Jairo Velasco, Jr.

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Jairo Velasco, Jr.
Country Spain Spain
Born 21 January 1974
Barcelona, Spain
Height 6' (183 cm)
Turned pro 1995
Plays Right-handed
Prize money $137,633
Doubles
Career record 26-51
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 59 (10 Jul 2000)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 1R (2000, 2001)
French Open 3R (2000)
Wimbledon 1R (1999, 2000)
US Open 1R (1999)

Jairo Velasco, Jr. (born 21 January 1974) is a former Spanish professional tennis player. His father, Jairo Velasco Senior, was a Colombian tennis player, who immigrated to Spain.

Career[edit]

Velasco was a doubles specialist, usually teaming up with countryman Juan Ignacio Carrasco. The pair appeared together in the main draw of six Grand Slams, but only once made it past the opening round. That was at the 2000 French Open, where they upset ninth seeds Mahesh Bhupathi and David Prinosil to make the third round. The pair had previously played four Grand Slam matches together without a win, although they did have the misfortune of drawing Bhupathi/Paes at the French Open and the The Woodies at Wimbledon for their first two Grand Slam appearances together in 1999. They had their best ATP Tour performance at Marseille, in 2000, when they finished runners-up. The Spaniards also reached semi-finals in the 1999 Majorca Open and 2000 Colombia Open.[1]

Before teaming up with Carrasco in 1998, Velasco made the semi-finals of the Campionati Internazionali di San Marino, with Joan Balcells, in 1996. He also played Grand Slam tennis with Virginia Ruano Pascual at the 2000 Wimbledon Championships and Mariano Hood in the 2001 Australian Open.[2]

He played World Team Cup tennis for Spain in 1999 and 2000.

ATP Career Finals[edit]

Doubles: 1 (0–1)[edit]

Outcome No. Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1. 2000 France Marseille, France Hard Spain Juan Ignacio Carrasco Sweden Simon Aspelin
Sweden Johan Landsberg
6–7(2–7), 4–6

Challenger Titles[edit]

Doubles: (8)[edit]

No. Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
1. 1998 Romania Brașov, Romania Clay Spain Juan Ignacio Carrasco Czech Republic Tomáš Cibulec
Czech Republic Leoš Friedl
6–4, 3–6, 6–2
2. 1998 Portugal Maia, Portugal Clay Spain Juan Ignacio Carrasco Italy Cristian Brandi
Netherlands Stephen Noteboom
7–5, 6–4
3. 1999 Vietnam Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Hard Spain Juan Ignacio Carrasco South Africa Justin Bower
South Africa Jason Weir-Smith
6–4, 6–4
4. 1999 France Besançon, France Hard Spain Juan Ignacio Carrasco Argentina Martín García
Brazil Cristiano Testa
6–1, 7–6(7–4)
5. 1999 Egypt Cairo, Egypt Clay Spain Juan Ignacio Carrasco Spain Álex López Morón
Spain Albert Portas
6–7(6–8), 6–4, 7–6(7–5)
6. 1999 Andorra Andorra Hard Spain Juan Ignacio Carrasco United States Scott Humphries
Sweden Peter Nyborg
7–5, 7–6(9–7)
7. 2001 Italy Barletta, Italy Clay Spain Germán Puentes Germany Tomas Behrend
Russia Mikhail Youzhny
6–1, 1–0 RET
8. 2001 Germany Monchengladbach, Germany Clay Germany Jens Knippschild Belgium Wim Neefs
Netherlands Djalmar Sistermans
6–3, 6–3

References[edit]