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Fabrice Santoro
Santoro Roland Garros 2009 1.jpg
Nickname(s) The Magician, The Italian Stallion, The Magic Man
Country  France
Residence Geneva, Switzerland
Date of birth December 9, 1972 (1972-12-09) (age 37)
Place of birth Tahiti, French Polynesia
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight 163 lb (74 kg; 11.6 st)
Turned pro 1989
Plays Right-handed; two-handed on both sides
Career prize money $10,003,153
Singles
Career record 470–443
Career titles 6
Highest ranking No. 17 (August 6, 2001)
Current ranking No. 72 (end of 2009)
Grand Slam results
Australian Open QF (2006)
French Open 4R (1991, 2001)
Wimbledon 3R (2001)
US Open 3R (1990, 1998, 1999, 2004)
Doubles
Career record 377–257
Career titles 24
Highest ranking No. 6 (July 5, 1999)
Current ranking No. 177 (October 19, 2009)
Australian Open W (2003, 2004)
French Open F (2004)
Wimbledon F (2006)
US Open SF (2003)
Last updated on: July 13, 2009.

Fabrice Vetea Santoro (born December 9, 1972) is a French professional male tennis player from Tahiti, the largest island in French Polynesia, located in the Pacific Ocean.

Santoro has been more successful in doubles, having won the 2003 and 2004 Australian Opens partnering Michaël Llodra, and having been runner-up at the 2002 Australian Open, 2004 French Open and 2006 Wimbledon Championships. He also won the 2005 French Open mixed doubles title with Daniela Hantuchová.

In addition to his doubles prowess, Fabrice is noted for his cheery attitude on court and his vast arsenal of trick shots, making him a crowd favorite and gaining him the admiration of his peers. In recognition of Santoro's varied and innovative style of play, Pete Sampras has nicknamed him The Magician.

Santoro plays with two hands on forehand and backhand, and though he is right-handed, often slices his forehand with his left hand. He attributes this to his having used racquets of the same weight throughout his career, which were too heavy for a six-year-old starting off a career to hold with one hand. Santoro has beaten many former world number one players including Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras, and is famous for his record against Marat Safin (7–2). At 36, he is currently the oldest player in the ATP Top 100.

With his participation in the 2008 Australian Open, he broke Andre Agassi's record in Grand Slam appearances over his career with a total of 62 participations (Agassi's record was 61) and dated his 69th appearance with the 2009 US Open.

Santoro will come out of retirement for one tournament at the 2010 Australian Open in order to obtain a record for having played in grand slams in four different decades.[1]

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Trivia

Grand Slam finals

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Men's doubles: 5 finals (2 titles, 3 runner-ups)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 2002 Australian Open Hard France Michaël Llodra The Bahamas Mark Knowles
Canada Daniel Nestor
7–6(4), 6–3
Winner 2003 Australian Open (1) Hard France Michaël Llodra The Bahamas Mark Knowles
Canada Daniel Nestor
6–4, 3–6, 6–3
Winner 2004 Australian Open (2) Hard France Michaël Llodra United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
7–6(4), 6–3
Runner-up 2004 French Open Clay France Michaël Llodra Belgium Xavier Malisse
Belgium Olivier Rochus
7–5, 7–5
Runner-up 2006 Wimbledon Grass Serbia Nenad Zimonjić United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
6–3, 4–6, 6–4, 6–2

Mixed doubles: 1 final

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Winner 2005 French Open Clay Slovakia Daniela Hantuchová United States Martina Navrátilová
India Leander Paes
3–6, 6–3, 6–2

