Andrew Whittington (tennis)

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Andrew Whittington
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Country (sports) Australia Australia
Residence Williamstown, Victoria, Australia
Born (1993-08-11) 11 August 1993 (age 24)
Williamstown, Victoria, Australia
Height 188 cm (6 ft 2 in)
Turned pro 2010
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money $410,513
Singles
Career record 2–3 (Grand Slam, ATP Tour level, and Davis Cup)
Career titles 0
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)
Wimbledon 1R (2017)
US Open Q1 (2016)
Doubles
Career record 11–8
Career titles 0
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.[1][2] 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.

Career[edit]

2010–2012: Career beginnings[edit]

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[edit]

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.”[3] In November 2013, he won his second ITF title in Cambodia against Gavin van Peperzeel.[4]

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.

In January 2014, Whittington lost in the first round of qualifying for the 2014 Brisbane International and 2014 Australian Open.

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.[5] 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[edit]

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.[6] 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.[7] 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.[8] 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[edit]

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.[9] He defeated Adam Pavlásek in 4 sets in round 1, before losing to Ivo Karlovic in round 2.[10] 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.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Whittington supports the Essendon Bombers in the Australian Football League.[12] He also supports Orlando Magic in National Basketball Association


Tour finals[edit]

Singles: 13 (8–5)[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)
ATP Challenger Tour (0–1)
ITF Futures Tour (8–4)
Titles by Surface
Hard (8–5)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 5 May 2013 Heraklion, Greece F5 Hard Greece Dimitar Kuzmanov 1–6, 2–6
Runner-up 2. 15 September 2013 Toowoomba, Australia F6 Hard Australia Adam Feeney 6–7, 6–4
Winner 3. 22 September 2013 Cairns, Australia F7 Hard Australia Alex Bolt 6–4, 6–4
Winner 4. 1 December 2013 Phnom Penh, Cambodia F1 Hard Australia Gavin van Peperzeel 7–5, 6–0
Runner-up 5. 24 August 2014 Chinese Taipei, F1 Hard Taiwan Liang Chi Huang 3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 6. 16 November 2014 Wollongong, F9, Australia Hard United Kingdom Brydan Klein 3–6, 3–6
Winner 7. 20 March 2016 Mornington, F2 Australia Hard Australia Gavin van Peperzeel 6–2, 6–3
Winner 8. 27 March 2016 Mornington, F4 Australia Hard Australia Christopher O'Connell 7–5, 6–3
Winner 9. 29 May 2016 Tumon, F1 Guam Hard Japan Shuichi Sekiguchi 7–6, 7–6
Winner 10. 12 June 2016 Hong Kong, F1 Hard China He Yecong 7–5, 6–3
Winner 11. 19 June 2016 Hong Kong, F2 Hard Australia Daniel Nolan 6–3, 6–3
Winner 12. 25 June 2016 Hong Kong, F3 Hard Japan Jumpei Yamasaki 6–3, 6–2
Runner-up 13. 24 July 2016 Gimcheon Challenger, South Korea Hard Australia Max Purcell 6–3, 6–7, 1–5 (ret)

