8 June 1960 |
Santurce, Puerto Rico
|Height||6'3" (190 cm)|
|Highest ranking||No. 183 (15 Oct 1984)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|US Open||1R (1981)|
|Highest ranking||No. 66 (30 Jul 1984)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|US Open||3R (1985)|
The Puerto Rican played collegiate tennis at the Ohio State University and was the singles champion of the Big Ten Conference in 1979, 1981 and 1982, just the third player in history to be a triple winner. He was also a dual NCAA All-American, in 1980 and 1981.
In the 1981 US Open, his only appearance in the singles draw at a Grand Slam, Fernandez was beaten in the first round by Gilles Moretton, but managed to take the match to a fifth set. His best performances on the Grand Prix tennis circuit included reaching the quarter-finals at Cleveland in 1981 and wins over both Mike Bauer and Vitas Gerulaitis in the 1984 Congoleum Classic.
Fernandez was most prominent on the doubles tour and reached two Grand Prix finals. With Gary Donnelly, Fernandez was runner-up at Forest Hills in 1984 and later that year lost another final, in Boston, partnering David Pate. He teamed up with Ricardo Acuña to reach the third round of the 1985 US Open, which was the furthest he would go in a Grand Slam.
Puerto Rico didn't start competing in the Davis Cup tennis until 1992, six years after Fernandez last appeared on tour. However, in 1997, he came out of retirement and spent two years playing for the Puerto Rico Davis Cup team. He took part in five ties and played eight rubbers, of which he won three.
Grand Prix career finals
Doubles: 2 (0–2)
|Outcome||No.||Year||Tournament||Surface||Partner||Opponents in the final||Score in the final|
|Runner-up||1.||1984||Forest Hills, United States||Clay||David Pate|| David Dowlen
|Runner-up||2.||1984||Boston, United States||Clay||Gary Donnelly|| Ken Flach
|No.||Year||Tournament||Surface||Partner||Opponents in the final||Score in the final|
|1.||1984||Tunis, Tunisia||Clay||Michael Mortensen|| Peter Elter