Juan Ignacio Chela
|Residence||Buenos Aires, Argentina|
August 30, 1979 |
Ciudad Evita, Argentina
|Height||1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)|
|Retired||December 3, 2012|
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Highest ranking||No. 15 (August 9, 2004)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||4R (2006)|
|French Open||QF (2004, 2011)|
|Wimbledon||2R (2003, 2004, 2007, 2011)|
|US Open||QF (2007)|
|Olympic Games||2R (2000)|
|Highest ranking||No. 34 (May 17, 2004)|
|Current ranking||No. 43 (April 2, 2012)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||3R (2004)|
|French Open||3R (2004, 2008)|
|US Open||2R (2006)|
|Last updated on: April 2, 2012.|
Juan Ignacio Chela, known as "El Flaco", (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈxwan iɣˈnasjo ˈtʃela]; born August 30, 1979) is a former professional male tennis player from Argentina. Like most Argentine players, he is comfortable on clay courts and owns all six of his career titles on the surface. Chela reached the quarter-finals of the 2004 and 2011 French Open, and the 2007 US Open, attaining a career-high singles ranking of World No. 15 in August 2004.
In February, he reached the quarter-finals in Salvador, defeating Flavio Saretta and David Ferrer, before falling to Agustín Calleri, 3–6, 6–3, 3–6. He won in doubles at Viña del Mar, partnering Gastón Gaudio.
At Acapulco and Indian Wells, he reached the quarterfinals, but lost to Oscar Hernandez Perez and Roger Federer, respectively. In Acapulco, he also reached the final in doubles, partnering Nicolás Massú, but they lost to the Bryan brothers, 2–6, 3–6.
He reached the quarter-finals of the French Open, where he lost to Tim Henman, 2–6, 4–6, 4–6. In doubles, he reached the quarter-finals in Rome, where he and Guillermo Cañas lost to the Bryan brothers, and in Hamburg, where he also partnered with Cañas.
On August 9, 2004, he reached his career-high singles ranking of World No. 15.
As part of the Argentine team for the Davis Cup, he holds a record of six victories and four losses, the most important of his victories in April 2006, giving Argentina the third point to beat defending champions Croatia in the quarter-finals.
In May 2007, he appeared in the quarter-finals of his sixth different Masters event at Rome, also his personal best showing, with wins over Marc Gicquel, Igor Andreev, and World No. 3 Andy Roddick, the latter being Chela's best victory since defeating No. 3 Yevgeny Kafelnikov in the second round in Mallorca in May 2000. He also partnered Pablo Cuevas in doubles, reaching the quarter-finals in Barcelona, where they lost to the Bryan brothers 1–6, 2–6.
In July, he reached the semi-finals in Stuttgart, where he lost to Stanislas Wawrinka 7–6, 4–6 1–6.
In February, he reached the semi-finals in Buenos Aires, only to lose to David Nalbandian 1–6, 2–6.
In April, he reached the quarter-finals in Barcelona, where he lost to Rafael Nadal, 4–6, 2–6.
In 2009, Chela played mostly Challenger tournaments, although he did reach the quarterfinals in Viña del Mar, where he lost to Tommy Robredo 6–0, 3–6, 4–6.
In 2010, Chela won the US Men's Clay Court Championship in Houston, beating Sam Querrey 5–7, 6–4, 6–3, for his first ATP Tour championship in over three years. After he beat Rajeev Ram in straight sets, Chela won a controversial three-set second-round match, in which fellow countryman Eduardo Schwank was fined for his use of tactics when injured. Chela then beat defending champion Lleyton Hewitt and another Argentine Horacio Zeballos in straight sets to reach the final. Also in 2010, Chela won the BCR Open Romania in singles, defeating Pablo Andújar in the final 7–5, 6–1, and doubles partnering Łukasz Kubot. The singles title was his sixth career ATP World Tour victory.
He reached the quarter-finals in Vienna and Santiago, and the semi-finals in Costa do Sauipe, where he lost to Nicolás Almagro 6–1, 2–6 4–6. He reached the final in Buenos Aires, where he again lost to Almagro 3–6, 6–3, 4–6. In doubles, he reached the semi-finals in Santiago, partnering Santiago Gonzalez.
