5 14
ATP Titles 0 0 0 2 0 1 2 2 7
Year End Ranking 226 1593 336 56 73 33 27 27

Mixed doubles[edit]

Tournament 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 Career
Australian Open A A A QF A 2R 3–2
French Open A A A A 1R 1R 0–2
Wimbledon 2R 2R 3R QF 1R 2R 8–6
US Open A A A QF 1R 2–2
Win-Loss 1–1 1–1 2–1 7–3 0–3 2–3 13–12

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