Martin Lee (tennis)

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Martin Lee
Country (sports)  United Kingdom
Residence Maidenhead, England
Born (1978-01-13) 13 January 1978 (age 39)
London, England
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Turned pro 1996
Retired 2006
Plays Left-handed (two-handed backhand)
Coach David Sammel
Prize money $561,085
Career record 21–46
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 94 (11 March 2002)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 1R (2002)
French Open 1R (2002)
Wimbledon 2R (1997, 2000, 2001, 2006)
US Open 1R (2001)
Career record 6–19
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 145 (30 Oct 2006)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Wimbledon 2R (2003, 2004)

Martin Lee (born 13 January 1978) is an English former professional tennis player. Born in London, he resides in Maidenhead, Berkshire.

Tennis career[edit]

Lee was a promising junior, reaching No. 1 in the world junior rankings. In 1995 he won the Boys Doubles at Wimbledon. A left-hander, he turned pro in 1996. He struggled with constant knee and groin problems throughout his career, which eventually forced his retirement from the professional circuit in November 2006.[1]

Lee's best singles result on the ATP Tour was to reach the final of the Hall of Fame Championships in Newport, Rhode Island in 2001. On 11 March 2002, Lee achieved his career-high singles ranking of World No. 94, establishing himself as the British number three behind Tim Henman and Greg Rusedski. It was the first time in 23 years that Britain had three players in the Top 100. However, in November 2002 he underwent knee surgery and was out of action for 10 months, and his ranking never recovered.

Lee reached the second round of the men's singles at Wimbledon four times, in 1997, 2000, 2001 and 2006. He appeared in the US Open in 2001, and managed to take two sets off of seeded player Sjeng Schalken, however the Dutchman prevailed 6-3 in the deciding set. Lee's ranking also ensured automatic qualification for the main draw of the Australian and French Opens in 2002, but he lost in the first round on both occasions. Overall he won 21 and lost 46 ATP Tour matches.

Lee won two of his three matches for Great Britain in the Davis Cup, however these were only dead rubbers. Lee lost his only live match against Thailand's Paradorn Srichaphan in straight sets.

Career finals[edit]

Singles (1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 15 July 2001 Newport, United States Grass South Africa Neville Godwin 1–6, 4–6


  1. ^ "Briton Lee announces retirement". BBC Sport. 2006-11-20. Retrieved 2008-06-25. 

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