Marcelo Rios is a former World No. 1 tennis player from Chile, born in 1975. He was nicknamed El Chino. H claimed top position on ATP tennis rankings in 1998, making him the fist Latin American to enjoy such high ranking. He held this top position for six weeks.
Marcelo Rios won Hamburg, Rome, and Monte Carlo after the new format for clay court Masters Series was introduced. His victory in all the three Masters made him the first player to achieve this. He was ranked World No. 1 without winning any Grand Slam title at all. He is the only person in Open Era to have claimed World No. 1 spot without winning a Grand Slam title throughout the career although he did win other 18 titles. However, he did make to finals in Australian Open but lost to Petr Korda.
Rios has been subject to number of controversies, which affected his personality as a tennis player negatively. He was unable to justify these controversies. He retired early because of these controversies and back injury that made it difficult for him to play tennis. Former World No.1 professional tennis player Marcelo Rios is still remembered in the field of Tennis for his talent. His unique record makes him important in Tennis records.
The prestige of U.S open had been in the hands of United States during the era of 1989-1980. Ivan Lendl of the top professional tennis player from United States captured the finals 8 times and claimed the title three consecutive times. John McEnroe was another famous tennis player who aided U.S dominating this era, by winning the title three times. The list of male winners and runner-ups of U.S Open tennis championship during 1989-1980 is as follow:
Year 1989-U.S Open Tennis
- U.S Open winner (male)-1989: Boris Becker
- U.S Open runner-up (male)-1989: Ivan Lendl
Year 1988-U.S Open Tennis
- U.S Open winner (male)-1988: Mats Wilander
- U.S Open runner-up (male)-1988: Ivan Lendl
Year 1987-U.S Open Tennis
- U.S Open winner (male)-1987: Ivan Lendl
- U.S Open runner-up (male)-1987: Mats Wilander
Year 1986-U.S Open Tennis
- U.S Open winner (male)-1986: Ivan Lendl
- U.S Open runner-up (male)-1986: Miloslav Mecir
Year 1985-U.S Open Tennis
- U.S Open winner (male)-1985: Ivan Lendl
- U.S Open runner-up (male)-1985: John McEnroe
Year 1984-U.S Open Tennis
- U.S Open winner (male)-1984: John McEnroe
- U.S Open runner-up (male)-1984: Ivan Lendl
Year 1983-U.S Open Tennis
- U.S Open winner (male)-1983: Jimmy Connors
- U.S Open runner-up (male)-1983: Ivan Lendl
Year 1982-U.S Open Tennis
- U.S Open winner (male)-1982: Jimmy Connors
- U.S Open runner-up (male)-1982: Ivan Lendl
Year 1981-U.S Open Tennis
- U.S Open winner (male)-1981: John McEnroe
- U.S Open runner-up (male)-1981: Bjorn Borg
Year 1980-U.S Open Tennis
- U.S Open winner (male)-1980: John McEnroe
- U.S Open runner-up (male)-1980: Bjorn Borg
A French tennis player and currently the most favorite for French people, famous tennis player Gael Monfils is a professional tennis player who has been entertaining the tennis fans all over the world with his sensational performances. Gael is nicknamed as ‘La Monf’ and sometimes Sliderman due to his extremely sliding techniques on the clay surface.
Even he failed at winning major Grand Slam titles, the amount of energy and zeal Monfils shows at the court made him famous among the tennis lovers. Monfils born September 1, 1986 is the current top French tennis player and has been ranked 9th on the ATP rankings. He was the semi-finalist in French Open 2009 whereas runner-up in Paris Masters in 2009 and 2010. In year 2008, it was the first time when French tennis player Monfils finished in top 20 tennis players. With personal high 46 matches win in 2010, Monfils was able to finish among the top 15 male tennis players for straight third year.
Gael Monfils is known for his defensive playing tactic and he plays from the far back of the baseline until he forces his opponent to make and error. Monfils is known for his athleticism and is sometimes compared to Rafal Nadal for being all over the clay court. Monfils sometimes surprise his opponents with his aggressive play but his sudden transition from defensive to aggressive often lead him to make errors.
In year 2011, Monfils was left with the wrist injury but made a strong comeback and defeated 7th seeded Spanish tennis player David Ferrer to reach the quarterfinals. Monfils will face the greatest tennis player Roger Federer in quarter-final in French Open 2011.
