Chris Guccione is best known for his serves. Chris was born on July 30, 1985 in Greenvale, Victoria to an Italian father and an Australian mother. He turned professional in the year 2003 but it wasn’t until one year later that he would make a great impression in the sport of professional tennis. Chris Guccione was instantly recognized in 2004 when he was able to defeat then world number 1 tennis player, Juan Carlos Ferrero in the 2004 Medibank International.
Chris is a left-handed tennis player. His strategy when playing is called the Serve-and-Volley strategy. Chris uses this strategy because of his great service. In a qualifying match at Wimbledon 2005, Chris was able to hit 50 aces. He was so good at his services that Mark Philippoussis of Australia called him “Wayne Arthurs” clone.
Chris Guccione and Juan Carlos Ferrero crossed paths once again in 2006 at the Medibank International and for the second time Chris defeated Juan Carlos Ferrero. 2006 was a great year for Chris’ career for it was marked with several Davis Cup successes including a 4-4 Davis Cup singles record in five ties. However, in the same year after winning but one Davis Cup match, Chris was dropped from the Davis Cup Australian team to make way for Mark Philippoussis.
Though Chris does not have any ATP singles or doubles titles achievements, he has 4 ATP Challenger Series to be proud of. He won the ATP Challenger Series twice in 2005 and twice again in 2006. In 2008, Chris is one of the tennis players representing Australia in the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics. However, Chris was up against James Blake first debut match in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Sadly, Chris lost to American James Blake. However, under the guidance of coach Anthony Lane who is also a former ATP Professional, Chris’s talent can be harnessed much further. A bright future is still ahead for Chris Guccione.
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