Martín Jaite

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Martín Jaite
Country  Argentina
Residence Buenos Aires, Argentina
Born 9 October 1964
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Turned pro 1983
Retired 1993
Plays Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money $1,873,881
Singles
Career record 301–179
Career titles 12
Highest ranking No. 10 (9 July 1990)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 3R (1992)
French Open QF (1985)
Wimbledon 2R (1986)
US Open 3R (1985, 1989)
Other tournaments
WCT Finals QF (1988)
Olympic Games QF (1988)
Doubles
Career record 60–82
Career titles 1
Highest ranking No. 59 (13 May 1985)

Martín Jaite (born 9 October 1964, in Buenos Aires) is an Argentine right-handed former top-10 professional tour tennis player.

Jaite's career-high ATP singles ranking was World No. 10, which he achieved in the summer of 1990, and he won a total of 12 titles and $1,873,881 in tour prize money during his career.

Jaite's playing style leveraged his consistency, speed, thoughtful use of tactics, and fitness to compensate for his lack of power. His best surface was clay, which allowed him to hit the ball deep to either side of the court, and gave him more time to use his defensive skills. Jaite's best shot was his topspin single-handed backhand, which was difficult for his opponent to attack.

Tennis career[edit]

While moving back and forth between Barcelona and Argentina as a child, Jaite was a top junior in both countries. He won the Spanish National championships, and was offered a try-out on the Argentine Davis Cup team, but declined at first because he didn't want to offend Spain. He finally joined the team, but lost to Jimmy Connors when the Argentinians faced the United States.

In 1983, Jaite joined the ATP tour and quickly moved up the world rankings; from # 826 in 1982 to # 156 in 1983 to # 54 in 1984. The following year, he won his first ATP tour title and was ranked in the world's top 20, where he remained for the next few years.

In 1985, Jaite also reached the quarterfinals of the French Open, his best Grand Slam result.

In May 1986 at Forest Hills Jaite defeated world # 4 Boris Becker, 6–2, 7–6.

In May 1987 Jaite beat world # 9 Henri Leconte, 7–6, 7–6, in Germany. In September 1987 Jaite upset world # 3 Mats Wilander, 7–6, 6–4, 4–6, 0–6, 6–4, to win a competition in Bacelona, Spain.

In April 1989 he upset world # 8 Jakob Hlasek, 6–4, 6–1, in Monte Carlo.

Jaite became only the sixth South American to be ranked in the top 10 in the ATP computer rankings, reaching # 10 in 1990. In May 1990 he defeated world # 2 Stefan Edberg, 3–6, 6–2, 6–4, in Germany.

Jaite defeated world # 4 Guy Forget 6–2, 6–2, in April 1991 in France, and then again in July, 7–6(5), 7–5, in Gstaad, Switzerland.

Olympics[edit]

He participated for his native country at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, but lost to Brad Gilbert, the eventual bronze medal winner.

Davis Cup[edit]

Jaite was 14–20 in Davis Cup play, 11–7 in singles on clay, between 1984 and 1999 [1].

Jaite was involved in a Davis Cup tie against the US in Buenos Aires when Andre Agassi was leading 6–2, 6–2, 5–0. Jaite was leading 40–0 in the 6th game of the 3rd set, and missed his first serve. Agassi then called out to his then-coach Nick Bollettieri, "hey watch this, and then followed by catching the second serve in his left hand to give Jaite the game. Viewed as an act of disrepect, Agassi was booed by the crowd for five minutes.[2]

After tennis[edit]

Jaite has had an important role in Argentine tennis since his retirement. He is the tournmament director for ATP Buenos Aires, the Buenos Aires Challenger, and director of Futures events in Argentina. From July 2007 till December 2008 Jaite was coaching David Nalbandian, and helped lead him to titles in Madrid and Bercy, where he became the first man to defeat the top two players in the world, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, in consecutive tournaments. In 2011 Jaite was named captain of the Argentina Davis Cup team.[1]

Career finals 19 (12–7)[edit]

Legend (Singles)
Grand Slam (0)
Tennis Masters Cup (0)
ATP Masters Series (0)
ATP Tour (12)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 25 February 1985 Buenos Aires, Argentina Clay Uruguay Diego Pérez 6–4, 6–2
Runner-up 1. 15 July 1985 Washington DC, USA Clay France Yannick Noah 4–6, 3–6
Winner 2. 9 June 1986 Bologna, Italy Clay Italy Paolo Canè 6–2, 4–6, 6–4
Runner-up 2. 21 July 1986 Boston, Massachusetts, USA Clay Ecuador Andrés Gómez 5–7, 4–6
Winner 3. 8 September 1986 Stuttgart, Germany Clay Sweden Jonas Svensson 7–5, 6–2
Runner-up 3. 11 May 1987 Rome, Italy Clay Sweden Mats Wilander 3–6, 4–6, 4–6
Winner 4. 21 September 1987 Barcelona, Spain Clay Sweden Mats Wilander 7–6(7–5), 6–4, 4–6, 0–6, 6–4
Winner 5. 28 September 1987 Palermo, Italy Clay Czechoslovakia Karel Nováček 7–6(7–5), 6–7(7–9), 6–4
Runner-up 4. 18 April 1988 Monte Carlo, Monaco Clay United States Ivan Lendl 7–5, 4–6, 5–7, 3–6
Runner-up 5. 10 April 1989 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Carpet Brazil Luiz Mattar 4–6, 7–5, 4–6
Winner 6. 24 July 1989 Stuttgart, Germany Clay Croatia Goran Prpić 6–3, 6–2
Runner-up 6. 31 July 1989 Kitzbühel, Austria Clay Spain Emilio Sánchez 6-7-, 1–6, 6–2, 2–6
Winner 7. 11 September 1989 Madrid, Spain Clay Spain Jordi Arrese 6–3, 6–2
Winner 8. 6 November 1989 São Paulo, Brazil Clay Spain Javier Sánchez 7–6(7–5), 6–3
Winner 9. 20 November 1989 Itaparica, Brazil Hard United States Jay Berger 6–4, 6–4
Winner 10. 5 February 1990 Guarujá, Brazil Hard Brazil Luiz Mattar 3–6, 6–4, 6–3
Winner 11. 9 July 1990 Gstaad, Switzerland Clay Spain Sergi Bruguera 6–3, 6–7(5–7), 6–2, 6–2
Winner 12. 15 April 1991 Nice, France Clay Croatia Goran Prpić 3–6, 7–6(7–1), 6–3
Runner-up 7. 22 March 1993 Agadir, Morocco Clay Germany Markus Naewie 2–6, 5–7

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jaite named Davis Cup captain, Buenos Aires Herald. 11 December 2011. Retrieved 14 September 2012.

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Spain Modesto Vázquez
Davis Cup Argentina captain
2012
Succeeded by
Incumbent