André Sá

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André Sá
André Sá.jpg
Full name Andre Rezende Sa
Country  Brazil
Residence Blumenau, Brazil
Born (1977-05-06) May 6, 1977 (age 37)
Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Turned pro 1996
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money $2,273,687
Singles
Career record 52–92 (at ATP Tour and Grand Slam-level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles 0
11 Challengers
Highest ranking No. 55 (August 12, 2002)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 2R (2001)
French Open 1R (2000, 2002, 2003)
Wimbledon QF (2002)
US Open 2R (2000, 2001)
Doubles
Career record 228-242 (at ATP Tour and Grand Slam-level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles 7
Highest ranking No. 17 (February 2, 2009)
Current ranking No. 74 (November 17, 2014)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open QF (2004)
French Open 3R (2010, 2013, 2014)
Wimbledon SF (2007)
US Open QF (2007)
Other Doubles tournaments
Olympic Games 2R (2004, 2008)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open 1R (2009, 2010, 2013)
French Open QF (2008, 2009)
Wimbledon 2R (2010)
US Open 2R (2009)
Team competitions
Davis Cup SF (2000)
Last updated on: November 21, 2014.
André Sá
Medal record
Competitor for  Brazil
Men's tennis
Pan American Games
Gold 1999 Winnipeg Men's Doubles

André Rezende Sá (born May 6, 1977 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil) is a professional Brazilian tennis player. In singles, he was a Wimbledon quarterfinalist in 2002 and has reached a career-high doubles ranking of World No. 17, winning 7 doubles titles. Sá reached the semifinals of ATP tournaments Memphis and Hong Kong in 2001 and 2001 respectively.

Personal[edit]

André Sá atarted playing tennis at the age of eight, encouraged by his older brother. At the age of 12 and ranked number 1 in Brazil, he moved to the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy, Bradenton, Florida, where he stayed 5 years. In 1996, he graduated from Brandenton Academy, where he played basketball for three years.

André is married and now lives in Blumenau, Santa Catarina, Brazil.

Professional career[edit]

André Sá played his first professional match in 1993, in a Challenger in his hometown of Belo Horizonte, where he lost in the first round at the age of 16. In 1997, he started travelling around South America, reaching his first Challenger Semifinal in Quito, losing to Mariano Puerta. In August, he reached his first final, again in his hometown, losing to Brazilian Roberto Jabali. He also reached the semifinal in Guadalajara, Mexico. In 1997, he played his first Davis Cup match, against Alistair Hunt, from New Zealand, in Florianópolis, for the World Group Qualifying Round. It was the 5th match of the rubber, with a 5–0 win for Brazil. In October, he played his first ATP-Tour match, in Mexico City, where he reached the quarter-final.

In 1998, Sá won his first Challenger, on February 23, in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, beating Juan Antonio Marín, from Costa Rica 6–3, 3–6, 6–2. Two weeks later, he won the Salinas Challenger in Ecuador, beating Guillermo Cañas in the final, and on August, he won the Gramado Challenger title over Hideki Kaneko, from Japan. This year saw his first Grand Slam participation, in Wimbledon, where he would reach his best result ever a few years later. He lost to Todd Martin on the first round.

Sá participated in 4 ATP-Tour tournaments in 1999, reaching the 2nd Round in Wimbledon, losing to Karol Kučera, 13th of the World at the time. In five weeks, he won three Challenger titles: Austin, beating American Glenn Weiner, Tulsa and Dallas, beating Jimy Szymanski in the two latter. He had a 13 games winning streak at the time.

At the beginning of 2000, he reached the final in Waikoloa, Hawaii Challenger and his first ATP semifinal in Memphis, where he lost to eventual winner Swedish Magnus Larsson. He participated in three Grand Slams: Roland Garros (lost 1st round), Wimbledon (lost 1st round) and U.S. Open (lost 2nd round). Sá was part of the Brazilian Davis Cup team that reached the semifinals, losing to Australia 5–0. Sá played the 4th match against Lleyton Hewitt 4–6, 1–6.

In 2001, Sá again played in 3 Grand Slams: Australian Open (lost 2nd round), Wimbledon (lost 1st round to Arvind Parmar, who also beat him last year) and U.S. Open (lost 2nd round). He won 2 Challenger titles: Calabasas, beating Michael Russel, Salvador, winning over Brazilian Alexandre Simoni. Sá also reached the Hong Kong ATP semifinal, losing to German Rainer Schüttler.

2002 saw Sá's best results ever. Without winning a single title, Sá reached his career-best ranking: 55, after 3 excellent ATP results. He participated in all four Grand Slams with a quarterfinal appearance at Wimbledon. He beat Antony Dupuis, Stefan Koubek, compatriot Flávio Saretta and Spain's Feliciano López, but lost in four sets in a three-hour and ten-minute match to home hero Tim Henman, 6–3, 5–7, 6–4, 6–3. Sá won a career-record amount of US$102,198. The following month, he reached the Amersfoort quarterfinal and the Kitzbühel third round, allowing Sá get to 55th place in the rankings.

