January 21, 1982 |
|Height||1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)|
|Weight||80 kg (180 lb)|
|Plays||Right-handed (one-handed backhand)|
|Career record||91–133 (ATP Tour and Grand Slam level, and in Davis Cup)|
|Highest ranking||No. 40 (18 February 2008)|
|Current ranking||No. 224 (10 June 2013)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||3R (2012)|
|French Open||3R (2012)|
|US Open||2R (2006, 2011)|
|Career record||122–117 (ATP Tour and Grand Slam level, and in Davis Cup)|
|Highest ranking||No. 25 (10 January 2005)|
|Current ranking||No. 32 (10 June 2013)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||QF (2007)|
|French Open||F (2013)|
|US Open||SF (2004, 2007)|
Last updated on: 21 May 2013.
Nicolas Pierre Armand Mahut (French pronunciation: [nikɔla may]; born January 21, 1982 in Angers, Maine-et-Loire) is a French tennis player. He is well known for having a penchant for grass court tennis, especially serve and volleying, with which he has had much success alongside his doubles partner Julien Benneteau. Mahut had excellent junior results, winning the Orange Bowl in 1999 and the Wimbledon Boys' Singles in 2000, turning professional the same year. His career-high singles ranking is World No. 40, achieved on February 18, 2008.
Mahut was runner-up to Andy Roddick at the 2007 Queen's Club Championships, having held a championship point in the second-set tiebreak. Mahut defeated both fifth seed Ivan Ljubičić and top seed Rafael Nadal in straight sets, as well as compatriot and future doubles partner Arnaud Clément, to reach the final.
Mahut holds a number of tennis records and awards for his performance in the longest match in professional tennis history against John Isner in the first round of the 2010 Wimbledon Championships, where he also broke the record of most points won in a single match (502); and, most games won by a losing player (91).
Early and personal life
Nicolas Mahut was born in 1982 in Angers, France. He has three older brothers and one sister. His mother died in 2005, and his father is a retired computer engineer. He first trained at the Beaucouzé tennis club when he was five years old. He joined a tennis club in Paris when he was 11. As a child, he admired Pete Sampras, Michael Jordan, and Yannick Noah. His favourite film is The Matrix, and he likes listening to music by Oasis. He also likes football and is a fan of Paris Saint-Germain.
He is close friends with the American tennis player, John Isner. The two became friends after they played together in the longest ever professional tennis match at Wimbledon 2010, which lasted over 11 hours.
In 1998, Mahut was champion of France for 15- and 16-year-olds and the 17- and 18-year-olds. 1999 saw Mahut win the Orange Bowl doubles title. In addition, Mahut was the winner of the Sunshine Cup, the 35th Coffee Bowl, and the Coupe Galéa-Valério. In grand slams, he won the 2000 Wimbledon Championships Boys' Singles, the 2000 Australian Open Boys' Doubles (alongside Tommy Robredo) and the 1999 US Open Boys' Doubles (alongside Julien Benneteau).
As a junior Mahut posted a 93–33 record in singles and a 76–21 record in doubles. He reached as high as No. 3 in singles and No. 1 in doubles (in January 2000 and December 1999 respectively).
Junior Slam results – Singles:
Junior Slam results – Doubles:
In 2003, Mahut entered the top 100 of the ATP singles rankings. He was also the winner of the Open de Moselle in doubles in Metz, France with Julien Benneteau. 2004 saw the Frenchman become the champion of France with the team Paris Jean Bouin. His doubles results were bright, losing in the semifinals of the BNP Paribas Masters with Julien Benneteau. He was the winner of the Open de Moselle in Metz, France with Arnaud Clément, and a semifinalist of the U.S. Open with Benneteau in doubles.
In 2005, Mahut was the champion of France with the Paris Jean Bouin team for the second year in succession. Mahut won the doubles Challenger de Grenoble and Open d'Orléans titles with compatriot Julien Benneteau. He was a finalist of the Orléans Open and the Ford challenger of Cherbourg-Octeville in singles. Mahut lost in the doubles final, with partner Gilles Müller, at the Pozoblanco, Spain Challenger.
