Category Archives: Players

Fernando González Ciuffardi 

Born: July 29, 1980 in Santiago (Región Metropolitana) Height: 1.83 m Plays: Right-handed One of the most captivating players to watch in the 2000s, he claimed the French Open junior championship in 1998 by defeating Juan Carlos Ferrero in the … Continue reading

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Yannick Noah

Born: May 18, 1960 in Sedan (Grand Est) Height: 1.93 m Plays: Right-handed Noah, the sole French champion in the Open Era, stands out as one of the premier players of the 80s, with a game style that was uniquely … Continue reading

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Greg Rusedski

Born: September 6, 1973 in Montreal (Quebec) Height: 1.93 m Plays: Left-handed July 1992, I first encountered this surname with typical Polish suffix “-ski”. At 19 years old, Rusedski shared a position of the most gifted Canadian in decades with … Continue reading

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Félix Mantilla Botella 

Born: September 23, 1974 in Barcelona (Catalonia) Height: 1.80 m Plays: Right-handed The son of schoolteachers, he initiated playing at the age of ten… The late 90s marked the beginning of a golden era for Spanish tennis (it lasted more … Continue reading

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Tim Mayotte

Born: August 3, 1960 in Springfield (Massachusetts) Height: 1.91 m Plays: Right-handed Timothy Mayotte – a man who holds one of the most humiliating head-to-head records in the Open Era, namely 0-17 against Ivan Lendl. The initial phase of their … Continue reading

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Mats Wilander

Born: August 22, 1964 in Växjö (Kronoberg) Height: 1.82 m Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand) The parallels between Wilander and Björn Borg are staggering. Wilander not only played like his eight-years-older compatriot (with amazing baseline patience on clay and serve-and-volley on … Continue reading

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Richard Krajicek

Born: December 6, 1971 in Rotterdam (South Holland) Height: 1.96 m Plays: Right-handed Born in Rotterdam, but initiated his tennis journey in Amsterdam at the tender age of three, Krajicek grew up in the Netherlands with his Czech parents, Peter … Continue reading

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Guillermo Coria

Born: January 13, 1982 in Rufino (Santa Fe) Height: 1.75 m Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand) A shooting star… As a junior, Coria achieved a ranking of No. 2 in singles (reaching the final of the Orange Bowl ’98 at the … Continue reading

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Kevin Anderson

Born: May 18, 1986 in Johannesburg (Gauteng) Height: 2.03 m Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand) When I first witnessed Anderson play in the third round of Miami ’08, I never would have anticipated that he would become a two-time Grand Slam … Continue reading

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Miloslav Mečíř

Born: May 19, 1964 in Bojnice (Trenčín) Height: 1.90 m Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand) When contemplating who is the best Open Era player to never win a Grand Slam title, my thoughts gravitate toward Mečíř, “The Big Cat”. A straightforward … Continue reading

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