2000 IN REVIEW
The Aussie finished in Top 100 for eighth consecutive year…Went 6-2 in first two events, reaching QF in Adelaide and eighth final of his career in Sydney, losing on both occasions to countryman Hewitt…After 1st RD loss at Australian Open to Bjorkman, reached second final of year in Atlanta (l. to Ilie)…Advanced to 3rd RD at Roland Garros but forced to retire at 4-6, 5-5 against El Aynaoui after pulling adductor muscle in his right leg…On favored grass courts, lost to Levy in 1st RD at Wimbledon and reached SF at Newport…Following week reached QF in Los Angeles…Failed to win back-to-back matches rest of year, going 3-5 in next five tournaments…Played last tournament of year in Shanghai in October, losing to eventual finalist Schalken in 2nd RD.
1988-Reached QF in Rye Brook and Brisbane...1989-Reached first Tour final in Livingston (l. to Gilbert)...1990-Won doubles titles in Singapore and Manchester (w/M.Kratzmann) and Brisbane (w/Woodbridge)...1991-In doubles, won in San Francisco (w/Masur)...1992-Reached QF at Queen's...1993-First Tour singles title in Manchester (d. Masur)...Won fifth career doubles title in Sydney-outdoor (w/Stolle)...1994-Won second ATP Tour title in Birmingham...1995-Reached SF in Bordeaux...1996-Won title in Coral Springs (d. Woodruff)...Advanced to first Grand Slam SF at Wimbledon (l. to Krajicek)...1997-Repeated title effort in Coral Springs (d. Bjorkman), reached final in Atlanta (l. to Filippini) and SF in Orlando (all on clay)...Compiled a career-best 13-3 mark on clay…1998-Advanced to finals of Adelaide (l. to Hewitt), Scottsdale (l. to Agassi) and Atlanta (l. to Sampras) and finished as the No. 3 ranked Australian…Played well in Grand Slams, reaching 4th RD at Roland Garros and Wimbledon...1999-Reached singles SF in Adelaide and Long Island and QF in other events…Defeated Philippoussis in 1st RD at Roland Garros.
Began playing tennis at age 10 on an antbed court where his father owned a cotton farm in the Far West (the bush) of New South Wales...Has a 9-5 career Davis Cup record in eight ties...Played in Atlanta Olympics and lost in second round in singles...Wife, Andrea (married Nov. 17, 1995); son, Matthew (born July 21, 1997)...Works with fitness trainer David Herman in Orlando.