22-year-old Slovak tennis player Martin Klizan won two titles in as many weeks during his March campaign on Moroccan soil, broke the Top100 and proved that a bright future lies ahead of him. And now he is in a position that will mostly likely garant him a direct entry to next Grand Slam event - 2012 French Open. So it is time to get to know Martin Klizan closer!
Klizan has always been considered a talented player and achieved many results that supported this claim. In 2005 won European Junior Championship in the Under 16 category, in both, singles and doubles. Just one year later won 2006 French Open Boys' singles competition. No surprise that all these successes were achieved on his favourite surface - red clay.
Since his Davis Cup debut in 2007, Klizan has established himself as an important part of Slovakian team with 5 wins out of 11 singles matches. He is yet to win his first ATP title but already has 4 challenger titles under his name.
Martin Klizan has the talent to develop into very solid player, mainly on clay - good movement for a player of his height and very aggressive style of play with forehand dictating the play. He has to work with his coach Karol Kucera on his mental stability and find out how to control his temperament on the court.
2012 Season in Review
Klizan started the 2012 season slowly with quarterfinals in Heilbronn and Casablanca being his best results but then won back-to-back challenger titles on his favourite red clay in Morocco (Rabat and Marakkech) in March. Coached by former ATP player Karol Kucera, Klizan is slowly building his position through the challengers and probably soon will be one to watch on the ATP level.
"My favourite surface is clay, for sure. It doesn't matter even if I win the US Open, clay would still be my best and favourite surface. I grew up on clay, that's why." commented Martin Klizan.
- Date of Birth: 11 July 1989
- Nation: Slovak Republic
- Height: 190 cm
- Weight: 77 kg
- Turned Pro: 2007
- Plays: Left-handed