Julián Alonso

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Julián Alonso
Country (sports)  Spain
Residence Monte Carlo, Monaco
Born (1977-08-02) 2 August 1977 (age 38)
Canet de Mar
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Turned pro 1996
Retired 2001
Plays Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money $852,531
Singles
Career record 52–64
Career titles 2
Highest ranking No. 30 (15 June 1998)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 2R (1998, 1999)
French Open 1R (1998, 1999)
Wimbledon 1R (1998, 1999)
US Open 1R (1997, 1998)
Doubles
Career record 34–48
Career titles 2
Highest ranking No. 53 (31 August 1998)
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Alonso and the second or maternal family name is Pintor.

Julián Alonso Pintor (born 2 August 1977) is a retired tennis player from Catalonia, Spain, who turned professional in 1996 and retired in 2001. He was known in tennis because of his incredible serve, many times compared with the Goran Ivanisevic´s service. In 1997, playing against Ivanisevic (4th seeded), in Long Island, beat him for first Top 10 victory en route to SF and in that match fired a 140 mph serve to become just third player (Philippoussis, Rusedski) to register a serve of at least 140 mph[1]

Tennis career[edit]

Alonso was awarded the ATP Newcomer of the Year prize after winning his first ATP title in Santiago and finishing in the Top 40 in 1997. In the final of the tournament, he defeated Marcelo Ríos, who went on to reach the World No. 1 ranking less than four months later. Previously, that same year, Tim Henman after being defeated by an impressive show of big serves and incredible hits by Alonso at "The Lipton" Key Biscaine (current Miami open) declared: "Julian will be the next number 1 before Wimbledon"[2]

After this very promising start, however, his career is considered underwhelming; he only won one more title (Bologna, 1998) and retired in 2001 after one and a half years playing only Challengers. He confessed that the decline of his career started with the relationship with Martina Hingis. The pressure of the media and his mother-in-law made Alonso's ranking and selfconfidence fall.[3] He reached his career-high ATP singles ranking of World No. 30 in June 1998 (after winning his second and final title). He used to play the doubles in Davis Cup Spanish team with Joan Ballcells during Manolo Santana captaincy, and several single matches.

Career titles[edit]

Singles (2)[edit]

Legend (Singles)
Grand Slam (0)
ATP Masters Series (0)
ATP Tour (2)
No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score
1. 3 November 1997 Santiago, Chile Clay Chile Marcelo Ríos 6–2, 6–1
2. 8 June 1998 Bologna, Italy Clay Morocco Karim Alami 6–1, 6–4

Doubles (2)[edit]

Legend (Singles)
Grand Slam (0)
ATP Masters Series (0)
ATP Tour (2)
No. Date Tournament Surface Partnering Opponents in the final Score
1. 8 September 1997 Marbella, Spain Clay Morocco Karim Alami Spain Alberto Berasategui
Spain Jordi Burillo
4–6, 6–3, 6–0
2. 24 August 1998 Long Island, United States Hard Spain Javier Sánchez United States Brandon Coupe
United States Dave Randall
6–4, 6–4

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Julian Alonso´s career". ATP World tour. Retrieved 12 August 2015. 
  2. ^ "Julián Alonso, una carrera truncada por el amor (a Martina Hingis)". ELMUNDO. Retrieved 2015-11-12. 
  3. ^ "Julián Alonso, una carrera truncada por el amor (a Martina Hingis)". ELMUNDO. Retrieved 2015-11-12. 

External links[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
Dominik Hrbatý
ATP Newcomer of the Year
1997
Succeeded by
Marat Safin