Amélie Mauresmo

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Amélie Mauresmo
Amelie Mauresmo at the Aegon Championships 2014.jpg
Mauresmo in June 2014
Country  France
Residence Geneva, Switzerland
Born (1979-07-05) 5 July 1979 (age 35)
Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Turned pro 1994
Retired 3 December 2009
Plays Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
Coach(es) Loic Courteau (2002–2008)
Hugo Lecoq (2008–2009)
Prize money

US$15,022,476

Singles
Career record 545–227 (70.65%)
Career titles 25 (2 ITF)
Highest ranking No. 1 (13 September 2004)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open W (2006)
French Open QF (2003, 2004)
Wimbledon W (2006)
US Open SF (2002, 2006)
Other tournaments
Tour Finals W (2005)
Olympic Games Silver medal.svg Silver Medal (2004)
Doubles
Career record 92–62
Career titles 3 (2 ITF)
Highest ranking No. 29 (26 June 2006)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open QF (1999)
French Open 2R (1997, 1998)
Wimbledon F (2005)
US Open 3R (1999)
Coaching career (2013–)
Coaching achievements
Coachee Singles Titles total 2
Olympic medal record
Competitor for  France
Tennis
Silver 2004 Athens Singles

Amélie Simone Mauresmo French pronunciation: ​[ameli simɔn moʁɛsmo] (born 5 July 1979) is a French former professional tennis player, and a former World No. 1. Mauresmo won two Grand Slam singles titles at the Australian Open and at Wimbledon, and also won a Silver Medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics. She is currently tennis coach to Andy Murray.

Mauresmo first attained the top ranking on 13 September 2004, holding it for five weeks on that occasion. She was the fifteenth World No. 1 in women's tennis since the computer rankings began. She is well known for her powerful one-handed backhand and strong net play. She officially announced her retirement from professional tennis on 3 December 2009, ending a career of fifteen years. She returned to Wimbledon in 2010, acting as a grass court advisor for Frenchman and 2007 Wimbledon doubles champion Michaël Llodra. She helped Marion Bartoli in 2013 and during Bartoli's triumph at Wimbledon.

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Mauresmo was born in Saint-Germain-en-Laye. She began playing tennis at the age of four, after being inspired by Yannick Noah's win in the 1983 French Open on television. It was after his win that Mauresmo's parents bought her her first tennis racket. Later on in 1998 Yannick Noah picked her on the French team for the Fed Cup. Her mother Françoise is a housewife and her father Francis, who died in March 2004, was an engineer. She has a brother, Fabien, who is an engineer.

In 1996, Mauresmo captured both the junior French Open and Wimbledon women's singles titles. She was named 1996 Junior World Champion by the International Tennis Federation.

Career[edit]

The unseeded Mauresmo reached the Australian Open final in 1999 with wins over three seeded players, including world no. 1 Lindsay Davenport, before falling to world no. 2 Martina Hingis. Mauresmo was only the second Frenchwoman ever to reach the Australian Open final; (Mary Pierce was the first, winning the championship in 1995). She was only the third Frenchwoman to reach any Grand Slam final during the Open Era.

Mauresmo defeated Hingis later in the year, en route to the final of the Paris indoor event.

After the defeat of Davenport at the Australian Open, Mauresmo, 19 at the time, came out as lesbian to the international press.[1] She "attributed her success on the court to coming to terms with her sexuality and finding love."[1] She also endured homophobic taunts from fellow competitors, whom she later went on to defeat.[1]

2004: Slamless No.1[edit]

Mauresmo reached the semifinals at Wimbledon, where she lost to Serena Williams in three sets after winning the first set and up a break in the second set. She reached the quarterfinals of the three other Grand Slam tournaments and won three Tier I titles in Rome, Berlin, and Montreal.

Mauresmo won a silver medal in singles at the Olympic Games in Athens, where she was defeated by Belgian Justine Henin in the final.

On 13 September 2004, Mauresmo became the first French tennis player to become world no. 1 since the computer rankings began in the 1970s. She held that ranking for five weeks and was the second woman, after Kim Clijsters, to have attained the top spot without having won a Grand Slam title.

2005[edit]

Mauresmo reached the quarter-finals of the Australian Open, but was defeated there by eventual champion Serena Williams.

At the French Open, seeded third, Mauresmo was upset in the third round by the then little-known 17-year-old Ana Ivanovic of Serbia in three sets.[2] Mauresmo had, at the Australian Open earlier in the year, become the first player to defeat the Serb in the main draw of a Grand Slam tournament, winning in straight sets also in the third round.[3]

At the US Open, Mauresmo lost in the quarter-finals to Mary Pierce in straight sets. That followed a semi-final loss to Lindsay Davenport at Wimbledon.

