Jurgen Melzer

Born May 22, 1981
Nationality Austria Austria

The Austrian tennis player, Jürgen Melzer was the number 28 in the career high singles ranking on March 05, 2007 and was in the number 17th on March 19, 2007 in the doubles ranking. He is one of those exceptional players who specifically play with his left hand. He won the ATP tournament in Bucharest defeating Filippo Volandri in the final round.

Born on May 22, 1981 in Austria, Melzer won the Wimbledon title in 1999. He also was the champion in the doubles category of the Campbell’s Hall of Fame Tennis Championships held in Newport, Rhode Island in 2006. He was paired with American Robert Kendrick. They defeated Jeff Coetzee, of South Africa and Justin Gimelstob, of USA.

Melzer, who speaks German, French and English, started playing tennis at nine years of age. He is born to Rudolf, a successful entrepreneur and politician in Deutsch-Wagram, and Michaela, a saleswoman. He has one younger brother named Gerald. Aside from tennis, Jürgen also loves soccer and golf. He is an avid fan of Bayern Munich and Austria Wien.

Melzer is trained by Manfred Kogler and coached by Joakim Nystrom, a former ATP pro. His backhand drop, which he considers his most favorite shot, gathered him a 13-21 Davis Cup career record with 8-14 in singles division and 16 ties ever since 1999.

In 2005, Melzer competed with some of the Top 10 opponents including Andre Agassi which he defeated in San Jose. It was on that year that he captured his very first title of ATP in St. Petersburg together with Knowle.

After two years, he eventually finished in the Top 60 for four straight years. One of the highlights of his career was when he was presented to be the runner-up in Las Vegas. He finished number 52 in the doubles category by the end of 2007.

Currently, Melzer is riding high up on the No. 21 rank as of September 12, 2011. However, he was considerably higher earlier in the year when he was ranked No. 8 in April 18, 2011. While Melzer’s career as a singles player is not stellar, his doubles career is quite good as he is currently ranked at No. 9 as of September 12, 2011. The highest he has ranked was at No. 6 in September 2010. Melzer has two Grand Slam titles as a doubles player, one for Wimbledon in 2010, and the other for US Open in 2011.

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