Sébastien Grosjean

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Sébastien Grosjean
Sebastien Grosjean Miami.jpg
Country (sports) France
ResidenceBoca Raton, Florida
Born (1978-05-29) 29 May 1978 (age 42)
Marseille, France
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Turned pro1996
Retired27 May 2010
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money$8,131,804
Singles
Career record341–247
Career titles4
Highest rankingNo. 4 (28 October 2002)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenSF (2001)
French OpenSF (2001)
WimbledonSF (2003, 2004)
US Open3R (2000, 2005, 2007)
Other tournaments
Tour FinalsF (2001)
Olympic GamesQF (2000)
Doubles
Career record82–99
Career titles5
Highest rankingNo. 52 (12 April 2004)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open3R (2001)
French Open1R (1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2007, 2008, 2009)
US Open3R (2008)
Mixed doubles
Career record2–2
Career titles0
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
French Open3R (1998)
Team competitions
Davis CupW (2001)
Coaching career

Sébastien René Grosjean (French pronunciation: ​[sebastjɛ̃ ʁəne ɡʁoˈʒɑ̃]; born 29 May 1978) is a former top-five professional tennis player from France. He reached the Australian Open and French Open Grand Slam semifinals in 2001, and was Wimbledon semifinalist in both 2003 and 2004. He finished eight consecutive seasons in the top-30 (1999-2006), peaking at world No. 4 in October 2002. Grosjean retired from professional tennis on 27 May 2010.[1] In December 2018, he was named Davis Cup captain for France.[2]

Career[edit]

Grosjean at the 2007 Australian Open

Juniors[edit]

As a junior, Grosjean posted a 90-20 singles record and a 58-12 doubles record, winning the 1996 French Open boys' doubles. He reached No. 1 in the world in both singles and doubles in December 1996.

Pro tour[edit]

Grosjean joined the professional tour in 1996. In 2003 and 2004, he reached the final of the Queen's London Tournament. In the same two years, he also reached the semifinals of Wimbledon. He finished 2001 as the No. 1 player from his country and for the first time in the top 10 becoming the first Frenchman to finish a year in the top 10 since Cédric Pioline in 1993. In 2001, Grosjean won the Davis Cup with the French team.

Grosjean is known for his extreme forehand, his best shot, he utilizes something of a western grip, which is hit at high velocities. He has appeared in four Grand Slam semifinal matches. As well as his two Wimbledon runs, he also reached the French Open semifinals in 2001. His most famous chance was at the 2001 Australian Open against Arnaud Clément. Grosjean led two sets to love and had a match point in the fourth set before Clément prevailed. This was long considered the worst 'choke' in five-set history,[citation needed] until the 2004 French Open final.

He won his fourth singles title at the 2007 Grand Prix de Tennis de Lyon, with a victory over countryman Marc Gicquel. He also won the doubles final with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga as a wildcard team, where they upset the first and third seeds.

Considered one of the more popular players on the circuit, he is lauded for his attractive, graceful style and classical skills. He is affectionately nicknamed 'Big John' by fans, a literal translation of his surname into English.

Personal life[edit]

Grosjean married his wife Marie-Pierre on 16 November 1998 and has a daughter named Lola (born 11 October 1998), a son named Tom (2002), and a daughter named Sam (2006). The family resides in Boca Raton, Florida (U.S.), where Grosjean trains at the Evert Tennis Academy. He is sponsored by Lacoste in apparel and Head rackets. He used the Head Radical Tour TwinTube 630 XL under various paint jobs throughout his career.