After an excellent year in 2002, André Sá had a terrible 2003. With 13 first-round defeats on a row, he only saw his first win at the grass of Queen's, beating Belgium's Gilles Elseneer, but losing at the second round. Sá plummeted on the rankings after a horrible losing streak and only a second round in Wimbledon, failing to retain his points. He dropped to 138th after the British Grand Slam.

2004 was a fine year for the Brazilian player, winning 2 challengers, one in São Paulo and the other in College Station. He also reached Covington final. In 2005, Sá won the Challenger of Campos do Jordão and reached the final in Dallas, along with two other semifinals. In 2006, he reached two Challenger finals in Bogotá and Belo Horizonte, finishing the year with a ranking of 179, as the 5th Brazilian.

In 2007, partering compatriot Marcelo Melo, he reached the Men's Doubles' Wimbledon semifinals[1] after beating Julien Benneteau and Nicolas Mahut in five sets, 6–7, 6–3, 7–6, 2–6, 6–3. They then beat Paul Hanley and Kevin Ullyett in a second round Wimbledon match, which, at 5 hours and 58 minutes and a fifth set of over three hours, is the second longest ever at Wimbledon.[2] The final score was 7–5, 6–7, 6–4, 6–7, 28-26. Sá and Melo then beat Christopher Kas and Alexander Peya in the third round in another five-set marathon, winning 6–4, 6–7, 7–6, 6–7, 6–4, this one lasting only 3h36. After this, Sá continued success with a 6–4, 6–3, 6–4 victory over seeded Mark Knowles and Daniel Nestor.[3] The team then finally lost 7–6 (8), 6–4, 6–4 to eventual champions Arnaud Clément and Michaël Llodra.

Discarding the 2002 Wimbledon quarterfinal, Sá reached his best results on doubles. With 21 Challenger and 6 ATP-Tour titles, along with 11 Challenger and 9 ATP-Tour finals, Sá is considered one of the best Brazilian doubles player of all time, reaching the respectable 17th place in the ranking. Partnering with Brazilian Flávio Saretta, he reached the quarterfinals at the 2004 Australian Open and with Paraguayan Ramón Delgado, a 3rd round at the 2006 Wimbledon. Representing Brazil, he won the gold medal at the 1999 Pan American Games, in Winnipeg, partnering with Paulo Taicher, besting the Mexican couple Marco Osorio and Óscar Ortiz, 7–6(6), 6–2. In singles, he lost in the 3rd round to David Nalbandian. In 2004, Sá participated at the 2004 Summer Olympics, in Athens, along with Flávio Saretta at the doubles tournament. They beat the Spanish duo Carlos Moyà/Rafael Nadal in the first round 7–6(6), 6–1, losing to Zimbabwe's Wayne Black and Kevin Ullyett, 3–6, 4–6. Sá was the second last Brazilian to secure his place at the 2004 Olympics, Sá only participated at the Games because another team gave up their spot.[4]

Sá played 17 David Cup matches, in 12 ties. He won 10 matches and lost 7. In doubles, he has an impressive record of 7 wins and 3 losses. He was part of the 2000 Brazilian team that reached the World Group Semifinals.

ATP career finals[edit]

