Luke Jensen

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Luke Jensen
Luke Jensen 2009 US Open 01.jpg
Country  United States
Residence Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Born (1966-06-18) June 18, 1966 (age 48)
Grayling, Michigan, U.S.
Height 6'3" (190 cm)
Turned pro 1987
Plays Ambidextrous (one-handed backhand)
Prize money $1,314,855
Singles
Career record 12–43
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 168 (July 25, 1988)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 1R (1995)
US Open 2R (1985, 1986)
Doubles
Career record 252–297
Career titles 10
Highest ranking No. 6 (November 1, 1993)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 3R (1992)
French Open W (1993)
Wimbledon 3R (1992)
US Open QF (1989)
Mixed Doubles
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open F (1996)
French Open F (1996)
Wimbledon QF (1992, 1996)
US Open SF (1995, 1997)

Luke Jensen (born June 18, 1966 in Grayling, Michigan, U.S.) is a former professional male tennis player from the United States. He attended University of Southern California from 1986–87 and earned singles All-American honors both years (doubles in 1987). He compiled a 106-57 record in seven and a half seasons as the head women's tennis coach at Syracuse University, resigning in January 2014 to pursue professional opportunities. [1]

Tennis career[edit]

Jensen attended East Grand Rapids High School, winning the Michigan state singles championship in 1983, and graduating in 1985.[2]

Juniors[edit]

As a junior Jensen reached the No. 1 junior world ranking in both singles and doubles in 1984.

Tournament 1983 1984
Junior Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A A
French Open A SF
Wimbledon A QF
US Open SF 3R

Pro tour[edit]

Jensen gained the nickname of "Dual Hand Luke" because he was an ambidextrous player able to serve at 130 MPH with either hand.[3] He now does on-court analysis for ESPN for their tennis coverage. He also travels the world as an instructor, motivational speaker, and ambassador for the game.

He reached his career-high doubles ranking of World No. 6 in November 1993. In that year, he won the men's doubles title at the French Open playing with his younger brother, Murphy Jensen. Jensen's career-high singles ranking was World No. 168, achieved in July 1988.

Doubles Titles (10)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam (1)
Tennis Masters Cup (0)
ATP Masters Series (1)
ATP Championship Series (1)
ATP Tour (7)
Titles by Surface
Hard (5)
Clay (4)
Grass (1)
Carpet (0)
No. Date Tournament Surface Partnering Opponent in the final Score
1. February 1, 1988 Guarujá, Brazil Hard Chile Ricardo Acuña Argentina Javier Frana
Uruguay Diego Pérez
6–1, 6–4
2. November 20, 1989 Johannesburg, South Africa Hard (i) United States Richey Reneberg United States Kelly Jones
United States Joey Rive
6–0, 6–4
3. April 8, 1991 Orlando, U.S. Hard United States Scott Melville Venezuela Nicolás Pereira
United States Pete Sampras
6–7, 7–6, 6–3
4. April 29, 1991 Monte Carlo, Monaco Clay Australia Laurie Warder Netherlands Paul Haarhuis
Netherlands Mark Koevermans
5–7, 7–6, 6–4
5. May 27, 1991 Bologna, Italy Clay Australia Laurie Warder Brazil Luiz Mattar
Brazil Jaime Oncins
6–4, 7–6
6. May 25, 1992 Bologna, Italy Clay Australia Laurie Warder Argentina Javier Frana
Spain Javier Sánchez
6–2, 6–3
7. June 7, 1993 French Open, Paris Clay United States Murphy Jensen Germany Marc-Kevin Goellner
Germany David Prinosil
6–4, 6–7, 6–4
8. June 26, 1995 Nottingham, England Grass United States Murphy Jensen United States Patrick Galbraith
South Africa Danie Visser
6–3, 5–7, 6–4
9. August 26, 1996 Long Island, U.S. Hard United States Murphy Jensen Germany Hendrik Dreekmann
Russia Alexander Volkov
6–3, 7–6
10. July 21, 1997 Washington, D.C., U.S. Hard United States Murphy Jensen South Africa Neville Godwin
Netherlands Fernon Wibier
6–4, 6–4

Runner-ups (14)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Surface Partnering Opponent in the final Score
1. May 20, 1991 Rome, Italy Clay Australia Laurie Warder Italy Omar Camporese
Croatia Goran Ivanišević
2–6, 3–6
2. October 7, 1991 Sydney Indoor, Australia Hard (i) Australia Laurie Warder United States Jim Grabb
United States Richey Reneberg
4–6, 4–6
3. April 6, 1992 Estoril, Portugal Clay Australia Laurie Warder Netherlands Hendrik Jan Davids
Belgium Libor Pimek
6–3, 3–6, 5–7
4. January 18, 1993 Sydney Outdoor, Australia Hard United States Murphy Jensen Australia Sandon Stolle
Australia Jason Stoltenberg
3–6, 4–6
5. March 1, 1993 Scottsdale, U.S. Hard Australia Sandon Stolle United States Mark Keil
United States Dave Randall
5–7, 4–6
6. March 8, 1993 Indian Wells, U.S. Hard United States Scott Melville France Guy Forget
France Henri Leconte
4–6, 5–7
7. May 3, 1993 Madrid, Spain Clay United States Scott Melville Spain Tomás Carbonell
Spain Carlos Costa
6–7, 2–6
8. May 24, 1993 Bologna, Italy Clay United States Murphy Jensen South Africa Danie Visser
Australia Laurie Warder
6–4, 4–6, 4–6
9. October 18, 1993 Tokyo Indoor, Japan Carpet United States Murphy Jensen Canada Grant Connell
United States Patrick Galbraith
3–6, 4–6
10. February 28, 1994 Mexico City, Mexico Clay United States Murphy Jensen United States Francisco Montana
United States Bryan Shelton
3–6, 4–6
11. September 19, 1994 Bogotá, Colombia Clay United States Murphy Jensen The Bahamas Mark Knowles
Canada Daniel Nestor
4–6, 6–7
12. April 24, 1995 Nice, France Clay United States David Wheaton Czech Republic Cyril Suk
Czech Republic Daniel Vacek
6–3, 6–7, 6–7
13. May 12, 1997 Coral Springs, U.S. Clay United States Murphy Jensen United States Dave Randall
United States Greg Van Emburgh
7–6, 2–6, 6–7
14. May 26, 1997 St. Poelten, Austria Clay United States Murphy Jensen United States Kelly Jones
United States Scott Melville
2–6, 6–7

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bailey, Stephen (January 29, 2014). "Jensen resigns as head coach midway through 8th season". The Daily Orange. 
  2. ^ "Luke Jensen named Syracuse tennis coach", USA Today, August 29, 2006. Accessed December 26, 2007. "A 1985 graduate of East Grand Rapids High School in Michigan, Jensen reached the second round of the U.S. Open just before enrolling at the University of Southern California, where he earned All-America honors in 1987 and 1988. Jensen won the 1983 Michigan High School State Singles Championship and earned high school All-America recognition."
  3. ^ Biography of Luke Jensen on newengland.usta.com

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