Andrew Whittington (tennis)
|Residence||Williamstown, Victoria, Australia|
11 August 1993 |
Williamstown, Victoria, Australia
|Height||188 cm (6 ft 2 in)|
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Career record||2–3 (Grand Slam, ATP Tour level, and Davis Cup)|
|Highest ranking||No. 160 (20 March 2017)|
|Current ranking||No. 228 (24 July 2017)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||2R (2017)|
|French Open||Q1 (2017)|
|US Open||Q1 (2016)|
|Highest ranking||No. 76 (27 February 2017)|
|Current ranking||No. 86 (24 July 2017)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||SF (2017)|
|Wimbledon||1R (2014, 2017)|
|Last updated on: 24 July 2017.|
Andrew Whittington (born 11 August 1993) is an Australian professional tennis player. He made the world's top 200 in August 2016 following a semi-final run at the 2016 Kentucky Bank Tennis Championships.
His best performance came by reaching the quarter finals of the 2014 Australian Open with Alex Bolt. In May 2014, Whittington and Bolt won the China International Challenger, which was both players' first Challenger doubles title. He'll make his singles grand slam debut at the 2017 Australian Open after being given a wild card.
- 1 Career
- 2 Personal life
- 3 Tour finals
- 4 Doubles performance timeline
- 5 References
- 6 External links
2010–2012: Career beginnings
Whittington made his first singles appearance in April 2010 at the Australian F3 where he lost in round 1 to Brendan Moore. Throughout 2010/11, Whittington played mostly on the ITF circuits across Australia and the USA where he reached two quarter finals in singles. In 2011, Whittington began partnering Luke Saville in doubles. The pair won back-to-back ITF doubles titles in November. The pair were given a wild card into the 2012 Australian Open Men's doubles. They lost in round 1. In March 2012, Whittington began partnering Alex Bolt; the pair won three ITF doubles titles before June.
Whittington made his first appearance in the singles main draw of an ATP Challenger Tour at Caloundra in February 2012, losing narrowly in round 1. The remainder of 2012 was spent on the ITF Circuit across Australia and Europe and he reached two semi-finals.
2013–2014: Doubles success
In January 2013, Whittington was given a wild card into the Burnie Challenger where he reached the quarter finals, before playing ITF tour across USA and Europe. In April, Whittington reached his first final in Greece. He lost to Dimitar Kuzmanov in straight sets. He returned to Australia in September 2013 and lost in the final of the Australia F6 to Adam Feeney, before winning his first single title the following week at the F7 against Alex Bolt. Following the win, he told Tennis Australia “I’ve never felt like that before, I still feel like I’m out there playing.” In November 2013, he won his second ITF title in Cambodia against Gavin van Peperzeel.
In doubles, Whittington played with a number of partners throughout 2013 but re-joined Alex Bolt in September and commenced a successful doubles run. The pair won three consecutive ITF doubles titles in Australia and in October, the pair reached their first Challenger final at the Melbourne Challenger, losing to Thanasi Kokkinakis and Benjamin Mitchell.
Whittington and Bolt were given wild cards into the Men's doubles. The pair defeated the number 3 seeds David Marrero and Fernando Verdasco in round two, ultimately losing at the quarter-final stage to number 8 seed Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjić. The match was played on Rod Laver Arena; the pairs first appearance on centre court. The pair then made a series of semi-finals across Australia circuit before winning their first Challenger title in Anning in May. This increased Whittington's double ranking to within the world's top 100.
In June, Whittington and Bolt qualified for the 2014 Wimbledon Championships – Men's Doubles, this was the pairs first appearance at Wimbledon. They lost in round 1 to Feliciano López and Jürgen Melzer. In August, Whittington lost in the final of the Chinese Taipei F1 before returning to Australia playing in ITF and Challenger circuit. By November 2014, Whittington had reached his twentieth doubles final. Whittington ended 2014 with a singles ranking of 525 and doubles ranking of 109.
2015–2016: Focus on singles and ATP World Tour debut
In January 2015, Whittington and Bolt made the final of the Onkaparinga Challenger, before reaching the third round of the Men's doubles. Throughout the rest of 2015, Whittington began focussing on singles matches on the ATP Challenger tour, with limited success.
