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Luis Horna Biscari (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈlwis ˈoɾna]; born 14 September 1980 in Lima) is a former tour professional tennis player from Peru, who turned professional in 1998. Known by his nickname "Lucho", he won his 2 career singles titles, reached the quarterfinals of the 2004 Madrid Masters and achieved a career-high singles ranking of World No. 33 in August 2004.

Luis Horna
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Country (sports) Peru
ResidenceLima, Peru
Born (1980-09-14) 14 September 1980 (age 39)
Lima, Peru
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Turned pro1998
Retired2009
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money$2,454,558
Singles
Career record137–137
Career titles2
Highest rankingNo. 33 (30 August 2004)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open3R (2006)
French Open3R (2005)
Wimbledon1R (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008)
US Open2R (2006, 2007)
Other tournaments
Olympic Games1R (2004)
Doubles
Career record72–65
Career titles6
Highest rankingNo. 16 (8 September 2008)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open1R (2004, 2006, 2007, 2008)
French OpenW (2008)
Wimbledon1R (2004, 2005)
US Open2R (2007, 2008)

Together with Pablo Cuevas, Horna also won the men's doubles at the 2008 French Open. At the 2003 French Open, he defeated Roger Federer in the first round, who went on to win his first grand slam at Wimbledon several weeks later.

CareerEdit

JuniorsEdit

Horna was an outstanding junior player, reaching as high as No. 4 in the world in singles 1997 (and No. 3 in doubles). He made the final of the boys singles at the French Open in 1997 losing to Daniel Elsner. Horna won the French Open and Wimbledon doubles with José de Armas and Nicolás Massú respectively.

1998–2001Edit

Horna turned professional in 1998 and he moved up over 1,000 places in the rankings with victories in the Ecuadorian, where he defeated Sergio Roitman as a qualifier and three Futures events in Peru and in 1999 made his first ATP Challenger final in Aschaffenburg. In 2000 he was finalist in Salinas and again in Aschaffenburg and it was not until 2001 that Horna was able to get his first win on the ATP tour in Umag defeating Martin Damm and made another Challenger final in Curitiba losing to Flávio Saretta.

2002–2004Edit

2002 was a successful year for Horna when he became the first Peruvian since Jaime Yzaga to finish in the top 100 in the end of season rankings, who finished 34th in 1994. This was achieved through winning three Challenger titles in Zagreb, Fürth, and Weiden defeating Dominik Hrbatý, Jürgen Melzer and Zeljko Krajan respectively and finalist in the São Paulo Challenger losing to Franco Squillari.

Horna made his debut in the four Grand Slam events in 2003. At the French Open, Horna defeated Roger Federer who was the 5th pre tournament favourite and was the last time that Federer has lost in the first round of a Grand Slam event. At the time Horna said after the victory that it was "the best feeling I have had in my whole life".[1] Horna lost his second round match after having a match point against eventual finalist Martin Verkerk. He won another Challenger title in Seville and was a three time semi finalist in Amersfoort, Sopot and Palermo.

In 2004, Horna reached his career-high world ranking is no. 33, which was achieved on 30 August. Horna won the Bermuda Challenger over Martín Vassallo Argüello and made his first ATP final in Long Island losing to Lleyton Hewitt. Horna also made three semi finals at the Brasil Open, Houston and Munich. Horna finished inside the top 50 at the end of the year equalling the same feat by Jaime Yzaga.

2005–2006Edit

2005 was not as successful for Horna and his singles ranking slipped to outside the top 50. He won his first doubles title with Argentine Martín García in Amersfoort and achieved his best ever performance at the French Open making the third round and defeating the seeded Tim Henman in the second round before losing to Victor Hănescu.

Despite Horna winning his first ever ATP singles title defeating Juan Ignacio Chela of Argentina 7–6(5), 6–4 in Acapulco. After winning the title he said "Acapulco will stay in my heart. I've had an unbelievable experience here,". "It's like being at home".[2] As well as reaching the third round of the Australian Open for the first time defeating Gaël Monfils before losing to Paul-Henri Mathieu and winning his second doubles title with Martín García in Palermo. Horna finished 2006 ranked outside the top 50 and had various injury problems relating to his arm and shoulder which affected his final end-of-year ranking.

