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- Pronounced: on-REE mat-YEU
- Age: 31 (12.01.1982)
- Birthplace: Strasbourg, France
- Residence: Geneva, Switzerland
- Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
- Weight: 163 lbs (74 kg)
- Plays: Right-handed
- Turned Pro: 1999
As of 09.12.2013
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*Singles & Doubles combined
*Singles & Doubles combined
Full name is Paul-Henri Mathieu...Nicknamed “Paulo”...Began playing tennis at age 3 1/2 with his older brother Pierre-Yves, who is a coach in Strasbourg...Father, Patrick, is a dentist; mother, Yveline, is a housewife...Also has one older sister, Aude...From 1997-2000 trained at Nick Bollettieri Academy in Bradenton, Fla. before moving back to Paris...Captured Roland Garros junior title in 2000, defeating Robredo in three sets...Admired Boris Becker growing up...Underwent arthroscopic surgeries on both knees in 1997 and ‘98, missing several months...Missed entire 2011 season and last month of 2010 due to a left knee injury (had surgery on March 2011)…Favourite surfaces are hard and clay...Named ATP Newcomer of the Year in 2002...His girlfriend, Quiterie, gave birth to a boy, Gabriel (3.4 kg, 52 cm), on 11 March 2012.
2012 -- The Frenchman returned after missing entire 2011 season and last month of 2010 due to a left knee injury. He had surgery on March 11, 2011 and ironically his baby boy was born exactly a year later on that date. Began season unranked and finished in Top 60, moving over 1,500 spots...In July, advanced to SF in Gstaad, losing to No.8 Tipsarevic. His highest-ranked win came over No. 15 F. Lopez in Rotterdam in February (l. to Davydenko). Also reached Basel SF (l. to Federer)...Late in season finalist at Petange Challenger (l. to Kamke)...His best Grand Slam result was 3R at Roland Garros where he beat No. 11 Isner in longest 5th set in tournament history, 18-16...Then lost in 5 sets to No. 23 Granollers...Compiled records of 7-5 on clay, 7-10 on hard and 0-2 on grass...
2011 -- A left knee injury kept him away from courts from Nov. 2010 to Feb. 2012...He underwent surgery on Mar. 11, 2011...
2010 -- The Frenchman finished in Top 100 for sixth straight year and for eighth time in past nine years (except ‘04)… After a 2-9 start through May, reached Wimbledon 4th RD (l. to Nadal)…Reached 3rd RD for first time at US Open (d. Hewitt, Rufin, l. to Federer).
2009 -- The Frenchman finished in Top 35 for third straight year highlighted by his eighth career ATP World Tour final in Hamburg (l. to Davydenko)…In first week of season, advanced to SF in Brisbane (l. to Verdasco)…Reached QF in Munich in May (l. to Youzhny) and later in season made SF appearance in Metz (l. to Kohlschreiber)…Went 0-6 vs. Top 10 opponents and compiled marks of 16-17 on hard, 10-9 on clay and 2-3 on grass.
2008 -- Finished in Top 35 for second straight year highlighted by runner-up showing in Metz in October (l. to Tursunov)...Also advanced to SF in Marseille (l. to Murray) and Munich (l. to Bolelli), and QF in Adeliade (l. to Sirianni), Beijing Olympics (l. to Gonzalez) and Moscow (ret. vs. Santoro)...In Grand Slam play, advanced to 4th RD at Australian Open (ret. vs. Nadal with left calf strain) and Roland Garros (l. to Djokovic)... Played Croat Marin Cilic four straight tournaments in June-July (lost three times)...Went 1-6 vs. Top 10 opponents with his lone win over No. 5 Davydenko in 2nd RD in Beijing... Compiled marks of 22-17 on on hard, 6-7 on clay and 3-3 on grass.
2007 -- The No. 2 Frenchman (behind No. 8 Gasquet) finished in Top 25 for first time by winning two ATP titles -- Casablanca (d. Montanes) and Gstaad (d. Seppi) and reaching another final -- Moscow (Davydenko)...Won a career-high 46 matches, including personal-best four over Top 10 opponents (No. 3 Davydenko in Sydney, No. 4 Davydenko in Davis Cup, No. 5 Gonzalez at AMS Miami, No. 6 Gonzalez in Estoril)...Went 4-6 vs. Top 10 foes and earned a career-high $699,770.
2006 -- Reached 4th RD at Australian Open and reached Bucharest SF and Marseille QF...In a four-tournament stretch, advanced to 3rd RD in Barcelona (l. to Stepanek), Hamburg (l. to Robredo) and Roland Garros (l. to Nadal), losing to eventual champions in latter two...
2005 -- Reached season-best SF at AMS Montreal (d. No. 5 Roddick in 1st RD, l. to eventual winner Nadal)... Reached Roland Garros 3rd RD, losing to Canas 8-6 in fifth set (in 5:04)...Advanced to QF in Chennai, Estoril and Bucharest...
2004 -- Opened season in Chennai, but retired in 1st RD match due to left wrist injury...Returned to action in July in Kitzbuhel (l. to Squillari)...Advanced to QF in Washington (l. to Agassi) and Bucharest... Had best US Open showing as he reached 3rd RD...Won Segovia Challenger...
2003 -- Missed first two months with an abdominal injury...Finalist in Palermo (l. to Massu)...Also reached SF in Moscow and QF in Bucharest...
2002 -- Improved over 100 positions in ATP Rankings...Reached Grand Slam-best 4th RD at Roland Garros (d. W. Ferreira, Santoro, Novak; lost in five sets to '99 titlist Agassi)...In Long Island, posted three-set 2nd RD win over Sampras...Last player to beat 14-time Grand Slam champion in his career...In Moscow, became lone qualifier during season to win an ATP title (d. Robredo, Novak, Schuettler, No. 4 Safin, Schalken)...Following week in Lyon, beat Bjorkman (QF), Pless (saved 1 M.P. in SF) and Kuerten (F) to become first Frenchman to win titles in back-to-back weeks since Henri Leconte in 1986...
2001 -- Won three Futures titles...Reached two Challenger finals...
2000 -- Made ATP debut in Kitzbuhel and reached 2nd RD...Reached one Futures final...
On 27 June, retired with neck injury at 36 15 versus Lopez in Wimbledon 2R…
On 17 September, saved two match points versus Sijsling in 76(6) third-set win in Metz 1R…On 18 September, retired due to right leg injury after losing first set versus Querrey in 2R…
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