Andre Kirk Agassi is an American retired professional tennis player and former world No. 1 whose career spanned from the late 1980s to the mid-2000s. Considered by numerous sources to be one of the greatest tennis players of all time, Agassi has been called the greatest service returner to play the game and was described by the BBC upon his retirement as "perhaps the biggest worldwide star in the sport's history"; as a result, he is credited for helping to revive the popularity of tennis during the 1990s. In singles tennis, Agassi is an eight-time Grand Slam champion and a 1996 Olympic gold medalist, as well as being a runner-up in seven other Grand Slam tournaments. During the Open Era, Agassi was the first male player to win four Australian Open titles, a record, surpassed by Novak Djokovic when he won his fifth title in 2015, by Roger Federer in 2017. Agassi is one of five male singles players to achieve the Career Grand Slam in the Open Era and one of eight in history, the first of two to achieve the Career Golden Slam, the only man to win the Career Golden Slam and the ATP Tour World Championships: a distinction dubbed as a "Career Super Slam" by Sports Illustrated.
Agassi was the first male player to win all four Grand Slam tournaments on three different surfaces, the last American male to win both the French Open and the Australian Open. He won 17 ATP Masters Series titles and was part of the winning Davis Cup teams in 1990, 1992 and 1995. Agassi reached the world No. 1 ranking for the first time in 1995 but was troubled by personal issues during the mid-to-late 1990s and sank to No. 141 in 1997, prompting many to believe that his career was over. Agassi returned to No. 1 in 1999 and enjoyed the most successful run of his career over the next four years. During his 20-plus year tour career, Agassi was known by the nickname "The Punisher". After suffering from sciatica caused by two bulging discs in his back, a spondylolisthesis and a bone spur that interfered with the nerve, Agassi retired from professional tennis on September 3, 2006, after losing in the third round of the US Open to Benjamin Becker, he is the founder of the Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation, which has raised over $60 million for at-risk children in Southern Nevada.
In 2001, the Foundation opened the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy in Las Vegas, a K-12 public charter school for at-risk children. He has been married to fellow tennis player Steffi Graf since 2001. Andre Agassi was born in Las Vegas, Nevada to Emmanuel "Mike" Agassi, a former Olympic boxer from Iran and Elizabeth "Betty" Agassi, his father claims to have Armenian and Assyrian heritage. One of his ancestors changed his surname from Armenian Aghassian to less noticeable Agassi to avoid persecution. Andre Agassi's mother, Betty, is a breast cancer survivor, he has three older siblings – Rita and Tami. Andre was given the middle name Kirk after an Armenian American billionaire. Agassi, a waiter at Tropicana Las Vegas, met Kerkorian in 1963. Agassi at the age of 12 won the 1982 National Indoor Boys 14s Doubles Championship in Chicago. Agassi describes juvenile pranks with Roddy in his book Open. At the age of 13, Agassi was sent to Nick Bollettieri's Tennis Academy in Florida, he was meant to stay for only three months because, all his father could afford.
After thirty minutes of watching Agassi play, Bollettieri impressed by his talent, called Mike and said: "Take your check back. He's here for free." Agassi dropped out of school in the ninth grade. Agassi turned professional at the age of 16 and competed in his first tournament at La Quinta, California, he won his first match against John Austin, but lost his second match to Mats Wilander. By the end of 1986, Agassi was ranked No. 91. He won his first top-level singles title in 1987 at the Sul American Open in Itaparica and ended the year ranked No. 25. He won six additional tournaments in 1988, and, by December of that year, he had surpassed US$1 million in career prize money after playing in just 43 tournaments—the fastest anyone in history had reached that level. During 1988, he set the open-era record for most consecutive victories by a male teenager, his year-end ranking was No. 3, behind second-ranked Ivan Lendl and top-ranked Mats Wilander. Both the Association of Tennis Professionals and Tennis magazine named Agassi the Most Improved Player of the Year for 1988.