2007Edit

Horna had an unfortunate start to 2007 by losing his first round match at the Australian Open to doubles' specialist Max Mirnyi, after being frustrated by the umpire's refusal to eject an abusive heckler in the fifth set. His concentration was disturbed by the calls of "Well done, Beast" (Max Mirnyi's nickname) and "C'mon, roadkill". In February of that year he won his second ATP singles title, defeating Nicolás Massú for the only time in 7 matches 7–5, 6–3 in Viña del Mar, Chile, without losing a set in the tournament. In September, Horna and Iván Miranda took the Peruvian team of Davis Cup to the World Group for the first time by beating Belarus in Lima 4–1.

2008Edit

While Horna has only made one semi final in 2008 in Acapulco, he has won 3 doubles titles in Auckland with Juan Mónaco, in Buenos Aires with Agustín Calleri and the 2008 French Open with the Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas. The 2008 Australian Open started an unusual sequence for Horna, in which he played against his sometime doubles partner and friend Agustín Calleri in his first four tournaments of the year in addition to the Australian Open, the others were Viña del Mar, Buenos Aires and Acapulco.[3] This sequence was broken by Horna's elbow injury that caused him to withdraw from Costa do Sauipe.

The highlight of 2008 was the unexpected win in the 2008 French Open men's doubles crown, partnering Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas, the duo became the first all-South American doubles team to win a Grand Slam title. It was a surprise that Cuevas said "We were not expecting to go that far."[4] Horna and Cuevas were unseeded and defeated four seeded teams starting with Michaël Llodra and Arnaud Clément in the first round, Leander Paes and Lukáš Dlouhý in the third round. In the quarter finals they defeated the No. 1 ranked team Bob and Mike Bryan and in the final defeated the No. 2 seeded team of Nenad Zimonjić and Daniel Nestor.[5] The trophy was presented by Andrés Gómez Horna said that "Gomez has been like an idol for us Peruvians,". "To have a trophy from him is, I think, one of the important moments in my professional career."[6]

While having doubles success, Horna struggled in his singles and finished outside the top 100 since 2001.[5] He won the Lugano Challenger without losing a set defeating Nicolas Devilder in the final.

Horna and Cuevas by virtue of winning Roland Garros had qualified for the Tennis Masters Cup doubles where they made the semi finals losing to Nenad Zimonjić and Daniel Nestor, by finishing second in their round robin group behind Bob and Mike Bryan.

Horna became the first player from Peru to win a Grand Slam title in the professional era. The Peruvian Alejandro Olmedo won two before the Open era, Wimbledon and Melbourne (Australian Open) in 1959 but representing the United States.

2009 was Horna's last season on tour, and played his final tournament at Lima Challenger,[7] where he lost in the second round to Chilean Jorge Aguilar.

Playing styleEdit

Horna plays right-handed, he has a strong serve for a relatively short player and the forehand is his best stroke. He uses a single-handed backhand and his favourite surface is clay.

MiscellaneousEdit

  • He previously shared coach Francisco Mastelli with Juan Mónaco and Mastelli was the former coach of current Argentine Davis cup captain Alberto Mancini.[1]
  • Horna is currently the Peruvian Davis Cup captain.

Major finalsEdit

Grand Slam finalsEdit

Doubles: 1 (1–0)Edit

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Winner 2008 French Open Clay   Pablo Cuevas   Daniel Nestor
  Nenad Zimonjić
6–2, 6–3

ATP career finalsEdit

Singles: 3 (2 titles, 1 runner-up)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
Tennis Masters Cup (0–0)
ATP Masters Series (0–0)
ATP International Series Gold (1–0)
ATP International Series (1–1)
Titles by surface
Hard (0–1)
Clay (2–0)
Grass (0–0)
Titles by setting
Outdoor (2–1)
Indoor (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0–1 Aug 2004 Long Island Open, United States International Hard   Lleyton Hewitt 3–6, 1–6
Win 1–1 Mar 2006 Mexican Open, Mexico Intl. Gold Clay   Juan Ignacio Chela 7–6(7–5), 6–4
Win 2–1 Feb 2007 Chile Open, Chile International Clay   Nicolás Massú 7–5, 6–3

