|Full name||Nicolas Pierre Armand Mahut|
21 January 1982 |
|Height||1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)|
|Plays||Right-handed (one-handed backhand)|
|Coach(es)||Thierry Ascione and Nicolas Escudé|
|Career record||136–177 (ATP Tour and Grand Slam level)|
|Highest ranking||No. 37 (5 May 2014)|
|Current ranking||No. 54 (1 February 2016)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||3R (2012)|
|French Open||3R (2012, 2015)|
|US Open||2R (2006, 2011, 2015)|
|Career record||205–163 (ATP Tour and Grand Slam level)|
|Highest ranking||No. 9 (5 October 2015)|
|Current ranking||No. 16 (1 February 2016)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||F (2015)|
|French Open||F (2013)|
|US Open||W (2015)|
|Last updated on: 1 February 2016.|
Nicolas Pierre Armand Mahut (French pronunciation: [nikɔla may]; born 21 January 1982) is a French tennis player. He is well known for being skilled at grass court tennis, on which he has won his three career titles, and is adept at serve and volleying.
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. 38, achieved in July 2014. Mahut was runner-up to Andy Roddick at the 2007 Queen's Club Championships, and runner-up that same year at the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships. Mahut is known for being part of the longest match in professional tennis history against John Isner in the first round of the 2010 Wimbledon Championships. He holds a number of tennis records and awards for the match, including the most points won in a single match (502) and most games won by a losing player (91). In June 2013, he won his first ATP singles title, winning the Rosmalen Grass Court Championships in 's-Hertogenbosch, and he followed it up in July by winning the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships in Newport, Rhode Island.
Mahut is also a regular doubles player, reaching a career high of World No. 10 in April 2014. He has won doubles titles with Julien Benneteau, Arnaud Clément, and Édouard Roger-Vasselin, and in 2013 he and Michaël Llodra reached the final of the French Open. In 2015 Mahut with Pierre-Hugues Herbert reached the final of the Australian Open and won the US Open.
He is currently coached by former players Thierry Ascione and Nicolas Escudé.
Early and personal life
Nicolas Mahut was born in 1982 in Angers, France. 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. According to his ATP profile, his favorite film is The Matrix and he likes listening to music by Oasis and John Mayer. In recent interviews, he's said his favorite band is Muse. He is also a fan of the football team Paris Saint-Germain.
He currently lives in Boulogne-Billancourt, a suburb of Paris near the grounds of Roland Garros. He met his wife Virginie in 2007 and she gave birth to their son Natanel (Nathanaël) on 18 August 2011. Nicolas is also the stepfather to Virginie's teenage son from a previous relationship.
Mahut has also become good friends with the American tennis player, John Isner. The two became friends after they played together in the longest professional tennis match ever 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).
Early career: 2000–2005
Mahut started 2000 as No. 1,063T in the world. During the year Mahut failed to reach a final, but reached the quarterfinals of the ATP Challenger in Cherbourg, losing 6–7(4–7), 5–7 to World No. 274 Mikhail Youzhny. At the ITF future circuit he reached three quarterfinals. He received a wildcard into the French Open, but lost in the opening round to Austrian world no. 105 Markus Hipfl 4–6, 5–7, 4–6. Later in the year, at the Toulouse Open, he received another wildcard, losing 3–6, 6–3, 3–6 to world no. 76 Mikael Tillström. Mahut was far more successful in the doubles circuit, reaching the final of the Cherbourg Challenger, partnering with Julien Benneteau, losing 6–2, 4–6, 5–7 to Julien Boutter and Michaël Llodra from France. At the doubles in the French Open, he, partnering with Benneteau, and reached the second round, losing 2–6, 5–7 to Nicklas Kulti and Tillström. Later, on 17 July, Mahut along with Benneteau won their first challenger title at Contrexeville, defeating Jean-René Lisnard and Olivier Patience 6–3, 7–6(7–4) in the final. In his last ATP tour level event, Mahut and Benneteau lost in the opening round of the Paris Masters. Despite his failure to win a single match on the ATP Tour, Mahut ended the year with a singles ranking of 388 and a doubles ranking of 207.
