Kevin Ullyett

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Kevin Ullyett
Ullyett 2009 US Open 01.jpg
Country  Zimbabwe
Residence London, United Kingdom
Born (1972-05-23) 23 May 1972 (age 42)
Salisbury, Rhodesia
(now Harare, Zimbabwe)
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Turned pro 1990
Plays Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money US$$4,138,771
Singles
Career record 21–34
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 107 (22 May 2000)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 2R (2000)
US Open 2R (1993)
Doubles
Career record 502–310
Career titles 34
Highest ranking No. 4 (31 January 2005)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open W (2005)
French Open QF (2004, 2008, 2009)
Wimbledon F (2008)
US Open W (2001)
Last updated on: 11 April 2011.

Kevin Ullyett (born 23 May 1972 in Salisbury, now Harare) is a former professional tennis player from Zimbabwe. His primary success on the tour was in men's doubles.

Ullyett won 34 doubles titles during his career, including two Grand Slams at the 2001 US Open and the 2005 Australian Open with countryman Wayne Black. He also competed in the 2000 and 2004 Summer Olympics,[1] coming in at fifth place in 2004 with Black. In mixed doubles, Ullyett won the 2002 Australian Open with Daniela Hantuchová. He reached the final of Wimbledon in 2002 with Hantuchová, and the semifinals there in 2003 and 2005 with Hantuchová and Liezel Huber, respectively. He and Huber were also the runners-up at the 2005 Australian Open.

Black, Ullyett's compatriot and long-time doubles partner, retired at the end of 2005. He then played with Paul Hanley for two seasons, then with Jonas Björkman, who retired at the end of 2008, and finally with Brazilian Bruno Soares.

His father, Robert Ullyett, represented Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) at cricket and field hockey. He was part of the national team that competed at the 1964 Olympics (they beat New Zealand 2–1 and came 11th out of 15).[2]

He made his final tennis appearance at the South African Open in February 2010 (partnering with Wesley Moodie)[3][4] eighteen years after he first appeared there in 1992 competing in his first ATP Tour event. He had over 500 career wins.[5]

He lives with his wife and two children in London. Their first child, Jemima, was born in 2005.[6][7] He hopes for a career in property development after tennis.[8]

Grand Slam doubles titles (3)[edit]

Men's doubles (2)[edit]

Year Championship Partner Opponents in Final Score in Final
2001 US Open Zimbabwe Wayne Black United States Donald Johnson
United States Jared Palmer
7–6(11–9), 2–6, 6–3
2005 Australian Open Zimbabwe Wayne Black United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
6–4, 6–4

Mixed doubles (1)[edit]

Year Championship Partner Opponents in Final Score in Final
2002 Australian Open Slovakia Daniela Hantuchová Argentina Gastón Etlis
Argentina Paola Suárez
6–3, 6–2

Men's doubles finals (58)[edit]

