Marcelo Ríos

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Marcelo Ríos
Marcelo Rios 2004.jpg
Marcelo Ríos in 2004
Country (sports) Chile
ResidenceSantiago, Chile
Born (1975-12-26) 26 December 1975 (age 43)
Santiago, Chile
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Turned pro1994
PlaysLeft-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money$9,713,771
Career record391–192 (67.07%)
Career titles18
Highest rankingNo. 1 (30 March 1998)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenF (1998)
French OpenQF (1998, 1999)
Wimbledon4R (1997)
US OpenQF (1997)
Other tournaments
Tour FinalsRR (1998)
Grand Slam CupW (1998)
Olympic Games1R (2000)
Career record36–57
Career titles1
Highest rankingNo. 141 (7 May 2001)
Grand Slam Doubles results
US OpenQ2 (1995)

Marcelo Andrés Ríos Mayorga (American Spanish: [maɾˈselo ˈri.os]; born 26 December 1975) is a former world No. 1 tennis player from Chile. Nicknamed El Chino ("The Chinese") and El zurdo de Vitacura ("The Lefty from Vitacura"), he became the first Latin American player to reach the top position on the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) singles rankings in 1998. He held the world No. 1 ranking for six weeks. He also held the top ranking in both juniors and seniors. He was the first player to win all three clay-court Masters Series tournaments (Monte Carlo, Rome, and Hamburg) since the format began in 1990. He was also the third male in the history (after Michael Chang and Pete Sampras) to complete the Sunshine Double (winning Indian Wells and Miami Masters in one year), which he achieved in 1998. Despite winning those five Masters titles, he is the only male player in the open era to have been world No. 1 while never managing to win a Grand Slam singles tournament in his career. He did reach the 1998 Australian Open final, losing to Petr Korda in straight sets. Until Rafael Nadal in 2008, Ríos was the last left-handed player to become world No. 1.

He retired prematurely in July 2004, after being overtaken by a back injury. He played his last ATP Tour level tournament while only 27 years old at the 2003 French Open.

Tennis career[edit]

Ríos turned professional in 1994, finishing 1997, 1998, and 1999 as a top 10 player. Ríos won a total of 18 top-level singles titles and one top-level doubles title during his career.

Early years[edit]

Ríos began playing tennis at the age of 11 at the Sport Francés golf club in Vitacura (Greater Santiago), adjacent to his house.

Junior career[edit]

As a junior, Ríos reached as high as No. 1 in singles and No. 141 in doubles.

Tournament 1992 1993
Junior Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A A
French Open 3R SF
Wimbledon A A
US Open 2R W

Ríos reached the semifinals of the junior French Open in 1993 without dropping a set, where he was defeated by Roberto Carretero-Diaz in straight sets, and won the junior US Open in 1993 while only dropping one set during the entire tournament. He also won his first satellite tournament in Chile.


This was Ríos' first year being a professional player and he quickly began to acquire international fame after his participation at Roland Garros, where in the second round, at just 18 years of age, he faced Pete Sampras, fighting a hard battle eventually to lose 6–7(5–7), 6–7(4–7), 4–6. His left-handed ability, plus his novel long hair and backwards visor, drew the attention of the media. The same year he won his first Challenger in Dresden, Germany.

1995: Breakthrough[edit]

In May 1995, aged 19, Ríos won his first tournament title in Bologna defeating Marcelo Filippini of Uruguay 6–2, 6–4, and breaking into the world's top 50 for the first time. Then in June he won at Amsterdam in both singles (against Jan Siemerink, 6–4, 7–5, 6–4) and doubles (with Sjeng Schalken) and won the tournament in Kuala Lumpur against Mark Philippoussis 7–6, 6–2. He also reached the final of his home country's ATP tournament in Santiago. Ríos ended the year ranked No. 25 in the world.

1996: Top 10 debut[edit]

Ríos' achievements this year included excellent performances in the Masters Series (then called Super 9) tournaments. He reached the quarterfinals in Masters Series of Stuttgart and Rome, and the semifinals in Indian Wells, Monte Carlo, and Canada. In Sankt Pölten, Austria, he won his fourth career title by defeating the Spaniard Félix Mantilla 6–1, 6–4. Ríos again reached the final in Santiago, and also reached the finals in Barcelona and Scottsdale. For much of the year Ríos would be ranked in the top 10, becoming the first Chilean in history to do so. He finished the year ranked number 11.