In 2007, Mahut was a finalist at the Queen's Club Championship, but lost in three sets to former world no. 1 Andy Roddick, despite having a championship point, 6–4, 6–7, 6–7. En route to the final, he defeated second-ranked Rafael Nadal. In the semifinals, Mahut defeated compatriot Arnaud Clément. Mahut beat Clément in four sets and reached the second round at Wimbledon, losing in straight sets to Richard Gasquet, seeded 12th, who went on to beat Roddick in the quarterfinals. He then made the finals in Newport, Rhode Island, reaching his second career ATP-level final, but lost 4–6, 4–6 to Fabrice Santoro. In addition to these good results, Mahut and Julien Benneteau reached the 2007 U.S. Open Men's Doubles semifinals, knocking out defending champions Martin Damm and Leander Paes in the first round, before falling 3–6, 6–1, 5–7 to eventual tournament winners Simon Aspelin and Julian Knowle.
After an excellent 2007, Mahut endured a less successful 2008, failing to reach any ATP tour finals and exiting in the first round at Wimbledon, Roland Garros, and the US Open, although he did manage a win over Argentine José Acasuso in the first round of the 2008 Australian Open. His attempt to repeat his great run at the The Queen's Club Championships the year before ended with a straight-sets defeat to David Nalbandian, then world no. 8, in the round of 16.
Outside the ATP tour, a highlight of 2008 for Mahut was the Challenger level tournament in Orléans, France, which he won, beating Christophe Rochus of Belgium, 5–7, 6–1, 7–6, in a tight final.
Injuries and some bad results towards the end of 2008 meant that 2009 saw Mahut slip out of the world's top 100. This ensured another tough year, as Mahut was forced to come through qualifying in order to play in the bigger tournaments. After disappointingly failing to qualify for Roland Garros for what would have been a fourth year in a row, he returned to play at The Queen's Club, where he had enjoyed so much success in the past. Once again, he played well in London, not only coming through qualifying, but also winning three main draw matches, finally falling to the big-serving Ivo Karlović in the round of 16, and crucially defending his ranking points from the previous year. This marked the fourth consecutive year that Mahut reached the round of 16 at The Queen's Club. After a first-round defeat at Wimbledon, Mahut reached two consecutive semifinals at the Challenger level, losing to Olivier Rochus in Manchester, England, and Feliciano López in Segovia, Spain. Towards the end of the year, Mahut's ranking fell further, and he dropped out of the top 200.
A win on the Challenger circuit in Cherbourg, France in only Mahut's second tournament of the year got 2010 off to a good start and saw him re-enter the world's top 200. Mahut was given a wildcard into Roland Garros and took full advantage, winning his opening-round match against Mischa Zverev of Germany, 6–1, 6–2, 6–4. This victory marked the first time Mahut reached the second round at Roland Garros. He exited the tournament in the next round, however, putting up a good fight before losing to eventual semifinalist Jürgen Melzer of Austria in four sets.
Mahut's next tournament was The Queen's Club Championships in London, where he again had to come through qualifying to enter the main draw. He qualified with relative ease, however, and went on to beat Lu Yen-Hsun in the first round in straight sets, despite being a break down in the first. He then faced big-hitting Croat Marin Čilić in the second round, a replica of the match between the two the previous year, which Mahut had won in two tight sets. 7–6. 7–6. It briefly looked as if another upset was on the cards, as Mahut took the first set on a tie-breaker. Eventually, however, Cilic showed why he has been ranked in the top 10, finally prevailing, 6–7, 6–3, 6–2. This marked the first time Mahut was beaten before the round of 16 at The Queen's Club since 2004.
Mahut was then forced to enter qualifying for Wimbledon, where he was seeded 27th. He enjoyed a routine win over Canadian Frank Dancevic in his first match, before coming up against Alex Bogdanovic in the second. After a four-hour epic, by far the most extraordinary match of the round, Mahut finally prevailed, 3–6, 6–3, 24–22, to advance to the final qualifying round, where he played 13th seed Stefan Koubek. Things looked grim for Mahut after he lost the first two sets, but he battled back to win another lengthy match, 6–7, 3–6, 6–3, 6–4, 6–4. This win saw him enter the main draw of Wimbledon 2010, where he was drawn against the big-serving American John Isner in round one, setting up a historic match (see below). In recognition of his heroic efforts in the aforementioned match, Mahut was given a wildcard entry to Newport, where he had reached the final in 2007.