Major finals[edit]

Year-end championships finals[edit]

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

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 2001 Masters Cup Hard (i) Australia Lleyton Hewitt 3–6, 3–6, 4–6

Masters Series finals[edit]

Singles: 2 (1 title, 1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1999 Miami Masters Hard Netherlands Richard Krajicek 6–4, 1–6, 2–6, 5–7
Winner 2001 Paris Masters Carpet (i) Russia Yevgeny Kafelnikov 7–6(7–3), 6–1, 6–7(5–7), 6–4

Career finals[edit]

Singles: 13 (4 titles, 9 runner-ups)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam (0–0)
Tennis Masters Cup (0–1)
ATP Masters Series (1–1)
ATP Tour (3–7)
Finals by surface
Hard (1–4)
Clay (0–3)
Grass (1–2)
Carpet (2–0)
Outcome No. Date Championship Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 29 March 1999 Miami, United States Hard Netherlands Richard Krajicek 6–4, 1–6, 2–6, 5–7
Runner-up 2. 3 May 1999 Atlanta, United States Clay Austria Stefan Koubek 1–6, 2–6
Runner-up 3. 17 April 2000 Casablanca, Morocco Clay Spain Fernando Vicente 4–6, 6–4, 6–7(3–7)
Winner 1. 25 June 2000 Nottingham, United Kingdom Grass Zimbabwe Byron Black 7–6(9–7), 6–3
Runner-up 4. 19 February 2001 Marseille, France Hard (i) Russia Yevgeny Kafelnikov 6–7(5–7), 2–6
Winner 2. 4 November 2001 Paris Masters, France Carpet (i) Russia Yevgeny Kafelnikov 7–6(7–3), 6–1, 6–7(5–7), 6–4
Runner-up 5. 12 November 2001 Tennis Masters Cup, Sydney Hard (i) Australia Lleyton Hewitt 3–6, 3–6, 4–6
Winner 3. 27 October 2002 St. Petersburg, Russia Hard (i) Russia Mikhail Youzhny 7–5, 6–4
Runner-up 6. 16 June 2003 Queen's Club, United Kingdom Grass United States Andy Roddick 3–6, 3–6
Runner-up 7. 6 October 2003 Tokyo, Japan Hard Germany Rainer Schüttler 6–7(5–7), 2–6
Runner-up 8. 14 June 2004 Queen's Club, United Kingdom Grass United States Andy Roddick 6–7(4–7), 4–6
Runner-up 9. 25 April 2005 Houston, United States Clay United States Andy Roddick 2–6, 2–6
Winner 4. 28 October 2007 Lyon, France Carpet (i) France Marc Gicquel 7–6(7–5), 6–4

Doubles[edit]

Wins (5)
No. Date Tournament Surface Partnering Opponents Score
1. 10 April 2000 Casablanca, Morocco Clay France Arnaud Clément Germany Lars Burgsmüller
Australia Andrew Painter
7–6(7–4), 6–4
2. 22 July 2002 Los Angeles, United States Hard Germany Nicolas Kiefer United States Justin Gimelstob
France Michaël Llodra
6–4, 6–4
3. 10 February 2003 Marseille, France Hard (i) France Fabrice Santoro Czech Republic Tomáš Cibulec
Czech Republic Pavel Vízner
6–1, 6–4
4. 8 March 2004 Indian Wells, United States Hard France Arnaud Clément Zimbabwe Wayne Black
Zimbabwe Kevin Ullyett
6–3, 4–6, 7–5
5. 22 October 2007 Lyon, France Carpet (i) France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga Poland Łukasz Kubot
Croatia Lovro Zovko
6–4, 6–3

Performance timeline[edit]

Singles[edit]