1997: Impending dominance[edit]

In 1997 for the first time in Ríos' career he reached the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam tournament at the Australia Open and again at the US Open. He also won his first Masters title at Monte Carlo; after a first round bye, he beat Andrea Gaudenzi, Albert Costa, Carlos Moyá, Magnus Larsson, and, in the final, Àlex Corretja, 6–4, 6–3, 6–3. Two weeks later he lost in the final of the Rome Masters against the same Spaniard. Other successes for the year included the quarterfinals (again) in the Stuttgart Masters and the finals in Marseille, Boston, and (for the third time) in Santiago. Ríos had a very consistent 1997 season, being the only player to reach the fourth round or better on all Grand Slams. Ríos went as high as No. 6 during the year, and ended the year in the top 10 for the first time, being No. 10.

1998: World No. 1 in singles, first Grand Slam final[edit]

The year 1998 brought the peak of the career of Ríos, who reached the No. 1 spot in the world. He won the tournament (the first of the year) in Auckland, New Zealand, against Richard Fromberg, then reached the final of the Australian Open, beating Grant Stafford, Thomas Enqvist, Andrew Ilie, Lionel Roux, Alberto Berasategui and Nicolas Escudé before losing to Petr Korda in a lopsided 2–6, 2–6, 2–6 that lasted 1 hour and 25 minutes. The following months brought successes such as the title of the Super 9 (the current Masters Series) at Indian Wells, where he defeated British Greg Rusedski in the final.

The consummation came in the final at Key Biscayne Masters, Florida, under the guidance of his coach Larry Stefanki. After victories over Hendrik Dreekmann, Tommy Haas, and Goran Ivanišević, Ríos beat Thomas Enqvist in the quarterfinals and Tim Henman in the semis. In the final on March 29, Ríos defeated Andre Agassi 7–5, 6–3, 6–4. In Chile, thousands of people took to the streets to celebrate the triumph of the first Chilean, Latin and indeed Spanish speaking player to reach the sport's No. 1 ranking, grabbing the position from Pete Sampras (who had maintained 102 consecutive weeks at No. 1, and five years ending the season as the leader). In the days ahead, there was a crowded reception leading Ríos to then president Eduardo Frei Ruiz-Tagle on La Moneda Palace, with around 10,000 people cheering at the palace's surroundings. Ríos' No. 1 ranking lasted four weeks; he lost it after being unable to defend the title at Monte Carlo because of an injury suffered in the Davis Cup while defeating Hernán Gumy in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In May he reached the quarterfinals of the French Open losing to eventual champion Carlos Moyá.

In June, at Wimbledon, Ríos was upset at first round by Spaniard Francisco Clavet. On August 10, however, Ríos recovered the No. 1 spot for another two weeks. In September he lost at third round of the U.S Open to Magnus Larsson. During this season Marcelo also won the Rome Masters against Albert Costa by walkover in the final, Sankt Pölten beating Vincent Spadea, the Grand Slam Cup against Andre Agassi, and Singapore against Mark Woodforde. Furthermore, he reached the quarterfinals in the Stuttgart Masters and Paris Masters. Ríos in 1998 won seven titles, including three Masters Series titles, and reached the final of the Australian Open. On July 27 of that year, he reached the maximum number of points achieved throughout his career: 3719 (by the scoring system used prior to the year 2000). He ended the year ranked No. 2 behind Pete Sampras, who topped the world rankings for a sixth consecutive year.

1999: Continued success and beginning of injuries[edit]

Ríos maintained a high level throughout 1999, although his game was interrupted by repeated injuries and surgeries. This prevented him from defending the points achieved by reaching the final of the Australian Open the previous year, so he fell several places in the rankings. He reached the final of the Monte Carlo Masters, but after trailing 4–6, 1–2, he had to retire due to a new injury, handing the tournament to Gustavo Kuerten. Ríos subsequently won the Hamburg Masters in a match that lasted more than four hours against Argentine Mariano Zabaleta; two weeks later he became champion in Sankt Pölten for the second consecutive time against the same Argentine, who, this time, had to retire during the first set at 4–4. In October, he won at Singapore and reached the final in Beijing, losing to the Swede Magnus Norman. He also reached the quarterfinals at Roland Garros and the Stuttgart Masters. Despite many injuries he suffered and surgeries he underwent, Ríos would complete his third consecutive year as a top 10 player, at world No. 9.

