Jason Kubler

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Jason Kubler
Jason Kubler 2, 2015 Wimbledon Qualifying - Diliff.jpg
Country (sports)  Australia
Residence Brisbane, Australia
Born (1993-05-19) 19 May 1993 (age 24)
Brisbane, Australia
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Turned pro 2010
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money $138,161
Singles
Career record 1–2 (33.33% in Grand Slam and ATP World Tour main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles 0
2 Challenger, 10 Futures
Highest ranking No. 136 (24 November 2014)
Current ranking No. 349 (30 October 2017)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 1R (2010)
French Open Q1 (2015)
Wimbledon Q2 (2015)
US Open Q1 (2015)
Doubles
Career record 0–1 (Grand Slam, ATP Tour level, and Davis Cup)
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 446 (29 September 2014)
Current ranking No. 446 (29 September 2014)
Last updated on: 24 May 2017.

Jason Murray Kubler (born 19 May 1993) is a professional tennis player from Australia. A former world number one junior, Kubler was often referred to as a "right-handed version of Rafael Nadal" for his powerful build and strong forehand.[1][2][3][4] Despite a promising junior career and predicted bright future in the sport, Kubler is yet to reach his potential as a professional due to a series of debilitating knee injuries.

Personal life[edit]

Born in Brisbane, Australia to parents Lyn and John, Kubler took up tennis at the age of five after his father introduced him to the game.[4] When Kubler was eight, his father died from cancer.[1] Kubler has an older brother and a younger sister.[5] Since 2013, Kubler has been in a relationship with Sally Matheson, who he attributes to keeping him focused when he considered giving the game away.[1]

Junior career[edit]

In 2009, Kubler became just the second player in history alongside Rafael Nadal to go undefeated through the World Youth Cup and Junior Davis Cup.[1] Following his success at the Junior Davis Cup, Kubler won five titles in a row which saw his junior ranking rise to No. 3 in the world.

Heading into the 2010 Australian Open as the third seed, Kubler was one of the pre-tournament favourites to claim the Boys' singles crown, but was upset by fellow Aussie and eventual runner-up Sean Berman in the third round. At the French Open and Wimbledon Championships, Kubler again failed to live up to his seeding, crashing out in the second and third rounds respectively. At the US Open, Kubler was seeded sixth but again disappointed with a first-round exit. In 2011, Kubler received a wildcard entry into his first and only junior tournament of the year at Wimbledon, where he made the semi-finals.

Despite sub-par results at Grand Slam level, Kubler managed to win six junior titles throughout his career and achieved the combined No.1 world ranking in May 2010 with a win/loss record of 67-17 in singles and 40-19 in doubles.

Professional career[edit]

2008-2013[edit]

While competing on the ITF Junior circuit, Kubler made his professional debut in September 2008 at the Australia F7 Futures event in Gympie.

After continued success on the junior circuit, Kubler was granted wildcards into the Brisbane International and Sydney International qualifying draws to begin 2010. Despite losing in the first round of qualifying at both Brisbane and Sydney, Kubler was given another wildcard to make his ATP and Grand Slam debut at the 2010 Australian Open. Drawn against the 24th seed, Ivan Ljubičić, Kubler was handily beaten 6-2 6-1 6-1 in a lacklustre display. Following his defeat at the Australian Open, Kubler travelled to Europe to compete in more Futures events, but failed to proceed past qualifying at any tournament. Towards the end of April, Kubler successfully gained his first ever ATP point in an Australian Futures event held in Ipswich, where he went on to reach the final, losing to Brydan Klein in straight sets. Kubler's best results for the remainder of 2010 were semi-final appearances at Netherlands F2, Italy F23, Portugal F5 and Spain F37 Futures events. He finished the season ranked 535 in the world.

After an injury plagued start to 2011, Kubler travelled to Spain in March for three Futures events that resulted in just one main draw win. Further injuries kept Kubler on the sideline until August, where he again had limited success in tournaments across Europe. Back-to-back wins in Birmingham and Niceville in October and November salvaged a frustrating year for Kubler, who finished the season with a world ranking of 530.

