Guillermo Cañas Bio

Guillermo, a professional player since 1995, is one of the most recognizable tennis figures in the world. A player from Argentina, Guillermo reached an ATP World Ranking of eighth in 2005 and 2007. He won seven ATP singles championships, including wins over Roger Federer, Yevgeny Kafelnikov, Marat Safin, Tommy Haas, and Andy Roddick.

Early years

Cañas started playing at age 7. He turned professional in 1995, and began playing on the junior’s circuit, enjoying some successes; these included a runner-up appearance at Surbiton, United Kingdom, and a win in the doubles event at the Italian Junior Championships, partnering Martín García.

From 1995–1999, Cañas played mainly Challenger Series tournaments, that is, the level of competition directly below that of the ATP Tour. In April 1998, he broke into the top 100 for the first time, having won three Challenger tournaments in the previous 52 weeks. This allowed him to qualify for more ATP level tournaments, and he reached his first final in 1999 at Orlando. He also began to regularly qualify for Grand Slam tournaments, the most prestigious events in tennis.

In 2001, after a right wrist injury the previous year, he climbed from 227th place in the ATP rankings to the 15th, and was named ATP Comeback Player of Year. Cañas had won the first ATP level title of his career that season, in Casablanca, and reached the final of three other tournaments. In addition to this, he reached the fourth round of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time, achieving this result on two occasions, at the French Open and Wimbledon.

In the 2002 ATP Masters Series of Canada, an unseeded Cañas won his first ATP Masters Series title in Toronto, defeating Andy Roddick 6–4, 7–5 in the final. Cañas's path to the final saw him defeat a renowned set of players, including world number two Marat Safin, and top ten ranked Yevgeny Kafelnikov and Roger Federer. Cañas was also the first Argentine to win the Canada Open since Guillermo Vilas in 1976, and also the first to win a Masters Series shield (the Series was created in 1990). Cañas won one other tournament in 2002, the Chennai Open, and reached in the finals in Casablanca and Stuttgart. He also emerged as a more potent force at the Grand Slams, as he reached his first quarter-final at the French.

