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James Cluskey

James Cluskey
Country 23x15px Ireland
Residence Dublin, Republic of Ireland
Born (1986-08-18) 18 August 1986 (age 29)
Dublin, Ireland
Height Script error: No such module "convert".
Turned pro 2009
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money $48,141
Singles
Career record 0-0
Career titles 0 ATP
Highest ranking No. 801 (5 November 2007)
Current ranking No. 1192 (18 August 2014)
Doubles
Career record 1-7
Career titles 0 ATP
Highest ranking No. 145 (9 September 2013)
Current ranking No. 192 (18 August 2014)
Last updated on: 18 August 2014.

James Cluskey (born 18 August 1986) is an Irish professional tennis player, mainly playing doubles. He was born in Dublin, Ireland[1] and attended Belvedere College along with fellow Irish tennis player James McGee. Cluskey is currently the highest ranked Irish doubles player.[2]

Career

Early career

In 2004, Cluskey won the Irish under-18 singles championship. He also reached the final of the men's doubles and won the mixed doubles at the national championships.[3] He then took the decision in 2005 to move to the United States, where he played college tennis for Louisiana State University. He had a successful four years there where he achieved a national doubles ranking of 3 with partner Ken Skupski.[3] In total he won 82 doubles and 57 singles matches in college tennis.[3]

Cluskey played his first futures event in Limerick in June 2006. He reached the quarter-finals of the doubles with university teammate Ken Skupski and also qualified for the main draw of the singles, reaching the second round.[4] His form earned him a call up to the Irish Davis Cup team for their match against Slovenia where he narrowly lost a tense five set match in the doubles rubber.[5] He continued playing futures during the summer months when he was not attending university. He won his first ever Challenger level match in 2008 at the Shelbourne Irish Open, partnering Colin O'Brien.[4]

2010

In 2010 Cluskey started to make his first breakthroughs at futures level. He won his first doubles tournament in Eilat[4] partnering Michael Venus, who he had played with at university.[3] He then went on to win a further three futures events that year, in Edinburgh, Dublin and Jūrmala, partnering compatriot Colin O'Brien.[4]

2011

Cluskey's ranking enabled him to enter a couple of Challenger tournaments at the start of 2011. After a couple of disappointing results he won his first doubles title of 2011 in March in a futures event in Vaduz and followed that up with another title the following week in Taverne.[4] He went from strength to strength in 2011 and won a further two futures titles, along with reaching six finals. His best run came in October where he reached five consecutive finals at futures events, all of which were in France.[4] He partnered Jean Andersen in three of these finals although they only won one of them. Cluskey was also runner-up in the other two. This form saw Cluskey again enter a couple of Challengers at the end of the year, in Loughborough and Salzburg but again his form was poor, going out in the first round of both.

2012

2012 again saw a slow start to the year for Cluskey, but he managed to turn his fortunes around and take another doubles title in a futures event in Cividino. In May, he then went on to finally have some success at Challenger level, reaching the semi-finals of the Status Athens Open with Frenchman Fabrice Martin. Cluskey and Martin went on to have further success that year, winning futures events in Palma del Río and Bagnères-de-Bigorre, as well as making the quarter finals of the Guzzini Challenger and the semi finals of the President's Cup.[4] Cluskey also had some success with other partners, reaching the semi finals of the Türk Telecom İzmir Cup with Matwé Middelkoop. Cluskey's form this year also some him break into the top 200 of the ATP doubles rankings for the first time in his career in mid-September.[6]

2013

Cluskey started 2013 in the same excellent form he had finished 2012 in. By now he was focusing solely on doubles and he reached four consecutive futures finals in his first four tournaments of the year, although he only won one of them.[4] This form saw him mainly playing on the Challenger Tour by April instead of the futures tournaments he was used to playing. His form at this level was poor though and he regularly exited in the first round of tournaments. As costs began to mount up he was beginning to consider quitting tennis[7] until he spectacularly turned his from round by teaming up with old partner Fabrice Martin to win the PTT Cup. It was the first time either of them had won a title at challenger level.[4] Cluskey then followed up this success only two weeks later, this time winning the Guimarães Open with Maximillian Neuchrist. These two tournament wins gave Cluskey a new found belief that he could go on to have a successful career in tennis[7] as he rose to a new career high ranking. His good form continued into the next couple of months as he won two more futures events and reached the final of the American Express – TED Open.

