65 Facts About Joao Sousa

1. In May 2015, Joao Sousa started a partnership with sports supplements company Gold Nutrition.

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2. Joao Sousa uses a Wilson racquet, and is endorsed by Lotto Sport Italia since January 2014, in a two-year partnership which covers the supply of footwear, clothing and accessories.

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3. Joao Sousa won his first Challenger title on hard courts in July 2013 in his hometown Guimaraes.

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4. Joao Sousa is right-handed and plays with a two-handed backhand.

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5. At the Miami Open, Joao Sousa entered as 30th seed, receiving a bye for the first round, but lost in the second round to Fabio Fognini.

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6. Joao Sousa lost in three sets to Jack Sock, but the result allowed him to re-enter the Top 40 in the ATP Singles Rankings.

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7. Joao Sousa started the 2017 season at the Auckland Open , where he reached the final after beating Albert Ramos-Vinolas, Brydan Klein, Robin Haase and Marcos Baghdatis.

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8. Joao Sousa trained with Rafael Nadal in the offseason for the second year running.

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9. Joao Sousa went on to defeat Feliciano Lopez in 4 sets but his run ended losing to a resurgent Grigor Dimitrov.

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10. At the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Joao Sousa won his first match but lost in the next round in three sets to eventual silver medalist Juan Martin del Potro.

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11. At the Valencia Open, Joao Sousa capped the season with his second career ATP title and the first of the season in four final attempts.

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12. At the St Petersburg Open, Joao Sousa reached his third final of the season.

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13. Joao Sousa proceeded to the final, his first of the season, where he lost to Thomaz Bellucci.

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14. At the Geneva Open, Joao Sousa won a first round match over his Brazilian homophone Joao Souza, which was notable for the umpire needing to refer to each player by their nationality to distinguish between them during the calls.

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15. Joao Sousa progressed to a third round match-up with 6th seed Andy Murray, becoming the second Portuguese player to reach that stage.

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16. Joao Sousa began the 2015 season with an early round loss at the Auckland Open.

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17. Joao Sousa became the first Portuguese player to maintain top-100 status by playing exclusively on the ATP World Tour in a single season.

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18. Joao Sousa became the second Portuguese player to reach the top-100 of both ATP rankings, after Nuno Marques.

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19. Joao Sousa lost the final in straight sets to Goffin.

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20. Joao Sousa rebounded at the 2014 Moselle Open with his second ATP singles final of the season, after defeating former ATP top-10 Gael Monfils in the semifinals.

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21. Joao Sousa lost both his singles and doubles matches, confirming the relegation of Portugal to Group II in 2015.

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22. At the 2014 US Open, Joao Sousa became the first Portuguese player to be seeded at a Grand Slam tournament, with the 32nd seed at the singles competition.

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23. Joao Sousa was eliminated in the second round of the Winston-Salem Open.

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24. At the Cincinnati Masters, Joao Sousa was defeated by Andy Murray in the second round.

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25. Joao Sousa lost the final to the Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas in straight sets.

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26. In July, Joao Sousa reached his second-career ATP tour level final and his first of 2014 at the Swedish Open, defeating the defending champion Carlos Berlocq in the semifinals.

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27. Joao Sousa beat in succession Paolo Lorenzi, Mate Pavic and Thiemo de Bakker, losing in the semifinals to Benjamin Becker.

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28. At the Rosmalen Grass Court Championships, Joao Sousa became the first Portuguese player ever to reach the semifinal of an ATP tour level grass tournament.

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29. Joao Sousa made his debut at an ATP grass tournament main draw at the Halle Open.

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30. Joao Sousa won his first singles match against Janez Semrajc, but then lost in the doubles match and his second singles match against Blaz Kavcic.

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31. Joao Sousa began the 2014 season with a first-round loss at the 2014 Qatar Open.

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32. In November, Joao Sousa was nominated for the 2013 Portuguese Sportsman of the Year award, losing to cyclist Rui Costa.

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33. Joao Sousa finished his 2013 season by being eliminated from the Paris Masters in the qualifying round.

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34. Joao Sousa officially entered the top 50 for the first time on 7 October 2013.

