Nicolas Lapentti began playing tennis at the age of six is currently ranked 73rd. He first came to the tennis world's attention an outstanding junior player who won the Orange Bowl in Florida in 1994, when he also captured the junior doubles titles at the French Open (partnering with Gustavo Kuerten) and the US Open.
Lapentti turned professional in 1995 and won his first top-level singles title later that year at Bogota. In 1999, Lapentti was a semi-finalist at the Australian Open. He also won two tour singles titles that year and reached his career-high singles ranking of World No. 6 that November.
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