Luke Saville

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Luke Saville
Saville vs Broady – Wimbledon Boys Singles Final 2011.jpg
Country  Australia
Residence Cobdogla, Australia
Born (1994-02-01) 1 February 1994 (age 20)
Berri, Australia
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Turned pro 2012
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money $31,894
Singles
Career record 0-0
Career titles 0
0 Challengers, 5 Futures
Highest ranking No. 278 (31 March 2014)
Current ranking No. 278 (31 March 2014)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 1R (2013)
Doubles
Career record 0-1
Career titles 0
0 Challengers, 4 Futures
Highest ranking No. 394 (19 November 2012)
Current ranking No. 1079 (6 January 2014)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 1R (2012)
Last updated on: 8 January 2014.

Luke Saville (born 1 February 1994) is an Australian junior tennis player, best known for winning the boys singles at the 2011 Wimbledon Championships and the 2012 Australian Open. He is a former No. 1 in the junior combined world rankings and is an Australian Institute of Sport scholarship holder.

Junior career[edit]

Saville began to compete in big junior events at the start of 2009 where he was given wildcards into G1 tournaments in Australia but only managed to reach the round of 16 in the both tournaments after being taken out by James Duckworth and Nikala Sholtz. Saville had no titles at the start of the Australian Open 2009 beating Greivis Valadziemer but losing to Dino Marcan in three sets. Later in 2009 Saville was a part of the victorious Australian Junior Davis Cup Team with team mates Jason Kubler and Joey Swaysland.

Saville had a great start to the 2011 with a run against Adam Pavlásek, Dominic Thiem, Nikola Milojevic, Lucas Pouille and Roberto Carballes to reach the final of the 2011 Australian Open losing to Jiri Vesely in straight sets: 6–0, 6–3.[1]

Saville then won the junior 2011 Wimbledon title beating Lucas Vrnac, Evgyny Lovskiy, Thiago Moura Monteiro, Joris De Looreand and Kaichi Uchida on his way to the final. He then defeated home player Liam Broady in three sets.[2]

In 2012, Saville once again made it to the finals of the junior Australian Open where he beat opponent Filip Peliwo in three sets: 6–3, 5–7, 6–4. He became the first Australian to win the Australian Open juniors title since Bernard Tomic in 2008. Later that year, Saville reached the final of 2012 Wimbledon Championships where he faced again the Canadian Filip Peliwo. He was the defending champion, but lost in straight sets: 5–7, 4–6.

As a junior Saville posted a singles win/loss record of 96-39 (and 65-38 in doubles), reaching the No. 1 combined world ranking in January 2012.

Junior Grand Slam results[edit]

Tournament 2009 2010 2011 2012 W–L
Junior Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open 2R 2R F W 13-3
French Open A A 1R QF 3-2
Wimbledon A A W F 11-1
US Open A A 1R A 0-1
Win–Loss 1-1 1-1 11-3 14-2 28-6

Junior singles titles (5)[edit]

Legend (Singles)
Grand Slam (2)
Grade A (0)
Grade B (1)
Grade 1–5 (2)
No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score
1. 30 October 2010 Thailand Nonthaburi Hard Russia Evgeny Karlovskiy W 6–3, 6–2
2. 3 July 2011 United Kingdom Wimbledon Grass United Kingdom Liam Broady W 2–6 6–4 6–2
3. 30 October 2011 South Korea Chuncheon Hard Australia Andrew Harris W 7–6(2), 6–4
4. 6 November 2011 South Korea Jeju-Do Hard Australia Andrew Harris W 6–3, 6–4
5. 28 January 2012 Australia Australian Open Hard Canada Filip Peliwo W 6–3 5–7 6–4
6. 8 July 2012 United Kingdom Wimbledon Grass Canada Filip Peliwo L 5–7, 4–6

Professional career[edit]

2008–2010[edit]

Saville entered his first professional event in October 2008 as a 14 year old. The event was held in his home state of South Australia. Saville was awarded a bye in the first round of qualifying but lost in the second round to Ben Mitchell 5–7 0–6.

Saville competed in his first main draw of a futures tournament in February 2009 when he was awarded a wildcard into a futures tournament in Mildura, he fell in the first round to Miles Armstrong 5–7 0–6. The following week he was awarded a second wildcard into the main draw of a futures tournament held in Berri, South Australia, the birthplace of Saville. He would lose in the first round to Matt Reid 4–6 4–6. In preparation for the junior Davis Cup finals Saville was awarded a his third wildcard into a futures event held in Darwin. As a fifteen year old he won his first round against Steven Goh 7–6(3) 6–3 and in doing so earned his first ever ATP ranking points as well as becoming the youngest player on the ATP rankings. Saville would go on to lose to John Millman in the second round 2–6 0–6.

