1998 IN REVIEW
Improved year-end ATP Tour Ranking for third consecutive season with consistent Challenger and Tour results...Won three Challenger titles and advanced to a Grand Slam-best 3rd RD at U.S. Open...Opened year with QF at Heilbronn Challenger...A month later, reached QF at Salinas Challenger...In April, won Challenger title in Puerta Vallarta (d. M. Sanchez)...Added QF at Split Challenger in June and in early August, won second Challenger title in Winnetka (d. Nargiso)...Followed with QF at Binghamton Challenger, 2nd RD at New Haven and 3rd RD at U.S. Open, where he defeated J. Sanchez and Medvedev before falling to Gross in five sets...After QF at Caracas Challenger, won third Challenger title in San Antonio (d. Knowles) in October...Posted another successful year in doubles, winning three Challenger titles with three different partners: Heilbronn (w/Merklein), Split (w/Savolt) and Caracas (w/Ruah)...Also reached final in Winnetka (w/Merklein)...Finished No. 135 in doubles...Earned a career-high $125,806.
1993-Winner at Central America Satellite (35 points)...Won doubles title at Caribbean #1 Satellite (49 points), runner-up at Swiss Satellite (31 points)...Best Challenger result was SF in Calgary (w/Isaak)...1994-Won Caribbean #2 Satellite (43 points) and third place at Croatia #2 circuit (43 points)...Reached first QF at Campinas Challenger...Doubles winner at France #1 circuit (51 points) and doubles runner-up at Caribbean #2 (38 points)...1995-Best success came in doubles at Dubai Satellite, where he won circuit (w/Bastl, 57 points)...1996-Made jump of more than 700 ranking positions in singles with success in Challenger play...Won Puerta Vallarta title as a qualifier (d. Bruno) and advanced to SF in Olbia and Austin...Also a QF in Amarillo...Won doubles titles at Central America Satellite (52 points), Andijan Challenger (w/Ruah) and Lexington Challenger (w/Stafford)...Reached final in Fergana and Olbia (w/Ruah) and Aptos (w/Godwin)...1997-Compiled his best results in Challenger play (30-14 record), winning in Lubeck (d. Schuttler), reaching final in San Antonio (l. to Nestor) and SF in Kyoto...Qualified for his first Grand Slam at Australian Open (l. to Muster in 1st RD)...In doubles, won three consecutive Challenger titles in Weiden, Eisenach and Flushing (all w/Merklein)...Also won Olbia Challenger title (w/Ruah) and advanced to SF in Washington Tour stop (w/Merklein).
GRAND SLAM RECORD
AUS. OPEN0-1 - 1ST
US OPEN 2-2 3RD1ST
Began playing tennis at age 3...Enjoys golf and favorite NBA team is Boston Celtics...Attended Duke University and played there from 1988-92...Earned doubles All-America honors in 1990 and graduated in political science/international studies in 1992...Favorite surface is (medium) hardcourts and considers forehand and return as biggest strengths...Hits double-handed on both sides...Almost quit game in 1995 but credits World Team Tennis for reinvigorating his love for the game.