2000: Persistent injuries[edit]

Since 2000 until the end of Ríos' career on the main tour he was not able to keep up his level of play to the standards he set in the 1990s, as it was marked by repeated and disabling injuries. He still won the tournament of Umag, Croatia beating the Argentine Mariano Puerta in the final. Ríos also reached the semifinals at the Hamburg Masters losing to Marat Safin. Ríos finished the year No. 37 in the world.

2001-2002: Decline[edit]

In 2001 Ríos won the first tournament of the year in Doha. However, his performance in the following tournaments was weaker, weakened by an ankle operation, which resulted him to drop out of the top 50 in the world for the first time since he was a teenager. In September Ríos won another title, this time in Hong Kong, defeating German Rainer Schüttler in the final. Ríos decided to return in October to play a Challenger tournament in Santiago and defeated Argentine Edgardo Massa in the final, in an effort to end his curse of not winning an ATP tournament at his home country.[1] He also reached a doubles final in Scottsdale. Ríos ended the year as No. 39 in the world.

In early 2002 Ríos had some good results, but a back injury prevented him from continuing the season successfully. It was the same injury that he had had two operations with already, and finally prevented him from returning to a competitive level. His best results were the quarterfinals at the Australian Open, the semifinal at the Miami Masters, and the final in the Stockholm tournament playing the Thai Paradorn Srichaphan. Ríos would finish Top 25 in the world for the first time since 1999 at No. 24, but without managing to recover from injuries that beset him since late 1999.

2003: Long absence from tour and out of Top 100[edit]

In Viña del Mar tournament (formerly Santiago tournament) Ríos reached the final, losing to Spaniard David Sánchez. This was the fourth of the four finals he participated and lost in his home country. However, representing Chile together with Fernando González and Nicolás Massú, he won the World Team Cup in Düsseldorf. The same year he also won silver medals in singles and doubles with Adrián García in the 2003 Pan American Games. In May Ríos played his last ATP-level match, losing in the first round at Roland Garros to Mario Ančić after retiring at 1–6 0–1. In 2003 Ríos played very few tournaments, in most of which he had to withdraw. This resulted him ending the year as No. 105 in the world, his worst year-end ranking on the main tour yet.

2004: Retirement from main tour[edit]

In 2004, six years after claiming the World No. 1 ranking, and after a long absence from the tour, Ríos returned to competition with a victory at a Challenger Series tournament in Ecuador. He played his last competitive match in early April 2004 at a Challenger in San Luis Potosí, Mexico, where he retired in the round of 16.

Finally, on July 16, 2004, after years of constant injuries—and at just 28 years old—Rios announced his retirement from tennis during a press conference in Santiago. He organized a farewell tour across his home country, travelling through several cities, meeting with fans, offering tennis clinics, and playing friendly matches with international and local tennis players such as Petr Korda and Goran Ivanišević. The tour ended on December 22, 2004, at a soccer stadium in Santiago, where he played his final tennis match of his career on the main tour against Guillermo Coria of Argentina.

2018: Desire for a comeback[edit]

Following successful elbow surgery[2] in November, 2018, Ríos announced a comeback as part of his desire to become the oldest ever winner of a challenger tournament. [3]

On December 21, 2018, Ríos defeated Nicolás Lapentti 6-4, 5-7, 11-9 in an exhibition in Chile. [4]

ATP Champions Tour[edit]


On March 29, 2006, Ríos, aged 30, debuted on the ATP Champions Tour, a tour for former tour players, having met the requirement of at least two years after retirement. At his first tournament on the tour in Doha, Qatar, he defeated Thomas Muster, Henri Leconte, Pat Cash, and Cédric Pioline to claim the title. The following week he repeated, this time winning the crown in Hong Kong, where he won the final against Muster. Ríos won six tournaments in a row, adding Algarve, Graz, Paris and Eindhoven to the above. His inclusion on the senior circuit caused mild controversy, as he was significantly younger than many of his fellow competitors.[5] He ended the year as No. 1, winning a total of six tournaments and holding a winning streak of 25 matches, achieving the record of being the only player in history to be No. 1 in the world as a junior, professional and veteran.


Ríos did not take part in the Champions Tour in 2007.

Ríos actually intended to return to the main ATP Tour in February at the Viña del Mar tournament (Movistar Open), but he defaulted because of the same back injury that made him retire from the tour.

On March 30, 2007, Ríos played an exhibition match in the Movistar Arena against Andre Agassi, both as a way to commemorate the match where Ríos rose to world No. 1 and as a way of having the American play in Chile.


In 2008 Ríos came back to veteran's tour where he won the tournaments in Barcelona and Algarve. On June 22, 2008, he was defeated by Pete Sampras in the final of a seniors tournament in São Paulo, Brazil. Ríos ended the year as No. 3 in the veteran's world rankings.