Career finals

Singles

Wins (6)
Legend (Singles)
Grand Slam (0)
Tennis Masters Cup /
ATP World Tour Finals (0)
ATP Masters Series /
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0)
ATP International Series Gold /
ATP World Tour 500 Series (1)
ATP International Series /
ATP World Tour 250 Series (5)
No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
1. 13 October 1997 Lyon, France Carpet Germany Tommy Haas 6–4, 6–4
2. 1 February 1999 Marseille, France Hard (i) France Arnaud Clément 6–3, 4–6, 6–4
3. 3 January 2000 Doha, Qatar Hard Germany Rainer Schüttler 3–6, 7–5, 3–0, retired
4. 25 February 2002 Dubai, United Arab Emirates Hard Morocco Younes El Aynaoui 6–4, 3–6, 6–3
5. 9 July 2007 Newport, United States Grass France Nicolas Mahut 6–4, 6–4
6. 13 July 2008 Newport, U.S. Grass India Prakash Amritraj 6–3, 7–5
Runner-ups (6)
No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
1. 8 October 1990 Toulouse, France Hard (i) Sweden Jonas Svensson 7–6(5), 6–2
2. 8 February 1993 Dubai, United Arab Emirates Hard Czech Republic Karel Nováček 6–4, 7–5
3. 7 August 1994 Kitzbühel, Austria Clay Croatia Goran Ivanišević 6–2, 4–6, 4–6, 6–3, 6–2
4. 12 January 1998 Doha, Qatar Hard Czech Republic Petr Korda 6–0, 6–3
5. 7 March 1999 Copenhagen, Denmark Hard (i) Sweden Magnus Gustafsson 6–4, 6–1
6. 17 June 2001 Halle, Germany Grass Sweden Thomas Johansson 6–3, 6–7(5), 6–2

Doubles titles

Wins (24)

Legend (Doubles)
Grand Slam (2)
Tennis Masters Cup /
ATP World Tour Finals (1)
ATP Masters Series /
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (3)
ATP International Series Gold /
ATP World Tour 500 Series (3)
ATP International Series /
ATP World Tour 250 Series (15)
No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in Final Score in Final
1. September 25, 1995 Palermo, Italy Clay Spain Álex Corretja Netherlands Hendrik Jan Davids
South Africa Piet Norval
6–7, 6–4, 6–3
2. July 20, 1998 Stuttgart, Germany Clay France Olivier Delaître Australia Joshua Eagle
United States Jim Grabb
6–1, 3–6, 6–3
3. September 28, 1998 Toulouse, France Hard (i) France Olivier Delaître Netherlands Paul Haarhuis
Netherlands Jan Siemerink
6–2, 6–4
4. October 5, 1998 Basel, Switzerland Hard (i) France Olivier Delaître South Africa Piet Norval
Zimbabwe Kevin Ullyett
6–3, 7–6
5. October 19, 1998 Lyon, France Carpet (i) France Olivier Delaître Spain Tomás Carbonell
Spain Francisco Roig
6–2, 6–2
6. August 23, 1999 Long Island, United States Hard France Olivier Delaître United States Jan-Michael Gambill
United States Scott Humphries
7–5, 6–4
7. October 16, 2000 Toulouse, France Hard (i) France Julien Boutter United States Donald Johnson
South Africa Piet Norval
7–6(8), 4–6, 7–6(5)
8. February 12, 2001 Marseille, France Hard (i) France Julien Boutter Australia Michael Hill
United States Jeff Tarango
7–6(7), 7–5
9. October 28, 2002 Paris, France Carpet (i) France Nicolas Escudé Brazil Gustavo Kuerten
France Cédric Pioline
6–3, 7–6(6)
10. January 13, 2003 Melbourne, Australia Hard France Michaël Llodra The Bahamas Mark Knowles
Canada Daniel Nestor
6–4, 3–6, 6–3
11. February 10, 2003 Marseille, France Hard (i) France Sébastien Grosjean Czech Republic Tomáš Cibulec
Czech Republic Pavel Vízner
6–1, 6–4
12. January 12, 2004 Auckland, New Zealand Hard India Mahesh Bhupathi Czech Republic Jiří Novák
Czech Republic Radek Štěpánek
4–6, 7–5, 6–3
13. January 19, 2004 Melbourne, Australia Hard France Michaël Llodra United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
7–6(4), 6–3
14. March 1, 2004 Dubai, UAE Hard India Mahesh Bhupathi Sweden Jonas Björkman
India Leander Paes
6–2, 4–6, 6–4
15. May 2, 2005 Rome, Italy Clay France Michaël Llodra United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
6–4, 6–2
16. October 3, 2005 Metz, France Hard (i) France Michaël Llodra Argentina José Acasuso
Argentina Sebastián Prieto
5–2, 3–5, 5–4(4)
17. October 24, 2005 Lyon, France Carpet (i) France Michaël Llodra South Africa Jeff Coetzee
Netherlands Rogier Wassen
6–3, 6–1
18. November 7, 2005 Shanghai, China Carpet (i) France Michaël Llodra India Leander Paes
Serbia and Montenegro Nenad Zimonjić
6–7(6), 6–3, 7–6(4)
19. January 9, 2006 Sydney, Australia Hard Serbia Nenad Zimonjić Czech Republic František Čermák
Czech Republic Leoš Friedl
6–1, 6–4
20. June 12, 2006 Halle, Germany Grass Serbia Nenad Zimonjić Germany Michael Kohlmann
Germany Rainer Schüttler
6–0, 6–4
21. October 2, 2006 Metz, France Hard (i) France Richard Gasquet Austria Julian Knowle
Austria Jürgen Melzer
3–6, 6–1, [11–9]
22. October 9, 2006 Moscow, Russia Carpet (i) Serbia Nenad Zimonjić Czech Republic František Čermák
Czech Republic Jaroslav Levinský
6–1, 7–5
23. February 26, 2007 Dubai, UAE Hard Serbia Nenad Zimonjić India Mahesh Bhupathi
Czech Republic Radek Štěpánek
7–5, 6–7(3), [10–7]
24. May 7, 2007 Rome, Italy Clay Serbia Nenad Zimonjić United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
6–4, 6–7(4), [10–7]

