Fernando Ariel Meligeni
(born April 12, 1971), nicknamed Fininho
for little thin
) is a former professional tennis player
Meligeni was born in Buenos Aires
, but moved with his family to São Paulo
, when he was four years old. As a junior, he won the traditional Orange Bowl
in 1989, finishing no. 3 in the world junior rankings in the same year. Meligeni turned professional in 1990, opting for the Brazilian
He won his first ATP Tour
singles title in 1995, at the Swedish Open in Båstad
, Sweden. In 1996, Meligeni won his second ATP Tour
singles title in Pinehurst, North Carolina
, defeating veteran Swede Mats Wilander
in the final.
At the 1996 Summer Olympics
in Atlanta, Georgia
he reached the semi finals, where he was defeated by Spain's Sergi Bruguera
. In the Bronze medal play-off's, he lost to Leander Paes
In 1998, Meligeni won his third and last ATP Tour
singles title in Prague
, Czech Republic, beating then world no. 6 Yevgeny Kafelnikov
from Russia on the way.
Meligeni reached his peak in the following year, with a strong performance at the 1999 French Open
in Paris, France. He defeated seeds no. 3 Patrick Rafter
, from Australia, no. 14 Félix Mantilla
, from Spain, and no. 6 Àlex Corretja
, also from Spain, only to fall in the semi-finals to Ukrainian Andrei Medvedev
. This was his best Grand Slam singles results and led him to a career-high ranking at 25.
He was also a member of the......