2004 IN REVIEW
The American finished in Top 100 for seventh consecutive season but outside top 75 for first time since 1997…Advanced to four QF appearances but failed to reach a final for first time since 1998…Grand Slam highlight of season was 3rd RD showing at Wimbledon…Began season with 1-3 record but reached consecutive QF in San Jose (l. to Agassi), Memphis (l. to Kiefer) and Scottsdale (l. to Roddick)…After 2nd RD loss to Roddick in AMS Indian Wells, lost in 1st RD in next five tournaments through mid-June before reaching 2nd RD in Nottingham (l. to Arazi)…Advanced to 3rd RD at Wimbledon for first time since QF showing in 2000 with wins over Mirnyi and Bracciali before losing to Grosjean…In North American summer swing, did not win back-to-back matches in seven tournaments, including US Open (l. to J. Johansson in 2nd RD)…Turned things around with QF in Shanghai (l. to Novak)…Finished season indoors with 1st RD loss in Metz and 2nd RD run in Stockholm (l. to J. Johansson)…In doubles, reached SF in Memphis (w/Parrott).
1995-Received a wild card and turned pro in August in Indianapolis, less than 24 hours after retiring due to cramps in final of USTA National Boys' 18s Championships in Kalamazoo, Michigan...1996-Lost in final round of qualifying in six ATP stops... Finished fifth in USTA #3 Satellite (15 points) and played three other circuits... Won his first Challenger match in Belo Horizonte (lost in 2nd RD)...1997-Began season ranked No. 476 and qualified for his first ATP Tour event in Auckland, reaching QF with wins over Sjeng Schalken and Chris Woodruff (l. to Bjorkman)...In July, captured first Challenger title in Aptos (d. McGuire)...Received wild card into first Grand Slam at US Open and lost to Scott Draper in 1st RD...Finished season with QF at Urbana and Las Vegas Challengers and SF at Sedona Challenger...Climbed 298 ranking positions...1998-Breakthrough year for youngest American in Top 100, jumping from No. 227 to No. 38 during year...Highlight was SF run at Indian Wells, where he beat Philippoussis, Courier and Agassi to crack Top 100 for first time...Also reached SF in Tokyo and QF in San Jose, Scottsdale, Singapore and Stuttgart-indoor...Made Davis Cup debut in SF vs. Italy, going 1-1...1999-Captured his first ATP title in Scottsdale, defeating Sampras in 2nd RD, Agassi in SF (retired) and Hewitt in final...Also a SF in Stockholm and QF in Memphis, Shanghai and Singapore...Reached three doubles finals, including TMS Miami (w/Becker)...Went into tournament with an 0-12 career mark in doubles...2000- Turned in consistent singles and doubles results and finished as No. 4 American (behind world No. 3 Sampras, No. 6 Agassi, No. 32 Chang)...After a 4-8 start through first two and a half months, finished rest of season with a 29-19 record...Made turnaround at TMS in Miami where he reached QF with wins over Norman (3rd RD) and Philippoussis (4th RD) before losing to Hewitt...On grass, reached his first SF in Nottingham (l. to B. Black) and a Grand Slam-best QF at Wimbledon where he beat No. 7 seed Hewitt in 1st RD on Centre Court and No. 9 seed Enqvist in 4th RD before falling in four sets to eventual champion Sampras...Made Davis Cup appearance in SF against Spain and lost to Corretja in four sets in second rubber and Balcells in a dead rubber...Played well on U.S. hard courts, opening with runner-up effort in Los Angeles where he had to retire due to a right ankle sprain in third set against Chang...Returned in Washington and advanced to QF...Followed with 3rd RD in Long Island (l. to Moya) and at US Open, defeating Philippoussis in 2nd RD before losing in four sets to Johansson... Struggled with back problems during European indoor circuit and compiled a 5-5 record, reaching QF in Toulouse (l. to Moya) and 3rd RD at TMS Paris (l. to Ferrero)...Finished with a career-high 708 aces, which ranked No. 4 during year and No. 5 in service games won (86 percent)...Compiled records of 20-16 on hard and 8-3 on grass, his best surfaces (also 3-6 on clay and 2-2 on carpet)...In doubles, won title in San Jose and reached finals at London-indoor, Los Angeles and Long Island (all w/Humphries)...2001- A solid first three months of season enabled the Washington state native to finish a career year-end best No. 22 in ATP Champions Race...Reached QF or better in seven of first eight tournaments, highlighted by his second career ATP title in Delray Beach (d. Malisse) and first Tennis Masters Series final