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also known as Sergi Bruguera Torner

tennis player

Sergi Bruguera i Torner is a former professional tennis player from Catalonia, Spain. He is best known for winning consecutive Men's Singles titles at the French Open in 1993 and 1994. After winning 1993 Roland Garros title, he was honored by the King and Queen of Spain, governor of Cataluna and Mayor of Barcelona. Coached by father Luis and countryman Tomas Carbonell, a winner of two singles and 22 doubles titles during his career.

Background

Under the tutelage of his father Luis, finished in Top 30 in seven years during that decade and was a member of Spain's Davis Cup team (12-11 record) in 10 ties and ATP Tour World Team Championship squad (14-2 record) since 1990.

Career

1989 -- Won Cairo Challenger title as a qualifier (d. Arrese)...Reached first ATP SF in Rome, defeating Andres Gomez and Jimmy Connors in 3rd RD...

1990 -- Reached first ATP finals in Gstaad (l. to Jaite) and Geneva (l. to Skoff)...Posted first Top 10 win over Stefan Edberg in 1st RD at Roland Garros...In doubles, won first title in Hamburg (w/Courier) and in Florence (w/de la Pena)...

1991 -- Climbed to No. 5 in May and won three of five final appearances...Captured first ATP title in Estoril (d. Novacek) and won TMS Monte Carlo title (d. Becker)...Also won Athens title (d. Arrese)...In doubles, won title in Genova (w/Carbonell)...Served as alternate at ATP Tour World Championship...

1992 -- Won three titles for second straight year and a finalist in three others (all on clay)...

1993 -- Captured a career-best five titles and reached four other finals while finishing a year-end best No. 4...Earned his first Grand Slam title at Roland Garros with victories over No. 1 Sampras, Medvedev and two-time defending champion Courier in final...Became first Spaniard to win French title since Andres Gimeno in 1972...Reached his first career final on carpet in Milan (l. to Becker) and broke through for his first hard court title in Bordeaux (d. Nargiso)...Made ATP Tour World Championship debut and went 0-3 in round robin play...

1994 -- Won at least three titles for fourth straight year, including his second Roland Garros crown (d. Berasategui), and a career-best 65 matches while earning a career-high $3,531,874...Joined Manuel Santana (1961, '64) as only Spaniards to win French title twice...With back-to-back No. 4 finishes, became first Spaniard to finish in Top 10 in consecutive seasons since Manuel Orantes in 1976-77...Reached hard court final in Dubai (l. to Gustafsson) and back-to-back finals in TMS Monte Carlo (l. to Medvedev) and Madrid (l. to Muster)...Finished season with a personal best 35-6 record on clay...

1995 -- Ranked in year-end Top 20 for fifth straight year and as No. 1 Spaniard for third consecutive season...His lone final appearance came at TMS Roma (l. to Muster)...Had his 19-match winning streak at Roland Garros come to an end in SF against Chang...

1996 -- Slipped to his lowest year-end ranking (81) since his rookie year in 1988...Tore two ligaments in his right ankle while training on Dec. 22, 1995 and did not return until February...His highlight of year was reaching final at Atlanta Olympics where he lost to Agassi in gold medal match...Still earned a silver medal, his first Olympic medal...

1997 -- Returned strongly from injury previous season to reach four finals... Became first Spanish man to reach Miami final (l. to Muster) and a finalist at Roland Garros where he defeated Chang (4th RD) and Rafter (SF) before losing to Kuerten in straight sets...Compiled a 22-13 record on hard, 20-8 on clay and 7-7 on carpet...

1998 -- Struggled and finished out of Top 100 for first time since rookie season in 1988...His best result was QF in his native Barcelona and in Mallorca...

1999 -- Played in only five tournaments (one ATP event) due to a right shoulder injury...Underwent arthroscopic right shoulder surgery on Jan. 29 and did not return until July...In August, reached final at Segovia Challenger (l. to Saulnier) and played his final tournament of year at end of month at Geneva Challenger where he reached QF...

2000 -- Returned to action in late February after shoulder surgery in 1999...Did not win a set in first three events in Mexico City, Santiago and Bogota...In April, reached his first ATP QF since October 1998 (Mallorca)...Two weeks later, advanced to 3rd RD in native Barcelona...Reached back-to-back finals in San Marino (l. to Calatrava) and won Sergovia Challenger on hard courts (d. Siemerink)...Closed season with SF in Palermo followed by QF in Hong Kong.

2001 -- The Spaniard finished in Top 100 in ATP Champions Race after compiling good results on clay...Struggled in early part of season with 2-4 record before reaching QF in Acapulco...Defeated fellow countrymen Portas and A. Costa before losing to Moya in three sets...After 1st RD exits at Delray Beach and Miami, returned to clay and advanced to SF in Casablanca (l. to Canas)...Gained revenge over Canas in 1st RD at Barcelona en route to 3rd RD (l. to Mantilla)...In 12th consecutive appearance at Roland Garros, defeated Llodra in 1st RD before retiring after three sets against Russell (sunstroke) while leading 2-1...Played at Wimbledon for first time since '94 but lost in 1st RD to Dent...After 3rd RD showing in Stuttgart in July, failed to win back-to-back matches rest of year, including 1st RD loss at US Open to C. Rochus...Played last event of season in Palermo in September...Going into 2002 season, has played in 138 tournaments since his last ATP title came on Aug. 7, 1994 in Prague...Compiled 14-14 record on clay and 1-6 on hard courts during year.

Achievements

  • French Open winner 1993, 1994

  • Olympic medal record: Silver (1996)

Interests

  • Other Interests

    Sergi is a long-time fan of the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team and would often attend their games while playing tournaments in the USA.

    He is also a fanatical football fan, supporting Barcelona FC and playing semi-professionally himself.

    Bruguera also enjoyed fun off court by bungee jumping, parachuting and rafting.

Connections

father:
Luis

wife:
Elizabeth

(married Nov. 18, 2000 in Barcelona)