Paul-Henri Mathieu

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

He revealed himself in 2002 when he reached the 1/8th finals of Roland Garros, where he lost to André Agassi. He then beat his first top 10 player, Albert Costa (world number 7) in Gstaad, and then the legend Pete Sampras before Sampras ended his career after winning 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 came within 2 points of the match against Mikhail Youzhny. He will finish the season revelation of the year. The rest of his career will be marked by his dantesque matches at Roland Garros against Rafael Nadal in 2006 and John Isner in 2012 forging him a reputation as a player with a great fighting spirit. This reputation was confirmed by his return to the circuit after a major knee operation in 2010 and the interruption of his career for 18 months. In Grand Slam, he will reach twice the 1/8th finals at Roland Garros, the Australian Open and Wimbledon. He finally retired from the courts in 2017 after more than 15 years on the ATP circuit.

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

 

 

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