UNC Men's Tennis Bio
 Robert Kelly
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SOPHOMORE SEASON (2015-2016): Recorded an overall 36-7 singles record and a 32-7 doubles mark • Led the team in singles wins, 25 of those coming in dual match play • Finished the season with a 10-2 singles record against ACC opponents • Reached a career high Oracle/ITA Collegiate Tennis ranking of No. 47 in January • Defeated four ranked opponents throughout the season • Ended the season ranked No. 121 in singles and No. 4 in doubles standings with partner Brett Clark • Began dual play ranked as the No. 1 doubles team with Clark and regained the top seed on April 5 after defeating two, top-15 teams from Virginia and Wake Forest in the same weekend • Rallied from a set down against Logan Staggs of UCLA to clinch the match and send the Tar Heels to the ITA National Indoors championship match • Received NCAA Division I Championship bids for both singles and doubles competition but was unable to play due to injury • Runner up in the men's doubles draws at the ITA All-American Championships and the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships with Clark • Earned All-America honors in doubles and was named to the All-ACC third team. 

FRESHMAN SEASON (2014-2015): Finished with an overall singles record of 32-8 and a doubles record of 25-6 • Went 23-6 in singles during dual play, mostly at No. 5 (12-3) and No. 6 (7-1) • His 32 singles wins as a freshman was just two short of the program record set by Ronnie Schneider in 2014 • Won his group at the Napa Valley Invitational with three straight-set victories • Clinched a berth in the ITA All-American Championships qualifying draw by ousting four consecutive opponents in the pre-qualifying bracket • Registered wins against No. 125 Sam Verbeek of Pacific and No. 105 William Kallberg of Mississippi in the qualifying draw • Teamed with Oystein Steiro to advance to the doubles quarterfinals at the ITA Carolinas Regional. 

JUNIOR/PREP: Played on state championship tennis teams all four years at Cardinal Gibbons High School in Raleigh, N.C. • Ranked the No. 10 player in the 2014 recruiting class by TennisRecruiting.net • Ranked the No. 1 recruit in North Carolina and No. 1 in the Southeast • Named a high school All-American and was the 3A individual state champion in 2013 and 2014 • Named MVP of the state championship tournament in 2013 • Coached by former UNC All-America tennis player Brad Pomeroy at North Hills Country Club in Raleigh • Won the 2014 USTA 18s Southern Closed and the USTA Boys' 17s L1 Singles championship • Won the 2013 Winter Southern Closed in Knoxville, Tenn. • Reached the doubles quarterfinals of the National Clay Courts • Won the Grade 4 ITF doubles tournament in South Carolina • Also a talented soccer player who was a member of the Triangle United Gold team in the U.S. Soccer Olympic Developement Program • Stopped playing competitive soccer during his sophomore year of high school to focus on tennis • Four-year National Honor Society member with a 4.6 GPA • Recognized with the Presidential Academic Fitness Award and was named a North Carolina Academic Scholar. 

PERSONAL: Full name is Robert Quayle Kelly • Son of Robert and Jane Kelly • Born in Prague, Czech Republic and grew up in Fontainebleau, France • Has one brother, Jeremy, who plays soccer at UNC • Both parents attended UNC as Morehead-Cain Scholars • Father played soccer at UNC for then-men's head coach Anson Dorrance. 

 

OFF COURT WITH ROBERT

The best part of being a Tar Heel tennis player is: seeing Andrew Parker every day.

The aspect of my game I've worked on the most since last year is: drop shot.

My greatest strength as a tennis player is: slice.

Favorite tennis memory: Indoor National Championship. 

Dream doubles partner: Jack Skahan. 

My ideal post-match meal consist of:
steak-frites. 

My favorite sport, other than tennis, is: soccer.

Outside of tennis, I like to spend time: having dinner with my family.

Favorite movie: Les Intouchables. 

My go-to karaoke song is: anything Drake. 

My dream job is: Liverpool Football Club player. 

 

ROBERT KELLY'S CAREER STATS

Season Singles Doubles
2015-16  36-7  32-7
2014-15  32-8  25-6
Career Totals  68-15  57-13

 

 

Height: 6'2"
Year: Junior
Hometown: Chapel Hill, N.C.
High School: Cardinal Gibbons
Major: Global Studies
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