Latvian tennis player who turned pro in 2004; by 2013 he had three ATP career singles titles and two doubles titles.
He played tennis with his grandmother and also enjoyed other sports such as basketball and ice hockey.
He learned to speak four languages: Latvian, Russian, English, and German.
He grew up with three sisters and two brothers.
He defeated Ivo Karlovic at his first ATP Tour singles in 2010.