Benneteau at the 2017 Wimbledon Championships
|Born||20 December 1981|
Bourg en Bresse, France
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Career record||273–297 (47.9%)|
|Highest ranking||No. 25 (17 November 2014)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||3R (2006, 2012, 2013, 2018)|
|French Open||QF (2006)|
|US Open||3R (2009, 2011, 2012, 2013)|
|Olympic Games||2R (2012)|
|Career record||265–195 (57.6%)|
|Highest ranking||No. 5 (3 November 2014)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||QF (2007)|
|French Open||W (2014)|
|US Open||SF (2004, 2007)|
|Other doubles tournaments|
|Tour Finals||SF (2014)|
|Davis Cup||W (2017)|
Julien Henry Guy Benneteau-Desgrois (French pronunciation: [ʒyljɛ̃ bɛnto]; born 20 December 1981) is a French retired professional tennis player. His career-high singles ranking is ATP world no. 25, which he reached in November 2014. He formerly resided in Boulogne-Billancourt and now lives in Geneva. Benneteau did not win a singles title, although he finished as runner-up in ten ATP tournaments (holding match point in the 2013 Kuala Lumpur final). He reached the quarterfinals of the 2006 French Open and the semifinals of the 2014 Cincinnati Masters and 2017 Paris Masters (the latter as a wildcard).
Benneteau also had success in doubles, winning the bronze medal in men's doubles at the 2012 London Olympics (partnering Richard Gasquet) and the 2014 French Open men's doubles title with fellow Frenchman Édouard Roger-Vasselin, thus becoming the first team from France to win the men's doubles discipline in 30 years (after Yannick Noah and Henri Leconte did it in 1984). He reached his career-high doubles ranking of world no. 5 in November 2014.
Benneteau intended to retire from professional tennis after the 2018 US Open. However, due to an injury crisis he was asked by captain Yannick Noah to represent France in the Davis Cup semifinal in September 2018 against Spain. Benneteau teamed up with Nicolas Mahut to secure a decisive victory that took France to an unassailable 3-0 lead against Spain and into the final of the 2018 Davis Cup.
Benneteau subsequently played several further events in singles and doubles, concluding his professional career on home soil at the Paris Masters.
In the 1999 Orange Bowl Benneteau won the Boys 16s double title.
As a junior, Benneteau reached as high as no. 17 in the world in 1999, and no. 1 in doubles.
He won US Open Junior with Nicolas Mahut in 1999.
At the 2006 French Open, Benneteau reached the quarterfinals by defeating Janko Tipsarević, Australian Open finalist Marcos Baghdatis, Radek Štěpánek, and Alberto Martín. There, he was defeated in straight sets by fourth-seeded Ivan Ljubičić of Croatia.
The Frenchman finished the 2008 season in the top 50 for the second time in three years. During the season, he reached two ATP finals, at Casablanca, where he lost to fellow countryman Gilles Simon, and in his final tournament of the season at Lyon, where he lost to Robin Söderling.
In the quarterfinals of the 2009 Western & Southern Financial Group Masters, he played a remarkable 53-shot rally with the then world no. 2 Andy Murray in the second set of a three-set loss. He lost the rally when he smashed a lob that grazed the net and went wide.
His best career victory was undoubtedly achieved on 11 November 2009 at the 2009 Paris Masters, when he scored a huge upset over world no. 1 Roger Federer in the second round in front of his home crowd.
In the third round of Wimbledon 2012, Benneteau led Federer by two sets before eventually being defeated in five sets. In the 2012 Olympics in London, he captured the bronze medal in doubles with Richard Gasquet.
At the 2013 ABN AMRO Open in Rotterdam, Benneteau again beat top seed and defending champion Federer in the quarterfinals. He beat compatriot Gilles Simon in the semifinals, but was not able to overcome Juan Martín del Potro in the final, disappointingly failing yet again to clinch a title. During the clay season, he beat Nicolás Almagro at the Rome Masters, but lost to Benoit Paire in the second round. At Roland Garros he was 30th seed, he lost in the third round to Roger Federer.
At the Eastbourne grass tournament, the Frenchman beat Kevin Anderson in the first round, but lost to Bernard Tomic in the second round. At Wimbledon, he lost to Fernando Verdasco in the second round. Benneteau was defeated by Andy Murray in the third round of the Cincinnati Masters. At the US Open, he defeated Jérémy Chardy in the second round, but lost to Tomáš Berdych in the third round.
Benneteau reached the final of the 2013 Malaysian Open for the second year running after beating Stan Wawrinka, but was once again beaten in the final, this time by unseeded João Sousa in three sets. He had won the first set and was within a game of winning the title at 5-4 in the second set. At Valencia he won over Feliciano López in the first round, but lost to David Ferrer in the second round. He collected first-round losses at the Shanghai and Paris Masters.
