Legends 2016

Bahrami

Mansour Bahrami

(born April 26, 1956) is a professional tennis player. He has held dual French and Iranian nationality since 1989. While only moderately successful on the main ATP tour, his showmanship has made him a long-standing and popular figure in Liverpool having appeared 8 times .The time came when the Iranian team was short of players and Bahrami was finally permitted to play the game on a tennis court. His talent was obvious and he reached the Davis Cup team (and helped the team to victory at the age of just sixteen) but in the late 1970s the Islamic Revolution within Iran led to tennis being viewed as a capitalist and elitist sport.[1] He spent the next three years playing backgammon as all tennis courts were closed down. In desperation he fled to France with his life savings, which he gambled in a casino and lost.[2]
While his best days were already behind him, and never having maximized his potential in singles, he became a successful doubles player who even reached the French Open doubles final in 1989 with Eric Winogradsky.

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Barry Cowan

(born 24 August 1974, Southport, Merseyside) is a former British tennis player, best known for taking Pete Sampras to five sets at Wimbledon in 2001. Cowan once again gained a wild card entry into Wimbledon, and won his first ever SW19 singles match in a battle of Britain against Mark Hilton in straight sets, setting up a dream second round match against Sampras, undefeated at Wimbledon since 1996, the match was the epitome of a David & Goliath, with there being 264 places between the two in the World Rankings. The help seemed to pay off and with the partisan British crowd cheering Cowan on, Cowan upset the form book to break the Sampras serve to win the fourth set 6–4 and take it into a final set.
However, all dreams of an upset evaporated as Sampras broke back in the final set to win 6–3, 6–2, 6–7, 4–6, 6–3.

Nationality: French and Iranian
Nationality: British

Barry Cowan

Michael Jeremy Bates

commonly known as Jeremy Bates (born 19 June 1962 in Solihull, England) is a British former professional tennis player. He was ranked UK number 1 in 1987 and again from 1989 to 1994. He reached the ATP world ranking of 54 from 17 April 1995 to 21 April 1995.[1]
During his career he won two Grand Slam mixed doubles titles, Wimbledon in 1987 and the Australian Openin 1991, with tennis partner Jo Durie as well as one singles title and three men’s doubles titles. After retiring from the professional circuit, he has served as the captain of Britain’s Davis Cup team.

Peter McNamara

Peter McNamara

(born 5 July 1955, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia) is a retired Australian tennis player.
He won five singles and nineteen doubles titles during his professional career. A right-hander, McNamara reached his highest singles ATP-ranking on 14 March 1983 when he became World No. 7. He is also the former coach of Bulgarian tennis professional Grigor Dimitrov.[1] He currently coaches Australian tennis professional Matthew Ebden.

Nationality: British
Nationality: Australian

Jan Gambill

Jan-Michael Gambill

Jan-Michael Charles Gambill (born June 3, 1977 in Spokane, Washington, United States) is an American who made his professional debut in 1996. His career-high singles ranking is World No. 14, which he achieved on June 18, 2001. Best known for his unusual double-handed forehand, Gambill reached the quarterfinals of the 2000 Wimbledon Championships, the final of the 2001 Miami Masters, and won three singles titles. He featured in the inaugural Liverpool international where he lost to Marat Safin in the final.

XavierMalisse

Xavier Malisse

(born 19 July 1980) is a Belgium tennis player. Born in the north-western Flemish city of Kortrijk and nicknamed X-Man, he is only one of two players from Belgium (the other being David Goffin) to have been ranked in the top 20 of the ATP tour, with a career-high singles ranking of World No. 19. Xavier is a former Liverpool champion and has some of the sweetest hands in tennis .

 

Nationality: American
Nationality: Flemish

Men 2016

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Akira Santillian

One of the best juniors in the world last year has started his first year on the ATP Tour in a great manner. Akira from Tokyo is extremely talented and has a very bright future ahead of him.

Damir Dzumhur

Damir Dzumhur

Damir has recently had strong results by beating Rafael Nadal in Miami and Thomas Berdych in Monaco Finals. He began playing tennis at age five. Born in Sarajevo, as first child to father Nerfid and mother Žaneta. His birth came shortly after outbreak of Bosnian War, in a maternity hospital located near the Zetra Olympic Hall. The arena was destroyed at the time, but it was the same place where Damir would start practicing tennis. He also has a brother, Zlatan (five years younger). As a kid practiced skiing and played soccer, in addition to tennis. Growing up, admired Patrick Rafter and Roger Federer and he is also a keen fan and supporter of Bosnian soccer team FK Željezničar. In his childhood, acted in two movies – Grbavica (2006), as background actor, and Mörderischer Frieden (2007), where he played major role as Durcan. In addition to his native Bosnian, he speaks English. He has studied political science at the Faculty of Political Science in Sarajevo, at University of Sarajevo. Coached by his father Nerfid, who has been running a tennis school since 1994.

 

Nationality: Japanese
Nationality: Bosnian

KenSkupski

Ken Skupski

Ken Skupski (born 9 April 1983) is a British professional tennis player from Liverpool, best known as a doubles player, who most successfully partnered Colin Fleming. Having played college tennis at the Louisiana State University, he turned professional in 2007. His breakthrough year was 2009, when he won his first two ATP tournaments and broke into the world’s top 50 doubles players.

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Neal Skupski

Neal Skupski (born 1 December 1989) is a British professional tennis player from Liverpool . He is best known as a doubles player. Having played college tennis at the Louisiana State University, where he studied for a degree in sports administration, he turned professional in 2013.Neal is the younger brother of Ken Skupski, who has been ranked in the top 50 of the ATP’s doubles rankings.

 

Nationality: British
Nationality: British

Women 2016

WangQiang

Wang Qiang

At age nine, Wang started playing tennis.That year, she was chosen as the Tianjing National Tennis Center player promotion course. For two years consecutively (2006–07), she won the junior’s tennis championship in China. She officially started touring the ITF in Japan as of 2007.
Wang achieved the biggest win of her career at the 2013 Malaysian Open, where, after qualifying, she beat top seed and World No. 10 Caroline Wozniacki in the first round.
Wang made her Grand Slam debut at the 2014 US Open, having entered the qualifying tournament and winning three successive matches for a spot in the main draw. In the main draw, she defeated Paula Kania of Poland, 6-2, 6-0. Currently ranked 80 in the world she is hoping to gain great grass court practice ahead of Wimbledon.

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Melanie Stokke

Born 1 October 1996 in Nordstrand is a Norwegian tennis player. Stokke has won three singles and two doubles titles on the ITF tour in her career. On 16 November 2015, she reached her best singles ranking of world number 402. On 29 February 2016, she peaked at world number 688 in the doubles rankings. Playing for Norway at the Fed Cup, Stokke has a win–loss record of 19–6.

 

Nationality: Chinese
Nationality: Norwegian

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Anastasia Detiuc

Anastasia Detiuc from Moldova was born December 14, 1998 and is 17 years old. Her place of birth, Kishinev, Moldova and resides in Prague, Czech Republic. She plays right-handed and has a two-handed backhand. She is coached by Michaela Pastikova. Her world ranking WTA Ranking is 1035 (Season High : 1035, Career High : 1035). Her ITF Ranking 24th and career high is 22nd.

 

Nationality: Moldovan