No longer playing on the junior circuit, Kubler began 2012 by entering four Futures tournaments in Florida after bypassing the Australian summer. Kubler lost in the final of USA F1 to Jack Sock and USA F3 to Brian Baker before winning the USA F4 event in Palm Coast to cap off an excellent start to the year. Kubler returned to Australia in March, where he lost the final of the Ipswich Futures event against Sam Groth but defeated John Millman to claim the Bundaberg Futures title. Kubler then headed to Europe, to compete in further Futures tournaments and the first Challenger events of his career, where he made a quarter-final at the Todi Challenger in September. Following more success on the Futures tour, Kubler reached a career high ranking of 268 on 29 October 2012. In 2013, Kubler played in Futures tournaments throughout the USA, Spain, Great Britain, Australia, Italy and Egypt, but only on clay due to ongoing knee issues. He won three Futures tournaments for the year, but saw his ranking drop to 397 to end the season.

2014: Top 150[edit]

Kubler again didn't enter the Australian tournaments in January/February, opting to play Egypt and Spain Futures instead. This would prove successful as he entered six tournaments, making the final of three and winning one. He then qualified for the main draw of the challenger events in Panama & Colombia and then competed in Savannah & Tallahassee, making the second round in both. In May, Kubler qualified for the ATP event in Düsseldorf, his first ATP World Tour event since the 2010 Australian Open. He won his first tour level match by defeating Alessandro Giannessi, before losing to Denis Istomin in the second round.[6] In June, Kubler returned to the Futures circuit and defeated the #1 seed Kimmer Coppejans in the final of The Netherlands F3 in Breda. This was his 9th futures title. He broke into the top 200 for the first time on 25 August at 197. In September, Kubler made the quarter final of the Biella Challenger and the following week, he won the Sibiu Challenger.[7] This was his first Challenger title.[8] On November 24, Kubler reached a career high ranking of 136 before finishing the year with an ATP ranking of 140. Kubler played a total of 29 tournaments in 14 countries in 2014, all of which were on clay, due to his ongoing knee problems.[9]

2015-16: Ongoing injuries[edit]

Kubler skipped the Australian leg again, instead playing in the Colombia and Santo Domingo challengers and qualifying rounds of Quito Open before playing in the United States Challengers throughout April; his best result being a quarter-final in Sarasota. In May, Kubler made the second round of Heilbronner Challenger before the French Open, where he lost in round 1 of qualifying to Tim Pütz. In June, Kubler entered the qualifying rounds of Wimbledon, thus his first competitive appearance on grass in three years.[10] He defeated Rui Machado in straight sets in round 1 but lost in round 2 to Aleksandr Nedovyesov who went on to qualify for the main draw. In July, Kubler qualified for the Braunschweig Challenger and made round 2 of Poznań Challenger. In September, Kubler lost in round 1 of US Open qualifying, before under-going knee surgery. He finished the year with a world ranking of 544. After rehabbing from knee surgery, Kubler commenced 2016 by playing on the ITF circuit in the USA, where he reached the quarter-final of USA F6 and semi-final of USA F8 in February. At USA F9 in March, Kubler retired in the first round. In May, just eight-months after his last surgery, Kubler underwent the sixth knee operation of his career which sidelined him for the rest of 2016.[11] As a result, Kubler finished the year ranked outside the world's top 1000.

2017: Return[edit]

After a year out of the game and without a world ranking, Kubler returned to professional tennis in March at the Canberra ITF Futures tournaments. In an interview with the Canberra Times, Kubler was quoted as saying "I'm really happy to be back playing again but at some point I've got to ask myself do I really want another knee operation. If I get another injury I'll seriously consider giving it (tennis) away."[2] After little success in Canberra, Kubler travelled to Europe in April for Futures events in Spain and Italy. Although Kubler managed to make a semi-final appearance at Spain F12, the highlight of his European trip was a doubles title with compatriot Alex Bolt at the Italy F14 tournament. This was Kubler's first professional trophy of any kind since 2014. Following a three-month absence, Kubler returned in September for a series of Futures events in Australia. Despite an early exit in Brisbane, Kubler made back-to-back finals in Toowoomba and Cairns to improve his world ranking to 615. In late October, Kubler won through qualifying at the Traralgon Challenger and made a remarkable run to the final after defeating two former top 100 players in Taro Daniel and Matthew Ebden. He defeated Alex Bolt in the final to claim his first Challenger title since 2014, which skyrocketed his ranking inside the world's top 350. At the Canberra 2 Challenger in November, Kubler was defeated in the second round by Omar Jasika.

