2001 IN REVIEW
The Aussie finished season at a year-end best No. 25 in doubles...Played mostly with American Jeff Tarango...The duo finished No. 9 in ATP Doubles Race with a 30-17 match record, winning their second title together in Casablanca in March as well as reaching finals in Marseille, Gstaad and Stuttgart-outdoor...Their best Grand Slam together was SF at Roland Garros where they beat top seeds Bjorkman-Woodbridge in QF...Played with eight other partners during the year...Earned a career-high $190,217
1995-Played in his first pro match at Aptos Challenger where he lost in 1st RD...1997-Reached first QF at Guadalajara Challenger...1998-Enjoyed singles success in Futures and Challenger play...Won Ireland #1 Futures title (d. Okun) and a finalist at USTA #1 Futures (l. to Agenor) and SF at USTA #2 Futures...In August, captured his first Challenger title in Tijuana (d. Hernandez) without dropping a set...Also a QF at San Antonio and Las Vegas Challengers...In doubles, won Challenger titles in Denver (w/Weiner) and Tijuana (w/Humphries)...Also reached three consecutive finals in October in Dallas, San Antonio and San Diego (all w/Humphries)...1999-Captured his second Challenger title in Aptos (d. Levy) and QF at Surbiton Challenger...In doubles, won four Challenger titles during season...Captured back-to-back titles in Cherbourg and Magdeburg (w/Painter) and in second half of year, won in Aptos (w/Humphries) and Hong Kong (w/Godwin)...In his second career ATP outing in Tokyo, advanced to SF (w/Humphries)...In July, reached SF in Newport (w/Godwin) and QF in four other ATP stops...2000-Captured his first ATP doubles title in Brighton and also reached final in Tokyo (w/Tarango)...Played in eight singles tournaments with his best result coming at Kyoto Challenger in March when he advanced to SF...Also QF at Hamilton Challenger...Made his Grand Slam singles debut at Australian Open (d. Karbacher) and lost to Grosjean in four sets in 2nd RD.
Full name is Michael Robert Hill...Nicknamed "Hilly"...Father, Robert is a Chief Financial Officer for a property development company; mother, Patricia, is assistant to CEO...Has one younger brother, Patrick; and one older sister, Carmel...Enjoys surfing, snowboarding and playing golf...His favorite travel destinations are Lake Tahoe and any beach up the coast from Sydney...Enjoys listening to music of Counting Crows...Played three years at Univ. of California-Berkeley from 1994-96 and earned All-American honors in singles in '95-96...Majored in business and economics and had highest grade point average on tennis team.