On June 24, 2008, Ríos defeated Sampras in an exhibition match that commemorated the 10-year anniversary of having reached the No. 1 ranking in the world.

Personal life[edit]

Ríos was born in Santiago, Chile to Jorge Ríos Jarvis, an engineer and businessman, and Alicia Mayorga, a teacher. He has an older sister, Paula.

Ríos met Costa Rican Giuliana Sotela in September 1998 while he was training at the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Florida. Ríos and Sotela got married in December 2000 in Santiago. They have a daughter, Constanza, who was born in June 2001. In March 2004, the marriage ended in divorce, which legally took place in Costa Rica, as Chile did not allow married couples the right of divorce until November 2004. During 2004, Ríos worked as a sports commentator for a radio station in Chile.

In April 2005, Ríos married model María Eugenia "Kenita" Larraín, a former fiancée of football player Iván Zamorano. The couple subsequently experienced a very public break-up in September of the same year after an incident in Costa Rica in which Larraín was injured when Ríos allegedly threw her out of his car while he was driving to visit his daughter. Ríos claimed that marrying Larraín was "the biggest mistake of my life."

In May 2008, Ríos married Paula Pavic.[6] They have five children together, daughter Isidora (born December 2008), daughter Colomba (born June 2010), and also triplets, which are a son named Marcelo Jr. and two daughters named Antonella and Agustina (all born December 2011).[7][8]

In March 2008, on the tenth anniversary of Ríos reaching the No. 1 ranking, journalist Nelson Flores published a book in Spanish titled El extraño del pelo largo (The strange man with long hair), recounting his experiences following the player from his junior days up to his ascent to the top of the ATP singles ranking.

In November 2011, an English-language book was published by Mark 'Scoop' Malinowski about Rios, Marcelo Rios: The Man We Barely Knew.[9]

In May 2014, Ríos claimed in an interview to El Mercurio that he could be a sufferer of Asperger syndrome.[10] On 17 November 2016, Ríos confirmed in an interview to Chilevisión that he was diagnosed with Asperger twice in his life, as a kid and during a Davis Cup tie, but he didn't care that much until the 2014 interview.[11]


Ríos' career was marked by a number of controversies.

  • In 1998 he fired his coach Larry Stefanki shortly after he became world No. 1, claiming that he wanted to go in a different direction.[12]
  • After achieving the number one in singles, an Argentine reporter asked him what it felt like to be at the same status as Guillermo Vilas; he answered "I've been compared to Vilas for a while now. I do not know him. All I know is that he was No. 2 and I'm No. 1."[13]
  • He was fined US$10,000 for speeding during the 1998 Stuttgart Indoor tournament.[14]
  • In a confusing incident, he ran over his physical trainer, Manuel Astorga, in his jeep, leaving him seriously injured in the foot. Astorga was later fired as trainer.[14]
  • After a magazine published some photos of him dancing seductively with a woman at a Paris disco, his girlfriend (later to be his first wife), Giuliana Sotela, broke up with him. During a Davis Cup press conference, Ríos read a letter, asking Sotela for forgiveness. He ended the press conference in tears.[15]
  • He was accused by his second wife, María Eugenia Larraín, of throwing her out of his car while driving to visit his daughter in Costa Rica. Larraín arrived at Santiago's airport in dramatic fashion, in a wheelchair and showing multiple bruises on her legs. He claimed those bruises were caused by falling while skiing.[14]
  • He was disqualified from the 2000 Mercedes-Benz Cup tennis tournament in Los Angeles, California during a first round match with Gouichi Motomura of Japan and fined US$5,000 for saying "f**k you" to the chair umpire.[15]
  • He was arrested in Rome in 2001 after he punched a taxi driver on the nose and then had a fight with the policemen arresting him.[15]
  • In 2003, while training for a Davis Cup tie with Ecuador, he allegedly urinated on some men in a La Serena bar's bathroom and was later expelled from his hotel after being accused of swimming nude. As a consequence, the Chilean team missed a flight to Ecuador the following day. He later apologized for the incidents.[16][14]
  • In 2003, he and a friend were expelled from a Santiago bar after insulting other clients and being involved in a brawl with some waiters. Both were arrested and later released.[14]
  • During a post-match interview at the Basel tournament, he insulted a journalist under his breath after she asked him whether he had Native American ancestry.[17]
  • He tried to moon some reporters who were recording him while partying outside his apartment in Reñaca.[15]
  • In 2018, Rios was fined $2,500 by the ITF after refusing to be interviewed in his then duty as an assistant to the Chilean Davis Cup team, and instead insulting journalists during a Davis Cup tie vs. Ecuador. He responded to the questions with: “As my personal friend Diego Maradona says, I never speak to reporters as you all suck”.

