Thierry Champion

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Thierry Champion
Thierry Champion-RG1994.jpg
Country (sports) France
ResidenceParis, France
Born (1966-08-31) 31 August 1966 (age 52)
Bagnols-sur-Cèze France
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Turned pro1989
Retired2004
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money$1,255,229
Singles
Career record102–165
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 44 (26 August 1991)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open3R (1987)
French OpenQF (1990)
WimbledonQF (1991)
US Open2R (1986, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1992)
Doubles
Career record15–38
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 135 (10 July 1989)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open1R (1989)
French Open2R (1989, 1991)
Wimbledon1R (1988)

Thierry Champion (born 31 August 1966) is a former professional tennis player from France.

Tennis career[edit]

Champion was born in Bagnols-sur-Cèze, Gard. During his career, he reached the quarter-finals at the French Open in 1990 and at Wimbledon in 1991.

A clay court specialist, Champion gained notoriety on the men's ATP tour as a wild card player with the ability to inflict defeat on seeded players well above his ranking. His play style was characterised by fast court coverage and strong baseline play with measured heavily spun passing shots, particularly from an unorthodox backhand stroke.

Reaching a career-high singles ranking of World No. 44 on the men's ATP rankings in 1991, subsequent years saw a dwindling career riddled with injury.

Champion is also remembered for being triple bageled in the 2nd round of the 1993 French Open by eventual winner Sergi Bruguera.[1] That was two years after he double breadsticked himself against Pete Sampras.

Champion was the coach of French tennis player Gaël Monfils since September 2004 but they parted company in September 2006. He was also the coach of Hicham Arazi, Nicolas Escudé and Paul-Henri Mathieu. At the 2008 Wimbledon Championships he was seen to be coaching the previous year's semi-finalist and number 8 seed Richard Gasquet.

Career singles finals[edit]

Wins (0–1)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam (0–0)
Tennis Masters Cup (0–0)
ATP Masters Series (0–0)
ATP Championship Series (0–0)
ATP Tour (0–1)
Titles by Surface
Hard (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Clay (0–1)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Championship Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1. 14 August 1988 St Vincent, Italy Clay Sweden Kent Carlsson 0-6, 2-6

Singles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 Career SR Career Win-Loss
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A A 3R LQ 1R A 1R 1R 2R A A A 1R A 0 / 6 2-6
French Open A 1R 2R 2R 1R QF 3R 1R 2R 2R 2R 2R 3R A 0 / 12 14–12
Wimbledon 1R 1R A 1R 1R A QF 3R A A A 1R A A 0 / 7 6–7
U.S. Open A 2R A 2R A 2R 2R 2R A A A A A A 0 / 5 4-6
Grand Slam SR 0 / 1 0 / 3 0 / 2 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 2 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 2 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 2 0 / 2 0 / 0 0 / 30 N/A
Annual Win-Loss 0-1 1-3 2–2 1-4 0–3 5–2 7–4 3–4 2–2 1–1 1–1 1–2 2–2 0–0 N/A 26–31

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