In the 2014 season, Benneteau beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Feliciano López to reach the Indian Wells Masters quarterfinals, where he lost to Novak Djokovic. At the Miami Masters, he won over Ernests Gulbis, but was defeated by Tommy Robredo. During the clay season, he claimed the Bordeaux Challenger, but lost to Facundo Bagnis in the first round of Roland Garros. At Eastbourne, Benneteau took wins over Yen-Hsun Lu and Gilles Simon, after which he lost to Sam Querrey in the quarterfinals. At Wimbledon, he again lost in the first round to Gilles Müller.
The Frenchman began the 2014 US Open Series with a second-round loss in Washington. At the Canada Masters, he defeated Lleyton Hewitt and Ernests Gulbis to reach the third round, where he was defeated by local Milos Raonic. Benneteau upset Stan Wawrinka to reach the Cincinnati Masters semifinals, where he lost to David Ferrer. At the US Open, he lost in the first round to Benoît Paire.
At the 2014 Malaysian Open, Benneteau defeated Pablo Cuevas in the quarterfinals and Ernests Gulbis in the semifinals to reach his third singles final in four years at that tournament. He lost to Kei Nishikori in the final. At the Paris Masters in 2017, he reached the Semi-finals where he lost to Jack Sock. At the 2018 Australian Open he played in the third round against Fabio Fognini. At the 2018 French Open, he won against Leonardo Mayer before losing to fifth seed Juan Martín del Potro.
Benneteau is also currently the Fed Cup Captain for France.
Grand Slam finals
Doubles: 2 (1 title, 1 runner-up)
|Win||2014||French Open||Clay||Édouard Roger-Vasselin|| Marcel Granollers
|Loss||2016||Wimbledon||Grass||Édouard Roger-Vasselin|| Pierre-Hugues Herbert
|4–6, 6–7(1–7), 3–6|
Masters 1000 finals
Doubles: 6 (2 titles, 4 runners-up)
|Loss||2007||Monte-Carlo Masters||Clay||Richard Gasquet|| Bob Bryan
|Win||2009||Shanghai Masters||Hard (i)||Jo-Wilfried Tsonga|| Mariusz Fyrstenberg
|Loss||2010||Canadian Open||Hard||Michaël Llodra|| Bob Bryan
|Loss||2011||Paris Masters||Hard (i)||Nicolas Mahut|| Rohan Bopanna
|Win||2013||Monte-Carlo Masters||Clay||Nenad Zimonjić|| Bob Bryan
|4–6, 7–6(7–4), [14–12]|
|Loss||2014||Shanghai Masters||Hard||Édouard Roger-Vasselin|| Bob Bryan
Olympic medal matches
Doubles: 1 (1 bronze medal)
|Bronze||2012||Summer Olympics, London||Grass||Richard Gasquet|| David Ferrer
ATP career finals
Singles: 10 (10 runners-up)
|Loss||0–1||May 2008||Grand Prix Hassan II, Morocco||International||Clay||Gilles Simon||5–7, 2–6|
|Loss||0–2||Oct 2008||Grand Prix de Tennis de Lyon, France||International||Carpet (i)||Robin Söderling||3–6, 7–6(7–5), 1–6|
|Loss||0–3||May 2009||Austrian Open, Austria||250 Series||Clay||Guillermo García López||6–3, 6–7(1–7), 3–6|
|Loss||0–4||Feb 2010||Open 13, France||250 Series||Hard (i)||Michaël Llodra||3–6, 4–6|
|Loss||0–5||Aug 2011||Winston-Salem Open, US||250 Series||Hard||John Isner||6–4, 3–6, 4–6|
|Loss||0–6||Jan 2012||Sydney International, Australia||250 Series||Hard||Jarkko Nieminen||2–6, 5–7|
|Loss||0–7||Sep 2012||Malaysian Open, Malaysia||250 Series||Hard (i)||Juan Mónaco||5–7, 6–4, 3–6|
|Loss||0–8||Feb 2013||Rotterdam Open, Netherlands||500 Series||Hard (i)||Juan Martín del Potro||6–7(2–7), 3–6|
|Loss||0–9||Sep 2013||Malaysian Open, Malaysia||250 Series||Hard (i)||João Sousa||6–2, 5–7, 4–6|