Famous male tennis player Thomas “Tommy” Haas is a German professional tennis player who has currently lost his ranking in ATP rankings due to continuous injuries. He started to play his version of tennis at the small age of two and at the age of five he won his first youth tournament. He was such a good talent that well-known tennis guru, Nick Bollettieri offered him a place at his tennis academy for free and Haas moved to Florida at the age of thirteen. His best record at a Grand Slam event is the semi-final of Wimbledon in 2009. He has won a Silver Medal in 2000 Olympics playing for his home country, Germany. Year 2010 went bad for Tommy Haas as he suffered through many injuries which hampered his performance considerably, limiting his winning streak.
German tennis player, Tommy Haas is an all-round all-court player with a versatile style of play. He has the ability to play powerful ground strokes from both wings and plays powerful volleys with the ability to transit to the nets. Tommy Haas has no particular style of playing but he adjusts his game according to the game of his opponent. The biggest strength of Tommy Haas is his powerful one-handed backhands that are amongst the best in world tennis. He also plays good forehand shots. But, his inability to perform consistently and mental stability costs him games rather than technical difficulties. Tommy Haas is considered to be the hottest tennis player due to his stern body and hot looks.
Famous male tennis player Robin Soderling is a Swedish professional tennis player who is currently ranked at number 14 in the world of tennis. Robin Soderling is the only player to defeat the Clay King Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal in the French Open 2009 Grand Slam title where he eventually lost to the greatest tennis player Roger Federer but the 2009 French Open was his best Grand Slam record. Robin Soderling is the only Swedish player to rank in the top 100 in the ATP rankings. In the first tournament of 2010, he created an upset by defeating the world’s top seeded player, Roger Federer. The rivalry of Robin Soderling and Rafael Nadal is very well known. Even though, record is in the favour of Rafael Nadal with a score of 3-2 but their last two encounters were won by Soderling. In year 2010, the Swedish tennis player, Robing Soderling reached 3 finals including the final of Roland Garros for second consecutive year and won two ATP World Tour titles. On record, he won 57 matches during 2010 which helped him attain his present ranking.
Robin Soderling is known for the power game he plays. He plays a power service as well as power ground stroke which makes it difficult for his opponents to break his service. He is one of the very few players on the tour who can play forehand as well as backhand shots with the same power. Even though, he has reached the finals of the 2009 French Open. His best performances have come on the indoor surfaces and hard courts.
Famous female tennis player Maria Sharapova is a former number one Russian professional tennis player who resides in North America but plays sing her Russian nationality. Maria Sharapova became the World No. 1 on August 22, 2005 and regained this spot again for the fourth time on May 19, 2008. Currently, she has been ranked at number 8 because she hasn’t played much tennis because of consistent injuries. Maria has won 23 WTA singles titles with three major Grand Slam single titles in her career to date including 2004 Wimbledon, 2008 Australian Open and 2006 US Open. She achieved her first major title at Wimbledon in 2004 at the young age of 17. Year 2010 has been very disappointing for Russian tennis star Sharapova as she could not win any Grand Slam and lost to many players, hence ended at WTA Rank 18.
Maria Sharapova plays an aggressive baseline game with depth, angles and power on her backhand as well as forehand shots. Rather than hitting regular volley shots, she prefers to play strong and swinging volleys with attacking lobs or by approaching the net. Considering the height of Maria Sharapova, she is considered to have a very good court covering speed. From the 2008 season she has improved her game by adding drop shots, sliced backhand shots and showed improvement in footwork and movement. Maria Sharapova is famous for her “grunting” on court which has been recorded at the highest decibel of 101 during Wimbledon 2005. Maria Sharapova was declared as most glamorous athlete of the decade at the end of 2009. Russian tennis player, Maria Sharapova is considered as the hottest tennis player due to her body curves and gorgeous looks. She has attained much of popularity due to her looks.
Famous female tennis player Kim Clijsters is a former world number one professional tennis player from Belgium. Currently, she has been ranked at number 2 by the Women’s Tennis Association. Kim has won forty one WTA titles in singles and eleven titles in doubles. Kim has also won WTA tour championship in 2002 and 2003. She has won 2005 and 2009 US Open singles titles. She has also won doubles titles at Wimbledon and the French Open in 2003. She has been a runner up at the Australian Open once and at the French Open twice in singles competition.
