Biographical information from ATP. Unless noted otherwise all data as of year-end 2011.
- 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
- Favorite food is sushi and Mexican, enjoys working out and favorite place to visit is Hawaii
- Considers hard court his favorite surface
- Wife, Lilly (married Nov. 10, 2007) is a fitness competitor.
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