Wins (34)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam (2)
Tennis Masters Cup (0)
ATP Masters Series (5)
ATP International Series Gold (4)
ATP Tour (23)
Titles by Surface
Hard (21)
Clay (6)
Grass (3)
Carpet (3)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1. 29 April 1996 Seoul, South Korea Hard United States Kent Kinnear United States Rick Leach
United States Jonathan Stark
4–6, 4–6
Winner 1. 3 February 1997 Shanghai, China Carpet Belarus Max Mirnyi Sweden Tomas Nydahl
Italy Stefano Pescosolido
7–6, 6–7, 7–5
Winner 2. 27 April 1998 Orlando, Florida, US Clay South Africa Grant Stafford Australia Michael Tebbutt
Sweden Mikael Tillström
4–6, 6–4, 7–5
Winner 3. 11 May 1998 Coral Springs, Florida, US Clay South Africa Grant Stafford The Bahamas Mark Merklein
United States Vince Spadea
7–5, 6–4
Winner 4. 27 July 1998 Washington, D.C., USA Hard South Africa Grant Stafford South Africa Wayne Ferreira
United States Patrick Galbraith
6–3, 7–5
Winner 5. 21 September 1998 Bournemouth, United Kingdom Clay United Kingdom Neil Broad Australia Wayne Arthurs
Spain Alberto Berasategui
7–6, 6–3
Runner-up 2. 12 October 1998 Basel, Switzerland Hard (i) South Africa Piet Norval France Olivier Delaître
France Fabrice Santoro
3–6, 6–7
Runner-up 3. 11 January 1999 Doha, Qatar Hard South Africa Piet Norval United States Alex O'Brien
United States Jared Palmer
3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 4. 18 October 1999 Vienna, Austria Hard (i) South Africa Piet Norval Germany David Prinosil
Australia Sandon Stolle
3–6, 4–6
Winner 6. 25 October 1999 Lyon, France Carpet South Africa Piet Norval South Africa Wayne Ferreira
Australia Sandon Stolle
4–6, 7–6(7–5), 7–6(7–4)
Winner 7. 15 November 1999 Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i) South Africa Piet Norval United States Jan-Michael Gambill
United States Scott Humphries
7–5, 6–3
Winner 8. 28 August 2000 Long Island, New York, US Hard United States Jonathan Stark United States Jan-Michael Gambill
United States Scott Humphries
6–4, 6–4
Winner 9. 9 October 2000 Hong Kong Hard Zimbabwe Wayne Black Slovakia Dominik Hrbatý
Germany David Prinosil
6–1, 6–2
Winner 10. 13 November 2000 St. Petersburg, Russia Hard (i) Canada Daniel Nestor Japan Thomas Shimada
South Africa Myles Wakefield
7–6(7–5), 7–5
Winner 11. 19 February 2001 Copenhagen, Denmark Hard (i) Zimbabwe Wayne Black Czech Republic Jiří Novák
Czech Republic David Rikl
6–3, 6–3
Winner 12. 27 August 2001 Long Island, New York, US Hard United States Jonathan Stark Czech Republic Leoš Friedl
Czech Republic Radek Štěpánek
6–1, 6–4
Winner 13. 10 September 2001 US Open, New York City Hard Zimbabwe Wayne Black United States Donald Johnson
United States Jared Palmer
7–6(11–9), 2–6, 6–3
Winner 14. 7 January 2002 Adelaide, Australia Hard Zimbabwe Wayne Black United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
7–5, 6–2
Winner 15. 4 March 2002 San Jose, California, US Hard (i) Zimbabwe Wayne Black South Africa John-Laffnie de Jager
South Africa Robbie Koenig
6–3, 4–6, [10–5]
Runner-up 5. 13 May 2002 Rome, Italy Clay Zimbabwe Wayne Black Czech Republic Martin Damm
Czech Republic Cyril Suk
5–7, 5–7
Winner 16. 17 June 2002 Queen's Club, London, England Grass Zimbabwe Wayne Black India Mahesh Bhupathi
Belarus Max Mirnyi
7–6(7–5), 3–6, 6–3
Winner 17. 19 August 2002 Washington, D.C., USA Hard Zimbabwe Wayne Black United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
7–6(7–4), 4–6, 6–3
Winner 18. 14 October 2002 Lyon, France Carpet Zimbabwe Wayne Black The Bahamas Mark Knowles
Canada Daniel Nestor
6–4, 3–6, 7–6(7–3)
Winner 19. 28 October 2002 Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i) Zimbabwe Wayne Black Australia Wayne Arthurs
Australia Paul Hanley
6–4, 2–6, 7–6(7–4)
Runner-up 6. 3 March 2003 Dubai, United Arab Emirates Hard Zimbabwe Wayne Black India Leander Paes
Czech Republic David Rikl
3–6, 0–6
Winner 20. 5 May 2003 Munich, Germany Clay Zimbabwe Wayne Black Australia Joshua Eagle
United States Jared Palmer
6–3, 7–5
Runner-up 7. 21 July 2003 Stuttgart, Germany Clay Russia Yevgeny Kafelnikov Czech Republic Tomáš Cibulec
Czech Republic Pavel Vízner
6–3, 3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 8. 6 October 2003 Moscow, Russia Carpet Zimbabwe Wayne Black India Mahesh Bhupathi