Tournament 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 Career SR
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A A Q2 1R 3R SF 2R QF QF 2R QF 3R 3R A 1R 0 / 11
French Open A A 1R 1R 3R 3R SF QF 2R 2R 4R 2R 1R A A A 0 / 11
Wimbledon A A Q3 4R 3R 1R 3R A SF SF QF 3R 2R 2R A A 0 / 10
US Open A A Q1 1R 1R 3R 1R 2R 1R 2R 3R 2R 3R 1R A A 0 / 11
Grand Slam SR 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 1 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 0 0 / 1 0 / 43
Year-end championships
Tennis Masters Cup Did Not Qualify F Did Not Qualify 0 / 1
ATP Masters Series
Indian Wells A A A A A 3R 3R 1R 3R 4R 2R 4R 1R 1R A Q1 0 / 9
Miami A A A A F 3R 3R 3R 2R 4R 3R 3R 2R 2R A A 0 / 10
Monte Carlo A A Q1 2R 3R 1R SF SF A 2R A 2R A 1R A A 0 / 8
Rome A A A A 1R 1R 3R 3R 1R 2R 2R 1R A A A A 0 / 8
Madrid (Stuttgart) A A A A 2R SF 3R SF QF A 2R 2R A A A A 0 / 7
Canada A A A A 2R 3R A QF 3R 1R 3R 2R 1R A A A 0 / 8
Cincinnati A A A 1R 1R 2R A 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R Q2 A A A 0 / 8
Shanghai Not Held A A 0 / 0
Paris A A A 1R 1R 3R W 3R 2R A 1R 2R 1R A 1R A 1 / 10
Hamburg A A A A A 2R 3R 2R 2R 1R 3R 3R Q2 A NM1 0 / 7
Masters Series SR 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 3 0 / 7 0 / 9 1 / 7 0 / 9 0 / 8 0 / 7 0 / 8 0 / 9 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 1 0 / 0 1 / 75
Year-end ranking 861 405 145 88 26 19 6 17 10 15 25 28 53 170 677 722 N/A

Top 10 wins[edit]

Season 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 Total
Wins 0 0 0 2 3 7 0 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 16
# Player Rank Event Surface Rd Score GR
1999
1. Spain Carlos Moyá 1 Miami, United States Hard 4R 3–6, 6–4, 7–6(11–9) 74
2. Brazil Gustavo Kuerten 6 Indianapolis, United States Hard QF 6–4, 6–3 32
2000
3. United Kingdom Tim Henman 9 Indian Wells, United States Hard 2R 6–3, 3–6, 7–5 19
4. Australia Lleyton Hewitt 10 Toronto, Canada Hard 2R 6–3, 7–6(7–5) 27
5. Brazil Gustavo Kuerten 3 Stuttgart, Germany Hard (i) 3R 7–6(11–9), 6–3 32
2001
6. Sweden Magnus Norman 4 Australian Open, Melbourne Hard 4R 7–6(9–7), 6–3, 0–6, 6–4 19
7. Russia Marat Safin 2 World Team Cup, Düsseldorf Clay RR 7–6(8–6), 6–3 10
8. United States Andre Agassi 3 French Open, Paris Clay QF 1–6, 6–1, 6–1, 6–3 10
9. Russia Yevgeny Kafelnikov 6 Paris Masters, France Carpet (i) F 7–6(7–3), 6–1, 6–7(5–7), 6–4 8
10. Australia Pat Rafter 5 Tennis Masters Cup, Sydney Hard (i) RR 7–6(7–4), 6–3 7
11. United States Andre Agassi 3 Tennis Masters Cup, Sydney Hard (i) RR 6–3, 6–4 7
12. Russia Yevgeny Kafelnikov 6 Tennis Masters Cup, Sydney Hard (i) SF 6–4, 6–2 7
2003
13. Australia Lleyton Hewitt 1 Queen's Club, United Kingdom Grass QF 6–3, 6–4 20
14. Spain Juan Carlos Ferrero 3 Wimbledon, United Kingdom Grass 4R 6–2, 4–6, 7–6(7–2), 7–6(7–3) 14
2005
15. United States Andre Agassi 10 Houston, United States Clay QF 4–6, 6–1, 6–2 30
2006
16. Argentina Guillermo Coria 9 Australian Open, Melbourne Hard 3R 6–2, 6–2, 3–6, 6–4 28

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Grosjean ends his pro tennis career". Yahoo Sports. 27 May 2010.
  2. ^ https://www.daviscup.com/en/news/298527.aspx

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