1999 IN REVIEW
The Swede made breakthrough in Challenger and Tour play to finish a year-end best No. 125...Qualified six times in Tour level tournaments, which was third-best during year...Began season by qualifying for first career Grand Slam at the Australian Open but lost to Stoltenberg in 1st RD…One month later, won first career Tour match in St. Petersburg, defeating Kroslak in 1st RD…In May, reached QF at Jerusalem Challenger...Three months later, advanced to final at Poznan Challenger (l. to Blanco)…Qualified and made big strides at the U.S. Open where he defeated No. 50 Di Pasqaule and No. 16 Lapentti, his biggest career victory, to reach 3rd RD (l. to Dosedel)…Added a SF at the Hong Kong Challenger in October…Earned a career-best $91,643.
1994 -- Obtained first ATP Ranking with sixth place finish at Israel #2 Satellite (13 points)...1995 -- Placed sixth at Sweden Satellite (11 points)...1996 -- Reached first Challenger QF in Tampere…Made Tour debut in Bastad (l. to C. Costa)...1997 -- Finished second at Germany #1 Satellite (39 points) and won Sweden/Norway Satellite (47 points)...Advanced to QF at the Portschach Challenger...In lone Tour appearance in Stockholm, lost in 1st RD to Larsson...1998 -- In first full season, won Sweden #1 Futures title and first career Challenger title in Samarakand (d. Ogorodov)...Also a finalist at Greece #3 Futures event and Budva Challenger (l. to Behrend)…In addition, reached QF at Tampere and Olbia Challengers...Went 0-2 in Tour stops in Bastad and Stockholm.
GRAND SLAM RECORD
Began playing tennis at age 10...Father, Sven-Erik, is a truck driver; mother, Jeanette, is a nurse...Has one younger sister, Victoria...Comes from same hometown as teenage star Andreas Vinciguerra...Finished No. 19 in world junior rankings in 1995 when he won Victoria Championship in Australia and helped his country to final of European team championship...
Favorite childhood heroes were countryman Stefan Edberg, Michael Jordan and Carl Lewis...Considers serve as best shot and favorite surface is hardcourt...Coached by countryman Anders Henricsson since 1992.