Melle van Gemerden
9 May 1979 |
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Highest ranking||No. 100 (12 Jun 2006)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||1R (2005)|
|French Open||1R (2006)|
|Highest ranking||No. 178 (4 Apr 2005)|
Van Gemerden was a quarter-finalist in the 2005 Dutch Open, beating world number 46 Christophe Rochus en route. Earlier that year he was forced by the ATP to return $2,950 USD prizemoney after testing positive for cannabis, during a Mauritius Challenger tournament late in 2004. He also had to forfeit any ranking points that he attained in Mauritius.
He appeared in three Grand Slams during his career, starting with the 2005 Australian Open, where he was drawn up against 31st seed Juan Carlos Ferrero, who won the match in four sets. The following year he played in both the French Open and Wimbledon Championships. In France he lost in the opening round to Juan Mónaco but he made the second round of Wimbledon, beating Josh Goodall, before being eliminated from the tournament by Mardy Fish.
The Dutchman was also a Davis Cup representative for his country. Van Gemerden was a member of the Netherlands team which took on Slovakia in the 2005 World Group quarter-finals and appeared both in the doubles, with Paul Haarhuis, and in the singles against Michal Mertiňák. He lost both of those matches and was also unable to register a win in the two other Davis Cup matches of his career, singles rubbers against Russians Nikolay Davydenko and Dmitry Tursunov in 2006.
|No.||Year||Tournament||Surface||Opponent in the final||Score|
|1.||2005||Scheveningen, Netherlands||Clay||Kristof Vliegen||6–4, 6–3|
|No.||Year||Tournament||Surface||Partner||Opponents in the final||Score|
|1.||2004||Hilversum, Netherlands||Clay||Fred Hemmes, Jr.|| Attila Sávolt
|2.||2004||Samarkand, Uzbekistan||Clay||Jean-François Bachelot|| Sebastian Fitz
|6–2, 3–6, 6–1|
|3.||2005||Manerbio, Italy||Clay||Rogier Wassen|| Daniel Köllerer