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Guillermo Pérez Roldán

Guillermo Pérez Roldán (born 20 October 1969 ) is a former professional tennis player from Argentina.

Pérez Roldán was known particularly as a strong clay court player. He turned professional in 1986. Between 1987 and 1993, he won nine top-level singles titles. His best Grand Slam performance came at the 1988 French Open, where he reached the quarter-finals, beating Stefan Edberg on the way, before being knocked out by Andre Agassi.

Tennis career

Juniors

Pérez Roldán had an excellent junior career, winning the French Open Boys' Singles championship on his favored red clay in both 1986 and 1987 – since the open era, he is the only individual to have captured the Boys' Singles championship at the French Open more than once.

Junior Grand Slam results:

Australian Open: -
French Open: W (1986, 1987)
Wimbledon: 2R (1985)
US Open: 3R (1985)

Pro tour

He burst onto the scene as a teenager in 1988 by reaching the final of the Italian Open, where he battled Ivan Lendl in five grueling sets. Later that year, at the US Open, John McEnroe famously expressed outrage at being seeded significantly lower than Pérez Roldán, who had not yet won a match on hard courts. However, Pérez Roldán silenced critics by progressing further in the tournament than McEnroe. He was named Rolex Rookie of the Year in 1988, influenced no doubt by his run to the finals of the Italian Open and the quarter-finals of the French Open that year.

Pérez Roldán is currently tied for tenth on the list of most titles won by a teenager in the Open Era (five).

His career-high singles ranking was World No. 13 (in 1988), and his career prize-money earnings totalled $1,686,341. In the early 1990s, his career was hamstrung by injuries, and he finally retired from the professional tour in 1996.

Singles finals

Legend
Grand Slam (0)
Tennis Masters Cup (0)
ATP Masters Series (0)
Championship Series (0)
ATP Tour (9)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 4 May 1987 Munich, Germany Clay Marián Vajda 6–3, 7–6
Winner 2. 15 June 1987 Athens, Greece Clay Tore Meinecke 6–2, 6–3
Runner-up 1. 27 July 1987 Hilversum, Netherlands Clay Miloslav Mečíř 4–6, 6–1, 3–6, 2–6
Winner 3. 16 November 1987 Buenos Aires, Argentina Clay Jay Berger 3–2 ret.
Winner 4. 2 May 1988 Munich, Germany Clay Jonas Svensson 7–5, 6–3
Runner-up 2. 9 May 1988 Rome, Italy Clay Ivan Lendl 6–2, 4–6, 2–6, 6–4, 4–6
Runner-up 3. 25 July 1988 Hilversum, Netherlands Clay Emilio Sánchez 3–6, 1–6, 6–3, 3–6
Runner-up 4. 8 August 1988 Prague, Czechoslovakia Clay Thomas Muster 4–6, 7–5, 2–6
Runner-up 5. 7 November 1988 Buenos Aires, Argentina Clay Javier Sánchez 2–6, 4–6
Runner-up 6. 11 September 1989 Geneva, Switzerland Clay Marc Rosset 4–6, 5–7
Winner 5. 25 September 1989 Palermo, Italy Clay Paolo Canè 6–1, 6–4
Runner-up 7. 5 March 1990 Casablanca, Morocco Clay Thomas Muster 1–6, 7–6(6), 2–6
Runner-up 8. 9 April 1990 Barcelona, Spain Clay Andrés Gómez 0–6, 6–7(1), 6–3, 6–0, 2–6
Runner-up 9. 16 July 1990 Stuttgart Outdoor, Germany Clay Goran Ivanišević 7–6(2), 1–6, 4–6, 6–7(5)
Winner 6. 20 August 1990 San Marino Clay Omar Camporese 6–3, 6–3
Runner-up 10. 29 April 1991 Munich, Germany Clay Magnus Gustafsson 6–3, 3–6, 3–4, ret.
Winner 7. 29 July 1991 San Marino Clay Frédéric Fontang 6–3, 6–1
Winner 8. 16 March 1992 Casablanca, Morocco Clay Germán López 2–6, 7–5, 6–3
Runner-up 11. 15 June 1992 Genova, Italy Clay Andrei Medvedev 3–6, 4–6
Winner 9. 15 March 1993 Casablanca, Morocco Clay Younes El Aynaoui 6–4, 6–3

Doubles finals

Legend
Grand Slam (0)
Tennis Masters Cup (0)
ATP Masters Series (0)
ATP Tour (3)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 25 July 1988 Hilversum, Netherlands Clay Magnus Gustafsson Sergio Casal
Emilio Sánchez Vicario
6–7, 3–6
Runner-up 2. 19 September 1988 Geneva, Switzerland Clay Gustavo Luza Mansour Bahrami
Tomáš Šmíd
4–6, 3–6
Runner-up 2. 11 September 1989 Geneva, Switzerland Clay Mansour Bahrami Andrés Gómez
Alberto Mancini
3–6, 5–7

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