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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 incredible serve, many times 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 SF and in that match fired a 143 mph serve to become just third player (Philippoussis, Rusedski) to register a serve of at least 143. In these days Julian Alonso is the founder of "Julian Alonso Team" Academy located in Palm Beach, FL focusing on junior development.

Julián Alonso
Country (sports)SpainUnited States
ResidenceMonte Carlo, Monaco
Palm Beach, Florida, U.S.
Born (1977-08-02) 2 August 1977 (age 41)
Canet de Mar, Spain
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
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 Juli Alonso and Oliver Alonso [1]

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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 an impressive show of big serves and incredible hits by Alonso at "The Lipton" Key Biscaine (current Miami open) declared: "Julian will be the next number 1 in the World before Wimbledon"[2]

After this very 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 selfconfidence fall.[3] 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 titlesEdit

Singles (2)Edit

Legend (Singles)
Grand Slam (0)
ATP Masters Series (0)
ATP Tour (2)
No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score
1. 3 November 1997 Santiago, Chile Clay   Marcelo Ríos 6–2, 6–1
2. 8 June 1998 Bologna, Italy Clay   Karim Alami 6–1, 6–4

Doubles (2)Edit

Legend (Singles)
Grand Slam (0)
ATP Masters Series (0)
ATP Tour (2)
No. Date Tournament Surface Partnering Opponents in the final Score
1. 8 September 1997 Marbella, Spain Clay   Karim Alami   Alberto Berasategui
  Jordi Burillo
4–6, 6–3, 6–0
2. 24 August 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. ^ "Julián Alonso, una carrera truncada por el amor (a Martina Hingis)". ELMUNDO. Retrieved 2015-11-12.
  3. ^ "Julián Alonso, una carrera truncada por el amor (a Martina Hingis)". ELMUNDO. Retrieved 2015-11-12.

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