Just as it was the lungos’ turn, this turn is for the shortest ones who, disruptive, made a voice in the circuit beyond their height. At ESPN Tennis, we review who they are.
TOP 5 LOWEST PLAYERS IN THE OPEN ERA:
1-Angel Giménez (Spain): The 1.63-meter-tall Spaniard is the youngest player in the Open Era. Noted not only for his height but also for his work over the years with talents such as Gabriela Sabatini, Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Daniela Hantuchová, he now works at the Academia de Sanchez-Casal in Barcelona. He won the tournament for Vienna and Bournemouth in the 80 ‘and his highest ranking was 41.
2-Olivier Rochus (Belgium): At just 1.68 meters tall, Rochus won two tournaments throughout his career – already finished – in Munich (2006) and Palermo (2000) in addition to being the Grand Slam champion in doubles at Roland Garros 2004. In singles his Best Grand Slam performance was the fourth round at the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the US Open. His best ranking was 24.
3-Diego Schwartzman (Argentina): Without a doubt, the gem of this Top 10 low players. Is that the Peque, 1.70 meters won three titles in his career in Los Cabos (2019), Rio de Janeiro in (2018) and Istanbul (2016). When he reached the quarterfinals of the US Open 2017, he became the lowest player to reach that instance since the Peruvian Jaime Yzaga, of the same height, to arrive in 1994. His best ranking was 11.
4-Jaime Yzaga (Peru): As a junior, Yzaga won the French Open in 1985 and reached the semifinals at Wimbledon (also in 1985) and the United States Open (1984). In addition, this Peruvian player was a professional between 1984 and 1996, reaching the highest ranking in the world at No. 18 in the world in singles and No. 54 in the world in doubles (both in 1989).
5-Yoshihito Nishioka (Japan): Like the 1.70-meter Peque, Yoshihito Nishioka claimed the Shenzen tournament in 2018 and also reached the third round at the 2020 Australian Open. His best ranking was 48th.
Special mentions: tAlso 1.70 meters high: Kazuki Shimizu (Japan) and Victor Estrella Burgos (Dominican Republic).