1998 IN REVIEW
Finished a year-end best with consistent results in Challenger play...Made four appearances on ATP Tour, qualifying twice...Began season in February on Asian Challenger circuit and reached QF in Ho Chi Minh and 2nd RD in Bangkok...In April, advanced to QF at Prague Challenger...Made his Grand Slam debut at French Open (as wildcard) and lost to Spaniard Pepe Imaz in five sets in 1st RD...In June, put together his best Challenger stretch with QF in Weiden, SF in Zagreb and final in Biella (l. to Ilie)...Qualified for his first Grand Slam at U.S. Open and defeated No. 38 Stoltenberg for his first career Tour-level win before losing to No. 7 Correjta in five sets in 2nd RD (after leading 2-1 in sets)...After a 1st RD loss in Toulouse (l. to Medvedev), qualified in Palermo where he reached 2nd RD (d. Calatrava, l. to Blanco)...Closed season by reaching indoor final at Brest Challenger (l. to Golmard)...Did not drop a set en route and afterward improved from 170 to No. 139 on Nov. 2...Earned a career-high $67,685.
1995-Played two Satellites in his native country, picked up a total of 19 points...Finished fifth at France #3 circuit (15 points)...1996-Five of his six tournaments during season were Satellites, finishing third at France #5 circuit (37 points) and fifth at Bulgaria/Macedonia circuit (12 points)...Made Challenger debut in Montauban and lost in 1st RD...1997-In his third career Challenger in Portschach reached final (l. to Van Garsse)...Followed with SF at Newcastle and Edinburgh Challengers...Closed season with QF at Reunion Island Challenger...Winner at Germany #1 (46 points) and Finland (48 points) Satellites...Finished fourth at France #1 (13 points) and sixth at Philippines (10 points) Satellites.
GRAND SLAM RECORD
Began playing tennis at age five...Father, Louis, is a wine vendor; mother, Sylvie, is a dentist...Has three brothers, Mathieu, Etienne and Antoine...Hobbies include body-boarding, cinema, soccer, rugby and reading...Considered to be one of greatest experts of international soccer on Tour...Favorite surfaces are clay and Greenset...Coached by Georges Goven and Alain Solves.