Jan-Michael Gambill

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Jan-Michael Gambill
Jan-Michael Gambill (31 May 2008).jpg
Full name Jan-Michael Charles Gambill
Country  United States
Residence Hawaii
Born (1977-06-03) June 3, 1977 (age 37)
Spokane, Washington
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Turned pro 1996
Retired 2010 (stopped competing on the tour after years of injuries)
Plays Right-handed (two-handed both sides, occasionally one-handed forehand)
Prize money $3,612,179
Singles
Career record 201–196 (at ATP Tour-level, Grand Slam-level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles 3
Highest ranking No. 14 (June 18, 2001)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 2R (2003, 2004)
French Open 2R (2002)
Wimbledon QF (2000)
US Open 4R (2002)
Doubles
Career record 119–125 (at ATP Tour-level, Grand Slam-level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles 5
Highest ranking No. 23 (November 4, 2002)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 3R (2000)
French Open 2R (1998, 2000)
Wimbledon 3R (2002)
US Open 2R (1999, 2000)
Team competitions
Davis Cup SF (1998, 2000)
Hopman Cup F (2001, 2002)
Last updated on: August 27, 2012.

Jan-Michael Charles Gambill (born June 3, 1977 in Spokane, Washington, United States) is a currently inactive American tennis player who made his professional debut in 1996. His career-high singles ranking is World No. 14, which he achieved on June 18, 2001. Best known for his unusual double-handed forehand,[1] Gambill reached the quarterfinals of the 2000 Wimbledon Championships, the final of the 2001 Miami Masters, and won three singles titles.

Personal life[edit]

Gambill was sponsored by Prince for both his racquets and apparel. He currently resides in Orange County, California.

Gambill was featured as a 'dream blind date' on the April 12, 2009, and April 19, 2009, episodes of the VH-1 reality show Tough Love, in which matchmaker Steven Ward set him up with Natasha. However, their relationship did not take off, and at the end of the April 19 episode, he stated he did not wish to date Natasha any further.[2]

Tennis career[edit]

1996–2005[edit]

Gambill began playing tennis at the age of five, looking up to multiple Grand Slam singles titlists Jimmy Connors and John McEnroe. He has defeated, amongst other top players, former World No. 1s, Roger Federer, Carlos Moyá, Lleyton Hewitt, Gustavo Kuerten, Marcelo Rios, Jim Courier, Pete Sampras, and Andre Agassi, as well as Grand Slam champions Michael Chang, Thomas Johansson, Sergi Bruguera, and Gaston Gaudio. His best performances at Grand Slams have been reaching the quarterfinals of Wimbledon in 2000 and the fourth round of the US Open in 2002. His run to the final of the 2001 Miami Masters included wins over Hewitt, Gaudio, and Thomas Enqvist. He was coached by his father Chuck Gambill, who also coaches Jan-Michael's younger brother Torrey.

Throughout his career, Gambill was hampered by numerous injuries. Most prominently, whilst still in the world's top 40, he suffered a recurring shin condition, which severely limited him on the ATP Tour after 2004.[3] He also started serving harder to try and compensate for lack of movement, which resulted in a shoulder injury.[2][4]

Post–2005[edit]

Gambill played for the Boston Lobsters in the World Team Tennis league from 2008 on, alongside other successful American players such as Andre Agassi, John Isner, and Robby Ginepri.[2]

In September 2009, Gambill reached the semifinals of the USA F23 Futures tournament (losing to second seed Michael McClune) in his first pro match of the year.

He competed in three Challenger events in 2010, and reached the quarterfinals of the USA F25 Futures in Irvine, California. Since October 2010, Gambill has not competed on the pro tour.

Gambill was a guest teaching at the Coto de Caza Golf & Tennis club in Southern California in 2010. Since July 2011, he has coached Coco Vandeweghe, his former Boston Lobsters teammate, on the WTA Tour.[5]

Grand Slam and ATP Tour singles titles[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
Tennis Masters Cup (0–0)
ATP Masters Series (0–1)
ATP Tour (3–3)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in final Score in final
Winner 1. March 8, 1999 Scottsdale, United States Hard Australia Lleyton Hewitt 7–6(7-2), 4–6, 6–4
Runner-up 1. July 30, 2000 Los Angeles, United States Hard United States Michael Chang 7–6(7-2), 3–6, RET
Winner 2. March 5, 2001 Delray Beach, United States Hard Belgium Xavier Malisse 7–5, 6–4
Runner-up 2. April 2, 2001 Miami, United States Hard United States Andre Agassi 6–7(4-7), 1–6, 0–6
Runner-up 3. July 28, 2002 Los Angeles, United States (2) Hard United States Andre Agassi 2–6, 4–6
Runner-up 4. January 5, 2003 Doha, Qatar Hard Austria Stefan Koubek 4–6, 4–6
Winner 3. March 10, 2003 Delray Beach, United States (2) Hard United States Mardy Fish 6–0, 7–6(7-5)

Performance timeline[edit]

To prevent confusion and double counting, information in this table is updated only after a tournament or the player's participation in the tournament has concluded. This table is current through the 2010 Paris Masters.

Tournament 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
Australian Open A 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R 2R 2R 1R A A A A A
French Open A 2R 1R 2R 1R 1R 1R 1R A A A A A A
Wimbledon Q1 2R 2R QF 1R 2R 2R 3R Q3 A A A A A
US Open 1R 3R 2R 3R 2R 4R 2R 2R 1R A A A A A
ATP Masters Series
Indian Wells Masters A SF 2R 1R QF 3R 1R 2R 1R A 1R A A A
Miami Masters A 1R 2R QF F 3R 2R 1R A A A A A A
Monte Carlo Masters A A A A A 1R A A A A A A A A
Rome Masters A A 1R A 1R A 1R A A A A A A A
Hamburg Masters A A 2R 2R 3R 1R 1R A A A A A A A
Canada Masters A 2R 2R A 3R A A A A A 1R A A A
Cincinnati Masters A 3R 2R A QF 2R 1R 1R A A A A A A
Madrid Masters (Stuttgart) A QF A 1R 1R 2R 3R A A A A A A A
Paris Masters A A A 3R A 1R A A A A A A A A
ATP Tournaments Won 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Year End Ranking 186 38 58 33 21 42 51 95 191 687 1107 1147 891 1051
  • A = did not participate in the main draw of the tournament
  • Q# = lost in qualifying draw

References[edit]

  1. ^ Smith, David W. (2004). Tennis Mastery, p. 207. Manahawkin Printing, USA. ISBN 0974902608.
  2. ^ a b c "Gambill is Still Competing", Globe Correspondent, July 19, 2011.
  3. ^ "Gambill Quits Match to Miss Wimbledon", The Spokesman Review, June 17, 2005.
  4. ^ "Jan Michael Gambill Speaks About WTT & Injuries", YouTube interview, March 29, 2012.
  5. ^ "With new coach and NBA DNA, Vandeweghe rolls", espnW, August 31, 2011.

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