Belarus Max Mirnyi
3–6, 5–7
Runner-up 9. 20 October 2003 Madrid, Spain Hard (i) Zimbabwe Wayne Black India Mahesh Bhupathi
Belarus Max Mirnyi
2–6, 6–2, 3–6
Runner-up 10. 22 March 2004 Indian Wells, California, US Hard Zimbabwe Wayne Black France Sébastien Grosjean
France Arnaud Clément
3–6, 6–4, 5–7
Winner 21. 5 April 2004 Key Biscayne, Florida, US Hard Zimbabwe Wayne Black Sweden Jonas Björkman
Australia Todd Woodbridge
6–2, 7–6(14–12)
Winner 22. 17 May 2004 Hamburg, Germany Clay Zimbabwe Wayne Black United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
6–1, 6–2
Runner-up 11. 26 July 2004 Indianapolis, Indiana, US Hard Zimbabwe Wayne Black Australia Jordan Kerr
United States Jim Thomas
7–6(9–7), 6–7(3–7), 3–6
Runner-up 12. 8 November 2004 Paris, France Carpet Zimbabwe Wayne Black Sweden Jonas Björkman
Australia Todd Woodbridge
3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 13. 21 November 2004 Tennis Masters Cup, Houston, Texas, US Hard Zimbabwe Wayne Black United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
6–4, 5–7, 4–6, 2–6
Winner 23. 31 January 2005 Australian Open, Melbourne Hard Zimbabwe Wayne Black United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 14. 4 April 2005 Key Biscayne, Florida, US Hard Zimbabwe Wayne Black Sweden Jonas Björkman
Belarus Max Mirnyi
1–6, 2–6
Runner-up 15. 8 August 2005 Washington, D.C., USA Hard Zimbabwe Wayne Black United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
4–6, 2–6
Winner 24. 15 August 2005 Montreal, Canada Hard Zimbabwe Wayne Black Israel Jonathan Erlich
Israel Andy Ram
7–6(7–2), 6–4
Runner-up 16. 22 August 2005 Cincinnati, Ohio, US Hard Zimbabwe Wayne Black Sweden Jonas Björkman
Belarus Max Mirnyi
4–6, 7–5, 2–6
Runner-up 17. 9 January 2006 Adelaide, Australia Hard Australia Paul Hanley Israel Jonathan Erlich
Israel Andy Ram
6–7(4–7), 6–7(10–12)
Winner 25. 27 February 2006 Rotterdam, Netherlands Hard (i) Australia Paul Hanley Israel Jonathan Erlich
Israel Andy Ram
7–6(7–4), 7–6(7–2)
Winner 26. 6 March 2006 Dubai, United Arab Emirates Hard Australia Paul Hanley The Bahamas Mark Knowles
Canada Daniel Nestor
1–6, 6–2, [10–1]
Winner 27. 22 May 2006 Hamburg, Germany Clay Australia Paul Hanley The Bahamas Mark Knowles
Canada Daniel Nestor
4–6, 7–6(7–5), [10–4]
Winner 28. 19 June 2006 Queen's Club, London, England Grass Australia Paul Hanley Sweden Jonas Björkman
Belarus Max Mirnyi
6–4, 7–6(7–5)
Runner-up 18. 7 August 2006 Washington, D.C., USA Hard Australia Paul Hanley United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
3–6, 7–5, [3–10]
Runner-up 19. 14 August 2006 Toronto, Canada Hard Australia Paul Hanley United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
5–7, 1–6
Winner 29. 16 October 2006 Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i) Australia Paul Hanley Belgium Olivier Rochus
Belgium Kristof Vliegen
7–6(7–2), 6–4
Winner 30. 15 January 2007 Sydney, Australia Hard Australia Paul Hanley The Bahamas Mark Knowles
Canada Daniel Nestor
6–4, 6–7(3–7), [10–6]
Runner-up 20. 12 August 2007 Montréal, Canada Hard Australia Paul Hanley India Mahesh Bhupati
Czech Republic Pavel Vízner
4–6, 4–6
Runner-up 21. 21 April 2008 Estoril, Portugal Clay United Kingdom Jamie Murray South Africa Jeff Coetzee
South Africa Wesley Moodie
2–6, 6–4, [8–10]
Winner 31. 16 June 2008 Nottingham, United Kingdom Grass Brazil Bruno Soares South Africa Jeff Coetzee
United Kingdom Jamie Murray
6–2, 7–6(7–5)
Runner-up 22. 5 July 2008 Wimbledon, London Grass Sweden Jonas Björkman Canada Daniel Nestor
Serbia Nenad Zimonjić
6–7(12–14), 7–6(7–3), 3–6, 3–6
Runner-up 23. 17 August 2008 Washington, D.C., USA Hard Brazil Bruno Soares France Marc Gicquel
Sweden Robert Lindstedt
6–7(3–7), 3–6
Winner 32. 12 October 2008 Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i) Sweden Jonas Björkman Sweden Johan Brunström
Sweden Michael Ryderstedt
6–1, 6–3
Winner 33. 2 November 2008 Paris, France Hard (i) Sweden Jonas Björkman South Africa Jeff Coetzee
South Africa Wesley Moodie
6–2, 6–2
Runner-up 24. 29 August 2009 New Haven, USA Hard Brazil Bruno Soares Austria Julian Knowle
Austria Jürgen Melzer
4–6, 6–7(3–7)
Winner 34. 25 October 2009 Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i) Brazil Bruno Soares Sweden Simon Aspelin
Australia Paul Hanley
6–4, 7–6(7–4)