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Singles: 1 (1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1998 Australian Open Hard Czech Republic Petr Korda 2–6, 2–6, 2–6

Grand Slam Cup finals[edit]

Singles: 1 (1–0)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1998 Munich Carpet (i) United States Andre Agassi 6–4, 2–6, 7–6(7–1), 5–7, 6–3

Masters Series finals[edit]

Singles: 5 (5–2)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Winner 1997 Monte Carlo Masters Clay Spain Àlex Corretja 6–4, 6–3, 6–3
Runner-up 1997 Italian Open Clay Spain Àlex Corretja 5–7, 5–7, 3–6
Winner 1998 Indian Wells Masters Hard United Kingdom Greg Rusedski 6–3, 6–7(15–17), 7–6(7–4), 6–4
Winner 1998 Miami Open Hard United States Andre Agassi 7–5, 6–3, 6–4
Winner 1998 Italian Open Clay Spain Albert Costa walkover
Runner-up 1999 Monte-Carlo Masters Clay Brazil Gustavo Kuerten 4–6, 1–2, ret.
Winner 1999 German Open Clay Argentina Mariano Zabaleta 6–7(5–7), 7–5, 5–7, 7–6(7–5), 6–2

Career finals[edit]

Singles: 32 (18 titles, 14 runners-up)[edit]

Grand Slam (0–1)
Tennis Masters Cup (0–0)
Grand Slam Cup (1–0)
Pan American Games (0–1)
ATP Masters Series (5–2)
ATP International Series Gold (2–1)
ATP International Series (10–9)
Titles by Surface
Hard (7–7)
Clay (9–7)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (2–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 28 May 1995 Bologna Outdoor, Italy Clay Uruguay Marcelo Filippini 6–2, 6–4
Winner 2. 30 July 1995 Dutch Open, Netherlands Clay Netherlands Jan Siemerink 6–4, 7–5, 6–4
Winner 3. 8 October 1995 Kuala Lumpur Open, Malaysia Carpet (i) Australia Mark Philippoussis 7–6(8–6), 6–2
Runner-up 1. 29 October 1995 Chile Open, Chile Clay Czech Republic Sláva Doseděl 6–7(3–7), 3–6
Runner-up 2. 10 March 1996 Tennis Channel Open, USA Hard South Africa Wayne Ferreira 6–2, 3–6, 3–6
Runner-up 3. 21 April 1996 Barcelona Open, Spain Clay Austria Thomas Muster 3–6, 6–4, 4–6, 1–6
Winner 4. 26 May 1996 Sankt Pölten Open, Austria Clay Spain Fèlix Mantilla 6–2, 6–4
Runner-up 4. 10 November 1996 Chile Open, Chile Clay Argentina Hernán Gumy 4–6, 5–7
Runner-up 5. 16 February 1997 Marseille Open, France Hard (i) Sweden Thomas Enqvist 4–6, 0–1, ret.
Winner 5. 27 April 1997 Monte Carlo Masters, Monaco Clay Spain Àlex Corretja 6–4, 6–3, 6–3
Runner-up 6. 18 May 1997 Italian Open, Italy Clay Spain Àlex Corretja 5–7, 5–7, 3–6
Runner-up 7. 24 August 1997 U.S. Pro, USA Hard Netherlands Sjeng Schalken 5–7, 3–6
Runner-up 8. 9 November 1997 Chile Open, Chile Clay Spain Julián Alonso 2–6, 1–6
Winner 6. 18 January 1998 Auckland Open, New Zealand Hard Australia Richard Fromberg 4–6, 6–4, 7–6(7–3)
Runner-up 9. 1 February 1998 Australian Open, Melbourne, Australia Hard Czech Republic Petr Korda 2–6, 2–6, 2–6
Winner 7. 15 March 1998 Indian Wells Masters, USA Hard United Kingdom Greg Rusedski 6–3, 6–7(15–17), 7–6(7–4), 6–4
Winner 8. 29 March 1998 Miami Open, USA Hard United States Andre Agassi 7–5, 6–3, 6–4
Winner 9. 17 May 1998 Italian Open, Italy Clay Spain Albert Costa walkover
Winner 10. 24 May 1998 Sankt Pölten Open, Austria (2) Clay United States Vincent Spadea 6–2, 6–0
Winner 11. 5 October 1998 Grand Slam Cup, Munich, Germany Hard (i) United States Andre Agassi 6–4, 2–6, 7–6(7–1), 5–7, 6–3
Winner 12. 18 October 1998 Singapore Open, Singapore Carpet (i) Australia Mark Woodforde 6–4, 6–2
Runner-up 10. 25 April 1999 Monte-Carlo Masters, Monaco Clay Brazil Gustavo Kuerten 4–6, 1–2, ret.
Winner 13. 9 May 1999 German Open, Germany Clay Argentina Mariano Zabaleta 6–7(5–7), 7–5, 5–7, 7–6(7–5), 6–2
Winner 14. 23 May 1999 Sankt Pölten Open, Austria (3) Clay Argentina Mariano Zabaleta 4–4, ret.
Runner-up 11. 10 October 1999 Shanghai Open, China Hard Sweden Magnus Norman 6–2, 3–6, 5–7
Winner 15. 17 October 1999 Singapore Open, Singapore (2) Hard (i) Sweden Mikael Tillström 6–2, 7–6(7–5)
Winner 16. 23 July 2000 Croatia Open, Croatia Clay Argentina Mariano Puerta 7–6(7–1), 4–6, 6–3
Winner 17. 7 January 2001 Qatar Open, Qatar Hard Czech Republic Bohdan Ulihrach 6–3, 2–6, 6–3
Winner 18. 30 September 2001 Hong Kong Open, China Hard Germany Rainer Schüttler 7–6(7–3), 6–2
Runner-up 12. 27 October 2002 Stockholm Open, Sweden Hard (i) Thailand Paradorn Srichaphan 7–6(7–2), 0–6, 3–6, 2–6
Runner-up 13. 16 February 2003 Chile Open, Chile Clay Spain David Sánchez 6–1, 3–6, 3–6
Runner-up 14. 10 August 2003 Pan American Games, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic Hard Brazil Fernando Meligeni 7–5, 6–7(6–8), 6–7(5–7)

