Łukasz Kubot

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Łukasz Kubot
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Residence Lubin, Poland
Born (1982-05-16) May 16, 1982 (age 35)
Bolesławiec, Poland
Height

1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)

86 kg (190 lb)
Turned pro 2002
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money $5,609,538
Singles
Career record 97–130 (42.73%)
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 41 (April 12, 2010)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 4R (2010)
French Open 3R (2011, 2012)
Wimbledon QF (2013)
US Open 3R (2006)
Other tournaments
Olympic Games 1R (2012)
Doubles
Career record 271–195 (58.15%)
Career titles 17
Highest ranking No. 7 (September 27, 2010)
Current ranking No. 9 (May 15, 2017)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open W (2014)
French Open SF (2016)
Wimbledon QF (2009)
US Open QF (2010, 2016)
Other doubles tournaments
Tour Finals SF (2014)
Olympic Games 2R (2016)
Mixed doubles
Career titles 0
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open 2R (2016, 2017)
French Open QF (2009)
Wimbledon 3R (2015, 2016)
US Open SF (2015)
Other mixed doubles tournaments
Olympic Games 1R (2016)
Last updated on: May 15, 2017.

Łukasz Kubot (Polish pronunciation: [ˈwukaʂ ˈkubɔt]; born May 16, 1982) is a Polish professional tennis player. Kubot is a doubles specialist and won the 2014 Australian Open men's doubles title with Robert Lindstedt. He has also had success in singles, achieving a career-high singles ranking of World No. 41 in April 2010 and reaching the quarterfinals of the 2013 Wimbledon Championships. In 2013 he was awarded the Gold Cross of Merit by Polish President Bronisław Komorowski.[1]

Career[edit]

2007–2009[edit]

In 2007 Kubot's two main-draw wins came in Davis Cup ties. In 2008 Kubot did not play a single main-draw match.

Kubot started 2009 by competing in the qualifying rounds of Qatar ExxonMobil Open and the Australian Open, but he fell in the final round. He then qualified for the Brasil Open, where he recorded his first main-draw win in over one and a half year against Daniel Gimeno-Traver, but lost in the following round to Thomaz Bellucci. He then continued to play in qualifying, but failed to qualify. However, in the 2009 Serbia Open, he fell in the final round of the qualifying draw, but was granted a Lucky Loser spot after Steve Darcis withdrew due a shoulder injury. He defeated Arsenije Zlatanović, Igor Andreev, Kristof Vliegen, and an upset victory over second seed Ivo Karlović. He then lost in straight sets against World No. 3 and top seed Novak Djokovic, in his first final. He became the first Pole to reach an ATP final in 26 years (since Wojciech Fibak in 1983). He also reached the doubles final at the same event partnering Oliver Marach, which he won.

At Roland Garros, he qualified, but lost to Viktor Troicki in the first round, in just around 4 hours. His next main-draw appearance came in MercedesCup in Stuttgart, where he recorded wins over Pablo Andújar and Philipp Kohlschreiber, but lost to Nicolas Kiefer in the quarterfinals. He then qualified in Cincinnati, but lost to José Acasuso, in the first round. In Beijing, he recorded the biggest win of his career by upsetting Andy Roddick in the very first round, but lost to Ivan Ljubičić the following round. He then lost in the first rounds of Shanghai and Vienna. In the 2009 BNP Paribas Masters, he defeated Andreas Beck, but lost to Marin Čilić, after qualifying.

In doubles, he won the 2009 Grand Prix Hassan II, the 2009 Serbia Open, and the 2009 Bank Austria-TennisTrophy, all with his regular doubles partner Oliver Marach. They also reached the semifinals of the 2009 Australian Open, losing to Mahesh Bhupathi and Mark Knowles. They were able to qualify in the 2009 ATP World Tour Finals, falling in the round-robin stage despite winning two matches over the teams of Max Mirnyi and Andy Ram, and Lukáš Dlouhý and Leander Paes, only losing to Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan

2010[edit]

Łukasz Kubot can-can dancing

Kubot started his 2010 campaign in Doha, where he reached the quarterfinals, losing to Viktor Troicki, after recording straight-set wins over Karim Maamoun and Sergiy Stakhovsky. He then played in the Australian Open, where he reached his first fourth round in a Grand Slam tournament. He earned this spot by defeating Mischa Zverev, and Santiago Giraldo, and through the withdrawal of 20th seed Mikhail Youzhny. He was defeated by Novak Djokovic. In the Movistar Open, he lost to Marcel Granollers, after defeating Horacio Zeballos. In the 2010 Brasil Open, he reached the final, his second of his career. He earned that by defeating Óscar Hernández, Albert Montañés, and Fabio Fognini, in straight sets. He came back against fourth seed Igor Andreev in the semifinals. In the final, he lost to top seed Juan Carlos Ferrero, failing to hold serve in the whole match.

