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Mikael Pernfors
  • Age: 51 (16.07.1963)
  • Birthplace: Malmo, Sweden
  • Residence: Hollviksnas, Sweden
  • Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
  • Weight: 150 lbs (68 kg)
  • Plays: Right-handed
  • Turned Pro: 1985
  • Coach: Magnus Moebius
Inactive
Sweden

Sweden

As of 28.07.2014
S D
Ranking W-L Titles Prize Money
Career

High

10

22.09.1986

140-114 3 $1,363,793

Singles & Doubles combined

Career

High

32

11.07.1988

41-47 1 $1,363,793

Singles & Doubles combined

Residence: Hollviksnas, Sweden & Atlanta, Georgia Single
Singles titles: 3, as follows: Doubles title:
1993--(1) Montreal
1988--(2) Los Angeles, Scottsdale 1989--(1) Charleston (w/Svantesson)
Year-by-Year Highlights:
1990- Quarterfinalist at Australian Open.
1989- Semifinalist at Philadelphia, WCT/Dallas;Quarterfinalist at Los Angeles
RD 16 at Key Biscayne-Lipton, U.S. Open; Doubles QF at Memphis (w/Mansdorf)
1988- S & D Runner-up at Memphis (w/Lundgren); Quarterfinalist at Indian
Wells, Japan Open, Forest Hills-T.O.C., San Francisco; RD 16 at Lipton.
1987- Semifinalist at Memphis, Tokyo Indoor; Quarterfinalist at Hamburg,
Gstaad, Cincinnati; Doubles Runner-up at Stuttgart (w/Tideman).
1986- Runner-up at French Open; Semifinalist at Memphis; Quarterfinalist at
La Quinta, Atlanta, Indianapolis.
1985- Winner at Porto Alegre Ch.; Quarterfinalist at Winnetka Ch., Curitiba
Ch.; Doubles Quarterfinalist at Indianapolis (w/Eriksson).
Made his biggest jump by reaching the final at the 1986 French Open,
defeating seeded players Edberg (5), Jaite (11), Becker (3), and Leconte (8)
before losing to top-seeded Ivan Lendl. Jumped from No. 27 to 15 after the
French and for his efforts during the year was named the ATP Most Improved
Player.
He won back-to-back NCAA singles titles in 1984 and 1985 at the Univer-
sity of Georgia (the first player to win consecutive titles since Dennis Ral-
ston in 1963-64 at USC). He also led his team to the NCAA title in 1985.
Prior to Georgia, he captured singles and doubles crowns in 1983 at Sem-
inole Junior College in Sanford, Florida.
He started to play competition tennis at age 7, and won a junior doubles
title. He began to concentrate on the game at 16, but was not good enough as
a junior in Sweden. He credits college tennis in the U.S. with providing him
training.
A member of the Swedish Davis Cup team from 1986-present.
Earned a career-high $257,657 and compiled a 31-12 match record while
finishing No. 19 on the ATP computer. It was the second time in three years
he finished among the top 20.
He had surgery on his left knee in June 1988 in his native Sweden. It
took seven weeks before he could begin running and he came back at the U.S.
Open where he reached the third round. He then won his first Grand Prix
titles back-to-back at Los Angeles and Scottsdale.
Slipped to No. 48 on the ATP computer in 1989, compiling a 20-17 match
record. It was his fourth straight top 50 finish, but lowest since 1985 when
he was No. 165.
Enjoyed the best tournament of his career in Montreal, winning the Cana-
dian Open with consecutive wins over second-ranked Jim Courier, No. 16 Alexan
der Volkov, No. 11 Petr Korda, and No. 20 Todd Martin. Rallied from a 2-5
third-set deficit in the final to win the first prize ($235,000) of his
career. Jumped from 97 to No. 37, his highest ranking since February 1990.
Also surpassed $1 million in career prize money during the week.

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