David DiLucia

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David DiLucia
Country United States United States
Born January 15, 1970
Norristown,
Pennsylvania
Height 5'8" (173 cm)
Plays Right-handed
Prize money $281,857
Singles
Career record 6-18
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 248 (October 12, 1998)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 1R (1993)
Wimbledon 1R (1998)
US Open 1R (1992)
Doubles
Career record 26-47
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 92 (October 19, 1998)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 1R (1999)
French Open 2R (1998)
Wimbledon 3R (1993)
US Open 2R (1998)
David DiLucia
Medal record
Competitor for  United States
Men's Tennis
Pan American Games
Gold 1991 Havana Mixed Doubles
Silver 1991 Havana Men's Singles

David DiLucia (born January 15, 1970) is a former professional tennis player from the United States.[1]

Career[edit]

Junior years[edit]

As a junior, DiLucia had his greatest success at the 1987 US Open, where he was a boy's singles semi-finalist.[2] En route to the semi-finals he beat Jonathan Stark, whom he would partner in the boy's doubles event at the 1988 Wimbledon Championships.[2] The pair were semi-finalists. He also played junior Davis Cup for the United States and in 1988 won the Easter Bowl singles title.

College career[edit]

DiLucia, who is a member of the ITA Men's Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame, was a five-time All-American while playing at the University of Notre Dame.[3] He was a singles All-American in 1990 and then earned All-American honors for both singles and doubles in each of the next two years.[3] By the time he left, he had established several Notre Dame records. Most notably he had managed more singles wins (146) and more doubles wins (219) than any player in the history of Notre Dame tennis.[3] In 1991 he became the first tennis player ever to be named "Athlete of the Year" at Notre Dame.[4] In the 1992 pre-season, DiLucia held top spot on the collegiate ranking for both singles and doubles.[4]

Pan American Games[edit]

At the 1991 Pan American Games, held in Cuba, DiLucia was a gold medalist in the mixed doubles, with partner Pam Shriver. He was also a singles silver medalist, losing the final to Mexico's Luis Herrera.[5]

ATP Tour & Grand Slams[edit]

DiLucia began playing on the ATP Tour in 1992 and on his tour debut, at the U.S. Pro Indoor tournament, had a win over former top 10 player Kevin Curren.[4] He was eliminated from the tournament by Pete Sampras and would meet Sampras again at the 1992 US Open, losing both matches in straight sets.[4]

In 1993 he played overseas for the first time since turning professional and took part in the main draw of the Australian Open.[4] He was beaten in five sets by Stephane Simian in the first round.[4] At the 1993 Wimbledon Championships, DiLucia and partner Brian MacPhie made the round of 16 in the men's doubles.[4] The pair also reached the semi-finals of the 1993 Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, in Newport.[4]

DiLucia made his third and final Grand Slam appearance in 1998, at the Wimbledon Championships.[4] He lost, in four sets, to 11th seed Jonas Björkman in the opening round.[4] Also in 1998, DiLucia had wins over David Wheaton, Kenneth Carlsen and Ivo Heuberger, to make the quarter-finals at the Japan Open Tennis Championships.[4]

He reached the doubles semi-finals in San Jose twice during his career, both times with Michael Sell, in 1998 and 1999.[4] His only other semi-final appearance was in the doubles at Newport in 1999, partnering Laurence Tieleman.[4]

Coaching[edit]

In 2004 he joined the United States Tennis Association (USTA) as a national coach and remained with them until December 2005, when he left to became the personal coach of Lindsay Davenport.[6]

Challenger titles[edit]

Doubles: (9)[edit]

No. Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
1. 1993 Canada Montebello, Canada Hard United States Doug Flach South Africa Lan Bale
Venezuela Maurice Ruah
6–3, 6–2
2. 1994 United States Binghamton, United States Hard United States Chris Woodruff South Africa Neville Godwin
United States Scott Sigerseth
4–6, 6–4, 6–3
3. 1995 Brazil Belo Horizonte, Brazil Hard United States Dan Kronauge Brazil Egberto Caldas
Brazil Cristiano Testa
6–7, 6–3, 6–3
4. 1996 United States Bronx, United States Hard United States Scott Humphries South Africa Chris Haggard
United Kingdom Chris Wilkinson
6–4, 6–1
5. 1996 United States Urbana, United States Hard United States Scott Humphries United States Brandon Coupe
United States Trey Phillips
6–4, 6–2
6. 1997 United States Las Vegas, United States Hard United States Michael Sell United States Paul Goldstein
United States Jim Thomas
6–4, 6–4
7. 1998 Ecuador Salinas, Ecuador Hard United States Michael Sell Argentina Mariano Hood
Argentina Sebastian Prieto
7–6, 6–4
8. 1998 United States San Antonio, United States Hard United States Michael Sell Australia Michael Hill
United States Scott Humphries
6–3, 6–1
9. 1999 United States Houston, United States Hard United States Michael Sell Canada Bobby Kokavec
Canada Jocelyn Robichaud
7–6, 6–0

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