Doubles: 22 (7–15)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam Tournaments (0–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (0–0)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (7–15)
Finals by Surface
Hard (3–4)
Clay (4–8)
Grass (0–3)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1. February 9, 1998 SAP Open, San Jose, United States Hard Brazil Nelson Aerts Australia Todd Woodbridge
Australia Mark Woodforde
1–6, 5–7
Runner-up 2. January 28, 2001 ATP Bogotá, Bogotá, Colombia Clay Argentina Martín Rodríguez Argentina Mariano Hood
Argentina Sebastián Prieto
2–6, 4–6
Runner-up 3. July 9, 2001 Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, Newport, United States Grass United States Glenn Weiner United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
3–6, 5–7
Winner 1. September 24, 2001 Hong Kong Open, Hong Kong, China Hard Germany Karsten Braasch Czech Republic Petr Luxa
Czech Republic Radek Štěpánek
6–0, 7–5
Runner-up 4. July 15, 2002 Dutch Open, Amersfoort, Netherlands Clay Brazil Alexandre Simoni South Africa Jeff Coetzee
South Africa Chris Haggard
6–7(1–7), 3–6
Runner-up 5. September 9, 2002 Brasil Open, Costa do Sauípe, Brazil Hard Brazil Gustavo Kuerten United States Scott Humphries
The Bahamas Mark Merklein
3–6, 6–7(1–7)
Runner-up 6. July 14, 2003 Dutch Open, Amersfoort, Netherlands Clay South Africa Chris Haggard United States Devin Bowen
Australia Ashley Fisher
0–6, 4-6
Winner 2. April 29, 2007 Estoril Open, Estoril, Portugal Clay Brazil Marcelo Melo Argentina Martín García
Argentina Sebastián Prieto
3–6, 6–2, [10–6]
Winner 3. February 11, 2008 Brasil Open, Costa do Sauípe, Brazil Clay Brazil Marcelo Melo Spain Albert Montañés
Spain Santiago Ventura
4–6, 6–2, [10–7]
Winner 4. May 18, 2008 Hypo Group Tennis International, Pörtschach, Austria Clay Brazil Marcelo Melo Austria Julian Knowle
Austria Jürgen Melzer
7–5, 6–7(3–7), [13–11]
Runner-up 7. June 9, 2008 Queen's Club Championships, London, Great Britain Grass Brazil Marcelo Melo Canada Daniel Nestor
Serbia Nenad Zimonjić
4–6, 6–7(3–7)
Winner 5. August 17, 2008 Pilot Pen Tennis, New Haven, United States Hard Brazil Marcelo Melo India Mahesh Bhupathi
The Bahamas Mark Knowles
7–5, 6–2
Runner-up 8. March 1, 2009 Delray Beach International Tennis Championships, Delray Beach, United States Hard Brazil Marcelo Melo United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
4–6, 4–6
Winner 6. May 23, 2009 Interwetten Austrian Open Kitzbühel, Kitzbühel, Austria Clay Brazil Marcelo Melo Romania Andrei Pavel
Romania Horia Tecău
6–7(9–11), 6–2, [10–7]
Runner-up 9. June 14, 2009 Queen's Club Championships, London, Great Britain Grass Brazil Marcelo Melo South Africa Wesley Moodie
Russia Mikhail Youzhny
4–6, 6–4, [6–10]
Runner-up 10. February 20, 2011 Copa Claro, Buenos Aires, Argentina Clay Brazil Franco Ferreiro Austria Oliver Marach
Argentina Leonardo Mayer
6–7(6–8), 3–6
Runner-up 11. August 06, 2011 Bet-at-home Cup Kitzbühel, Kitzbühel, Austria Clay Brazil Franco Ferreiro Italy Daniele Bracciali
Mexico Santiago González
6–7(1–7), 6–4, [9–11]
Winner 7. September 25, 2011 Open de Moselle, Metz, France Hard (i) United Kingdom Jamie Murray Czech Republic Lukáš Dlouhý
Brazil Marcelo Melo
6–4, 7–6(9–7)
Runner-up 12. February 19, 2012 Brasil Open, São Paulo, Brazil Clay (i) Slovakia Michal Mertiňák United States Eric Butorac
Brazil Bruno Soares
6–3, 4–6, [8–10]
Runner-up 13. February 26, 2012 Copa Claro, Buenos Aires, Argentina Clay Slovakia Michal Mertiňák Spain David Marrero
Spain Fernando Verdasco
4–6, 4–6
Runner-up 14. March 4, 2012 Delray Beach International Tennis Championships, Delray Beach, United States Hard Slovakia Michal Mertiňák United Kingdom Colin Fleming
United Kingdom Ross Hutchins
6–2, 6–7(5–7), [13–15]
Runner-up 15. July 15, 2012 MercedesCup, Stuttgart, Germany Clay Slovakia Michal Mertiňák France Jérémy Chardy
Poland Łukasz Kubot
1-6, 3-6

Singles Titles (Challenger Series) (11)[edit]

Singles Performance Timeline[edit]

Current till 2012 US Open (tennis).

Tournament 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australia Australian Open 2R 1R 1R 1–3
France French Open 1R 1R 1R 0–3
United Kingdom Wimbledon 1R 2R 1R 1R QF 2R 1R 5–7
United States US Open 2R 2R 1R 2–3
Win–Loss 0–1 1–1 1–3 2–3 3–4 1–3 0–1 8–16

Doubles Performance Timeline[edit]

Current till US Open 2013.

Tournament 1997 1998 1999 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australia Australian Open 1R 1R 1R 1R QF 1R 1R 2R 1R 1R 2R 2R 6–12
France French Open 1R 3R 1R 1R 1R 2R 2R 1R 3R 1R 1R 3R 8–12
United Kingdom Wimbledon 1R 1R 3R 2R 1R 3R SF 3R 2R 1R 1R 2R 1R 13–13
United States US Open 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R QF 3R 2R 1R 1R 1R 2R 7–14
Win–Loss 0–1 0–4 0–2 0–1 2–4 2–4 4–4 0–3 2–1 8–3 5–4 3–4 2–4 0–4 2–4 4–4 34–51

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sally Easton (2007-07-06). "Brazilian Pair Race To Semi-Finals". Wimbledon. Archived from the original on 2007-07-08. Retrieved 2007-07-19. 
  2. ^ Michael Burke-Velji (2007-07-04). "54-game Marathon in Final Set". Wimbledon. Archived from the original on 2007-07-07. Retrieved 2007-04-19. 
  3. ^ The Championships, Wimbledon 2007 - Grand Slam Tennis - Official Site by IBM
  4. ^ André Sá and Flávio Saretta inherit spot at the doubles tournament UOL Olímpiadas 2004, 6 August 2004

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