Thierry Champion

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Thierry Champion
Thierry Champion-RG1994.jpg
Country  France
Residence Paris, France
Born (1966-08-31) 31 August 1966 (age 47)
Bagnols-sur-Cèze France
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Turned pro 1989
Retired 2004
Plays Right-handed (1-handed backhand)
Prize money $1,255,229
Singles
Career record 102–165
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 44 (26 August 1991)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 3R (1987)
French Open QF (1990)
Wimbledon QF (1991)
US Open 2R (1986, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1992)
Doubles
Career record 15–38
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 135 (10 July 1989)

Thierry Champion (born 31 August 1966) is a former professional tennis player from France.

Tennis career[edit]

Champion was born in Bagnols-sur-Cèze, Gard. During his career, he reached the quarter-finals at the French Open in 1990 and at Wimbledon in 1991.

A clay court specialist, Champion gained notoriety on the men's ATP tour as a wild card player with the ability to inflict defeat on seeded players well above his ranking. His play style was characterised by fast court coverage and strong baseline play with measured heavily spun passing shots, particularly from an unorthodox backhand stroke.

His successful run at the 1991 Wimbledon Championships was surprising not only because of his moderate ranking at the time, but due to the relative ease with which he adapted to a grass surface. Few professional players reared on the clay courts of Spain and France could boast similar performances on grass at this time.

Reaching a career-high singles ranking of World No. 44 on the men's ATP rankings in 1991, subsequent years saw a dwindling career riddled with injury.

Champion is also remembered for being triple bageled in the 2nd round of the 1993 French Open by eventual winner Sergi Bruguera.[1] That was two years after he double breadsticked himself against Pete Sampras.

Champion was the coach of French tennis player Gaël Monfils since September 2004 but they parted company in September 2006. He was also the coach of Hicham Arazi, Nicolas Escudé and Paul-Henri Mathieu. At the 2008 Wimbledon Championships he was seen to be coaching the previous year's semi-finalist and number 8 seed Richard Gasquet.

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