He started the 2001 season at the Australian Open, losing 2–6, 4–6, 6–2, 6–4, 4–6 to world no. 59 Andrei Medvedev. Not long after, at the Marseille Open, Mahut recorded his first ATP Tour-level win, defeating world no. 121 Neville Godwin from South Africa 7–6(9–7), 6–7(5–7), 6–1. In the second round he played against a top 10 player for the first time in his career, losing to World No. 7 Yevgeny Kafelnikov 6–4, 1–6, 2–6. At the French Open Mahut lost in the first round to world no. 122 Michael Russell 2–6, 3–6, 2–6. On 23 August, Mahut won his first Future-level tournament at the Luxembourg F1, defeating World No. 1,322 Stephane Martinez 6–2, 6–1. Not long after, on 10 September, Mahut won his second Future title, defeating world no. 470 Marc Gicquel 6–3, 6–2 at France F15. In his last tournament of the year, at the Paris Masters, Mahut lost to World No. 49 Mark Philippoussis 3–6, 4–6. In doubles, Mahut won the Andrezieux Challenger on 19 February, partnering with Benneteau, defeating Noam Behr and Jonathan Erlich 6–3, 6–3. At the French Open Mahut partnered with Benneteau, but lost 7–6(7–4), 2–6, 3–6. On 11 June 2001 Mahut, partnering with Oliver Patience, reached the finals, but lost 2–6, 6–7(6–8) to Alun Jones and Todd Larkham. At the France F11 future event, Mahut with Benneteau defeated Christophe Deveaux and Nicolas Devilder in the final 6–4, 7–6(7–4). Mahut ended the year with a 1–4 and 0–4 win-loss record at the ATP Tour in singles and doubles respectively. His end-year ranking was 216 in singles and 279 in doubles.
At his first and only ATP tour-level match in 2002, in Marseille at the Open 13, Mahut lost in the opening round to world no. 369 Marc Gicquel 4–6, 3–6. The year ended on a good note, winning the France F17 tournament, defeating Jean-Christophe Faurel 7–6(7–4), 4–6, 6–2. He was the runner-up at the France F21 tournament, losing to World No. 272 Marc Gicquel 4–6, 7–5, 2–6. In his first doubles tournament of the year, Mahut partnered up with Grégory Carraz to win the Lubeck Challenger, defeating Yves Allegro and Denis Golovanov 4–6, 7–6(9–7), 6–1. At the France F6 tournament, he partnered up with Benneteau, and defeated Maxime Boyé and Thomas Dupre 6–3, 7–5. In his only ATP Tour-level doubles event of the year, at the French Open, Mahut and Benneteau lost 6–3, 6–7(6–8), 4–6 in the opening round to Mardy Fish and Jeff Morrison. Mahut ended the year with a 0–1 win-loss record at the ATP Tour in both singles and doubles. His end-year ranking was 269 in singles and 290 in doubles.
He began the 2003 season by winning the France F3 future tournament, defeating world no. 335 Regis Lavergne 4–6, 6–3, 6–3. Not long after, he won his fifth (and thus far his last), future tournament, the France F7, by defeating world no. 223 Daniele Bracciali 7–6(7–3), 7–6(12–10). At the French Open, Mahut lost to World No. 213 Marc Lopez 5–7, 1–6, 6–7(5–7). At the Queen's Club Championships Mahut played his first ATP Tour-level grass match, losing to World No. 279 Todd Reid 3–6, 5–7. He responded to his early loss by reaching his first ATP Challenger singles final at the Open Diputación, losing 4–6, 3–6 to World No. 174 Stefano Pescosolido. However, he responded well to defeat, and not long after, at the Manchester Trophy, he won his first challenger event by defeating world no. 150 Gilles Elseneer 6–3, 7–6(7–5). At the US Open, Mahut lost in the first round to World No. 39 Jarkko Nieminen 2–6, 4–6, 5–7. At the Moselle Open in Metz, Mahut defeated his first top 20 player. He defeated World No. 19 Younes El Aynaoui 7–6(7–4), 4–6, 7–6(7–2). In his next tournament, the Grand Prix de Tennis in Lyon, he defeated a top 10 player, Sébastien Grosjean, in two sets after Grosjean retired after trailing 3–0 in the second set. He continued his good form into the Paris Masters, in which he defeated World No. 35 Jarkko Nieminen 4–6, 6–4, 7–5. In the second round he lost to World No. 1 Juan Carlos Ferrero 6–7(7–9), 4–6.
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.
Top 100 and injury: 2006–2010
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 Queen's Club Championships the year before ended with a straight-sets defeat by 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 by Richard Gasquet, ranked over 100 places higher than Mahut, at the Masters 1000 tournament at Paris Bercy.
Later career: 2011–present
Mahut began his 2011 season by representing France at the Hopman Cup with Kristina Mladenovic. Mahut lost to John Isner and Andy Murray in his first two matches, but defeated Potito Starace in his final match. 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 a place in the main draw. He won his first match at the Australian Open against Brian Dabul, but lost to Viktor Troicki 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.
For the first time in his career, Mahut has advanced to the third round of the 2012 Australian Open, where he faced the top seed and defending champion Novak Djokovic. Despite an injury, he finished the match, losing in straight sets.
