(, ) (born 17 June 1985 in Limassol
) is a Cypriot
player of Greek
origin. He was the runner-up at the 2006 Australian Open
and a semifinalist at the 2006 Wimbledon Championships
and reached a career-high ATP
ranking of 8 in August 2006.
Marcos Baghdatis is the son of a Greek Cypriot
mother and a Lebanese
father, Christos, who migrated to Cyprus
Baghdatis began playing tennis at age five with his father and brothers. He enjoys playing and watching football
, and is a supporter of Apollon Limassol
in Cyprus. He trained at the Mouratoglou Tennis Academy
in Paris on an Olympic Solidarity Youth Development Programme Scholarship since the age of 13 and learned to speak French.He attended the Grammar School in Limassol.
On January 28, 2006, Baghdatis received an exemption from the otherwise mandatory Greek Cypriot national service so that he could concentrate instead on playing tennis. Had he not been exempted, he would have been required to serve 26 months in the military, as is required of all Greek Cypriot males upon reaching 18 years of age.
He also received the honor as the 2005 Cyprus Male Athlete of the Year for his accomplishments.
Baghdatis became the ITF
World Junior Tennis Champion in 2003 and joined the ATP
professional tour later that year.
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