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Sergio Andres Roitman (born 16 May 1979), nicknamed 'Escopeta' (Shotgun in Spanish)[1] is a retired professional tennis player from Argentina.

Sergio Roitman
S Roitman 2006 Kremlin Cup.jpg
Country (sports) Argentina
ResidenceBuenos Aires, Argentina
Born (1979-05-16) 16 May 1979 (age 40)
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Height1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Turned pro1996
Retired2009
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money$1,206,782
Singles
Career record25–59
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 62 (8 October 2007)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open1R (2007, 2008)
French Open1R (2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009)
Wimbledon1R (2007, 2008, 2009)
Doubles
Career record41–62
Career titles2
Highest rankingNo. 45 (8 September 2008)

He achieved a career-high rankings of World No. 62 in singles in October 2007, and World No. 45 in doubles in September 2008.

He won several Challenger and Futures singles titles in his career. In addition, Roitman won two ATP doubles titles - at Amsterdam in 2000, and Umag in 2001.

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Early and personal lifeEdit

Roitman was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and is Jewish.[2][3] Roitman, along with Dudi Sela, Diego Schwartzman, and Camila Giorgi was one of a number of recent Jewish tennis players ranked in the top 100.[4][5]

His father (Hugo) is an executive salesman for a plastic enterprise company, and his mother (Lidia) is a retired financial adviser.[6] He has an older brother who teaches tennis, named Ivan.[6]

Roitman studied classical piano between the ages of 6 and 12, but chose tennis instead.[7] At the age of 17, he was at a Hermética concert and was shot in the stomach with a rubber bullet.[8] He speaks Spanish, Portuguese, English and Italian.[9]

Tennis careerEdit

Roitman began playing tennis at age 10 and turned professional in 1996.[10]

Between 1998 and 2000 Roitman won seven futures singles titles, all of them in South America on clay.[11] On 2000-07-23 he won the ATP doubles title with fellow countryman Andres Schneiter in Amsterdam in his debut at that level.[11]

In 2001, once again with Schneiter, he won his second ATP doubles title in Umag.[11] Roitman won four Challenger singles titles between 2002 and 2005, in the process defeating Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-7, 6-4 in the $50,000 ATP Challenger final in Cherbourg in 2003.[12][11] At the 2003 Roland Garros Roitman played defending champion Albert Costa in the first round and was leading 2 sets to 0 and 4–1 (with a break point for 5–1), but ended up losing in 5 sets.[13]

2006 saw Roitman finish in the Top 100 of ATP Rankings for the first time in his career, he compiled a 41–19 match record, and won two titles in Challenger action.[11] In November he won the title at Challengers in Aracaju and Guayaquil.[11]

2007 was the most successful season for Roitman, where he reached his highest ranking and finished in the top 75 for the second straight year, highlighted by a career-best 11 ATP match wins and three Challenger titles.[11] In June he captured the Prostějov Challenger title. In September he picked up another Challenger title in Szczecin, Poland.[11] He closed the season with the title at the Buenos Aires Challenger.[14] He had wins over world # 41 José Acasuso of Argentina, 7–6 (4), 6–1, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In April he defeated world # 76 Jan Hernych, 7–5, 7–6 (7), in Valencia, Spain, and world # 29 Jürgen Melzer of Austria on clay, 3–6, 6–1, 6–4 in Monte Carlo. In June he beat world # 28 Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany, 6–2, Ret, in 's-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands on grass. In July he defeated world # 65 Nicolás Massú of Chile 7–5, 6–2, and twice defeated world # 18 (and 20) Juan Ignacio Chela of Argentina 5–7, 6–3, 6–4, and 6–1, 6–2, on clay.[11]

In the 2009 Buenos Aires tournament Roitman lost 6–0, 6–0 to Juan Mónaco. In June 2009 at Wimbledon, he retired from his first round match due to a recurring injury to the acromion in his right shoulder.[15][16]

On September 25, 2009, he announced that the Copa Petrobas Challenger in Buenos Aires would be his last professional tournament, citing injuries as the main reason for his retirement.[17]

