Joan Balcells

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Joan Balcells
Country (sports) Spain
ResidenceBarcelona, Spain
Born (1975-06-20) 20 June 1975 (age 45)
Barcelona, Spain
Height1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Turned pro1996
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money$815,801
Career record41–49
Career titles1
Highest rankingNo. 57 (7 May 2001)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open1R (2001, 2002, 2003)
French Open2R (2000, 2001)
Wimbledon1R (2001, 2002)
US Open1R (2001)
Career record40–54
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 65 (23 July 2001)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open2R (2001)
French Open2R (2000, 2002)
WimbledonQF (2001)
US Open2R (2000)
Team competitions
Davis CupW (2000)

Joan Manel Balcells Fornaguera (born 20 June 1975) is a retired professional tennis player from Spain. He won one ATP Tour singles title in his career and reached the final in Scottsdale in 2002 (losing to Andre Agassi) and the semifinals in 2000 Heineken Open losing to Michael Chang.

Balcells was born in Barcelona, and played for the Spain Davis Cup team in 2000, winning the doubles rubber (with Àlex Corretja) in the final against Australia. He retired in 2004. Ballcells was considered a strange player for being a Spanish player because Ballcells always go up to the net, his game was based on serve and volley. This was not very common on Spanish tennis by the 1990s and early 2000s.

Career finals[edit]

Singles: 2 (1 title, 1 runner-up)[edit]

Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1–0 Sep 2000 Bucharest, Romania International Series Clay Germany Markus Hantschk 6–4, 3–6, 7–6(7–1)
Runner-up 1–1 Mar 2002 Scottsdale, USA International Series Hard United States Andre Agassi 2–6, 6–7(2–7)

Doubles: 2 (2 runners-up)[edit]

Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0–1 Mar 2000 Bogotá, Colombia International Series Clay Colombia Mauricio Hadad Argentina Pablo Albano
Argentina Lucas Arnold Ker
6–7(4–7), 6–1, 2–6
Loss 0–2 Jan 2001 Doha, Qatar International Series Hard Russia Andrei Olhovskiy The Bahamas Mark Knowles
Canada Daniel Nestor
3–6, 1–6

Top 10 wins[edit]

# Player Rank Event Surface Rd Score
1. Russia Marat Safin 2 Miami, United States Hard 2R 4–6, 6–4, 6–3
2. Russia Marat Safin 2 Gstaad, Switzerland Clay 1R 6–4, 6–7(4–7), 6–4

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