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- Age: 42 (01.03.1971)
- Birthplace: Waregem, Belgium
- Residence: Waregem, Belgium
- Height: 6'8" (203 cm)
- Weight: 210 lbs (95 kg)
- Plays: Left-handed
- Turned Pro: 1991
- Coach: Jan Dewitt
As of 20.05.2013
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*Singles & Doubles combined
*Singles & Doubles combined
Began playing tennis at age six...Father, Beni, who is an engineer; mother, Kris, who is an ex-tennis coach...Has two sisters, Inge and Ilse...Nicknamed “Big D” and stands as third-tallest player (6’8”, 2.03m) on tour behind Croatia’s Ivo Karlovic (6’10”, 2.08m) and John Isner (6'9", 2.06m)...Speaks four languages (Dutch, French, English, German)...Player he admired growing up was John McEnroe...Enjoys playing squash and backgammon and going to movies... Favorite surface is (indoor) carpet...His biggest tennis moment came in 1995 when he defeated former No. 1 Stefan Edberg in 2nd RD at Wimbledon before losing to Boris Becker in 4th RD...Married, has three children, Nanu, Manon and Tibo, who was born on 15 April 2011.
Moodie-Norman DEUCE Feature (Aug. 2010)
2010 -- The Belgian native teamed with Moodie to qualify for season-ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London where they went 1-2 in round robin play…Did not reach a final, but did advance to seven SFs…They first joined up in ‘09 and in first three months of ’10 season they were with other partners…They reunited in April at ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Monte Carlo* where they reached SFs (l. to Nestor-Zimonjic)…They lost three opening round matches in a row before turning things around with SF at Roland Garros (l. to Nestor-Zimonjic)…They played well on grass with SFs in 's-Hertogenbosch and Wimbledon (d. Bryans, l. to Melzer-Petzschner)…During summer, they reached final four in Gstaad, ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Cincinnati* and QF at US Open…Their best results in final two months were SF showings in Metz and Stockholm…Finished No. 7 in ATP Doubles Team Ranking and No. 17 individually in doubles…Earned a career-high $327,043.
2009 -- The Belgian teamed with Moodie for first year to finish No. 9 in ATP Team Rankings…In just their third tournament together at Roland Garros, they beat No. 7 seeds Mirnyi-Ram in 1st RD and No. 2 seeds Bryans in SF before losing in final to Dlouhy-Paes in three sets…They continued success on grass by winning title in ‘s-Hertogenbosch (d. Brunstrom-Rojer) and reaching SF at Wimbledon with back-to-back marathon wins over Pavel-Tecau (14-12 in fifth) in 3rd Rd. and Bhupathi-Knowles in QF (6-4 in fifth) before losing to Bryans in straight sets…In five of next six tournaments turned in QF results, including at US Open (l. to eventual champs Dlouhy-Paes)…Also teamed w/ Cerretani to win title in Johannesburg…Finished No. 15 individually in doubles and earned a career-high $302,157.
2008 -- Played Challengers throughout season with runner-up at Cordoba (l. to Navarro) and SF at Rijeka…Went 3-4 in Challenger doubles finals…
2007 -- In singles, reached SF in Newport (l. to Mahut) and runner-up at Donetsk Challenger (l. to Karanusic)…Also SF at Bogota, Mexico City-1 and Cordoba Challengers…In doubles, captured second career ATP World Tour title in Chennai (w/Malisse)…
2006 -- Finished in Top 125 of ATP Rankings for second straight year and fifth time overall in his career...Compiled a 27-19 record in Challenger play...Reached 2nd RD at Australian Open for first time with a win over Fleishman before falling to Hrbaty 10-8 in fifth set...Played 12 straight Challenger events, reaching Leon final (l. to Simmonds) and two other SF...Reached Roland Garros 2nd RD for second year in a row with win over Massa (l. to Monfils)...Suffered four straight ATP first round losses...Returned to Challenger circuit and reached consecutive SF...Played Davis Cup dead rubber against Slovakia (l. to Lacko)...Had back-to-back Challenger QF in October that pushed him to career high ranking...Won Orleans Challenger doubles title (w/Carraz).
2005 -- Finished year-end career-high No. 94... Won title at Belgrade Challenger (d. Masson)... Reached final at San Luis Potosi Challenger (l. to Vicente)... Entered Roland Garros main draw as a lucky loser and reached 2nd RD (d. Lisnard, l. to Robredo)... On grass, reached 2nd RD at Halle with a win over C. Rochus (l. to Schuettler)... Qualified into Wimbledon and lost to Dent in five sets... Ended year by claiming Dnepropetrovsk Challenger title with wins over Mertinak, Pavel, Dlouhy, El Aynaoui and Sluiter... Teamed with Vliegen for Davis Cup doubles win against Serbia & Montenegro (d. Vemic-Zimonjic)...
2004 -- Reached 2nd RD of just one ATP event, coming in Kitzbuhel (d. Di Mauro, l. to Davydenko)...Won Challenger title at Ischgi (d. Bracciali)...Finalist at Andrezieux (l. to Benneteau)...Played doubles in World Group Play-off with Vliegen, falling to Croatian team of Ancic-Ljubicic...
2003 -- Posted best ATP result of the year at Queen's Club by reaching 3rd RD (d. Fish and Sa, l. to Hewitt)...Reached three Challenger finals, winning his lone title of the year in San Luis Potosi...
2002 -- First Top 100 finish of career...Won US Open debut in five sets (d. Ulihrach, l. to Henman...Won career-best 37 Challenger matches (37-12)...Claimed four titles...Won two Challenger doubles titles...
2001 -- Won Antwerp Challenger title after defeating P. Wessels in final...Also won France F6 and F7 in successive weeks in March...Reached final of Luebeck Challenger (l. to Mlynarik)...
2000 -- Returned to court in June and won Poland F2 in his second tournament...Continued by winning Poland F3 to following week and also won Luxembourg F1 and France F19 during year...Reached finals at Brasov Challenger...In doubles, teamed with C. Kas to win Luxembourg F1 title.
1998 --Lost to Gustafsson in the 1st RD at Sydney...Best result came by reaching 2nd RD at Cherbourg Challenger...
1997--Qualified and reached Antwerp QF (l. to Korda)...Won Dresden Challenger title (d. Alonso) and followed by qualifying at Roland Garros...Reached 3rd RD in Paris before losing to Bruguera...Won Neumunster Challenger title (d. J. van Lottum)...
The veteran Belgian won with Zagreb title with Tecau in February, beating Granollers-M. Lopez 63 64 in the final...The pair went onto reach the Dubai SFs (l. to Stakhovsky-Youzhny)...
Played seven tournaments with his regular partner, Moodie, before the South African's retirement after a Wimbledon 3rd RD loss (l. to Melzer-Petzschner)...The duo advanced to the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Madrid QFs (l. to Cilic-Ljubicic)...
Partnering Hanley, the pair lost to Bopanna-Qureshi in the US Open 3rd RD and reached the Bangkok SFs (l. to Kohlmann-Waske)...
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