Doubles: 3 (1 title, 2 runners-up)[edit]

Win (1)
No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponent Score
1. 30 July 1995 Dutch Open, Netherlands Clay Netherlands Sjeng Schalken Australia Wayne Arthurs
United Kingdom Neil Broad
7–6, 6–2
Runner-up (2)
No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponent Score
1. 11 March 2001 Tennis Channel Open, USA Hard Netherlands Sjeng Schalken United States Donald Johnson
United States Jared Palmer
6–7(3–7), 2–6
2. 10 August 2003 Pan American Games, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic Hard Chile Adrián García Mexico Santiago González
Mexico Alejandro Hernández
7–6(7–5), 2–6, 3–6

Team competitions (1 title)[edit]

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partners Opponents Score
Winner 1. 24 May 2003 World Team Cup, Düsseldorf, Germany Clay Chile Fernando González

Chile Nicolás Massú

Czech Republic Jiří Novák

Czech Republic Radek Štěpánek


Performance timelines[edit]


(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.

Davis Cup matches are included in the statistics. Walkovers are neither official wins nor official losses.

Professional Career
Tournament 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 SR W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A 1R QF F A A 1R QF A A 0 / 5 14–5
French Open 2R 2R 4R 4R QF QF 1R 2R A 1R A 0 / 9 17–9
Wimbledon A 1R A 4R 1R A A A A A A 0 / 3 3–3
US Open 2R 1R 2R QF 3R 4R 3R 3R 3R A A 0 / 9 17–9
Win–Loss 2–2 1–3 4–3 14–4 12–4 7–2 2–2 3–3 6–2 0–1 0–0 0 / 26 51–26
Year-End Championship
Tennis Masters Cup Did Not Qualify RR1 Did Not Qualify 0 / 1 0–1
Grand Slam Cup Was not invited QF W WNI Not Held 1 / 2 4–1
ATP Masters Series
Indian Wells Masters A 3R SF 2R W 3R 2R 1R 3R 2R A 1 / 9 16–8
Miami Open A 3R 3R 3R W 4R 4R 2R SF 4R A 1 / 9 20–7
Monte-Carlo Masters A A SF W A F 1R 2R3 3R A A 1 / 6 16–4
Italian Open A 2R QF F W 1R 1R 2R A A A 1 / 7 15–6
German Open A A SF 3R 2R W SF 2R A A A 1 / 6 14–5
Canadian Open A A SF A A A 3R A 3R A A 0 / 3 7–3
Cincinnati Masters A 1R A 3R 2R A 2R A 2R A A 0 / 5 4–5
Madrid Open Not Held 2R A A 0 / 1 1–1
Stuttgart Masters A A QF QF QF2 QF A 3R Not Held 0 / 6 10–4
Paris Masters A A 2R 2R QF 2R A A 1R A A 0 / 5 2–5
Win–Loss 0–0 5–4 20–8 16–7 20–3 14–6 10–7 5–5 12–7 3–1 0–0 5 / 56 105–48
National Representation
Summer Olympics Not Held A Not Held 1R Not Held A 0 / 1 0–1
Pan American Games Not Held A Not Held A Not Held F-S NH 0 / 1 4–1
Davis Cup Z1 A Z1 Z1 PO Z1 PO PO PO Z1 Z1 A 0 / 10 25–10
Career Statistics
Finals 0 0 4 4 5 8 5 1 2 1 1 0 31
