Jonathan Stark (tennis)

Jonathan Stark ( born April 3, 1971 in Medford, Oregon ) is a former American professional tennis player.

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Stark won in the junior competition several Grand Slam titles. In 1987 he won at the side of Jim Courier, the French Open, in 1988 with Jonathan Yancey the U.S. Open and 1989 with Jared Palmer Wimbledon. In the same year he won the Junior 's singles title of the U.S. Open. He studied at Stanford University and was selected in both the double and in each individual twice in the Best All-American selection. In 1991 he reached along with Jared Palmer the finals of the doubles championship of the NCAA. In the same year he became a professional tennis player and was able to win the individual title as a qualifier of the Challenger tournament in Ponte Vedra.

In 1992 he won in Wellington on the side of Jared Palmer his first doubles title on the ATP World Tour. In the same year he won the doubles title with Patrick McEnroe of Sydney, also both were in the final of the Masters tournament in Cincinnati. Stark reached this year his first singles final on the ATP World Tour; the grass tournament of Rosmalen he lost the final against Michael Stich. His first individual title he won the following year in Bolzano by a final victory against Cédric Pioline. In 1994 he took after a highly successful year with his doubles partner Byron Black for the first time at the ATP World Tour Finals in part. In his second appearance with Rick Leach in 1997, he was able to win the doubles title at the Tour Finals. Overall, he won 19 ATP doubles titles during his career. A further 21 times he stood in a double finals. His second and last single title he won in 1996 by a final against Michael Chang in Singapore. Its highest listing in the tennis world ranking he reached in 1994 with position 36 in a single position and one in doubles.

His best individual performance in a Grand Slam tournaments were third- round appearances at the Australian Open, the French Open and Wimbledon. In the doubles competition he won in 1994 on the side of Byron Black, the French Open with a final success about Jan Apell and Jonas Bjorkman. In the same year both were in the final of the Australian Open, where they were Jacco Eltingh and Paul Haarhuis inferior. In 1995, Stark alongside Martina Navratilova the mixed competition of Wimbledon.

Stark played between 1994 and 1997, two singles and four doubles matches for the U.S. Davis Cup team. His company balance sheet was balanced with a win and a loss. Ironically, in his best discipline, the double, he succeeded not only victory. He defeated three times against various Swedish pairings, including the Davis Cup, as he clearly was defeated in 1997 in the 0-5 defeat in the final at the side of Todd Martin against Jonas Björk man and Nicklas Kulti in three sets.