Fabrice Santoro

Fabrice Santoro ( born December 9, 1972 in Tahiti, French Polynesia ) is a former French tennis player.

  • 3.2.1 Siege
  • 3.2.2 finals


Santoro was and is working for the Rochus Club Dusseldorf in the German tennis league.

He won the individual in his career six ATP tournaments: 1997 in Lyon, 1999 in Marseille, 2000 in Doha, 2002 in Dubai as well as 2007 and 2008, in Newport, with six other tournaments he reached the final.

Successful Santoro was in a double, where he won a total of 24 tracks and stood at 18 other tournaments in the final. Among other things, he won the 2003 and 2004, the doubles competition at the Australian Open on the side of his compatriot Michaël Llodra.

Santoro presented at the French Open in 2004 together with his compatriot Arnaud Clément to a new record in the history of Grand Slam tournaments: the match that Santoro end up with 6:4, 6:3, 6:75, 3:6 16:14 and won, took - over two days ( 24-25 of May. ) distributed - total of 6 hours and 33 minutes. This record was surpassed at Wimbledon in 2010 with the first round match of John Isner and Nicolas Mahut.

At the Australian Open 2006 Santoro failed only in the quarterfinals to David Nalbandian. At the U.S. Open in 2007 he moved with his participation equal to 61 at a Grand Slam tournament with Andre Agassi. This record surpassed Santoro at the Australian Open in 2008, since the 2010 Australian Open, he holds it alone - with 70 starts at Grand Slam tournaments. Another statistic is that he has defeated a player 19 times in his long career, which was previously the world rank list first. Santoro was also the first player who has led the Champions Race standings ( after his tournament win in Doha in January 2000).

After his Erstrundenaus at the 2010 Australian Open against Marin Cilic Fabrice Santoro ended his career.

Peculiarity of his game

A striking feature of Santoro's playing style was that he played two-handed forehand and backhand, which is extremely rare in men's tennis. As a right-handed, he can also play with the left. If he can reach, for example, with his right backhand a ball no more, he just plays with his left hand a forehand. He was one of the fastest players on the tour and could vary well. He gladly took the pace out of the game, waiting for a mistake of the opponent. It was noticeable also that he also completed his volley game with both hands. They called him the magician, the " Magicien of the Courts ."









AF = knockout round, VF = quarter-finals, semi-finals HF =, F = Final, W = Win, digit = first round