James Ward (tennis)
|Full name||James Ward|
|Country|| Great Britain
9 February 1987 |
|Height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Highest ranking||No. 137 (30 April 2012)|
|Current ranking||No. 176 (17 February 2014)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||1R (2012)|
|French Open||Q1 (2010, 2011, 2012)|
|US Open||Q3 (2013)|
|Highest ranking||No. 233 (29 August 2011)|
|Current ranking||No. 750 (3 February 2014)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Last updated on: 5 February 2014.|
James Ward (born 9 February 1987 in London) is an English tennis player, and British no. 3 behind Andy Murray and Dan Evans. He is mostly known for reaching the quarterfinals of the 2010 Eastbourne International and the semifinals of the 2011 Queen's Club Championship as a wildcard entry. As well as multiple Davis Cup heroics for Great Britain.
- 1 Career
- 2 Career statistics
- 3 References
- 4 External links
Ward qualified for only his second ATP tour event, the 2008 Stella Artois Championships at the Queen's Club in London. In the first round on 9 June he met former US Open and Australian Open champion, Russian player Marat Safin. Ward took the first set after breaking Safin in the third game of the match and managed to hold his serve for the rest of the set to take it 6–4. However Safin upped his game in the second set, gained an early break and won the set comfortably 6–1. Ward was also broken early in the deciding set losing 6–4, 1–6, 4–6.
In 2009, he competed in the play-offs that were created by Davis Cup captain John Lloyd to find two more players for Great Britain to face Ukraine. In these, he competed in the previous longest match in tennis history, lasting 6 hours and 40 minutes, against fellow Brit Chris Eaton. Eaton won the match 6–3, 6–2, 6–7, 2–6, 21–19.
In May that year he became the first British player to win a challenger title on clay since Tim Henman in 1995. He beat Carsten Ball in the final of the Sarasota Open in Florida, USA. This win propelled him into the top 250 of the ATP's rankings.
In June 2010, Ward reached his first ever ATP World Tour quarter-final at The Aegon International, Eastbourne, UK. Ward beat 2nd seeded Spaniard Feliciano López (who had beaten Rafael Nadal the week before) 6–3, 5–4 Retired. He followed it up with the other man to lose at the semi finals of Queens the week before, Rainer Schüttler, beating him 6–3, 7–6. He was eventually beaten by the young Ukrainian talent Alexandr Dolgopolov in straight sets, 3–6, 4–6.
He was selected to take part in Great Britain's vital Davis Cup by BNP Paribas tie vs Turkey, at Eastbourne, in July alongside Jamie Baker, Ken Skupski, Colin Fleming and Alex Ward . He contributed to the victory by winning both his singles matches (one a dead rubber) giving Great Britain a first Davis Cup win in three years.
In March 2011, Ward played a key role in Great Britain's 4–1 win over Tunisia in the Euro/Africa II division of the Davis Cup, winning both his live singles rubbers, and ultimately clinching the victory with a 3–6, 6–3, 3–6, 6–3, 8–6 victory over Malek Jaziri in the fourth rubber.
At the 2011 Queen's Club Championships, he reached the semi-final of an ATP tour event for the first time. He defeated fourth seed and future grand slam champion Stanislas Wawrinka in straight sets in the second round. Ward followed this up by defeating defending champion and 13th seed Sam Querrey, coming from a set down to win in three sets to equal his run at Eastbourne in 2010. Ward then defeated Adrian Mannarino in three sets despite missing seven match points in the second set tiebreaker. He was eventually defeated by Jo Wilfried Tsonga 6–3 7–6, having held a set point in the second set tiebreaker. At Wimbledon Ward entered as a wildcard, but lost in the first round to Michaël Llodra. Following a short break, Ward's first tournament back was the Lexington Challenger. As top seed, Ward reached the final, losing to Wayne Odesnik. He was also runner-up in the doubles tournament. Two weeks later Ward won his second Challenger tournament of his career at the 2011 Odlum Brown Vancouver Open, defeating Robby Ginepri on 7 August. The win saw Ward rise to World No. 144. On 15 August ward rose to a career high ranking of No. 140.
