Date of Birth: 09.12.1972
Plays: Right Handed
Highest ranking: Singles - 17 (August 2001), Doubles - 6 (July 1999)
Career singles titles: Singles - 6, Doubles - 24
Grand Slam doubles titles: 2
Grand Slam results:
Australian Open: Singles - QF (2006), Doubles - W (2003, 2004)
French Open: Singles - 4R (1991, 2001), Doubles - F (2004)
Wimbledon: 3R (2001), Doubles - F (2006)
US Open: 3R (1990, 1998, 1999, 2004), Doubles - SF (2003)
The respect for Fabrice Santoro amongst his playing contemporaries is immense, with Andy Murray naming him the player he most likes to watch and Pete Sampras naming him the ‘Magician’.
One of the remarkable aspects of the Tahiti born player’s career was the longevity; he achieved the incredible accomplishment of being the only male player to have competed in Grand Slam events in four different decades, from the 1989 French Open to the 2010 Australian Open. In addition, he also holds the record for the most appearances in the singles event at Grand Slam events (70) and is the oldest player to have successfully defended an ATP singles title (at Newport, Rhode Island in 2007 and 2008).
Santoro has an extremely unique playing style, using two hands on the racquet on both his forehand and backhand; he puts this down to having used adult racquets as a child, which were too heavy for a six-year-old to hold with one hand.