Guillermo Canas was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He was born on November 25, 1977 and started playing tennis at the age of seven. Guillermo was named after famous Argentine tennis player, Guillermo Vilas, not knowing that when he grows up, he would become as famous as the man he was named after.
Guillermo Canas was nicknamed the Giant Killer because of the way he plays. Standing at 6 feet and 1 inch, weighing in at 190 lbs of pure muscle, it’s easy for Guillermo to play defensively. He easily frustrates his opponents with the use of his retrieving skills. He has a mean two-handed backhand and plays extremely well on clay which also happens to be his favorite surface.
Guillermo Canas was a promising tennis player even at the age of seven. When he started playing in junior tennis, it was clear that Guillermo had talent. He reached the quarterfinals of Junior Wimbledon in 1995. After that and in the same year, Guillermo turned pro.
Guillermo was playing and winning events left and right since he turned pro. His career fell short, however, when he injured his wrist in 1999. However, Guillermo came back and played with fervor that he managed to rise from the 227th rank to the 15th. For that achievement, Guillermo was awarded the ATP Comeback Player of the Year. Then just a year later in 2002 Guillermo won in the ATP Masters Series held in Toronto after beating Andy Roddick. It was his first Masters Series and Guillermo was overjoyed. The ATP Masters Series was also memorable for Guillermo in another way because it was during this tournament that he defeated many of tennis’ great players including Roger Federer, Paradorn Srichaphan, Yevgeny Kafelnikov, Marat Safin, Tommy Haas and Andy Roddick.
To Guillermo’s dismay, his career fell short yet again when he was suspended for doping. Guillermo was forced to forfeit as much as US$276,070 in prizes and was suspended for two years. Guillermo fought back, deciding to prove his innocence and that he was wrongfully accused. On May 23, 2006, Guillermo was acquitted and was allowed to play again on September 11, 2006.
This time, Guillermo did not waste any of his time. Since returning to the circuit, Guillermo managed to win five challenger titles and one ATP title. His highest ranking ever achieved was number 7 on September 9, 2007. In the same year, he beat Roger Federer twice at Indian Wells and at the Miami Masters a feat that is not always possible. He is currently ranked number 63, has a career singles record of 245-176 and a double career record of 60-76. He holds 7 career singles titles and 2 career doubles titles. He has yet to win a Grand Slam victory. On March 2010 he announced his retirement from tennis.