Kelly Jones (tennis)

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Kelly Jones
Country  United States
Residence Tampa, Florida
Born (1964-03-31) March 31, 1964 (age 50)
Fort Gordon, Georgia
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Turned pro 1986
Retired 1998
Plays Right-handed
Prize money $1,168,278
Singles
Career record 48–84
Career titles 2
Highest ranking No. 86 (August 13, 1990)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 4R (1993)
French Open 2R (1990)
Wimbledon 3R (1990)
US Open 2R (1987, 1988, 1990)
Doubles
Career record 220–204
Career titles 8
Highest ranking No. 1 (October 12, 1992)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open F (1992)
French Open 2R (1990, 1995. 1996)
Wimbledon 3R (1992)
US Open F (1992)
Last updated on: March 23, 2012.

Kelly Jones (born March 31, 1964, in Fort Gordon, Georgia) is a former professional tennis player from the United States who was ranked the World No. 1 men's doubles player in 1992. He is currently the Head Men's Tennis Coach at Furman University in Greenville, SC.

Biography[edit]

Jones played varsity tennis at Pepperdine University from 1982 to 1985, where he won the NCAA Division 1 doubles title in 1984 and 1985. He was a member of the US Olympic tennis team in 1984.

Jones joined the professional tour in 1986. He won his first top-level doubles title in 1987 at Auckland.

In 1988, Jones finished runner-up in the mixed doubles at Wimbledon, partnering Gretchen Magers.

Jones was runner-up in the men's doubles at both the Australian Open and the US Open in 1992, partnering Rick Leach. In October that year, he reached the World No. 1 doubles ranking.

After 12 years on the professional tour, Jones retired in 1998. During his career, he won eight top-level doubles titles. Jones also won one tour singles event in Singapore, where he captured the title twice in 1989 and 1990. His best singles performance at a Grand Slam event was at the 1993 Australian Open, where he reached the fourth round. His career-high singles ranking was World No. 86 (in 1990). Jones' career prize-money earnings totalled US$1,165,009.

Since retiring from the tour, Jones has coached some high-profile players including Mardy Fish, Xavier Malisse and James Blake.

Jones is married to another former professional tennis player, Tami Whitlinger.

Career highlights[edit]

Singles finals (2 titles - 0 runner-ups)[edit]

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. May 1, 1989 Singapore Hard Israel Amos Mansdorf 6–1, 7–5
Winner 2. May 7, 1990 Singapore Hard Australia Richard Fromberg 6–4, 2–6, 7–6

