2001 IN REVIEW
The South African finished with his highest year-end ranking since 1996 at No. 120 in ATP Entry System after winning first career ATP title...Began season slowly with 1st RD defeats in Marseille and Memphis...Turned things around in Davis Cup, coming from two sets down to beat Zimonjic (Yugoslavia) ...Enjoyed solid grass court season, reaching Challenger final in Surbiton (l. to Dent) before qualifying at Wimbledon (l. to Moya in 1st RD in five sets)...Followed with biggest week of his career in Newport, R.I., winning title with wins over Sargsian, Llodra in QF, Carlsen in SF and M. Lee in F...Saved one match point against Carlsen in third set tie-break in SF...Went 1-1 in Davis Cup tie in 3-2 defeat to Israel (d. Okun, l. to Levy) ...Following week, reached SF at Segovia Challenger (l. to Ogorodov)...Went 1-6 rest of season...In doubles, won Eckental Challenger (w/Bastl) and reached final at Segovia Challenger (w/Ondruska)...Advanced to ATP SF in three events...Went 4-1 in Davis Cup singles and doubles play...Compiled 5-1 grass court record and 2-7 on hard courts...Earned a career-high $156,239.
1992-Runner-up at Central Africa Satellite (22 points)...1993-Doubles winner at USTA #2 Satellite (w/G. Williams, 47 points)...1994-Runner-up in singles at USTA #2 Satellite (39 points) and Central Africa Satellite (40 points)...Doubles winner at Central Africa circuit (w/Haggard, 49 points)...Reached first Challenger final in Binghamton (w/Sigerseth)...1995-Reached first ATP singles QF in Johannesburg...Won Canada Satellite (49 points)...Reached doubles final at Bombay Challenger (w/Nainkin)...1996-Advanced to QF at tour stop in Washington (d. No. 9 Courier) and reached a Grand Slam-best 4th RD at Wimbledon (d. No. 4 Becker in 3rd RD when German retired with wrist injury)...In doubles, won title at Jerusalem Challenger (w/Paes)...1997-Opened with 3rd RD at Australian Open (d. Chesnokov, Kuerten, l. to Ruud in five sets)...Underwent emergency appendectomy on Feb. 10 in Johannesburg and returned after one month...Closed season with runner-up at Eilat Challenger (l. to Ketola)...1998-Reached first ATP final in Newport (l. to Paes)...Won first Challenger title in Jerusalem (d. Trifu)...In doubles, won Challenger title in Brest (w/Ondruska) and reached ATP final in Hong Kong (w/Ketola)...1999-Advanced to Challenger finals in Jerusalem, Manchester and Istanbul...In doubles, reached final in Chennai (w/W. Black) and at Jerusalem Challenger (w/Cowan)...2000-Reached 3rd RD at Wimbledon (l. to Bjorkman)...Captured Challenger title in Las Vegas (d. Caratti in F)...In doubles, won four Challenger titles.
Began playing tennis at age three with his two older brothers, Greg and Trevor...Father, Robin, was a coach...The South African nationals 16s champion in 1990-91...Compiled an outstanding junior career, winning US Open doubles title and reaching Roland Garros, Wimbledon finals in 1993 (w/Gareth Williams)...Finished that year No. 13 in world junior doubles rankings...Enjoys golf, music and watching cricket and rugby... Considers himself best South African Braai-Master (barbecuer)...Plays an aggressive serve-and-volley style and favorite surface is grass...Enjoys spending off-court time in South Africa...Married Nicky Phillips on December 14, 2002...Fitness trainer is Allistair McCaw.