In January 2012 he qualified for his first Grand Slam outside of Wimbledon when he defeated Igor Sijsling 7–6, 6–2 to qualify for the first round of the 2012 Australian Open, where he lost in straight sets to Slovenian Blaž Kavčič. On 30 April 2012, Ward reached a career high ranking in singles of 137. At Wimbledon, Ward won his first ever match at a grand slam, coming through a gruelling five set match to defeat the World No. 36 Pablo Andújar 4–6, 6–0, 3–6, 6–3, 6–3. He won the final six games after trailing in the final set 0–3. In the second round Ward narrowly lost to Mardy Fish in another tough five setter 3–6, 7–5, 4–6, 7–6(7–4), 3–6.
In January 2013, Ward failed to qualify for the Australian Open, reaching the 3rd round of qualifying before losing to Julian Reister. Ward remained in Australia as he competed in the Charles Stuart Adelaide International, where he reached the final, defeating top seed Yūichi Sugita along the way, before losing 2–6 3–6 to home favourite Matthew Barton.
Ward was then selected for Great Britain's Davis Cup team for their match against Russia in Coventry. Ward lost an epic first rubber to Evgeny Donskoy4–6 4–6 7–5 6–2 8–6 to give Russia a 2–0 lead heading into the doubles rubber the following day. The doubles pairing of Jonny Marray and Colin Fleming gave the home side some hope going into the final day of matches, where Ward opened the day. Ward stunned the much higher seeded Russian Dmitry Tursunov 6–4 5–7 5–7 6–4 6–4 to level the tie. Dan Evans would eventually complete a remarkable turnaround, their first for Britain of this magnitude in 83 years, with a straight sets victory over Donskoy.
Ward kicked off his clay season in China where he qualified for the An-Ning ATP $50,000 Challenger event and reached the final. His route to the final included a victory over fourth seed Josselin Ouanna 2–6 6–3 6–2. He lost to Hungarian Márton Fucsovics in the final 5–7 6–3 3–6.
In January 2014 Ward defeated Sam Querrey in the world group of Davis Cup to give Great Britain a 2-0 lead against USA
ATP Challenger Tour
Singles: 6 (3 titles, 3 runner-ups)
|Winner||1.||11 May 2009||Sarasota Open, Sarasota, United States||Clay||Carsten Ball||6–7(4–7), 6–4, 6–3|
|Runner-up||1.||24 July 2011||Fifth Third Bank Tennis Championships, Lexington, United States||Hard||Wayne Odesnik||5–7, 4–6|
|Winner||2.||7 August 2011||Odlum Brown Vancouver Open, Vancouver, Canada||Hard||Robby Ginepri||7–5, 6–4|
|Runner-up||2.||10 February 2013||Charles Sturt Adelaide International, Australia||Hard||Matthew Barton||2–6, 3–6|
|Runner-up||3.||5 May 2013||ATP China International Tennis Challenge, Anning, China||Clay||Márton Fucsovics||5–7, 6–3, 3–6|
|Winner||3.||28 July 2013||Fifth Third Bank Tennis Championships, Lexington, United States||Hard||James Duckworth||4–6, 6–3, 6–4|
Doubles: 3 (2 titles, 1 runner-up)
|Winner||1.||4 August 2008||New Delhi Challenger III, New Delhi, India||Hard||Joshua Goodall|| Tasuku Iwami
|Winner||2.||3 May 2010||Savannah Challenger, Savannah, United States||Clay||Jamie Baker|| Bobby Reynolds
|Runner-up||1.||24 July 2011||Fifth Third Bank Tennis Championships, Lexington, United States||Hard||Michael Yani|| Jordan Kerr
Grand Slam performance timelines
Davis Cup: 14 (9 wins, 5 losses)
- indicates the result of the Davis Cup match followed by the score, date, place of event, the zonal classification and its phase, and the court surface.
