Grew up in copper mining town of Okiep in North Western Cape and his tennis talents were discovered when he was nine years old…Mother, Mary, is a housewife; Father, William, passed away when he was 16…Has four brothers (one passed away in 2006) and two sisters…Played on a make-shift gravel court in his home’s backyard in Namaqualand where he tied orange bags together to serve as the net…No. 1 junior player in South Africa until he was 18 and Top 30 in singles, Top 20 in doubles in world junior rankings…Considers return game, quickness and mental aspect his strengths…Says best moment in his career was reaching Australian Open SF in 2003 and ‘08, and playing Davis Cup for his country…Has a 10-5 career Davis Cup record (10-3 in doubles) in 14 ties…Coached by counryman and former ATP pro Piet Norval.
2007 - Captured ATP titles in Auckland in January and ‘s-Hertogenbosch in June (w/Wassen) and SF in Delray Beach, Estoril (w/Wassen) and Los Angeles (w/Moodie)…Best Grand Slam result was QF at Australian Open…Finished No. 12 in ATP Doubles Race (w/Wassen) and No. 29 individually.
2008 - The South African native compiled his best season, reaching a career-high five ATP finals while qualifying for his first Tennis Masters Cup in Shanghai (w/countryman Wesley Moodie)…Went 1-2 in finals and compiled a 28-16 mark (w/Moodie), 41-26 overall…In first two tournaments, reached final in Doha (l. to Kohlschreiber-Skoch) and followed with SF at Australian Open (l. to Clement-Llodra)…In April, reached SF at ATP Masters Series events in Miami and Monte Carlo…In between, claimed their first team title at Estoril (d. J. Murray-Ullyett)…Following 2nd RD exit at Wimbledon, Moodie was sidelined for three months with a knee injury…Reunited in October at Stockholm and reached SF…Followed with SF at AMS Madrid and runner-up at AMS Paris (l. to Bjorkman-Ullyett) to clinch their Shanghai berth…Closed season with a 1-2 mark in round robin play in Shanghai, finishing No. 7 in ATP Doubles Race (w/Moodie) and year-end best No. 12 individually…Also reached finals in Marseille (w/Allegro) and Nottingham (w/J. Murray)…Earned a career-high $315,575