June 28, 1972 |
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Highest ranking||160 (7 July 1997)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|US Open||1R (1994, 1998)|
|Highest ranking||37 (12 January 2004)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||3R (2003)|
|French Open||2R (1998, 1999, 2005)|
|Wimbledon||2R (1999, 2002)|
|US Open||2R (1993, 1998)|
|Davis Cup||W/L (15–12)|
|Last updated on: December 21, 2014.|
Merklein was born in Freeport, Bahamas. He grew up in Coral Springs, Florida, and attended St. Thomas Aquinas High School in nearby Fort Lauderdale. Playing for the St. Thomas Raiders high school tennis team, he won six Class 3A high school titles – two at No. 2 singles, one at No. 1 singles, and three at No. 1 doubles.
Merklein accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where he played for the Florida Gators men's tennis team in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and Southeastern Conference (SEC) competition from 1991 to 1994. As a Gator, he won the NCAA national championship doubles title with partner David Blair in 1993. The following year, Merklein won the NCAA national championship singles title in 1994 in dominating fashion, losing only one set. Merklein was a four-time All-American, a three-time All-SEC selection, and the SEC Player of the Year in 1994. He was inducted into the University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame as a "Gator Great" in 2005.
Merklein turned professional in 1994, and won four doubles titles during his career. He won matches at all four Majors. On July 7, 1997, he reached his highest singles ranking of world No. 160, and reached his highest doubles ranking on January 12, 2004, when he became world No. 37.
On May 24, 2013, Merklein was hired as the University of Florida men's tennis assistant coach.
Merklein currently resides in Gainesville, Florida.
Grand Slam tournament performance timeline
Won tournament; or reached Final; Semifinal; Quarter-final; Round 4, 3, 2, 1; competed at a Round Robin stage; lost in Qualification Round; absent from tournament event; played in a Davis Cup Zonal Group (with its number indication) or Play-off; won a bronze, silver (F or S) or gold medal at the Olympics; a downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament (Not a Masters Series); or a tournament that was Not Held in a given year.
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated either at the conclusion of a tournament, or when the player's participation in the tournament has ended.
- "Mark Merklein Davis Cup bio". Retrieved 21 December 2014.
- Dave Heeren, "Every Little Step He Takes Brings Mark Merklein Closer To His Goal Of Tennis Stardom," Sun-Sentinel (July 10, 1991). Retrieved July 26, 2014.
- F Club, Hall of Fame, Gator Greats. Retrieved December 18, 2014.
- "Nine Hall of Fame Inductees Announced," GatorZone.com (September 30, 2004). Retrieved July 26, 2014.
- "Gator Great Mark Merklein Hired as Men's Tennis Assistant Coach," GatorZone.com (May 24, 2013). Retrieved May 24, 2013.
- Mark Merklein at the Association of Tennis Professionals
- Mark Merklein at the International Tennis Federation
- Mark Merklein at the Davis Cup
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