By Nick Georgandis
Tennis birthdays for the week of January 20-26.
January 21 Seven-time Grand Slam doubles champion Peter Fleming is 58. The 6-foot, 5-inch American won the Wimbledon doubles title four times (1979, 1981, 1983-84) and the US Open doubles crown thrice (1979, 1981, 1983), partnering with John McEnroe on all seven. He won 60 doubles titles overall and reached No. 1 in the world for the first time on June 11, 1984.
Frenchman Nicolas Mahut, who joined John Isner to break nearly eveyr single-match record at Wimbledon in 2010, is 31. Currently ranked no. 60, Mahut hols the ATP records for most points won in a single match (502) and most games won by a losign player (91) during his 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(7), 6-7(3), 68-70 loss to Isner at the first round of Wimbledon.
January 23 Spain's Pablo Andjuar turns 27. Andujaris crrently ranked No. 42 in the world, and has been ranked as high as No. 33. He has two career singles titles.
The Czech Republic's Petr Kodraw, who won the 1988 Austalian Open title, is 45. Kodra won 10 career singles titles and reached a high ranking of No. 2 in the world in February of 1998, shortly after he defeated Marcelos Rios in straight sets for the Australian Open title.
Australia's Mervyn Rose, a member of the Tennis Hall of Fame, turns 83. Rose won seven career Grand Slams - two in singles, four in men's doubles and one in mixed doubles. He was ranked as high as No. 3 in the world in singles.
January 24 American Gene Mako, a member of the Tennis Hall of Fame, turns 97. Mako won three men's doubles Grand Slams and one mixed doubles Grand Slam during the 1930s
January 26 American Corina Morariu is 36. The doubles specialist won the 1999 Wimbledon title and reached No. 1 in the world in April of 2000. She is also a two-time Australian Open doubles finalist and won 13 career doubles titles.
Posted: 1/20/2013 9:45:45 PM