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Sergi Bruguera Torner

Born: 1971 AD
Currently alive, at 50 years of age.
Nationality: Spanish
Categories: Tennis Player

1971 – Born on the 16th of January in Barcelona, Spain.

1987 – Bruguera was Spain’s national junior champion.

1988 – He turned professional.

1989 – In his first full year on the tour, he won the Cairo Challenger title as a qualifier and reached the semi-finals in Rome.

1989 – He finished ranked World No. 26, and was named the ATP’s Newcomer of Year.

1990 – Bruguera earned a reputation as a top clay court player.

1991 – Winning titles in Estoril, Monte Carlo and Athens.

1992 – In Madrid, Gstaad and Palermo.

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’s No. 1 player Jim Courier.

1994 – Bruguera defended his title at the French Open, defeating, once again, Courier and Medvedev, and fellow Spaniard Alberto Berasategui in the final, 6-3, 7-5, 2-6, 6-1.

1996 – Bruguera won the men’s singles Silver Medal at the Olympic Games in Atlanta.

1997 – Bruguera reached the French Open final for the third time and was considered the favourite to win his third title against the unseeded Brazilian Gustavo Kuerten.

         – In Miami on the 28th of March, during the same tournament where he defeated World No. 1 Pete Sampras in the semi-finals, Bruguera sank three shots during a time-out of a game between the Lakers and the Miami Heat to earn $500.

1997 – Bruguera earned the ATP’s Comeback Player of Year award after returning from an ankle injury the previous year and improving his ranking from No. 81 to No. 8.