is a Brazilian tennis
player. His preference is for the clay court
. He has had the occasional win in hard court
tournaments. His best singles rank was 50th in 2005. He has won a singles tournament on the pro tour and plays most of his tennis in Challenger tournaments, where he has won eleven single titles and three double titles.
Ricardo was born in the city of Campinas, Brazil
and it was there at the age of 3 he started to play tennis. At the age of 15 he drew a wildcard into a tournament in his hometown. He lost this tournament to veteran and French Open
winner Gustavo Kuerten
. However he gained his first ATP
career points. In 1999 Ricardo won his first futures in Uruguay
The current sponsor for his clothes, shoes and racquets is Babolat
At the Campbell's Hall of Fame Championships
, Mello played number one seed Andy Murray
. Murray was in control of the first set, winning 6–1, but Mello won the second set 6–1. Mello took the 3rd and final to a tie-break after having 3 set points. He lost in the breaker 7–5. The final score was 1–6, 6–1, 6–7 (5–7).
At the RCA Championships
, Mello faced Jean-René Lisnard
in the first round, and won in straight sets 7–5, 7–5. In the second round he faced 14th seed Vincent Spadea
and lost 6–3, 6–1.
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