21 Facts About Paul-Henri Mathieu

1.

Paul-Henri Mathieu is a French former professional tennis player.

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Paul-Henri Mathieu achieved a career-high ATP singles ranking of world No 12 in April 2008.

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3.

Paul-Henri Mathieu first began playing tennis when he was three and a half years old with his older brother Pierre-Yves.

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4.

From 1997 to 2000, Paul-Henri trained at the IMG Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Bradenton, Florida before moving back to Paris.

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5.

Paul-Henri Mathieu made his ATP World Tour singles main draw debut in July 2000 in the Austrian town of Kitzbuhel.

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6.

Paul-Henri Mathieu made the fourth round of the French Open, losing to Andre Agassi in five sets, despite having a two-set lead.

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7.

Paul-Henri Mathieu holds the distinction of being the last player to beat Pete Sampras before his retirement, which he did at the 2002 TD Waterhouse Cup.

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8.

Paul-Henri Mathieu nearly won the Davis Cup in 2002 with the French Davis Cup team, but lost the deciding rubber of the final to Mikhail Youzhny of Russia, once more after relinquishing a two-set advantage.

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Paul-Henri Mathieu won both his matches against the Swedish opponents Thomas Johansson and Joachim Johansson, but lost to Russia's Nikolay Davydenko and Igor Andreev in the quarterfinal tie.

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10.

Paul-Henri Mathieu attained a career high ranking of 28 in singles after this result, entering the world's top 30 for the first time.

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11.

Paul-Henri Mathieu rose to No 23 in the rankings, making his top 25 breakthrough.

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12.

Paul-Henri Mathieu followed that up with a win over Mario Ancic in round 2.

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13.

Paul-Henri Mathieu then made the semi-finals of New Haven losing to world number 6 James Blake in a 3rd set tiebreak.

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14.

Paul-Henri Mathieu lost in the third round to the Spaniard Marcel Granollers.

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15.

At the 2015 Generali Open Kitzbuhel, Paul-Henri Mathieu reached the final as a qualifier, after wins over Kenny de Schepper, Martin Klizan, Federico Delbonis and Nicolas Almagro.

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16.

Paul-Henri Mathieu played the last singles and doubles match of his career in an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament – the 2017 Rolex Paris Masters.

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17.

Paul-Henri Mathieu is known for his exceptionally clean groundstrokes on both wings, with his heavy topspin forehand probably being his biggest weapon.

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18.

Paul-Henri Mathieu's father and mother is a dentist and a housewife respectively.

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19.

Paul-Henri Mathieu has a sister named Aude and a brother named Pierre-Yves.

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20.

Paul-Henri Mathieu's brother Pierre-Yves is a tennis coach in Strasbourg.

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21.

On 11 March 2012, Paul-Henri Mathieu became a father for the first time when his girlfriend, Quiterie Camus, gave birth to the couple's first child, a son named Gabriel.

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