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By Nick Georgandis

July 2: Jared Palmer turns 41. The former No. 1 doubles player won 28 career doubles titles and reached No. 1 on March 20, 2000. He won one men’s singles titles, achieved a top singles’ ranking of No. 35 and won the NCAA title in men’s singles as a sophomore at Stanford in 1991.


July 3: Russian pro Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova turns 21. Currently ranked No. 30 in the world, she has been ranked as high as No. 13 and has three WTA titles under her belt. On the junior circuit, she won the Australian Open twice and the US Open once.


July 4: Twenty-one time Grand Slam doubles winner Pam Shriver turns 50. Shriver teamed primarily with Martina Navratilova to win the Australian Open seven times (1982-1985, 1987-1989), the French Open four times (1984-1985, 1987-1988), Wimbledon five times (1981-1984, 1986) and the US Open five times (1983-1984, 1986-1987, 1991). The pair had a 109-match win streak between 1983-1985. Shriver also won a gold medal in the 1988 Olympics in doubles and racked up 112 career doubles titles. She was ranked as high as No. 3 in women’s singles and won 21 career titles. She has been a broadcaster for professional tennis since retiring in 1996.

France’s Henri LeConte, a top six player in both singles and doubles during his career, turns 49. LeConte partnered with countryman Yannick Noah to win the 1984 French Open title, and reached the French Open singles championship match in 1988, losing to Mats Wilander. He won nine singles titles and reached No. 5 in the world in September of 1986, and won 10 doubles titles, peaking at No. 6 in 1986.


July 5: Former No. 1 doubles player Ai Sugiyama turns 37. The Japanese pro won 37 doubles titles between 1992-2009, including the US Open in 2000 and the French Open and Wimbledon in 2003. She missed a shot at a career doubles Grand Slam with a finals loss at the Australian Open in 2009. As a singles player, she own six titles and reached No. 8 in the world in 2004.

Nicolas Kiefer, who won a silver medal in men’s doubles at the 2004 Olympics, turns 35. Kiefer reached No. 4 in the world in singles play in 2000, and reached at least the quarterfinals of Wimbledon, the US Open and the Australian Open.

Two-time singles Grand Slam winner and former No. 1 Amelie Mauresmo turns 33. In 2006, she defeated former No. 1s Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin to win the Australian Open title, although both retired eaerly do to injury. She went on to win Wimbledon, defeating a healthy Henin in the final. She held the No. 1 spot for five weeks.


July 6: Seven-time doubles Grand Slam champion Max Mirnyi turns 35. The Belarusian has three mixed doubles Grand Slams –Wimbledon and the US Open in 1998 and the US Open again in 2007; and six in men’s doubles – winning the US Open in 2000 and 2002, and the French Open in 2005, 2006, 2011 and 2012. In 2004, he helped Belarus upset Russia 3-2 in the Davis Cup quarterfinals, and was given the government’s medal of honor for the effort.