Daniel Nestor Biography

Daniel Mark Nestor, a professional Canadian tennis player, was born on September 4, 1972. He is from the Republic of Serbia. His parents relocated to Canada when he was four and he grew up in Toronto. He took part in a sports program at Earl Haig Secondary School called APGA (Academic Program for Gifted Athletes).

Daniel Nestor was part of the Canadian Davis Cup team between 1992 and 2018. He came to the spotlight when he defeated Stefan Edberg who was the then world champion in a singles march in Vancouver. He was part of the historic Canadian team that made it to the World Cup semi-finals in 2013 during the Open Era.

This talented Canadian tennis player was also part of one of the longest Wimbledon matches in the history of tennis which lasted above 6 hours. After a career in lawn tennis for 28 years, the Canadian tennis player retired in 2018. Nestor won 91 titles for men’s double with different partners.

He got married to Natasha Gavrilovic in 2005 and now resides in the Bahamas with his family. In 2012, the Canadian tennis player received an honorary doctorate from York University with other honors from Canada.

Daniel Nestor Tennis Player


All The Competitions That He Has Won

Nestor was a professional Canadian tennis player decorated with so many victories. As a player in the men’s double, he got his first title in Bogota in 1994 with Mark Knowles in Bancolobian Open. In August 1995, he won the tennis Championship with Knowles same with the Qatar Open, US National Indoor Tennis Championship, the Hamburg Masters and Cincinnati Masters all in 1996 with his partner Mark Knowles.

In 1997, he won the Indian Wells Masters and Italian Open with Knowles. He bagged the Japan Open and Cincinnati Masters titles in 1998 with Sebastien Lareau and Mark Knowles respectively. He won the Sydney International and the Kingfisher Airlines Tennis Open with Sebastien Lareau in 1999. In 2000, he won the Canadian Open Masters title, Olympics (Australia) with Lareau.

The same year, he won the St. Petersburg Open with Kevin Ullyett and the Stockholm Open Sweden with Mark Knowles. Together with Knowles, Nestor won the Qatar Open in 2001, Sydney International and Halle Open with Sandon Stolle and the Open Sud de France with Nenad Zimonjic. In 2002, he won the title in the Australian Open, Dubai Tennis Championship, Indian Wells Masters, Miami Open, Indianapolis Tennis Championship and Madrid Open Masters with Mark Knowles.

In 2003, Nestor with his partner Mark Knowles also won the U.S National Indoor Tennis Championship, Mexican Open, U.S Men’s Clay Court Championship, Hamburg Masters, Queen’s Club Championship and Swiss Indoors. Nestor, in France, won the Open 13 titles, Barcelona Open, Cincinnati Masters, US Open and Madrid Open in 2004 with Knowles.

In 2005 he bagged the titles for the Indian Wells Masters, U.S Men’s Clay Court Championship, Vienna Open, and Madrid Open with Knowles. Nestor also won the Delray Beach Open, Indian Wells Masters, Barcelona Open, Italian Open, and the Swiss Indoors with his partner Mark Knowles in 2006. He saw victories in the French Open (Grand Slam), Queen’s Club Championship, St. Petersburg Open and ATP finals in 2007. Before his retirement in 2018, he won other titles with Nenad Zimonjic (2008, 2009) and others with M. Mirnyi, L. Pass, Mariusz Fyrstenberg, and a host of others.

Best Canadian Tennis Players In History Of The Sports

Canada had produced many talents, Canadian tennis players, though it hasn’t been quite as successful as the United States in recent times Canadian tennis players are doing great. Some of the amazing male and female tennis players ;

  • Milos Raonic
  • Daniel Nestor
  • Vasek Pospisil
  • Eugenie Bouchard
  • Carling Bassett-Seguso
  • Robert Bédard
  • Grant Connect
  • Aleksandra Wozniak
  • Frank Dancevic
  • Jill Hetherington
  • Helen Kelsi
  • Sébastien Lareau
  • Mary Pierce
  • Glenn Michigan
  • Jana Nejedly
  • Martin Wolstenholme
  • Stéphanie Dubois
  • Mike Belkin
  • Martin Laurendeau
  • Sonya Jeyaseelan

Popular Tournaments In Canada

Canada organizes tennis tournaments like the Canadian Open or Rogers Cup. Canadian Open is one of the oldest tournaments which involves both male and female players. Another tournament includes the National Bank Cup which takes place in Quebec City. The Cup is organized by WTA.

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How Canada Is Becoming A Tennis Power – History Of Canadian Tennis

In July 1890, the Canadian Lawn Tennis Association (CLTA) was founded in Toronto. The event featured some delegates from lots of tennis clubs and Charles Smith Hyman, a title winner of the Canadian Championship (which is now Canadian Open) was appointed as the first president. The CLTA started organizing Championships in Canada.

CLTA organized a junior championship for males under 18 in 1894. Josef Brabenec Sr in 1975 became the national coach and he started organizing junior programs for young athletes. Tennis Canada is committed to raising outstanding Canadian tennis players with its yearly eight national junior tennis championships and grade 1- 5 Canadian Open Junior Tennis Championship where talented young tennis players would be discovered and trained.