Known for his deft touch, expert volleying and split-second improvisational skills leading to jaw-dropping shots, Daniel Nestor has won multiple titles over the span of his epic career, including 73 ATP Tour doubles titles, of which seven were Grand Slam events, two mixed doubles Grand Slam titles and three Tennis Masters Cup doubles titles.
Nestor also represented Canada at the 1996, 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games, bringing home gold at the Sydney Olympic Games. His ongoing athletic success has made him the only player in tennis history to win all four Grand Slams, all of the Masters Series events, the year-end Masters Cup and an Olympic gold medal in doubles. He beat no less than five former #1 players in singles. He has been a member of the Canadian Davis Cup team since 1992 and won his first doubles title way back in 1994. He was ranked #1 in the world in 2002, 2004 and 2008. And at 39,
Nestor doesn't appear to be slowing down, recently recording his 800th career victory at the 2011 French Open, taking home the doubles title for the second consecutive year. Whew!
"Canada has so much to offer in all walks of life and sport is no exception," says Nestor about his adopted homeland. His family immigrated to Toronto when he was a child, and he attended Earl Haig Secondary School in a special sports program known as the Academic Program for Gifted Athletes. "Having worldclass facilities and coaching was integral in my progression to the professional ranks." Nestor now lives in the Bahamas with his wife and daughter, but is still a proud Canadian. He was appointed to the Order of Canada last December. Since 2003 the Daniel Nestor
Celebrity Charity Event has raised more than $700,000 for North York General Hospital in Toronto and Tennis Canada Go for Gold Fund charities.
What's the best thing about being on Canada's Walk of Fame for him? "Having a mark on the city that I grew up in and offered me so much, and being able to share the honour with my family and friends." What's the worst? "Knowing 99 per cent of the people who notice my star will say, Who the #@!¢ is Daniel Nestor?!'" he jokes, adding that being Canadian has taught him, above all, to stay level-headed and humble along the way.
The only player in tennis history to win all four Grand Slams, all of the Masters Series events, the year-end Masters Cup and an Olympic Gold medal in doubles at least once.