In addition to not playing the Australian Open for the first eight years of his career, Agassi chose not to play at Wimbledon from 1988 through 1990 and publicly stated that he did not wish to play there because of the event's traditionalism its "predominantly white" dress code to which players at the event are required to conform. Strong performances on the tour meant that Agassi was tipped as a future Grand Slam champion. While still a teenager, he reached the semifinals of both the French Open and the US Open in 1988 and made the US Open semifinals in 1989, he began the 1990s with a series of near-misses. He reached his first Grand Slam final in 1990 at the French Open, where he was favored before losing in four sets to Andrés Gómez, which he attributed in his book to worrying about his wig falling off during the match, he reached his second Grand Slam final o
Juan Carlos Ferrero
Juan Carlos Ferrero Donat is a Spanish former world No. 1 professional tennis player. He won the men's singles title at the 2003 French Open, in September of that year, became the 21st player to hold the world No. 1 ranking. He was runner-up at the 2002 French Open and 2003 US Open, his nickname was "Mosquito" due to his speed and slight physical build. Ferrero retired from the game after the 2012 Valencia Open 500, returning for a brief doubles stint in 2017. Nicknamed Juanki and "El Mosquito", Ferrero began playing tennis at age seven with his father, who travels with him, he has two sisters and Laura and admires the play of former No. 1 and two-time Roland Garros champion Jim Courier. Ferrero's inspiration has been his mother, who died of cancer when he was 17. In July 2007, he bought an old cottage in Bocairente, 50 minutes south from Valencia and refurbished it into "Hotel Ferrero", which features 12 luxury suites, he is a joint owner of the Valencia Open 500 tournament together with David Ferrer.
His fitness trainer was Miguel Maeso, he was coached by Antonio Martínez and Salvador Navarro. He and his wife welcomed their first child, a baby daughter named Vega in September 2014. and the couple married in July 2015. Although Ferrero was known as one of the best clay-court players during his prime, he distinguished himself as an all-court and all-round player through his solid performance on hard- and grass-court tournaments, he said during an interview. Tennis experts agreed that Ferrero's clay-court game translated well to the hard court due to his aggressive style of playing, he had one of the greatest forehands in the game and immense speed on the court. He was sponsored by Nike, Sergio Tacchini, Lotto Sport Italia for his apparel on court. In 2010, he signed an endorsement deal with Joma He uses Lacoste for his clothes, Asics for shoes and Prince Sports for his racquets, he played with a Prince EXO3 Tour 100 Mid+ racquet. Born in Ontinyent, Ferrero came to prominence in 1998, making the final of the French Open Juniors, losing to Fernando González.
He finished. He made his professional debut in 1998 by reaching the finals of his first Futures tournament in Italy, losing to Miguel Pastura, 4–6, 5–7, he won two Futures events in Spain, defeating Gorka Fraile and Emilio Viuda-Hernandez in the respective finals. He ended the year ranked No. 345. He made his first ATP main draw debut at the Grand Prix Hassan II as a qualifier, he earned his first top 100 win upsetting 4th seed and No. 68 Karim Alami 6–4, 4–6, 6–3 and reached the semifinals, where he lost to Alberto Martín, 5–7, 4–6. He followed it up by winning a Challenger events in Naples defeating Juan Albert Viloca-Puig 3–6, 7–6, 6–1, he received a wildcard at the Open Seat Godó and reached the third round losing to Carlos Moyá 5–7, 7–5, 4–6. He reached back–to–back finals, losing at the Prostejov Challenger to Richard Fromberg 6–7, 7–5, 4–6 and winning the Maia Challenger Mariano Hood 6–3, 5–7, 6–3, he made his top 100 debut with this results at No. 95. He reached his fourth challenger final of the year at Graz losing Tomáš Zíb 6–7, 1–6.
