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Martin Jaite

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Bio He is a former top-10 professional tennis player from Argentina.

Jaite's career-high Association of Tennis Professionals singles ranking was world no. 10, which he achieved in the summer of 1990, and he won a total of 12 titles and $1,873,881 in tour prize money during his career.

Jaite was a top junior in both Spain and Argentina. He joined Argentina's Davis Cup team. He began playing on the ATP tour in 1983, and soon was ranked among the top 20 players in the world. His best participation in a Grand Slam was in the 1985 Roland Garros Tournament when he managed to beat Paolo Cané, Trevor Allan and the Slovak Miloslav Mečíř and Heinz Günthardt in the fourth round and then lost to Ivan Lendl in three sets in the quarterfinals. In May 1986 at Forest Hills Jaite defeated world no. 4 Boris Becker 6–2, 7–6.

In May 1987, Jaite beat world no. 9 Henri Leconte in Germany in two tiebreaks. In September 1987, Jaite upset world no. 3 Mats Wilander in five sets to win a competition in Barcelona, Spain. In 1987 he reached the final of the tournament in Rome (he lost to Mats Wilander) and in 1988 he lost in the final of Monte Carlo, two of the most important tournaments in the world on clay, after Roland Garros. In April 1989, he upset world no. 8 Jakob Hlasek in two sets in Monte Carlo.

Jaite became only the sixth South American to be ranked in the top 10 in the ATP computer rankings, reaching no. 10 in 1990. In May 1990, he defeated world no. 2 Stefan Edberg 3–6, 6–2, 6–4 in Germany. Jaite defeated world no. 4 Guy Forget 6–2, 6–2 in April 1991 in France, and then again in July, 7–6(5), 7–5, in Gstaad, Switzerland.

He participated for his native country at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, but lost to Brad Gilbert, the eventual winner of the bronze medal.

Jaite was 14–20 in Davis Cup play, 11–7 in singles on clay, from 1984 to 1999.

He was one of the pillars of the Argentine Davis Cup team after Guillermo Vilas retired. He was an uninterrupted member of the team between 1984 and 1992, reaching the World Group semifinals in 1990. His most remembered game was in 1990 for the quarterfinals against Germany in Buenos Aires. After losing the first point to Carl Uwe Steeb by surprise, Jaite had to face Michael Stich with the 1-2 series down. Despite his physical exhaustion, in the fifth set he managed to lift a disadvantage of a break and 40-0, managing to win the 5th set 6-3 even with cramps and tears in his eyes during the last game. At the end of the match he was carried on by people, and Alberto Mancini's triumph against Steeb in the fifth point gave the pass to the semifinals to Argentina.

In doubles he won a title in Buenos Aires and reached another final in Barcelona. He retired from the activity in 1993 and has since participated in some senior tournaments. He was the Argentine Federation Cup captain and is currently the director of the Buenos Aires Tournament. Jaite has also worked as a tennis journalist.

Jaite has had an important role in Argentine tennis since his retirement. He is the tournament director for ATP Buenos Aires, the Buenos Aires Challenger, and director of Futures events in Argentina. From July 2007 till December 2008, Jaite was coaching David Nalbandian, and helped lead him to titles in Madrid and Bercy, where he became the first man to defeat the top two players in the world, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, in consecutive tournaments. In 2011, Jaite was named captain of the Argentina Davis Cup team.

Jaite's playing style leveraged his consistency, speed, thoughtful use of tactics, and fitness to compensate for his lack of power.
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