Nicolas Escudé

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Nicolas Escudé
Nicolas Escudé RG 2012.JPG
Country  France
Residence Geneva, Switzerland
Born (1976-04-03) 3 April 1976 (age 38)
Chartres, France
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Turned pro 1995
Retired 18 May 2006
Plays Right-handed (2-handed backhand)
Prize money $3,216,150
Singles
Career record 172–129
Career titles 4
Highest ranking No. 17 (26 June 2000)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open SF (1998)
French Open 4R (2004)
Wimbledon QF (2001)
US Open QF (1999)
Doubles
Career record 57–49
Career titles 2
Highest ranking No. 35 (6 January 2003)
Last updated on: 1 May 2012.

Nicolas Jean-Christophe Escudé (born 3 April 1976 in Chartres) is a former professional tennis player from France, who turned professional in 1995. He won four singles titles and two doubles titles during his career.

Escudé is best remembered for the vital role he played in the 2001 Davis Cup final against Australia on the grass-courts of Melbourne. Escudé beat the recently crowned World No. 1, Lleyton Hewitt in the first rubber with a superb win in 5 sets, repeating what he did to Hewitt earlier that year in the fourth round of Wimbledon. Two days later, Escudé won the decisive fifth rubber for France against Wayne Arthurs in four sets.

The right-hander reached his highest individual ranking on the ATP Tour on 26 June 2000, when he became World No. 17. He's a natural left-hander who was trained since a child to play right-handed but does everything else lefty. His brother Julien Escudé is a professional football player.

In 2006, he announced his immediate retirement from the sport due to a persistent shoulder injury that had been keeping him out of the professional tennis circuit for the past 22 months.

Escudé was the captain of the France Fed Cup team from 2009 to 2012 and is now the co-coach of Nicolas Mahut since the 2013 season with Thierry Ascione and since 2014 of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

Singles titles[edit]

Wins (4)[edit]

Legend (Singles)
Grand Slam (0)
Tennis Masters Cup (0)
ATP Masters Series (0)
ATP International Series Gold (2)
ATP Tour (2)
Outcome No. Date Championship Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Winner 1. 27 September 1999 France Toulouse, France Hard (i) Czech Republic Daniel Vacek 7–5, 6–1
Runner-up 1. 19 June 2000 Netherlands 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands Grass Australia Patrick Rafter 1–6, 3–6
Winner 2. 19 February 2001 Netherlands Rotterdam, Netherlands Hard (i) Switzerland Roger Federer 7–5, 3–6, 7–6(7–5)
Runner-up 2. 11 February 2002 France Marseille, France Hard (i) Sweden Thomas Enqvist 7–6(7–4), 3–6, 1–6
Winner 3. 18 February 2002 Netherlands Rotterdam, Netherlands Hard (i) United Kingdom Tim Henman 3–6, 7–6(9–7), 6–4
Winner 4. 5 January 2004 Qatar Doha, Qatar Hard Croatia Ivan Ljubičić 6–3, 7–6(7–4)

Grand Slam Singles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 Career SR
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A A A A A A SF A 4R 2R 3R 3R 3R 0 / 6
French Open A 1R A A A 3R 2R 2R 1R 1R 1R 1R 4R 0 / 9
Wimbledon A A A A A A 2R A 2R QF 3R 2R A 0 / 5
U.S. Open A A A A A 2R 1R QF A 2R A A A 0 / 4
Grand Slam SR 0 / 0 0 / 1 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 2 0 / 4 0 / 2 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 2 0 / 24
Year End Ranking 875 670 646 189 413 93 37 40 48 27 34 114 64 N/A

A = did not participate in the tournament

Doubles titles[edit]

Wins (2)[edit]

Legend (Singles)
Grand Slam (0)
Tennis Masters Cup (0)
ATP Masters Series (1)
ATP Tour (1)
No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score
1. 11 February 2002 France Marseille, France Hard (i) France Arnaud Clément France Julien Boutter
Belarus Max Mirnyi
6–4, 6–3
2. 28 October 2002 France Paris, France Hard (i) France Fabrice Santoro Brazil Gustavo Kuerten
France Cédric Pioline
6–3, 7–66

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