In the French Open, Mahut also reached the third 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 three Grand Slam singles matches in one year.
His last tournament of the year was a Challenger in Belgium in October, when he was ranked no. 68 in the world.
Due to a knee injury, he was unable to play in the Australian Open. Prior to the 2013 French Open, he mainly played on the Future and Challenger circuits and attempted to qualify for ATP Tour level clay-court tournaments in Monte Carlo, Bucharest, and Nice. During this time, his singles ranking dropped. Later in the year, Mahut had success in doubles, including reaching the final of the 2013 French Open - Men's Doubles tournament with Michaël Llodra, where they lost a close match to Mike and Bob Bryan. His world ranking in doubles moved up from 70 to 32.
Mahut received a wilcard for Wimbledon and therefore did not have to play the qualifying tournament. He therefore decided to play at the 's-Hertogenbosch ATP tournament in the Netherlands which ran at the same time. Mahut had to qualify for the event but went on to win his first ATP singles title, with a straight sets victory over Stanislas Wawrinka in the final. Mahut did not lose a set and his serve was only broken once during the tournament. As a result of his win, he ranking increased by more than 100 places, and he entered the top 125. Mahut received a wildcard for the 2013 Wimbledon tournament, and reached the second round where he lost to Tommy Robredo.
After Wimbledon, Mahut received a wildcard for the 2013 Hall of Fame Tennis Championships. He went on to win the title, his second ATP tour championship in the space of a month, after defeating Lleyton Hewitt in three sets in the final, despite Hewitt serving for the match at 5-4 in the second set. Mahut's victory saw him enter the top 100 in the singles rankings, reaching number 75. As a result of rain delays, Mahut had played both the singles semi-final and final and the doubles semi-final with partner Édouard Roger-Vasselin on 14 July, and the doubles final was postponed to the following day as a result. The following day, Mahut and Roger-Vasselin won the doubles tournament by defeating Tim Smyczek and Rhyne Williams.
In 2015, Mahut reached third round of the French Open, after defeating seeded player Ernests Gulbis. Next, he competed in the Topshelf Open, for which he needed to qualify; once in the field, however, he won over Lleyton Hewitt, Roberto Bautista Agut, Adrian Mannarino, Robin Haase and finally David Goffin to win his third career title - all of them on grass.
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 112 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 time 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 minutes. 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(7–9), 7–6(7–3), 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.
Singles performance timeline
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Doubles performance timeline
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- Tennis-Statistics for John Isner v Nicolas Mahut
- (French) Tennis – Mahut : "Très heureux en ce moment"
- "Emirates ATP Ranking history". Association of Tennis Professionals. Retrieved 21 July 2013.
- "2000 Singles Activity". Association of Tennis Professionals. Retrieved 21 July 2013.
- "2000 Doubles Activity". Association of Tennis Professionals. Retrieved 21 July 2013.
- "2001 Singles Activity". Association of Tennis Professionals. Retrieved 21 July 2013.
- "2001 Doubles Activity". Association of Tennis Professionals. Retrieved 21 July 2013.
- "2002 Singles Activity". Association of Tennis Professionals. Retrieved 21 July 2013.
- "2002 Doubles Activity". Association of Tennis Professionals. Retrieved 21 July 2013.
- "2003 Singles Activity". Association of Tennis Professionals. Retrieved 21 July 2013.
- Bulgarian Makes a Breakthrough in Tennis
- "John Isner in Hall of Fame Tennis championships quarters". 12 July 2012.
- Sharko, Greg (22 June 2013). "First-Time Winner Spotlight: Nicolas Mahut". ATP World Tour. Retrieved 17 July 2013.
- "Bryans rally to win French Open men's doubles title". USA Today. 8 June 2013. Retrieved 28 June 2013.
- "Nicolas Mahut wins first ATP title". ESPN. 22 June 2013. Retrieved 28 June 2013.
- "U.S.' Johnson joins Mahut as a Wimbledon wild card". Sports Illustrated. 18 June 2013. Retrieved 28 June 2013.
- Mackenzie, Colin (28 June 2013). "Wimbledon's wounded Wednesday followed by torpid Thursday". Fulham Chronicle. Retrieved 28 June 2013.
- "Nicolas Mahut wins Newport title". ESPN. 14 July 2013. Retrieved 15 July 2013.
- "Mahut Celebrates Double Triumph in Newport". ATP World Tour. 15 July 2013. Retrieved 15 July 2013.
- Isner-Mahut Match Sheet
- Daily Mail SW19 coverage
- Nicolas Mahut at the Association of Tennis Professionals
- Nicolas Mahut at the International Tennis Federation
- Mahut's blog (in French, not updated beyond April 2008)
- Mahut Recent Match Results
- Mahut World Ranking History