Jaite, a fine Argentinian player, became only the sixth South American to be ranked in the top ten in the ATP computer rankings, reaching No. 10 in 1990. While Jaite did not have a power stroke, he made up for it with his speed. His best surface was clay, which allowed him to hit the ball far to either side of the court; Jaite's best shot was the topspin backhand, which he used used to return service.
Birth and Death Dates:
b. Oct. 9, 1964
While moving back and forth between Barcelona and Argentina as a child, Martin was a top junior in both countries. He won the Spanish National championships and was offered a try-out on the Argentine Davis Cup team, but declined at first because he didn't want to offend Spain. He finally joined the team, but lost to Jimmy Connors when the Argentinians faced the United States. In 1983, Jaite joined the ATP tour and quickly moved up the world rankings; from No. 826 in 1982 to No. 156 in 1983 to No. 54 in 1984. The following year, he won his first ATP tour title and was ranked in the world's top twenty, where he would remain for the next few years. In 1985, Jaite also reached the quarterfinals of the French Open, his best Grand Slam finish. In 1988, Martin represented his country in the Seoul Olympics, but lost to Brad Gilbert, the eventual bronze medal winner. Two years later, Jaite was ranked No. 10 in the world, only the sixth South American to be ranked in the top ten of the ATP computer rankings. He retired with 12 career ATP tour titles.
Buenos Aires, Argentina
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