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Paul-Henri Mathieu

Born in Strasbourg in 1982, "PHM" or "Paulo" is one of the most popular French tennis players in the last 10 years. At 3 and a half, he discovered tennis in his parents' garage before starting tennis in the TX Lingolsheim club. After a stint in sport-study in Reims then INSEP, he joined the prestigious International Tennis Academy in Tampa in Florida, where he found another future professional player, the Belgian Xavier Malisse. Before going professional, he won the junior Roland-Garros tournament.

He revealed himself in 2002 when he reached the 1/8 finals of Roland Garros, where he failed against André Agassi. Subsequently, he beat his first top 10, Albert Costa (n ° 7 worldwide) in Gstaad, then the legend Pete Sampras before he put an end to his career following his victory at the US Open. The end of the year will be marked by his 2 successes in two consecutive tournaments (Moscow and Lyon), but also by his defeat in the 5th decisive match of the Davis Cup final against Russia, where he rose to 2 points from match against Mikhail Youzhny. It will end the revelation season of the year. The rest of his career will be marked by his dantesque matches at Roland Garros against Rafaël Nadal in 2006 and John Isner in 2012 forging him a reputation as a player with great fighting spirit. Reputation confirmed by his return to the circuit after a major knee operation in 2010 and the interruption of his career for 18 months. In the Grand Slam, he will reach the 1/8 finals at Roland Garros, the Australian Open and Wimbledon twice. He finally retired from the courts in 2017 after more than 15 years on the ATP circuit.

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

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