Guillermo Pérez Roldán

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Guillermo Pérez Roldán
Country (sports) Argentina
ResidenceMar del Plata, Argentina
Born (1969-10-20) 20 October 1969 (age 51)
Tandil, Argentina
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Turned pro1986
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money$1,686,459
Career record241–137 (Grand Slam, ATP, Grand Prix and WCT tour, and Davis Cup)
Career titles9
Highest rankingNo. 13 (12 September 1988)
Grand Slam Singles results
French OpenQF (1988)
US Open3R (1988)
Career record45–45 (Grand Slam, ATP, Grand Prix and WCT tour, and Davis Cup)
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 74 (1 May 1989)

Guillermo Pérez Roldán (born 20 October 1969) is a former professional tennis player from Argentina.

Pérez Roldán was known particularly as a strong clay court player. He turned professional in 1986. Between 1987 and 1993, he won nine top-level singles titles. His best Grand Slam performance came at the 1988 French Open, where he reached the quarter-finals, beating Alberto Mancini, Tore Meinecke, Patrik Kühnen and Stefan Edberg on the way, before being knocked out by Andre Agassi.

Tennis career[edit]


Pérez Roldán had an excellent junior career, winning the French Open Boys' Singles championship on his favored red clay in both 1986 and 1987 – since the open era, he is the only individual to have captured the Boys' Singles championship at the French Open more than once.

Junior Grand Slam results:

Australian Open: -
French Open: W (1986, 1987)
Wimbledon: 2R (1985)
US Open: 3R (1985)

Pro tour[edit]

He burst onto the scene as a teenager in 1988 by reaching the final of the Italian Open, where he battled Ivan Lendl in five grueling sets. Later that year, at the US Open, John McEnroe famously expressed outrage at being seeded significantly lower than Pérez Roldán, who had not yet won a match on hard courts. However, Pérez Roldán silenced critics by progressing further in the tournament than McEnroe, beating Alberto Mancini, Tore Meinecke, Patrik Kühnen and Stefan Edberg before losing to Andre Agassi. He was named Rolex Rookie of the Year in 1988, influenced no doubt by his run to the finals of the Italian Open and the quarter-finals of the French Open that year.

Pérez Roldán is currently tied for tenth on the list of most titles won by a teenager in the Open Era (five).[1]

His career-high singles ranking was World No. 13 (in 1988), and his career prize-money earnings totalled $1,686,341. In the early 1990s, his career was hamstrung by injuries, and he finally retired from the professional tour in 1996.

Personal life[edit]

He is married to Daniela with whom he has three sons. He has alleged suffering extensive physical, mental and financial abuse during his tennis career from his coach and father Raul Perez Roldan.[2]

Career finals[edit]


Grand Slam (0)
Tennis Masters Cup (0)
ATP Masters Series (1)
Championship Series (2)
ATP Tour (17)
Result W/L Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Win 1–0 May 1987 Munich, Germany Clay Czechoslovakia Marián Vajda 6–3, 7–6
Win 2–0 Jun 1987 Athens, Greece Clay Germany Tore Meinecke 6–2, 6–3
Loss 2–1 Jul 1987 Hilversum, Netherlands Clay Czechoslovakia Miloslav Mečíř 4–6, 6–1, 3–6, 2–6
Win 3–1 Nov 1987 Buenos Aires, Argentina Clay United States Jay Berger 3–2 ret.
Win 4–1 May 1988 Munich, Germany Clay Sweden Jonas Svensson 7–5, 6–3
Loss 4–2 May 1988 Rome, Italy Clay Czechoslovakia Ivan Lendl 6–2, 4–6, 2–6, 6–4, 4–6
Loss 4–3 Jul 1988 Hilversum, Netherlands Clay Spain Emilio Sánchez 3–6, 1–6, 6–3, 3–6
Loss 4–4 Aug 1988 Prague, Czechoslovakia Clay Austria Thomas Muster 4–6, 7–5, 2–6
Loss 4–5 Nov 1988 Buenos Aires, Argentina Clay Spain Javier Sánchez 2–6, 6–7
Loss 4–6 Sep 1989 Geneva, Switzerland Clay Switzerland Marc Rosset 4–6, 5–7
Win 5–6 Sep 1989 Palermo, Italy Clay Italy Paolo Canè 6–1, 6–4
Loss 5–7 Mar 1990 Casablanca, Morocco Clay Austria Thomas Muster 1–6, 7–6(8–6), 2–6
Loss 5–8 Apr 1990 Barcelona, Spain Clay Ecuador Andrés Gómez 0–6, 6–7(1–7), 6–3, 6–0, 2–6
Loss 5–9 Jul 1990 Stuttgart Outdoor, Germany Clay Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Goran Ivanišević 7–6(7–2), 1–6, 4–6, 6–7(5–7)
Win 6–9 Aug 1990 San Marino Clay Italy Omar Camporese 6–3, 6–3
Loss 6–10 Apr 1991 Munich, Germany Clay Sweden Magnus Gustafsson 6–3, 3–6, 3–4, ret.
Win 7–10 Jul 1991 San Marino Clay France Frédéric Fontang 6–3, 6–1
Win 8–10 Mar 1992 Casablanca, Morocco Clay Spain Germán López 2–6, 7–5, 6–3
Loss 8–11 Jun 1992 Genova, Italy Clay Ukraine Andrei Medvedev 3–6, 4–6
Win 9–11 Mar 1993 Casablanca, Morocco Clay Morocco Younes El Aynaoui 6–4, 6–3


Grand Slam (0)
Tennis Masters Cup (0)
ATP Masters Series (0)
ATP Tour (3)
Result W/L Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0–1 Jul 1988 Hilversum, Netherlands Clay Sweden Magnus Gustafsson Spain Sergio Casal
Spain Emilio Sánchez Vicario
6–7, 3–6
Loss 0–2 Sep 1988 Geneva, Switzerland Clay Argentina Gustavo Luza Iran Mansour Bahrami
Czechoslovakia Tomáš Šmíd
4–6, 3–6
Loss 0–3 Sep 1989 Geneva, Switzerland Clay Iran Mansour Bahrami Ecuador Andrés Gómez
Argentina Alberto Mancini
3–6, 5–7


  1. ^ "Teenage Title Winners - Most".
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