: The American finished in Top 100 for 13th time in past 15 years, highlighted by one ATP SF and three QF…Also won one Challenger title in three finals while compiling a 24-10 match record…Made strong start to year with QF at Adelaide (l. to Nieminen) and Delray Beach (l. to Querrey), 3rd RD at Australian Open (l. to Ferrer) and runner-up finish at Waikoloa Challenger (l. to Lu)…Then lost in 1st RD of eight straight ATP-level appearances before regrouping on grass with QF in June at Nottingham (l. to Monfils) and SF in July at Newport (l. to Santoro)…Went 2-5 during North American summer circuit, including five-set loss to Safin in US Open 1st RD…Followed with finals in back-to-back Challenger tournaments, finishing as runner-up at Tulsa (l. to Kim) and winning Waco (d. Sirianni).
: 1994 – Youngest American (20) to finish in Top 100...1995 – Finished as youngest American in Top 100 for second consecutive year...Advanced to 4th RD at US Open, highlighted by his first Top 10 win over No. 7 Kafelnikov (in 3rd RD)...In doubles, won first ATP title in Buenos Aires (w/van Rensburg)...1996 – QF at eight tournaments, including AMS Miami (l. to Sampras)...1997 – Reached SF in Toulouse and Bogota...In doubles, won titles in Orlando (w/Merklein) and Tashkent (w/Santopadre)...1998 – Reached first ATP final in St. P÷lten (l. to Rios)... Reached doubles final in Coral Springs (w/Merklein)...1999 – Finished in Top 20 for first time...Defeated No. 6 Agassi in 4th RD at Australian Open en route to Grand Slam-best QF (l. to Haas)...Finalist in Indianapolis (l. to Lapentti)...Defeated Federer 76(3) 60 in 1st RD?of AMS?Monte Carlo, handing the future No. 1 one of only three set losses to love of his career...2000 – Went 0-17 before ending 21-match losing streak against Rusedski in first RD at Wimbledon in five-set victory (l. to Portas in 2nd RD)...2001 – Was 34-15 in Challengers...Captured title at Houston Challenger (d. J. Blake) and reached three finals...2002 – Reached Tokyo SF... Won North Miami Beach Challenger (d. Fukarek)...2003 – Reached SF in Memphis, AMS Indian Wells, AMS Monte Carlo (l. to Ferrero) and Moscow...2004 – Won first career ATP title in Scottsdale (d. Kiefer) in his 223rd career tournament...Reached SF at AMS Miami (d. Safin in 2nd, l. to Roddick)...Career-best 4th RD at Wimbledon...In September, reached final in Delray Beach (l. to Mello)...Named to U.S. Davis Cup squad for final against Spain...Earned a career-high $704,105...2005 – Reached SF at Delray Beach and Scottsdale...Reached fifth career ATP final at Newport (l. to Rusedski)...In doubles, reached SF in Newport (w/G. Lapentti)...Teamed with Hernych to reach US Open 3rd RD... 2006 – Advanced to back-to-back SF in Delray Beach (l. to Haas) and San Jose (l. to Hewitt)...Also a QF on clay in Houston (l. to Fish)...Reached 3rd RD at US Open (d. Muller, Bjorkman; l. to eventual champion Federer)...2007--Finished in Top 100 for 12th time time in last 14 years, highlighted by a season-best SF showing in Delray Beach (d. No. 9 Haas, l. to Malisse)...Also a QF in six other tournaments...Compiled records of 16-19 on hard and 6-5 on clay.
: Father, Vincent, Sr., has been instrumental in his son’s career; mother, Hilda, who was born in Colombia, also travels during year...Won 1992 Orange Bowl title, becoming first American to win title since Courier in 1987, in his final junior tournament of career... Finished No. 4 in world junior rankings before turning pro in January 1993...Enjoys Italian food and Jim Carey movies...Sisters, Luanne and Diana were top junior players and played collegiately at Duke...Wrote a book about life on tour, entitled “Break Point” and was released in 2006...Made Davis Cup debut in 2000 in Spain and lost to Ferrero in dead rubber...Also competed in 2000 and 2004 Olympics...Works occasionally in Los Angeles with former Pete Sampras mentor Pete Fischer.
A person who has accomplished so much on the tour, been through so many ups and downs, and has had so much recent Challenger/ATP success deserves a forum.