Martin Jaite
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Martin Jaite

Martín Jaite
Country (sports) Argentina
ResidenceBuenos Aires, Argentina
Born (1964-10-09) 9 October 1964 (age 58)
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Height1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Turned pro1983
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money$1,873,881
Career record301-179
Career titles12
Highest rankingNo. 10 (9 July 1990)
Grand Slam singles results
Australian Open3R (1992)
French OpenQF (1985)
Wimbledon2R (1986)
US Open3R (1985, 1989)
Other tournaments
WCT FinalsQF (1988)
Olympic GamesQF (1988)
Career record60-82
Career titles1
Highest rankingNo. 59 (13 May 1985)
Grand Slam doubles results
Australian Open1R (1991)
French Open1R (1985)
US Open1R (1989, 1990)
Other doubles tournaments
Olympic Games1R (1988)

Martín Jaite (born 9 October 1964) is a former top-10 professional tennis player from Argentina.

Jaite's career-high Association of Tennis Professionals singles ranking was world no. 10, which he achieved in the summer of 1990, and he won a total of 12 titles and $1,873,881 in tour prize money during his career.[1]

Jaite's playing style leveraged his consistency, speed, thoughtful use of tactics, and fitness to compensate for his lack of power.[1]

Early life

Jaite was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and is Jewish.[2][3][4]

Tennis career

Jaite was a top junior in both Spain and Argentina. He joined Argentina's Davis Cup team. He began playing on the ATP tour in 1983, and soon was ranked among the top 20 players in the world.[5] He reached the quarterfinals in competition at the French Open in 1985,[6] defeating Paolo Canè, Trevor Allan, Miloslav Me?í? and Heinz Günthardt before losing to Ivan Lendl. In May 1986 at Forest Hills Jaite defeated world no. 4 Boris Becker 6-2, 7-6.[1]

In May 1987, Jaite beat world no. 9 Henri Leconte in Germany in two tiebreaks. In September 1987, Jaite upset world no. 3 Mats Wilander in five sets to win a competition in Barcelona, Spain. In April 1989, he upset world no. 8 Jakob Hlasek in two sets in Monte Carlo.[1]

Jaite became only the sixth South American to be ranked in the top 10 in the ATP computer rankings, reaching no. 10 in 1990.[1] In May 1990, he defeated world no. 2 Stefan Edberg 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 in Germany. Jaite defeated world no. 4 Guy Forget 6-2, 6-2 in April 1991 in France, and then again in July, 7-6(5), 7-5, in Gstaad, Switzerland.[1]


He participated for his native country at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, but lost to Brad Gilbert, the eventual winner of the bronze medal.[1]

Davis Cup

Jaite was 14-20 in Davis Cup play, 11-7 in singles on clay, from 1984 to 1999.[7]

Jaite was involved in a Davis Cup tie against the US in Buenos Aires when Andre Agassi was leading 6-2, 6-2, 5-0. Jaite was leading 40-0 in the sixth game of the third set, and missed his first serve. Agassi then called out to his then-coach Nick Bollettieri, "hey watch this", and then followed by catching the second serve in his left hand to give Jaite the game. Viewed as an act of disrespect, Agassi was booed by the crowd for five minutes.[8][9]

After tennis

Jaite has had an important role in Argentine tennis since his retirement. He is the tournament director for ATP Buenos Aires, the Buenos Aires Challenger, and director of Futures events in Argentina. From July 2007 till December 2008, Jaite was coaching David Nalbandian, and helped lead him to titles in Madrid and Bercy, where he became the first man to defeat the top two players in the world, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, in consecutive tournaments.[1] In 2011, Jaite was named captain of the Argentina Davis Cup team.[10][1][7]

Career finals

Singles: 19 (12 wins - 7 losses)

