Mariano Puerta is an Argentine professional male tennis player.
Puerta made his debut on the ATP Tour in 1996. He won his first ATP title in 1998 in Palermo, Italy. In 2000 he reached what most consider the peak of his career, making it to five finals, and winning one of them (Bogota). That same year, however, he underwent wrist surgery, which kept him off the circuit for several months.
In 2005 Puerta made an eye-opening comeback on the Tour by winning the title in Casablanca and then making it to the final of the world's most prestigious clay court tournament, the French Open, where he eventually succumbed to Rafael Nadal in a close match (76(6), 16, 36, 57). By August 2005 he had climbed to a career-best 9th place in the ATP entry rankings, an advancement of 431 places in one year.
Puerta's ATP Profile
ITF independent anti-doping tribunal decision (PDF)
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