Ricardo Acioly 1986 was a professional tennis player and won in the same year his first title on the ATP Tour in Vienna. His partner was the Pole Wojciech Fibak. In 1987 he won in Geneva with Luiz Mattar his second title before he with Dacio Campos was able to celebrate the third and final title of his career in Guarujá 1989. In addition, he was in three other finals of the ATP Tour. On the second-rate ATP Challenger Tour he won seven tournaments in doubles. Its highest listing in the tennis world ranking he reached in 1986 with the 228 position in the individual as well as position 46 in doubles.
His best individual result at a Grand Slam tournament was reaching the main round of the U.S. Open in 1986. In the doubles competition, he was only in 1987 at the U.S. Open to move into the second round.
Ricardo Acioly graduated between 1987 and 1989 a total of four games for the Brazilian Davis Cup team. He came to all the games in double used, but it could only win the match against Ecuador at the side of Luiz Mattar.
In the Summer Olympics 1988, he came to Brazil to double. Together with Luiz Mattar he reached the second round, where they were the French double Henri Leconte and Guy Forget inferior in four sets. Previously, they had the Japanese Shuzo Matsuoka and Toshihisa Tsuchihashi defeated in the opening round, also in four sets.