Javier Frana

Javier Alberto Frana (born 25 December 1966) is a former tennis player from Argentina and former tennis commentator for ESPN Latin America. He won 1996 French Open Mixed Doubles title with compatriot Patricia Tarabini.

Javier Frana
Javier Frana en 2017.jpg
Javier Frana in 2017
Country (sports) Argentina
Born (1966-12-25) 25 December 1966 (age 54)
Rafaela, Argentina
Turned pro1986
Retired1997
PlaysLeft-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money$1,691,848
Singles
Career record163–158 (50.8%)
Career titles3
Highest rankingNo. 30 (24 July 1995)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open3R (1987)
French Open4R (1994)
Wimbledon3R (1991, 1993, 1994, 1995)
US Open4R (1994)
Doubles
Career record189–161 (54.0%)
Career titles7
Highest rankingNo. 14 (25 May 1992)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open2R (1991, 1996)
French OpenSF (1991)
WimbledonF (1991)
US Open3R (1991)

Tennis careerEdit

Frana turned professional in 1986. He reached his career-high ATP singles ranking on July 24, 1995, when he became world No. 30. His highest doubles ranking was world No. 14, achieved on May 25, 1992.

OlympicsEdit

Frana debuted at the Seoul Olympics in 1988, where he was defeated in the second round by fellow countryman Martín Jaite, 2–6, 4–6 and 2–6. At the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, he reached the second round again, this time falling to France's Fabrice Santoro, 6–4, 2–6, 1–6, and 1–6. He represented his native country for the last time in Olympic competition at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, United States, where he was defeated in the first round by Great Britain's Greg Rusedski.

ATP Tour finalsEdit

Singles (3 wins, 6 losses)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam (0)
Tennis Masters Cup (0)
ATP Masters Series (0)
ATP Championship Series (0)
ATP Tour (3–6)
Result W/L Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0–1 Nov 1988 Itaparica, Brazil Hard   Jaime Yzaga 6–7, 2–6
Loss 0–2 Jul 1991 Newport, USA Grass   Bryan Shelton 6–3, 4–6, 4–6
Win 1–2 Oct 1991 Guarujá, Brazil Clay   Markus Zoecke 2–6, 7–6(7–1), 6–3
Loss 1–3 Jul 1993 Newport, USA Grass   Greg Rusedski 5–7, 7–6(9–7), 6–7(5–7)
Win 2–3 Oct 1993 Santiago, Chile Clay   Emilio Sánchez 7–5, 3–6, 6–3
Loss 2–4 Nov 1994 Buenos Aires, Argentina Clay   Àlex Corretja 3–6, 7–5, 6–7(5–7)
Loss 2–5 Apr 1995 Bermuda, Bahamas Clay   Mauricio Hadad 6–7(7–5), 6–3, 4–6
Loss 2–6 May 1995 Pinehurst, USA Clay   Thomas Enqvist 3–6, 6–3, 3–6
Win 3–6 Jun 1995 Nottingham, England Grass   Todd Woodbridge 7–6(7–4), 6–3

Doubles (7 wins, 9 losses)Edit

Result W/L Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0–1 Sep 1987 Barcelona, Spain Clay   Christian Miniussi   Miloslav Mečíř
  Tomáš Šmíd
1–6, 2–6
Loss 0–2 Feb 1988 Guarujá, Brazil Hard   Diego Pérez   Ricardo Acuña
  Luke Jensen
1–6, 4–6
Win 1–2 May 1988 Florence, Italy Clay   Christian Miniussi   Claudio Pistolesi
  Horst Skoff
7–6, 6–4
Win 2–2 Feb 1990 Guarujá, Brazil Clay   Gustavo Luza   Luiz Mattar
  Cássio Motta
7–6, 7–6
Loss 2–3 Jul 1991 Wimbledon, UK Grass   Leonardo Lavalle   John Fitzgerald
  Anders Järryd
3–6, 4–6, 7–6, 1–6
Loss 2–4 Jul 1991 Newport, US Grass   Bruce Steel   Gianluca Pozzi
  Brett Steven
4–6, 4–6
Win 3–4 Aug 1991 Los Angeles Hard   Jim Pugh   Glenn Michibata
  Brad Pearce
7–5, 2–6, 6–4
Loss 3–5 Oct 1991 Tel Aviv, Israel Hard   Leonardo Lavalle   David Rikl
  Michiel Schapers
2–6, 7–6, 3–6
Loss 3–6 Nov 1991 Búzios, Brazil Hard   Leonardo Lavalle   Sergio Casal
  Emilio Sánchez
6–4, 3–6, 4–6
Loss 3–7 May 1992 Bologna, Italy Clay   Javier Sánchez   Luke Jensen
  Laurie Warder
2–6, 3–6
Loss 3–8 Apr 1993 Charlotte, U.S. Clay   Leonardo Lavalle   Rikard Bergh
  Trevor Kronemann
1–6, 2–6
Win 4–8 Jul 1993 Newport, United States Grass   Christo van Rensburg   Byron Black
  Jim Pugh
4–6, 6–1, 7–6
Win 5–8 Sep 1993 Bordeaux, France Hard   Pablo Albano   David Adams
  Andrei Olhovskiy
7–6, 4–6, 6–3
Loss 5–9 Nov 1993 São Paulo, Brazil Clay   Pablo Albano   Sergio Casal
  Emilio Sánchez
6–4, 6–7, 4–6
Win 6–9 Feb 1995 Acapulco, Mexico Clay   Leonardo Lavalle   Marc-Kevin Goellner
  Diego Nargiso
7–5, 6–3
Win 7–9 Oct 1995 Ostrava, Czech Republic Carpet (i)   Jonas Björkman   Guy Forget
  Patrick Rafter
6–7, 6–4, 7–6

Mixed doubles (1 win)Edit

Result W/L Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1–0 Jun 1996 French Open, Paris, France Clay   Patricia Tarabini   Luke Jensen
  Nicole Arendt
6–2, 6–2

Personal lifeEdit

Frana was born in Rafaela, Argentina. He is of Croat origin, his family is from the Trogir area.

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