He played at the Generali Open, where he earned his first top 20 win in the second round against No. 15 Tommy Haas 3–6, 7–6, 6–3, before losing to eventual champion Albert Costa 6–3, 2–6, 3–6 in the quarterfinals. He made his Grand Slam debut at the US Open in August, losing to ninth seeded Greg Rusedski in the first round; the following month, in just his fifth professional event, he won his first career title at the Majorca Open, defeating some excellents players at clay like Juan Antonio Marin and Francisco Clavet en route to the final against second seed and No. 11 Àlex Corretja, 2–6, 7–5, 6–3, which propelled him from No. 68 to 47. He won the ATP Newcomer of the Year award, he began the year at the Heineken Open and made the quarterfinals losing to compatriot Joan Balcells 6–4, 3–6, 1–6. He made his Australian Open debut, making it to the third round, where he was defeated by Younes El Aynaoui in a tight five–setter, 6–7, 6–4, 6–4, 6–7, 4–6. Shortly after, he reached the finals at the Dubai Tennis Championships, losing to Nicolas Kiefer 5–7, 6–4, 3–6, en route earning his first top 10 win over No. 9 Nicolás Lapentti 6–4, 6–3 in the second round.
He backed it up with a semifinal showing at the Franklin Templeton Tennis Classic, falling to Australian Lleyton Hewitt 4–6, 2–6. At the first Masters of the year, he lost his first matches at the Indian Wells Masters to Michael Chang 5–7, 4–6 and at the Ericsson Open to George Bastl 6–7, 4–6, he represented Davis Cup for the first time and won both his matches, he routed No. 3 Yevgeny Kafelnikov 6–2, 6–2, 6–2, his first win over a top 5 player and cruise pass Marat Safin 6–0, 6–3 in a dead rubber. At the European clay season, Ferrero made it to back–to–back quarterfinals at the Estoril Open and his first masters quarterfinals at the Monte Carlo Open, losing to Nicolás Lapentti 6–7, 4–6 and to Gastón Gaudio 4–6, 2–6, respectively, he made it to his second final of the year at the Torneo Godó losing to Marat Safin 3–6, 3–6, 4–6. By doing so, Ferrero entered the top 20 for the first time at No. 18. At the final Masters series of the clay court swing, Ferrero didn't fare well, losing to lower ranked opponent.
He made the third round of the Italian Open losing to Mariano Puerta 6–7, 6–3, 4–6 and second round of the German Open losing to Andrei Pavel 4–6, 4–6. However, he bounced back by reaching the semifinals of his first French Open after defeating No. 10 Àlex Corretja 6–4
Andrew Stephen Roddick is an American former world No. 1 professional tennis player. Roddick became world No. 1 shortly after he won the title at the 2003 US Open, defeating French Open champion Juan Carlos Ferrero in the final and overtaking him as the top-ranked player in the process. Despite several more years as one of the world's best players, the 2003 US Open title would remain his only Grand Slam triumph, he is the most recent North American male player to win a Grand Slam singles event, reach the top ranking, claim the year-end world No. 1 ranking. Roddick reached four other Grand Slam finals. Roddick was ranked in the year end top-10 for nine consecutive years and won five Masters Series titles in that period, he is married to a Sports Illustrated swimwear model and actress. On August 30, 2012, during the 2012 US Open and on his 30th birthday, Roddick announced that he would retire after the tournament. Following a fourth-round defeat by Juan Martín del Potro, the 2009 US Open champion, Roddick retired from the sport with the aim of focusing on his work at the Andy Roddick Foundation.
In 2015, Roddick played for the Austin Aces in World Team Tennis. This was his eighth season in the fifth team for which he has played, he was the 2015 Champion of the QQQ Champions Series. Roddick was born the youngest of three boys in Omaha, the son of Blanche, a school teacher, Jerry Roddick, a businessman. Roddick has two older brothers and John, who were both promising tennis players at a young age. Roddick lived in Austin, from age 4 until he was 11, moved to Boca Raton, Florida, in the interest of his brother's tennis career, attending SEK Boca Prep International School, graduating in the Class of 2000. Roddick took high school classes online through the University of Nebraska High School. Roddick played varsity basketball in high school alongside his future Davis Cup teammate Mardy Fish, who trained and lived with Roddick in 1999. During that time period, he intermittently trained with Serena Williams, his tennis idol growing up was Andre Agassi. Roddick considered quitting competitive tennis at the age of 17 when he had a losing streak in the juniors.