Doubles: 30 (22–8)[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)
ATP Challenger Tour (2–3)
ITF Futures Tour (20–4)
Titles by Surface
Hard (16–5)
Clay (6–2)
Grass (0–1)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 20 November 2011 F12 Australia Hard Australia Luke Saville Australia John Peers
Australia Dane Propaggia
4–6, 6–4, 10–5
Winner 2. 27 November 2011 F13 Australia Hard Australia Luke Saville Australia Matthew Barton
Australia Michael Look
6–7, 6–4, 12–10
Winner 3. 19 February 2012 F1 Australia Hard Australia Luke Saville United Kingdom Brydan Klein
Australia Dane Propaggia
6–7, 6–2
Winner 4. 15 April 2012 F4, Italy Clay Australia Alex Bolt Italy Erik Crepaldi
Italy Claudio Grassi
6–3, 7–6
Winner 5. 10 June 2012 F2, Slovenia Clay Australia Alex Bolt Serbia Miki Jankovic
Slovenia Nik Razborsek
6–4, 7–6
Winner 6. 24 June 2012 F6, Germany Clay Australia Alex Bolt Germany Jan-Lennard Struff
Germany Mattis Wetzel
6–1, 6–0
Runner Up 7. 15 July 2012 F10, Great Britain Grass Australia Andrew Harris United Kingdom Lewis Burton
United Kingdom Edward Corrie
1–6, 1–6
Runner Up 8. 15 July 2012 F5, Australia Hard Australia Jay Andrijic Australia Adam Feeney
Australia Nick Lindahl
3–6, 5–7
Winner 9. 16 September 2012 F6 Australia Hard Australia Luke Saville Japan Yuichi Ito
Japan Yusuke Watanuki
6–3, 6–2
Winner 10. 14 October 2012 F10 Australia Hard Australia Luke Saville Australia Matthew Barton
Australia Michael Look
7–6, 7–6
Winner 11. 5 May 2013 F5, Greece Hard United Kingdom Joshua Milton Canada Filip Peliwo
Canada Hugo Di Feo
2–6, 6–3, 10–7
Winner 12. 15 September 2013 F6, Australia Hard Australia Alex Bolt Australia Adam Feeney
Australia Gavin van Peperzeel
6–1, 3–6, 10–7
Winner 13. 22 September 2013 F7, Australia Hard Australia Alex Bolt Japan Kento Takeuchi
Australia Isaac Frost
6–3, 6–2
Winner 14. 29 September 2013 F8, Australia Hard Australia Alex Bolt Australia Adam Feeney
Australia Gavin van Peperzeel
6–3, 6–3
Runner Up 15. 21 October 2013 Melbourne, Australia Hard Australia Alex Bolt Australia Thanasi Kokkinakis
Australia Benjamin Mitchell
3–6, 2–6
Winner 16. 1 December 2013 F1, Cambodia Hard Australia Gavin van Peperzeel Thailand Wishaya Trongcharoenchaikul
Thailand Danai Udomchoke
6–3, 3–6, 10–7
Winner 17. 3 May 2014 Anning, China Clay Australia Alex Bolt United Kingdom Daniel Cox
China Gong Maoxin
6–4, 6–3
Runner Up 18. 20 July 2014 F1, Estonia Clay Finland Micke Kontinen Lithuania Lukas Mugevicius
Russia Alexander Vasilenko
7–6, 3–6, 6–10
Winner 19. 27 July 2014 F2, Estonia Clay Estonia Markus Kerner Estonia Vladamir Ivanov
Russia Yan Sabanin
6–3, 6–3
Runner Up 20. 16 November 2014 F9, Australia Hard United States Mitchell Krueger Australia Marc Polmans
Australia Steven de Waard
6–7, 6–7
Runner Up 21. 11 January 2015 Onkaparinga, Australia Hard Australia Alex Bolt Ukraine Aleksandr Nedovyesov
Russia Andrey Kuznetsov
5–7, 4–6
Winner 22. 29 March 2015 F4, Australia Hard Australia Jordan Thompson Australia Marc Polmans
Australia Steven de Waard
6–2, 7–6
Runner Up 23. 3 May 2015 Anning, China Clay India Karunuday Singh China Bai Yan
China Wu Di
3–6, 4–6
Winner 24. 11 November 2015 Canberra International, Australia Hard Australia Alex Bolt United Kingdom Brydan Klein
Australia Dane Proppagia
7–6, 6–3
Winner 25. 28 February 2016 F1, Australia Hard Australia Alex Bolt Australia Marc Polmans
New Zealand Jose Statham
7–6, 6–3
Winner 26. 6 March 2016 F2, Australia Hard Australia Alex Bolt Australia Marc Polmans
Australia Steven de Waard
3–6, 7–6, 6–10
Winner 27. 13 March 2016 F3, Australia Hard Australia Greg Jones Australia Gavin van Peperzeel
Australia Bradley Mousley
6–3, 6–2
Winner 28. 29 May 2016 F1, Guam Hard Japan Toshihide Matsui Japan Sho Katayama
Japan Yutaro Matsuzaki
6–3, 3–6, 10–8
Winner 29. 5 June 2016 F6, Japan Clay Japan Yasutaka Uchiyama Japan Katsuki Nagao
Japan Hirosama Oku
7–6, 6–4
Runner Up 30. 11 February 2017 Launceston, Australia Hard Australia Alex Bolt Australia Bradley Mousley
Australia Luke Saville
1-6, 2-6

Doubles performance timeline[edit]

Current through 2017 Newport.

Tournament 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 SR W–L
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
Career statistics
Overall Win–Loss 0–1 0–0 3–2 2–1 0–1 6–3 11–8
Year-end ranking 325 274 109 116 312

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.tennis.com.au/player-profiles/andrew-whittington
  2. ^ http://www.atpworldtour.com/Tennis/Players/Wh/A/Andrew-Whittington.aspx
  3. ^ "HADZIC AND WHITTINGTON CROWNED IN CAIRNS". Tennis Australia. 22 September 2013. Retrieved 3 January 2017. 
  4. ^ "WHITTINGTON THRIVES ON FUTURES CIRCUIT". Tennis Australia. 2 December 2013. Retrieved 3 January 2017. 
  5. ^ "Australian Open Day 9 Preview". Tennis Australia. 21 January 2014. Retrieved 3 January 2017. 
  6. ^ "CONSECUTIVE MORNINGTON TITLES FOR WHITTINGTON". Tennis Australia. 27 March 2016. Retrieved 3 January 2017. 
  7. ^ "Seven Aussies set for US Open qualifying". Tennis Australia. 23 August 2016. Retrieved 3 January 2017. 
  8. ^ "WHITTINGTON THRIVES IN ATP MAIN DRAW DEBUT". Tennis Austlriaa. 27 September 2016. Retrieved 3 January 2017. 
  9. ^ "AO WILDCARDS FOR DE MINAUR, WHITTINGTON". Tennis Australia. 2 January 2017. Retrieved 3 January 2017. 
  10. ^ "Courageous Thompson and Whittingon exit". Tennis Australia. 19 January 2017. Retrieved 20 January 2017. 
  11. ^ "AFTER STUNNING COMEBACK, WHITTINGTON QUALIFIES FOR WIMBLEDON". Tennis Australia. 30 June 2017. Retrieved 30 June 2017. 
  12. ^ And is mates with Ashley Heaver of Williamstown VFL club. Andrew continues to climb the ATP rankings

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