Titles 0 0 3 1 1 7 3 1 2 0 0 0 18
Overall Win–Loss 0–1 12–11 41–21 57–25 60–26 68–17 47–18 29–23 31–19 32–21 14–10 0–0 391–192
Win % 0% 52% 66% 70% 70% 80% 72% 56% 62% 60% 58% 67.07%
Year-End Ranking 562 107 25 11 10 2 9 37 39 24 105 842 $9,567,686

1At the 1998 ATP Tour World Championships (Tennis Masters Cup), Ríos withdrew at round robin stage after playing the first match. He was replaced by then world No. 11 Greg Rusedski.

2At the 1998 Eurocard Open (Stuttgart Masters), Ríos withdrew prior to quarterfinals.

3At the 2001 Monte Carlo Masters, Ríos withdrew prior to second round.

Top 10 wins[edit]

Season 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 Total
Wins 0 0 0 5 5 4 2 0 4 1 1 0 22
# Player Rank Event Surface Rd Score Ríos
1. South Africa Wayne Ferreira 10 Indian Wells, United States Hard QF 7–5, 7–5 20
2. United States Jim Courier 9 Barcelona, Spain Clay SF 7–6(7–5), 4–6, 7–6(7–5) 16
3. Germany Boris Becker 5 Monte-Carlo, Monaco Clay 3R 6–4, 6–3 13
4. South Africa Wayne Ferreira 10 Hamburg, Germany Clay QF 3–6, 6–4, 6–4 11
5. Netherlands Richard Krajicek 7 Stuttgart, Germany Carpet (i) 3R 6–4, 6–4 10
6. Sweden Thomas Enqvist 9 Australian Open, Melbourne, Australia Hard 4R 4–6, 6–4, 7–6(7–4), 6–7(5–7), 6–3 11
7. Spain Albert Costa 9 Monte-Carlo, Monaco Clay 3R 7–6(7–3), 6–4 10
8. Spain Carlos Moyà 8 Monte-Carlo, Monaco Clay QF 6–4, 7–6(7–5) 10
9. Spain Sergi Bruguera 8 US Open, New York, United States Hard 4R 7–5, 6–2, 6–4 10
10. Russia Yevgeny Kafelnikov 6 Stuttgart, Germany Carpet (i) 3R 7–6(8–6), 6–3 10
11. Czech Republic Petr Korda 2 Indian Wells, United States Hard QF 6–4, 6–2 7
12. United Kingdom Greg Rusedski 6 Indian Wells, United States Hard F 6–3, 6–7(15–17), 7–6(7–4), 6–4 7
13. Brazil Gustavo Kuerten 9 Rome, Italy Clay SF 6–0, 7–5 3
14. United States Andre Agassi 8 Grand Slam Cup, Munich, Germany Hard (i) F 6–4, 2–6, 7–6(7–1), 5–7, 6–3 3
15. Australia Mark Philippoussis 8 Monte-Carlo, Monaco Clay QF 6–2, 6–7(2–7), 6–4 13
16. Spain Carlos Moyà 6 Hamburg, Germany Clay SF 6–4, 7–6(7–4) 8
17. Spain Àlex Corretja 10 Washington D.C., United States Hard 3R 7–6(7–2), 6–3 64
18. France Sébastien Grosjean 9 Hong Kong, Hong Kong Hard QF 6–2, 6–3 58
19. Russia Marat Safin 7 Stuttgart, Germany Hard (i) 2R 7–6(7–4), 6–3 46
20. France Sébastien Grosjean 8 Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i) 2R 6–3, 6–4 44
21. Russia Yevgeny Kafelnikov 4 Miami, United States Hard 3R 6–4, 7–6(7–4) 33
22. Spain Juan Carlos Ferrero 3 Miami, United States Hard 3R 6–3, 7–6(7–2) 31

