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MaliVai Washington

Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

An all-court player regarded as one of the fastest players in tennis, MaliVai Washington has been ranked among the worldís top 50 players since 1991. Growing up in Swartz Creek, Mich., Washington frequently competed with the likes of Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi, Jim Courier and Todd Martin in USTA national junior championships. After spending two years at the University of Michigan in 1988 and 1989 (he finished 1989 as the No. 1 ranked collegiate player), Washington turned pro and has gone on to become the most succesful African-American menís tennis player since the late Arthur Ashe. Washington has won four career singles titles, including the 1992 U.S. Menís Clay Court Championships in Charlotte, N.C., and this year's Bermuda Open in April. He was a quarterfinalist at the 1994 Australian Open and in 1993 he became the second African American to represent the United States in Davis Cup, joining Ashe.

Washington has never competed in the Olympics. He was a member of the 1988 and 1989 U.S. National (Junior) Team.

Born June 20, 1969 in Glen Cove, N.Y. Father, William, and mother, Christine. Older sister, Michaela, played on the womenís tour. Younger sisters Masanja (does not play tennis) and Mashona (plays on the WTA tour and was a member of the 1992 U.S. National Team). Younger brother, Mashiska, plays on the menís tour and was an All-American at Michigan State. Named one of People Magazineís "Most Beautiful People in the World." He said his goal in tennis is to be among the top 10 in the world.

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