He then suffered early losses in his next three tournaments to credible players in the 2010 Copa Telmex, losing to Juan Mónaco, in the 2010 Abierto Mexicano Telcel to Fernando Verdasco, and the 2010 BNP Paribas Open to David Nalbandian. He then regained form, reaching the quarterfinals of the 2010 Grand Prix Hassan II, losing to Potito Starace. However, he lost in the first round of the 2010 Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters to Viktor Troicki.

2011[edit]

Łukasz Kubot in 2013

At the 2011 French Open, Kubot was down two sets to none in his first-round match against 11th seed Nicolás Almagro. Kubot stormed back and won the match in five sets. He progressed to the third round, before he was ousted. He earned the nickname "Lukasz the Lionhearted" for his aggressive style of play.

He then qualified for the 2011 Wimbledon Championships and advanced to the fourth round, defeating Arnaud Clément in five sets, Ivo Karlović in straight sets, and Gaël Monfils in four sets. In the fourth round, he led Feliciano López by two sets to love and had two match points in the third set tiebreak, but eventually lost in five sets.

2012: Stuttgart Open Doubles Title[edit]

Kubot made the quarterfinals in Memphis, before losing to Benjamin Becker. He also made the quarterfinals in Bucharest, only to meet and lose to Gilles Simon.

He made the third round of the French Open, losing to Belgian David Goffin.

He made the quarterfinals in Gstaad, where he lost to Grigor Dimitrov. At Winston-Salem, he made the third round, only to lose again to Goffin.

In doubles, he made three finals, including the Masters 1000 event in Rome, partnering Janko Tipsarević. He won the tournament in Stuttgart, partnering Jérémy Chardy.

2013: Wimbledon Quarterfinal[edit]

Łukasz Kubot in 2013

Ranked no. 130 in the world, Kubot reached the quarterfinals of 2013 Wimbledon Championships. He beat Igor Andreev in the first round before getting a walkover after second round opponent (and conqueror of Rafael Nadal in the first round) Steve Darcis withdrew through injury. He then beat Benoît Paire and Adrian Mannarino before losing in a historic all-Polish slam quarterfinal against Jerzy Janowicz.

2014: Australian Open Doubles Title[edit]

In January Kubot and Sweden's Robert Lindstedt won the Australian Open men's doubles title. The pair had played just two tennis tournaments together, losing in the first round of both, before entering the Australian Open. In the final they defeated American Eric Butorac and South African Raven Klaasen, who had knocked out top seeds Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan. Lindstedt said he had been slated to play with Jurgen Melzer, but the Austrian withdrew with injury before the tournament. "I had to scramble up a partner in December and I'm thankful that Kubot said yes," stated Lindstedt.[2]

2016: Third Vienna Open Doubles Title and Race to Rio[edit]

Łukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo, 2016 Vienna Open Champions

In August Kubot participated in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Partnered with Marcin Matkowski, he defeated Indian tennis pair of Leander Paes and Rohan Bopanna. Subsequently, Kubot and Matkowski lost to the eighth seeded Spanish pair of Roberto Bautista Agut and David Ferrer in the second round.[3] Kubot also participated in the mixed doubles, where he was partnered with the 2015 WTA Finals winner, Agnieszka Radwańska. Radwanska and Kubot lost to the Romanian pair of Irina Camelia Begu and Horia Tecau in the first round. In October, Kubot partnered with Marcelo Melo defeated Oliver Marach and Fabrice Martin to win the Vienna Open Doubles Title for the third time in his career.