Despite a very tough opening-round draw against third seed, Alejandro Falla, who had taken Federer to five sets in the first round at Wimbledon just two weeks previously, Mahut prevailed, 6–3, 1–6, 6–3, and went on to face Frank Dancevic of Canada in round 2, a match he lost in straight sets.
Mahut then fell in the last round of qualifying for the final Grand Slam of the year at Flushing Meadows, before finishing the year on a high with a win on the Challenger circuit at Orleans, France, and an extremely close three-set defeat to Richard Gasquet, ranked over 100 places higher than Mahut, at the Masters 1000 tournament at Paris Bercy.
Mahut began his 2011 season by representing France at the Hopman Cup with his compatriot, Kristina Mladenovic. Mahut lost to John Isner, 3–6, 6–7(5), and Andy Murray, 6–7(4), 6–7(5), in his first two matches, but defeated Potito Starace in his final match, 6–3, 7–6(2). France finished second in their section behind the USA. Afterwards, Mahut entered the qualifying tournament for the 2011 Australian Open, where he defeated Luke Saville, Guillermo Olaso, and Frederik Nielsen to secure himself a place in the main draw. He won his first match at the Australian Open against Brian Dabul, 6–3, 6–4, 6–4, but lost to Viktor Troicki, 6–4, 6–2, 1–6, 3–6, in the second round. As the defending champion of the 2011 Challenger DCNS de Cherbourg, Mahut made it to the final, before losing to Grigor Dimitrov, 2–6, 6–7(4).
For the first time in his career, Mahut has advanced to the 3rd round of the Australian Open, where he faced the top-seed and defending champion Novak Djokovic. Despite his injury, he finished the match, losing in straight sets 6–0, 6–1, 6–1. In the French Open Mahut also reached the 3rd round, losing in four sets to Roger Federer. Prior to the start of the tournament his record at Roland Garros was 1–9. Before 2012 he had never won more than 3 grand slam singles matches in one year.
At the 2012 Queen's Club Championships, Mahut eliminated Andy Murray, the defending champion, in the second round, winning 3–6, 7–6(7–4), 6–7 (1–7). Mahut described the victory as one of the best of his career. At the Hall of Fame Tennis championship,Mahut lost to the top seed and defending champion John Isner.
Due to injury he was not able to play in the Australian Open, but has had success in doubles, most recently reaching the final of the French Open with his partner Michaël Llodra.
Longest match in history
In what became a record-setting match, spanning three days, qualifier Mahut faced 23rd seed John Isner in the first round of the 2010 Wimbledon Championships on 22–24 June. Isner served a world record 113 aces in the single match alone, breaking Ivo Karlović's record of 78. Mahut would go on to surpass it as well with 103. The match is the longest match ever in a Tennis Open in terms of both times and games lasting 183 games, 11 hours and 5 minutes beating the previous record set by (respectively) Pancho Gonzales defeating Charlie Pasarell in 112 games in 1969 at Wimbledon in the first round, as well as the Fabrice Santoro and Arnaud Clément (both French) match at the 2004 French Open which lasted 6 hours, 33 mins. Play was suspended at 21:11 on 23 June due to darkness at a score of 59–59. Isner ended up winning (6–4, 3–6, 6–7(7), 7–6(3), 70–68), with the final match time being 11 hours and 5 minutes. Both players and the referee received prizes for participating in the match. Mahut holds the record for most points won in a tennis match, at 502 points. He also holds the Wimbledon record for most games won in a match by a losing player with 91.
- These records were attained in the Open Era of tennis.