Runner-ups (18)

No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in Final Score in Final
1. February 10, 1997 Marseille, France Hard (i) France Olivier Delaître Sweden Thomas Enqvist
Sweden Magnus Larsson
6–3, 6–4
2. October 13, 1997 Lyon, France Carpet (i) France Olivier Delaître South Africa Ellis Ferreira
United States Patrick Galbraith
3–6, 6–2, 6–4
3. November 3, 1997 Moscow, Russia Carpet (i) South Africa David Adams Czech Republic Martin Damm
Czech Republic Cyril Suk
6–4, 6–3
4. January 5, 1998 Doha, Qatar Hard France Olivier Delaître India Mahesh Bhupathi
India Leander Paes
6–4, 3–6, 6–4
5. August 10, 1998 Cincinnati, United States Hard France Olivier Delaître The Bahamas Mark Knowles
Canada Daniel Nestor
6–1, 2–1 retired
6. January 14, 2002 Melbourne, Australia Hard France Michaël Llodra The Bahamas Mark Knowles
Canada Daniel Nestor
7–6(4), 6–3
7. April 14, 2003 Monte Carlo, Monaco Clay France Michaël Llodra India Mahesh Bhupathi
Belarus Max Mirnyi
6–4, 3–6, 7–6(6)
8. May 5, 2003 Rome, Italy Clay France Michaël Llodra Australia Wayne Arthurs
Australia Paul Hanley
6–1, 6–3
9. September 29, 2003 Metz, France Hard (i) France Michaël Llodra France Julien Benneteau
France Nicolas Mahut
7–6(2), 6–3
10. October 27, 2003 Paris, France Carpet (i) France Michaël Llodra Australia Wayne Arthurs
Australia Paul Hanley
6–3, 1–6, 6–3
11. November 8, 2003 Houston, United States Hard France Michaël Llodra United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
6–7(6), 6–3, 3–6, 7–6(3), 6–4
12. May 24, 2004 French Open, France Clay France Michaël Llodra Belgium Xavier Malisse
Belgium Olivier Rochus
7–5, 7–5
13. February 21, 2005 Dubai, UAE Hard Sweden Jonas Björkman Czech Republic Martin Damm
Czech Republic Radek Štěpánek
6–2, 6–4
14. May 9, 2005 Hamburg, Germany Clay France Michaël Llodra Sweden Jonas Björkman
Belarus Max Mirnyi
4–6, 7–6(2), 7–6(3)
15. April 17, 2006 Monte Carlo, Monaco Clay Serbia Nenad Zimonjić Sweden Jonas Björkman
Belarus Max Mirnyi
6–2, 7–6(2)
16. June 26, 2006 Wimbledon, UK Grass Serbia Nenad Zimonjić United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
6–3, 4–6, 6–4, 6–2
17. October 30, 2006 Paris, France Carpet (i) Serbia Nenad Zimonjić France Arnaud Clément
France Michaël Llodra
7–6(4), 6–2
18. June 11, 2007 Halle, Germany Grass Serbia Nenad Zimonjić Sweden Simon Aspelin
Austria Julian Knowle
6–4, 7–6(5)