2017: Miami and Madrid ATP Masters 1000 men's doubles titles[edit]

In March Kubot with his doubles partner Marcelo Melo reached the doubles final at Indian Wells Masters. Eighth seeded Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo reached the BNP Paribas Open semi-finals after breezing past tricky wild card duo, Nick Kyrgios and Nenad Zimonjić. The Polish-Brazilian pair then defeated fourth seeds Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares to reach the final against the 6th seeds, South Africa’s Raven Klaasen and his American doubles partner, Rajeev Ram.[4] At the 2017 Miami Open Kubot and Melo dropped only three sets en route to the final, defeating Marcus Daniell & Marcelo Demoliner, Jean-Julien Rojer & Horia Tecău, Jamie Murray & Bruno Soares in QF and Daniel Nestor & Brian Baker in SF to reach their second straight ATP Masters 1000 final.[5] The sixth-seeded Kubot and Melo defeated American duo Nick Monroe and Jack Sock in straight sets. They made it all the way together at an ATP event for the first time this season. It was their first ever Masters 1000 title won as a team as well. Kubot and Melo have continued their streak of claiming at least one ATP doubles title together in a season for the third straight year. They're back-to-back Vienna doubles champions, having won the tournament together in 2015 and 2016.[6] Miami Open was their 11th career tournament together, with a current overall 22-8 record and 12-6 record in 2017.

In April Kubot and Melo reached the quarter-finals at the Monte-Carlo Masters, the season's third Masters 1000 tournament. The following month they reached their third ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final of the season after they defeated seventh seeds Ivan Dodig and Marcel Granollers at the Mutua Madrid Open (tennis).[7] In the Mutua Madrid Open final they defeated French duo consisting of Nicolas Mahut and Edouard Roger-Vasselin to win their second Masters 1000 doubles title this season.[8] Seeded fourth at the French Open Kubot and Melo overcame a first round challenge from Julien Benneteau and Jeremy Chardy to advance to the second round. In the 2nd round they lost to Ryan Harrison and Michael Venus.[9]

Kubot and Melo continued their outstanding season by taking the doubles title at the Ricoh Open, living up to their top seed status in Hertogenbosch by defeating second seeds Raven Klaasen and Rajeev Ram. “We’ve had a really good year. It’s another title for us, so we’re very happy with the way we’re playing,” said Kubot.[10] Next Kubot and Melo competed at the Gerry Weber Open in Halle, coming out on top in a semi-final match over Fabrice Martin and Albert Ramos-Vinolas. Awaiting them in Sunday’s final are second seeds Raven Klaasen and Rajeev Ram or brothers Alexander Zverev and Mischa Zverev[11].

Significant finals[edit]

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Doubles: 1 (1 title)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 2014 Australian Open Hard Sweden Robert Lindstedt United States Eric Butorac
South Africa Raven Klaasen
6–3, 6–3

Masters 1000 finals[edit]

Doubles: 4 (2 titles, 2 runners-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 2012 Rome Clay Serbia Janko Tipsarević Spain Marcel Granollers
Spain Marc López
3–6, 2–6
Runner-up 2017 Indian Wells Hard Brazil Marcelo Melo South Africa Raven Klaasen
United States Rajeev Ram
7–6 (7–1) , 4–6, [8–10]
Winner 2017 Miami Hard Brazil Marcelo Melo United States Nicholas Monroe
United States Jack Sock
7–5, 6–3
Winner 2017 Madrid Clay Brazil Marcelo Melo France Nicolas Mahut
France Édouard Roger-Vasselin
7–5, 6–3

ATP career finals[edit]

Singles: 2 (2 runners-up)[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 (0–2)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. May 4, 2009 Serbia Open, Belgrade, Serbia Clay Serbia Novak Djokovic 3–6, 6–7(0–7)
Runner-up 2. February 14, 2010 Brasil Open, Costa do Sauípe, Brasil Clay Spain Juan Carlos Ferrero 1–6, 0–6

