Spanish tennis may have been soaring since the turn of the century but there is one man who can be credited for its resurgence during the 1990s: Sergi Bruguera.
The Catalonian, who turns 46, is a two-time Grand Slam champion and Olympic silver medallist. He peaked at No3 in the world rankings in August 1994 and made the French Open final three times, taking home the trophy twice.
His first Roland Garros crown came in 1993, where he beat Jim Courier in a five-set final.
Bruguera defended his Paris title in 1994, defeating Alberto Berasategui in the Philippe-Chatrier Court.
In the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, Bruguera won the silver medal in singles, falling to American Andre Agassi. He finished his career with 14 singles titles.
Here are the other sport starts born on this day:
1948: Cliff Thorburn, Canadian ex-snooker player, who won the World Championship in 1980 (69).
1976: Martina Moravcova, Slovak former swimmer, who won two silver medals at the Sydney 2000 Olympics (41).
1985: Joe Flacco, American football player, who is the quarterback for the Baltimore Ravens (32).
1985: Pablo Zabaleta, Argentinian international footballer who plays as a right back for Manchester City (32).
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