68 Facts About Amelie Mauresmo


Amelie Simone Mauresmo is a French former world No 1 tennis player and tournament director.

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Amelie Mauresmo first attained the top ranking on 13 September 2004, holding it for five weeks on that occasion.

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Amelie Mauresmo was known for her powerful one-handed backhand and strong net play.

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Amelie Mauresmo officially announced her retirement from professional tennis on 3 December 2009, ending a career of 15 years.

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Amelie Mauresmo was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2015.

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Amelie Mauresmo began playing tennis at the age of four, after being inspired by Yannick Noah's win in the 1983 French Open on television.

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Amelie Mauresmo's mother Francoise is a housewife and her father Francis, who died in March 2004, was an engineer.

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Amelie Mauresmo has a brother, Fabien, who is an engineer.

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In 1996, Amelie Mauresmo won both the junior French Open and Wimbledon women's singles titles.

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Amelie Mauresmo was named 1996 Junior World Champion by the International Tennis Federation.

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Unseeded Amelie Mauresmo reached the Australian Open final in 1999 with wins over three seeded players, including world No 1, Lindsay Davenport, before falling to world No 2, Martina Hingis.

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Amelie Mauresmo was only the second Frenchwoman ever to reach the Australian Open final;.

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Amelie Mauresmo was only the third Frenchwoman to reach any Grand Slam final during the Open Era.

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Amelie Mauresmo defeated Hingis later in the year, en route to the final of the Paris indoor event.

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Amelie Mauresmo reached the semifinals at Wimbledon, where she lost to Serena Williams in three sets after winning the first set and up a break in the second set.

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Amelie Mauresmo reached the quarterfinals of the three other Grand Slam tournaments and won three Tier I titles in Rome, Berlin, and Montreal.

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Amelie Mauresmo won a silver medal in singles at the Olympic Games in Athens, where she was defeated by Justine Henin in the final.

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On 13 September 2004, Amelie Mauresmo became the first French tennis player to become world No 1 since the computer rankings began in the 1970s.

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Amelie Mauresmo held that ranking for five weeks and was the second woman, after Kim Clijsters, to have attained the top spot without having won a Grand Slam title.

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Amelie Mauresmo reached the quarterfinals of the Australian Open, but was defeated there by eventual champion Serena Williams.

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At the French Open, seeded third, Amelie Mauresmo was upset in the third round by the then little-known 17-year-old Ana Ivanovic, in three sets.

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Amelie Mauresmo had, at the Australian Open earlier in the year, become the first player to defeat the Serb in the main draw of a Grand Slam tournament, winning in straight sets in the third round.

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At the US Open, Amelie Mauresmo lost in the quarterfinals to Mary Pierce, in straight sets.

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Amelie Mauresmo claimed her first singles title at the WTA Tour Championships.

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Amelie Mauresmo defeated Pierce in the final after losing to Pierce in a round-robin match at that tournament, in three sets.

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At the Australian Open, Amelie Mauresmo captured her first Grand Slam singles title, defeating Belgian former world No 1 players, Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin, en route.

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Amelie Mauresmo then won her next two tournaments, the Open Gaz de France tournament in Paris and the Proximus Diamond Games in Antwerp, Belgium.

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Amelie Mauresmo then reached the semifinals of the Miami Open in Key Biscayne, Florida, where she lost to the eventual champion Svetlana Kuznetsova.

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Amelie Mauresmo next suffered a first-round loss at the Wimbledon warm-up tournament in Eastbourne.

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Amelie Mauresmo was the first Frenchwoman since Suzanne Lenglen to win Wimbledon.

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Amelie Mauresmo remains the most recent woman to win Wimbledon with a single-handed backhand.

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Amelie Mauresmo then pulled out of the Fed Cup World Group I playoff tie against the Czech Republic due to a groin injury sustained during Wimbledon.

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Amelie Mauresmo then reached the final of the China Open, losing to Kuznetsova.

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Amelie Mauresmo finished the year ranked world No 3, behind Henin and Sharapova.

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Amelie Mauresmo started the year in Australia with a quarterfinal loss to Jelena Jankovic at the Sydney International.

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Amelie Mauresmo then played the Dubai Open, where she lost to Justine Henin in the final.

