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Joan Manel Balcells Fornaguera (born 20 June 1975) is a retired professional tennis player from Spain. He won one ATP Tour singles title in his career and reached the final in Scottsdale in 2002 (losing to Andre Agassi) and the semifinals in 2000 Heineken Open losing to Michael Chang.

Joan Balcells
Country (sports) Spain
ResidenceBarcelona, Spain
Born (1975-06-20) 20 June 1975 (age 44)
Barcelona, Spain
Height1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Turned pro1996
Retired2004
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money$815,801
Singles
Career record41–49
Career titles1
Highest rankingNo. 57 (7 May 2001)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open1R (2001, 2002, 2003)
French Open2R (2000, 2001)
Wimbledon1R (2001, 2002)
US Open1R (2001)
Doubles
Career record40–54
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 65 (23 July 2001)
Team competitions
Davis CupW (2000)

Balcells was born in Barcelona, and played for the Spain Davis Cup team in 2000, winning the doubles rubber (with Àlex Corretja) in the final against Australia. He retired in 2004. Ballcells was considered a strange player for being a Spanish player because Ballcells always go up to the net, his game was based on serve and volley. This was not very common on Spanish tennis by the 1990s and early 2000s.

Career finalsEdit

Singles (1 title, 1 runner-up)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 11 September 2000 Bucharest, Romania Clay   Markus Hantschk 6–4, 3–6, 7–6(7–1)
Runner-up 2. 10 March 2002 Scottsdale, USA Clay   Andre Agassi 2–6, 6–7(2–7)

Doubles finalist (2)Edit

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