24 Facts About Luis Horna


Luis Horna Biscari is a former tour professional tennis player from Peru, who turned professional in 1998.

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Luis Horna was an outstanding junior player, reaching as high as No 4 in the world in singles 1997.

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Luis Horna made the final of the boys singles at the French Open in 1997 losing to Daniel Elsner.

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Luis Horna won the French Open and Wimbledon doubles with Jose de Armas and Nicolas Massu respectively.

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Luis Horna turned professional in 1998 and he moved up over 1,000 places in the rankings with victories in the Ecuadorian, where he defeated Sergio Roitman as a qualifier and three Futures events in Peru and in 1999 made his first ATP Challenger final in Aschaffenburg.

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In 2000 he was finalist in Salinas and again in Aschaffenburg and it was not until 2001 that Luis Horna was able to get his first win on the ATP tour in Umag defeating Martin Damm.

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Luis Horna made another Challenger final in Curitiba losing to Flavio Saretta.

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Luis Horna made his debut in the four Grand Slam events in 2003.

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At the French Open, Luis Horna defeated Roger Federer who was the fifth pre-tournament favourite and was the last time that Federer lost in the first round of a Grand Slam event.

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At the time Luis Horna said after the victory that it was "the best feeling I have had in my whole life".

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Luis Horna lost his second round match after having a match point against eventual finalist Martin Verkerk.

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Luis Horna won another Challenger title in Seville and was a three time semi finalist in Amersfoort, Sopot and Palermo.

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In 2004, Luis Horna reached his career-high ranking of World No 33, which was achieved on 30 August.

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Luis Horna won the Bermuda Challenger over Martin Vassallo Arguello and made his first ATP final in Long Island losing to Lleyton Hewitt.

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Luis Horna made three semi finals at the Brasil Open, Houston and Munich.

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Luis Horna finished inside the top 50 at the end of the year equalling the same feat by Jaime Yzaga.

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Luis Horna won his first doubles title with Argentine Martin Garcia in Amersfoort and achieved his best ever performance at the French Open making the third round and defeating the seeded Tim Henman in the second round before losing to Victor Hanescu.

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Luis Horna finished 2006 ranked outside the top 50 and had various injury problems relating to his arm and shoulder which affected his final end-of-year ranking.

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Luis Horna's concentration was disturbed by the calls of "Well done, Beast" and "C'mon, roadkill".

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The trophy was presented by Andres Gomez Luis Horna said that "Gomez has been like an idol for us Peruvians, ".

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Luis Horna won the Lugano Challenger without losing a set defeating Nicolas Devilder in the final.

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Luis Horna became the first player from Peru to win a Grand Slam title in the professional era.

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Luis Horna plays right-handed, he has a strong serve for a relatively short player and the forehand is his best stroke.

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Luis Horna uses a single-handed backhand and his favourite surface is clay.

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