Career statistics[edit]

Singles: 24 (12–12)[edit]

Legend (Singles)
ATP Challenger Tour (2–1)
ITF Futures Tour (10–11)
Titles by Surface
Hard (1–2)
Clay (11–10)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)

Challenger and Futures finals: 12 titles, 12 runners-up[edit]

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1. 2 May 2010 Ipswich, Australia Clay Australia Brydan Klein 3–6, 4–6
Winner 2. 30 October 2011 Birmingham, USA Clay Japan Yoshihito Nishioka 6–3, 6–2
Winner 3. 6 November 2011 Niceville, USA Clay Czech Republic Roman Vogeli 6–2, 6–4
Runner-up 4. 15 January 2012 Plantation, USA Clay United States Jack Sock 1–6, 6–7(5–7)
Runner-up 5. 29 January 2012 Weston, USA Clay United States Brian Baker 5–7, 3–6
Winner 6. 5 February 2012 Palm Coast, USA Clay United States Rhyne Williams 6–2, 6–3
Runner-up 7. 25 March 2012 Ipswich, Australia Clay Australia Samuel Groth 7–5, 3–6, 2–6
Winner 8. 1 April 2012 Bundaberg, Australia Clay Australia John Millman 6–4, 1–6, 6–1
Runner-up 9. 1 July 2012 Izmir, Turkey Clay Italy Lorenzo Giustino 4–6, 6–3, 5–7
Runner-up 10. 30 September 2012 Sevilla, Spain Clay Spain Gerard Granollers-Pujol 0–6, 6–4, 1–6
Runner-up 11. 31 March 2013 Bundaberg, Australia Clay Australia James Duckworth 6–7(9–11), 2–6
Winner 12. 20 April 2013 Padova, Italy Clay Spain Jordi Samper-Montaña 6–1, 6–4
Winner 13. 2 November 2013 Madrid, Spain Clay Germany Jean-Marc Werner 7–6(7–5), 6–0
Winner 14. 15 December 2013 Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt Clay Egypt Sherif Sabri 7–5, 6–3
Runner-up 15. 2 February 2014 Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt Clay Italy Stefano Travaglia 0–6, 0–6
Winner 16. 9 February 2014 Paguera, Spain Clay Germany Peter Heller 6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 17. 16 February 2014 Paguera, Spain Clay Spain Oriol Roca Batalla 6–2, 3–6, 3–6
Winner 18. 29 June 2014 Breda, The Netherlands Clay Belgium Kimmer Coppejans 6–3, 6–7(8–6), 6–3
Winner 19. 27 July 2014 Fano, Italy Clay Italy Daniele Giorgini 6–1, 5–7, 6–3
Winner 20. 28 September 2014 Sibiu, Romania Clay Moldova Radu Albot 6–4, 6–1
Runner-up 21. 23 November 2014 Lima, Peru Clay Argentina Guido Pella 2–6, 4–6
Runner-up 22. 8 October 2017 Toowoomba, Australia Hard Australia Andrew Harris 4–6, 0–6
Runner-up 23. 15 October 2017 Cairns, Australia Hard Australia Dayne Kelly 3–6, 6–7
Winner 24. 29 October 2017 Traralgon, Australia Hard Australia Alex Bolt 2-6, 7-6(8–6), 7-6(7-3)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Pearce, Linda (2014-09-29). "Tennis protege Jason Kubler rises from the red dust". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2017-07-17. 
  2. ^ a b Tiernan, Eamonn (2017-03-23). "ACT Claycourt International marks comeback for Jason Kubler". Canberra Times. Retrieved 2017-07-17. 
  3. ^ Pearce, Linda (2009-12-12). "Balancing on the baseline". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2017-07-17. 
  4. ^ a b "Jason Kubler - Tennis Australia". Tennis Australia. Retrieved 2017-07-17. 
  5. ^ "Kubler serves it up for mum". Retrieved 2017-07-17. 
  6. ^ http://www.tennis.com.au/news/2014/05/22/kubler-continues-killer-clay-form
  7. ^ Marc McGowan=publisher=Aceland Tennis (27 September 2014). "Bolt, Kubler reach semi-finals in Napa Valley and Sibiu". Archived from the original on 30 December 2014. Retrieved 29 September 2014. 
  8. ^ Marc McGowan (29 September 2014). "Never-say-die Kubler wins first Challenger title in Sibiu". Aceland Tennis. Archived from the original on 30 December 2014. Retrieved 29 September 2014. 
  9. ^ Malone, Paul (5 December 2014). "Around the world in 29 tournaments". The Courier Mail. Retrieved 24 May 2017. 
  10. ^ Shane Jones (23 June 2015). "Wimbledon qualifying: Australian perspective". www.theroar.com.au. Retrieved 23 June 2015. 
  11. ^ "KUBLER RETURNS IN CANBERRA". Tennis Australia. 21 March 2017. Retrieved 21 March 2017. 

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