Ricardo Mello (born 21 December 1980) is a Brazilian retired tennis player. His preference is for clay courts. He has had the occasional win in hard court tournaments. His best singles rank was no. 50 in 2005. He has won a singles tournament (Delray Beach in 2001) and reached the semifinals 3 times at the Brasil Open. Plays most of his tennis in Challenger tournaments, where he has won fifteen singles titles and three doubles titles.
Ricardo was born in Campinas, Brazil and started to play tennis at the age of 3. At 15, he drew a wildcard into a tournament in his hometown. He lost to veteran and French Open winner Gustavo Kuerten. However, he gained his first ATP career points. In 1999, Ricardo won his first Futures events in Uruguay and Paraguay.
The current sponsor for his clothes, shoes and racquets is Babolat.
Mello won his lone ATP title at Delray Beach in 2004, defeating Vincent Spadea in the final.
At the Campbell's Hall of Fame Championships, Mello played top 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 third and final to a tiebreak, after having three set points. He lost in the tiebreak 5–7.
At the RCA Championships in Indianapolis, Mello faced Jean-René Lisnard in the first round and won in straight sets. In the second round, he faced 14th seed Vincent Spadea and lost.
ATP career titles
Singles: 1 (1–0)
|Winner||1.||13 September 2004||Delray Beach, USA||Hard||Vincent Spadea||7–6(7–2), 6–3|
Grand Slam performance timeline
|Australian Open||1R||2R||1R||1R||2R||0 / 5||2–5|
|French Open||1R||1R||Q1||Q1||Q1||1R||1R||0 / 4||0–4|
|Wimbledon||Q1||1R||Q2||Q2||Q1||1R||2R||0 / 3||1–3|
|US Open||3R||2R||Q2||Q1||Q1||Q3||2R||1R||1R||0 / 5||4–5|
|Win–Loss||2–3||2–4||0–1||0–0||0–0||0–0||1–3||1–4||1–2||0 / 17||7–17|
|Year End Ranking||70||112||133||251||199||151||76||85|