Michael Russell Bio

  • Full name is Michael Craig Russell
  • Nicknames include "Mussell," "Wheels" and "Iron Mike"
  • Began playing tennis at age five with his father, George, a member of Univ. of Michigan's Big 10 Conference championship team in 1965
  • Mother, Carole, attended Univ. of Michigan and is an English teacher
  • Older brother David, played collegiately at Princeton and attended Harvard Business School
  • Grew up in Michigan and graduated as Valedictorian at Saddlebrook (Fla.) High School in spring 1995
  • Ranked #1 in U.S. Boys' 18-Under in 1996
  • Named NCAA Rookie of the Year and finished No. 7 in collegiate rankings at University of Miami before turning pro in 1998
  • Favourite food is sushi and Mexican, enjoys working out and favourite place to visit is Hawaii
  • Considers hard court his favourite surface
  • Wife, Lilly (married Nov. 10, 2007) is a fitness competitor and currently his physiotherapist
  • One of the few current ATP players with a college degree (Bachelors of Science in Business Administration, January, 2012).
Biographical information from ATP. Unless noted otherwise all data as of year-end 2013.

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