Career after retiring from tennisEdit

After retiring from tennis, in 2015 Roitman and two partners started a company (GO Events) that supplies turnkey customized accommodations, cleaning staff, drivers, mobiles, and services for media work teams attending large-scale sporting events.[18]

Challengers and futures (17)Edit

Challengers (10)
Futures (7)
No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score
1. July 20, 1998 Londrina Clay   Paulo Taicher 6–3, 6–4
2. November 9, 1998 Asunción Clay   Alejandro Aramburu 6–1, 6–3
3. November 16, 1998 Asunción Clay   Ivan Rodrigo 6–2, 2–6, 6–3
4. September 13, 1999 Lima Clay   Solon Peppas 6–3, 7–5
5. April 17, 2000 Santiago Clay   Mauricio Hadad 6–4, 6–3
6. May 1, 2000 Santiago Clay   Adrián García 6–3, 6–3
7. May 8, 2000 Mendoza Clay   José Acasuso 1–6, 7–6(7–2), 6–2
8. July 29, 2002 St. Petersburg Clay   Andrei Stoliarov 7–6(7–3), 6–2
9. February 24, 2003 Cherbourg Hard (i)   Rafael Nadal 6–3, 5–7, 6–4
10. June 6, 2005 Barcelona Clay   Teymuraz Gabashvili 6–2, 6–3
11. August 29, 2005 Freudenstadt Clay   Flavio Cipolla 7–5, 6–4
12. October 30, 2006 Aracaju Clay   Boris Pašanski 6–1, 6–3
13. November 13, 2006 Guayaquil Clay   Mariano Zabaleta 6–3, 4–6, 6–1
14. June 4, 2007 Prostějov Clay   Florian Mayer 7–6(7–1), 6–4
15. September 17, 2007 Szczecin Clay   Ivo Minář 6–2, 7–5
16. November 12, 2007 Buenos Aires Clay   Marcos Daniel 6–1, 6–4
17. November 3, 2008 Guayaquil Clay   Brian Dabul 3–6, 6–3, 6–2

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Sergio Roitman Blog from Casablanca" (in Spanish). ATP. June 7, 2009.
  2. ^ Jewish Post 4 June 2003
  3. ^ The Great Rabbino: Jewish Open
  4. ^ Israeli star trains at Maccabi courts (January 10, 2008) Archived September 18, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Wechsler, Robert, Day by Day in Jewish Sports History, pp. 168, 311, 324, KTAV Publishing House, 2007, ISBN 9780881259698
  6. ^ a b Sergio Roitman | Bio | ATP World Tour | Tennis
  7. ^ por Equipo ATP, 17.03.2010. "Source". Atpworldtour.com. Retrieved March 18, 2010.
  8. ^ Sergio ROITMAN: blog
  9. ^ "Sergio Roitman Player Profile". ATP. June 7, 2009.
  10. ^ "Source". Atpworldtour.com. May 16, 1979. Retrieved March 18, 2010.
  11. ^ a b c d e f g h i Sergio Roitman | Player Activity | ATP World Tour | Tennis
  12. ^ "Ivan Lendl's syndrome affects me" cried 16-year-old Rafael Nadal, recounts Sergio Roitman
  13. ^ Roberts, John (June 7, 2009). "Costa continues to live dangerously in new endurance test". London: The Independent. Retrieved May 23, 2010.
  14. ^ "Argentina's Roitman wins tennis's Challenger Cup". xinhuanet.com. November 19, 2007. Retrieved March 18, 2010.
  15. ^ [1] Archived June 26, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  16. ^ Tennis: Federer wins to start Wimbledon | Otago Daily Times Online News
  17. ^ por Equipo ATP (September 26, 2009). "ATP Spanish – Roitman Retiro". Es.atpworldtour.com. Archived from the original on September 29, 2009. Retrieved March 18, 2010.
  18. ^ Sergio Roitman, el ex tenista que ofrece alojamiento y logística para grandes eventos deportivos - LA NACION

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