Tennis birthdays for the week of Sept. 22-28
Australia's Mark Woodforde, one of the "The Woodies" doubles team turns 48. Woodforde won career Grand Slams in men's doubles and mixed doubles between 1984 and 2000, winning 12 men's doubles titles and five mixed doubles. He won 11 of the 12 men's titles with Tood Woodbridge, also of Australia.
Argentina's Juan Martin Del Potro, currently ranked No. 7 in the world, turns 25. Del Potro won the US Open in 2009, snapping Roger Federer's streak of five straight titles. After missing nearly all of 2010 with an injury, he has worked himself back to Top 10 form.
American Jack Sock turns 21. Sock won the 2011 US Open mixed doubles title with Melanie Oudin. He is currently ranked No. 88 in singles and has reached the third round of the US Open twice.
Current world No. 18 Simona Halep turns 22. Halep was a fourth-round qualifier at the US Open this year and has won four career titles. She became famous for an odd reason four years ago when she underwent breast reduction surgery to improve her game and reduce back pain.
Japan's Kimiko Date-Krumm the oldest active professional tennis player turns 43. Date-Krumm has won eight WTA titles and has been ranked as high as high as No. 4 in the world in women's singles. She initially retired in 1996, then made a surprising comeback in 2009 at age 38 and has played well.
A decidedly unhappy 25th birthday for Marin Cilic, who has been suspended until Feb. 1, 2014, for failing a drug test in Munich. Previously Cilic had been ranked No. 24 in the world and has nine career titles. He reached the semifinals of the Australian Open in 2010.
Posted: 9/22/2013 11:10:11 AM