2014

Cluskey's form saw him recalled to the Irish Davis Cup team for the first time since 2011.[8] He teamed up with David O'Hare and they nearly pulled off a shock result against Alexander Bury and former world number one doubles player Max Mirnyi, losing in five sets after having had match points in the fourth.[9] Cluskey then went on to reach the final of a futures event in Nottingham with Liam Broady. In April, Cluskey won his first ever Davis Cup rubber, as Ireland overcame Egypt for a 3-2 victory.[10] Clsukey continued to play with a variety of partners and his form began to improve in late May, having struggled earlier in the year, where he reached the semifinals of Karshi Challenger. He then also reached the semifinals of the Prague Open. In July, partnering Mikhail Kukushkin, he made the cut for his first ever ATP World Tour event - the Swedish Open. They were defeated in their opening match by fourth seeds Brunström and Monroe.[11] Cluskey then reached the final of the Guzzini Challenger with Lithuanian Laurynas Grigelis but they were defeated in the final set match tie-break.[12] He failed to continue this form in the following week as he lost in the quarter-finals of the Tampere Open with partner Darren Walsh. After back-to back first round exits in Segovia and Prague, Cluskey recovered to reach the semi-finals of the Maserati Challenger with Miguel Ángel Reyes-Varela.

Davis Cup

Cluskey has represented the Irish Davis Cup team on eight separate occasions since his first appearance in 2006. He has only competed in doubles for his country and so far has only won one rubber, holding a 1-7 record. His last appearance was in 2014.[5]

Doubles titles

Legend (Doubles)
Grand Slam (0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0)
ATP World Tour 500 (0)
ATP World Tour 250 (0)
ATP Challenger Tour (2)
ITF Futures (14)

Wins (16)

No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponent in the final Score
1. 13 February 2010 Template:Country data ISR Eilat, F3 Hard 23x15px Michael Venus 23x15px Alexander Bury
23x15px Pavel Katliarov
6-7(3), 6-3, [15-13]
2. 9 May 2010 23x15px Edinburgh, F6 Clay
  1. REDIRECT Template:Country data Republic of Ireland Colin O'Brien
  1. REDIRECT Template:Country data Republic of Ireland Barry King
    23x15px Marcus Willis
6-3, 6-3
3. 24 July 2010
  1. REDIRECT Template:Country data Republic of Ireland Dublin, F1
Carpet
  1. REDIRECT Template:Country data Republic of Ireland Colin O'Brien
23x15px Colin Ebelthite
  1. REDIRECT Template:Country data Republic of Ireland Barry King
6-2, 7-6(1)
4. 21 August 2010 23x15px Jūrmala, F1 Clay
  1. REDIRECT Template:Country data Republic of Ireland Colin O'Brien
23x15px Jakub Lustyk
23x15px David Novak
2-6, 6-3, [14-12]
5. 26 March 2011 23x16px Vaduz, F2 Carpet 23x15px Fabrice Martin 23x15px Piotr Gadomski
23x15px Tim Van Terheijden
7-6(2), 6-4
6. 2 April 2011 23x16px Taverne, F3 Carpet 23x15px Claudio Grassi 23x15px Erik Crepaldi
23x15px Piotr Gadomski
6-2, 6-1
7. 4 June 2011 Template:Country data ISR Ashkelon, F6 Hard 23x15px John Paul Fruttero Template:Country data ISR Noam Behr
Template:Country data ISR Igor Smilansky
6-3, 6-0
8. 2 October 2011 23x15px Forbach, F16 Carpet 23x15px Jean Andersen 23x15px Michael Bois
23x15px Kevin Botti
5-7, 6-1, [10-3]
9. 30 March 2012 23x15px Cividino, F2 Hard Template:Country data IND Purav Raja 23x15px Andrea Agazzi
23x15px Enrico Iannuzzi
6-7(10), 6-4, [10-2]
10. 30 June 2012 23x15px Palma del Río, F18 Hard 23x15px Fabrice Martin 23x15px Gerard Granollers
23x15px Andoni Vivanco-Guzman
6-3, 6-4
11. 8 September 2012 23x15px Bagnères-de-Bigorre, F15 Hard 23x15px Fabrice Martin 23x15px Charles-Antoine Brézac
23x15px Simon Cauvard
6-7(4), 7-5, [11-9]
12. 12 January 2013 23x15px Schwieberdingen, F1 Hard 23x15px Alexander Satschko 23x15px Dominique Denis Maden
23x15px Yannick Maden
6-0, 6-1
13. 14 July 2013 23x15px Istanbul Hard 23x15px Fabrice Martin 23x15px Brydan Klein
23x15px Ruan Roelofse
3-6, 6-3, [10-5]
14. 28 July 2013 23x15px Guimarães Hard 23x15px Maximilian Neuchrist 23x15px Roberto Ortega-Olmedo
23x15px Ricardo Villacorta-Alonso
6-7(5), 6-2, [10-8]
15. 23 August 2013 23x15px Minsk, F2 Hard 23x15px Fabrice Martin 23x15px Andrei Ciumac
23x15px Vladimir Uzhylovsky
6-3, 6-4
16. 31 August 2013 23x15px Pozoblanco, F28 Hard 23x15px Maximilian Neuchrist 23x15px Ivan Arenas-Gualda
23x15px Jose Checa-Calvo
6-3, 6-2