Career Highlights

1995 – Claimed one Argentine Futures title...
1996 – Won Santiago Challenger (d. Squillari)...
1997 – Won Challenger titles in Santa Cruz (d. M. Carlsson) and Santiago (d. van Scheppingen)...
1998 – Won Espinho and Florianapolis Challenger titles and made Davis Cup debut in dead rubber win over Colombia...
1999 – Reached final at Bermuda Challenger and first ATP final in Orlando (l. to M. Norman)...In doubles, won first ATP title in Boston (w/Garcia) and won Barletta Challenger (w/J. Sanchez)...
2000 – Reached ATP QF in Mexico City...Missed four months of season with a left wrist injury...
2001 – Finished in Top 20 for first time...Reached finals on three different surfaces (clay, grass, hard) and his 45 match victories was most by an Argentine since Martin Jaite won 51 in 1989...Reached QF in Buenos Aires and SF in Acapulco, losing to eventual champion Kuerten both times...Qualified in Casablanca and won 14 straight sets to capture his first career ATP title (d. Bruguera in SF, Robredo in F)...At Roland Garros, advanced to 4th RD with back-to-back five-set wins over A. Martin and Henman before losing in five sets to Hewitt (after leading two sets to love)...In 's-Hertogenbosch, did not drop a set en route to final (l. to Hewitt)...Won consecutive five-set matches at Wimbledon over Gaudio and Carlsen, then upset No. 7 seed Kafelnikov before falling to Enqvist in 4th RD...Became first Argentine to reach 4th RD at All England Club since Clerc in 1979...Reached final in Stuttgart (l. to Kuerten) after defeating Kafelnikov in QF...Finalist in Vienna (d. Henman in 2nd RD, l. to Haas) and SF in Stockholm...Became first Argentine to reach an ATP indoor final since Vilas in 1983...In doubles, won his second career ATP title in Stuttgart-outdoor (w/Schuettler)...
2002 – Became first Argentine to finish in Top 20 back-to-back seasons since Jaite from 1985-87 and first Argentine to earn $1 million in a year...Led his country to ATP World Team Chp. title (d. Russia) and to Davis Cup SF (l. to Russia)...Underwent wrist surgery Aug. 9 to repair stress fracture and a cyst and missed two months...Won title in Chennai (d. Srichaphan) and reached final in Casablanca (l. to El Aynaoui)...Posted career-best QF at Roland Garros where he defeated '98 champion Moya in five sets in 3rd RD and No. 1 Hewitt in 4th RD before falling to eventual champion Costa in five sets...Reached SF in 's-Hertogenbosch...Finalist in Stuttgart (l. to Youzhny in five sets)...Defeated four Top 10s (Federer in 1st RD, Kafelnikov in 3rd RD, Safin in QF, Haas in SF, and No. 12 Roddick in final) to win AMS Toronto title...Dropped only one set in six victories and became first Argentine to win a AMS title and first player from his country to win in Canada since Guillermo Vilas in 1976...Earned a career-high $1,276,617...
2003 – After reaching QF in Chennai (l. to Kucera) and 2nd RD at Australian Open (l. to Coria), he underwent right hand surgery in New York on Mar. 14 to repair metacarpal ligament...Returned Sept. 10 in Brazil (l. to Spadea in 1st RD) and followed with 1st RD loss at Seoul Challenger...In next week, played last tournament of year in Shanghai and reached QF (l. to eventual champion Philippoussis)...
2004 – Finished a career-best No. 11 by winning three ATP titles in four finals...Made third-biggest jump of any player in Top 50, improving 263 ranking positions from previous year...Reached SF in Acapulco (d. Gaudio, l. to Verdaso)...Won back-to-back clay titles in Stuttgart (d. Gaudio in five sets) and Umag (d. Volandri) without dropping a set...Reached a career-best 3rd RD at US Open as his 13-match winning streak was snapped by defending champ Roddick... Claimed title in Shanghai (d. Burgsmuller)...Also was runner-up in Vienna (l. to Lopez in five sets) and reached SF at AMS Paris (l. to Safin)...Played in most five set matches during year (4-3 mark)...Served as alternate at Tennis Masters Cup in Houston...Went 2-4 vs. Top 10 opponents, defeating No. 2 Roddick (Rome) and No. 10 Nalbandian (Vienna)...Compiled records of 19-8 on hard, 17-10 on clay, 3-2 on carpet and 1-2 on grass...
2005 – Played just six months before being suspended in June for testing positive for hydrochlorothiazide diuretic in Acapulco...Won at least one match in 11 of 12 events played...Opened year at Australian Open and reached 4th RD (l. to Davydenko)...Reached QF at Acapulco (l. to Nadal)...Reached SF at AMS Indian Wells with run that included win over Henman in QF (l. to Federer)...Reached Roland Garros QF, a run that included an 8-6 in the fifth win over Mathieu in 3rd RD (l. to Puerta)...Year ended with SF at Halle (l. to Safin)...
2006 – Returned to action in September after serving a 15-month suspension for hydrochlorothiazide diuretic...Solid Challenger results (four titles and 28-3 record) took him from unranked to Top 150...In first tournament back, claimed title at Belem Challenger (d. Berlocq)...Lost just five games through first three rounds, winning first set of each of his first three matches at love...Did not drop a set until final...In first week of October, reached final at Quito Challenger (l. to Guccione)...Reached SF at Medellin Challenger (l. to Giraldo)...Claimed titles at Montevideo Challenger (d. N. Lapentti), hometown of Buenos Aires (d. Vassallo Arguello) and Asuncion (d. Saretta)...Also reached doubles final at Montevideo Challenger (w/Martin Garcia)...
2007 – Finished in Top 20 for first time in three years and as his country's No. 2 player (behind No. 9 Nalbandian)...Captured his seventh ATP title in Costa do Sauipe (d. Ferrero) and reached two other finals, AMS Miami (l. to Djokovic) and Barcelona (l. to Nadal)...One of three players (Nadal, Nalbandian) to defeat World No. 1 Federer twice during year...Opened season by winning Sao Paulo Challenger (d. Hartfield) and one month later won both of his Davis Cup singles matches vs. Austria (d. Melzer, Peya)...In March, defeated Federer in 2nd RD at AMS Indian Wells (l. to Moya in 3rd) and followed with another win over him in 4th RD at AMS Miami en route to final as a qualifier...Also posted impressive wins over No. 20 Ferrero (2nd), No. 16 Gasquet (3rd), No. 6 Robredo (QF) and No. 7 Ljubicic (SF) before falling to then-No. 10 Djokovic in straight sets...Climbed from 55 to No. 29 afterwards...At Roland Garros, advanced to QF for third time in five years (l. to Davydenko)...In July, returned to clay and advanced to SF in Umag (l. eventual champ Moya) and in October reached SF in Metz (l. to Murray)...Went 5-5 vs. Top 10 opponents (after starting year 5-0)...Compiled marks of 19-8 on clay, 14-9 on hard, 3-2 on grass and carpet...Also turned in a 20-6 tie-break record...
2008 -- The Argentine finished in Top 100 for seventh time overall, highlighted by two ATP SF and three QF...Missed first two months of season with a left wrist injury, reached SF at Las Vegas in second tournament (l. to Querrey)...Followed with 4th RD at AMS events at Indian Wells (l. to Djokovic) and Miami (l. to Andreev)...In June, reached QF at Warsaw (l. to Fognini) and SF at 's-Hertogenbosch (l. to Gicquel) in consecutive weeks, and followed with successive QF in July at Gstaad (l. to Wawrinka) and Umag (l. to Andreev)...Was 2-7 remainder of the season...Compiled marks of 9-9 on hard, 9-11 on clay, 3-2 on grass and 0-1 on carpet...Went 0-4 vs Top 10 opponents...
2009 -- Played through first seven months of year, before being sidelined again by wrist injury...Reached Houston QFs (l. to Korolev)...Qualified for ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Madrid and Bastad...
2010 -- Brought to a close his 15-year pro career ranked No. 235 on 26 March, having battled wrist injuries for much of his career, he decided against undergoing surgery for a fifth time...“I'm so happy the way I have my career,” he said at ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami. “I’m happy for making this decision. It was the right moment to say good bye to a professional sport and to focus on my career as a coach at my new academy in Miami.”

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