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Luke Jensen

Luke Jensen
Country  United States
Residence Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Born (1966-06-18) June 18, 1966
Grayling, Michigan, U.S.
Height 6'3" (190 cm)
Turned pro 1987
Plays Ambidextrous (one-handed backhand)
Prize money $1,314,855
Singles
Career record 12–43
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 168 (July 25, 1988)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 1R (1995)
US Open 2R (1985, 1986)
Doubles
Career record 252–297
Career titles 10
Highest ranking No. 6 (November 1, 1993)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 3R (1992)
French Open W (1993)
Wimbledon 3R (1992)
US Open QF (1989)
Mixed Doubles
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open F (1996)
French Open F (1996)
Wimbledon QF (1992, 1996)
US Open SF (1995, 1997)

Luke Jensen (born June 18, 1966 in Grayling, Michigan, U.S.) is a former professional male tennis player from the United States. He attended University of Southern California from 1986–87 and earned singles All-American honors both years (doubles in 1987). He compiled a 106-57 record in seven and a half seasons as the head women's tennis coach at Syracuse University, resigning in January 2014 to pursue professional opportunities. [1]

Tennis career

Jensen attended East Grand Rapids High School, winning the Michigan state singles championship in 1983, and graduating in 1985.[2]

Juniors

As a junior Jensen reached the No. 1 junior world ranking in both singles and doubles in 1984.

Tournament 1983 1984
Junior Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A A
French Open A SF
Wimbledon A QF
US Open SF 3R

Pro tour

Jensen gained the nickname of "Dual Hand Luke" because he was an ambidextrous player able to serve at 130 MPH with either hand.[3] He now does on-court analysis for ESPN for their tennis coverage. He also travels the world as an instructor, motivational speaker, and ambassador for the game.

He reached his career-high doubles ranking of World No. 6 in November 1993. In that year, he won the men's doubles title at the French Open playing with his younger brother, Murphy Jensen. Jensen's career-high singles ranking was World No. 168, achieved in July 1988.

Doubles Titles (10)

Legend
Grand Slam (1)
Tennis Masters Cup (0)
ATP Masters Series (1)
ATP Championship Series (1)
ATP Tour (7)
Titles by Surface
Hard (5)
Clay (4)
Grass (1)
Carpet (0)
No. Date Tournament Surface Partnering Opponent in the final Score
1. February 1, 1988 Guarujá, Brazil Hard Ricardo Acuña Javier Frana
Diego Pérez
6–1, 6–4
2. November 20, 1989 Johannesburg, South Africa Hard (i) Richey Reneberg Kelly Jones
Joey Rive
6–0, 6–4
3. April 8, 1991 Orlando, U.S. Hard Scott Melville Nicolás Pereira
Pete Sampras
6–7, 7–6, 6–3
4. April 29, 1991 Monte Carlo, Monaco Clay Laurie Warder Paul Haarhuis
Mark Koevermans
5–7, 7–6, 6–4
5. May 27, 1991 Bologna, Italy Clay Laurie Warder Luiz Mattar
Jaime Oncins
6–4, 7–6
6. May 25, 1992 Bologna, Italy Clay Laurie Warder Javier Frana
Javier Sánchez
6–2, 6–3
7. June 7, 1993 French Open, Paris Clay Murphy Jensen Marc-Kevin Goellner
David Prinosil
6–4, 6–7, 6–4
8. June 26, 1995 Nottingham, England Grass Murphy Jensen Patrick Galbraith
Danie Visser
6–3, 5–7, 6–4
9. August 26, 1996 Long Island, U.S. Hard Murphy Jensen Hendrik Dreekmann
Alexander Volkov
6–3, 7–6
10. July 21, 1997 Washington, D.C., U.S. Hard Murphy Jensen Neville Godwin
Fernon Wibier
6–4, 6–4

Runner-ups (14)

No. Date Tournament Surface Partnering Opponent in the final Score
1. May 20, 1991 Rome, Italy Clay Laurie Warder Omar Camporese
Goran Ivanišević
2–6, 3–6
2. October 7, 1991 Sydney Indoor, Australia Hard (i) Laurie Warder Jim Grabb
Richey Reneberg
4–6, 4–6
3. April 6, 1992 Estoril, Portugal Clay Laurie Warder Hendrik Jan Davids
Libor Pimek
6–3, 3–6, 5–7
4. January 18, 1993 Sydney Outdoor, Australia Hard Murphy Jensen Sandon Stolle
Jason Stoltenberg
3–6, 4–6
5. March 1, 1993 Scottsdale, U.S. Hard Sandon Stolle Mark Keil
Dave Randall
5–7, 4–6
6. March 8, 1993 Indian Wells, U.S. Hard Scott Melville Guy Forget
Henri Leconte
4–6, 5–7
7. May 3, 1993 Madrid, Spain Clay Scott Melville Tomás Carbonell
Carlos Costa
6–7, 2–6
8. May 24, 1993 Bologna, Italy Clay Murphy Jensen Danie Visser
Laurie Warder
6–4, 4–6, 4–6
9. October 18, 1993 Tokyo Indoor, Japan Carpet Murphy Jensen Grant Connell
Patrick Galbraith
3–6, 4–6
10. February 28, 1994 Mexico City, Mexico Clay Murphy Jensen Francisco Montana
Bryan Shelton
3–6, 4–6
11. September 19, 1994 Bogotá, Colombia Clay Murphy Jensen Mark Knowles
Daniel Nestor
4–6, 6–7
12. April 24, 1995 Nice, France Clay David Wheaton Cyril Suk
Daniel Vacek
6–3, 6–7, 6–7
13. May 12, 1997 Coral Springs, U.S. Clay Murphy Jensen Dave Randall
Greg Van Emburgh
7–6, 2–6, 6–7
14. May 26, 1997 St. Poelten, Austria Clay Murphy Jensen Kelly Jones
Scott Melville
2–6, 6–7

References

  1. ^ Bailey, Stephen (January 29, 2014). "Jensen resigns as head coach midway through 8th season". The Daily Orange. 
  2. ^ "Luke Jensen named Syracuse tennis coach", USA Today, August 29, 2006. Accessed December 26, 2007. "A 1985 graduate of East Grand Rapids High School in Michigan, Jensen reached the second round of the U.S. Open just before enrolling at the University of Southern California, where he earned All-America honors in 1987 and 1988. Jensen won the 1983 Michigan High School State Singles Championship and earned high school All-America recognition."
  3. ^ Biography of Luke Jensen on newengland.usta.com

External links

  • ATP Official Profile
  • Luke Jensen ESPN Bio
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