Ricardo Mello Bio

  • PERSONALBorn 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
  • Coached by Carlos Albano since 2008.
Biographical information from ATP. Unless noted otherwise all data as of year-end 2013.

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