Nathalie Tauziat

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Nathalie Tauziat
Tauziat-Martinez.jpg
Nathalie Tauziat (left) and Conchita Martínez
Country (sports) France
ResidenceAnglet, France
Born (1967-10-17) 17 October 1967 (age 51)
Bangui, Central African Republic
Height1.65 m (5 ft 4 in)
Turned pro1984
Retired2003
PlaysRight-handed (one handed-backhand)
Prize money$6,650,093
Singles
Career record606–365
Career titles8 WTA, 3 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 3 (8 May 2000)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open4R (1993)
French OpenQF (1991)
WimbledonF (1998)
US OpenQF (2000)
Doubles
Career record525–326
Career titles25 WTA, 2 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 3 (8 October 2001)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open3R (1993)
French OpenSF (1990, 1994, 1997, 1999, 2000)
WimbledonSF (2001)
US OpenF (2001)
Team competitions
Fed CupW (1997)

Nathalie Tauziat (born 17 October 1967) is a French former professional tennis player.[1] She was the runner-up in women's singles at the 1998 Wimbledon Championships. Her career-high singles ranking was third in 2000.

She currently coaches Canadian tennis player Bianca Andreescu.[2]

Early life[edit]

Tauziat was born in Bangui, Central African Republic. She is a first cousin of Didier Deschamps, a former captain of the French football team. About a week after Tauziat reached the Wimbledon final on 4 July 1998, Deschamps led France to win the World Cup on 12 July 1998.

Career[edit]

Tauziat turned professional in 1984. She won her first singles title in 1990. She reached her only Grand Slam singles final at the 1998 Wimbledon Championships, beating Haruka Inoue, Iva Majoli, Julie Halard-Decugis, Samantha Smith, Lindsay Davenport and Natasha Zvereva before losing to Jana Novotná. Her appearance in this final was the first by a Frenchwoman since Suzanne Lenglen in 1925.

Tauziat was runner-up with partner Kimberly Po in the 2001 US Open women's doubles final, losing to the team of Lisa Raymond and Rennae Stubbs. She and partner Alexandra Fusai were doubles runners-up at the 1997 and 1998 Chase Championships. She was also part of the 1997 French Fed Cup team, which won its first title in the history of the competition.

Tauziat reached her career-high singles ranking of world No. 3 at the age of 32 years and 6 months in the spring of 2000, making her the oldest woman to debut in the top three and the fourth oldest to be ranked in the top three. She retired from the WTA Tour after the 2003 French Open, after having played only doubles in 2002 and 2003. Tauziat won eight singles titles and 25 doubles titles in her career.

She wrote a book with the title "Les Dessous du tennis féminin" (published in 2001 in French) in which she gave her insights about life on the women's professional tennis circuit. In 2004 Tauziat received a state honour – le chevalier de la Légion d'honneur – from French President Jacques Chirac for her contributions to international tennis. She was an official WTA Tour mentor to French tennis player Marion Bartoli, beginning in 2003.

Personal[edit]

Tauziat married Ramuncho Palaurena on 16 July 2005. The couple have three daughters, one born in 2005 and twin girls in June 2009.

Major finals[edit]

Grand Slam tournaments[edit]

Singles: 1 (1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1998 Wimbledon Grass Czech Republic Jana Novotná 4–6, 6–7(2–7)

Women's doubles: 1 (1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 2001 US Open Hard United States Kimberly Po-Messerli United States Lisa Raymond
Australia Rennae Stubbs
2–6, 7–5, 5–7

Year-end championships[edit]

Doubles: 2 (2 runner-ups)[edit]

Outcome Year Location Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1997 New York Carpet (i) France Alexandra Fusai United States Lindsay Davenport
Czech Republic Jana Novotná
7–6(7–5), 3–6, 2–6
Runner-up 1998 New York Carpet (i) France Alexandra Fusai United States Lindsay Davenport
Belarus Natasha Zvereva
7–6(8–6), 5–7, 3–6

WTA career finals[edit]

Singles: 22 (8–14)[edit]

