Juan Ignacio Chela
(born August 30, 1979) is a professional male tennis
player from Argentina
. His strongest surface is slow hardcourt
, but like most Argentine players he is comfortable on clay
. He was born at Ciudad Evita
, Provincia de Buenos Aires
On August 9, 2004, he reached his career-high singles ranking of World No. 15.
Chela (The Torino) was involved in a controversy during a third-round loss to Lleyton Hewitt
in the Australian Open
in 2005, when he attempted to spit at Hewitt.
As part of the Argentine team
for the Davis Cup
, he holds a record of 6 victories and 4 losses, the most important of his victories in April 2006, giving Argentina the third point to beat defending champions Croatia
In May 2007, he appeared in the quarterfinals of his 6th different Masters event at Rome, also his personal best showing at Rome, with wins over Marc Gicquel
, Igor Andreev
, and World No. 3 Andy Roddick
, the latter one being Chela's best ever victory since defeating #3 Yevgeny Kafelnikov
in round 2 of Mallorca in May 2000.
In 2010, Chela won the US Men's Clay Court Championship in Houston, beating Sam Querrey
5–7, 6–4, 6–3 for his first ATP Tour Level Championship in over three years. After he beat Rajeev Ram
in straight sets, Chela won a controversial three-set second-round match in which fellow countryman Eduardo Schwank
was fined for his use of tactics when injured. Chela then beat defending champion......