Amélie Simone Mauresmo French pronunciation: [ameli simɔn moʁɛsmo] (born 5 July 1979) is a French former professional tennis player, and a former World No. 1. Mauresmo won two Grand Slam singles titles at the Australian Open and at Wimbledon, and also won a Silver Medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics.
Mauresmo first attained the top ranking on 13 September 2004, holding it for five weeks on that occasion. She was the fifteenth World No. 1 in women’s tennis since the computer rankings began. She is well known for her powerful one-handed backhand and strong net play. She officially announced her retirement from professional tennis on 3 December 2009, ending a career of fifteen years. She returned to Wimbledon in 2010, acting as a grass court advisor for Frenchman and 2007 Wimbledon doubles champion Michaël Llodra. She helped Marion Bartoli in 2013 and during Bartoli’s triumph at Wimbledon. Mauresmo has coached Andy Murray since June 2014
Mauresmo was born in Saint-Germain-en-Laye slightly northwest of Paris. She began playing tennis at the age of four, after being inspired by Yannick Noah’s win in the 1983 French Open on television. It was after his win that Mauresmo’s parents bought her her first tennis racket. Later on in 1998 Yannick Noah picked her on the French team for the Fed Cup. Her mother Françoise is a housewife and her father Francis, who died in March 2004, was an engineer. She has a brother, Fabien, who is an engineer.
In 1996, Mauresmo captured both the junior French Open and Wimbledon women’s singles titles. She was named 1996 Junior World Champion by the International Tennis Federation
In April 2015, Mauresmo announced via Twitter that she is pregnant and is expecting the baby in August. On 16 August 2015, it was announced that she had given birth to a baby boy.
Equipment and endorsements
Mauresmo’s apparel and footwear on court was manufactured by Nike, and later Reebok. In the early 2000s, she used Dunlop 200G+1.00 racquet.
Grand Slam finals
Singles: 3 (2 titles, 1 runner-up)
|Runner-up||1999||Australian Open||Hard||Martina Hingis||2–6, 3–6|
|Winner||2006||Australian Open||Hard||Justine Henin||6–1, 2–0, retired|
|Winner||2006||Wimbledon||Grass||Justine Henin||2–6, 6–3, 6–4|
Doubles: 1 (1 runner-up)
|Runner-up||2005||Wimbledon||Grass||Svetlana Kuznetsova|| Cara Black
Singles: 1 silver medal
|Silver||2004||Athens Olympics||Hard||Justine Henin||3–6, 3–6|
Fed Cup and Olympic teams
- French Fed Cup team: 1998–99, 2001–05.
- French Olympic team: 2000, 2004
- List of Grand Slam Women’s Singles champions