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Mariano Puerta

Born: September 19, 1978 in Córdoba (Sierras Pampeanas) Height: 1.76 m Plays: Left-handed Part of an intriguing generation of South American players emerging on the tennis circuit in the late ’90s, the infamous Argentinian wasn’t as naturally gifted as his … Continue reading

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Marc Rosset

Born: November 7, 1970 in Genève (Romandie) Height: 2.01 m Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand) Rosset, much like David Wheaton, is considered a notable underachiever in the tennis landscape of the 90s (nonetheless Rosset’s career was much longer and incomparably better). … Continue reading

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James Blake

Born: December 28, 1979 in Yonkers (New York) Height: 1.84 m Plays: Right-handed The son of an English mother, Blake, with his stylish game and distinctive dreadlocks (two years after he lost them, he began to play better), brought a … Continue reading

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Mikael Pernfors

Born: July 16, 1963 in Malmö (Skåne) Height: 1.73 m Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand) An outlier among the notable Swedish tennis players born in the 1960s, crafted a career distinct from his compatriots. As a member of Sweden’s golden generation … Continue reading

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Todd Martin

Born: July 8, 1970 in Hinsdale (Illinois) Height: 1.98 m Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand) My first sighting of the almost two-meter-tall Martin was at the US Open ’92. At the main arena, during the night session, he lost to a one-year-younger … Continue reading

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Cédric Pioline

Born: June 15, 1969 in Neuilly-sur-Seine (Île-de-France) Height: 1.89 m Plays: Right-handed Arguably the best Frenchmen in the 90s, but not the crowd favorite; I recall his Toulouse ’93 final when he faced Arnaud Boetsch, just two months older. Surprisingly, … Continue reading

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Jim Courier

Born: August 17, 1970 in Sanford (Florida) Height: 1.85 m Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand) Raised in Dade City, a quaint town with a population of 6.5 thousand, Courier’s journey into tennis was initiated by Emma Spencer. She was his great … Continue reading

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Michael Stich

Born: October 18, 1968 in Pinneberg (Schleswig-Holstein) Height: 1.93 m Plays: Right-handed The second-best German player of the Open Era, following Boris Becker, yet his initial years on the tour didn’t hint at this status. The ’80s and ’90s marked … Continue reading

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…from J.McEnroe to Nishikori…

   …next year, I won’t be comparing seasons 1994 and 2024. Instead, I plan to post short biographies that I’ve written for my e-book “…from Phil Dent to Jannik Sinner…” (published in March 2021) focusing on the best singles players … Continue reading

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Andrés Gómez Santos

Born: February 27, 1960 in Guayaquil (Guayas) Height: 1.93 m Plays: Left-handed He is widely regarded as one of the best players of the 80s, and the best South American among guys born in the 60s. His surname has been … Continue reading

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