Kelly Evernden
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Full nameKelly Graeme Evernden
Country (sports) New Zealand
ResidenceSeattle, Washington, US
Born (1961-09-21) 21 September 1961 (age 60)
Gisborne, New Zealand
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Turned pro1985
PlaysRight-handed (one handed-backhand)
Prize money$914,750
Career record135–146
Career titles3
Highest rankingNo. 31 (6 November 1989)
Grand Slam singles results
Australian OpenQF (1987)
French Open1R (1991)
Wimbledon3R (1987)
US Open3R (1985, 1987)
Career record147–147
Career titles5
Highest rankingNo. 19 (18 July 1988)
Grand Slam doubles results
Australian OpenQF (1988)
French Open2R (1987, 1988)
WimbledonQF (1988, 1991)
US OpenSF MXD (1989),QF (1992)
Last updated on: 12 May 2012.

Kelly Graeme Evernden (born 21 September 1961) is a former professional tennis player from New Zealand.

Evernden turned professional in 1985 and won his first tour doubles title in 1986 at Cologne. His first top-level singles title came in 1987 at Bristol. His best singles performance at a Grand Slam event came at the 1987 Australian Open, where he reached the quarter-finals by defeating Jonathan Canter, Johan Kriek, Brad Pearce and Derrick Rostagno before being knocked-out by Wally Masur. Evernden represented New Zealand at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul.

Over the course of his career, Evernden won three top-level singles titles, the last of which was won in 1989 at Wellington. He also won five tour doubles titles (the most significant of which was the Canadian Open in 1989). Evernden's career-high rankings were world No. 31 in singles and world No. 19 in doubles. He retired from the professional tour in 1994.

Amazingly, Evernden played pro tennis with only one lung, having had a lung removed as the result of an injury sustained in an accident at the age of 16. He was hit by a car and his heart stopped twice in five days (once for one minute and once for 45 seconds). In addition to puncturing a lung which had to be removed, he also had a broken arm, leg and ribs, however he recovered fully from the accident.[1]

He lives on Mercer Island with his wife and two sons.

Prior to turning professional, Evernden played tennis for the University of Arkansas (where he studied business management and psychology) and was an All-American in 1984.

Evernden is a quarter Ngāti Porou Māori, and his Māori name "Te Rangai" means "Young Warrior". His Irish name, Kelly, means "War".

Career finals

Singles (3 titles – 4 runners-up)

Result W/L Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0–1 Dec 1985 Brisbane, Australia Carpet United States Paul Annacone 3–6, 3–6
Loss 0–2 Oct 1985 Sydney, Australia Grass France Henri Leconte 7–6(8–6), 2–6, 3–6
Win 1–2 Jun 1987 Bristol, UK Grass United States Tim Wilkison 6–4, 7–6
Win 2–2 Oct 1987 Brisbane, Australia Hard (i) West Germany Eric Jelen 3–6, 6–1, 6–1
Win 3–2 Jan 1989 Wellington, New Zealand Hard Japan Shuzo Matsuoka 7–5, 6–1, 6–4
Loss 3–3 Oct 1989 Vienna, Austria Carpet United States Paul Annacone 7–6(7–5), 4–6, 1–6, 6–2, 3–6
Loss 3–4 Aug 1990 Schenectady, US Hard India Ramesh Krishnan 1–6, 1–6

Doubles (5 titles – 3 runners-up)

Result W/L Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1–0 Apr 1986 Cologne, West Germany Hard (i) United States Chip Hooper Sweden Jan Gunnarsson
Sweden Peter Lundgren
6–4, 6–7, 6–3
Win 2–0 Oct 1987 Brisbane, Australia Hard (i) United States Matt Anger Australia Broderick Dyke
Australia Wally Masur
7–6, 6–2
Win 3–0 Feb 1988 Philadelphia, US Carpet (i) South Africa Johan Kriek United States Kevin Curren
South Africa Danie Visser
7–6, 6–3
Loss 3–1 Aug 1989 Livingston, US Hard United States Sammy Giammalva Jr. United States Tim Pawsat
United States Tim Wilkison
5–7, 3–6
Win 4–1 Aug 1989 Montreal, Canada Hard United States Todd Witsken United States Charles Beckman
United States Shelby Cannon
6–3, 6–3
Loss 4–2 Oct 1989 Vienna, Austria Carpet (i) United States Paul Annacone Sweden Jan Gunnarsson
Sweden Anders Järryd
2–6, 3–6
Win 5–2 Jan 1990 Wellington, New Zealand Hard Venezuela Nicolás Pereira Spain Sergio Casal
Spain Emilio Sánchez Vicario
6–4, 7–6
Loss 5–3 Apr 1992 Seoul, South Korea Hard United States Brad Pearce United States Kevin Curren
South Africa Gary Muller
6–7, 4–6


  1. ^ "ATP Player Profile". ATP. Retrieved 26 March 2012.