Franco Davín (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈfɾaŋko ðaˈβin];[a] born January 11, 1970) is a tennis coach and a former tennis player from Argentina.

Franco Davín
Franco Davin.jpg
Country (sports) Argentina
ResidenceBuenos Aires, Argentina
Born (1970-01-11) January 11, 1970 (age 50)
Pehuajó, Argentina
Height1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Turned pro1987
Retired1997
PlaysLeft-handed (1-handed backhand)
Prize money$1,108,860
Singles
Career record153–155
Career titles3
Highest rankingNo. 30 (October 8, 1990)
Grand Slam Singles results
French OpenQF (1991)
US Open3R (1990)
Doubles
Career record11–28
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 255 (September 9, 1991)

Davín won his first ATP-tour match at 15 years, 1 month against Hans Gildemeister in Buenos Aires. He holds the Open Era record for being the youngest player to win a tour level main draw match. Davín won three singles tournaments on the ATP Tour, and reached a career-high singles ranking of World No. 30 in October 1990.[1]

He coached fellow countryman Juan Martín del Potro until July 2015,[2] and was the captain of the Argentine Davis Cup team.[3] Under Davín's tutelage, Del Potro won the 2009 US Open, defeating Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals and Roger Federer in the final en route to the championship.[2] Davín also coached Gastón Gaudio when he won the 2004 French Open and Grigor Dimitrov from 2015 to 2016.[4][5]

Tennis careerEdit

JuniorsEdit

Davín had an excellent junior career, reaching the US Open Boys' Singles final and winning the French Open Boys' Doubles (both in 1986).

Pro tourEdit

Turning professional in 1987, Davín's best slam performance was reaching the quarterfinals of the 1991 French Open, where he defeated experienced clay-courter Martín Jaite as well as Christian Bergström, Marián Vajda and Arnaud Boetsch en route before losing to Michael Stich.

Career finalsEdit

Singles (3 wins, 6 losses)Edit

Legend (Singles)
Grand Slam (0)
Tennis Masters Cup (0)
ATP Masters Series (0)
ATP Tour (2)
Result W/L Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0–1 Nov 1986 Buenos Aires, Argentina Clay   Jay Berger 3–6, 3–6
Loss 0–2 Jun 1989 Bologna, Italy Clay   Javier Sánchez 1–6, 0–6
Win 1–2 Aug 1989 St. Vincent, Italy Clay   Juan Aguilera 6–2, 6–2
Loss 1–3 Apr 1990 Estoril, Portugal Clay   Emilio Sánchez 3–6, 1–6
Win 2–3 Sep 1990 Palermo, Italy Clay   Juan Aguilera 6–6, 6–1
Loss 2–4 Oct 1990 Athens, Greece Clay   Mark Koevermans 7–5, 4–6, 1–6
Loss 2–5 Aug 1992 Prague, Czechoslovakia Clay   Karel Nováček 1–6, 1–6
Loss 2–6 Aug 1992 Umag, Croatia Clay   Thomas Muster 1–6, 6–4, 4–6
Win 3–6 Sep 1994 Romanian Open, Romania Clay   Goran Ivanišević 6–2, 6–4

NotesEdit

  1. ^ In isolation, Davín is pronounced [daˈβin].

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Franco Davín". Association of Tennis Professionals. Retrieved 2010-06-28.
  2. ^ a b Goitia, Gustavo (2009-09-15). "Delpo's ad: Landing a blow for Argentina". ESPN. Retrieved 2010-06-28.
  3. ^ "American Group I 1st Round Play-Offs". Davis Cup. Retrieved 2010-06-28.
  4. ^ "Dimitrov hires Del Porto's former coach, Franco Davin". Tennis.com. 25 September 2015.
  5. ^ Reem Abulleil (2 July 2016). "Dimitrov reveals coaching split with Davin before Wimbledon". Sport360.com.

External linksEdit

Preceded by
  Daniel Garcia
  Alejandro Gattiker
Davis Cup Argentina captain
1999
2000-2001
Succeeded by
  Alejandro Gattiker
  Alejandro Gattiker