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Guillermo Canas

tennis player
Full name: Guillermo Ignacio Canas
Born November 25, 1977 in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Height 6'1" (185 cm)
Weight 190 lbs (86 kg)
Plays Right-handed
Coach Gaston Etlis
Bio Guillermo Ignacio Cañas often referred to as Willy Cañas, is a retired Argentine professional tennis player. He was born in Argentina's capital, Buenos Aires, and named after Argentine tennis star Guillermo Vilas. His career-high singles ranking was World No. 8, achieved in June 2005. Cañas was the coach of Ernests Gulbis from July 2011 until May 2012.
He now runs his own tennis academy in Aventura, Florida along with former tour pros Martín García, and Gustavo Oribe.

Cañas played a defensive counter-punching game from the baseline, utilising his retrieving skills in order to frustrate opponents. He used a double-handed backhand.
After being suspended in August 2005, Cañas returned to the circuit on September 2006 at the challenger of Belém, Brazil.

Cañas started playing at age 7. He turned professional in 1995, and began playing on the juniors circuit, enjoying some successes; these included a runner-up appearance at Surbiton, United Kingdom, and a win in the doubles event at the Italian Junior Championships, partnering Martín García.

From 1995–1999, Cañas played mainly Challenger Series tournaments, that is, the level of competition directly below that of the ATP Tour. In April 1998, he broke into the top 100 for the first time, having won three Challenger tournaments in the previous 52 weeks. This allowed him to qualify for more ATP level tournaments, and he reached his first final in 1999 at Orlando. He also began to regularly qualify for Grand Slam tournaments, the most prestigious events in tennis.

In 2001, after a right wrist injury the previous year, he climbed from 227th place in the ATP rankings to the 15th, and was named ATP Comeback Player of Year. Cañas had won the first ATP level title of his career that season, in Casablanca, and reached the final of three other tournaments. In addition to this, he reached the fourth round of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time, achieving this result on two occasions, at the French Open and Wimbledon.

In the 2002 ATP Masters Series of Canada, an unseeded Cañas won his first ATP Masters Series title in Toronto, defeating Andy Roddick 6–4, 7–5 in the final. Cañas's path to the final saw him defeat a renowned set of players, including world number two Marat Safin, and top ten ranked Yevgeny Kafelnikov and Roger Federer. Cañas was also the first Argentine to win the Canada Open since Guillermo Vilas in 1976, and also the first to win a Masters Series shield (the Series was created in 1990). Cañas won one other tournament in 2002, the Chennai Open, and reached in the finals in Casablanca and Stuttgart. He also emerged as a more potent force at the Grand Slams, as he reached his first quarter-final at the French.

Cañas holds a record of 5 victories and 2 defeats (3:1 in singles) in Davis Cup matches.
Misc On August 8, 2005, Cañas was suspended for two years and was forced to forfeit US$276,070 in prizes by the ATP after testing positive for a diuretic called hydrochlorothiazide, a substance with no benefits in itself other than as treatment for hypertension, but used to cover other forbidden substances. No traces of any other forbidden substance were found in Cañas's sample, and the player asserts the diuretic was present in some medicine prescribed by ATP doctors Mercader and Chinchila for a cold he contracted during the Acapulco tournament in Mexico. At the time of his ban, Cañas had been at the highest ranking of his career, world number eight.
Cañas vowed to fight the ban, claiming he was innocent of the charges against him. Cañas took his case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. His perseverance paid off on May 23, 2006, when he was acquitted of deliberate performance enhancement through illegal substances, since the substances were in a prescription medicine. He was, however, considered careless in not checking the medicine before ingesting it. He was allowed to return to full professional activity from September 11, 2006, and the money prizes acquired before the suspension were restored. Cañas's points, which determine a player's ranking, were nil upon his return, as they had expired.
Upon his return to the tour, Cañas won five Challenger titles and one ATP title (2007 Brasil Open). In the six months after his return, he had won 42 of 47 matches, going from being unranked to rank 60.
Tournament AO RG W US Win-Loss
1998 A A R64 R64 2-2
1999 R128 R64 R64 R64 3-4
2000 R128 R128 R128 A 0-3
2001 R64 R16 R16 R64 8-4
2002 R32 QF R64 A 7-3
2003 R64 A A A 1-1
2004 R16 R128 R128 R32 5-4
2005 R16 QF A A 7-2
2006 A A A A 0-0
2007 A QF R32 R64 7-3
2008 A R128 R128 R128 0-3
2009 R64 A R64 A 2-2
Win-Loss 11-8 16-8 9-9 6-6 42-31