Winner — Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–1)
WTA Championships (0–0)
Tier I (1–1)
Tier II (3–5)
Tier III (3–3)
Tier IV (0–3)
Tier V (1–1)
Finals by surface
Hard (0–4)
Grass (3–4)
Clay (0–1)
Carpet (5–5)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 17 July 1988 Nice Clay Italy Sandra Cecchini 5–7, 4–6
Runner-up 2. 28 August 1988 Mahwah Hard West Germany Steffi Graf 0–6, 1–6
Runner-up 3. 11 February 1990 Wichita Hard (i) South Africa Dinky Van Rensburg 6–2, 5–7, 2–6
Winner 1. 30 September 1990 Bayonne Carpet (i) Germany Anke Huber 6–3, 7–6(10–8)
Runner-up 4. 13 October 1991 Zürich Carpet (i) Germany Steffi Graf 4–6, 4–6
Runner-up 5. 29 March 1992 San Antonio Hard United States Martina Navratilova 2–6, 1–6
Runner-up 6. 4 October 1992 Bayonne Carpet (i) Switzerland Manuela Maleeva-Fragniere 7–6(7–4), 2–6, 3–6
Winner 2. 7 November 1993 Québec City Carpet (i) Bulgaria Katerina Maleeva 6–4, 6–1
Winner 3. 25 June 1995 Eastbourne Grass United States Chanda Rubin 3–6, 6–0, 7–5
Runner-up 7. 16 June 1996 Birmingham Grass United States Meredith McGrath 6–2, 4–6, 4–6
Winner 4. 16 June 1997 Birmingham Grass Indonesia Yayuk Basuki 2–6, 6–2, 6–2
Runner-up 8. 19 October 1997 Zürich Carpet (i) United States Lindsay Davenport 6–7(3–7), 5–7
Runner-up 9. 9 November 1997 Chicago Carpet (i) United States Lindsay Davenport 0–6, 5–7
Runner-up 10. 5 July 1998 Wimbledon Grass Czech Republic Jana Novotná 4–6, 6–7(2–7)
Runner-up 11. 8 November 1998 Leipzig Carpet (i) Germany Steffi Graf 3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 12. 13 June 1999 Birmingham Grass France Julie Halard-Decugis 2–6, 6–3, 4–6
Runner-up 13. 19 June 1999 Eastbourne Grass Belarus Natasha Zvereva 6–0, 5–7, 3–6
Winner 5. 24 October 1999 Moscow Carpet (i) Austria Barbara Schett 2–6, 6–4, 6–1
Winner 6. 7 November 1999 Leipzig Carpet (i) Czech Republic Květa Hrdličková 6–1, 6–3
Winner 7. 13 February 2000 Paris Carpet (i) United States Serena Williams 7–5, 6–2
Runner-up 14. 24 February 2001 Dubai Hard Switzerland Martina Hingis 4–6, 4–6
Winner 8. 17 June 2001 Birmingham Grass Netherlands Miriam Oremans 6–3, 7–5

Doubles: 57 (25–32)[edit]

