- Age: 45 (19.02.1970)
- Birthplace: Pretoria, South Africa
- Residence: Atlanta, Georgia, USA
- Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
- Weight: 190 lbs (86 kg)
- Plays: Left-handed
- Turned Pro: 1992
- Coach: None
As of 23.03.2015
Singles & Doubles combined
Singles & Doubles combined
Full name is Ellis Russell Ferreira... No relation to countryman Wayne Ferreira... Began playing tennis at age five in Durban where he grew up... Enjoys spending time at the beach with his wife and listening to oldies music from late 1950s to 70s... Also a big Jimmy Buffett fan... Compiled an outstanding collegiate career at the University of Alabama where he played four years (1987-91) and earned All-America honors in doubles three years... Earned a marketing degree in 1992... Older brother, Clinton, played at Alabama and the duo won Southeastern Conference doubles title in 1989... Has a 1-3 career Davis Cup doubles record... Started "Ferreira Tennis" in August 2005 with a full range of children's tenniswear... Won the 2005 Wimbledon over 35 Doubles (w/Haarhuis)... Named assistant coach at Washington College in 2007... Wife, Ashley (married Sept. 19, 1992); two daughters, Camden (born July 24, 1997), and Sullivan Paige (March 22, 2000).
2001 -- The South African left-hander won an ATP title for the seven consecutive year, winning twice in last two weeks of season with long-time partner Rick Leach, who came out of retirement in March...Played with seven other partners and compiled a 16-10 record throughout season...Reunited with Leach at Roland Garros and lost in 3rd RD...Began to play well from Wimbledon-on as they reached QF at All England Club, TMS Montreal, Indianapolis and US Open...In October, reached first of three straight finals at TMS Stuttgart (w/Tarango), then closed out with back-to-back titles in Basel and TMS Paris (w/Leach)...Compiled a 21-8 record (w/Leach) and ranked No. 15 in doubles...Began season with Australian Open mixed doubles title (w/Morariu).
2000 -- Won three titles in six finals (all w/Leach) and captured first career Grand Slam crown at Australian Open (d. W. Black-Kratzmann 18-16 in fifth set)...Advanced to US Open final and qualified for fourth straight ATP World Doubles Chp. (l. in SF)... Finished career-best No. 5 in doubles and earned a career-high $421,155.
1999 -- Compiled 31-21 record w/Leach, winning TMS Roma title in May...Also reached final at TMS Indian Wells and 's-Hertogenbosch, but was canceled due to bad weather...Finished No. 13 individually and No. 4 in team rankings.
1998 -- Qualified for ATP Tour World Doubles Championships (w/Leach), going 1-2 in round-robin play...Won titles in Miami, Halle (w/Leach) and Atlanta (w/Haygarth) ...Finished No. 5 (w/Leach) and No. 10 individually.
1997 -- Captured career-high five titles in seven finals (w/Galbraith).
1996 -- Won titles in Sydney and TMS Monte Carlo (w/Siemerink)...Played with eight other partners and reached final in Miami (w/Galbraith)...Played on his country's Davis Cup team and Olympic squad (w/W. Ferreira).
1995 -- Captured first career ATP title in Vienna (w/Siemerink), defeating No. 1 Woodies in final.
1994 -- Won doubles title at Jerusalem Challenger (w/Ullyett) and reached first ATP final in Sun City (w/Stafford) and Malta Challenger (w/brother Clinton).
1993 -- Won doubles titles in Vancouver, Acapulco (w/Schmidt) and Brest (w/Stafford) Challengers.
1992 -- Winner in singles (24 points) at USTA #2 Satellite.
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