|Loss||0–10||Sep 2014||Malaysian Open, Malaysia||250 Series||Hard (i)||Kei Nishikori||6–7(4–7), 4–6|
Doubles: 21 (12 titles, 9 runner-ups)
|Win||1–0||Sep 2003||Open de Moselle, France||International||Hard (i)||Nicolas Mahut|| Michaël Llodra
|Loss||1–1||Oct 2003||Grand Prix de Tennis de Lyon, France||International||Carpet (i)||Nicolas Mahut|| Jonathan Erlich
|Win||2–1||Oct 2006||Grand Prix de Tennis de Lyon, France||International||Carpet (i)||Arnaud Clément|| František Čermák
|6–2, 6–7(3–7), [10–7]|
|Loss||2–2||Apr 2007||Monte-Carlo Masters, Monaco||Masters||Clay||Richard Gasquet|| Bob Bryan
|Win||3–2||Mar 2008||Las Vegas Open, US||International||Hard||Michaël Llodra|| Bob Bryan
|6–4, 4–6, [10–8]|
|Win||4–2||Oct 2009||Shanghai Masters, China||Masters||Hard||Jo-Wilfried Tsonga|| Mariusz Fyrstenberg
|Win||5–2||Nov 2009||Grand Prix de Tennis de Lyon, France (2)||250 Series||Hard (i)||Nicolas Mahut|| Arnaud Clément
|Win||6–2||Feb 2010||Open 13, France||250 Series||Hard (i)||Michaël Llodra|| Julian Knowle
|Loss||6–3||Aug 2010||Canadian Open, Canada||Masters 1000||Hard||Michaël Llodra|| Bob Bryan
|Loss||6–4||Feb 2011||Open 13, France||250 Series||Hard (i)||Jo-Wilfried Tsonga|| Robin Haase
|3–6, 7–6(7–4), [11–13]|
|Loss||6–5||Nov 2011||Paris Masters, France||Masters 1000||Hard (i)||Nicolas Mahut|| Rohan Bopanna
|Win||7–5||Apr 2013||Monte-Carlo Masters, Monaco||Masters||Clay||Nenad Zimonjić|| Bob Bryan
|4–6, 7–6(7–4), [14–12]|
|Win||8–5||Aug 2013||Washington Open, US||500 Series||Hard||Nenad Zimonjić|| Mardy Fish
|Win||9–5||Feb 2014||Open 13, France (2)||250 Series||Hard (i)||Édouard Roger-Vasselin|| Paul Hanley
|4–6, 7–6(8–6), [13–11]|
|Win||10–5||Jun 2014||French Open, France||Grand Slam||Clay||Édouard Roger-Vasselin|| Marcel Granollers
|Loss||10–6||Oct 2014||China Open, China||500 Series||Hard||Vasek Pospisil|| Jean-Julien Rojer
|6–7(6–8), 7–5, [10–5]|
|Loss||10–7||Oct 2014||Shanghai Masters, China||Masters 1000||Hard||Édouard Roger-Vasselin|| Bob Bryan
|Loss||10–8||Jul 2016||Wimbledon, UK||Grand Slam||Grass||Édouard Roger-Vasselin|| Pierre-Hugues Herbert
|4–6, 6–7(1–7), 3–6|
|Win||11–8||Feb 2017||Open 13, France (3)||250 Series||Hard (i)||Nicolas Mahut|| Robin Haase
|6–4, 6–7(9–11), [10–5]|
|Loss||11–9||Jun 2017||Queen's Club Championships, UK||500 Series||Grass||Édouard Roger-Vasselin|| Jamie Murray
|Win||12–9||Sep 2017||Moselle Open, France||250 Series||Hard (i)||Édouard Roger-Vasselin|| Wesley Koolhof
|Grand Slam tournaments|
|ATP Masters Series|
|Indian Wells Masters||A||A||A||A||A||1R||3R||4R||1R||1R||2R||2R||2R||2R||QF||2R||A||1R||1R||10–13|
|Monte Carlo Masters||A||A||A||2R||1R||1R||1R||2R||A||1R||2R||1R||3R||1R||2R||A||A||Q1||1R||6–12|
|Shanghai Masters||Not Masters Series||1R||A||A||A||1R||QF||A||A||A||A||3–3|
|Hamburg Masters||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||2R||1R||Not Masters Series||1–2|
|Titles–Finals||0–0||0–0||0–0||0–0||0–0||0–0||0–0||0–0||0–2||0–1||0–1||0–1||0–2||0–2||0–1||0–0||0–0||0–0||0–0||0 / 10|
|Year End Ranking||420||271||253||138||65||165||40||68||43||46||44||52||34||35||25||527||131||56||140||48%|
Doubles performance timeline
|Grand Slam tournaments|
|ATP Masters Series|
|Indian Wells Masters||A||A||A||A||A||1R||A||QF||1R||A||2R||2R||QF||2R||2R||1R||A||A||A||8–9|
|Monte Carlo Masters||A||A||A||A||2R||1R||A||F||2R||A||A||2R||1R||W||QF||A||A||1R||A||13–8|
