Author Archives: Voo de Mar

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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David Ferrer Ern

Born: April 2, 1982 in Xàbia (Valencia) Height: 1.75 m Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand) Making a parallel to the 90s, he was akin to Michael Chang among players born in the 1980s; given his height, sturdy legs, and tremendous will … Continue reading

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Marat Safin

Born: January 27, 1980 in Moscow (Soviet Union) Height: 1.95 m Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand) Марат Сафин – a prototype of a new player, quite characteristic in the third decade of the 21st Century; he was the first very tall … Continue reading

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Andrei Medvedev

Born: August 31, 1974 in Kiev (Soviet Union) Height: 1.93 m Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand) Андрій Медведєв… His career progressed rapidly. Not being widely recognized on the junior scene before, representing the disintegrating Soviet Union, he won the junior French … Continue reading

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Sébastien Grosjean

Born: May 29, 1978 in Marseille (Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur) Height: 1.75 m Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand) The best junior in singles & doubles of 1996; the first to achieve such a feat since 1987 (Jason Stoltenberg). Looking at Grosjean’s posture, it … Continue reading

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Janko Tipsarević

Born: June 22, 1984 in Belgrade (Yugoslavia) Height: 1.78 m Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand) Jанко Типсаревић… one of three representatives of the golden generation in Serbian tennis – much less successful than Novak Đoković, but notably better than Viktor Troicki. … Continue reading

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