2002 IN REVIEW
The South African won 40 doubles matches for third time in four years and captured multiple titles for first time since 2000…Played with 20 different partners during year…Won first title of year in Tashkent (w/Koenig) by defeating Sluiter-Verkerk in final…Won 18th career doubles crown in October while teaming with J. Palmer to win in St. Petersburg…Reached first final of year in Delray Beach (w/Ellwood)…Teamed with A. Kratzmann to reach SF in Bastad but lost to Bjorkman-Woodbridge…Reached final the following week in Stuttgart (w/Etlis) before falling to Eagle-Rikl in championship match…Finished No. 27 in doubles, his seventh straight Top 50 year-end ranking.
1992-Reached Roland Garros final and ended year No. 12 in Team Rankings (w/Olhovskiy)...Won first career doubles title at Munich (w/Oosting)... 1993-Won doubles titles at Copenhagen and Estoril (w/Olhovskiy)... Qualified for first World Doubles Championship, reaching SF and finishing No. 4 in Team Rankings...1994-Finished career-best No. 138 in singles with tour SF in Rosmalen and Beijing...In doubles, won three titles and a finalist in five other stops (four w/Olhovskiy)...Qualified for second World Doubles Championship...Earned a career-high $392,042...1995-Won doubles titles in Jakarta and Marseille (w/Olhovskiy)...1996-Led ATP with 16 partners during year...His lone title came in Rotterdam (w/Barnard)...Reached four other finals (w/Oosting)... 1997-Won title in Antwerp (w/Delaitre) and reached three finals with as many partners...Played in a tour-high 36 tournaments as well as making Davis Cup debut in QF vs. Sweden (lost in five sets)...1998-Played with 18 different partners, reaching finals in Hamburg (w/Steven), St. Poelten (w/W. Black), Vienna (w/de Jager) and Ostrava (w/Vizner)... 1999-Won three titles in ATP-high nine finals (along w/Paes) plus Australian Open mixed doubles title (w/de Swardt)...Led ATP in match victories (56)...Won titles in Rotterdam (w/de Jager) and in Bastad and Bournemouth (w/Tarango)... 2000-Won three titles (all w/de Jager) and finalist on clay in Estoril (w/Eagle)...Represented his country at Sydney Olympics (w/de Jager), reaching bronze medal play-off (l. to Corretja-Costa)...2001-Failed to win doubles title for first time in three years…Reached final in first event of year in Auckland and again in Acapulco (both w/Garcia)…Advanced to five SF with five different partners…Finished No. 33 in doubles, his sixth straight Top 50 year-end ranking.
Full name is David Dixie Adams...Father, Peter, lives in Durban, and runs family business "Adams and Co." chain of bookstores...Broke a tradition of five generations of booksellers to play tennis...After winning 1999 Australian Open mixed doubles title, was congratulated by telephone by Nelson Mandela and invited to lunch...Also awarded the Presidential silver medal by State President Thabo Mbeki for 1999...Speaks six languages and learning another (Afrikaans, English, German, French, Russian, Italian and learning Spanish)... Member of South African Davis Cup team since 1997 and has a 3-2 Davis Cup doubles record... Member of 1999-2001 Player Council and current Vice President...Coached by ex-actor Lance Lockhart-Ross since 1985.