Sébastien Grosjean

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Sébastien Grosjean
Sebastien Grosjean Miami.jpg
Country (sports)  France
Residence Boca Raton, Florida, U.S.
Born (1978-05-29) 29 May 1978 (age 39)
Marseille, France
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Turned pro 1996
Retired May 27, 2010
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money $8,131,804
Singles
Career record 341–247
Career titles 4
Highest ranking No. 4 (28 October 2002)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open SF (2001)
French Open SF (2001)
Wimbledon SF (2003, 2004)
US Open 3R (2000, 2005, 2007)
Other tournaments
Tour Finals F (2001)
Olympic Games QF (2000)
Doubles
Career record 82–99
Career titles 5
Highest ranking No. 52 (12 April 2004)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 3R (2001)
French Open 1R (1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2007, 2008, 2009)
US Open 3R (2008)
Mixed doubles
Career record 2–2
Career titles 0
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
French Open 3R (1998)
Team competitions
Davis Cup W (2001)

Sébastien René Grosjean (French pronunciation: ​[sebastjɛ̃ ʁəne ɡʁoˈʒɑ̃]; born 29 May 1978) is a retired tennis player from France. His career-high ATP singles ranking was world No. 4, achieved in October 2002. Grosjean retired from tennis on 27 May 2010.[1]

Career[edit]

Sebastien Grosjean 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 semi-finals 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 semi-finals 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, until the 2004 French Open final.

He won his fourth singles title at the 2007 Grand Prix de Tennis de Lyon, with a 7–6, 6–4 victory over countryman Marc Gicquel. He also won the doubles final with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (who Grosjean beat in the singles semifinals), entering the tournament as a wildcard team where they upset the first and third seeds. They beat Łukasz Kubot and Lovro Zovko 6–4, 6–3 in the final, and the Kubot-Zovko team was the only team that was not all-French.

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 November 16, 1998 and has a daughter named Lola (born October 11, 1998), a son named Tom (2002) and a daughter named Sam (2006). The family currently resides in Boca Raton, Florida, United States, where Grosjean trains at the Evert Tennis Academy. He is sponsored by Lacoste in apparel and Head rackets. He used the Head Prestige Classic 660 throughout his career.

Major finals[edit]

Year-End Championships finals[edit]

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

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

Doubles[edit]

Wins (5)
No. Date Tournament Surface Partnering Opponents in the final Score
1. April 10, 2000 Casablanca, Morocco Clay France Arnaud Clément Germany Lars Burgsmüller
Australia Andrew Painter
7–6(7–4), 6–4
2. July 22, 2002 Los Angeles, California, United States Hard Germany Nicolas Kiefer United States Justin Gimelstob
France Michaël Llodra
6–4, 6–4
3. February 10, 2003 Marseille, France Hard (i) France Fabrice Santoro Czech Republic Tomáš Cibulec
Czech Republic Pavel Vízner
6–1, 6–4
4. March 8, 2004 Indian Wells, California, United States Hard France Arnaud Clément Zimbabwe Wayne Black
Zimbabwe Kevin Ullyett
6–3, 4–6, 7–5
5. October 22, 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 Slams
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
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, Australia Hard 4R 7–6(9–7), 6–3, 0–6, 6–4 19
7. Russia Marat Safin 2 World Team Cup, Düsseldorf, Germany Clay RR 7–6(8–6), 6–3 10
8. United States Andre Agassi 3 French Open, Paris, France Clay QF 1–6, 6–1, 6–1, 6–3 10
9. Russia Yevgeny Kafelnikov 6 Paris, 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, Australia Hard (i) RR 7–6(7–4), 6–3 7
11. United States Andre Agassi 3 Tennis Masters Cup, Sydney, Australia Hard (i) RR 6–3, 6–4 7
12. Russia Yevgeny Kafelnikov 6 Tennis Masters Cup, Sydney, Australia Hard (i) SF 6–4, 6–2 7
2003
13. Australia Lleyton Hewitt 1 Queen's Club, London, United Kingdom Grass QF 6–3, 6–4 20
14. Spain Juan Carlos Ferrero 3 Wimbledon, London, 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, Australia 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. 

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