Melle van Gemerden

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Melle van Gemerden
Melle Van Gemerden3.jpeg
Van Gemerden wins 2005 Scheveningen Challenger
Country (sports) Netherlands Netherlands
Born (1979-05-09) 9 May 1979 (age 37)
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Plays Right-handed
Career record 4–9
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 100 (12 June 2006)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 1R (2005)
French Open 1R (2006)
Wimbledon 2R (2006)
Career record 0–3
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 178 (4 April 2005)
Grand Slam Doubles results
US Open 1R (2008)

Melle van Gemerden (born 9 May 1979) is a former professional tennis player from the Netherlands.[1]


Van Gemerden appeared in all Grand Slams and was also a Davis Cup representative member of the Netherlands team.[2] He ranked nr. 1 player in the Netherlands and reached ATP singles world ranking nr. 100[3] by June, 2006.

He marked the beginning of his career in 1997, with the Dutch Junior Champion under 18,[4] indoor and outdoor titles. In 1998-1999 he comprised the Jong Oranje [5]- a prized contract presented by the KNLTB to Netherlands' most proficient junior players. During a Mauritius Challenger tournament, late in December 2004, he was tested positive for a metabolite of cannabis or tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Whilst the ATP tribunal accepted Van Gemerden had committed a doping offense[6] under the rules of the Tennis Anti-Doping Program with Exceptional Circumstances; the use of cannabis, in that case, was determined to not be for performance enhancing reasons. It was ruled he forfeit USD$2,950 in prize money and all ranking points won at the Mauritius Challenger. Although he was eligible to return to competition immediately, Van Gemerden voluntarily sat out.[7][8] Coming after, in July 2005, he defeated Kristof Vliegen, triumphing the Scheveningen Challenger.

Van Gemerden played for the Netherlands Davis Cup team from 2004-2006. He took on Slovakia in the 2005 World Group quarter-finals and appeared both in the doubles, with Paul Haarhuis, and in the singles against Michal Mertiňák. He lost both of those matches and was also unable to register a win in the two other Davis Cup matches of his career, singles rubbers against Russians Nikolay Davydenko and Dmitry Tursunov in 2006.[9]

The Dutch tennis player begin his appearance at Grand Slams starting with the 2005 Australian Open, where he was drawn up against 31st seed Juan Carlos Ferrero, who won the match in four sets. The same year, he was a quarter-finalist in the 2005 Dutch Open, beating world number 46 Christophe Rochus en route.The following year, in 2006, he played in both the French Open and Wimbledon Championships.[10] In France he lost in the opening round to Juan Mónaco but he made the second round of Wimbledon, beating Josh Goodall,[11] before being eliminated from the tournament by Mardy Fish.[10] Van Gemerden made it to US OPEN by 2008, being defeated by Jean-Yves Aubone at the first round.[12] Postliminary, in 2008, he began professionally coaching Ana Ivanovic, then ranked nr. 5 of the WTA Tour.[13] Van Gemerden carried as a professional tennis coach until November 2015, instructing the likes of Fernando Verdasco,[14] Sorana Cirstea, and Thiemo de Bakker.[15]

Challenger titles[edit]

Singles: (1)[edit]

No. Year Tournament Surface Opponent Score
1. 2005 Scheveningen, Netherlands Clay Belgium Kristof Vliegen 6–4, 6–3

Doubles: (3)[edit]

No. Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
1. 2004 Hilversum, Netherlands Clay Netherlands Fred Hemmes, Jr. Hungary Attila Sávolt
Romania Gabriel Trifu
7–6(7–3), 7–6(7–3)
2. 2004 Samarkand, Uzbekistan Clay France Jean-François Bachelot Germany Sebastian Fitz
Romania Florin Mergea
6–2, 3–6, 6–1
3. 2005 Manerbio, Italy Clay Netherlands Rogier Wassen Austria Daniel Köllerer
Austria Oliver Marach
6–3, 6–4


  1. ^ ITF Tennis Profile
  2. ^ "Davis Cup player profile". Retrieved 2016-02-24. 
  3. ^ "Melle Van Gemerden | Overview | ATP World Tour | Tennis". ATP World Tour. Retrieved 2016-02-24. 
  4. ^ "KNLTB winner titles" (PDF). 
  5. ^ "". Retrieved 2016-02-24. 
  7. ^ ITF Anti-Doping - Decision in the case of Melle Van Gemerden
  8. ^ "Laatbloeier Van Gemerden heeft haast". De Volkskrant. 21 July 2005. Retrieved 8 December 2015. 
  9. ^ Davis Cup Profile
  10. ^ a b ATP World Tour
  11. ^ "Britons handed tough draw at SW19". BBC. 2006-06-23. Retrieved 2016-02-24. 
  12. ^ "US OPEN 2008". 
  13. ^ "Van Gemerden hoopt op Ivanovic". NU (in Dutch). Retrieved 2016-02-24. 
  14. ^ "Greatest Spanish Tennis Players  » Fernando Verdasco hitting in High Definition". Retrieved 2016-02-24. 
  15. ^ "Melle van Gemerden | LinkedIn". Retrieved 2016-02-24.