Grand Slam singles performance timeline

Name 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 Career
SR
Career
Win-Loss
Grand Slam events
Australian Open A A 1R A 2R 3R 2R 1R A 3R 4R 1R 2R 1R 3R 2R 1R QF 3R 2R 3R 0 / 17 22–17
French Open 1R 2R 4R 1R 1R 3R 1R A 1R 3R 1R 2R 4R 2R 2R 3R 1R 1R 1R 2R 1R 0 / 20 17–20
Wimbledon A 1R A A A A 1R A 1R A 2R 2R 3R 2R 2R 2R 2R 2R 2R 1R 2R 0 / 14 11–14
US Open A 3R 1R 2R 1R A 1R A 1R 3R 3R 1R 2R 1R 2R 3R 2R 1R 2R 1R 1R 0 / 17 13–17
Grand Slam SR 0 / 1 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 2 0 / 3 0 / 2 0 / 4 0 / 1 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 68 N/A
Grand Slam Win-Loss 0–1 3–3 3–3 1–2 1–3 4–2 1–4 0–1 0–3 6–3 6–4 2–4 7–4 2–4 5–4 6–4 2–4 5–4 4–4 2–4 3–3 N/A 63–68

Doubles performance timeline

Tournament 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 Career SR
Grand Slams
Australian Open A A A A A A A A 2R A 3R 3R 1R 1R F W W QF 3R QF QF 1R 2 / 13
French Open A A 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R 3R A 3R A 2R 3R 2R 2R 3R F 2R 1R SF 1R 1R 0 / 18
Wimbledon A A A A A A A A A 2R A SF 3R 2R 1R 3R A A F SF 1R 1R 0 / 10
U.S. Open A A A A A A A A A 1R 1R 2R 2R 1R 2R SF 2R 1R QF 1R 1R 2R 0 / 13
Grand Slam SR 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 3 0 / 2 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 1 / 4 1 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 2 / 54
Masters Series
Indian Wells NME A A A A A A A A 2R A 1R A 2R 2R 1R 2R QF A A A 0 / 7
Miami NME A A A A A A A A 2R 2R 2R 1R 3R A QF A 2R SF 2R A 0 / 9
Monte Carlo NME A A A A A A A 2R 2R A 1R 1R 2R F 2R SF F 2R 1R A 0 / 11
Rome NME A A A A A 1R A 2R A SF 1R 1R 2R F QF W QF W SF A 2 / 12
Madrid NME A A A A A A A A SF 2R A A QF A A SF QF 1R A A 0 / 6
Canada NME A A A A A A A 2R 2R QF A 2R 1R QF SF A QF A A A 0 / 8
Cincinnati NME A A A A A A A SF F 2R 1R A 1R QF QF SF QF A A A 0 / 9
Shanghai NME Not Held A 0 / 0
Paris NME A A A A A A 2R 1R 2R 2R 2R 1R W F A 1R F 2R A 1R 1 / 12
Hamburg NME A A A A A 2R A A 2R SF 1R 2R 1R A A F SF A A NME 0 / 8
Masters Series SR N/A 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 2 0 / 1 0 / 5 0 / 8 0 / 7 0 / 7 0 / 6 1 / 9 0 / 6 0 / 6 1 / 7 0 / 9 1 / 5 0 / 3 0 / 1 3 / 82
Year End Ranking 997 773 195 363 1009 1118 184 125 147 35 18 34 60 91 18 9 11 10 10 20 75 165 N/A

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