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On 16 March 2007, Amelie Mauresmo received the Chevalier of the Legion d'honneur from President Jacques Chirac.

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Amelie Mauresmo was scheduled to play the Miami Open but was forced to withdraw because of acute appendicitis.

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Amelie Mauresmo withdrew from the US Open, because of a lack of fitness.

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Amelie Mauresmo made her return to the tour at the China Open in Beijing.

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Amelie Mauresmo then entered the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, where she lost to Elena Dementieva in straight sets.

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In Zurich, Amelie Mauresmo lost in the second round to Alona Bondarenko in three sets.

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Amelie Mauresmo then lost in the third round of Tier-I events, the Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells and the Miami Open in Key Biscayne.

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Amelie Mauresmo declined the nomination by the French Tennis Federation to play in the Olympic Games after Mary Pierce withdrew.

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Amelie Mauresmo lost in the first round at Tokyo and Beijing, both times in long three-set defeats by Dominika Cibulkova.

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Amelie Mauresmo ended her year with a quarterfinal result at Luxembourg, losing to eventual champion Elena Dementieva.

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Amelie Mauresmo won her first tournament since 2007 by defeating Elena Dementieva in the final of the Open Gaz de France tournament in Paris.

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Amelie Mauresmo was the 17th seed at the 2009 Wimbledon Championships.

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Amelie Mauresmo announced at a press conference on 8 October 2009 that she was considering retiring from tennis.

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In June and July 2010, Amelie Mauresmo temporarily coached fellow French player Michael Llodra during the grass season.

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On 7 November, Amelie Mauresmo ran her first marathon at the 2010 New York City Marathon, finishing 3hr: 40m: 20s.

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At the 2011 French Open, Amelie Mauresmo was set to be reunited with Llodra, making her professional return in the mixed doubles competition, but was disqualified before competing, as she had not re-registered for the anti-doping procedures required to compete on the tour.

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In 2012, Amelie Mauresmo joined forces with 2012 Australian Open champion and then-world No 1, Victoria Azarenka, and her team as a support coach to help the Belarusian in defending her world No 1 ranking and launching an assault on the remaining three Grand Slams of 2012 and the 2012 Olympics.

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In 2013, Amelie Mauresmo started coaching French No 1, Marion Bartoli, joining forces with her shortly before the 2013 Wimbledon Championships.

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In May 2015, Amelie Mauresmo oversaw Murray's first career titles on clay, including the 2015 Madrid Open, which culminated in a first-ever clay-court victory over Rafael Nadal.

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Amelie Mauresmo gave birth to a son in August 2015, and was on maternity leave after Wimbledon until late in the year, with Murray coached by Jonas Bjorkman in Amelie Mauresmo's absence.

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In 2016, Amelie Mauresmo was back coaching Murray as he reached his fifth Australian Open final before losing to Djokovic in straight sets.

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The next day, 9 May 2016, Amelie Mauresmo announced in Rome that she had stepped down as Murray's coach.

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Under Amelie Mauresmo's coaching, Pouille, who had never previously won a match at the Australian Open, reached the semifinals of the 2019 edition, where he lost to eventual champion Novak Djokovic.

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Amelie Mauresmo was an aggressive player with an all-court game, who was noted for her technical mastery.

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Amelie Mauresmo could hit her backhand flat and with depth, with topspin, or with slice; her backhand was responsible for most of the winners she accumulated on court.

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Amelie Mauresmo's forehand was more erratic, and players acquainted with Mauresmo's game would hit relentlessly to her forehand to try to force an error.

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Amelie Mauresmo was one of the strongest net players on the WTA Tour, and would frequently choose to finish points at the net.

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Amelie Mauresmo was an aggressive returner, standing on the baseline to receive first serves, neutralising them effectively with a backhand down-the-line or an inside-out forehand.

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Amelie Mauresmo would stand several feet within the baseline to receive second serves and could hit return winners frequently.

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Amelie Mauresmo's game was effective on all surfaces, and she won tournaments on all four surfaces.

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Amelie Mauresmo was criticized for her mental strength after succumbing to nerves in those events.

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Amelie Mauresmo is one of several tennis players, male or female, to have reached the top ranking without first winning a Grand Slam singles title.

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