In April, he reached the final in doubles in Monte Carlo, partnering Bruno Soares, but they lost to the Bryan brothers 3–6, 2–6.
He reached his career-high doubles ranking of World No. 32 on 6 June 2011.
His trainer and fitness coach (and also a close friend) is Fernando Gonzales.
Cela did not make any ATP Tour finals in 2012, either in singles or in doubles. He did reach the third round of Wimbledon 2012 doubles, along with his partner Eduardo Schwank, losing to Daniele Bracciali and Julian Knowle, 5–7, 5–7, 1–6. He also reached the singles semi-finals in Viña del Mar, where he lost to Carlos Berlocq, 3–6, 6–4, 0–6. He also reached the doubles semifinals in Acapulco with Schwank.
ATP career finals
Singles: 12 (6–6)
|Winner||1.||21 February 2000||Mexico City, Mexico||Clay||Mariano Puerta||6–4, 7–6(7–4)|
|Runner-up||1.||28 January 2001||Bogotá, Colombia||Clay||Fernando Vicente||4–5, 6–7(6–8)|
|Runner-up||2.||13 January 13, 2002||Sydney, Australia||Hard||Roger Federer||3–6, 3–6|
|Winner||2.||15 July 2002||Amersfoort, Netherlands||Clay||Albert Costa||6–1, 7–6(7–4)|
|Runner-up||3.||25 August 2002||Long Island, United States||Hard||Paradorn Srichaphan||7–5, 2–6, 2–6|
|Winner||3.||12 April 2004||Estoril, Portugal||Clay||Marat Safin||6–7(2–7), 6–3, 6–3|
|Runner-up||4.||5 March 2006||Acapulco, Mexico||Clay||Luis Horna||6–7(6–8), 4–6|
|Runner-up||5.||24 July 2006||Kitzbühel, Austria||Clay||Agustín Calleri||6–7(9–11), 2–6, 3–6|
|Winner||4.||26 February 2007||Acapulco, Mexico||Clay||Carlos Moyà||6–3, 7–6(7–2)|
|Winner||5.||11 April 2010||Houston, United States||Clay||Sam Querrey||5–7, 6–4, 6–3|
|Winner||6.||26 September 2010||Bucharest, Romania||Clay||Pablo Andújar||7–5, 6–1|
|Runner-up||6.||20 February 2011||Buenos Aires, Argentina||Clay||Nicolás Almagro||3–6, 6–3, 4–6|
Doubles: 6 (3–3)
|Winner||1.||15 February 2004||Viña del Mar, Chile||Clay||Gastón Gaudio|| Nicolás Lapentti
|Runner-up||1.||7 March 2004||Acapulco, Mexico||Clay||Nicolás Massú|| Bob Bryan
|Winner||2.||18 April 2004||Estoril, Portugal||Clay||Gastón Gaudio|| František Čermák
|Runner-up||2.||1 May 2005||Estoril, Portugal||Clay||Tommy Robredo|| František Čermák
|Winner||3.||25 September 2005||Bucharest, Romania||Clay||Łukasz Kubot|| Marcel Granollers
|6–2, 5–7, [13–11]|
|Runner-up||3.||17 April 2011||Monte Carlo, Monaco||Clay||Bruno Soares|| Bob Bryan
Singles performance timeline
|Grand Slam Tournaments|
|ATP Masters Series|
|Indian Wells Masters||A||1R||3R||2R||QF||3R||2R||QF||3R||1R||1R||3R||2R||12–12|
|Monte Carlo Masters||3R||A||3R||QF||3R||1R||2R||2R||1R||2R||A||1R||1R||12–11|
|Hamburg Masters||A||A||3R||1R||1R||QF||1R||2R||2R||Not Masters Series||7–7|
Doubles performance timeline
|Grand Slam Tournaments|
- "Most Hated Athletes".
- "Chela: "Quiero meterme en el top 30 y volver a la Copa Davis"". Cancha Llena (in Spanish). 2010-09-26. Retrieved 2010-09-26.