1998 IN REVIEW
Compiled his best season on ATP Tour, achieving career-bests in ranking (78), match victories (15) and prize money ($219,012)...Began season qualifying into Australian Open where he advanced to a Grand Slam-best 3rd RD (l. to B. Black)...Compiled his most consistent results in March, reaching final at Kyoto Challenger (l. to Kohlmann) and QF in Key Biscayne, where he qualified and defeated Philippoussis, Martin and Ferreira in succession before losing to Corretja...The effort lifted his ranking from 105 into Top 100 for first time at No. 79...In June, defeated No. 7 Kafelnikov in 1st RD of
's-Hertogenbosch (on grass) en route to QF (l. to Siemerink) for his first career Top 10 victory...Won only one of his last 15 Tour matches rest of season.
1993-Finished third at USTA Satellite #5 (w/36 points) and won doubles titles at Germany #1 (w/Yancey, 46 points) and USTA #5 Satellite (w/Hombrecher, 47 points)...1994-Captured singles and doubles titles at U.S. Satellite #5 (61 points and w/Stolpman, 51 points in doubles)...Qualified in first ATP Tour event in Los Angeles (d. Ruah, l. to Braasch)...1995-Breakthrough year, moving up nearly 200 spots...Won first title at Belo Horizonte Challenger (d. Cunha-Silva), reached final at Monterrey Challenger and SF at Aptos Challenger...Qualified for first Grand Slam event at Australian Open (l. to Rafter in 2nd RD)...In doubles, reached first Tour final in Bogota (w/Washington)...1996-Best results came in Challenger play with SF in Puebla and QF in Lexington and Urbana...Reached doubles final in Puebla (w/Behrens)...1997-Advanced to first Tour SF in Coral Springs (as qualifier) one week after beating Courier as qualifier in Atlanta...Won Ixtapa Challenger title (d. Ketola) and SF at Amarillo.
CAREER DOUBLES FINALIST (1).
GRAND SLAM RECORD
AUS. OPEN3-23RD -2ND
US OPEN0-31ST 1ST1ST
Began playing at age 7 and at 13 entered junior tournaments...Won the Michigan high school state title all four years, winning at No. 2 in doubles and No. 1, 2 and 3 in singles...Earned the Southeastern Michigan Home Sportsmanship Award and Western Tennis Association Sportsmanship Award in 1989...Reached the Boys' 18s doubles final (w/R. Witsken) at Kalamazoo in '89...Went on to play at Rice University in Houston where he earned a degree in political science and business management in 1992...The captain of his team for three years was an All-American in singles his senior year after ranking as high as No. 4...Recipient of the John Van Nostrand Award, a national honor given to a player who exemplifies work ethic and sportsmanship...Friend of Detroit Pistons guard Joe Dumars, an avid tennis enthusiast, and the two hit together when their schedules permit...Wife, Tracey (married Sept. 19, 1998).