His coach, Tarik Benhabiles, talked him into giving tennis four more months of undivided attention. Roddick finished as the No. 6 junior in the U. S. in 1999, as the No. 1 junior in the world in 2000. He won six world junior singles titles and seven world junior doubles titles, won the US Open and Australian Open junior singles titles in 2000. In March in Miami, in the first round, Roddick had his first ATP level victory as he beat No. 41 Fernando Vicente of Spain, 6–4, 6–0. In August in Washington, D. C. he beat No. 30 Fabrice Santoro of France, 4–6, 6–3, 6–3. Roddick played the Banana Bowl in the city of São Paulo and won, beating Joachim Johansson in the final. Roddick won the Australian Junior Open, defeating Mario Ančić in the final. Entering the pros in 2001 at the age of 18, Roddick showed his promise when he defeated 7-time Wimbledon champion and world No. 4 Pete Sampras in the third round of the Miami Masters 7–6, 6–3. That year, he dispatched World No. 1 Gustavo Kuerten of Brazil, 6–7, 6–4, 6–2, in August.
Earlier, at the 2001 French Open, Roddick defeated a French Open champion, Michael Chang, in a five set battle 5-7, 6-3, 6-4, 6-7, 7-5 in the second round. During the ensuing Wimbledon, he further showed potential by taking a set from eventual winner Goran Ivanišević. Roddick's breakthrough year was 2003, in which he defeated Younes El Aynaoui in the quarterfinals of the 2003 Australian Open. Roddick and the Moroccan battled for five hours, with the fifth set at the time the longest fifth set in a Grand Slam tournament during the open era, at 2 hours and 23 minutes. Despite a lackluster French Open, Roddick enjoyed success in the United Kingdom by winning Queen's Club, beating No. 2 Andre Agassi, 6–1, 6–7, 7–6, along the way, reaching the Wimbledon semifinals, where he lost to eventual champion Roger Federer in straight sets. He avenged that loss in August, beating No. 3 Federer in Montreal, 6–4, 3–6, 7–6. It is one of. Roddick's hard-court record in 2003 included his first Masters Series titles—coming at Canada and Cincinnati—and his only Grand Slam title.
At the US Open, Roddick rallied from two sets down and a match point in the semifinals to beat David Nalbandian of Argentina, 6–7, 3–6, 7–6, 6–1, 6–3. He defeated No. 3 Juan Carlos Ferrero in the final, 6–3, 7–6, 6–3. At the Tennis Masters Cup in Houston, he defeated No. 7 Carlos Moyá of Spain, No. 4 Guillermo Coria of Argentina, before losing to Roger Federer in the semifinals. By the end of the year, at age 21, he was ranked No. 1, the first American to finish a year at No. 1 since Andre Agassi in 1999. He became the youngest American to hold this rank since computer rankings were started in 1973. Roddick's reign at No. 1 ended the following February, when Roger Federer ascended to the top position, after winning his first Australian Open. In April, Roddick again beat No. 6 Moyá. In June, Roddick advanced to his first Wimbledon final, after taking the first set from defending champion Federer, lost in four sets. Roddick was knocked out during the 2004 US Open
The ATP Finals is the second highest tier of annual men's tennis tournament after the four Grand Slam tournaments. A week-long event, the tournament is held annually each November at the O2 Arena in London, United Kingdom; the ATP Finals are the season-ending championships of the ATP Tour and feature the top eight singles players and doubles teams of the ATP Rankings. The tournament was first held in 1970. Roger Federer holds the record for the most singles titles with six, while Peter Fleming and John McEnroe hold the record for the most doubles titles with seven. In the current tournament, winners are awarded up to 1500 ranking points; the event is the fourth evolution of a championship which began in 1970. It was known as the Masters Grand Prix and was part of the Grand Prix Tennis Circuit, it was organised by the International Lawn Tennis Federation. It ran alongside the competing WCT Finals the season-ending championships for the rival World Championship Tennis Tour; the Masters was a year-end showpiece event between the best players on the men's tour, but did not count for any world ranking points.