in Miami (l. to Agassi)...Compiled a 22-8 match record in first three months of season but struggled with shoulder problems last three months with a 1-4 record...Played in 1st RD Davis Cup in Switzerland, defeating Kratochvil and losing to Federer in reverse singles...In March, advanced to SF in San Jose (l. to Agassi), won singles and doubles titles in Delray Beach, becoming first American to accomplish feat since Sampras in 1995...Saved three match points in QF (vs. Woodruff) and three more in SF (vs. Arthurs)...Continued strong play with QF at TMS Indian Wells, defeating No. 1 Kuerten (l. to Kafelnikov) and runner-up at TMS Miami where he defeated Hewitt in SF before losing to Agassi....Saved four match points in his 2nd RD victory (vs. Ilie) and another match point in QF (vs. Gaudio)...Missed five weeks after US Open and played in two European events in October...Finished No. 3 in break points saved (70 percent) and No. 7 in aces (608)...Compiled records of 31-14 on hard, 2-3 on grass and 2-7 on clay...In doubles, won title in Delray Beach (w/Roddick) and reached finals in San Jose (w/Stark) and Los Angeles (w/Roddick)...Earned a career-high $765,976...2002-Finished in Top 40 for third straight year, highlighted by his runner-up performance in Los Angeles...Put together his best stretch in February-March with three consecutive SF showings in Memphis, San Jose and Delray Beach and 3rd RD at TMS Indian Wells (d. Novak, l. to Hewitt)...During summer hard court circuit, reached final in Los Angeles for second time in three years (d. Roddick in SF, l. to Agassi) and advanced to 3rd RD in Long Island (l. to Chela) and 4th RD at US Open (d. Moya, Gaudio, l. to Agassi)...Was hampered with knee problems, retiring in last two events...Although he was 11-14 in tie-breaks, had a 5-0 record in matches decided in a third set tie-break...Finished No. 5 in aces (607) and compiled marks of 24-16 on hard and 3-2 on grass...In doubles, compiled a career-best 30-18 mark, winning titles at TMS Hamburg (w/Bhupathi) and Hong Kong (w/Oliver) and reaching finals in Houston and Tokyo (w/Oliver)...Ranked No. 23 in doubles…2003- Finished in Top 50 INDESIT ATP Race for fourth consecutive year, highlighted by his third career ATP title...Opened season by reaching final in Doha with wins over No. 6 Federer (QF) and Youzhny (SF) before losing to Koubek...Did not win back-to-back matches again until March when he put together his best week of season in Delray Beach by winning title (d. Fish)...After compiling a 14-7 match record through March, struggled over next five months with a 4-14 mark...Made turnaround in Tokyo in October when he reached QF (l. to Grosjean) and two weeks later advanced to 3rd RD at Masters Series Madrid (l. to Srichaphan)...Finished with 20-17 record on hard, 2-3 on grass and 0-5 on clay...In doubles, won his fifth career ATP title in Los Angeles (w/Parrott) and reached final in Houston (w/Oliver).
Full name is Jan-Michael Charles Gambill...Began playing tennis at age five at North Park Racquet Club in Spokane...As a youngster, modeled his game after former American greats Jimmy Connors and John McEnroe...Parents, Chuck and Diane, travel most of season with their son...Enjoys spending time at beach and collecting Jaguar cars (owns six)...In People Magazine, was selected as one of "50 Most Beautiful People in the World 2000"...Also signed a contract with the Ford Modeling Agency...A big fan of Utah Jazz in NBA...Enjoys watching basketball and beach volleyball...A self-proclaimed "Trekkie" and aspiring actor, he would love to audition for a role in Star Trek series...Lists Star Trek II as his favorite film...A huge fan of singer Reba McEntire and actor William Shatner, both of whom he's met....Renowned for his physique, he does between 500-1000 situps daily...Spends off-court time at "Cat Tales" Zoological Park near his home in Colbert and donates his time and money for upkeep of endangered cats, including lions, tigers, and jaguars...One of his lions from Cat Tales appeared in Academy Award-winning film "Gladiator"...Threw out first pitch at Seattle Mariners baseball game in 2000 in his first-ever big league game...In May 2001, he took batting practice with Houston Astros and met former U.S. President George Bush during Houston tournament...Has a 2-6 career record in Davis Cup play in three ties (2-4 in singles)...Coached by father, Chuck, who also works with his younger son Torrey (born Apr. 30, 1982).