Mark Merklein

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Mark Merklein
Country (sports)  Bahamas
Residence Gainesville, Florida
Born (1972-06-28) June 28, 1972 (age 45)
Freeport, Bahamas
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Turned pro 1994
Plays Right-handed
Prize money US$ 502,870
Career record 10–21
Career titles 0
Highest ranking 160 (7 July 1997)
Grand Slam Singles results
US Open 1R (1994, 1998)
Career record 88–104
Career titles 4
Highest ranking 37 (12 January 2004)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 3R (2003)
French Open 2R (1998, 1999, 2005)
Wimbledon 2R (1999, 2002)
US Open 2R (1993, 1998)
Other doubles tournaments
Olympic Games QF (2000)
Mixed doubles
Career record 2–4
Career titles 0
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open 1R (2004)
Wimbledon 3R (1999)
Team competitions
Davis Cup W/L (15–12)
Last updated on: December 21, 2014.

Mark Merklein (born June 28, 1972) is a Bahamas-born former college and professional tennis player. He played for the Bahamas Davis Cup team from 1999–2004.[1]

Merklein was born in Freeport, Bahamas. He grew up in Coral Springs, Florida, and attended St. Thomas Aquinas High School in nearby Fort Lauderdale. Playing for the St. Thomas Raiders high school tennis team, he won six Class 3A high school titles – two at No. 2 singles, one at No. 1 singles, and three at No. 1 doubles.[2]

Merklein accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where he played for the Florida Gators men's tennis team in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and Southeastern Conference (SEC) competition from 1991 to 1994. As a Gator, he won the NCAA national championship doubles title with partner David Blair in 1993. The following year, Merklein won the NCAA national championship singles title in 1994 in dominating fashion, losing only one set. Merklein was a four-time All-American, a three-time All-SEC selection, and the SEC Player of the Year in 1994. He was inducted into the University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame as a "Gator Great" in 2005.[3][4]

Merklein turned professional in 1994, and won four doubles titles during his career. He won matches at all four Majors. On July 7, 1997, he reached his highest singles ranking of world No. 160, and reached his highest doubles ranking on January 12, 2004, when he became world No. 37.

On May 24, 2013, Merklein was hired as the University of Florida men's tennis assistant coach.[5]

Merklein currently resides in Gainesville, Florida.

Grand Slam tournament performance timeline[edit]

(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.


Tournament 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998
Australian Open A A A A A
French Open A A A A Q2
Wimbledon A A A A Q3
US Open 1R Q1 Q2 Q1 1R


Tournament 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005
Australian Open A A A A A A 2R 1R A A 3R 1R A
French Open A A A A A 2R 2R A A 1R 1R 1R 2R
Wimbledon A A A A A 1R 2R A 1R 2R 1R 1R Q2
US Open 2R 1R 1R 1R 1R 2R A Q2 1R 1R 1R 1R A

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Mark Merklein Davis Cup bio". Retrieved 21 December 2014. 
  2. ^ Dave Heeren, "Every Little Step He Takes Brings Mark Merklein Closer To His Goal Of Tennis Stardom," Sun-Sentinel (July 10, 1991). Retrieved July 26, 2014.
  3. ^ F Club, Hall of Fame, Gator Greats. Retrieved December 18, 2014.
  4. ^ "Nine Hall of Fame Inductees Announced," (September 30, 2004). Retrieved July 26, 2014.
  5. ^ "Gator Great Mark Merklein Hired as Men's Tennis Assistant Coach," (May 24, 2013). Retrieved May 24, 2013.

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