2002 IN REVIEW
The Los Angeles native finished in Top 110 for third time in four years…He reached his second career ATP SF at Brasil Open (l. to Coria) and defeated No. 2 seed Schalken in 2nd RD…Advanced to QF in Copenhagen for second straight year (l. to Burgsmuller)…Defeated Mirnyi in 1st RD at Roland Garros before falling in four sets to Portas in next round…Compiled an 18-13 overall record at Challenger events, including finals appearances at Calabasas (l. to Chang) and Birmingham (l. to A. Kim)…Reached 2nd RD at Queen's (l. to Malisse) and Tokyo (l. to Chela)… Suffered five straight 1st RD losses during ATP's summer swing before break-out performance in Brasil…Lost in 1st RD at Australian Open and Wimbledon and failed to qualify for US Open…Finished sesaon with QF at Knoxville Challenger…Had a 6-1 record in tie-breaks.
1996-Won USTA #5 Satellite (59 points) and runner-up at USTA #6 Satellite (40 points)... Reached Challenger SF at Binghamton and Daytona...1997-Won first Tour match in Auckland (d. Steven)...Reached final at Urbana Challenger (l. to Richardson) and QF at three other Challengers...Advanced to first career Challenger doubles final in Dresden (w/Szymanski)...1998-Won back-to-back Futures titles at USTA #4 and #5 segments then followed with first Challenger title in Aptos (d. Suzuki) in July...Went on torrid Challenger run in November, reaching three consecutive finals, winning in Las Vegas (d. Ruah) and Burbank (d. Nainkin) sandwiched around a final in Rancho Mirage (l. to Ruud)...Moved from No. 239 to 132 after the effort...1999-Qualified for Australian Open and reached 2nd RD (l. to Kiefer)...Made big breakthrough three weeks later, reaching first career ATP final in San Jose (as a qualifier)...Defeated Carlsen, Agassi (default), Woodforde and then idol Chang before losing to Philippoussis ...Advanced to QF in Delray Beach (l. to Grosjean)...In July, earned silver medal at Pan-American Games in Winnipeg, losing to friend and long-time rival Goldstein in final...Earned a career-high $171,000... 2000-Advanced to Challenger finals at Granby (l. to Suzuki) and Rancho Mirage (l. to J. Blake)...2001- Finished in Top 100 in ATP Champions Race for first time…Equaled ATP-best by qualifying for six tournaments…Reached QF in Copenhagen and advanced to second rounds at the Australian Open and Roland Garros.
Full name is Cecil Valdeavilla Mamiit...Began playing tennis at age six with his father, Cesar, who is retired... Mother, Felisa, works for Kaiser Permanente as a nurse...Enjoyed an outstanding junior career, reaching final of U.S. National Boys' 18s Championships in Kalamazoo, Mich. in 1993 (l. to Goldstein)...Won Easter Bowl title in 1994 (d. Gimelstob) and ranked No. 3 in national juniors that year... Attended Nick Bollettieri Academy and graduated from Bradenton (Fla.) Academy in 1994 before playing one year at University of Southern California in 1996.. Captured NCAA singles title (d. F. Bergh), becoming first freshman to win title since John McEnroe in 1978... Finished as No. 1 collegiate player in country that year...Coached by Scott McCain, Tom Leonard and Rusty Miller.