Leonardo Mayer

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Leonardo Mayer
Leonardo Mayer 1, 2015 Wimbledon Championships - Diliff.jpg
Country (sports)  Argentina
Residence Buenos Aires, Argentina
Born (1987-05-15) 15 May 1987 (age 30)
Corrientes, Argentina
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Turned pro 2003
Plays Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
Coach Mariano Hood
Leo Alonso
Prize money US$4,671,035
Singles
Career record 139–141 (49.64%)
Career titles 2
Highest ranking No. 21 (22 June 2015)
Current ranking No. 54 (25 September 2017)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 2R (2014, 2015)
French Open 3R (2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015)
Wimbledon 4R (2014)
US Open 3R (2012, 2014, 2017)
Doubles
Career record 59–86 (40.69%)
Career titles 1
Highest ranking No. 58 (21 September 2015)
Current ranking No. 170 (25 September 2017)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 3R (2010)
French Open 3R (2015)
Wimbledon 2R (2010)
US Open QF (2014, 2015)
Team competitions
Davis Cup W (2016)
Last updated on: 25 September 2017.

Leonardo Martín Mayer (Spanish: [le.oˈnaɾðo maɾˈtim maˈʒeɾ];[a] German: [ˈmaɪ̯ɐ]; born May 15, 1987) is a professional tennis player from Argentina. Mayer achieved a career-high singles ranking of world no. 21 in June 2015 and world no. 58 in doubles in September 2015.[1] He is coached by Francisco Yunis.[1] He was born in Corrientes and resides in Buenos Aires.

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Mayer started playing tennis at age nine.[1]

ITF[edit]

As a junior, Mayer won the 2005 French Open Boys' Doubles and the Orange Bowl with Emiliano Massa, reaching as high as No. 2 in the combined world rankings in June 2005. He won one Challenger singles title in 2008 and lost in three other finals.[1]

2009-2013: Becoming a professional Tennis Player[edit]

Mayer at the Winston-Salem Open

Mayer qualified for his first Grand Slam at the 2009 French Open and beat 15th seed James Blake in straight sets in the first round. He lost to Tommy Haas in five sets in the second round. At Wimbledon, he beat Óscar Hernández in straight sets in the first round. He lost to Fernando González in four sets in the second round.

Mayer had a successful American summer, reaching the semifinals of the LA Tennis Open (lost to Carsten Ball) and the quarterfinals of the Pilot Pen Tennis tournament in New Haven (lost to Igor Andreev). At the 2009 US Open, Mayer reached the second round, losing to Radek Štěpánek in straight sets.

In 2011, Mayer qualified for the Brasil Open and defeated world no. 73 Igor Andreev in the first round of the main draw. In the second round, he played seventh-seeded Italian Potito Starace and lost.

Mayer reached the third round of the French Open for the third time and the US Open in 2012, losing to Nicolás Almagro in straight sets at Roland Garros and Juan Martín del Potro in New York.[2]

2014: First title and top 30[edit]

In February 2014, Mayer reached his first career ATP final at Viña del Mar, defeating second seed Tommy Robredo en route. Mayer lost to top-seed Fabio Fognini in straight sets. At Oeiras and Niza, he reached the quarterfinals as a qualifier in both. He was defeated in the third round of the French Open by Rafael Nadal.

At Wimbledon, he reached the fourth round of a Grand Slam for the first time. He defeated No. 25 seed Andreas Seppi, former Wimbledon semifinalist and Australian Open runner-up Marcos Baghdatis, and Andrey Kuznetsov before being defeated by Grigor Dimitrov in straight sets. With this run, Mayer was ranked in the top 50 for the first time in his career.

Next, Mayer played in the 2014 MercedesCup, where he lost in the second round to Mikhail Youzhny. Then, he played at the 2014 International German Open, where he beat Guillermo García-López and Philipp Kohlschreiber, reaching the final without dropping a set. In the final, he defeated top seed David Ferrer in three sets, winning his first ATP title.

