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Ricardo Mello

Ricardo Mello is a Brazilian retired tennis player. His preference is for clay courts. He has had the occasional win in hard court tournaments. His best singles rank was no. 50 in 2005. He has won a singles tournament (Delray Beach in 2001) and reached the semifinals 3 times at the Brasil Open. Plays most of his tennis in Challenger tournaments, where he has won fifteen singles titles and three doubles titles.

Early days

Ricardo was born in Campinas, Brazil and started to play tennis at the age of 3. At 15, he drew a wildcard into a tournament in his hometown. He lost to veteran and French Open winner Gustavo Kuerten. However, he gained his first ATP career points. In 1999, Ricardo won his first Futures events in Uruguay and Paraguay.


The current sponsor for his clothes, shoes and racquets is Babolat.


Mello won his lone ATP title at Delray Beach in 2004, defeating Vincent Spadea in the final.


At the Campbell's Hall of Fame Championships, Mello played top seed Andy Murray. Murray was in control of the first set, winning 6–1, but Mello won the second set 6–1. Mello took the third and final to a tiebreak, after having three set points. He lost in the tiebreak 5–7.

At the RCA Championships in Indianapolis, Mello faced Jean-René Lisnard in the first round and won in straight sets. In the second round, he faced 14th seed Vincent Spadea and lost.

ATP career titles

Singles: 1 (1–0)

Grand Slam (0–0)
Tennis Masters Cup (0–0)
ATP Masters Series (0–0)
ATP Tour (1–0)
Titles by Surface
Hard (1–0)
Grass (0–0)
Clay (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
1. September 13, 2004 Delray Beach, US Hard Vincent Spadea 7–6(7–2), 6–3

Grand Slam performance timeline

Tournament 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 SR W–L
Australian Open 1R 2R 1R 1R 2R 0 / 5 2–5
French Open 1R 1R LQ LQ 1R 1R 0 / 4 0–4
Wimbledon 1R LQ LQ LQ 1R 2R 0 / 3 1–3
US Open 3R 2R LQ LQ LQ 2R 1R 1R 0 / 5 4–5
Win–Loss 2–3 2–4 0–1 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–3 1–4 1–2 0 / 17 7–17
Year End Ranking 70 112 133 251 199 151 76 85

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