1999 IN REVIEW
The German finished out of Top 100 for first time since 1993…After a 1-2 start to year, won consecutive matches for first time at Key Biscayne (d. W. Ferreira, l. to Rusedski)…Reached first Tour SF since 1996 in Hong Kong, defeating Tarango, Chang, No. 4 Krajicek before falling to eventual winner Agassi…Moved to clay where he added a QF in Munich (l. to Pavel)…Slumped afterward, winning only three of next 10 matches highlighted by a QF at Bournemouth….Has only missed one Grand Slam tournament since 1994.
1991-Made professional debut by playing in two Challengers and one Satellite...1992-Reached second round of all three Challengers he played, competing in two Satellites...1993-Leaped nearly 300 spots with mixture of Tour, Challenger and Satellite success...Reached first Tour QF in Halle on grass and SF at Eisenach Challenger on clay...1994-Tour finalist for the first time in Sun City...Reached the QF at his first French Open (l. to Larsson) after having six match points...On the Challenger circuit, reached the finals in Wellington (l. to Woodbridge) and in Rennes (l. to Vacek)...1995-Had his first career Top 10 win over Becker in 1st RD of Munich in May...Fell out of Top 100 on June 12 and returned Oct. 16 (from 114 to No. 82) after advancing to SF of Tokyo-indoor...Posted wins over Haarhuis and Top 10 Ivanisevic before losing to Philippoussis in three sets...1996-Highlight was Basel, where he reached second career Tour final, losing to Sampras…Reached SF in Marseille (l. to Pioline) and Tokyo (d. W. Ferreira, Krajicek, l. to Reneberg) and reached first Tour doubles final at Long Island (w/Volkov)...Made Davis Cup debut and went 2-2 in singles...1997-Advanced to QF in Marseille and Key Biscayne, where he sprained his right ankle walking home from dinner and missed five weeks...In Challenger play, went 10-2 with title in Aache and runner-up in Heilbronn…1998-Reached QF at Tokyo, defeating Chang en route…Defeated Becker and No. 5 Moya to reach QF at Halle…Injured left wrist forcing him off the Tour for eight weeks after U.S. Open…Returned to win the Aachen Challenger (d. Stanoychev) in November.
CAREER FINALIST (2): 1994-Sun City; 1996-Basel.
CAREER DOUBLES FINALIST (1).
GRAND SLAM RECORD
AUS. OPEN 3-62ND1ST 1ST1ST3RD1ST
FRENCH OPEN 6-51ST-1ST2ND2NDQF
US OPEN4-61ST2ND 1ST3RD1ST2ND
Began playing tennis at age 6 through his father and did not play much as a junior...Won German national junior titles in the 14s, 16s and 18s divisions...Runner-up at the 1989 European Junior Championships in Sofia and reached SF at the 1991 Orange Bowl 16s...Hobbies include playing handball and water skiing...Has a 2-4 career Davis Cup record in three ties...Father, Jurgen; mother, Sonia...Coached by Romanian Ion Geanta.