2002 IN REVIEW
The Frenchman struggled with a left elbow injury for most of the year, playing only five tournaments in first six months…Finished outside Top 50 for first time in five years…Opened year by reaching fourth career ATP final in Auckland (l. to Rusedski)…Following week at Australian Open, advanced to 3rd RD for second time ('98), posting wins over Arthurs and Ivanisevic before losing to Hrbaty in four sets…Missed nearly four months from Feb. 25 with left elbow injury…Returned June 18 in 's-Hertogenbosch, losing in 1st RD to eventual champion Schalken…Still suffered with elbow injury at Wimbledon, retiring against Vacek while two sets down…Played third comeback tournament in Washington in August, reaching 3rd RD with wins over Gambill and Chang before losing to Rios…Sported new red mini-Mohawk hair style…Lost in 1st RD in next three tournaments, including US Open where he held a two set lead over Spadea before losing in five… Turned things around in Hong Kong with wins over Kucera, Corretja and Chela in QF before losing to eventual champion Ferrero in SF…Following week, recorded only third "double bagel" of season in Tokyo with 60 60 1st RD victory over Japan's Miyao (l. to Larsson in 3rd RD)…Won 14 matches on hard courts during year, going 0-2 on both clay and grass.
1994-Won in Campinas Challenger (d. Meligeni) and reached SF at Singapore Challenger...1995-Won titles at Medellin (d. Kuerten) and Bogota (d. Silberstein) Challengers... Advanced to first ATP QF in Indianapolis (d. Courier, l. to Enqvist)... Qualified for his first Grand Slam at Australian Open (d. L. Jensen, l. to Agassi) and at US Open, upset No. 10 Wayne Ferreira in 1st RD for his first Top 10 victory...Qualified into main draw five times... 1996-Returned in March after suffering a stress fracture in left femur at Paris Open in Oct. 1995...Best ATP result was QF in New Delhi...In Challenger play, won Segovia (d. E. Sanchez)… 1997-Reached QF in Shanghai, Scottsdale and Queen's...1998-Reached SF in Nottingham and QF in Adelaide and Bastad...Won Challenger titles in Cherbourg and Brest... 1999-Captured his first ATP title in Dubai with wins over Henman in QF, Moya in SF and Kiefer in final...Also advanced to his first SF at TMS Monte Carlo (d. Moya, l. to Rios) and QF at TMS Miami (d. Norman, Henman, l. to Enqvist)... Suffered bursitis in his right knee during spring and played in only 13 tournaments (finished in mid-June)... 2000-Captured second career title in Chennai, reached SF in Rotterdam (l. to Pioline) and QF in TMS Toronto (d. Agassi, Rios)... Advanced to Challenger finals in Budapest and Prostejov… 2001- Finished in Top 50 for fourth consecutive year and reached ATP final in Umag (d. Bastl, d. Montanes, l. to Moya in third set tie-break)…In TMS events, advanced to 3rd RD in Miami (d. Kucera, d. Pioline, l. to Corretja), Monte Carlo (d. Clement, d. Portas, l. to Schalken) and Montreal (d. B. Black, d. Johansson, l. to Haas)…Also advanced to back-to-back SFs in Atlanta and Houston (l. to Roddick) as well as in Bucharest (l. to Montanes).
Full name is Jerome Roger Golmard...Father, Roger, is a businessman; mother, Lilliane, is a housewife...Began playing tennis at age six by hitting against the wall and with his parents at a local club...Younger brother, Yannick, also plays tennis...Considers serve as best shot and Rebound Ace as favorite surface...Has a 5-2 Davis Cup record (4-2 in singles) in six ties since 1995…Girlfriend Cecile; son, Paco (born May 21, 2002)...Coached by Francois Rebeuth.