Carlos Moya is one of the most famous tennis players that Spain has ever produced. Moya ranked number one in the men’s singles and held many titles throughout his career. He won French Open in 1998 and took Davis Cup for his country in 2004.
Moya played his first Grand Slam final in 1997 and lost to Pete Sampras. However, he came back in 1998 to win Grand slam title at French Open, beating fellow Spaniard Alex Corretja. He also won Tennis Masters Cup in the same year. He also reached the semi final at US Open but unfortunately lose to Mark Philippoussis due to fatigue. He ended the year on a high note as he was runner up in ATP World Championship.
Moya finished as runner up in Indian Wells in 1999 and finally reached the world number 1 rank for the first time ever in his career. However, the same year, he failed to defend his title in French Open as he lost to Andre Agassi in 4th round. Later on, he suffered from a back injury and retired from the tournament. But despite the injury, he finished in top 50.
Moya’s injury was critical but it didn’t end his career. He was able to win again in Cincinnati defeating Lleyton Hewitt, who was world number 1 then. Moy’s second Masters title gave him new hope and he went on to win 3 day court titles and a Masters Series title in the next two years. He won another title in Chennai a year later (2005), taking his career title tally to 18.
Moya retired from the professional game in 2010. At his retirement, he received a special attention as he was given a special farewell at famous O2 Arena in London.
In tennis, it can be interesting to reflect on past events. Many notable occurrences take place within a particular Grand Slam. There are certain facts and records that are overlooked by many of us but they do make for interesting parts of the tournament. Australian Open is one such grand slams that has offered several different records, events and facts that will definitely interest any avid tennis fan.
Here is the information and facts detail about Australian Open 2004:
1) Names previously unknown to tennis fans, Nenad Zimonjic and Elena Bovina won the open mixed doubles title of the 2004 Australian Open.
2) Fabrice Santoro and Michael Llodra won the 2004 Australian Open doubles title for the second year, beating the Bryan brothers in the final.
3) Famous female tennis player Amelie Mauresmo withdrew from the 2004 Australian Open quarter final while she was among the top ten female tennis players at that time.
4) Three American famous female singles tennis players Lindsay Davenport, Lisa Raymond and Chanda Rubin made their way into the Round of 16 of Australian Open 2004.
5) Four American men singles tennis players Andy Roddick, Robby Ginepri, Andre Agassi and James Blake reached the Round of 16 in the 2004 Australian Open.
6) Justine Henin-Hardenne, being the top seed player in 2004, won the third Grand Slam, i.e. Australian Open 2004 after defeating Kim Clijsters.
7) Russian male tennis player Marat Safin snapped the 26-match win streak of Agassi at the Australian Open by defeating Agassi in the thrilling semi-final of Australian Open 2004.
8) Among the top ten seeded male tennis players in 2004, Carlos Moya withdrew before the the 2004 Australian Open event.
Babolat is one of the leading makers of tennis, squash and badminton racquets in the world today with its tennis products enjoying a world-wide customer base. It is a French-based company and boasts of an impressive display of names on its customer list, which include, Carlos Moya, Rafael Nadal, Andy Roddick, Michael Chang, Robby Ginepri and the like. The first strings were made by this company when Pierce Babolat made them out of natural gut. This was in 1875. The main aim of this company was focussed only in making strings until 1994 when it decided to shift its interests towards becoming a sole “tennis” company. This meant that the market saw the inflow of Babolat tennis racquets which went on to become a huge rage in the European market. They were later introduced in Japan before making their presence felt in USA in 2000. The company first became famous in tennis racquet production in North America and Europe and soon it was getting identified by the dozen by its characteristic double stringed layout. Apart from this, the frame was of the racquet had a distinct feel to it which made it a favourite with many top tennis players. Tennis and its equipment is always fun!