34 Facts About Patty Schnyder


Patty Schnyder was born on 14 December 1978 and is a Swiss retired tennis player.


Patty Schnyder won eleven WTA singles titles including Zurich Open, and five WTA doubles titles and earned almost $8.6 million in prize money.


On 5 December 2003, Schnyder married her German coach Rainer Hofmann, who was an IT specialist, at a resort in Baden-Baden, Germany.


In early 2014, three years following her retirement from tennis, Patty Schnyder announced her divorce to Hofman.


In 1996, Patty Schnyder made her Grand Slam main-draw debut at the French Open.


In December 2003, Patty Schnyder married Rainer Hofmann, who had accompanied her on the WTA Tour since 1999 and became her full-time tennis coach in early 2003.


Patty Schnyder won eleven singles titles, including a victory in Zurich over former No 1, Lindsay Davenport, and five doubles titles.


Patty Schnyder defeated four top-10 players consecutively, including Serena Williams and then-world No 1 Jennifer Capriati, in 2002 at the Family Circle Cup in Charleston, which is the largest women-only tennis event held in the United States.


Later that season, she reached the semifinals at the Tier-I tournaments in Charleston and Zurich, two large WTA events where Patty Schnyder compiled an excellent record.


Patty Schnyder reached five tour finals, winning two of them.


Patty Schnyder was runner-up at the Tier-I events Rome and Zurich.


Patty Schnyder reached the final in Linz, falling to Nadia Petrova.


Patty Schnyder reached the career high of world No 7 after the end-of-season WTA Championships.


Patty Schnyder had a mediocre year in 2007, and she lost her top-10 ranking.


Patty Schnyder finished her year with a run to the Generali Ladies Linz final, beating Chakvetadze in the quarterfinals and Marion Bartoli in the semifinals, before convincingly losing in the final to Hantuchova.


Patty Schnyder began 2008 by beating Mauresmo in the quarterfinals of the Mondial Women's Hardcourts tournament in the Gold Coast before losing to Li Na in the semifinals.


Patty Schnyder then lost in the second round of the Proximus Diamond Games to eventual finalist Karin Knapp, losing in a final-set tiebreak.


Patty Schnyder entered the Qatar Open and beat Paszek easily.


Patty Schnyder lost to Slovakia's Dominika Cibulkova in the second round.


Patty Schnyder then competed in the Bangalore Open, a Tier-II event in India.


Patty Schnyder defeated Akgul Amanmuradova, in the quarterfinals, and then managed to beat Yan Zi, in the semifinal.


Patty Schnyder again lost to Casey Dellacqua at Wimbledon in the first round, although she played an epic match.


Alongside Emmanuelle Gagliardi, Patty Schnyder played for her team in the 2008 Summer Olympics.


Patty Schnyder beat Katarina Srebotnik in the fourth round to advance to the quarterfinals for the first time in ten years, where she lost to fifth seeded Elena Dementieva.


At the Commonwealth Bank Tennis Classic, Patty Schnyder won her first title in over three years when she defeated Tamira Paszek in the final in two sets.


At the 2009 Madrid Masters, Patty Schnyder defeated world No 10, Nadia Petrova, in the third round and world No 4, Jelena Jankovic, in the quarterfinals, but lost to world No 1, Dinara Safina, in the semifinals.


Patty Schnyder again made her second final of the year in Linz, but suffered an upset at the hands of Ana Ivanovic, losing in straight sets in just 47 minutes.


Patty Schnyder did not play at the beginning of the 2011 season, prior to the Australian Open, due to illness.


Patty Schnyder signaled, after disappointing first-round losses in both singles and doubles at the Family Circle Cup, that she would indeed be retiring sometime that year.


Patty Schnyder announced her retirement in May 2011, stating fatigue and lack of motivation as the main reasons for cutting her tennis career short.


Hence, in mid-2015, Patty Schnyder returned to the professional circuit and competed in ITF Circuit tournaments in Darmstadt, Germany and Oldenzaal, Netherlands.


Patty Schnyder made her second final of her comeback in Bangkok, losing to Kaia Kanepi.


In 2016, Patty Schnyder played a complete season, competing in 20 tournaments.


In 2017, Patty Schnyder's comeback gained traction, as she won the ITF tournaments in Perigueux and Horb and additionally reached the finals in Essen, Biarritz and Toronto.