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Nicolas Escude

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Nicolas Escude
  • Pronounced: ess-koo-DAY
  • Age: 38 (03.04.1976)
  • Birthplace: Chartres, France
  • Residence: Geneva, Switzerland
  • Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
  • Weight: 155 lbs (70 kg)
  • Plays: Right-handed
  • Turned Pro: 1995
Inactive
France

France

As of 15.09.2014
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Ranking W-L Titles Prize Money
Career

High

17

26.06.2000

172-129 4 $3,216,150

Singles & Doubles combined

Career

High

35

06.01.2003

57-49 2 $3,216,150

Singles & Doubles combined

2004 IN REVIEW

The Frenchman finished in Top 70 for seventh time in eight years despite missing last five months of season due to injury…Underwent right shoulder surgery on Sept. 9 and missed rest of year…Began season by claiming his fourth career ATP title in Doha… Defeated Ljubicic in final in what was his first tournament since Wimbledon 2003 when he had to retire with a hip injury…Followed with 3rd RD showing at Australian Open and then helped France record 4-1 win over Croatia in Davis Cup World Group 1st RD with victory over Karlovic in dead fifth rubber…In March, advanced to 4th RD at AMS Indian Wells (l. to Roddick)…Following month, was Davis Cup hero once again after win over Switzerland's Kratochvil in live fifth rubber to complete 3-2 QF victory in Switzerland …On clay, reached 2nd RD at AMS Monte Carlo and career-best 4th RD at Roland Garros…Defeated Arthurs, Mayer and Youzhny before retiring after first set loss to Coria with a right shoulder injury…Did not play again until AMS Toronto on July 26 but lost on return to Lopez in what turned out to be his last match of season.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

1996-Suffered a herniated disk, which hampered him most of season...Won singles and doubles at France #5 Satellite...1997-Made biggest jump of any player in Top 100 from previous year (313 positions)...Won two Satellites before reaching final of Segovia Challenger...1998-Turned in Grand Slam-best SF at Australian Open with three come-from-behind wins before losing to Rios and became first player in Open Era to win three matches in a Slam after losing first two sets...1999-Captured his first ATP title in Toulouse (d. D. Vacek)...Became first qualifier to reach US Open QF with wins over No. 9 Moya in 2nd RD and No. 10 Rios in 4th RD before losing to eventual winner Agassi... 2000-Reached 4th RD at Australian Open...On grass, advanced to final in 's-Hertogenbosch (l. to Rafter)...2001- Finished in Top 30 for first time and led his country to Davis Cup title, winning matches over Australia's Hewitt and Arthurs in fifth and decisive rubber...Went 5-0 in Davis Cup play, winning 8-6 in fifth set over Bastl in fifth and decisive rubber (saving one match point) in Switzerland and over Schalken in SF tie in the Netherlands in 4 hours, 55 minutes...Qualified and beat Federer in Rotterdam final...Reached career-best QF at Wimbledon (d. Grosjean, Hewitt in five, l. to Agassi)...Earned a career-high $663,479...2002-Finished in Top 50 despite missing three months with a pulled stomach muscle...Jumped off to a 16-3 start with runner-up in Marseille (l. to Enqvist) and repeat title in Rotterdam in consecutive weeks...Posted impressive wins over Ferrero, Robredo, Federer, Grosjean (saved three match points in SF) and Henman (F) in capturing his third career ATP title...Suffered stomach muscle injury in his 1st RD loss at Roland Garros then played two grass events before sitting out for three months...Had best tie-break record (18-3, .857) on circuit...In doubles, won two ATP titles…2003- Another injury plagued season for the Frenchman, who was forced to miss last six months with a hip injury…Withdrew or retired from five of 10 ATP tournaments he played in during season…Began year by reaching 3rd RD at Australian Open (l. to Agassi) and helped France to 1st RD Davis Cup victory over Romania… Advanced to SF in Marseille but was unable to play against Bjorkman with right hamstring injury…Returned to action following week and reached QF in Rotterdam but same injury forced his retirement against Grosjean…Missed next month before returning at TMS Miami, where he reached 4th RD (l. to Moya)…In April, represented France in Davis Cup QF loss to Switzerland, going 1-1 in singles…On grass, retired in 1st RD against Stepanek in Halle with left groin injury, which reoccurred in 2nd RD at Wimbledon, where he retired against Ferrero on Centre Court…Did not play rest of year.

PERSONAL

Full name is Nicolas Jean-Christophe EscudT...A natural left-hander who was trained since a child to play right-handed but does everything else lefty (writes, throws a ball, plays soccer)...Has an 18-5 career Davis Cup record (13-3 in singles) in 13 ties since 1999 and member of winning team in 2001...Son, Leopold (born Mar. 10, 2000).

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