|Shanghai Masters||Not Masters Series||W||A||A||A||1R||F||A||1R||A||A||8–3|
|Hamburg Masters||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||QF||QF||Not Masters Series||4–2|
|Year End Ranking||200||304||268||94||50||59||67||26||48||32||38||52||97||26||5||124||35||45||326|
Record against top 10 players
Benneteau's match record against those who have been ranked in the top 10, with those who have been No. 1 in boldface
- Jürgen Melzer 6–2
- Marcos Baghdatis 5–2
- David Ferrer 5–6
- Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 5–6
- Ernests Gulbis 4–0
- Gilles Simon 4–6
- Radek Štěpánek 3–2
- Arnaud Clément 3–2
- Stan Wawrinka 3–1
- Kevin Anderson 3–1
- Nicolas Almagro 3–3
- Rainer Schüttler 2–1
- David Goffin 2–1
- Pablo Carreno Busta 2–1
- Lleyton Hewitt 2–2
- James Blake 2–2
- Grigor Dimitrov 2–3
- Tomáš Berdych 2–3
- Ivan Ljubičić 2–4
- Robin Söderling 2–4
- Gaël Monfils 2–4
- Mikhail Youzhny 2–4
- Roger Federer 2–6
- Tommy Robredo 2–6
- Dominic Thiem 1–0
- Mark Philippoussis 1–0
- Nicolas Massu 1–0
- Nikolay Davydenko 1–1
- Jonas Björkman 1–1
- Jack Sock 1–1
- Janko Tipsarević 1–2
- Fernando González 1–2
- Juan Carlos Ferrero 1–2
- Rafael Nadal 1–3
- Marin Čilić 1–3
- Milos Raonic 1–3
- Mardy Fish 1–3
- Lucas Pouille 1–3
- Kei Nishikori 1–4
- Novak Djokovic 1–6
- Andy Roddick 1–5
- Andre Agassi 0–1
- Carlos Moyá 0–1
- Guillermo Coria 0–1
- Thomas Enqvist 0–1
- Jiří Novák 0–1
- Gaston Gaudio 0–1
- Nicolas Lapentti 0–1
- John Isner 0–1
- Joachim Johansson 0–1
- Juan Monaco 0–1
- Marat Safin 0–2
- Tommy Haas 0–2
- Alexander Zverev 0–2
- David Nalbandian 0–2
- Sébastien Grosjean 0–2
- Nicolas Kiefer 0–2
- Juan Martín del Potro 0–3
- Mario Ančić 0–3
- Richard Gasquet 0–4
- Andy Murray 0–5
- Fernando Verdasco 0–5
- * Statistics correct as of 12 June 2018.
Top 10 wins
- He has an 18–50 (.265) record against players who were, at the time the match was played, ranked in the top 10.
|1.||Andy Roddick||3||Memphis, United States||Hard (i)||QF||3–6, 6–4, 7–6(7–4)|
|2.||Marcos Baghdatis||10||Toronto, Canada||Hard||1R||5–7, 6–2, 6–3|
|3.||Fernando González||8||Paris, France||Carpet (i)||2R||3–6, 6–4, 7–5|
|4.||James Blake||6||Indian Wells, United States||Hard||3R||6–2, 7–6(7–1)|
|5.||David Ferrer||5||Auckland, New Zealand||Hard||QF||6–4, 6–0|
|6.||Nikolay Davydenko||5||Rotterdam, Netherlands||Hard (i)||2R||6–3, 6–2|
|7.||Roger Federer||1||Paris, France||Hard (i)||2R||3–6, 7–6(7–4), 6–4|
|8.||Jo-Wilfried Tsonga||9||Marseille, France||Hard (i)||SF||7–6(13–11), 5–7, 7–6(7–3)|
|9.||Nicolás Almagro||10||US Open, New York, United States||Hard||1R||6–2, 6–4, 6–3|
|10.||David Ferrer||5||Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia||Hard (i)||SF||6–4, 6–1|
|11.||Roger Federer||2||Rotterdam, Netherlands||Hard (i)||QF||6–3, 7–5|
|12.||Stan Wawrinka||10||Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia||Hard (i)||SF||6–4, 6–3|
|13.||Jo-Wilfried Tsonga||10||Indian Wells, United States||Hard||2R||6–4, 6–4|
|14.||Stan Wawrinka||4||Cincinnati, United States||Hard||QF||1–6, 6–1, 6–2|
|15.||Grigor Dimitrov||10||Shanghai, China||Hard||2R||7–5, 6–3|
|16.||David Goffin||10||Paris, France||Hard (i)||3R||6–3, 6–3|
|17.||Marin Čilić||5||Paris, France||Hard (i)||QF||7–6(7–5), 7–5|
|18.||David Goffin||7||Australian Open, Melbourne, Australia||Hard||2R||1–6, 7–6(7–5), 6–1, 7–6(7–4)|
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