|Country (sports) Argentina|
Name Juan Chela
Turned pro 1998
Prize money $5,601,394
Role Tennis player
|Career record 326–272|
Height 1.90 m
Retired December 3, 2012
Career titles 6
Weight 75 kg
|Born August 30, 1979 (age 36)
Ciudad Evita, Argentina (1979-08-30) |
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Highest ranking No. 15 (August 9, 2004)
Residence Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Juan Ignacio Chela, nicknamed as “El Flaco” or “Liliano”, ([ˈxwan iɣˈnasjo ˈtʃela]; born August 30, 1979) is a former professional male tennis player from Argentina. Like most Argentine players, he is comfortable on clay courts and owns all six of his career titles on the surface. Chela reached the quarter-finals of the 2004 and 2011 French Open, and the 2007 US Open, attaining a career-high singles ranking of World No. 15 in August 2004.
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- Personal life
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He was born in Ciudad Evita, Buenos Aires Province.
In February, he reached the quarter-finals in Salvador, defeating Flavio Saretta and David Ferrer, before falling to Agustín Calleri, 3–6, 6–3, 3–6. He won in doubles at Viña del Mar, partnering Gastón Gaudio.
At Acapulco and Indian Wells, he reached the quarterfinals, but lost to Oscar Hernandez Perez and Roger Federer, respectively. In Acapulco, he also reached the final in doubles, partnering Nicolás Massú, but they lost to the Bryan brothers, 2–6, 3–6.
In April, Chela won in Estoril against Marat Safin, 6–7, 6–3, 6–3. He also won in doubles, partnering Gastón Gaudio.
He reached the quarter-finals of the French Open, where he lost to Tim Henman, 2–6, 4–6, 4–6. In doubles, he reached the quarter-finals in Rome, where he and Guillermo Cañas lost to the Bryan brothers, and in Hamburg, where he also partnered with Cañas.
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 on Hewitt.
As part of the Argentine team for the Davis Cup, he holds a record of six victories and four losses, the most important of his victories in April 2006, giving Argentina the third point to beat defending champions Croatia in the quarter-finals.
In May 2007, he appeared in the quarter-finals of his sixth different Masters event at Rome, also his personal best showing, with wins over Marc Gicquel, Igor Andreev, and World No. 3 Andy Roddick, the latter being Chela's best victory since defeating No. 3 Yevgeny Kafelnikov in the second round in Mallorca in May 2000. He also partnered Pablo Cuevas in doubles, reaching the quarter-finals in Barcelona, where they lost to the Bryan brothers 1–6, 2–6.
In July, he reached the semi-finals in Stuttgart, where he lost to Stanislas Wawrinka 7–6, 4–6 1–6.
He reached the quarter-finals of the US Open, but lost to David Ferrer, 2–6, 3–6 5–7.
In October, he reached the quarter-finals in Vienna, where he lost to Novak Djokovic 3–6, 7–5, 6–7. He also reached the semi-finals in doubles, partnering Fernando González.
In February, he reached the semi-finals in Buenos Aires, only to lose to David Nalbandian 1–6, 2–6.
In April, he reached the quarter-finals in Barcelona, where he lost to Rafael Nadal, 4–6, 2–6.
In 2009, Chela played mostly Challenger tournaments, although he did reach the quarterfinals in Viña del Mar, where he lost to Tommy Robredo 6–0, 3–6, 4–6.
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 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 Lleyton Hewitt and another Argentine Horacio Zeballos in straight sets to reach the final. Also in 2010, Chela won the BCR Open Romania in singles, defeating Pablo Andújar in the final 7–5, 6–1, and doubles partnering Łukasz Kubot. The singles title was his sixth career ATP World Tour victory.
He reached the quarter-finals in Vienna and Santiago, and the semi-finals in Costa do Sauipe, where he lost to Nicolás Almagro 6–1, 2–6 4–6. He reached the final in Buenos Aires, where he again lost to Almagro 3–6, 6–3, 4–6. In doubles, he reached the semi-finals in Santiago, partnering Santiago Gonzalez.
In April, he reached the final in doubles in Monte Carlo, partnering Bruno Soares, but they lost to the Bryan brothers 3–6, 2–6.
He reached the quarter-finals of the French Open, where he lost to Andy Murray 6–7, 5–7, 2–6. In August, he reached the semi-finals in Kitzbühel, where he lost to Albert Montañés 2–6, 4–7.
He reached his career-high doubles ranking of World No. 32 on 6 June 2011.
At the US Open, he made the third round, where he was defeated by young American Donald Young 5–7, 4–6, 3–6.
His trainer and fitness coach (and also a close friend) is Fernando Gonzales.
Chela did not make any ATP Tour finals in 2012, either in singles or in doubles. He did reach the third round of Wimbledon 2012 doubles, along with his partner Eduardo Schwank, losing to Daniele Bracciali and Julian Knowle, 5–7, 5–7, 1–6. He also reached the singles semi-finals in Viña del Mar, where he lost to Carlos Berlocq, 3–6, 6–4, 0–6. He also reached the doubles semifinals in Acapulco with Schwank.