Saville was awarded a wildcard into the 2010 Australian Open qualifying draw where he fell in the first round to Frenchman Alexandre Sidorenko 1–6 1–6. Following the Australian Open Saville was awarded a wildcard into his first ever challenger event in Burnie, he went down gallantly in three sets to Dayne Kelly 6–4 3–6 4–6. In March Saville traveled to Spain to train at the AIS headquarters and in doing so entered a Spanish futures tournament, he would lose in the first round of qualifying. On return to Australia Saville continued to play clay court tournaments leading up to the Roland Garros juniors by receiving wildcards into future tournaments in Ipswich and Bundaberg respectively. He would reach the second round of both tournaments. Saville entered three more Australian future tournaments later that year but failed to make it past the first round.

2011[edit]

Saville once again began his year with a wildcard into the Australian Open qualifying but failed to make it past the first round after losing to Nicolas Mahut in the first round. Following his runner up appearance at the Australian Open juniors he was once again granted a wildcard into the challenger held in Burnie but fell in the first round to Paolo Lorenzi. Throughout the rest of the year Saville competed in futures tournaments across Australia, Thailand, Italy, Netherlands, Great Britain and USA but failed to make it past the first round of the main draw in all tournaments. He would hit some form at the end of 2011 where he made his first ever professional quarterfinal in the last future tournament of the year held in Australia. Saville would finish the year ranked 1,176 in the world.

2012[edit]

Saville was awarded qualifying wildcards into the events held in Brisbane, Sydney, and the Australian Open. In Brisbane, Saville reached the second round of qualifying, after defeating Alex Bolt, 6–4, 1–6, 6–3, but later fell to Tatsuma Ito in the second round, 2–6, 2–6. In Sydney qualifying, Saville was knocked out in the first round by Andre Begemann, 4–6, 4–6. Saville lost in the first round of Australian Open qualifying, going down to Ivo Minar, 6–7(3), 1–6.

2013[edit]

Saville lost in round 1 of the qualification rounds of both the 2013 Brisbane International and Sydney International and despite being given a wild card into the 2013 Australian Open, he lost in round one to Japanese Go Soeda in 4 sets.

Saville made his first final of 2013 playing the F10 in Little Rock. He lost in straight sets to American Austin Krajicek.

From May to August, Saville competed in Futures throughout Asia and North America. In September, Saville competed in Australian Futures. His best performance was a semi final at the F6. He won the Australia F10, deafing Yasutaka Uchiyama 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 in October. In November, Saville made the final of the Thailand F4, but lost to Yasutaka Uchiyama in three sets. He lost to Uchiyama again in round 2 the following week in the Thailand F5.

2014[edit]

Saville was given a wild card into the 2014 Australian Open – Men's Singles Qualifying, but lost to Paul Capdeville of Chile in round 1, 7-6, 0-6, 9-11. In February and March, he made three Future finals in a row, winning two, taking his ranking to a career high #282.

ATP career finals[edit]

Singles: 0 (0–0)[edit]

Legend (Singles)
Grand Slam (0–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (0–0)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (0–0)
Titles by Surface
Hard (0–0)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score

Challenger and Futures finals[edit]

Singles: 10 (6-4)[edit]

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 12 May 2012 Thailand Bangkok, Thailand[3] Hard France Antoine Escoffier 2–6, 6–4, 6–0
Winner 2. 2 September 2012 Australia Cairns, Australia Hard Australia Michael Look 6–1, 7–6
Runner-up 3. 29 October 2012 Australia Traralgon, Australia Hard Australia Benjamin Mitchell 3-6, 6–2, 1-6
Runner-up 4. 21 April 2013 United States Little Rock, Arkansas, USA Hard United States Austin Krajicek 4-6, 2–6
Winner 5. 19 October 2013 Australia Sydney, Australia Hard Japan Yasutaka Uchiyama 4-6, 6-4, 6-4
Runner-up 6. 30 November 2013 Thailand Bangkok, Thailand Hard Japan Yasutaka Uchiyama 1-6, 6-3, 1-6
Runner-up 7. 23 February 2014 Australia Happy Valley, Australia Hard United States Jarmere Jenkins 2-6, 3-6
Winner 8. 2 March 2014 Australia Port Pirie, Australia Hard Australia Jordan Thompson 6-2, 3-1 retired
Winner 9. 9 March 2014 Australia Mildura, Australia Grass Australia Dane Propoggia 7-5, 6-7(5), 6-0
Winner 10. 13 April 2014 Australia Glen Iris, Australia Hard Australia Alex Bolt 4-6, 7-6(4), 6-4

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Match Reports – News and Photos – Australian Open Tennis Championships 2012 – Official Site by IBM". Australianopen.com. 2011-01-29. Retrieved 2012-07-08. 
  2. ^ Bevan, Chris (2011-07-02). "BBC Sport – Wimbledon 2011: Liam Broady beaten in boys' final". BBC News. Retrieved 2012-07-08. 
  3. ^ "ITF Tennis – Pro Circuit – Thailand F1 Futures – 07 May – 13 May 2012". Beta.itftennis.com. Retrieved 2012-07-08. 

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