Winner — Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–1)
WTA Championships (0–2)
Tier I (4–7)
Tier II (9–10)
Tier III (6–11)
Tier IV (5–0)
Tier V (0–1)
Virginia Slims (1–0)
Finals by surface
Hard (6–10)
Grass (1–2)
Clay (5–8)
Carpet (13–12)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 4 Octtber 1987 Paris Clay France Isabelle Demongeot Italy Sandra Cecchini
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Sabrina Goleš
1–6, 6–3, 6–3
Winner 2. 15 May 1988 Berlin Clay France Isabelle Demongeot West Germany Claudia Kohde-Kilsch
Czechoslovakia Helena Suková
6–2, 4–6, 6–4
Runner-up 1. 17 July 1988 Nice Clay France Isabelle Demongeot France Catherine Suire
France Catherine Tanvier
4–6, 6–4, 2–6
Winner 3. 23 October 1988 Zürich Carpet (i) France Isabelle Demongeot West Germany Claudia Kohde-Kilsch
Czechoslovakia Helena Suková
6–3, 6–3
Runner-up 2. 30 October 1988 Brighton Carpet (i) France Isabelle Demongeot United States Lori McNeil
United States Betsy Nagelsen
6–7(5–7), 6–2, 6–7(4–7)
Winner 4. 7 May 1989 Hamburg Clay France Isabelle Demongeot Czechoslovakia Jana Novotná
Czechoslovakia Helena Suková
w/o
Runner-up 3. 22 October 1989 Zürich Carpet (i) Austria Judith Wiesner Czechoslovakia Jana Novotná
Czechoslovakia Helena Suková
3–6, 6–3, 4–6
Runner-up 4. 18 February 1990 Chicago Carpet (i) Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario United States Martina Navratilova
United States Anne Smith
7–6(11–9), 4–6, 3–6
Winner 5. 28 October 1990 Brighton Carpet (i) Czechoslovakia Helena Suková United Kingdom Jo Durie
Soviet Union Natasha Zvereva
6–1, 6–4
Runner-up 5. 28 April 1991 Barcelona Clay Austria Judith Wiesner United States Martina Navratilova
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
1–6, 3–6
Runner-up 6. 4 August 1991 San Diego Hard United States Gigi Fernández Canada Jill Hetherington
United States Kathy Rinaldi
4–6, 6–3, 2–6
Winner 6. 28 September 1991 Bayonne Carpet (i) Argentina Patricia Tarabini Australia Rachel McQuillan
France Catherine Tanvier
6–3, ret.
Runner-up 7. 26 April 1992 Barcelona Clay Austria Judith Wiesner Spain Conchita Martínez
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
4–6, 1–6
Winner 7. 16 January 1993 Melbourne Hard Australia Nicole Provis United States Cammy MacGregor
United States Shaun Stafford
1–6, 6–3, 6–3
Runner-up 8. 7 November 1993 Québec City Carpet (i) Bulgaria Katerina Maleeva United States Katrina Adams
Netherlands Manon Bollegraf
4–6, 4–6
Runner-up 9. 24 April 1994 Barcelona Clay France Julie Halard Latvia Larisa Neiland
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
2–6, 4–6
Winner 8. 14 August 1994 Los Angeles Hard France Julie Halard Czech Republic Jana Novotná
United States Lisa Raymond
6–1, 0–6, 6–1
Winner 9. 6 November 1994 Québec City Carpet (i) South Africa Elna Reinach United States Chanda Rubin
United States Linda Wild
6–4, 6–3
Winner 10. 26 February 1995 Linz Carpet (i) United States Meredith McGrath Croatia Iva Majoli
Austria Petra Schwarz
6–1, 6–2
Runner-up 10. 18 February 1996 Paris Clay (i) France Julie Halard-Decugis Netherlands Kristie Boogert
Czech Republic Jana Novotná
4–6, 3–6
Runner-up 11. 16 March 1996 Indian Wells Hard France Julie Halard-Decugis United States Chanda Rubin
Netherlands Brenda Schultz-McCarthy
1–6, 4–6
Runner-up 12. 16 June 1996 Birmingham Grass United States Lori McNeil Australia Elizabeth Smylie
United States Linda Wild
3–6, 6–3, 1–6
Winner 11. 6 October 1996 Leipzig Carpet (i) Netherlands Kristie Boogert Belgium Sabine Appelmans
Netherlands Miriam Oremans
6–4, 6–4
Winner 12. 27 October 1996 Luxembourg Carpet (i) Netherlands Kristie Boogert Germany Barbara Rittner
Belgium Dominique Van Roost
2–6, 6–4, 6–2
Runner-up 13. 10 November 1996 Oakland Carpet (i) Romania Irina Spîrlea United States Lindsay Davenport
United States Mary Joe Fernández
1–6, 3–6
Winner 13. 16 February 1997 Linz Carpet (i) France Alexandra Fusai Czech Republic Eva Melicharová
Czech Republic Helena Vildová
4–6, 6–3, 6–1
Runner-up 14. 15 March 1997 Indian Wells Hard United States Lisa Raymond United States Lindsay Davenport