|Rubber outcome||No.||Rubber||Match type (partner if any)||Opponent nation||Opponent player(s)||Score|
|2–3; 5–7 March 2010; SEB Arena, Vilnius, Lithuania; Group II Europe/Africa First Round; Hard(i) surface|
|Victory||1.||II||Singles||Lithuania||Laurynas Grigelis||6–4, 6–2, 6–4|
|Defeat||2.||IV||Singles||Lithuania||Ričardas Berankis||6–7(4–7), 3–6, 4–6|
|5–0; 9–11 July 2010; Devonshire Park, Eastbourne, Great Britain; Group II Europe/Africa Relegation Play-off; Grass surface|
|Victory||3.||II||Singles||Turkey||Marsel İlhan||6–2, 7–5, 6–7(0–7), 6–1|
|Victory||4.||V||Singles||Turkey||Ergün Zorlu||6–1, 6–3|
|4–1; 4–6 March 2011; Bolton Arena, Bolton, Great Britain; Group II Europe/Africa First Round; Hard(i) surface|
|Victory||5.||II||Singles||Tunisia||Sami Ghorbel||6–0, 6–2, 6–0|
|Victory||6.||IV||Singles||Tunisia||Malek Jaziri||3–6, 6–3, 3–6, 6–3, 8–6|
|4–1; 8–10 July 2011; Braehead Arena, Glasgow, Great Britain; Group II Europe/Africa Quarterfinal; Hard(i) surface|
|Defeat||7.||I||Singles||Luxembourg||Gilles Müller||2–6, 6–7(4–7), 1–6|
|Victory||8.||V||Singles||Luxembourg||Mike Vermeer||6–1, 6–3|
|5–0; 16–18 September 2011; Braehead Arena, Glasgow, Great Britain; Group II Europe/Africa Semifinal; Hard(i) surface|
|Victory||9.||I||Singles||Hungary||Attila Balázs||6–4, 6–4, 4–6, 6–4|
|3–2; 10–12 February 2012; Braehead Arena, Glasgow, Great Britain; Group I Europe/Africa First Round; Hard(i) surface|
|Defeat||10.||II||Singles||Slovakia||Martin Kližan||2–6, 6–4, 4–6, 6–7(3–7)|
|Defeat||11.||IV||Singles||Slovakia||Lukáš Lacko||6–7(6–8), 1–6, 3–6|
|3–2; 10–12 February 2013; Ricoh Arena, Coventry, Great Britain; Group I Europe/Africa Quarterfinal; Hard(i) surface|
|Defeat||12.||II||Singles||Russia||Evgeny Donskoy||6–4, 6–4, 3–6, 5–7, 6–8|
|Victory||13.||IV||Singles||Russia||Dmitry Tursunov||6–4, 5–7, 5–7, 6–4, 6–4|
|3–1; 31 January – 2 February 2014; Petco Park, San Diego, California, United States; World Group First Round; Clay surface|
|Victory||14.||II||Singles||United States||Sam Querrey||1–6, 7–6(7–3), 3–6, 6–4, 6–1|
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- "Safin survives scare to end Ward hopes". BBC Sport. 9 June 2008.
- Hodgkinson, Mark (10 June 2008). "Battling James Ward worries Marat Safin". Telegraph Online (London). Retrieved 2010-05-05.
- Harman, Neil (17 May 2009). "The Net Post: young James Ward emulates Tim Henman in his feat of clay". London: The Times. Retrieved 2010-05-05.
- Brown, Oliver (10 July 2010). "Davis Cup 2010: Great Britain beat Turkey for first win in three years". The Daily Telegraph (London).
- "Ward shocks Wawrinka at Queen's". BBC News. 7 June 2011.
- "Ward battles into Queen's semis". BBC News. 10 June 2011.
- "Britain's Ward denied by Tsonga". BBC News. 11 June 2011.
- "Wimbledon 2011: No repeat of Queen's Club heroics as James Ward exits". The Guardian (London). 22 June 2011.
- "GB's James Ward and Dan Evans see off Russia and make Davis Cup history". Guardian. 7 April 2013.
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