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Paul Wekesa

Paul Wekesa
Country  Kenya
Residence Nairobi, Kenya
Born (1967-07-02) July 2, 1967 (age 47)
Nairobi, Kenya
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Turned pro 1987
Retired 1996
Plays Right-handed
Prize money US$448,114
Career record 27–43 (at ATP Tour, Grand Prix tour and Grand Slam level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles 0
Highest ranking 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 Tour, Grand Prix tour and Grand Slam level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles 3
Highest ranking 66 (23 March 1992)

Paul Wekesa (born 2 July 1967, in Nairobi, Kenya) is a former professional tennis player from Kenya. 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]

ATP Tour Finals (6)

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

Doubles wins (3)

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, USA 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


External links

  • Association of Tennis Professionals
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