Mauresmo at the 2005 Australian Open

Mauresmo claimed her first singles title at the WTA Tour Championships. She defeated Pierce in the final after losing to Pierce in a round-robin match at that tournament, in three sets.

2006: Two Grand Slam Titles[edit]

At the Australian Open, Mauresmo captured her first Grand Slam singles title, defeating Belgian former world no. 1 players Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin en route. Both opponents retired from their respective matches, Clijsters with a right ankle sprain in the third set of their semifinal and Henin from gastroenteritis in the final. Mauresmo was leading in both matches at the time of the retirements, by 6–1, 2–0 against Henin.

Mauresmo then won her next two tournaments, the Open Gaz de France tournament in Paris (defeating Mary Pierce in the final) and the Proximus Diamond Games in Antwerp (defeating Clijsters in the final).

At the Qatar Total Open in Doha, Mauresmo defeated Martina Hingis in a semifinal, 6–2, 6–2, but lost to Nadia Petrova in the final. Had she won the final, she would have immediately regained the world no. 1 ranking from Clijsters. Nonetheless, the outcome was sufficient to ensure Mauresmo's return to the world no. 1 ranking on 20 March 2006.

Mauresmo then reached the semifinals of the Sony Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne, Florida, where she lost to the eventual champion Svetlana Kuznetsova.

Mauresmo lost in the fourth round of the French Open to Czech teenager Nicole Vaidišová, 6–7(5–7), 6–1, 6–2. Mauresmo next suffered a first-round loss at the Wimbledon warm-up tournament in Eastbourne. However, Mauresmo and Kuznetsova won the doubles title there, their first as a team and Mauresmo's second overall.

Mauresmo was the top seed at Wimbledon. She defeated Anastasia Myskina in a quarterfinal and Maria Sharapova in a semifinal, and then came back from one set down to defeat Henin in the final 2-6, 6-3, 6-4. The victory was Mauresmo's second Grand Slam singles title and the first on grass. She was also the first Frenchwoman since Suzanne Lenglen to win Wimbledon.

She then pulled out of the Fed Cup World Group I playoff tie against the Czech Republic due to a groin injury sustained during Wimbledon. She also withdrew from the Rogers Cup in Montreal.

Her next tournament was the Pilot Pen Tennis tournament in New Haven, Connecticut, where she lost in the quarterfinals to Lindsay Davenport, 4–6, 5–7.

At the US Open, Mauresmo lost to Sharapova in the semifinals 0–6, 6–4, 0–6. This was the first time in the open era that a female had lost two sets at love in a US Open semifinal.[4]

Mauresmo then reached the final of the China Open, losing to Kuznetsova. During the tournament, Mauresmo won 137 ranking points to help preserve her world no. 1 ranking and ended a nine-match losing streak to Davenport stretching back to January 2000 in Sydney.

To conclude the year, Mauresmo reached the final of the WTA Tour Championships in Madrid, losing to Henin, 4–6, 3–6. Mauresmo finished the year ranked world no. 3, behind Henin and Sharapova.

2007: Out of the Top 5[edit]

Mauresmo started the year in Australia with a quarterfinal loss to Jelena Janković at the tournament in Sydney. At the Australian Open, Mauresmo lost in the fourth round to Lucie Šafářová, 4–6, 3–6, after winning her first three matches in straight sets.

Amélie Mauresmo at Wimbledon 2007

Mauresmo's next tournament was the Open Gaz de France, where she lost in the semifinals to Nadia Petrova, 7–5, 4–6, 6–7(7), after Mauresmo led 4–1 in the final set and had a match point in the tiebreak. This was Mauresmo's third loss in the last four matches with Petrova. In her next tournament at the Proximus Diamond Games in Antwerp, Belgium, Mauresmo defeated Kim Clijsters in the final. This was Mauresmo's third consecutive title there, earning her the diamond-encrusted racquet that comes with winning the title at least three times in five years. The trophy cost US$1.3 million. Mauresmo then played the Dubai Duty Free Women's Open, where she lost to Justine Henin in the final.

On 16 March 2007, Mauresmo received the Chevalier of the Légion d'honneur from President Jacques Chirac.

Mauresmo was scheduled to play the Sony Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne, Florida, but was forced to withdraw because of acute appendicitis. She also withdrew from the Bausch & Lomb Championships in Amelia Island, Florida for the same reason. Although she had resumed training, she was not fit enough to compete at the J & S Cup in Warsaw, Poland.

