Juan Ignacio Chela (Spanish pronunciation: [xwan iɣˈnasjo ˈtʃela]; born 30 August 1979), nicknamed as “El Flaco” or “Liliano,” is a former professional tennis player from Argentina. Chela was given a three-month ban from the professional tour in 2001 for failing a drugs test. Post-doping ban, Chela went on to reach the quarterfinals of the 2004 and 2011 French Open, and the 2007 US Open, attaining a career-high singles ranking of world No. 15 in August 2004.
|Born||30 August 1979|
Ciudad Evita, Argentina
|Height||1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)|
|Retired||3 December 2012|
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Highest ranking||No. 15 (9 August 2004)|
|Grand Slam singles results|
|Australian Open||4R (2006)|
|French Open||QF (2004, 2011)|
|Wimbledon||2R (2003, 2004, 2007, 2011)|
|US Open||QF (2007)|
|Tour Finals||Alt (2007)|
|Olympic Games||2R (2000)|
|Highest ranking||No. 32 (6 June 2011)|
|Grand Slam doubles results|
|Australian Open||3R (2004)|
|French Open||3R (2004, 2008)|
|US Open||2R (2006)|
Chela is currently the coach of Argentinian tennis player Diego Schwartzman.
2000-2001: Failed drugs test and doping suspensionEdit
In April 2001, Chela was found to have failed a routine drugs test (in August 2000) - testing positive for the banned steroid methyltestosterone - and was given a three-month ban, as well as being made to forfeit all prize money and ranking points accumulated over the previous eight months since testing positive.
In February, he reached the quarterfinals in Salvador, defeating Flavio Saretta and David Ferrer, before falling to Agustín Calleri, 3–6, 6–3, 3–6. He won in doubles at Viña del Mar, partnering Gastón Gaudio.
At Acapulco and Indian Wells, he reached the quarterfinals, but lost to Oscar Hernandez Perez and Roger Federer, respectively. In Acapulco, he also reached the final in doubles, partnering Nicolás Massú, but they lost to the Bryan brothers, 2–6, 3–6.
He reached the quarterfinals of the French Open, where he lost to Tim Henman, 2–6, 4–6, 4–6. In doubles, he reached the quarterfinals in Rome, where he and Guillermo Cañas lost to the Bryan brothers, and in Hamburg, where he also partnered with Cañas.
On August 9, 2004, he reached his career-high singles ranking of world No. 15.
As part of the Argentine team for the Davis Cup, he holds a record of six victories and four losses, the most important of his victories in April 2006, giving Argentina the third point to beat defending champions Croatia in the quarterfinals.
In May 2007, he appeared in the quarterfinals of his sixth different Masters event at Rome, also his personal best showing, with wins over Marc Gicquel, Igor Andreev, and world No. 3 Andy Roddick, the latter being Chela's best victory since defeating No. 3 Yevgeny Kafelnikov in the second round in Mallorca in May 2000. He also partnered Pablo Cuevas in doubles, reaching the quarterfinals in Barcelona, where they lost to the Bryan brothers 1–6, 2–6.
In July, he reached the semifinals in Stuttgart, where he lost to Stan Wawrinka, 7–6, 4–6, 1–6.
He reached the quarterfinals of the US Open, but lost to David Ferrer, 2–6, 3–6, 5–7.
In February, he reached the semifinals in Buenos Aires, only to lose to David Nalbandian, 1–6, 2–6.
In April, he reached the quarterfinals in Barcelona, where he lost to Rafael Nadal, 4–6, 2–6.
In 2009, Chela played mostly Challenger tournaments, although he did reach the quarterfinals in Viña del Mar, where he lost to Tommy Robredo 6–0, 3–6, 4–6.
In 2010, Chela won the US Men's Clay Court Championship in Houston, beating Sam Querrey 5–7, 6–4, 6–3, for his first ATP Tour championship in over three years. After he beat Rajeev Ram in straight sets, Chela won a controversial three-set second-round match, in which fellow countryman Eduardo Schwank was fined for his use of tactics when injured. Chela then beat defending champion Lleyton Hewitt and another Argentine Horacio Zeballos in straight sets to reach the final. Also in 2010, Chela won the BCR Open Romania in singles, defeating Pablo Andújar in the final 7–5, 6–1, and doubles partnering Łukasz Kubot. The singles title was his sixth career ATP World Tour victory.
He reached the quarterfinals in Vienna and Santiago, and the semifinals in Costa do Sauipe, where he lost to Nicolás Almagro 6–1, 2–6, 4–6. He reached the final in Buenos Aires, where he again lost to Almagro, 3–6, 6–3, 4–6. In doubles, he reached the semifinals in Santiago, partnering Santiago González.
In April, he reached the final in doubles in Monte Carlo, partnering Bruno Soares, but they lost to the Bryan brothers, 3–6, 2–6.
He reached his career-high doubles ranking of world No. 32 on 6 June 2011.
His trainer and fitness coach (and also a close friend) is Fernando Gonzáles.
Chela did not make any ATP Tour finals in 2012, either in singles or in doubles. He did reach the third round of Wimbledon doubles, along with his partner Eduardo Schwank, losing to Daniele Bracciali and Julian Knowle, 5–7, 5–7, 1–6. He also reached the singles semifinals in Viña del Mar, where he lost to Carlos Berlocq, 3–6, 6–4, 0–6. He also reached the doubles semifinals in Acapulco with Schwank.