On the 6th May, 2007 she announced her retirement with immediate effect and made a comeback after two years on the 26th March, 2009 when she declared her intention of returning to world tennis. In only her third tournament after her comeback, she won the US Open title in 2009 which made her the only unseeded and wildcard player to win a tournament. She became only the second mother to win the major title. Due to her persistent performance in year 2010, she was awarded WTA Player of the Year Award (second time) only after the following year when she received the Come Back Player of the Year Award.
Kim Clijsters is known for her powerful and deep ground strokes and her court coverage with the fast footwork and athleticism. She is one of the few players who can play on any kind of tennis playing surface. One top tennis player stated in 2005 that Kim’s strength is in her strength to play an extra shot that can devastate the game of an opponent.
Famous male tennis player Juan Martin Del Potro is a professional tennis player from Argentina who is ranked number 26th in world tennis who is currently the highest ranked Argentine player. Del Potro reached his highest ranking of five in April, 2009. He had won his first four titles of his career in four tournaments which is a unique record in the history of world tennis. He has achieved the second longest winning streak after Rafael Nadal to win 23 consecutive matches in five tournaments. Del Potro won his first career Grand Slam title in 2009 at the U.S. Open where he defeated the greatest tennis player Roger Federer, who was also ranked number one then. He became only the second Argentine tennis player and world’s fifth youngest tennis player to achieve a U.S. Open title. But his Wimbledon career is not as good as other Grand Slams as he hasn’t gone past second round there. Year 2010 went unfortunate for Potro due to his right wrist injury which kept him out of action.
Argentinian tennis player Del Potro is an offensive baseline player who has a powerful serve and plays flat and fast ground strokes. The forehand strokes are his best strength as he can play them at speeds of over 100mph. Another shot played effectively by him is his double handed backhand. Even after being the tallest player (6’6”) in the history of tennis to win a Grand Slam title, he is a great mover on the court. His height gives him an ability to deliver a powered first service and returns of top spin balls.
Famous male tennis player Fernando Verdasco is a professional tennis player from Spain who is currently ranked at number 20 and No. 3 among the Spanish tennis players which is the second highest rank for a Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal. Currently, Verdasco is working with the former U.S. tennis Ace Andre Agassi and his team in Las Vegas. He has achieved his best ranking of seventh in April, 2009. Even though, he hasn’t won any Grand Slam titles in his career, he has given several good performances in Grand Slam matches. His best performance came in the 2009 Australian Open where he reached the semi-finals of the event and was beaten by world number one Rafael Nadal in the longest ever match in the history of the Australian Open that lasted for more than five hours. This performance earned him the ninth ranking, his highest until then. In 2010, Verdasco won titles in Barcelona and San Jose. He successfully reached the final of first ATP Masters 1000 in Monte Carlo.
The Spanish tennis player Fernando Verdasco is an offensive baseline player who can play on any surface but the fast hard courts are his favourites. The best shot played by Spaniard is a forehand. His service is a typical left-handed service where he puts lot of top spin on the ball with a speed of more than 200 Kms. But, his usual habit of making errors at the most important time in a match and a loss of concentration is well known and costs him matches.
Famous male tennis player Fernando Gonzalez is a professional tennis player from Chile who is currently ranked at number 368 in the ATP rankings. He has been given a nickname by his fans in Chile which means “Stone hand” and “The La Reina Bomber” because he has the hardest hitting forehand shot in the tennis circuits. The English media has given him the nickname of “Gonzo”. Fernando Gonzalez is one of the few players in recent times who has at least reached to the quarter final of all Grand Slam events. His best performance in a Grand Slam event was in 2007 at the Australian Open where he reached the final but was defeated by Roger Federer. He has won the Bronze Medal in the 2004 Olympics and Silver Medal in the 2008 Olympics. In year 2009, Fernando finished Top 15th for the consecutive 5th season. He claimed the 11th ATP title on home soil and also made to semi-final of Roland Garros.
Basically, the Chilean tennis player Fernando Gonzalez is an offensive baseline player and plays powered forehand ground strokes for which he is very famous. His powerful services are effective to win the points for him. He is a sharp mover on the court and likes to play the game from the baseline rather than approaching net. He approaches the net only to play drop shots. He can hit the winners anywhere in the court with his agility and speed. However, he is not consistent in winning games because he has a habit of playing lots of unforced errors.