Paul-Henri Mathieu
Paul-Henri Mathieu
Paul-Henri Mathieu
Paul-Henri Mathieu
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  • Personal
  • Career
    • Nicknamed “Paulo”
    • Began playing tennis at age 3 1/2 with his brother Pierre-Yves
    • Father, Patrick, is a dentist; mother, Yveline, is a housewife; sister, Aude
    • From 1997-2000 trained at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. before moving back to Paris
    • Admired Boris Becker growing up
    • Favourite surfaces are hard and clay
    • Voted 2002 ATP Newcomer of the Year by his fellow players
    • Wife, Quiterie; son, Gabriel; daughter, Ines


    • Ranking: The Frenchman has ended 12 of last 15 seasons in Top 100. Achieved career-high No. 12 on Apr. 7, 2008 after reaching Miami 4R (d. Cilic and Moya, l. to Nadal). Broke into Top 50 on Oct. 7, 2002 after winning Moscow title and Top 100 on June 10, 2002 following run to Roland Garros 4R. Underwent left knee surgery on Mar. 11, 2011, missed 14+ months, and was unranked from Nov. 7, 2011 to Feb. 6, 2012. Peaked at No. 6 in juniors on Jan. 3, 2000 despite arthroscopic surgeries on both knees in 1997 and 1998.
    • Milestones: Owns 4-6 record in ATP World Tour finals, including back-to-back titles in 2002 at Moscow as Q (d. Safin and Schalken) and Lyon as SE (d. Kuerten).Added titles in 2007 at Casablanca (d. Montanes) and Gstaad (d. Seppi). Reached 1st final in 6+ years at 2015 Kitzbuehel as Q (l. to Kohlschreiber). Lost 5 straight ATP finals and 6 straight ATP Challenger Tour finals (1-9 overall). Won 20+ tour-level matches in 5 straight seasons (2005-09), highlighted by 46-win effort in 2007. Owns 22-match losing streak vs. Top 10 since beating Davydenko at 2008 Olympics. Last player to beat Sampras before American retired (2002 Long Island 2R). Won ATP debut at 2000 Kitzbuehel as WC (d. Stanoytchev).
    • Grand Slams: Advanced to Grand Slam 4R on 6 occasions, coming closest to QF at 2002 Roland Garros as WC (l. to Agassi after leading by 2 sets). Most recently reached 4R at 2010 Wimbledon (l. to No. 1 Nadal). Missed 2003 Australian Open (abdomen) and 1st 3 Grand Slams of 2004 (left wrist). Ended junior career by winning 2000 Roland Garros title (d. Roddick in QF, Robredo in final).
    • ATP Masters 1000: Reached 1st ATP Masters 1000 QF and SF at 2005 Montreal (d. Roddick in 1R, l. toNadal). Owns 1-9 record in ATP Masters 1000 R16 matches.
    • Davis Cup: Made Davis Cup debut in 2002 final, falling to Safin in 4 sets and Youzhny in deciding match after leading by 2 sets (RUS d. FRA 3-2). Entered final with 13 straight ATP victories (10 MD, 3 Q), including win over Safin in Moscow. Owns 4-8 Davis Cup record.


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