Belarus Natasha Zvereva
3–6, 2–6
Runner-up 15. 24 August 1997 Atlanta Hard France Alexandra Fusai United States Nicole Arendt
Netherlands Manon Bollegraf
7–6(7–5), 3–6, 2–6
Runner-up 16. 26 October 1997 Québec City Hard (i) France Alexandra Fusai United States Lisa Raymond
Australia Rennae Stubbs
4–6, 7–5, 5–7
Winner 14. 9 November 1997 Chicago Carpet (i) France Alexandra Fusai United States Lindsay Davenport
United States Monica Seles
6–3, 6–2
Runner-up 17. 23 November 1997 Chase Championships Carpet (i) France Alexandra Fusai United States Lindsay Davenport
Czech Republic Jana Novotná
7–6(7–5), 3–6, 2–6
Winner 15. 28 February 1998 Linz Carpet (i) France Alexandra Fusai Russia Anna Kournikova
Latvia Larisa Neiland
6–3, 3–6, 6–4
Runner-up 18. 15 March 1998 Indian Wells Hard France Alexandra Fusai United States Lindsay Davenport
Belarus Natasha Zvereva
4–6, 6–2, 4–6
Runner-up 19. 17 May 1998 Berlin Clay France Alexandra Fusai United States Lindsay Davenport
Belarus Natasha Zvereva
3–6, 0–6
Winner 16. 24 May 1998 Strasbourg Clay France Alexandra Fusai Indonesia Yayuk Basuki
Netherlands Caroline Vis
6–4, 6–3
Runner-up 20. 9 August 1998 San Diego Hard France Alexandra Fusai United States Lindsay Davenport
Belarus Natasha Zvereva
2–6, 1–6
Winner 17. 30 August 1998 New Haven Hard France Alexandra Fusai South Africa Mariaan de Swardt
Czech Republic Jana Novotná
6–1, 6–0
Runner-up 21. 22 November 1998 Chase Championships Carpet (i) France Alexandra Fusai United States Lindsay Davenport
Belarus Natasha Zvereva
7–6(8–6), 5–7, 3–6
Winner 18. 14 February 1999 Prostějov Carpet (i) France Alexandra Fusai Czech Republic Květa Hrdličková
Czech Republic Helena Vildová
3–6, 6–2, 6–1
Runner-up 22. 21 February 1999 Hanover Carpet (i) France Alexandra Fusai United States Serena Williams
United States Venus Williams
7–5, 2–6, 2–6
Runner-up 23. 9 May 1999 Rome Clay France Alexandra Fusai Switzerland Martina Hingis
Russia Anna Kournikova
2–6, 2–6
Winner 19. 16 May 1999 Berlin Clay France Alexandra Fusai Czech Republic Jana Novotná
Argentina Patricia Tarabini
6–3, 7–5
Runner-up 24. 22 May 1999 Strasbourg Clay France Alexandra Fusai Russia Elena Likhovtseva
Japan Ai Sugiyama
6–2, 6–7(6–8), 1–6
Runner-up 25. 17 October 1999 Zürich Hard (i) Belarus Natasha Zvereva United States Lindsay Davenport
Australia Rennae Stubbs
2–6, 2–6
Runner-up 26. 6 February 2000 Tokyo Carpet (i) France Alexandra Fusai Switzerland Martina Hingis
France Mary Pierce
4–6, 1–6
Winner 20. 24 June 2000 Eastbourne Grass Japan Ai Sugiyama United States Lisa Raymond
Australia Rennae Stubbs
2–6, 6–3, 7–6(7–3)
Winner 21. 20 August 2000 Montreal Hard Switzerland Martina Hingis France Julie Halard-Decugis
Japan Ai Sugiyama
6–3, 3–6, 6–4
Winner 22. 30 September 2000 Luxembourg Carpet (i) France Alexandra Fusai Bulgaria Lubomira Bacheva
Spain Cristina Torrens Valero
6–3, 7–6(7–0)
Runner-up 27. 22 October 2000 Linz Carpet (i) Japan Ai Sugiyama France Amélie Mauresmo
United States Chanda Rubin]
4–6, 4–6
Runner-up 28. 11 February 2001 Paris Carpet (i) United States Kimberly Po Croatia Iva Majoli
France Virginie Razzano
3–6, 5–7
Runner-up 29. 18 February 2001 Nice Carpet (i) United States Kimberly Po France Émilie Loit
France Anne-Gaëlle Sidot
6–1, 2–6, 0–6
Winner 23. 31 March 2001 Key Biscayne Hard Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario United States Lisa Raymond
Australia Rennae Stubbs
6–0, 6–4
Runner-up 30. 17 June 2001 Birmingham Grass United States Kimberly Po-Messerli Zimbabwe Cara Black
Russia Elena Likhovtseva
1–6, 2–6
Winner 24. 12 August 2001 Los Angeles Hard United States Kimberly Po-Messerli United States Nicole Arendt
Netherlands Caroline Vis
6–3, 7–5
Runner-up 31. 9 September 2001 US Open Hard United States Kimberly Po-Messerli United States Lisa Raymond
Australia Rennae Stubbs
2–6, 7–5, 5–7
Winner 25. 30 September 2001 Leipzig Carpet (i) Russia Elena Likhovtseva Czech Republic Květa Hrdličková
Germany Barbara Rittner
6–4, 6–2
Runner-up 32. 16 June 2002 Birmingham Grass United States Kimberly Po-Messerli Japan Shinobu Asagoe
Belgium Els Callens
4–6, 3–6