Seeded 23rd at the 2014 US Open, Mayer reached the third round, being defeated by Kei Nishikori. In the doubles tournament, he partnered with compatriot Carlos Berlocq and made it to the quarterfinals, beating the reigning Wimbledon champions Jack Sock and Vasek Pospisil.

Mayer won his two singles rubbers against Israel in the Davis Cup Play-offs, helping Argentina to secure a place in the 2015 World Group.

Mayer lost in the second round at the Malaysian Open to Jarkko Nieminen and in the first round of the China Open to Martin Klizan. He lost in the second round of the Shanghai Masters to Roger Federer, who saved five match points against Mayer.

2015: Career High Ranking of 21[edit]

Mayer started the year at Doha, where he lost in the first round in a tight three-set match against Andreas Seppi. Then, he competed in the Apia International Sydney, where he reached the semifinals but was defeated by Mikhail Kukushkin. In the Australian Open, he was seeded 27th but was defeated by Viktor Troicki in four sets in the second round.

Next, Mayer reached the quarterfinals at the Brasil Open, being defeated by local favourite João Souza. On March 8, 2015, he played in the longest singles match in Davis Cup history, beating João Souza in 6 hours and 42 minutes, 7–6(7–4), 7–6(7–5), 5–7, 5–7, 15–13. Mayer was unable to recover in time for the Indian Wells Masters and was defeated in the third round of the Miami Masters by Kevin Anderson.

The Argentine started the European clay-court swing with a first round loss in Barcelona. Then, he reached the third round at Madrid and the second round in the Rome Masters. In the Open de Nice Côte d'Azur, he reached the third ATP final of his career, losing to Dominic Thiem. Mayer reached the third round of the French Open as the 23rd seed, being defeated by Marin Čilić in straight sets.

In the grass court season, Mayer reached the quarterfinals at Nottingham (lost to Denis Istomin) and the third round of Wimbledon where he was the 24th seed before he (lost to Kevin Anderson) in straight sets.

2016: Davis Cup Champion[edit]

Mayer lost in the first round of the 2016 Australian Open and the 2016 French Open. He had minor success in the 2016 Indian Wells Masters beating Sam Groth and 20th seed Viktor Troicki before losing to Marin Čilić in the third round. In the 2016 Wimbledon Championships, he lost in the first round to Donald Young.

In the Davis Cup semifinal between Great Britain and Argentina, Mayer beat Daniel Evans in the fifth and deciding rubber 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4, sending Argentina into its fifth Davis Cup Final. Mayer teamed with Juan Martín del Potro for doubles in the Davis Cup Final against Croatia. They lost to Marin Čilić and Ivan Dodig. However, Argentina won their first championship 3 to 2.

2017[edit]

Mayer lost in the second round of the 2017 Argentina Open and the 2017 U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships (lost to John Isner). In May he lost in the 2nd round of qualifying to a teenager in the 2017 German Open only to enter the MD as Lucky Loser and win his first tournament as a father (his son Valentino was born in February of 2017). He became the first lucky loser to win an ATP 500 tournament. In the final, he defeated Florian Mayer in three sets, winning his second ATP 500 title. Due to winning his second Hamburg title, Mayer climbed 89 spots, breaking into the top 50 for the first time since 2016, at number 49.[3]

ATP career finals[edit]

Singles: 4 (2 titles, 2 runner-ups)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (2–0)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (0–2)
Titles by surface
Hard (0–0)
Clay (2–2)
Grass (0–0)
Titles by setting
Outdoor (2–2)
Indoor (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0–1 Feb 2014 Chile Open, Chile 250 Series Clay Italy Fabio Fognini 2–6, 4–6
Win 1–1 Jul 2014 German Open, Germany 500 Series Clay Spain David Ferrer 6–7(3–7), 6–1, 7–6(7–4)
Loss 1–2 May 2015 Open de Nice Côte d'Azur, France 250 Series Clay Austria Dominic Thiem 7–6(10–8), 5–7, 6–7(2–7)
Win 2–2 Jul 2017 German Open, Germany (2) 500 Series Clay Germany Florian Mayer 6–4, 4–6, 6–3

