44 Facts About Frederico Gil


Frederico Gil was the first Portuguese man to reach the third round in a Grand Slam singles event and the quarterfinals of a Masters 1000 event.

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Frederico Gil was the first Portuguese to hit one million dollars in career prize money.

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In 2009, Frederico Gil became the second Portuguese player to reach the singles top 100, and in October 2010, he and Rui Machado were the first Portuguese duo to rank inside the top 100 simultaneously.

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Frederico "Fred" Gil was born in Sao Jorge de Arroios, Lisbon.

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Frederico Gil's father Rui works for an insurance company and his mother Carlota is a mathematics teacher.

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Frederico Gil started playing tennis at the age of four on a court built in his family's grounds.

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Frederico Gil joined a local club when he was 7, and won his first tournament shortly after.

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Aged 10, Frederico Gil was diagnosed with osteochondroma and was told to give up from tennis.

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In 2003, Frederico Gil joined the Clube Escola Tenis de Oeiras, led by his mentor and future coach Joao Cunha e Silva.

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Frederico Gil has been a guest commentator at Portuguese Eurosport transmissions.

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Frederico Gil made his debut in a junior tournament in July 2000 at the Grade 4 Taca Diogo Napoles in Porto, by playing the main draw in the doubles event.

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Until his last appearance in a junior event in December 2003, Frederico Gil won three singles titles out of six finals, and conquered six doubles titles in eight finals attempts.

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At Grade A events, Frederico Gil reached the 2003 singles final and won the 2002 and 2003 doubles finals of the Banana Bowl, as well as the quarterfinals of the singles event at the 2003 Orange Bowl.

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In 2003, his final junior season, Frederico Gil turned professional after entering his first singles main draw event at a Futures event in Espinho in February.

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At the 2004 Estoril Open, Frederico Gil made his ATP Tour debut playing the doubles event alongside Bernardo Mota and reached the quarterfinals.

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Frederico Gil was called for the Portugal Davis Cup team for the first time this season.

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Frederico Gil began 2005 season with two straight singles titles and one doubles runner-up at Futures tournaments in Faro and Lagos between February and March.

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Frederico Gil won two singles titles and one doubles title out of two finals at Futures level.

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Frederico Gil played regularly at that level the rest of the season and reached his first doubles final in Bogota.

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At ATP Tour level, Frederico Gil entered again in the Estoril Open doubles event and lost in the first round with Leonardo Tavares.

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At Davis Cup, Frederico Gil consolidated his place in the National team with 3 more participations.

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Frederico Gil won six matches out seven against Estonia, Algeria and Slovenia teams, with his only loss coming against Algeria's Lamine Ouahab.

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In 2006, Frederico Gil made his ATP Tour debut in a singles event at the 2006 Estoril Open.

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Frederico Gil made his first attempt to enter the main draw of a Grand Slam tournament at the 2007 French Open, but lost in the final match of the qualifying rounds.

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Frederico Gil entered his first ATP tournament outside of Portugal at the Grand Prix Hassan II, where he lost in the first round to Julien Benneteau.

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At the Estoril Open, Frederico Gil was defeated by Richard Gasquet in the second round.

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The next month, Frederico Gil was called up for the Portugal Davis Cup team to face Tunisia and won his singles match against Malek Jaziri.

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Frederico Gil then entered directly in the main draw of the US Open, where he lost again to Chardy in the first round.

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Frederico Gil played Challenger tournaments the remaining season, without reaching any finals.

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Frederico Gil then entered his first career Masters 1000 event in Miami, as a qualifier.

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Frederico Gil continued his form with a quarterfinals presence at the Grand Prix Hassan II, and fell in the second round at the Barcelona Open to Nadal again.

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Frederico Gil finished his season with a second round loss at the Vienna Open and qualifying round exits at the Swiss Indoors and the Paris Masters.

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Frederico Gil began 2010 season with first round exits at the Qatar Open and the Sydney International, both times against Potito Starace.

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Frederico Gil won a singles title in Milan and a doubles title in Lugano before losing in the first round at the Wimbledon Championships to Marcel Granollers.

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Frederico Gil rebounded with a Challenger doubles title in Turin.

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Frederico Gil finished 2010 season following a loss in the qualifying rounds of the Valencia Open.

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Frederico Gil entered the 2011 season with early round losses at the Chennai Open and the Sydney International.

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Frederico Gil was initially invited for the Estoril Open as a wildcard, in virtue of his low ranking, but he eventually qualified directly, because of pre-tournament drop-outs.

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Frederico Gil finished the year placed in the 102nd position in the world behind Rui Machado.

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Frederico Gil finished the match eight for 22 on his break point opportunities.

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Frederico Gil dominated with his return game, breaking the Spaniard six times, winning 66 per cent of his return points to clinch the upset in 57 minutes.

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Frederico Gil was involved in some on-court incidents with fellow players due to his playing style.

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Frederico Gil signed a sponsorship deal with sportswear and equipments producer Asics in 2009, which combined monetary and material support.

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Frederico Gil is currently sponsored by sports supplements company Gold Nutrition, and has used Prince Sports racquets throughout his career.

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