In 1990, the Association of Tennis Professionals took over the running of the men's tour and replaced the Masters with the ATP Tour World Championship. World ranking points were now at stake, with an undefeated champion earning the same number of points they would for winning one of the four Grand Slam events; the ITF, who continued to run the Grand Slam tournaments, created a rival year-end event known as the Grand Slam Cup, contested by the 16 players with the best records in Grand Slam competitions that year. In December 1999, the ATP and ITF agreed to discontinue the two separate events and create a new jointly-owned event called the Tennis Masters Cup; as with the Masters Grand Prix and the ATP Tour World Championships, the Tennis Masters Cup was contested by eight players. However, player, ranked number eight in the ATP Champion's Race world rankings does not have a guaranteed spot. If a player who wins one of the year's Grand Slam events finishes the year ranked outside the top eight but still within the top 20, he is included in the Tennis Masters Cup instead of the eighth-ranked player.
If two players outside the top eight win Grand Slam events, the higher placed player in the world rankings takes the final spot in the Tennis Masters Cup. In 2009, the Masters was renamed the ATP World Tour Finals and was held at The O2 in London from 2009 to 2013. In 2012, the organisers extended the contract by two years up to 2015. In 2015, the contract was extended again for three years up to 2018. In 2017 the event was renamed the ATP Finals and the contract with the O2 Arena was extended to 2020. In December 2018 it was announced that London, along with Manchester, Singapore and Turin were on a shortlist of five cities which made the cut from an initial list of 40 to host the event from 2021. For many years, the doubles event was held as a separate tournament the week after the singles competition, but more they have been held together in the same week and venue. For most of its history, the event has been considered as the most important indoor tennis tournament on the world tour, allowing for controlled conditions of play, regarding both surface type and illumination system.
In recent years it has been played on indoor hard courts, indoor carpet has featured for many editions previously. Once when Melbourne hosted it in 1974 the grass courts of Kooyong Stadium were used and occurred a few weeks before the 1974 Australian Open, which were played on grass. Apart from 1974, all tournaments have been on a hard court variant, which has prompted calls from Rafael Nadal to feature a mix of surfaces and include clay courts. However, this has drawn criticism as well as suggestions to reduce the number of clay court tournaments in the season and the ATP are not keen to change this aspect of the tournament. There are eight players or teams, playing is mandatory except for injury or other good cause. Qualification is as follows: the top seven players in the ATP rankings up to two grand slam winners ranked between 8 and 20 the next players in the ATP rankings, until the quota of eight is reached; the ATP Finals rewards the following points and prize money, per victory: 1 Prize money for doubles is per team.
There is an appearance fee of $203,000 singles, $100,000 per doubles team. The two alternates are paid $110,000 and $38,000. An undefeated champion would earn the maximum 1,500 points, $2,712,000 in singles or $517,000 in doubles. In addition, prizes include the Barclays ATP Singles and Doubles World Tour Finals Trophies and the ATP Tour World No.1 Trophy, all made by London-based silversmiths Thomas Lyte. Unlike all other singles events on the men's tour, the ATP Finals is not a straightforward knock-out tournament. Eight players are divided into two groups of four and play three round-robin matches each against the other players in their group; the two players with the best records in each group progress to the semifinals, with the winners meeting in the final to determine the champion. Though it is theoretically possible to advance to the semi-finals of the tournament with two round-robin losses no player in the history of the singles tournament has won the title after losing more than one round-robin match.
The current round robin format of two groups of four players progressing to a semifinal and final, has been in place for all editions of the tournament except the
Robert Charles Bryan is an American professional tennis player. He has won twenty-three Grand Slam titles: 16 in men's doubles and 7 in mixed doubles, he turned professional in 1998. With his twin brother Mike, he has been the world No. 1 doubles player for much of the last several years, first achieving the top ranking in September 2003. The brothers were named ATP Team of the Decade for 2000–2009; the brothers became the second men's doubles team to complete the career Golden Slam at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Bob Bryan ended his 2018 season early with subsequent hip surgery in August 2018 due to an injury he sustained during his Madrid final retirement earlier in May 2018, which would have elevated the Bryan brothers as the oldest players back to the top of the men's doubles ranking if they were victorious, his recovery from hip surgery took around 5 months, which led his brother Mike to partner with fellow compatriot Jack Sock during Bob's absence. 16 Grand Slams 30 Grand Slam men's doubles finals 10-time ITF World Champions 116 ATP Titles and 169 ATP Finals 439 weeks at #1 1000+ team match wins 10 consecutive years of winning at least 1 Grand Slam 11 time ATP Fans' Favorite Doubles Team and ATP Team of the Decade "Bryan Golden Slam" 7 consecutive Grand Slam finals 38 Masters 1000 titles "Career Golden Masters" He finished the year as the no. 1 ranked singles player in the nation in 1998 after winning the clay court nationals and reaching the finals of Kalamazoo.
