2000 IN REVIEW
The Norwegian No. 1 finished outside Top 100 for first time since 1994 at No. 103…Missed first three months of year due to tendonitis in right shoulder and back which had been hampering him in 1999…Played first match since September '99 at Ericsson Open Miami (l. to Goldstein)…Enjoyed best week of year at TMS Monte Carlo, defeating Vinciguerra and W. Ferreira before losing to Alami in third set tie-break…Helped Norway to 3-2 victory over Israel in Davis Cup Euro-African Zone II match going 2-1 in singles and doubles play…Did not win consecutive matches again until July, where he reached QF in Amsterdam (d. Lapentti, d. Browne, l. to Kempes)…Represented Norway at Sydney Olympics, losing in 1st RD to Vinciguerra…Compiled 8-10 record on clay, 1-5 on hard courts.
1991-First year of playing more than one event, scoring big at the Sweden #1 and Hong Kong Satellites...1992-Represented Norway in Davis Cup play vs. Finland and Olympics (l. to Becker in five sets)...1993-Won Tampere (d. Daufresne) and Montauban (d. El Aynaoui) Challengers in consecutive weeks...1994-Won three Challenger titles...1995-Breakthrough came in Bastad where he reached first Tour final (l. to Meligeni)...1996-Won Agadir Challenger (d. Gross) in March and advanced to SF in Napoli, Ljubljana and Furth Challengers...In Tour play, reached SF in Prague (l. to Kafelnikov), Oporto (l. to Gumy), Umag (l. to Moya) and Bucharest (l. to Berasategui)...Reached 3rd RD at Atlanta Olympics (l. to Olhovskiy)...Finished with a 20-16 record on clay, his best surface...1997-Reached Grand Slam-best RD 16 at Australan Open and advanced to four QF, including Mercedes Super 9 in Monte Carlo where he beat No. 4 Kafelnikov in 2nd RD...Went 6-0 in Davis Cup singles and posted personal-best 29 match victories (20 on clay)...Earned a career-high $288,557…1998-Won four Challenger titles (Birmingham, Furth, Poznan, Rancho Mirage) and compiled 36-9 record to climb from No. 172 to year-end No. 86…Surpassed $1 million in career earnings...1999-Lost only four 1st RD matches in 19 ATP tournaments…Reached SF at Orlando and Bastad, and QF at San Jose…Reached 3rd RD at Australian Open, defeating No. 3 Corretja in 2nd RD…Played last tournamentof year in Bournemouth and missed rest of year due to tenodonitis in right shoulder and back.
Began playing tennis at age nine with father, Eivind...Mother, Annebrit, works for SAS at the check-in counter...Younger sister, Hedda, is a former Top 3 junior in Norway...Ranked as No. 1 junior in Norway from ages 15-18 and never lost a match in junior tournaments in his country...A member of Davis Cup squad since 1989, compiling a 29-22 record in 20 ties (23-14 in singles)...Enjoys skiing, golf and hockey…Spends part of the year in Tampa with wife, Lele (married May 8, 1999); son, Casper (born Dec. 22, 1998)…Coached by Thomas Hogstedt (since January 1999).