1999 IN REVIEW
Reached career highs in both singles (No. 180) and doubles (No. 45) in a big year for Argentine tennis…Climbed over 150 spots in singles rankings in three months, mainly with run to Maia Challenger final (l. to Ferrero) in June that lifted him from No. 323 to 219…Six weeks later, reached SF at Scheveningen Challenger and in September qualified in Bournemouth and reached 2nd RD (l. to Gustafsson) in just second career Tour appearance…Continued to improve in doubles, playing mainly with countrymen Lucas Arnold and Sebastian Prieto…Won Salinas Challenger (w/Prieto) in March on hardcourts, then moved to clay and turned in strong results…Reached Bermuda Challenger SF (w/Arnold), losing to Kilderry-Rafter…Following week reached Orlando SF (w/Arnold), losing to Courier-Woodbridge…Enjoyed strong run on European clay, reaching 3rd RD at Roland Garros (w/Prieto), beating Johnson-Suk in 1st RD…Returned to Challenger level and won Maia (w/Prieto) and advanced to Venice final (w/Del Rio)…Back at Tour level, reached Gstaad SF (w/Carbonell) and then made Davis Cup debut, teaming w/Prieto for straight-set win over Venezuela in Caracas in July…Returned to Europe and promptly reached Amsterdam SF (w/Arnold) and won San Marino for second career title…Added third career Tour title two months later in Palermo (w/Prieto) and next week back in South America reached final at Sao Paulo Challenger in Copa Ericsson kick-off event...Followed with final at Lima Challenger (w/Prieto) to help march to career-high No. 40…Earned career-high $121,197 and finished year-end bests in both singles (No. 203) and doubles (No. 47).
1994 -- Reached SF at Sao Luis Challenger doubles (w/Etlis) and played singles in four Challengers…1995 -- Won first Challenger match in Asuncion en route to 2nd RD…1996 -- Reached final in San Marino (w/Prieto) in Tour debut and also reached SF in Santiago (w/Prieto)…On Challenger level, finalist at Brasov (w/Rodriguez) and SF at Campinas (w/Rodriguez)…Went 1-2 in Challenger singles play…1997 -- Reached first Challenger QF in Santa Cruz…In doubles, won first Challenger title in Merano (w/Prieto) and added subsequent titles in Santa Cruz, Lima and Santiago, along with finalist effort at Rio Grande (all w/Prieto)…1998 -- Made Tour singles debut as a qualifier in San Marino, beating Pavel en route to 2nd RD…Also qualified at Mexico City and Santiago, losing 1st RD in both…In doubles, won first Tour title in Santiago and reached final in San Marino (l. to Novak-Rikl) along with SF in Prague (all w/Prieto)…Also reached 3rd RD in Key Biscayne (d. Johnson-Montana) and Roland Garros (d. O’Brien-Stark)…On Challenger level, won title in Nice (w/Bowen) and reached final in Salinas (w/Prieto)...Ranked No. 61 in doubles.
CAREER DOUBLES TITLES (3). FINALIST (2).
Began playing tennis at age six with his father, Roy, who was a former rugby player on Argentinean national team; mother, Marie, is a housewife...Has two sisters Deborah (19) and Rossana (28)...Father wanted him to play rugby, but decided to play tennis...Enjoys soccer (favorite team is Boca Juniors in Buenos Aires) and rugbylikes to spend time cooking out with friends...Best friends on Tour are countrymen Lucas Arnold and Sebastien Prieto...Favorite surface is clay and best shot is forehand...Coached by Alejandro Gattiker, who also works with Hernan Gumy and Marcelo Filippini.