Paul Wekesa

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Paul Wekesa
Country (sports)  Kenya
Residence Nairobi, Kenya
Born (1967-07-02) July 2, 1967 (age 49)
Nairobi, Kenya
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 1 12 in)
Turned pro 1987
Retired 1996
Plays Right-handed
Prize money $448,114
Career record 27–43 (at ATP, Grand Prix and Grand Slam level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 100 (1 May 1995)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 2R (1989)
French Open 1R (1995)
Wimbledon 1R (1995)
US Open 1R (1995)
Career record 60–77 (at ATP, Grand Prix and Grand Slam level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles 3
Highest ranking No. 66 (23 March 1992)

Paul Wekesa (born 2 July 1967) is a former professional tennis player from Kenya. He won 3 doubles titles, achieved a career-high singles ranking of World No. 100 and reached two tour-level quarterfinals at Auckland in 1989 and Seoul in 1995.

Tennis career[edit]

Prior to turning professional, he won the doubles tournament at the 1987 Division II NCAA Men's Tennis Championships while attending Chapman University.[1] During his career, Wekesa won 3 ATP Tour doubles titles. He reached the quarterfinals in doubles at the 1992 Australian Open. Wekesa won a bronze medal at the 1987 All-Africa Games held in Nairobi, Kenya. He is the only Kenyan tennis player to reach Top 100 of ATP rankings.[2] He also features for the Kenya Davis Cup team and was still active in 1998.[3] He was the first player to be beaten by Tim Henman in the main draw of a Grand Slam tournament, at Wimbledon in 1995. After retirement from playing, he has served as a Kenyan national teams coach.[2] He won the "Hall of Fame" category at the 2007 Kenyan Sports Personality of the Year awards.[4] His father Noah Wekesa is a Kenyan politician and minister.[5]

Career finals[edit]

Grand Slam (0)
Tennis Masters Cup (0)
ATP Masters Series (0)
ATP Tour (6)

Doubles wins (3)[edit]

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Winner 1. 16 October 1988 Tel Aviv, Israel Hard The Bahamas Roger Smith Germany Patrick Baur
Germany Alexander Mronz
6–3, 6–3
Winner 2. 16 April 1989 Seoul, South Korea Hard United States Scott Davis United States John Letts
United States Bruce Man-Son-Hing
6–2, 6–4
Runner-up 1. 30 April 1989 Singapore Hard United States Paul Chamberlin United States Rick Leach
United States Jim Pugh
3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 2. 5 August 1990 Los Angeles, United States Hard Sweden Peter Lundgren United States Scott Davis
United States David Pate
6–3, 1–6, 3–6
Winner 3. 10 November 1991 Birmingham, U.K. Carpet (i) Netherlands Jacco Eltingh Sweden Ronnie Båthman
Sweden Rikard Bergh
7–5, 7–5
Runner-up 3. 28 August 1994 Umag, Croatia Clay Slovakia Karol Kučera Uruguay Diego Pérez
Spain Francisco Roig
2–6, 4–6


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