HADY HABIB UPCOMING CHAMP
Updated: Feb 19, 2019
2018 Master Cup Champion Hady
14 successive singles rubber victories in the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas as Lebanon beat Thailand in Nonthaburi earlier this month to climb 12 places and reach their highest ever placing of No. 40 in the nations rankings.
“My parents have supported me all along and have sacrificed a lot for me to get where I am. They knew this was my dream.”
Habib has some distance to go to surpass the all-time record of 36 successive Davis Cup singles rubbers won by Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus, although it is a start and something for the world No. 642 to build upon.
Born in Houston in Texas, Habib moved to Lebanon with his family aged five before picking up a racquet in earnest four years. He received a scholarship to the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida where he was afforded the chance to hit with the likes of former US Open finalist Kei Nishikori and was firmly ensconced within the top 100 of the ITF Junior rankings by the age of 16. He opted against playing his final year of junior competition in a bid to familiarize himself with the higher Pro Circuit, while he spent two years under the tutelage of Sammy Giammalva at his academy in Houston. But that is now the past and Habib is firmly focused on making it for his country.
“I feel honored to represent my country and I am really proud to represent Lebanon in the Davis Cup. Playing Davis Cup means a lot. You’re not playing for yourself but for your team and nation. You don’t see your name on the scoreboard, but your country.”