1999 IN REVIEW
The German enjoyed a breakthrough season, finishing a year-end best with consistent play in Challengers...Jumped off to a hot start in his native country by reaching four consecutive Challenger finals, beginning in February...Reached final in Hamburg (l. to Voltchkov), won title in Wolfsburg (d. Nargiso) and Lubeck (d. Kohlmann) and reached final in Magdeburg (l. to Hantschk)...Improved ranking from 241 to No. 128 on Mar. 8 after four tournament stretch...Missed next two months due to chicken pox...Qualified for first Grand Slam at Roland Garros and lost to No. 9 Rios in 1st RD...In July, advanced to QF at Aptos Challenger and then won first career Tour match in Los Angeles, defeating Nestor (l. to Hewitt)…Qualified for U.S. Open and defeated Saulnier in 1st RD before losing to eventual champion Agassi in next round...Two weeks later, reached first Tour QF in Tashkent (l. to Wessels)…Won a career-high five singles matches on Tour, compiled a 23-9 record in Challenger play and earned a career-best $103,989.
1994 -- Picked up 23 points at four Satellites...1995 -- Played in two Satellites (11 points) and made Challenger debut in Hamburg, losing in 1st RD...1996 -- Finished third at Turkey #1 (28 points) and Sweden (26 points) Satellites...Reached SF at Neumunster Challenger...1997 -- Finished second at Greece #2 Satellite (35 points) and advanced to SF at Wismar Challenger...1998 -- Runner-up at Denmark #3 Futures and advanced to SF at Aachen and QF at Nuembrecht Challengers…Qualified for his first ATP Tour event in Basel (l. to Rusedski).
GRAND SLAM RECORD
Began playing tennis at age five...Father, Joachim, runs his own business; mother, Sigrid; is a housewife; younger brother Kay...A two-time junior champion in Germany (1990 & '94)...Fan of Hamburg HSV soccer team...Considers forehand as best shot and carpet/hardcourt as favorite surface...Coached by Christian Fust, who travels with him, and Christian Geyer, a former Tour player who works with him in Hamburg.