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Ben Ellwood

Ben Ellwood
Country 23x15px Australia
Residence South Melbourne
Born 12 March 1976
Canberra, Australia
Height 5'10" (178 cm)
Turned pro 1994
Plays Right-handed
Prize money $388,461
Singles
Career record 4–14
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 140 (28 October 1996)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 2R (1996)
Wimbledon 1R (1997)
US Open 1R (1996)
Doubles
Career record 32–50
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 66 (18 March 2002)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 3R (1999, 2000)
French Open 2R (2001)
Wimbledon 3R (2000)
US Open QF (1999)

Ben Ellwood (born 12 March 1976) is a former professional tennis player from Australia.

Career

An outstanding junior, Ellwood won the boy's singles at the 1994 Australian Open, defeating Andrew Ilie in the final. He was the boy's boubles champion as well (with Mark Philippoussis) and also went on to win the boy's doubles at the 1994 Wimbledon Championships and 1994 US Open (with Philippousssis and Nicolás Lapentti respectively). This made Ellwood the first ever player to win the boy's doubles at the Australian Open, Wimbledon Championships and US Open in the same year.

Ellwood made his Grand Slam debut in the 1995 Australian Open and came close to upsetting world number 46 Fabrice Santoro in the opening round. He lost the encounter in five sets, but had a chance to win the match in a fourth set tiebreak, which the Frenchman won 9–7. His only Grand Slam singles win came in Australia a year later, when he beat Olivier Delaître. As a doubles player he had much more success, with his best result being a quarter-finals berth at the 1999 US Open, with Michael Tebbutt as his partner. The pair defeated 10th seeds Yevgeny Kafelnikov and Daniel Vacek along the way. He also competed in the mixed doubles and made the second round of two Grand Slams in 2002, at the Australian Open and Wimbledon, both times with Evie Dominikovic. These would be the only two occasions he won a Grand Slam mixed doubles match but he only twice played with his younger sister, Annabel Ellwood, in the 1998 Australian Open and 1999 Wimbledon Championships.[1]

On the ATP Tour, Ellwood made his only final when he and David Adams were doubles runners-up in the 2002 Delray Beach International Tennis Championships. Previously he had been a doubles quarter-finalist in Queen's with Michael Hill and made doubles semi-finals at Hong Kong in 1999 and Bucharest in 2001.[2]

ATP Career Finals

Doubles: 1 (0–1)

Outcome No. Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1. 2002 23x15px Delray Beach, United States Hard 23x15px David Adams 23x15px Martin Damm
23x15px Cyril Suk
4–6, 7–6(5), 5–10

Challenger Titles

Singles: (2)

No. Year Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
1. 1996 23x15px Bristol, Great Britain Grass 23x15px Nick Weal 6–4, 6–3
2. 1996 23x15px Manchester, Great Britain Grass 23x15px Fernon Wibier 6–4, 6–4

Doubles: (6)

No. Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
1. 1994 23x15px Perth, Australia Grass 23x15px Mark Philippoussis 23x15px Wayne Arthurs
23x15px Neil Borwick
7–5, 7–6
2. 1998 23x15px Lexington, United States Hard 23x15px Lleyton Hewitt 23x15px Paul Goldstein
23x15px Jim Thomas
5–7, 6–3, 6–2
3. 2001 23x15px Surbiton, Great Britain Grass 23x15px David Adams 23x15px Jeff Coetzee
23x15px Marcos Ondruska
7–6(5), 6–4
4. 2001 23x15px Manchester, Great Britain Grass 23x15px Fredrik Loven 23x15px Wesley Moodie
23x15px Shaun Rudman
4–6, 7–5, 6–4
5. 2002 23x15px Brest, France Hard 23x15px Stephen Huss Template:Country data ISR Jonathan Erlich
Template:Country data ISR Andy Ram
6–1, 6–4
6. 2002 23x15px Wroclaw, Poland Hard 23x15px Stephen Huss 23x15px Aleksandar Kitinov
23x15px Johan Landsberg
6–7(3), 7–5, 7–6(6)

References