Julián Alonso

Julián Alonso Pintor (born 2 August 1977) is a retired tennis player from Catalonia, Spain, who turned professional in 1995 and retired in 2003. He was known in tennis because of his powerful serve, compared with the Goran Ivanisevic´s service. In 1997, playing against Ivanisevic (2nd seeded), in Long Island, beat him for first Top 10 victory en route to semifinal and in that match fired a 143 mph serve to become just third player (Philippoussis, Rusedski) to register a serve of at least 143. He is the founder of "Julian Alonso Team" Academy located in Palm Beach, FL focusing on junior development.

Julián Alonso
Country (sports) Spain  United States
ResidenceMonte Carlo, Monaco
Boca Raton, USA
Born (1977-08-02) 2 August 1977 (age 43)
Canet de Mar, Spain
Height1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Turned pro1995
Retired2003
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money$ 852,891
Singles
Career record82- 64
Career titles2
Highest rankingNo. 30 (15 June 1998)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open2R (1998, 1999)
French Open1R (1998, 1999)
Wimbledon1R (1998, 1999)
US Open1R (1997, 1998)
Doubles
Career record34–48
Career titles2
Highest rankingNo. 53 (31 August 1998)

Married to Arantxa Vivanco and father of two children.[1]

Tennis careerEdit

Alonso was awarded the ATP Newcomer of the Year prize after winning his first ATP title in Santiago and finishing in the Top 30 in 1997. In the final of the tournament, he defeated Marcelo Ríos, World No. 1 ranking 6–1, 6–2 in 46 min. Previously, that same year, Tim Henman after being defeated by Alonso at "The Lipton" Key Biscayne (current Miami open) declared: "Julian will be the next number 1 in the World before Wimbledon"[2]

After this promising start, however, his career is considered underwhelming; he only won one more title (Bologna, 1998) and retired in 2003 after half year playing only Challengers. He confessed that the decline of his career started with the relationship with Martina Hingis. The pressure of the media and his mother-in-law made Alonso's ranking and self-confidence fall.[2] He reached his career-high ATP singles ranking of world No. 29 in June 1998 (after winning his second and final title). He used to play doubles in Davis Cup Spanish team with Joan Ballcells during Manolo Santana captaincy, and several single matches.

Career finalsEdit

Singles (2 wins, 1 loss)Edit

Legend (Singles)
Grand Slam (0)
ATP Masters Series (0)
ATP Tour (2)
Result W/L Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0–1 Jul 1997 Kitzbühel, Austria Clay   Filip Dewulf 6–7(2–7), 4–6, 1–6
Win 1–1 Nov 1997 Santiago, Chile Clay   Marcelo Ríos 6–2, 6–1
Win 2–1 Jun 1998 Bologna, Italy Clay   Karim Alami 6–1, 6–4

Doubles (2 wins, 1 loss)Edit

Legend (Singles)
Grand Slam (0)
ATP Masters Series (0)
ATP Tour (2)
Result W/L Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1–0 Sep 1997 Marbella, Spain Clay   Karim Alami   Alberto Berasategui
  Jordi Burillo
4–6, 6–3, 6–0
Loss 1–1 Nov 1997 Santiago, Chile Clay   Nicolás Lapentti   Hendrik Jan Davids
  Andrew Kratzmann
6–7, 7–5, 4–6
Win 2–0 Aug 1998 Long Island, United States Hard   Javier Sánchez   Brandon Coupe
  Dave Randall
6–4, 6–4

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Julian Alonso's career". ATP World tour. Retrieved 12 August 2015.
  2. ^ a b Silvia Taulés (14 May 2015). "Julián Alonso, una carrera truncada por el amor (a Martina Hingis)". El Mundo (in Spanish).

External linksEdit

Awards
Preceded by
Dominik Hrbatý
ATP Newcomer of the Year
1997
Succeeded by
Marat Safin