ATP Tour career earnings[edit]

Year Majors ATP wins Total wins Earnings ($) Money list rank
1994 0 0 0
1995 0 3 3
1996 0 1 1
1997 0 1 1 $1,397,445 12
1998 0 6 7 $3,420,054 2
1999 0 3 3 $1,794,244 5
2000 0 1 1 $493,816 40
2001 0 2 2 $466,025 43
2002 0 0 0 $506,160 39
2003 0 0 0 $308,140 73
2004 0 0 0
Career 0 17 18 $9,713,771


  • Ríos has the record for being the only player in history to have been world No. 1 as a junior, as a professional and as a senior
  • He was the first Latin American to reach the world No. 1 ranking, first achieved on March 30, 1998
  • He was the first player to win all three clay-court ATP Masters Series since the format started in 1990
  • He is the only ATP-ranked No. 1 player not to win a Grand Slam title


  1. ^ Rivera, José Luis (29 March 2016). "Marcelo Ríos y el ATP de Chile: La frustración del 'Chino' estuvo en casa" [Marcelo Ríos and the Chile Open: frustration of El Chino was at home] (in Spanish). Radio Bío-Bío. Retrieved 19 August 2018. For the record, it will stand that Ríos did obtain a title within our borderlands, if we consider his win at the Santiago Challenger in 2001 to argentine Edgardo Massa.
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  5. ^ "McEnroe angry over young seniors". BBC Sport. 7 December 2006.
  6. ^ "Marcelo Ríos se casó en ceremonia íntima y bajo estricto secreto" (in Spanish). La Tercera. 9 May 2009.
  7. ^ "Marcelo Ríos será padre por tercera vez: su esposa tiene tres meses de embarazo" (in Spanish). Globedia. 6 September 2009.
  8. ^ Mario Brisso; Eduardo Urtubia (1 August 2010). "Marcelo Ríos: "Los González quieren hacer millonadas con la Davis"" (in Spanish). La Tercera.
  9. ^ Scoop Malinowski (8 November 2011). "New York Tennis Magazine Book Preview: "Marcelo Rios: The Man We Barely Knew"". New York Tennis Magazine.
  10. ^ Chernin, Andrew; Alvújar, José (10 May 2014). "Creo que soy Asperger" [I think I'm an Asperger]. Sábado (in Spanish) (816). Santiago de Chile. El Mercurio. pp. 4–9. Retrieved 6 March 2016.
  11. ^ Massis, Diana (17 November 2016). "El Cubo - Marcelo Ríos" (video). Chilevisión (in Spanish). Retrieved 26 February 2017. I've been diagnosed with this when I was a kid, but I let it pass. I remember that at the Davis Cup we had a psychologist who made us some exams and she told me that I had Asperger. I didn't know what it meant and didn't care. But now I've researched about it, and I realized that out of 50 things, I had 60.
  12. ^ Christopher Clarey (7 September 1998). "U.S. Open; Rios, Once No. 1, Continues in His Slump". The New York Times.
  13. ^ "Ríos versus Vilas: Las polémicas que han dividido a los dos grandes tenistas latinoamericanos" (in Spanish). El Mercurio. 26 May 2015. Hace rato que me vienen comparando con Guillermo Vilas y para ser sincero no lo conozco mucho (...) lo único que sé es que él fue número dos y yo soy el uno del mundo
  14. ^ a b c d e El escándalo tras regreso de Kenita
  15. ^ a b c d "¿Cunato sabe del lado B del Chino?" (in Spanish). La Nación. 11 February 2007.
  16. ^ "Marcelo Ríos pidió disculpas al equipo y a su familia" (in Spanish). terra. 30 January 2002.
  17. ^ D.N.I. / MARCELO RIOS

External links[edit]

Preceded by
United States Pete Sampras
United States Pete Sampras
World No. 1
March 30, 1998 – April 26, 1998
August 10, 1998 – August 23, 1998
Succeeded by
United States Pete Sampras
United States Pete Sampras
Preceded by
Croatia Goran Ivanišević
ATP Champions Tour
Year-End No.1

Succeeded by
Spain Sergi Bruguera