2000 IN REVIEW
The young German compiled his best pro season highlighted by outstanding Futures and Challenger results...In April, won three straight Futures titles at France #9, France #10 and Germany #1...In June, reached his first Challenger final in Furth (l. to Labadze) and following week, did not drop a set en route to winning his first Challenger title in Weiden (d. Dewulf)...Continued his consistent results in his native country, reaching SF at Ulm Challenger and made most of a wild card opportunity at his first ATP outing of season in Stuttgart ...Won his first career ATP match over Clavet in 1st RD, then surprised top seed and ATP Champions Race leader (at time) Norman in three sets and Novak in QF before losing in two tie-breaks to eventual champion Squillari...Played in five other tournaments rest of season and lone win came over countryman Goellner at Biella Challenger in September...Earned a career-high $92,190.
1996-Made his pro debut at Oberstaufen Challenger and defeated Calatrava in 1st RD before losing to Moya in 2nd RD...1996-Played in four Challengers and won lone match in Oberstaufen, defeating Pavel in three sets before losin in next round...1997-Appeared in six Challengers and three German ATP events...His best result was 2nd RD in three Challengers...1998-Played in Futures and Challengers events during season and won Futures titles at Germany #3, Germany #10 and Germany #11...1999-Advanced to SF at Germany #11 Futures and QF at Germany #6 Futures.
Began playing tennis at age six...Father, Norbert, is a technician; mother, Erika, is a secretary...Has one younger brother, Andreas...Athlete he admired growing up was basketball star Michael Jordan...Enjoys playing soccer, going to movies and snow boarding...Compiled outstanding junior results by finishing No. 2 in world in 1996-97 and winning three of four singles Grand Slam titles...In 1996, won US Open (d. Hipfl) and following year he reached three of four finals-won Australian Open (d. Whitehouse) and Roland Garros (d. Horna) titles and a finalist at Wimbledon (l. to Whitehouse)...Enjoys playing on all surfaces and clay has been his best surface in ATP tournaments thus far...Coached by Austrian Martin Ruthner.