Doubles: 29 (17 titles, 11 runners-up)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam Tournaments (1–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (2–2)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (4–3)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (10–6)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partnering Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. April 23, 2007 Grand Prix Hassan II, Casablanca, Morocco Clay Austria Oliver Marach Australia Jordan Kerr
Czech Republic David Škoch
7–6(7–4), 1–6, [10–4]
Runner-up 2. October 22, 2007 Grand Prix de Tennis de Lyon, Lyon, France Carpet (i) Croatia Lovro Zovko France Sébastien Grosjean
France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
4–6, 3–6
Runner-up 3. February 23, 2009 Abierto Mexicano Telcel, Acapulco, Mexico Clay Austria Oliver Marach Czech Republic František Čermák
Slovakia Michal Mertiňák
6–4, 4–6, [7–10]
Winner 1. April 6, 2009 Grand Prix Hassan II, Casablanca, Morocco Clay Austria Oliver Marach Sweden Simon Aspelin
Australia Paul Hanley
7–6(7–4), 3–6, [10–6]
Winner 2. May 4, 2009 Serbia Open, Belgrade, Serbia Clay Austria Oliver Marach Sweden Johan Brunström
Netherlands Antilles Jean-Julien Rojer
6–2, 7–6(7–3)
Winner 3. November 1, 2009 Bank Austria-TennisTrophy, Vienna, Austria Hard (i) Austria Oliver Marach Austria Julian Knowle
Austria Jürgen Melzer
2–6, 6–4, [11–9]
Winner 4. February 6, 2010 Movistar Open, Santiago, Chile Clay Austria Oliver Marach Italy Potito Starace
Argentina Horacio Zeballos
6–4, 6–0
Runner-up 4. February 14, 2010 Brasil Open, Costa do Sauípe, Brazil Clay Austria Oliver Marach Uruguay Pablo Cuevas
Spain Marcel Granollers
5–7, 4–6
Winner 5. February 27, 2010 Abierto Mexicano Telcel, Acapulco, Mexico Clay Austria Oliver Marach Italy Fabio Fognini
Italy Potito Starace
6–0, 6–0
Winner 6. September 25, 2010 BRD Năstase Ţiriac Trophy, Bucharest, Romania Clay Argentina Juan Ignacio Chela Spain Marcel Granollers
Spain Santiago Ventura
6–2, 5–7, [13–11]
Runner-up 5. February 5, 2011 Movistar Open, Santiago, Chile Clay Austria Oliver Marach Brazil Marcelo Melo
Brazil Bruno Soares
3–6, 6–7(3–7)
Runner-up 6. April 27, 2012 BRD Năstase Ţiriac Trophy, Bucharest, Romania Clay France Jérémy Chardy Sweden Robert Lindstedt
Romania Horia Tecău
6–7(2–7), 3–6
Runner-up 7. May 20, 2012 Internazionali BNL d'Italia, Rome, Italy Clay Serbia Janko Tipsarević Spain Marcel Granollers
Spain Marc López
3–6, 2–6
Winner 7. July 15, 2012 MercedesCup, Stuttgart, Germany Clay France Jérémy Chardy Slovakia Michal Mertiňák
Brazil André Sá
6–1, 6–3
Winner 8. March 2, 2013 Abierto Mexicano Telcel, Acapulco, Mexico Clay Spain David Marrero Italy Simone Bolelli
Italy Fabio Fognini
7–5, 6–2
Winner 9. January 25, 2014 Australian Open, Melbourne, Australia Hard Sweden Robert Lindstedt United States Eric Butorac
South Africa Raven Klaasen
6–3, 6–3
Winner 10. June 13, 2015 Topshelf Open, Rosmalen, The Netherlands Grass Croatia Ivo Karlović France Pierre-Hugues Herbert
France Nicolas Mahut
6–2, 7–6(11–9)
Winner 11. July 25, 2015 Swedish Open, Bastad, Sweden Clay France Jérémy Chardy Colombia Juan Sebastián Cabal
Colombia Robert Farah
6–7(6–8), 6–3, [10–8]
Winner 12. 27 September 2015 Moselle Open, Metz, France Hard (i) France Édouard Roger-Vasselin France Pierre-Hugues Herbert
France Nicolas Mahut
2-6, 6-3, [10-7]
Winner 13. 25 October 2015 Erste Bank Open, Vienna, Austria Hard Brazil Marcelo Melo United Kingdom Jamie Murray
Australia John Peers
4–6, 7–6(7–3), [10–6]
Runner-up 8. 1 May 2016 Estoril Open, Cascais, Portugal Clay Poland Marcin Matkowski United States Eric Butorac
United States Scott Lipsky
4–6, 6–3, [8–10]
Runner-up 9. 19 June 2016 Gerry Weber Open, Halle, Germany Grass Austria Alexander Peya South Africa Raven Klaasen
United States Rajeev Ram
6–7(5–7), 2–6
Runner-up 10. 24 July 2016 Washington Open, Washington, United States Hard Austria Alexander Peya Canada Daniel Nestor
France Édouard Roger-Vasselin
6–7(3–7), 6–7(4–7)
Winner 14. 30 October 2016 Erste Bank Open, Vienna, Austria Hard Brazil Marcelo Melo Austria Olivier Marach
France Fabrice Martin
4–6, 6–3, [13–11]
Runner-up 11. 18 March 2017 Indian Wells Masters, Indian Wells, United States Hard Brazil Marcelo Melo South Africa Raven Klaasen
United States Rajeev Ram
7–6 (7–1) , 4–6, [8–10]
Winner 15. 1 April 2017 Miami Masters, Miami, United States Hard Brazil Marcelo Melo United States Nicholas Monroe
United States Jack Sock
7–5, 6–3
Winner 16. 14 May 2017 Madrid Open, Madrid, Spain Clay Brazil Marcelo Melo France Nicolas Mahut
France Édouard Roger-Vasselin
7–5, 6–3
Winner 17. 17 June 2017 Rosmalen Grass Court Championships, 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands Grass Brazil Marcelo Melo South Africa Raven Klaasen
United States Rajeev Ram
6–3, 6–4
18. 2017 Gerry Weber Open, Halle, Germany Grass Brazil Marcelo Melo Germany Alexander Zverev
Germany Mischa Zverev

