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- Age: 27 (27.05.1988)
- Birthplace: Mogi das Cruzes, Brazil
- Residence: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
- Weight: 203 lbs (92 kg)
- Plays: Right-handed
- Turned Pro: 2006
- Coach: Ricardo Acioly
As of 25.05.2015
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Full name is João Olavo Soares de Souza...Nicknamed, 'Feijão' (which means 'bean' in English)..."Because of my colour and I like beans"...Father, Milton Soares de Souza Junior, and mother, Maria Angêla Lima...Started playing tennis aged nine in Mogi das Cruzes, at the Clube de Campo Mogi das Cruzes after watching his dad and sister Maria Clara play...Moved to Rio de Janeiro in 2005 and since then trains with Ricardo Acioly, former Davis Cup captain and Fernando Meligeni's coach...Plays with two-handed backhand...Favourite surface is clay courts...Idol growing up was Gustavo Kuerten...Has a weird ability to count letters in a sentence. In a Davis Cup tie, players would challenge his ability on a daily basis and he never missed one...Likes to listen to music, yoga and relaxing on the beach...Instagram Account
10 Questions For Joao (Nov. 2014)
2014 -- The No. 2 Brazilian (behind No. 65 Bellucci) finished in Top 100 for 1st time, highlighted by successful Challenger campaign. Compiled a 44-22 match record and reached 4 finals. Won title in São Paulo-1 (d. A. Gonzalez) in opening week of season and after US Open reached finals in Medellin (l. to Krajicek), Pereira (l. to Estrella Burgos) and San Juan (l. to Schwartzman). Also SF in 7 other tournaments...ATP World Tour outings came in Rio de Janeiro (l. to Bagnis in 1R) and São Paulo (d. No. 45 Haase, ret. vs. Montãnes) in February and Kitzbühel in July (l. to Thiem in 1R)... Lost in qualifying 1R at Roland Garros, Wimbledon and US Open...Closed season at ATP Challenger Tour Finals and went 0-3 in RR play...
2013 -- Won San Jose do Rio Preto (d. A. Gonzalez) and SF in São Paulo-1, Salinas, Pereira and Cali Challengers. Reached 2R in São Paulo (l. to Nadal)...
2012 -- Best ATP results were QF in Viña del Mar (l. to Chela) and Belgrade (l. to Nalbandian). Won Cali (d. Alves) and Quito (d. Rufin) Challengers...
2011 -- The No. 3 Brazilian (behind No. 37 Bellucci, No. 85 Mello) made a breakthrough season with ATP World Tour SF and QF showings while putting together a 30-17 match record in Challengers with 1 title…Reached a career-high No. 84 on Sept. 19 before finishing No. 104...In August, qualified and reached SF in Kitzbühel (l. to eventual champ Haase) and following month advanced to QF in Bucharest...On Challenger level, won title on home soil in Santos (d. Junqueira) in April and runner-up in Zagreb (l. to Junqueira) in May...Went 7-6 on clay and 0-2 on hard courts while earning a career-high $159,982...
2010 -- Made ATP debut as a qualifier at Santiago and reached SF (l. to Monaco)…Won 2 Challengers, both in Bogota (d. Falla and d. El Amrani)…Also reached final in Quito (l. to G. Lapentti)…Was 30-20 in Challengers...
2009 -- Reached 1st career Challenger final at Medellin (l. to Chela) and SF at 4 other events...
2008 -- Reached SF at Challengers in Santiago (l. to Bellucci), San Luis Potosi (l to Dabul), and Medellin (l. to L Mayer)…Claimed 1 Futures title in Brazil and 1 in Columbia...
2007 -- Reached QF at Challengers in Manta and 2 events in Bogota…Won titles at 3 Brazilian Futures and was 29-12 on that level...
2006 -- Reached 1st Futures final while compiling 22-21 record...
Recorded first ATP World Tour hard-court win in Doha (d. Jaziri) before falling to Seppi in 2R...Partnered Estrella Burgos to Quito final (l. to Kretschmer-Satschko)…
Reached his third ATP World Tour SF at Sao Paulo (l. to qualifier Vanni); fourth different Brazilian to reach the stage since 2007…
On 8 March, lost the fourth rubber versus Leonardo Mayer 76(4) 76(5) 57 57 15-13 in the Argentina versus Brazil Davis Cup tie…It was the longest singles match in Davis Cup history at six hours and 43 minutes, and levelled the tie at 2-2 in Buenos Aires…
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