Doubles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 Career SR Career W-L
Grand Slams
Australian Open A A 1R QF A 2R 1R 1R 2R QF QF 3R QF W SF SF 3R 3R A 1 / 15 33–14
French Open A A 1R A 1R 1R 2R 3R 3R 3R 3R 2R QF 1R 2R 2R QF QF A 0 / 15 19–15
Wimbledon A LQ 1R 1R A 1R 2R 3R 1R 1R 2R 3R QF SF QF 2R F QF 1R 0 / 16 24–16
US Open A A 1R A A 1R 2R 1R 1R W QF 3R QF SF SF SF 2R 2R A 1 / 14 29–13
Grand Slam W-L 0–0 0–0 0–4 3–2 0–1 1–4 3–4 4–4 2–4 11–3 9–4 7–4 12–4 14–3 12–4 10–4 8–4 9–4 0–1 2 / 60 105–58
Masters 1000
Indian Wells A A SF LQ A A A 2R 1R 1R QF 2R F QF 1R QF QF 1R A 0 / 12 16–12
Miami A A 2R 1R A A 2R 2R 3R 3R 3R 2R W F SF QF 2R QF A 1 / 14 23–13
Monte Carlo A A A A A A A 2R 1R 1R A SF A A A SF SF 2R A 0 / 7 7–7
Rome A A A A A A A 1R A 1R F 2R QF 2R QF QF SF SF A 0 / 10 11–10
Madrid (Stuttgart) A A A A A A 1R 1R 2R 2R 2R F A SF SF 2R SF SF A 0 / 11 11–11
Canada A A A A A A 1R 2R 2R 2R 2R 1R 2R W F F QF 2R A 1 / 12 14–11
Cincinnati A LQ LQ A A 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R 2R 1R 2R F 2R QF 2R 2R A 0 / 13 5–13
Shanghai Not Held 2R A 0 / 1 0–1
Paris A A A A A A QF 1R 1R SF 2R QF F SF 1R QF W 2R A 1 / 12 16–11
Hamburg A A A A A A A 2R A 2R 1R 2R W 2R W F 2R NME 2 / 9 13–7
Masters W-L 0–0 0–0 4–2 0–1 0–0 0–1 3–5 4–9 3–7 5–9 9–8 8–9 17–5 17–7 12–7 14–9 13–8 7–9 0–0 5 / 101 116–96
Year End Ranking 235 135 91 158 103 92 35 26 34 13 11 18 9 6 8 10 8 24

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