Whittington commenced 2016 at the Happy Valley Challenger, qualifying for and reaching the semi final. This was his best singles performance to date at this level. Whittington then played the Canberra and Launceston challenger events before winning his third and fourth ITF singles title in Mornington in March. He played in Nanjing, Anning and Bangkok challenger events before winning his fifth ITF title in Guam in May. In June, Whittington won three ITF titles in three weeks in Hong Kong. In July, Whittington was seeded for the first time in a Challenger Event at Gimcheon and reached his first final against Max Purcell. This was followed up by a semi final result at Lexington Challenger and quarter final result at Granby. Whittington increased his singles ranking inside the top 200 for the first time. In September, Whittington contended the US Open for the first time, losing in round 1 of qualifying to João Souza. Whittington then qualified for the main draw of an ATP World Tour for the first time in Shenzhen. In his ATP debut, he saved four match points against Luca Vanni, eventually winning 2-6, 7-6, 6-2 in two hours and 20 minutes. He lost in round 2 to Richard Gasquet. Whittington ended the year playing challenger events in Vietnam and China. Whittington ended 2016 with a career high singles ranking of 170 and a doubles ranking of 312.
2017: First Grand Slam appearance
On 2 January 2017, Tennis Australia awarded Whittington a wild card into the 2017 Australian Open. This was Whittington's first singles appearance in a grand slam. He defeated Adam Pavlásek in 4 sets in round 1, before losing to Ivo Karlovic in round 2. Whittington partnered Marc Polmans in the 2017 Australian Open – Men's Doubles, where they reached the semi-finals. Whittington played on the challenger tour before heading to USA in March, where he lost in qualifying for both Indian Wells and Miami Masters. At the French Open Whittington lost in round 1 of qualifying. In June, Whittington entered the qualifying for Wimbledon. In the first round of qualifying, he recovered from a 1-4 deficit in the final set, saving break points in the sixth game against Stephane Robert of France, to prevail 3-6, 7-5, 6-4. In R2 of Qualifying he won from a set down again, winning 6-7, 6-4, 6-4 against Tim Smyczek before qualifying for Wimbledon for the first time 4-6, 2-6, 7-6(7), 7-6(3), 6-0. Whittington saved two match points in the third set tie-break at 4-6 after coming from 2-5 down in that same tie-break against Denis Kudla. Whittington gallantly went down to Thiago Monteiro in R1, saving match points against his serve at 4-5 in the fourth set before losing that set and the match in a tie-break.
Singles: 13 (8–5)
|Runner-up||1.||5 May 2013||Heraklion, Greece F5||Hard||Dimitar Kuzmanov||1–6, 2–6|
|Runner-up||2.||15 September 2013||Toowoomba, Australia F6||Hard||Adam Feeney||6–7, 6–4|
|Winner||3.||22 September 2013||Cairns, Australia F7||Hard||Alex Bolt||6–4, 6–4|
|Winner||4.||1 December 2013||Phnom Penh, Cambodia F1||Hard||Gavin van Peperzeel||7–5, 6–0|
|Runner-up||5.||24 August 2014||Chinese Taipei, F1||Hard||Liang Chi Huang||3–6, 4–6|
|Runner-up||6.||16 November 2014||Wollongong, F9, Australia||Hard||Brydan Klein||3–6, 3–6|
|Winner||7.||20 March 2016||Mornington, F2 Australia||Hard||Gavin van Peperzeel||6–2, 6–3|
|Winner||8.||27 March 2016||Mornington, F4 Australia||Hard||Christopher O'Connell||7–5, 6–3|
|Winner||9.||29 May 2016||Tumon, F1 Guam||Hard||Shuichi Sekiguchi||7–6, 7–6|
|Winner||10.||12 June 2016||Hong Kong, F1||Hard||He Yecong||7–5, 6–3|
|Winner||11.||19 June 2016||Hong Kong, F2||Hard||Daniel Nolan||6–3, 6–3|
|Winner||12.||25 June 2016||Hong Kong, F3||Hard||Jumpei Yamasaki||6–3, 6–2|
|Runner-up||13.||24 July 2016||Gimcheon Challenger, South Korea||Hard||Max Purcell||6–3, 6–7, 1–5 (ret)|
Doubles: 30 (22–8)
|Winner||1.||20 November 2011||F12 Australia||Hard||Luke Saville|| John Peers