Doubles: 3 (1 title, 2 runner-ups)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (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 (1–2)
Titles by surface
Hard (0–2)
Clay (1–0)
Grass (0–0)
Titles by setting
Outdoor (1–1)
Indoor (0–1)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0–1 Feb 2010 Pacific Coast Championships, US 250 Series Hard (i) Germany Benjamin Becker United States Mardy Fish
United States Sam Querrey
6–7(3–7), 5–7
Win 1–1 Feb 2011 Argentina Open, Argentina 250 Series Clay Austria Oliver Marach Brazil Franco Ferreiro
Brazil André Sá
7–6(8–6), 6–3
Loss 1–2 Aug 2012 Winston-Salem Open, US 250 Series Hard Spain Pablo Andújar Mexico Santiago González
United States Scott Lipsky
3–6, 6–4, [2–10]

Team competition finals: 1 (1 title)[edit]

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partners Opponents Score
Winner 1. 25–27 November 2016 Davis Cup, Zagreb, Croatia Hard (i) Argentina Juan Martín del Potro
Argentina Federico Delbonis
Argentina Guido Pella
Croatia Marin Čilić
Croatia Ivo Karlović
Croatia Ivan Dodig
Croatia Franko Škugor
3–2

Challenger finals[edit]

Singles (9-12)[edit]

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. November 26, 2006 Puebla, Mexico Hard United States Robert Kendrick 5–7, 4–6
Winner 1. July 22, 2007 Cuenca, Ecuador Clay Brazil Thomaz Bellucci 6–3, 6–2
Runner-up 2. August 19, 2007 Graz, Austria Clay Romania Victor Hănescu 6–7(4–7), 3–6
Winner 2. November 25, 2006 Puebla, Mexico Hard Poland Dawid Olejniczak 6–1, 6–4
Runner-up 3. August 17, 2008 Bronx, USA Hard Czech Republic Lukáš Dlouhý 0–6, 1–6
Runner-up 4. September 21, 2008 Cali, Colombia Clay Brazil Marcos Daniel 2–6 RET
Runner-up 5. October 12, 2008 Asunción, Paraguay Clay Argentina Martín Vassallo Argüello 6–3, 3–6, 6–7(2–7)
Winner 3. November 16, 2008 Medellín, Colombia Clay Argentina Sergio Roitman 6–4, 7–5
Winner 4. July 31, 2011 Dortmund, Germany Clay Netherlands Thomas Schoorel 6–3, 6–2
Runner-up 6. August 7, 2011 Trani, Italy Clay Belgium Steve Darcis 6–4, 3–6, 2–6
Runner-up 7. September 11, 2011 Genova, Italy Clay Slovakia Martin Kližan 3–6, 1–6
Winner 5. October 2, 2011 Napoli, Italy Clay Italy Alessandro Giannessi 6–3, 6–4
Winner 6. November 6, 2011 São Leopoldo, Brazil Clay Serbia Nikola Ćirić 7–5, 7–6(7–1)
Runner-up 8. November 4, 2012 Medellín, Colombia Clay Italy Paolo Lorenzi 6–7(5–7), 7–6(7–4), 4–6
Winner 7. November 11, 2012 Guayaquil, Ecuador Clay Italy Paolo Lorenzi 6–2, 6–4
Runner-up 9. September 29, 2013 Orléans, France Hard(i) Czech Republic Radek Štěpánek 3–6, 4–6
Winner 8. November 17, 2013 Guayaquil, Ecuador Clay Portugal Pedro Sousa 6–4, 7–5
Winner 9. August 26, 2016 Manerbio, Italy Clay Serbia Filip Krajinović 7–6 (7–3), 7–5
Runner-up 10. October 16, 2016 Buenos Aires, Argentina Clay Argentina Renzo Olivo 6–2, 6–7(3–7), 6–7(3–7)
Runner-up 11. March 19, 2017 2017 Copa Ciudad de Tigre, Argentina Hard Japan Taro Daniel 7–5, 3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 12. July 15, 2017 Båstad_Challenger, Sweden Clay Serbia Dusan Lajovic 6–2, 7–6(7–4)

