2000 IN REVIEW
The Czech No. 2 (behind No. 48 Novak) finished in Top 75 for eighth straight year despite not reaching a final for first time since 1994...He also had his first losing match record in a season since 1991...Began year with a QF appearance in Sydney and 4th RD showing at Australian Open (l. to Sampras)...Lost six of his next seven matches heading into TMS Monte Carlo, where he reached 3rd RD before losing to eventual champion Pioline...Defeated Rusedski in 1st RD at Roland Garros but went down to Ferrero in 2nd RD...At Wimbledon, advanced to 2nd RD for first time since 1995 with four-set win over No. 16 seed Lapentti...During North American summer hard court season, won back-to-back matches for first time since April at TMS Cincinnati, defeating No. 3 seed Norman in 2nd RD (l. to Squillari in 3rd RD)...Represented Czech Republic in Sydney Olympics, reaching 2nd RD...Finished year with 11-14 record on hard courts and 5-9 on clay.
1989-A doubles finalist at the Geneva Challenger (w/Boetsch)...1990-Won Bangkok Challenger and a finalist at Kuala Lumpur and Casablanca Challengers...Won doubles title at Verona Challenger (w/Poliakov) ...1991-Reached 2nd RD at Australian and Roland Garross...1992-Reached QF of ATP stop at Bologna as a qualifier...1993-Reached first Tour final in Sao Paulo (l. to Berasategui)...1994-Compiled a 35-20 record on clay, reaching SF at TMS in Rome with victories over No. 5 Medvedev and No. 4 Courier before losing to Sampras...1995-Won his first Tour title in Santiago...SF in St. Poelten and QF in San Marino...1996-Compiled a 20-11 mark on clay...His lone non-clay win came over Top 10 Kafelnikov in 1st RD of Marseille...Won his second career ATP title in Munich (d. Becker SF, Moya F) and won first ATP doubles titles at St. Poelten (w/Vizner)...Retired with a lower back injury Aug. 17 in Umag and did not return rest of season...1997-Won an ATP title for third year in a row in Amsterdam (d. No. 10 Moya)...Advanced to SF Munich and Kitzbuehel...Compiled 16-7 record on clay...Missed last two-and-one-half months of season due to a right elbow injury...1998-Earned highest career win by beating No. 2 Korda en route to Prague final (l. to Meligeni)...1999-Finest moment of year came at US Open, where he reached a Grand Slam best QF, beating Courier, Meligeni, F. Jonsson and Novak before losing to T. Martin in four sets...Also reached final in Prague on home soil for second straight year before losing to Hrbaty.
Began playing tennis at age six...Entire family plays tennis, including older sister...The Czech national Boys 18s champion and indoors champion...Admired Ivan Lendl while growing up...A vegetarian since 1992...Has a 3-8 career Davis Cup singles record in six ties...Appeared in a Czech movie in October 1999, called "Life Water," the telling life of Dr. Priesniez, who found cure for high fever in 1800s...Wife, Jana (married Nov. 14, 1998); son, Jakub (born May 17, 1999).