Legend (singles)
Grand Slam (0)
Tennis Masters Cup (0)
ATP Masters Series (0)
Grand Prix / ATP Tour (12)
Result W/L Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Win 1-0 Feb 1985 Buenos Aires, Argentina Clay Uruguay Diego Pérez 6-4, 6-2
Loss 1-1 Jul 1985 Boston, U.S. Clay Sweden Mats Wilander 2-6, 4-6
Loss 1-2 Jul 1985 Washington DC, U.S. Clay France Yannick Noah 4-6, 3-6
Win 2-2 Jun 1986 Bologna, Italy Clay Italy Paolo Canè 6-2, 4-6, 6-4
Loss 2-3 Jul 1986 Boston, U.S. Clay Ecuador Andrés Gómez 5-7, 4-6
Win 3-3 Sep 1986 Stuttgart, Germany Clay Sweden Jonas Svensson 7-5, 6-2
Loss 3-4 May 1987 Rome, Italy Clay Sweden Mats Wilander 3-6, 4-6, 4-6
Win 4-4 Sep 1987 Barcelona, Spain Clay Sweden Mats Wilander 7-6(7-5), 6-4, 4-6, 0-6, 6-4
Win 5-4 Sep 1987 Palermo, Italy Clay Czechoslovakia Karel Nová?ek 7-6(7-5), 6-7(7-9), 6-4
Loss 5-5 Apr 1988 Monte Carlo, Monaco Clay United States Ivan Lendl 7-5, 4-6, 5-7, 3-6
Loss 5-6 Apr 1989 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Carpet Brazil Luiz Mattar 4-6, 7-5, 4-6
Win 6-6 Jul 1989 Stuttgart, Germany Clay Croatia Goran Prpi? 6-3, 6-2
Loss 6-7 Jul 1989 Kitzbühel, Austria Clay Spain Emilio Sánchez 6-7-, 1-6, 6-2, 2-6
Win 7-7 Sep 1989 Madrid, Spain Clay Spain Jordi Arrese 6-3, 6-2
Win 8-7 Nov 1989 São Paulo, Brazil Clay Spain Javier Sánchez 7-6(7-5), 6-3
Win 9-7 Nov 1989 Itaparica, Brazil Hard United States Jay Berger 6-4, 6-4
Win 10-7 Feb 1990 Guarujá, Brazil Hard Brazil Luiz Mattar 3-6, 6-4, 6-3
Win 11-7 Jul 1990 Gstaad, Switzerland Clay Spain Sergi Bruguera 6-3, 6-7(5-7), 6-2, 6-2
Win 12-7 Apr 1991 Nice, France Clay Croatia Goran Prpi? 3-6, 7-6(7-1), 6-3

Doubles: 2 (1 win - 1 loss)

Result W/L Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0-1 Oct 1984 Barcelona, Spain Clay Paraguay Víctor Pecci Czech Republic Pavel Slo?il
Czech Republic Tomá? ?míd
2-6, 0-6
Win 1-1 Feb 1985 Buenos Aires, Argentina Clay Argentina Christian Miniussi Argentina Eduardo Bengoechea
Uruguay Diego Pérez
6-4, 6-3

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Martin Jaite | Bio | ATP Tour | Tennis". ATP Tour.
  2. ^ "International Tennis Federation forces Israel to play 'home' match against Argentina in Sunrise" | Miami Herald
  3. ^ "Israel hosts Argentina for tennis playoff -- but in Florida". 10 September 2014.
  4. ^ Horvitz, Peter S. (21 April 2007). The Big Book of Jewish Sports Heroes: An Illustrated Compendium of Sports History and the 150 Greatest Jewish Sports Stars. SP Books. ISBN 9781561719075 – via Google Books.
  5. ^ Slater, Robert (21 September 2000). Great Jews in Sports. J. David Publishers. ISBN 9780824604332 – via Google Books.
  6. ^ "Jaite, Martin". Jews in Sports. Retrieved 2015.
  7. ^ a b "Davis Cup - Players". Retrieved 2020.
  8. ^ "Lorge: Evolution and appreciation of Agassi". 27 August 2006.
  9. ^ Agassi, Andre (24 December 2009). Open. Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. ISBN 9780307592804 – via Google Books.
  10. ^ Jaite named Davis Cup captain, Buenos Aires Herald. 11 December 2011. Retrieved 14 September 2012.

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