Guillermo Pérez Roldán

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Guillermo Pérez Roldán
Country  Argentina
Residence Mar del Plata, Argentina
Born (1969-10-20) 20 October 1969 (age 44)
Tandil, Argentina
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Turned pro 1986
Retired 1996 (very brief comeback in 2004)
Plays Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money $1,686,459
Singles
Career record 241–137 (Grand Slam, ATP, Grand Prix and WCT tour, and Davis Cup)
Career titles 9
Highest ranking No. 13 (12 September 1988)
Grand Slam Singles results
French Open QF (1988)
US Open 3R (1988)
Doubles
Career record 45–45 (Grand Slam, ATP, Grand Prix and WCT tour, and Davis Cup)
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 74 (1 May 1989)

Guillermo Pérez Roldán (born 20 October 1969 in Tandil, Argentina) is a former professional tennis player from Argentina.

Pérez Roldán was known particularly as a strong clay court player. He turned professional in 1986. Between 1987 and 1993, he won nine top-level singles titles. His best Grand Slam performance came at the 1988 French Open, where he reached the quarter-finals before being knocked-out by Andre Agassi.

Tennis career[edit]

Juniors[edit]

Pérez Roldán had an excellent junior career, winning the French Open Boys' Singles championship on his favored red clay in both 1986 and 1987 – since the open era, he is the only individual to have captured the Boys' Singles championship at the French Open more than once.

Junior Grand Slam results:

Australian Open: -
French Open: W (1986, 1987)
Wimbledon: 2R (1985)
US Open: 3R (1985)

Pro tour[edit]

He burst onto the scene as a teenager in 1988 by reaching the final of the Italian Open, where he battled Ivan Lendl in five grueling sets. Later that year, at the US Open, John McEnroe famously expressed outrage at being seeded significantly lower than Pérez Roldán, who had not yet won a match on hard courts. However, Pérez Roldán silenced critics by progressing further in the tournament than McEnroe. He was named Rolex Rookie of the Year in 1988, influenced no doubt by his run to the finals of the Italian Open and the quarter-finals of the French Open that year.

Pérez Roldán is currently tied for tenth on the list of most titles won by a teenager in the Open Era (five).

His career-high singles ranking was World No. 13 (in 1988), and his career prize-money earnings totalled $1,686,341. In the early 1990s, his career was hamstrung by injuries, and he finally retired from the professional tour in 1996.

Singles finals[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam (0)
Tennis Masters Cup (0)
ATP Masters Series (0)
Championship Series (0)
ATP Tour (9)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 4 May 1987 Munich, Germany Clay Slovakia Marián Vajda 6–3, 7–6
Winner 2. 15 June 1987 Athens, Greece Clay Germany Tore Meinecke 6–2, 6–3
Runner-up 1. 27 July 1987 Hilversum, Netherlands Clay Czech Republic Miloslav Mečíř 4–6, 6–1, 3–6, 2–6
Winner 3. 16 November 1987 Buenos Aires, Argentina Clay United States Jay Berger 3–2 ret.
Winner 4. 2 May 1988 Munich, Germany Clay Sweden Jonas Svensson 7–5, 6–3
Runner-up 2. 9 May 1988 Rome, Italy Clay United States Ivan Lendl 6–2, 4–6, 2–6, 6–4, 4–6
Runner-up 3. 25 July 1988 Hilversum, Netherlands Clay Spain Emilio Sánchez 3–6, 1–6, 6–3, 3–6
Runner-up 4. 8 August 1988 Prague, Czechoslovakia Clay Austria Thomas Muster 4–6, 7–5, 2–6
Runner-up 5. 7 November 1988 Buenos Aires, Argentina Clay Spain Javier Sánchez 2–6, 4–6
Runner-up 6. 11 September 1989 Geneva, Switzerland Clay Switzerland Marc Rosset 4–6, 5–7
Winner 5. 25 September 1989 Palermo, Italy Clay Italy Paolo Canè 6–1, 6–4
Runner-up 7. 5 March 1990 Casablanca, Morocco Clay Austria Thomas Muster 1–6, 7–6(6), 2–6
Runner-up 8. 9 April 1990 Barcelona, Spain Clay Ecuador Andrés Gómez 0–6, 6–7(1), 6–3, 6–0, 2–6
Runner-up 9. 16 July 1990 Stuttgart Outdoor, Germany Clay Croatia Goran Ivanišević 7–6(2), 1–6, 4–6, 6–7(5)
Winner 6. 20 August 1990 San Marino Clay Italy Omar Camporese 6–3, 6–3
Runner-up 10. 29 April 1991 Munich, Germany Clay Sweden Magnus Gustafsson 6–3, 3–6, 3–4, ret.
Winner 7. 29 July 1991 San Marino Clay France Frédéric Fontang 6–3, 6–1
Winner 8. 16 March 1992 Casablanca, Morocco Clay Spain Germán López 2–6, 7–5, 6–3
Runner-up 11. 15 June 1992 Genova, Italy Clay Ukraine Andrei Medvedev 3–6, 4–6
Winner 9. 15 March 1993 Casablanca, Morocco Clay Morocco Younes El Aynaoui 6–4, 6–3

Doubles finals[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam (0)
Tennis Masters Cup (0)
ATP Masters Series (0)
ATP Tour (3)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 25 July 1988 Hilversum, Netherlands Clay Sweden Magnus Gustafsson Spain Sergio Casal
Spain Emilio Sánchez Vicario
6–7, 3–6
Runner-up 2. 19 September 1988 Geneva, Switzerland Clay Argentina Gustavo Luza Iran Mansour Bahrami
Czech Republic Tomáš Šmíd
4–6, 3–6
Runner-up 2. 11 September 1989 Geneva, Switzerland Clay Iran Mansour Bahrami Ecuador Andrés Gómez
Argentina Alberto Mancini
3–6, 5–7

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