The brothers were back-to-back Kalamazoo doubles champions in 1995 and 1996 and won the US Open Junior doubles title in 1996. He played for Stanford University in 1997 and 1998, where he helped the Cardinal win back-to-back NCAA team championships. In 1998, he won the "Triple Crown" by taking the NCAA singles and team titles, he was the first man to accomplish this since Stanford's Alex O'Brien did it in 1992. Both brothers started their professional careers playing World TeamTennis for teams like the Idaho Sneakers through the current season for the Kansas City Explorers. With his twin brother Mike, Bob has won 116 doubles titles, including sixteen Grand Slam titles. In 2005, the Bryan brothers made it to the finals of all four Grand Slam tournaments, only the second time a men's doubles team has done this during the open era. In 2006, the Bryan brothers completed a Career Grand Slam. Having won the 2012 US Open, they followed up by winning the first three majors of 2013, thus held all four titles at once.
They could not complete the calendar year Grand Slam, however, as they lost in the semi-finals of the 2013 US Open. The twins have been the year-ending top-ranked team ten times: in 2003 2005, 2006 and 2007, each year from 2009 to 2014 inclusive; the Bryan brothers have been frequent participants on U. S. Davis Cup teams; the United States sealed its 32nd title at the 2007 Davis Cup. In the 2018 Madrid Masters 1000 final, Bob injured his hip, the pair had to retire down 3-5 in the first set, he underwent a hip relining and made a remarkable recovery, rejoining his brother less than a year for the 2019 Australian Open and making it to the quarterfinals. They won their first title since his surgery in February at Delray Beach; the Bryans guest starred on 8 Simple Rules and were on the Jan/Feb 2010 cover of Making Music Magazine. Their father, Wayne Bryan, wrote a book about his sons, The Formula: Raising Your Child to be a Champion. Bob Bryan married Florida attorney Michelle Alvarez in North Miami Beach on December 13, 2010.
Together with his twin brother Mike Bryan, the pair has won the most Davis Cup matches of any doubles team for the United States. Bob holds the record for most years played in the Davis Cup for the U. S, he holds a 4-2 career record in singles ties. By winning the 2006 Wimbledon title, Bryan completed the men's doubles Career Grand Slam, he became the 19th individual player and, with Mike Bryan, the 7th doubles pair to achieve this. Bob Bryan at the Association of Tennis Professionals Bob Bryan at the International Tennis Federation Bob Bryan at the Davis Cup Official Site Profile on the 60 Minutes news magazine broadcast March 21, 2010
Guillermo Sebastián Coria, nicknamed El Mago, is a retired professional tennis player from Argentina. He reached a career-high ATP world No. 3 singles ranking in May 2004, is known for serving a seven month suspension in 2001–2002 for taking the banned substance nandrolone. Coria turned professional in 2000, finishing 2003, 2004, 2005 as a top-10 player, he was one of the fastest players on the Association of Tennis Professionals tour showing exceptional performances in clay-court tournaments. His playing style was that of a counter-puncher, he was considered the "King of Clay" between 2003–2005 by reaching 6 out of 8 possible Masters finals on clay during that period. While at the French Open, he reached semifinals in 2003 and held 2 match points in the final in 2004; as a junior, Coria reached a ranking of world No. 2 in world No. 5 in doubles. Coria won the Orange Bowl 16s in 1997, reached the finals of Orange Bowl 18s in 1998, where he was defeated by future world No. 1 Roger Federer. Coria won the boys' singles title at the 1999 French Open without dropping a single set, beating his friend and fellow Argentine, David Nalbandian in straight sets in the final.
