Fernando Gonzalez Bio

  • Full name is Fernando Francisco Gonzalez Ciuffardi
  • Father, Fernando, is a former manager of a flour mill in Santiago and helps with his son's business affairs in South America
  • Mother, Patricia, a native Italian, is a housewife
  • Has one older sister, Patricia, who played at Miami-Dade College, and one younger sister, Jessica, who is studying to be a veterinarian in Santiago
  • Favorite fruit is home-grown avocados and part of his diet since childhood
  • Enjoyed an outstanding junior career, finishing No. 4 in singles world junior rankings and No. 2 in doubles in 1998
  • Captured Roland Garros junior title (d. Ferrero) and won doubles (w/de Armas) in '98
  • Also won US Open junior doubles title (w/Massu) in 1997. Carried his country's flag at Beijing Olympics opening ceremony in 2008
  • Won Chilean National Sports Award in 2003 for winning ARAG ATP World Team Championship title (w/Massu, Rios) and presented by Chile's president
  • A three-time winner of "Condar de Oro" award as his country's top sportsman (2004, '07-08)
  • Coached by Horacio Matta (since March 2011).
Biographical information from ATP. Unless noted otherwise all data as of year-end 2013.

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