Robert Bradley Kendrick
(born November 15, 1979 in Fresno
) is an American tennis
player. He turned professional in 1999. His career high single ranking is World No. 69
, achieved on July 20, 2009. On 22nd May 2011, he was suspended for a year after testing positive at the French Open for the drug methylhexanamine
, which has been banned in sport since 2010. The ITF
ruled in July 2011 that Kendrick would be banned from the sport for 12 months, effective from May 22, 2011. The ITF also ruled that Kendrick's first round finish at the 2011 French Open
be disqualified, and his ranking points and prize money be taken away , itftennis.com
, July 27, 2011
Robert Kendrick was born to Tom and Doris Kendrick and began playing tennis at the age of 5. Kendrick's family is of relatively modest means. Tom is a real estate appraiser and Doris is a housewife. Kendrick has three older siblings: Kerry, Tommy, and Scott. He graduated from Bullard High School
in 1997. In 1996, he led his team to an undefeated section championship.
College and junior tennis career
Kendrick has been called a "serve and volley" player by some. Kendrick's main strengths are his serve and his forehand.
Throughout high school, he competed in junior tennis
and enjoyed some intermittent success. In 1996, he was the runner-up in singles at the 1996 USTA
Boys’ 18s National Indoor Championships. Then in 1997, he reached the final in doubles of... Read More