|Tournament||Year||Record accomplished||Player tied|
|Wimbledon||2010||502 points won in an ATP singles match||Stands alone|
|92 games lost in a single match||Stands alone|
|Longest singles match ever played (11 hours, 5 minutes)||John Isner|
|Longest play in a single day (7 hours, 6 minutes)||John Isner|
|118 games in a single day||John Isner|
Doubles: 1 (0–0)
|2013||French Open||Clay||Michaël Llodra|| Bob Bryan
ATP career finals
Singles: 2 (0–2)
|Runner-up||1.||June 17, 2007||Queen's Club Championships, London, United Kingdom||Grass||Andy Roddick||6–4, 6–7, 6–7|
|Runner-up||2.||July 15, 2007||Campbell's Hall of Fame Championships, Newport, United States||Grass||Fabrice Santoro||4–6, 4–6|
Doubles: 11 (6–5)
|Winner||1.||September 29, 2003||Open de Moselle, Metz, France||Hard||Julien Benneteau|| Michaël Llodra
|Runner-up||1.||October 6, 2003||Grand Prix de Tennis de Lyon, Lyon, France||Carpet||Julien Benneteau|| Jonathan Erlich
|Runner-up||2.||July 10, 2004||Campbell's Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, Newport, United States||Grass||Gregory Carraz|| Jordan Kerr
|3–6, 7–6(7–5), 3–6|
|Winner||2.||October 16, 2004||Open de Moselle, Metz, France||Hard||Arnaud Clément|| Ivan Ljubičić
|Runner-up||3.||September 29, 2007||PTT Thailand Open, Bangkok, Thailand||Hard||Michaël Llodra|| Sanchai Ratiwatana
|6–3, 5–7, [7–10]|
|Winner||3.||October 31, 2009||Grand Prix de Tennis de Lyon, Lyon, France||Hard||Julien Benneteau|| Arnaud Clément
|Runner-up||4.||November 13, 2011||BNP Paribas Masters, Paris, France||Hard (i)||Julien Benneteau|| Rohan Bopanna
|Winner||4.||February 5, 2012||Open Sud de France, Montpellier, France||Hard (i)||Édouard Roger-Vasselin|| Paul Hanley
|Winner||5.||February 26, 2012||Open 13, Marseille, France||Hard (i)||Édouard Roger-Vasselin|| Dustin Brown
|3–6, 6–3, [10–6]|
|Winner||6.||September 23, 2012||Moselle Open, Metz, France||Hard (i)||Édouard Roger-Vasselin|| Johan Brunström
|Runner-up||5.||June 8, 2013||French Open, Paris, France||Clay||Michaël Llodra|| Bob Bryan
|4–6, 6–4, 6–7(3–7)|
Singles: 16 (9–7)
- Wins (9)
|1.||July 14, 2003||Manchester, UK||Grass||Gilles Elseneer||6–3, 7–6|
|2.||July 19, 2004||Valladolid, Spain||Hard||Jean-Michel Pequery||6–3, 3–6, 6–5, ret.|
|3.||February 20, 2006||Besançon, France||Hard (i)||Frank Dancevic||6–3, 6–4|
|4.||February 27, 2006||Cherbourg, France||Hard (i)||Jean-Christophe Faurel||6–2, 6–4|
|5.||March 6, 2006||Kyoto, Japan||Carpet||Lu Yen-hsun||6–4, 6–1|
|6.||September 14, 2008||Orléans, France||Hard||Christophe Rochus||5–7, 6–1, 7–6|
|7.||March 7, 2010||Cherbourg, France||Hard (i)||Gilles Müller||6–4, 6–3|
|8.||October 24, 2010||Orléans, France||Hard (i)||Grigor Dimitrov||2–6, 7–6(8–6), 7–6(7–4)|
|9.||February 6, 2011||Courmayeur, Italy||Hard (i)||Gilles Müller||7–6(7–4), 6–4|
- Runner-ups (7)
|1.||June 30, 2003||Pozoblanco, Spain||Hard||Stefano Pescosolido||4–6, 3–6|
|2.||July 26, 2004||Segovia, Spain||Hard||Paul-Henri Mathieu||7–6, 4–6, 4–6|
|3.||September 27, 2004||Grenoble, France||Hard (i)||Karol Kučera||5–7, 2–6|
|4.||February 21, 2005||Cherbourg, France||Hard (i)||Rik de Voest||5–7, 2–6|
|5.||September 12, 2005||Orléans, France||Hard (i)||Cyril Saulnier||3–6, 4–6|
|6.||September 10, 2007||Orléans, France||Hard (i)||Olivier Rochus||4–6, 4–6|
|7.||February 28, 2011||Cherbourg, France||Hard (i)||Grigor Dimitrov||2–6, 6–7(2–7)|
Singles Performance Timeline
Current through the 2013 French Open.
|Grand Slam Tournaments|
Doubles Performance Timeline
Current through the 2013 French Open.
|Grand Slam Tournaments|
- Nicolas Mahut at the Association of Tennis Professionals
- Mahut's blog (in French, not updated beyond April 2008)
- Mahut Recent Match Results
- Mahut World Ranking History