Birthplace: Pereira, Colombia
Hometown: Barcelona, Spain.
Height: 6´2″ (1.88)
Weight: 75 kg
Player: Right handed
Coach Advisor: Alex Corretja
Coach: Jose Checa
Physical trainer: Javier Beltrán
Manager: Carmiña Giraldo
Higher ranking: 28 ATP (20-Sep-2014)
Sponsors: Colsanitas, , Exito, Avianca y Babolat.
Professional player since 2004
THE WHITE SPORT IN SANTI’S LIFE
His family has been the most inspirational people throughout his sporting career. His mother Elsa has been his best friend; and his father Eduardo, a private constructor, has been his best life example. His sister Carmiña, a marketing professional who used to play Fed Cup for Colombia’s Tennis Team, is now his manager and Daniel, his brother —who works as a General Manager of Zona Franca Internacional de Pereira— is now his associate and counselor.
As a Colombian, and Pereiran, he is proud of his country. Santi is an exceptional human being, ambitious but humble, intellectual and profound. With a strong character but at the same time, humble and accurate. The same way when he is about to score a breakpoint.
He is passionate about general culture, film lover —comedy and drama are among his favorite genres— , avid reader and an underground and electronic music fan. World sports events are always a good occasion to discover new cultures, explore amazing landscapes, enjoy fine food and understand local customs of every place that he visit. During his spare time, he likes swimming, playing golf and horse riding, in Pereira, his birthplace.
During his youth, Santi Giraldo was Colombia’s and South America’s number one of the sub 14 and sub 16 categories, and was awarded in Roland Garros. Now at the age of 26, he is proud of being the Colombian tennis player who has scored the highest ranking in the history of the ATP’s professional world ranking.
He has been the best Colombian tennis player of all times, 3rd Latin American with the best ATP ranking and the second-youngest. Among his many career-highs, one of the most relevant is his world no. 30 position of the ATP Ranking, from which number 1, 2 and 3 are the Serbian Novak Djokovic, Spaniard Rafa Nadal and Swiss Roger Federer.
During the last games of London 2012, he was the first male tennis player in the history of Colombia to classify to an Olympic Games. He also participated during the last 7 consecutive years on Gran Slam tournaments such as Wimbledon, Roland Garros, Australian Open and US Open.
He led the Davis Cup (2011-2014), where with his teammates took Colombia to the World class play offs for 2 years in a row putting Colombia within the 16 best countries of the World Group Play Off. His name and his country are well known all over the world because of his notable participations.
As a short term objective, he is looking to rank among the 20 world best tennis players. He is very demanding of himself, with a strong sense of discipline on his personal and professional life. Santiago has dedicated himself to give Colombia an honorable place on every tennis court from all over the world.