At the Qatar Telecom German Open in Berlin, Mauresmo lost in the third round to Julia Vakulenko of Ukraine, and at the Internazionali d'Italia in Rome, she lost in the second round to Australian Samantha Stosur, 7–5, 7–6(4), 6–7(7), after Mauresmo led 5–3 in the third set. Going into the French Open, Mauresmo had played only three tournaments since the end of February. Mauresmo lost to Czech Lucie Šafářová in the third round, 3–6, 6–7(4), committing eight double faults and 49 unforced errors.

After losing to Henin in the final of the International Women's Open in Eastbourne, 5–7, 7–6(4), 6–7(2), after being up 4–1 in the deciding set, defending champion Mauresmo went into Wimbledon saying that she was ready to win another major title. However, she lost her fourth round match against Czech teen Nicole Vaidišová, 6–7(6), 6–4, 1–6. The loss dropped her to world no. 6, her first time outside the top five since November 2003.

Mauresmo withdrew from the last Grand Slam tournament of the year, the US Open, because of a lack of fitness.

She made her return to the tour at the China Open in Beijing. However, she lost in the quarterfinals to homecrowd favourite Peng Shuai. She then entered the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, where she lost to Elena Dementieva in straight sets. At the Kremlin Cup in Moscow, Mauresmo lost in the first round to Vera Zvonareva. In Zürich, Mauresmo lost in the second round to Alona Bondarenko in three sets.

Mauresmo left Dunlop for HEAD racquets. The partnership was to run through 2010.

2008: Shadow of the Champion[edit]

Mauresmo at Fortis Championships 2008

Her first tournament of the year was the Tier III Mondial Australian Women's Hardcourts in Gold Coast, Australia, where she lost in the quarterfinals to fourth-seeded Patty Schnyder. At the Australian Open in Melbourne, Mauresmo lost in the third round to Australian Casey Dellacqua, 6–3, 4–6, 4–6.

At her next tournament, the Tier II Open Gaz de France in Paris, Mauresmo lost in the quarterfinals to Anna Chakvetadze,6–3, 3–6, 3–6.

Mauresmo played both tournaments in the Middle East. At the Tier I Qatar Total Open in Doha, she lost in the second round to Tamarine Tanasugarn, 6–7(7), 5–7. At the Tier II Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships, Mauresmo reached her third quarterfinal of the year, but was unable to hold off second seed and eventual finalist Svetlana Kuznetsova, losing 1–6, 6–7.

Mauresmo then lost in the third round of Tier I events, the Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells, California and the Sony Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne, Florida.

On clay at the Bausch & Lomb Championships in Amelia Island, Florida, Mauresmo lost in the quarterfinals to eventual runner-up Dominika Cibulková.

At the French Open, Mauresmo lost in the second round to a Spanish qualifier, Carla Suárez Navarro, 3–6, 4–6.

At the International Women's Open in Eastbourne, United Kingdom, Mauresmo defeated sixth-seeded French woman Alizé Cornet in the first round, 6–1, 4–6, 7–5, but lost in the second round after retiring due to injury from her match with Australian Samantha Stosur while Mauresmo was leading 2–1.

At Wimbledon, Mauresmo lost in the third round to two-time former champion Serena Williams, 6–7(5), 1–6. Hampered by a thigh injury, Mauresmo trailed 5–0 in the second set before breaking Williams's serve, only to be broken herself in the next game and lose the match. Mauresmo said after the match, "I was not 100% in my movement but overall I thought there were some good moments in the first set. But I really started to feel the injury in the tiebreak, and I'm not going to talk about the second set."[5]

Mauresmo declined the nomination by the French Tennis Federation to play in the Olympic Games after Mary Pierce withdrew. Pauline Parmentier was then nominated.[6]

Mauresmo, after a two-month hiatus from tennis due to a thigh injury sustained at Wimbledon, lost in the semifinals of the Western & Southern Financial Group Women's Open in Cincinnati, Ohio to Nathalie Dechy, 4–6, 6–3, 2–6. After the match, Mauresmo, sounding optimistic about her chances at the upcoming US Open, said "I got four matches in this week, which is what I was looking for. It would have been great to play five but I'll go to New Haven (Connecticut) hoping to find a little more rhythm and build up to the US Open."[7] Mauresmo then lost in the semifinals of the Pilot Pen Tennis tournament (in New Haven) to top-seeded Chakvetadze 6–3, 3–6, 6–1. At the US Open, Mauresmo lost in the fourth round to 16th-seeded Flavia Pennetta 6–3, 6–0.