ATP career finalsEdit
Singles: 12 (6–6)Edit
|Winner||1.||21 February 2000||Mexico City, Mexico||Clay||Mariano Puerta||6–4, 7–6(7–4)|
|Runner-up||1.||28 January 2001||Bogotá, Colombia||Clay||Fernando Vicente||4–6, 6–7(6–8)|
|Runner-up||2.||13 January 13, 2002||Sydney, Australia||Hard||Roger Federer||3–6, 3–6|
|Winner||2.||15 July 2002||Amersfoort, Netherlands||Clay||Albert Costa||6–1, 7–6(7–4)|
|Runner-up||3.||25 August 2002||Long Island, United States||Hard||Paradorn Srichaphan||7–5, 2–6, 2–6|
|Winner||3.||12 April 2004||Estoril, Portugal||Clay||Marat Safin||6–7(2–7), 6–3, 6–3|
|Runner-up||4.||5 March 2006||Acapulco, Mexico||Clay||Luis Horna||6–7(6–8), 4–6|
|Runner-up||5.||24 July 2006||Kitzbühel, Austria||Clay||Agustín Calleri||6–7(9–11), 2–6, 3–6|
|Winner||4.||26 February 2007||Acapulco, Mexico||Clay||Carlos Moyà||6–3, 7–6(7–2)|
|Winner||5.||11 April 2010||Houston, United States||Clay||Sam Querrey||5–7, 6–4, 6–3|
|Winner||6.||26 September 2010||Bucharest, Romania||Clay||Pablo Andújar||7–5, 6–1|
|Runner-up||6.||20 February 2011||Buenos Aires, Argentina||Clay||Nicolás Almagro||3–6, 6–3, 4–6|
Doubles: 6 (3–3)Edit
|Winner||1.||15 February 2004||Viña del Mar, Chile||Clay||Gastón Gaudio|| Nicolás Lapentti
|Runner-up||1.||7 March 2004||Acapulco, Mexico||Clay||Nicolás Massú|| Bob Bryan
|Winner||2.||18 April 2004||Estoril, Portugal||Clay||Gastón Gaudio|| František Čermák
|Runner-up||2.||1 May 2005||Estoril, Portugal||Clay||Tommy Robredo|| František Čermák
|Winner||3.||25 September 2005||Bucharest, Romania||Clay||Łukasz Kubot|| Marcel Granollers
|6–2, 5–7, [13–11]|
|Runner-up||3.||17 April 2011||Monte Carlo, Monaco||Clay||Bruno Soares|| Bob Bryan
|Grand Slam tournaments|
|ATP Masters Series|
|Indian Wells Masters||A||1R||3R||2R||QF||3R||2R||QF||3R||1R||1R||3R||2R||12–12|
|Monte Carlo Masters||3R||A||3R||QF||3R||1R||2R||2R||1R||2R||A||1R||1R||12–11|
|Hamburg Masters||A||A||3R||1R||1R||QF||1R||2R||2R||Not Masters Series||7–7|
|Titles / Finals||1–1||0–1||1–3||0–0||1–1||0–0||0–2||1–1||0–0||0–0||2–2||0–1||0–0||6–12|
|1.||Gustavo Kuerten||6||Mexico City, Mexico||Clay||2R||3–6, 7–6(10–8), 6–4||129|
|2.||Tim Henman||10||Monte Carlo, Monaco||Clay||2R||6–2, 4–6, 6–3||84|
|3.||Yevgeny Kafelnikov||3||Mallorca, Spain||Clay||2R||5–7, 6–0, 6–3||59|
|4.||Sébastien Grosjean||7||Amsterdam, Netherlands||Clay||1R||6–4, 6–4||826|
|5.||Albert Costa||7||Amersfoot, Netherlands||Clay||F||6–1, 7–6(7–4)||28|
|6.||Tim Henman||5||US Open, New York||Hard||3R||6–3, 6–3, 6–2||24|
|7.||Albert Costa||8||Sydney, Australia||Hard||1R||7–6(7–4), 6–1||23|
|8.||David Nalbandian||10||Indian Wells, United States||Hard||1R||4–6, 6–4, 7–5||30|
|9.||Jiří Novák||9||Monte Carlo, Monaco||Clay||2R||6–4, 6–2||33|
|10.||Lleyton Hewitt||9||Indian Wells, United States||Hard||3R||6–3, 4–6, 6–1||34|
|11.||Tim Henman||9||Hamburg, Germany||Clay||3R||3–6, 6–4, 6–2||40|
|12.||Nikolay Davydenko||6||New Haven, United States||Hard||2R||6–1, 7–6(7–5)||50|
|13.||Lleyton Hewitt||6||Australian Open, Melbourne||Hard||2R||6–4, 6–4, 6–7(8–10), 6–2||51|
|14.||Nikolay Davydenko||6||Cincinnati, United States||Hard||1R||6–4, 2–6, 6–2||35|
|15.||Andy Roddick||3||Rome, Italy||Clay||3R||6–0, 6–4||23|
|16.||Fernando González||5||World Team Cup, Düsseldorf||Clay||RR||6–3, 7–5||21|
|17.||Nikolay Davydenko||6||Umag, Croatia||Clay||QF||6–2, 6–1||56|
- John Parsons (9 April 2001). "Drug Ban for Chela". The Telegraph.
- "Most Hated Athletes".
- "Chela: "Quiero meterme en el top 30 y volver a la Copa Davis"". Cancha Llena (in Spanish). 2010-09-26. Retrieved 2010-09-26.