Paul-Henri Mathieu

Born in Strasbourg in 1982, "PHM" or "Paulo" is one of the French tennis players most appreciated of the latest 10 years. When he was 3 and a half, he discovered tennis in the garage of his parents and started playing this sport in the club of TX Lingolsheim. After attending the sport-study school in Reims, then the INSEP, he joined the prestigious International Tennis Academy in Tampa (Florida), where he met another future professional player, the Belgian Xavier Malisse. Before becoming a professional, he won the Roland-Garros junior tournament.

He was discovered in 2002, when he reached the eighth-finals of the Roland Garros, then losing against André Agassi. Then, he beat his first top 10, Albert Costa (n. 7 in the world) in Gstaad, then the legend Pete Sampras, before he ended his career after winning the US Open. The end of the year was marked by his success at two consecutive tournaments (Moscow and Lyon), but also by his defeat in the 5th decisive match of the Coupe Davis against Russia, in which he couldn’t compete against Mikhail Youzhny for just 2 points, ending the revelation season of the year. The rest of his career was marked by Dantean matches at the Roland Garros against Rafaël Nadal in 2006 and John Isner in 2012, contributing to building a reputation of player with a great fighting spirit. His reputation was confirmed by his coming back to the circuit after a considerable surgical intervention to the knee in 2010, obliging him to stop training for 18 months. At the Grand Chelem, he reached twice the eighth-finals at the Roland Garros, the Australian Open and at Wimbledon. Finally, he retired in 2017, after more than 15 years on the ATP circuit.

Paul-Henri Mathieu in figures:
- n. 12 in the world (best ranking on 07/04/2008)
- 4 singles titles (Moscow, Lyon, Casablanca, Gstaad)
- Victories against the members of the world’s top 10: Marat Safin, Carlos Moya, Andy Roddick, Nikolay Davidenko, Fernando Gonzales