On 29 September, Mauresmo announced that she would split from her long-time coach, Loic Courteau.[8]

Mauresmo lost in the first round at Tokyo and Beijing, both times in long three-set defeats by Dominika Cibulková. She reached the second round in Moscow, falling to Dinara Safina, 7–6(2), 4–6, 4–6, and fell in the first round at Zurich to Belarusian teenager Victoria Azarenka.

She ended her year with a quarterfinal result at Luxembourg, losing to eventual champion Elena Dementieva. Mauresmo ended the year ranked world no. 24, with a singles record of 32–19.

2009: Final year and retirement[edit]

Mauresmo at the Brisbane International tournament in 2009.

At the Brisbane International tournament, Mauresmo defeated world no. 177 Jelena Dokić in the first round, 7–6(9), 7–6(5), before defeating French compatriot Julie Coin in the second round, 5–7, 6–2, 7–6(11) in 3 hours, 14 minutes. The fifth-seeded Mauresmo then defeated top-seeded Ana Ivanovic in the quarterfinals, 6–3, 6–2, before retiring in her semifinal match against third-seeded Frenchwoman, Marion Bartoli, while trailing 0–4 in the first set. At the Australian Open, Mauresmo lost in the third round to Victoria Azarenka.

Mauresmo won her first tournament since 2007 by defeating Elena Dementieva in the final of the Open GDF SUEZ tournament in Paris.

Mauresmo lost in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California, the first Premier Mandatory event of the year, to Li Na, 5–7, 2–6. The next event on the WTA tour was another Premier Mandatory tournament, the Sony Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne, Florida. Mauresmo was seeded 20th there and lost in the fourth round to unseeded Australian Samantha Stosur, 4–6, 4–6, but ended up winning the doubles event with her tennis partner Svetlana Kuznetsova, after ousting the world champions on their way to the cup.

At the Madrid Masters, Mauresmo defeated Zheng Jie in the second round, 6–2, 7–5. She then came from behind to defeat Elena Dementieva, 1–6, 6–4, 6–2, and Ágnes Szávay, 5–7, 6–1, 6–1, in the third round and quarterfinal respectively. She lost against fast-rising teenager star Caroline Wozniacki, 6–7(1) 3–6, in the semifinals.

Mauresmo lost against Anna-Lena Grönefeld, 4–6, 3–6, in the first round of the French Open.

Mauresmo was the 17th seed at the 2009 Wimbledon Championships. She opened with a 6–1, 4–6, 6–2 win over Melinda Czink.[9] She then defeated Kristína Kučová and Flavia Pennetta. Her fourth round match against the first seed Dinara Safina became a part of tennis history as it was the first competitive match in which the new, multimillion-pound roof closed due to rain. Mauresmo went on to lose the match, 6–4, 3–6, 4–6.

At the 2009 US Open, Mauresmo was the 17th seed, but lost to unseeded Aleksandra Wozniak, 4–6, 0–6, in the second round.

Mauresmo announced at a press conference on 8 October 2009 that she was considering retiring from tennis. On 3 December 2009, she officially announced her retirement from tennis at a press conference in Paris.[10] She ended her career ranked World No. 21.[11]

2010–2011[edit]

In June and July 2010, Mauresmo temporarily coached fellow French player Michaël Llodra during the grass season. On 7 November, Mauresmo ran her first marathon at the 2010 New York City Marathon, finishing 3hr: 40m: 20s.

At the 2011 French Open, Mauresmo was set to be reunited with Llodra, making her professional return in the mixed doubles competition, but was disqualified before competing, as she had not re-registered for the anti-doping procedures required to compete on the tour.

2012[edit]

In 2012 Amelie Mauresmo joined forces with 2012 Australian Open Champion and then-World No.1 Victoria Azarenka and her team as a support coach to help the Belarussian in defending her World No.1 ranking and launching an assault on the remaining three Grand Slams of 2012 and the 2012 Summer Olympics.

2013[edit]

In 2013, Mauresmo started coaching French No. 1 Marion Bartoli, joining forces with her shortly before the 2013 Wimbledon Championships.[12] Under her tutelage, Bartoli would win her first Grand Slam title there without dropping a set (or even playing a tiebreak set), and credited her for her career revival (entering these Championships, Bartoli had yet to even reach a semi-final in 2013).[13]

2014[edit]

On 8 June, Mauresmo was announced as the new coach of Andy Murray.[14] The appointment is not full-time and there is no long-term commitment.[15]

Performance at Grand Slam tournaments[edit]

Although Mauresmo had been one of the top singles players for several years, she did not have success in winning Grand Slam tournaments until 2006. Her talents were never questioned, but Mauresmo was criticized for her mental strength after succumbing to nerves in those events. In consecutive Wimbledon semifinals, she lost to Serena Williams and Lindsay Davenport after leading comfortably. Before her 2006 Australian Open title, Mauresmo was often touted as "the greatest women's player never to win a Grand Slam."[16] After winning the 2006 Wimbledon title, Mauresmo openly joked, "I don’t want anyone to talk about my nerves any more."