Performance timelines[edit]

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A P Z# PO G F-S SF-B NMS NH
(W) Won tournament; reached (F) final, (SF) semifinal, (QF) quarterfinal; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; competed at a (RR) round-robin stage; reached a (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; played in a (Z#) Davis/Fed Cup Zonal Group (with number indication) or (PO) play-off; won a (G) gold, (F-S) silver or (SF-B) bronze Olympic medal; a (NMS) downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament; or (NH) tournament 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.

Singles[edit]

Tournament 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 SR W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A A A Q1 A Q3 A Q3 4R* 2R 1R 1R 1R Q3 A 0 / 5 3–5
French Open A A A A Q2 Q1 Q1 A 1R 1R 3R 3R 2R 1R A A 0 / 6 5–6
Wimbledon A A A A Q1 Q2 Q1 Q1 Q1 2R 4R 2R QF 3R A A 0 / 5 10–5
US Open A A A A Q2 3R Q3 A Q2 1R A 1R 1R A A A 0 / 4 2–4
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 2–1 0–0 0–0 0–1 3–4 6–3 3–4 4–4 2–3 0–0 0–0 0 / 20 20–20
Career statistics
Titles / Finals 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 2
Year-end ranking 427 440 371 219 142 125 222 209 101 70 57 74 72 168 471 908

* At the 2010 Australian Open, Kubot's third-round match was a walkover

Doubles[edit]

Tournament 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 SR W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A A 3R A SF 3R QF 1R 3R W 2R 2R 3R 1 / 10 23–9
French Open A A A 3R 1R 2R QF 1R 2R 1R QF 3R SF 0 / 10 16–10
Wimbledon 2R Q1 2R 2R 2R QF 1R 1R A 3R 2R 3R 1R 0 / 11 12–11
US Open A A 1R 1R A 1R QF A 2R 1R A 2R QF 0 / 8 7–8
Win–Loss 1–1 0–0 1–2 5–4 1–2 8–4 8–4 3–3 2–3 4–4 10–2 6–4 7–4 2–1 1 / 39 58–38
Year-end championship
ATP World Tour Finals Did Not Qualify RR RR Did Not Qualify SF DNQ 0 / 3 6–4
ATP Masters Series 1000
Indian Wells A A A A A 2R A 2R 1R QF 2R 1R 2R F 0 / 8 10–8
Miami A A A A A A 1R A QF 2R 2R A 1R W 1 / 6 9–5
Monte Carlo A A A A A A QF QF A 1R 2R A 2R QF 0 / 6 3–6
Rome A A A A A A SF QF F A 2R A A 0 / 4 7–4
Madrid A A A A A A QF 2R A SF 2R A 2R W 1 / 6 8–5
Canada A A A A A QF A A A 1R A A 1R 0 / 3 1–3
Cincinnati A A A A A SF SF A 2R 2R A A 1R 0 / 5 6–4
Shanghai NH Not Masters Series QF SF 1R A A 2R SF 2R 0 / 6 5–6
Paris A A A A A A QF 1R 1R 1R 2R A A 0 / 5 2–5
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 4–4 9–7 3–6 7–4 7–7 4–7 2–2 2–7 13–2 2 / 48 46–46
National representation
Summer Olympics A Not Held A Not Held A Not Held 2R NH 0 / 1 1–1
Career statistics
Titles / Finals 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 2 0 / 0 3 / 4 3 / 4 0 / 1 1 / 3 1 / 1 1 / 1 4 / 4 1 / 4 2 / 3 16 / 27
Year-end ranking 137 135 64 45 72 12 10 53 39 37 18 29 24

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