Born on August 13, 1976, Nicolas Lapentti, started to play tennis at six. Nephew of Andres Gomez, a former professional tennis player from Ecuador, Lapentti first came to be recognized in the international amateur tennis scene when he won the Orange Bowl in Florida in 1994. Along with Gustav Fuerten, Lapentti captured the juniors doubles titles at the French Open and the US Open.
After turning pro in 1995, Lapentti won his first singles titles that same year. He was a semifinalist at the 1999 Australian Open and placed sixth in the world’s Top 100, his career highest. He also won against Lleyton Hewitt at the Lyon finals.In 2002 Lapentti defeated Spanish tennis player Fernando Vicente at St. Polten, bagging his fifth singles title. From there he went on to defeat Irakli Labadze in the second round of that tournament. Most recently Lapentti competed in the 2008 Cincinnati Open where he beat David Ferrer in the second round, Fernando Verdasco in the third and finally faced and lost to Nadal.
Lapentti is also a member of the Davis Cup team for Ecuador, representing the country in the Cup since he was 17. He was the player who won the deciding rubber against Great Britain during the 2000 Davis Cup to put his country in the World Group. He is also credited for bringing tennis to Ecuador’s underprivileged when he set up The Nicolas Lapentti Foundation in 2000.
Currently Lapentti holds a career record of 306-272 and has a total of five career titles in singles and 3 in doubles. Highest rank in singles was a 6th in 1999. He achieved his highest rank in doubles in the same year by placing at 32nd.