2000 IN REVIEW
The Argentine compiled his best season in doubles by finishing in Top 30 for first time at No. 30...Played twice in singles-lost 1st RD in Mallorca to Bastl, and lost to Quintero in Davis Cup tie vs. Colombia...In doubles, won his third career title and reached five SF...In first two months of season, advanced to SF in Mexico City and QF in Santiago (w/Puerta) during Latin American clay court circuit...During European clay court season, advanced to his first Grand Slam SF at Roland Garros (w/Carbonell), losing to Haarhuis-Stolle...In July, also advanced to SF in Gstaad...Made Davis Cup debut vs. Canada and lost to Lareau-Nestor...In a three-week stretch in September, reached SF in Bucharest, won Biella Challenger title (w/Puerta) and captured ATP title in Palermo (w/Carbonell)...Closed season with his best career non-clay result at TMS Paris (on carpet) where he advanced to SF (w/Nargiso), losing to Haarhuis-Nestor...Earned a career-high $149,228.
1997-Played in six Challengers in singles, reaching QF in Quito, Belo Horizonte and Santiago...In doubles, reached first Challenger final in Quito (w/R. Delgado) and advanced to SF in Santiago (w/Canas)...
1998-Advanced to QF in singles at Medellin Challenger...His best doubles result was SF at Belo Horizonte (w/Furmanski)...1999-Finished in Top 50 for first time and won his first ATP title in Boston (w/Canas) and won another title in Bucharest (w/Arnold)...Also performed well in Challengers, reaching eight finals, winning in Nice (w/S. Prieto), Lima, Montevideo (w/Albano) and Buenos Aires (w/Canas).
Full name is Martin Alberto Garcia...Began playing tennis before he was born with his mother, Gillian, who was playing three months before giving birth to her only son...Has a prenatal medal from his mother who reached final at a club tournament...At 14 months old, began playing on a tennis court with his mother after she played with her friends...At age two, played in weekly tennis school at his club and four years later began competing in tournaments...Father, Albert, is a retired engineer; mother is a teacher...Has three sisters....While growing up, admired countrymen Guillermo Vilas and Jose-Luis Clerc and former No. 1 Mats Wilander...Finished No. 12 in world doubles rankings in 1995, winning titles in Paraguay and Brazil...Also doubles finalist at Orange Bowl in '94...Coached by Gabriel Markus.