Runner-up (15)

No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponent in the final Score
1. 18 June 2010 23x15px Kelibia, F3 Hard
  1. REDIRECT Template:Country data Republic of Ireland Colin O'Brien
23x15px Laurent Rochette
23x15px Mikhail Vasiliev
3-6, 6-1, [6-10]
2. 23 July 2011
  1. REDIRECT Template:Country data Republic of Ireland Dublin, F1
Carpet
  1. REDIRECT Template:Country data Republic of Ireland James McGee
23x15px Albano Olivetti
23x15px Neal Skupski
6-7(4), 3-6
3. 18 September 2011 23x15px Mulhouse, F14 Hard 23x15px Fabrice Martin 23x15px Pierre-Hugues Herbert
23x15px Albano Olivetti
3-6, 4-6
4. 9 October 2011 23x15px Nevers, F17 Hard 23x15px Alexandre Sidorenko 23x15px Kevin Botti
23x15px Laurent Rochette
6-7(3), 3-6
5. 14 October 2011 23x15px Saint-Dizier, F18 Hard
  1. REDIRECT Template:Country data Republic of Ireland Sam Barry
23x15px Holger Fischer
23x15px Jan Mertl
4-6, 5-7
6. 23 October 2011 23x15px La Roche-sur-Yon, F19 Hard 23x15px Jean Andersen 23x15px Jeremy Blandin
23x15px Gleb Sakharov
6-7(2), 6-3, [7-10]
7. 29 October 2011 23x15px Rodez, F20 Hard 23x15px Jean Andersen 23x15px Pierre-Hugues Herbert
23x15px Albano Olivetti
4-6, 3-6
8. 16 June 2012 23x15px Martos, F16 Hard
  1. REDIRECT Template:Country data Republic of Ireland Sam Barry
23x15px Iván Arenas-Gualda
23x15px Jaime Pulgar-García
6-7(4), 6-7(7)
9. 11 October 2012 23x15px Saint-Dizier, F20 Hard 23x15px Alexandre Sidorenko 23x15px Antoine Benneteau
23x15px Nicolas Renavand
5-7, 4-6
10. 19 January 2013 23x15px Stuttgart-Stammheim, F2 Hard 23x15px Alexander Satschko 23x15px Philipp Marx
23x15px Florin Mergea
2-6, 2-6
11. 27 January 2013 23x15px Bressuire, F2 Hard 23x15px Goran Tošić 23x15px Pierre-Hugues Herbert
23x15px Nicolas Renavand
2-6, 6-7(7)
12. 8 February 2013 23x15px Wirral, F4 Hard 23x15px Sean Thornley 23x15px Lewis Burton
23x15px Neal Skupski
6-7(5), 6-2, [7-10]
13. 9 March 2013 23x15px Lille, F4 Hard 23x15px Lewis Burton 23x15px Jonathan Eysseric
23x15px Nicolas Renavand
7-6(3), 6-7(5), [5-10]
14. 15 September 2013 23x15px Istanbul-2 Hard 23x15px Adrián Menéndez-Maceiras 23x15px Jamie Delgado
23x15px Jordan Kerr
3-6, 2-6
15. 21 February 2014 23x15px Nottingham, F5 Hard 23x15px Liam Broady 23x15px Rémi Boutillier
23x15px Quentin Halys
2-6, 6-0, [8-10]
16. 19 July 2014 23x15px Recanati Hard 23x15px Laurynas Grigelis 23x15px Ilija Bozoljac
23x15px Goran Tošić
7-5, 4-6, [5-10]

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