One month at the 1999 Wimbledon Championships, in singles, as 3rd seed, Coria reached semifinals without dropping a set, where he was defeated by 1st seed Kristian Pless in straight sets. In doubles of the same tournament, however, as 1st seeds and Nalbandian teamed up to win the boys' doubles title by beating Todor Enev and Jarkko Nieminen. Coria tested positive for nandrolone in April 2001 after a match in Barcelona against Michel Kratochvil. Coria was banned from tennis for two years, starting in August 2001, was fined $98,565. Coria claimed that the only supplement that he was taking was a multivitamin made by a New Jersey supplements company, his family employed a private lab to test the multivitamin, found to be contaminated with steroids. In December 2001, the ATP refused to acquit Coria, but reduced his ban from two years to seven months, which meant that he would be free to continue with his tennis career in March 2002. Coria sued the New Jersey supplements company for more than $10 million in lost prize money and endorsements and settled after the third day of the trial for an undisclosed amount.
As a result of the seven months during which Coria was banned from playing tennis, his world ranking dropped from No. 32 to No. 97. 2002 was, therefore, a rebuilding year for Coria, he finished 2002 ranked at world No. 45. Coria signalled his arrival as a world class clay-court player in 2003 by reaching the finals in Buenos Aires, where he lost a tight best-of-three-sets match to Carlos Moyá, at the Monte Carlo Masters, where he lost in two straight sets to Juan Carlos Ferrero. Coria went on to win his first Masters Series title at the 2003 Hamburg Masters by defeating Agustín Calleri in the final in three straight sets. At the 2003 French Open, Coria defeated Andre Agassi in four sets in the quarterfinals, before suffering an upset loss to Martin Verkerk and his booming serves in the semifinals. In July 2003, Coria was establishing himself as the new king of clay by winning three clay-court tournaments in three weeks, the Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart, the Generali Open in Kitzbühel and the Orange Prokom Open in Sopot.
He won these three tournaments without dropping a set, dishing out five bagels and eight breadsticks in the process. He finished. In 2004, Coria won the clay-court tournament in Buenos Aires and reached his first Masters final on hard court at the 2004 NASDAQ-100 Open, where he faced Andy Roddick. From the first set onwards, Coria was visibly hurt by pains in his back that turned out to be kidney stones. Coria still won the first set 7–6, but Roddick won the next two sets 6–3, 6–1, before Coria was forced to retire during the first game of the fourth set. Three weeks Coria defeated Rainer Schüttler in three straight sets in the final of the Monte Carlo Masters to win his second Masters Series title. Coria had now won five consecutive clay-court tournaments which includes 2 consecutive Masters Series title and had gone 26 consecutive matches unbeaten on clay. On 3 May 2004, Coria reached a career-high ranking of world No. 3. In attempting to defend his title at the Hamburg Masters, Coria increased his clay-court winning streak to 31 matches by reaching the final, where he lost to world No. 1 Roger Federer in four sets.
At the French Open, Coria only dropped 1 set en route to the final, defeating Nikolay Davydenko, Juan Mónaco, Mario Ančić and Nicolas Escudé, before beating former world No. 1, Carlos Moyá, in the quarterfinals and British serve-and-volleyer, Tim Henman, in the semifinals. Coria had won the first two sets with ease and was in control of the third set at 4–4 and 40–0 up on serve, before Gaudio broke Coria's serve and went on to take the third set. Coria succumbed to leg cramps for the rest of the match, was able to move at times, with many of his serves in the fourth set not reaching the net. Despite this, Coria still got the advantage at several stages of the fifth set, leading by a break of serve on four separate occasions, including twice serving for the championship at 5–4 and 6–5, he had 2 championship points at 6–5 but he narrowly missed the line with attempted winners on both points, making him the only male player in the Open Era to lose a Grand Slam singles final after having held a championship point.
