Guillermo Cañas


Tennis Development Director – Co-Founder

Biography

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 8 in 2005. He won seven ATP singles championships. 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. On March 11, 2007 Cañas defeated ATP ranked number one Roger Federer 7–5, 6–2 at the Indian Wells Masters, ending Federer's streak of 41 consecutive victories, 5 short of Guillermo Vilas's record on ATP Tour matches. He defeated Federer again (7–6, 2–6, 7–6) 16 days later at the Miami Masters to back-up his victory at Indian Wells. This double victory made him the only player (besides Rafael Nadal) to have defeated Federer in consecutive tournaments since 2003   Guillermo has been one of the only members of the great Argentinian Legion to form an academy after retirement. It’s been his dream for many years to give back to the tennis world all the wonderful experiences and knowledge he received during the 15 years of his professional career. For Guillermo, Miami was always an ideal location to have an academy for its climate, location and access to players from all over the world. Since opening the academy, Guillermo has been guiding and training players of all ages and all parts of the world and providing advice to parents that would come to the academy. Also, Guillermo, has been sharing his expertise with professional players such as Ernest Gulbis (current top 20 in the world) and Teimuraz Gabashvili (currently ATP ranked 52).