Doubles finals (8 titles - 10 runner-ups)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam (0–2)
Tennis Masters Cup (0–0)
ATP Masters Series (0–1)
ATP Championship Series (2–0)
ATP Tour (6–7)
Titles by Surface
Hard (4–5)
Clay (1–2)
Grass (1–1)
Carpet (2–2)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. January 12, 1987 Auckland, New Zealand Hard United States Brad Pearce Australia Carl Limberger
Australia Mark Woodforde
7–6, 7–6
Runner-up 1. February 9, 1987 Lyon, France Carpet United States David Pate France Guy Forget
France Yannick Noah
6–4, 3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 2. October 19, 1987 Toulouse, France Hard (i) Germany Patrik Kühnen Poland Wojtek Fibak
Netherlands Michiel Schapers
2–6, 4–6
Winner 2. July 11, 1988 Newport, U.S. Grass Sweden Peter Lundgren United States Scott Davis
United States Dan Goldie
6–3, 7–6
Runner-up 3. November 20, 1989 Johannesburg, South Africa Hard (i) United States Joey Rive United States Luke Jensen
United States Richey Reneberg
0–6, 4–6
Winner 3. January 15, 1990 Auckland, New Zealand Hard United States Robert Van't Hof Israel Gilad Bloom
Netherlands Paul Haarhuis
7–6, 6–0
Winner 4. February 12, 1990 San Francisco, U.S. Carpet United States Robert Van’t Hof United States Glenn Layendecker
United States Richey Reneberg
2–6, 7–6, 6–3
Runner-up 4. June 25, 1990 Manchester, England Grass United Kingdom Nick Brown Australia Mark Kratzmann
Australia Jason Stoltenberg
3–6, 6–2, 4–6
Winner 5. October 22, 1990 Lyon, France Carpet United States Patrick Galbraith United States Jim Grabb
United States David Pate
7–6, 6–4
Runner-up 5. November 4, 1991 Paris, France Carpet United States Rick Leach Australia John Fitzgerald
Sweden Anders Järryd
6–3, 3–6, 2–6
Runner-up 6. January 13, 1992 Sydney Outdoor, Australia Hard United States Scott Davis Spain Sergio Casal
Spain Emilio Sánchez
6–3, 1–6, 4–6
Runner-up 7. January 27, 1992 Australian Open, Melbourne Hard United States Rick Leach Australia Todd Woodbridge
Australia Mark Woodforde
4–6, 3–6, 4–6
Winner 6. April 13, 1992 Tokyo Outdoor, Japan Hard United States Rick Leach Australia John Fitzgerald
Sweden Anders Järryd
0–6, 7–5, 6–3
Winner 7. August 24, 1992 New Haven, U.S. Hard United States Rick Leach United States Patrick McEnroe
United States Jared Palmer
7–6, 6–7, 6–2
Runner-up 8. September 14, 1992 U.S. Open, New York Hard United States Rick Leach United States Jim Grabb
United States Richey Reneberg
6–3, 6–7, 3–6, 3–6
Runner-up 9. May 10, 1993 Tampa, U.S. Clay United States Todd Martin United States Jared Palmer
United States Derrick Rostagno
3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 10. May 5, 1997 Atlanta, U.S. Clay United States Scott Davis Sweden Jonas Björkman
Sweden Nicklas Kulti
2–6, 6–7
Winner 8. May 26, 1997 St. Poelten, Austria Clay United States Scott Melville United States Luke Jensen
United States Murphy Jensen
6–2, 7–6

Doubles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 Career SR Career Win-Loss
Grand Slams
Australian Open A A NH 2R 2R 3R 2R SF F 2R 2R 2R 1R 2R A A A A A A A A A 0 / 11 18–11
French Open A A A A A A 2R A 1R A 1R 2R 2R 1R A A A A A A A A A 0 / 6 3–6
Wimbledon A A 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R 2R 3R 1R A 2R 1R 1R A A A A A A A A A 0 / 11 4–11
U.S. Open 2R 1R 3R 1R 1R 1R SF 2R F 3R 3R QF 2R 1R A A A A A A A A A 0 / 14 21–14
Grand Slam SR 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 2 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 42 N/A
Annual Win-Loss 1–1 0–1 2–2 1–3 1–3 2–3 6–4 6–3 12–4 3–3 3–3 6–4 2–4 1–4 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 N/A 46–42
ATP Masters Series
Indian Wells These Tournaments Were Not

Masters Series Events

Before 1990
QF SF 1R 1R A A 1R SF A A A A A A A A A 0 / 6 8–6
Miami 3R 2R 2R 2R A 2R 2R 2R A A A A A A A A A 0 / 7 3–7
Monte Carlo A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A 0 / 0 0–0
Rome A A 1R A A A 2R A A A A A A A A A A 0 / 2 1–2
Hamburg A A 2R A A A A A A A A A A A A A A 0 / 1 0–1
Canada 2R A SF 1R A 1R 2R 2R A A A A A A A A A 0 / 6 5–5
Cincinnati A A 2R 1R A A 2R A A A A A A A A A A 0 / 3 1–3
Stuttgart (Stockholm) QF QF QF A A A A A A A A A A A A A A 0 / 3 4–3
Paris 2R F 2R A A A A A A A A A A A A A A 0 / 3 5–3
Masters Series SR N/A 0 / 5 0 / 4 0 / 8 0 / 4 0 / 0 0 / 2 0 / 5 0 / 3 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 31 N/A
Annual Win-Loss N/A 6–5 9–4 3–8 0–4 0–0 1–2 4–4 4–3 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 N/A 27–30
Year End Ranking 252 304 94 64 65 135 22 37 5 130 138 87 90 73 1466 712 967 624 N/A

A = did not attend tournament
NH = tournament not held

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