Many fans and pundits agree. Coria reached
Spain the Kingdom of Spain, is a country located in Europe. Its continental European territory is situated on the Iberian Peninsula, its territory includes two archipelagoes: the Canary Islands off the coast of Africa, the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean Sea. The African enclaves of Ceuta, Peñón de Vélez de la Gomera make Spain the only European country to have a physical border with an African country. Several small islands in the Alboran Sea are part of Spanish territory; the country's mainland is bordered to the south and east by the Mediterranean Sea except for a small land boundary with Gibraltar. With an area of 505,990 km2, Spain is the largest country in Southern Europe, the second largest country in Western Europe and the European Union, the fourth largest country in the European continent. By population, Spain is the fifth in the European Union. Spain's capital and largest city is Madrid. Modern humans first arrived in the Iberian Peninsula around 35,000 years ago. Iberian cultures along with ancient Phoenician, Greek and Carthaginian settlements developed on the peninsula until it came under Roman rule around 200 BCE, after which the region was named Hispania, based on the earlier Phoenician name Spn or Spania.
At the end of the Western Roman Empire the Germanic tribal confederations migrated from Central Europe, invaded the Iberian peninsula and established independent realms in its western provinces, including the Suebi and Vandals. The Visigoths would forcibly integrate all remaining independent territories in the peninsula, including Byzantine provinces, into the Kingdom of Toledo, which more or less unified politically and all the former Roman provinces or successor kingdoms of what was documented as Hispania. In the early eighth century the Visigothic Kingdom fell to the Moors of the Umayyad Islamic Caliphate, who arrived to rule most of the peninsula in the year 726, leaving only a handful of small Christian realms in the north and lasting up to seven centuries in the Kingdom of Granada; this led to many wars during a long reconquering period across the Iberian Peninsula, which led to the creation of the Kingdom of Leon, Kingdom of Castile, Kingdom of Aragon and Kingdom of Navarre as the main Christian kingdoms to face the invasion.
Following the Moorish conquest, Europeans began a gradual process of retaking the region known as the Reconquista, which by the late 15th century culminated in the emergence of Spain as a unified country under the Catholic Monarchs. Until Aragon had been an independent kingdom, which had expanded toward the eastern Mediterranean, incorporating Sicily and Naples, had competed with Genoa and Venice. In the early modern period, Spain became the world's first global empire and the most powerful country in the world, leaving a large cultural and linguistic legacy that includes more than 570 million Hispanophones, making Spanish the world's second-most spoken native language, after Mandarin Chinese. During the Golden Age there were many advancements in the arts, with world-famous painters such as Diego Velázquez; the most famous Spanish literary work, Don Quixote, was published during the Golden Age. Spain hosts the world's third-largest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Spain is a secular parliamentary democracy and a parliamentary monarchy, with King Felipe VI as head of state.
It is a major developed country and a high income country, with the world's fourteenth largest economy by nominal GDP and sixteenth largest by purchasing power parity. It is a member of the United Nations, the European Union, the Eurozone, the Council of Europe, the Organization of Ibero-American States, the Union for the Mediterranean, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, the Schengen Area, the World Trade Organization and many other international organisations. While not an official member, Spain has a "Permanent Invitation" to the G20 summits, participating in every summit, which makes Spain a de facto member of the group; the origins of the Roman name Hispania, from which the modern name España was derived, are uncertain due to inadequate evidence, although it is documented that the Phoenicians and Carthaginians referred to the region as Spania, therefore the most accepted etymology is a Semitic-Phoenician one.
Down the centuries there have been a number of accounts and hypotheses: The Renaissance scholar Antonio de Nebrija proposed that the word Hispania evolved from the Iberian word Hispalis, meaning "city of the western world". Jesús Luis Cunchillos argues that the root of the term span is the Phoenician word spy, meaning "to forge metals". Therefore, i-spn-ya would mean "the land where metals are forged", it may be a derivation of the Phoenician I-Shpania, meaning "island of rabbits", "land of rabbits" or "edge", a reference to Spain's location at the end of the Mediterranean. The word in question means "Hyrax" due to Phoenicians confusing the two animals. Hispania may derive from the poetic use of the term Hesperia, reflecting the Greek perception of Italy as a "western land" or "land of the setting sun" (Hesperia