Piet Norval
Piet Norval
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  • 2000 IN REVIEW

    The South African put together another consistent season by reaching a career-high six doubles finals and winning more than 30 matches for fifth consecutive year...Most of success came with American Donald Johnson as they won three titles on three different surfaces (carpet, clay, grass) and qualified for season-ending ATP Tour World Doubles Championship in Bangalore...In early March, reached clay final in Santiago (w/Bale)...Following month, began European clay circuit with a title in Estoril (w/Johnson)...In June, won grass court crown in Nottingham (w/Johnson) and lost in 2nd RD at Wimbledon 8-6 in fifth set to Oncins-Suk…During summer, reached SF at TMS Toronto...Closed European indoor circuit with a 13-4 record, highlighted by title in Basel and finals in Toulouse and TMS Stuttgart (all w/Johnson)...Finished No. 23 in doubles.


    1989-Won the Johannesburg Challenger in singles and reached the doubles final with Byron Talbot...1990-Doubles SF in Newport (w/W. Ferreira)...1991-Found success with W. Ferreira in doubles, winning his first career Tour title in Key Biscayne...Alternate team for ATP Tour World Doubles Championship in Johannesburg...1992-Doubles finalist in Johannesburg and Barcelona Olympics (w/W. Ferreira)...1993-Won Casablanca (w/Bauer) and Bolzano (w/Davids) doubles titles...1994-Won titles in Hamburg and Stuttgart-outdoor (both w/Melville)...Served as an alternate at the ATP Tour World Doubles Championship...1995-Played doubles with 10 partners, highlighted by finals at Mercedes Super 9 Indian Wells (w/Muller) and Palermo (w/Davids)...Qualified in New Haven for first singles appearance since 1990 (l. to Vacek)...1996-Played doubles primarily with Broad, finishing No. 16 in Team Rankings, but had only two titles of year (w/Barnard) in Newport and Los Angeles in July, which were South African's first titles since 1994...With Broad preparing for the Olympics, Norval teamed with Barnard, winning Newport and Los Angeles...Served as alternate in The Phoenix/ATP Tour World Doubles Championship, falling to B. Black-Connell when he and Broad got to play one match...1997-Finished No. 28 individually in doubles…1998-Won Umag with Broad for first title in 78 tournaments with the Briton…Finished No. 16 in Team Rankings w/Broad…Also reached finals in Rotterdam (w/Broad), Bastad (w/Bale) and Basel (w/Ullyett)...1999-Won indoor titles in Lyon and Stockholm and reached finals in Doha and Vienna (all w/Ullyett)...Qualified for ATP World Doubles Championship and finished No. 9 as a team (w/Ullyett).


    Began playing tennis at age seven and was the 1987-88 South African International Junior Champion...Enjoys golf, parachuting and bungee-jumping...Injured his right arm and later his wrist in 1989...Has a 3-3 career Davis Cup record (3-2 in doubles)...Wife, Nolde; Sons, Rossouw, Luca and Leo...Co-founder of the Spier Tennis Academy in Capetown working with both juniors and coaches.


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