Mauresmo is one of the few tennis players, male or female, to have reached the top ranking without first winning a Grand Slam singles title. Other players who had done so were Belgian Kim Clijsters, who ascended to the top spot in 2003, two years before winning her first Grand Slam singles title at the 2005 U.S. Open; Ivan Lendl, who first reached world no. 1 in 1983, before winning any of his eight Grand Slam singles titles; Marcelo Ríos of Chile, who reached world no. 1 in 1998 but never won a Grand Slam singles title; Jelena Janković of Serbia who reached world no. 1 in 2008; Dinara Safina, who reached World No. 1 in 2009 without winning a Grand Slam singles title; and Caroline Wozniacki, who reached world no. 1 in 2010.

Equipment and endorsements[edit]

Mauresmo's apparel and footwear on court was manufactured by Nike. In the early 2000s, she used Dunlop 200G+1.00 racquet.[17]

Major finals[edit]

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Singles: 3 (2 titles, 1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1999 Australian Open Hard Switzerland Martina Hingis 2–6, 3–6
Winner 2006 Australian Open Hard Belgium Justine Henin 6–1, 2–0, retired
Winner 2006 Wimbledon Grass Belgium Justine Henin 2–6, 6–3, 6–4

Doubles: 1 (1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 2005 Wimbledon Grass Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova Zimbabwe Cara Black
South Africa Liezel Huber
2–6, 1–6

Olympic finals[edit]

Singles: 1 Silver Medal[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Silver 2004 Athens Olympics Hard Belgium Justine Henin 3–6, 3–6

Fed Cup and Olympic teams[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Lesbian Tennis Star Amelie Mauresmo Named World's Top Player
  2. ^ "Serbian starlet shocks Mauresmo". BBC News. 28 May 2005. Retrieved 2012-09-15. 
  3. ^ Mauresmo through after second set tussle, ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
  4. ^ "Sharapova stops No. 1 Mauresmo, will meet Henin-Hardenne in U.S. Open final". Usatoday.com. 8 September 2006. Retrieved 2012-06-04. 
  5. ^ Cheese, Caroline (27 June 2008). "Battling Serena sees off Mauresmo". BBC News. Retrieved 2012-06-04. 
  6. ^ "French stars to miss the Olympics". BBC Sport (BBC). 21 July 2008. Archived from the original on 22 July 2008. Retrieved 22 July 2008. 
  7. ^ "Mauresmo's title hopes ended by Dechy in Cincinnati". Uk.reuters.com. 17 August 2008. Retrieved 2012-06-04. 
  8. ^ "Amelie Mauresmo splits from coach Loic Courteau". The Daily Telegraph (Australia). Agence France-Presse. 30 September 2008. Retrieved 14 November 2010. 
  9. ^ "Women's singles results". BBC News. 26 June 2007. 
  10. ^ "Mauresmo calls time on her career". BBC News. 3 December 2009. Retrieved 23 April 2010. 
  11. ^ Amelie Mauresmo retires from tennis – Telegraph
  12. ^ Nguyen, Courtney (14 February 2013). "Marion Bartoli splits with father-coach, wants Amelie Mauresmo as replacement". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 10 September 2014. 
  13. ^ Marion Bartoli wins Wimbledon title, The Courier-Mail
  14. ^ Andy Murray appoints Amelie Mauresmo as coach, BBC Sport
  15. ^ Kevin Mitchell Amélie Mauresmo surprised by Andy Murray offer but up for the challenge, The Guardian, 8 June 2014.
  16. ^ Robson, Douglas (27 August 2006). "Mauresmo's stock can rise, fall in NYC". Usatoday.com. Retrieved 2012-06-04. 
  17. ^ "What they're wearing (and hitting with) at Wimbledon". SportsBusiness Journal. 25 June 2001. Retrieved 10 September 2014. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Belgium Justine Henin
Belgium Kim Clijsters
World No. 1
13 September 2004 – 17 October 2004
20 March 2006 – 12 November 2006
Succeeded by
United States Lindsay Davenport
Belgium Justine Henin