Mariano Puerta Bio

  • Full name is Mariano Ruben Puerta
  • Nickname is Marian
  • Began playing tennis at age five with his father, Ruben, who is a tennis coach and used to work with his son
  • Mother, Maria Emilia
  • Has one younger brother, Mauro and one younger sister, Maria Paula
  • Reached Roland Garros junior final in 1995 (l. to Zabaleta)
  • Won South American Championships in '95 and finished No. 4 in world junior rankings that year
  • The athletes that inspired him most in his life were countryman Diego Maradona and Michael Jordan
  • Speaks Spanish, Italian and English
  • Enjoys soccer (Boca favorite team) and cars (BMW fanatic) and favorite player is Roman Riquelme
  • Considers clay his favorite surface
  • Has an 8-3 career Davis Cup record (5-2 in singles) in six ties since 1999
  • Wife, Sol (married Nov. 14, 2003)
  • Says biggest moment of his career was reaching 2005 Roland Garros final
  • Fitness trainer is Dario Lecman, who is an ex-Olympic weightlifter for Argentina (participated in Atlanta, Sydney and Athens Olympics)
  • Coached by countryman and former ATP pro Guillermo Perez-Roldan (since 2005 US Open).
Biographical information from ATP. Unless noted otherwise all data as of year-end 2013.

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