Doubles: 11 (6 titles, 5 runner-ups)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (1–0)
Tennis Masters Cup (0–0)
ATP Masters Series (0–0)
ATP International Series Gold (1–1)
ATP International Series (4–4)
Titles by surface
Hard (0–0)
Clay (6–5)
Grass (0–0)
Titles by setting
Outdoor (6–5)
Indoor (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0–1 Jul 2004 Dutch Open, Netherlands International Clay   José Acasuso   Jaroslav Levinský
  David Škoch
0–6, 6–2, 5–7
Loss 0–2 Apr 2005 Grand Prix Hassan II, Morocco International Clay   Martín García   František Čermák
  Leoš Friedl
4–6, 3–6
Loss 0–3 Apr 2005 U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships, United States International Clay   Martín García   Mark Knowles
  Daniel Nestor
3–6, 4–6
Win 1–3 Jul 2005 Dutch Open, Netherlands International Clay   Martín García   Fernando González
  Nicolás Massú
6–4, 6–4
Loss 1–4 Sep 2006 Romanian Open, Romania International Clay   Martín García   Mariusz Fyrstenberg
  Marcin Matkowski
7–6(7–5), 6–7(5–7), [8–10]
Win 2–4 Oct 2006 Campionati Internazionali di Sicilia, Italy International Clay   Martín García   Mariusz Fyrstenberg
  Marcin Matkowski
7–6(7–1), 7–6(7–2)
Win 3–4 Jul 2007 Austrian Open, Austria Intl. Gold Clay   Potito Starace   Tomas Behrend
  Christopher Kas
7–6(7–4), 7–6(7–5)
Win 4–4 Jan 2008 Auckland Open, New Zealand International Clay   Juan Mónaco   Xavier Malisse
  Jürgen Melzer
6–4, 3–6, [10–7]
Win 5–4 Feb 2008 Argentina Open, Argentina International Clay   Agustín Calleri   Werner Eschauer
  Peter Luczak
6–0, 6–7(6–8), [10–2]
Loss 5–5 Mar 2008 Mexican Open, Mexico Intl. Gold Clay   Agustín Calleri   Oliver Marach
  Michal Mertiňák
2–6, 7–6(7–3), [7–10]
Win 6–5 Jun 2008 French Open, France Grand Slam Clay   Pablo Cuevas   Daniel Nestor
  Nenad Zimonjić
6–2, 6–3

ATP Challenger Tour and ITF Futures titlesEdit

Challengers (6)
Futures (4)
No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score
1. 3 August 1998   Guayaquil Clay   Sergio Roitman 6–1, 7–6(4)
2. 31 August 1998   Lima Clay   Marcos Daniel 7–6(6), 6–4
3. 7 September 1998   Lima Clay   Carlos Gomez-Diaz 7–6, 7–6
4. 14 September 1998   Lima Clay   Carlos Gomez-Diaz 6–2, 7–6(7)
5. 13 May 2002   Zagreb Clay   Dominik Hrbatý 6–2, 6–1
6. 4 June 2002   Furth Clay   Jürgen Melzer 6–4, 6–2
7. 10 June 2002   Weiden Clay   Željko Krajan 6–0, 6–4
8. 29 September 2003   Sevilla Clay   Guillermo García-López 6–0, 4–6, 6–3
9. 19 April 2004   Bermuda Clay   Martín Vassallo Argüello 6–4, 4–6, 6–4
10. 30 June 2008   Lugano Clay   Nicolas Devilder 7–6(1), 6–1

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "French Open: Federer out, Agassi in second round". Rediff. 15 May 2008.
  2. ^ "Horna conquers Chela in Acapulco". BBC News. 15 May 2008.
  3. ^ "Horna and Calleri Head to Head". ATP. 15 May 2008.
  4. ^ Source
  5. ^ a b "2008 Roland Garros Mens Doubles Draw" (PDF). French Open. 8 June 2008.
  6. ^ "Cuevas-Horna beat Nestor-Zimonjic for men's French Open doubles title". International Herald Tribune. 8 June 2008.
  7. ^ "Horna announces retirement". Living in Peru. 13 November 2009.

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