Sergi Bruguera Torner
() (born 16 January 1971, in Barcelona
, Spain) is a former professional tennis
player from Spain. He is best remembered for winning consecutive men's singles titles at the French Open
in 1993 and 1994.
Bruguera was Spain's national junior champion in 1987. He turned professional in 1988. In his first full year on the tour, 1989, he won the Cairo
Challenger title as a qualifier (defeating Jordi Arrese
in the final) and reached the semi-finals in Rome. He finished 1989 ranked World No. 26, and was named the ATP's
Newcomer of Year.
Bruguera earned a reputation as a top clay court
player in the early 1990s, winning titles in Estoril
, Monte Carlo
, and Athens
in 1991, and in Madrid
, and Palermo
In 1993, following wins over Pete Sampras
and Andrei Medvedev
, Bruguera reached his first Grand Slam
final at the French Open, where he faced two-time defending champion and the current World No. 2 Jim Courier
. Courier was overwhelmingly favoured to win his third title, but ultimately Bruguera won a gruelling five-set final. The victory was one of five titles Bruguera captured that year. The following year Bruguera defended his title at the French Open, defeating, once again, Courier and Medvedev and fellow Spaniard Alberto Berasategui
in the final.
Bruguera won the men's singles silver medal at the 1996 Olympic Games
. He was defeated in straight sets in the final by Andre Agassi
Bruguera reached the French Open final for the third... Read More