ITF finals[edit]

Singles (3–0)[edit]

Legend
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 30 March 1987 Limoges, France Clay Czechoslovakia Regina Rajchrtová 6–1, 2–6, 6–1
Winner 2. 9 December 1991 Val-d'Oise, France Hard France Isabelle Demongeot 3–6, 6–3, 6–1
Winner 3. 7 December 1992 Val-d'Oise, France Hard Germany Christina Singer 6–3, 6–3

Doubles (2–2)[edit]

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 11 June 1984 Lyon, France Clay France Isabelle Demongeot Argentina Mercedes Paz
United States Ronni Reis
6–1, 3–6, 3–6
Runner-up 2. 31 December 1984 Chicago, United States Hard France Isabelle Demongeot United States Lynn Lewis
Canada Wendy Barlow
6–4, 6–7, 5–7
Winner 3. 21 January 1985 San Antonio, United States Hard France Isabelle Demongeot Sweden Elisabeth Ekblom
Netherlands Marianne van der Torre
6–3, 6–4
Winner 4. 30 March 1987 Limoges, France Clay France Isabelle Demongeot Switzerland Céline Cohen
Switzerland Eva Krapl
7–5, 6–2

Grand Slam performance timelines[edit]

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)

Singles[edit]

Tournament 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 Career SR Career Win-Loss
Australian Open A A NH A A A A A A 4R 1R A A A A A 2R A 0 / 3 4–3
French Open 1R 3R 2R 4R 4R 1R 4R QF 4R 3R 2R 3R 2R 3R 1R 2R 3R 1R 0 / 18 30–18
Wimbledon A LQ 2R 2R 2R 1R 4R 4R QF 4R 3R 3R 3R QF F QF 1R QF 0 / 16 40–16
US Open A LQ 1R 2R 2R 3R 4R 1R 2R 4R 2R 3R 2R 1R 4R 3R QF 4R 0 / 16 27–16
SR 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 1 0 / 53 101–53
Year-end ranking 296 112 66 25 26 25 18 13 14 18 35 27 22 11 10 7 10 13

Doubles[edit]

Tournament 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 Career SR
Australian Open A A NH A A A A A A 3R 2R A A A A A 2R A A A 0 / 3
French Open A 1R 3R QF 3R 3R SF 3R QF QF SF QF 3R SF QF SF SF QF 2R 1R 0 / 19
Wimbledon A 3R 1R 2R 3R 1R 3R 3R 3R 2R 3R 3R 2R 3R 2R 2R 2R SF QF A 0 / 18
US Open A 2R 1R 1R 1R 3R 2R 3R 3R 2R 1R QF 1R QF 2R 3R 3R F A A 0 / 17
SR 0 / 0 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 2 0 / 1 0 / 57
Year-end ranking 272 85 63 40 28 28 18 38 61 29 22 20 14 13 7 14 9 5 105 397

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Parsons, John (March 2000). The Official Wimbledon Annual 1999. Pelican Publishing. pp. 122–. ISBN 9781565547148. Retrieved 13 March 2012.
  2. ^ Bianca Andreescu at the International Tennis Federation – Junior profile

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