|4–6, 6–4, 10–5|
|Winner||2.||27 November 2011||F13 Australia||Hard||Luke Saville|| Matthew Barton
|6–7, 6–4, 12–10|
|Winner||3.||19 February 2012||F1 Australia||Hard||Luke Saville|| Brydan Klein
|Winner||4.||15 April 2012||F4, Italy||Clay||Alex Bolt|| Erik Crepaldi
|Winner||5.||10 June 2012||F2, Slovenia||Clay||Alex Bolt|| Miki Jankovic
|Winner||6.||24 June 2012||F6, Germany||Clay||Alex Bolt|| Jan-Lennard Struff
|Runner Up||7.||15 July 2012||F10, Great Britain||Grass||Andrew Harris|| Lewis Burton
|Runner Up||8.||15 July 2012||F5, Australia||Hard||Jay Andrijic|| Adam Feeney
|Winner||9.||16 September 2012||F6 Australia||Hard||Luke Saville|| Yuichi Ito
|Winner||10.||14 October 2012||F10 Australia||Hard||Luke Saville|| Matthew Barton
|Winner||11.||5 May 2013||F5, Greece||Hard||Joshua Milton|| Filip Peliwo
Hugo Di Feo
|2–6, 6–3, 10–7|
|Winner||12.||15 September 2013||F6, Australia||Hard||Alex Bolt|| Adam Feeney
Gavin van Peperzeel
|6–1, 3–6, 10–7|
|Winner||13.||22 September 2013||F7, Australia||Hard||Alex Bolt|| Kento Takeuchi
|Winner||14.||29 September 2013||F8, Australia||Hard||Alex Bolt|| Adam Feeney
Gavin van Peperzeel
|Runner Up||15.||21 October 2013||Melbourne, Australia||Hard||Alex Bolt|| Thanasi Kokkinakis
|Winner||16.||1 December 2013||F1, Cambodia||Hard||Gavin van Peperzeel|| Wishaya Trongcharoenchaikul
|6–3, 3–6, 10–7|
|Winner||17.||3 May 2014||Anning, China||Clay||Alex Bolt|| Daniel Cox
|Runner Up||18.||20 July 2014||F1, Estonia||Clay||Micke Kontinen|| Lukas Mugevicius
|7–6, 3–6, 6–10|
|Winner||19.||27 July 2014||F2, Estonia||Clay||Markus Kerner|| Vladamir Ivanov
|Runner Up||20.||16 November 2014||F9, Australia||Hard||Mitchell Krueger|| Marc Polmans
Steven de Waard
|Runner Up||21.||11 January 2015||Onkaparinga, Australia||Hard||Alex Bolt|| Aleksandr Nedovyesov
|Winner||22.||29 March 2015||F4, Australia||Hard||Jordan Thompson|| Marc Polmans
Steven de Waard
|Runner Up||23.||3 May 2015||Anning, China||Clay||Karunuday Singh|| Bai Yan
|Winner||24.||11 November 2015||Canberra International, Australia||Hard||Alex Bolt|| Brydan Klein
|Winner||25.||28 February 2016||F1, Australia||Hard||Alex Bolt|| Marc Polmans
|Winner||26.||6 March 2016||F2, Australia||Hard||Alex Bolt|| Marc Polmans
Steven de Waard
|3–6, 7–6, 6–10|
|Winner||27.||13 March 2016||F3, Australia||Hard||Greg Jones|| Gavin van Peperzeel
|Winner||28.||29 May 2016||F1, Guam||Hard||Toshihide Matsui|| Sho Katayama
|6–3, 3–6, 10–8|
|Winner||29.||5 June 2016||F6, Japan||Clay||Yasutaka Uchiyama|| Katsuki Nagao
|Runner Up||30.||11 February 2017||Launceston, Australia||Hard||Alex Bolt|| Bradley Mousley
Doubles performance timeline
Current through 2017 Newport.
|Grand Slam tournaments|
|Australian Open||1R||A||QF||3R||1R||SF||0 / 5||9–5|
|French Open||A||A||A||A||A||A||0 / 0||0–0|
|Wimbledon||A||A||1R||A||A||1R||0 / 2||0–2|
|US Open||A||A||A||A||A||0 / 0||0–0|
|Win–Loss||0–1||0–0||3–2||2–1||0–1||4–2||0 / 7||9–7|
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- "WHITTINGTON THRIVES ON FUTURES CIRCUIT". Tennis Australia. 2 December 2013. Retrieved 3 January 2017.
- "Australian Open Day 9 Preview". Tennis Australia. 21 January 2014. Retrieved 3 January 2017.
- "CONSECUTIVE MORNINGTON TITLES FOR WHITTINGTON". Tennis Australia. 27 March 2016. Retrieved 3 January 2017.
- "Seven Aussies set for US Open qualifying". Tennis Australia. 23 August 2016. Retrieved 3 January 2017.
- "WHITTINGTON THRIVES IN ATP MAIN DRAW DEBUT". Tennis Austlriaa. 27 September 2016. Retrieved 3 January 2017.
- "AO WILDCARDS FOR DE MINAUR, WHITTINGTON". Tennis Australia. 2 January 2017. Retrieved 3 January 2017.
- "Courageous Thompson and Whittingon exit". Tennis Australia. 19 January 2017. Retrieved 20 January 2017.
- "AFTER STUNNING COMEBACK, WHITTINGTON QUALIFIES FOR WIMBLEDON". Tennis Australia. 30 June 2017. Retrieved 30 June 2017.
- And is mates with Ashley Heaver of Williamstown VFL club. Andrew continues to climb the ATP rankings