Performance timelines[edit]

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A P Z# PO G F-S SF-B NMS NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (Z#) Davis/Fed Cup Zonal Group (with number indication) or (PO) play-off; (G) gold, (F-S) silver or (SF-B) bronze Olympic medal; a (NMS) downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament; (NH) not held.
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.

Current through the 2017 US Open.

Singles[edit]

Tournament 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 SR W–L Win %
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open Q2 A A 1R 1R 1R 1R 2R 2R 1R A 0 / 7 2–7 22%
French Open Q1 A 2R 3R 3R 3R 1R 3R 3R 1R Q2 0 / 8 11–8 58%
Wimbledon Q2 Q1 2R 1R Q1 1R 2R 4R 3R 1R A 0 / 7 7–7 50%
US Open Q2 Q2 2R 1R A 3R 2R 3R 1R A 3R 0 / 7 8–7 53%
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 3–3 2–4 2–2 4–4 2–4 8–4 5–4 0–3 2–1 0 / 29 28–29 49%
ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Indian Wells A A A 1R A 2R 3R A A 3R A 0 / 4 5–3 63%
Miami A A Q1 1R A 1R 1R A 3R 1R A 0 / 5 1–5 17%
Monte Carlo A A A A A Q1 A Q1 A A A 0 / 0 0–0  – 
Madrid A A A 2R A A A Q1 3R 1R A 0 / 3 3–3 50%
Rome A A A 1R A A A A 2R 1R A 0 / 3 1–3 25%
Canada A A 2R 1R A Q1 A A 2R A A 0 / 3 2–3 40%
Cincinnati A A A A A Q2 A A 1R A A 0 / 1 0–1 0%
Shanghai NH Q1 A A A A 2R 2R A 0 / 2 2–2 50%
Paris A A A A A A A 1R 2R A 0 / 2 1–2 33%
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 1–1 1–5 0–0 1–2 2–1 1–2 7–7 2–4 0–0 0 / 23 15–22 41%
National representation
Davis Cup A A QF SF A A SF PO SF W 1R
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–2 0–0 0–0 1–1 2–0 4–0 3–0 0–0 1 / 6 11–3 79%
Career statistics
2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 Career
Tournaments 0 1 18 21 7 14 18 21 23 15 4 142
Titles / Finals 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 1 / 2 0 / 1 0 / 0 1 / 1 2 / 4
Overall Win–Loss 0–0 1–1 17–18 13–21 4–7 14–14 13–18 28–20 28–23 12–15 7–3 137–140
Win %  –  50% 49% 38% 36% 50% 42% 58% 55% 44% 70% 49.46%
Year-end ranking 179 115 75 94 78 71 94 28 35 139

Doubles[edit]

Tournament 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 SR W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A 3R 1R 2R 1R 1R 2R 1R A 0 / 7 4–7
French Open A 2R A 1R 1R 1R 3R 2R A 0 / 6 4–6
Wimbledon 1R 2R A 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R 0 / 7 1–7
US Open 1R 2R A 2R 1R QF QF A 0 / 6 7–6
Win–Loss 0–2 5–4 0–1 2–4 0–4 2–4 6–4 1–3 0–0 0 / 26 16–26

Top-10 wins per season[edit]

# Player Rank Event Surface Rd Score
2014
1. Spain David Ferrer 7 Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany Clay F 6–7(3–7), 6–1, 7–6(7–4)

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ In isolation, Martín is pronounced [maɾˈtin].

References[edit]

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