1999 IN REVIEW
The Aussie enjoyed his best season with success in Challenger and ATP Tour play...After playing Futures, Challengers and qualifying for first six months, broke through with career week in Los Angeles, where he advanced to his first SF in his lone Tour appearance of the year…That effort helped him jump over 200 spots in year-end rankings…After qualifying in L.A., broke 0-6 career record in Tour events with three-set wins over Damm, No. 18 Enqvist and Chang before losing to No. 2/eventual champion Sampras...Afterward, jumped from No. 236 to 163 on Aug. 2…Started year playing Futures, winning at New Zealand #2 and Indonesia #2 stops...Also reached finals at New Zealand #1 and Germany #4 events…Moved on to Challengers in July when he reached SF in Granby ...Then lost back-to-back 1st RD matches in Aptos and Winnetka before making news in Los Angeles …Two months later, reached SF at San Antonio Challenger…Experienced more success in Texas three weeks later, reaching first career Challenger final in Houston (l. to Ondruska) to assure himself a spot in the year-end Top 150…Compiled a 13-11 record in Challenger play.
1993 -- Picked up seven points at Australia #2 Satellite...Made Challenger debut in his hometown of Perth and lost in 1st RD...1994 -- Finished fourth at Malaysia #2 Satellite (20 points) and played two Challengers (0-2)…1995 -- Made Tour debut in Auckland (l. to O’Brien) and reached SF at Binghamton Challenger (d. Woodruff, l. to Matsuoka)…Finished fifth at Australia #3 Satellite (18 points) and sixth at Great Britain #2 Satellite (21 points)...1996 -- Reached SF at Nagoya and QF at Perth Challengers…Finished second at Australia #1 Satellite (46 points) and third at Australia #2 (53 points) and Australia #3 (40 points) circuits...1997 -- Reached QF at Aptos and Winnetka Challengers…Placed sixth at Australia #3 Satellite (17 pints)...In doubles, reached SF at Jerusalem Challenger (w/Pozzi)...1998 -- Won Australia #2 Satellite (49 points) and runner-up at Canada #3 Futures...Qualified and made Grand Slam debut at U.S. Open, losing to Sanguinetti in 1st RD...Closed season with SF at Perth Challenger (l. to Hewitt).
Began playing tennis at age eight...Enjoys playing Aussie Rules football and surfing...Put together an outstanding junior career, finishing No. 7 in singles and No. 10 in doubles in 1993 world rankings...Reached U.S. Open junior doubles final (w/Ellwood) in '93...Following year, ranked No. 15 in singles in world junior rankings...Reached SF of Australian Open and QF at Roland Garros in '94...Came through the Australian Institute of Sport program (AIS) which is located in Melbourne and has produced such players as Fromberg, Stoltenberg, Woodbridge, and Woodforde…Considers his ground strokes as strength and hardcourt as favorite surface.