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Younes El Aynaoui

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Younes F El Aynaoui
  • Pronounced: YOO-nes el-a-NOW-ee
  • Age: 43 (12.09.1971)
  • Birthplace: Rabat, Morocco
  • Residence: Rabat, Morocco
  • Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
  • Weight: 190 lbs (86 kg)
  • Plays: Right-handed
  • Turned Pro: 1990
Inactive
Morocco

Morocco

As of 15.12.2014
S D
Ranking W-L Titles Prize Money
Career

High

14

03.11.2003

265-227 5 $4,044,089

Singles & Doubles combined

Career

High

85

14.07.2003

24-56 0 $4,044,089

Singles & Doubles combined

2004 in Review The veteran Moroccan was sidelined for most of season due to plantar fasciitis in his right foot…Was winless in five tournaments…Played tournaments in Doha and Australian Open in January but lost in 1st RD in both…Retired after five games in Australia against Blanco…Did not play again until August when he returned for ATP Masters Series Cincinnati…Lost to Henman 61 60 in opening round…Participated in Athens Olympics and lost to Hrbaty in straight sets…Attempted to play US Open but again retired after trailing 61 21 against Dent…Will enter 2005 season with a protected INDESIT ATP Entry Ranking of No. 27 and will be used for tournament entry purposes through April.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

1992-Reached first ATP QF in Casablanca...Lost to Becker in 2nd RD of Barcelona Olympics...1993-Advanced to first ATP final in Casablanca (l. to Perez-Roldan)...1994-Went 4-0 in Davis Cup singles and 2-0 doubles play...1995-Advanced to 4th RD at Roland Garros (as a qualifier)...1996-Opened with back-to-back finals in Doha (d. Enqvist, l. to Korda) and Jakarta (l. to Schalken)...Reached another final in Amsterdam (l. to Clavet)... Troubled by ankle injury late in season and underwent surgery in November...1997-Returned in February but injury reoccurred and missed nearly seven months...1998-Reached ATP final in Santiago (l. to Clavet) and compiled 36-5 record in Challenger play, winning five titles...Underwent right ankle surgery for second time in 15 months in February and returned in June...1999-Captured his first ATP singles title in Amsterdam (d. Zabaleta)...After playing in two Aussie events in January, missed six weeks due to right foot injury...2000-Finished as No. 1 Moroccan and in Top 25 for first time with a career-high 37 match victories...Reached SF in Doha and followed with a Grand Slam-best QF at Australian Open where he won three five-set matches (d. Parmar, Ferrero, Clement, l. to Kafelnikov)...Went 4-1 in five-set matches... Reached final in Bogota (l. to Puerta)…At Roland Garros, reached 4th RD... Earned a career-high $491,615...2001- Finished in Top 40 for third consecutive year, highlighted by his second career ATP title and outstanding Davis Cup play to lead his country into 2002 World Group..From April through rest of season compiled a 31-14 mark...In May he advanced to SF in Munich..At Wimbledon, reached 3rd RD (l. to Hewitt in four sets)...Returned to his favorite clay surface in July, advanced to SF in Bastad and followed with runner-up in Amsterdam (l. to Corretja)...The 53-game five-set final was longest on tour during year...Closed season with a 12-2 mark, winning second career ATP title in Bucharest (d. Montanes), leading his country to a 3-2 Davis Cup World Group playoff victory over Belgium with two wins (d. C. Rochus in fifth and decisive rubber) and reaching his first indoor final in Lyon (d. Ferrero in QF, l. to Ljubicic)...Had a 20-13 record in tie-breaks, winning his last eight from US Open-on...Compiled records of 20-12 on clay, 6-1 on carpet, 5-9 on hard, and 2-1 on grass...2002-Compiled his best pro season by capturing three ATP titles in five finals and winning a career-high 45 matches...Also advanced to his second career Grand Slam QF at US Open...He won his first two ATP titles in a span of 147 tournaments between 1990 and Sept. 2001 and it took only 11 tournaments to account for three titles during year...Opened with first career hard court crown in Doha (d. Mantilla) and in March reached final in Dubai (l. to Santoro)...In between, beat Corretja and Ferrero in Davis Cup 1st RD although Spain prevailed 3-2...Opened clay court circuit in Casablanca and became first local champion in five years by defeating Canas in final...Continued his success with title in Munich in May (d. Schuettler)...In July, advanced to final in Bastad (l. to Moya) and followed with QF in Stuttgart...Returned to hard courts and played well in N.Y. by reaching QF in Long Island and US Open (l. to Hewitt)...One of four players 30-over to win a title during season (Agassi-5, Sampras, Bjorkman)...Went 25-8 on clay and improved to 18-12 on hard courts from 5-9 previous year...Finished No. 8 in aces with 565...Earned a career-high $800,977…2003- The No. 1 Moroccan finished in Top 20 for first time in his career and won over 40 matches for second straight year despite not winning an ATP title...Compiled best Grand Slam results of his career with a 12-4 mark, reaching QF at Australian Open and US Open...Began year with SF in Doha and followed with impressive QF run in Melbourne as he defeated No. 1 Hewitt in four sets, firing a career-high 33 aces, before losing to Roddick 21-19 in a five-hour marathon (longest fifth set in Grand Slam history)...Struggled in his next four tournaments (1-4) before advancing to QF at TMS Miami (l. to Agassi in three sets)...Opened clay court circuit with his lone final of year in Casablanca (l. to Boutter) and followed with 3rd RD in Barcelona and Roland Garros...His best grass results were QF in Halle and 3rd RD at Wimbledon (l. to Agassi)...Did not win back-to-back matches again until August when he advanced to SF in Long Island (d. Kuerten in QF, l. to Blake) and followed with QF at US Open, defeating Top 10s Novak (3rd) and Moya (4th) before losing to Nalbandian...Helped his country into 2004 Davis Cup World Group by defeating Rusedski in five sets in Casablanca...His best indoor result rest of year was SF at TMS Madrid (d. Grosjean, l. to Massu)...Finished No. 2 in break points saved (68 percent) and No. 6 in aces with a career-high 644...Compiled records of 23-12 on hard, 13-8 on clay and 5-3 on grass.

PERSONAL

While growing up, he enjoyed getting a souvenir (wrist band or other item) from a tennis player and says, "I'm always trying to give things away and make the people at least happy."...Attended Nick Bollettieri Academy from 1990-92 and while there, drove the bus, cleaned the gym and watched kids in their room to help pay for his stay there...Speaks six languages (Arabic, English, French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish)... Member of Moroccan Davis Cup team since 1990 with a 23-15 career record (21-9 in singles) in 18 ties...Earned ATP Comeback Player of the Year in 1998, improving from 444 to No. 49 after missing seven months in '97...Wife, Anne Sophie (married Sept. 13, 1997); sons, Ewen (born Aug. 11, 1997), Neil born July 2, 2001) and Noam (born Aug. 21, 2003)...Member of 2000-01 and 2002-03 ATP Player Council...In June 2003 at ATP tournament in Halle, defeated German teenager Christopher Koderisch in 1st RD and afterwards he played an extra set with his opponent for the benefit of the audience...One of most prominent personalities in Morocco, beyond sports...In a 2003 poll by leading Moroccan economic daily, "L'Economiste," he came in first as a role model for society...Has also been endowed with highest possible decoration from the King of Morocco...Uses his influence on Moroccan society to promote solidarity and activities of outreach to young and less privileged...Has developed a partnership with the National Association of Tennis Coaches for initiation of the youth in need to practice and values of sports and is currently designing a foundation that will enable such initiatives to reach a broader public.

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