Popular Tennis Player MaliVai Washington
MaliVai Washington, a former certified player from the United States was born on June 20, 1969, in Glen Cove, New York. He was able to make to Wimbledon, in the Men’s Singles final, in 1996. Washington began playing tennis, at age 5, with his father William who taught this game to his other siblings also. Washington was greatly motivated by his parents, one of the reasons being that when his father, William was the assistant dean at the State University of New York; he trained the poor children how to play tennis on the new courts of the university. He was granted a scholarship to the University of Michigan, when he was 18 and ranked No.1 in US, before the initiation of his expert career in 1989. In 1990, Washington was given the title of ‘ATP Rookie of the Year’. In October 1991, he was ranked among the Top 50 and maintained that for the next six years.
Washington represented United States from 1994 to 1997, in three Davis Cup ties and in Atlanta, Georgia, at the 1996 Olympic Games, where he made to the doubles with Agassi. He injured his left knee, in February 1997, during a duty on Davis Cup against Brazil and had to have it operated. The surgery was carried out on 30 April, in Jacksonville, Florida, and before retiring in November 1999, he continued to play two more Grand Slams. Washington was conferred with the Arthur Ashe Humanitarian of the Year award for 2009, on March 27, 2010, in Miami, Florida, during the Sony Ericsson Open.