Albert Portas

Albert Portas (* November 15, 1973 in Barcelona) is a former Spanish tennis player.

  • 3.2.1 Siege
  • 3.2.2 finals

Active career as a player

He became a professional tennis player in 1994 and 2000 won his first title at the tournament in Umag in doubles, where he was able to achieve more good results in the course of his career. In 2001 he won the German Open in Hamburg in singles. Due to the early first-round elimination former tennis greats such as Gustavo Kuerten, Tim Henman, Roger Federer, Pete Sampras, Michael Chang, Andriy Medvedev and Yevgeny Kafelnikov ( in round 2 was for Andre Agassi terminus), remained to him in the early stages of the tournament Top -placed opponents of Entry ranking spared. However, the competition was fierce despite withdrawal of various stars. On the way to the final he beat among other top players such as Lleyton Hewitt, Sebastien Grosjean and Magnus Norman (then number 1 in the Champions Race ) before he, too, Juan Carlos Ferrero was able to defeat in five sets in the final. In addition to a final prize of $ 400,000, this had a ranking improvement at number 19 in the Entry List result.

His victory in Hamburg caused quite a stir because it was a Masters Tournament, and was the most important clay court tournament on the ATP Tour in addition to Monte Carlo, Rome and the French Open. Three days later, he lost the Raiffeisen Grand Prix in St. Pölten against the unseeded Czech Jiri Vanek in the tableau in straight sets. At the French Open he lost to Greg Rusedski smooth in 3 sets. Through another series defeat was followed by a fall in the rankings. Later in his career, he also took part in various Challenger Tournaments and played games in the German Bundesliga. He rarely was able to collect points on the ATP Tour, 2006, he defeated the tournament in Umag, the now well out in front of him player Juan Carlos Ferrero and Jan Hernych. Only in the third round, he was beaten the Italian Filippo Volandri. Albert Portas was known for his technically well executed strokes, and played alongside Jurgen Melzer most effective drop shots.

Career after the athletic career

From November 2008 to February 2009, he was coach of Daniela Hantuchova.