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35. Joao Sousa beat Frenchman Julien Benneteau in three sets in the final after saving one match point, becoming the first Portuguese player to win an ATP World Tour singles tournament.

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36. Joao Sousa lost his second singles match to Radu Albot in an epic five-set duel which lasted nearly five hours.

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37. Joao Sousa won his first singles match over Maxim Dubarenco and the doubles match with Gastao Elias.

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38. Joao Sousa would lose in the qualifying rounds of the doubles competition, while partnering with Teymuraz Gabashvili.

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39. Joao Sousa missed the 2013 Wimbledon Championships main draw after losing in the third qualifying round to Julian Reister.

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40. At the 2013 French Open, Joao Sousa won his first round match over Go Soeda in straight sets, and lost in the second round to Spaniard Feliciano Lopez.

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41. Joao Sousa was scheduled to return as a wild card at the Portugal Open.

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42. Joao Sousa lost to world number three Andy Murray in straight sets in the second round.

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43. Joao Sousa started the 2013 season with his first participation in ATP tour level hardcourt tournaments at the Chennai Open and the Sydney International.

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44. Joao Sousa played his first doubles rubber against Israel, partnering with Gastao Elias in a loss against Andy Ram and Jonathan Erlich.

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45. Joao Sousa entered main draw events at the Barcelona Open and the Croatia Open (lost to Matthias Bachinger in the 1st round).

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46. At the 2012 Estoril Open, Joao Sousa reached the quarterfinals of an ATP tour tournament for the first time, losing to Albert Ramos.

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47. Joao Sousa made his first attempt at entering the main draw of a Grand Slam tournament, but fell in the qualifying rounds at the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the US Open.

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48. At the ATP World Tour, Joao Sousa participated as a wildcard in the singles and doubles events in Estoril, losing in the second round of the former to Canadian Milos Raonic.

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49. In 2010, Joao Sousa won his first Challenger title at the Tampere's doubles tournament in August.

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50. Joao Sousa had his first ATP win over Austrian Oliver Marach, losing to Frederico Gil in the second round.

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51. In 2008, Joao Sousa began the season by winning his first professional title at the final of a Futures doubles tournament in Murcia.

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52. Joao Sousa would not go beyond quarterfinals at any Futures event until 2008.

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53. Joao Sousa peaked at number 61 in the world junior rankings in early 2007, shortly after entering the main draw of the 2006 Orange Bowl.

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54. In 2005 Joao Sousa was runner-up at the Portugal under-16 National Championship, losing in the final to Gastao Elias.

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55. Joao Sousa made his debut in a junior tournament in August 2004 at the Grade 4 Taca Diogo Napoles in Porto, reaching the semifinals.

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56. Joao Sousa is fluent in Portuguese, Spanish, Catalan, as well as English, French and Italian.

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57. Joao Sousa was first coached by Alvaro Margets, under the supervision of one of his mentors, Francisco Roig.

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58. In September 2004, aged 15, Joao Sousa moved to Barcelona, Spain, to attend a boarding school and join the Catalan Tennis Federation.

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59. Joao Sousa played football at local clubs Vitoria de Guimaraes—of which he is a keen supporter—and Os Sandinenses until the age of 14, when he decided to give up on football and the goal of studying medicine to pursue a professional tennis career.

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60. At age seven, Joao Sousa began playing tennis with his father at a local club.

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61. Joao Sousa was born on 30 March 1989 in Guimaraes, Portugal, to Armando Marinho de Sousa, a judge and amateur tennis player, and Adelaide Coelho Sousa, a bank clerk.

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62. Joao Sousa is the fourth Portuguese player to reach the singles top 100, and the second to do so in both singles and doubles rankings, after Nuno Marques.

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63. Joao Sousa debuted in the top-level ATP World Tour in 2008, and rose to prominence at the 2013 Malaysian Open, where he became the first Portuguese player to win a World Tour-level singles tournament.

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64. Joao Sousa started playing in the ATP Challenger Tour in 2008, winning his first tournament at this level in 2011.

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65. Joao Sousa is nicknamed Conquistador for sharing his birthplace with Afonso I of Portugal, the country's first king.

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