Ricardo Mello life and biography

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Ricardo Mello biography

Date of birth : 1980-12-21
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Campinas, Brazil
Nationality : Brazilian
Category : Sports
Last modified : 2011-05-26
Credited as : Professional Tennis player, ATP tour, clay court

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Ricardo Mello is a Brazilian tennis player. His preference is for the clay court. He has had the occasional win in hard court tournaments. His best singles rank was 50th in 2005. He has won a singles tournament on the pro tour and plays most of his tennis in Challenger tournaments, where he has won eleven single titles and three double titles.

CAREER:

At the Campbell's Hall of Fame Championships, Mello played number one 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 3rd and final to a tie-break after having 3 set points. He lost in the breaker 7–5. The final score was 1–6, 6–1, 6–7 (5–7).

At the RCA Championships in Indianapolis, Mello faced Jean-René Lisnard in the first round, and won in straight sets 7–5, 7–5. In the second round he faced 14th seed Vincent Spadea and lost 6–3, 6–1.

PERSONAL:

Born in a cultural city of Campinas, one hour drive from Sao Paulo
Began playing tennis at age six at Equestrian Club of Campinas with local pros and earned his first ATP ranking point in 1996 at age 15 (as a wildcard) by playing in his hometown Challenger in Campinas, losing to Gustavo Kuerten in 1st RD
Nicknamed “Papagayo” which means parrott in English
The nickname was given to him by his close friends because he doesn’t talk much (very reserved) unlike most of his countrymen
Younger brother Enrique is right-handed and plays at futures level
They have played doubles together in couple of events
Considers hard courts his favorite surface
Has a 4-0 career Davis Cup singles record in three ties
Works with Marcelo Tella at home (since 1998) and travels with countryman and former pro Ricardo Schlachter.

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