French Tennis Player Amelie Mauresmo’s professional career has been full of great achievements and hard times, She has won 22 singles titles, including the Australia Open and Wimbledon in 2006 and the WTA Championships in Los Angeles 2005, among others. Also she has been number 1 in the WTA ranking in 2006 for 34 weeks now 21 in the rankings. After 25 years in tennis Amelie has announced she will be retiring from tennis. Keep on reading to know more about Amelie, photos and video below.
Simone Amelie Mauresmo was born in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France on 5 July 1979. At the age four, Amelie enjoyed watching tennis matches especially when Yannick Noah won the Grand Slam in 1983 it was because of that interest that her parents Frances and Francois supported her on starting a career in tennis.
Amelie’s first appearance was at Roland Garros in 1995 after she was offered an invitation by the event organizers. Later she participated in the Australian open in 1999, where she started with a good pace , Amelie won against Lindsay Davenport ( number one at that time) even thought she was defeated against Martina Hingis, her performance earned her enough points to be the third French Woman in the Australian open.
In her match against Martina, Hingis said she felt that her rival was not a woman but a ‘guy’. These words caused great controversy. A few days later, Mauresmo publicly acknowledged her homosexuality.
In 2004 she won the silver medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics and Fed Cup with the French team. In 2005 she won her first Grand Slam tournament, the Australia Open, which all women who have taken the number 1 in the WTA ranking have won at least one Grand Slam title in their careers (she went on to win two), with the exception of Russian Dinara Safina.
On July 8, 2006 she achieved her greatest triumph in her career when she won the traditional Wimbledon. In the final defeated Belgian Justine Henin-Hardenne in three sets, becoming the second French player to get this contest after Suzanne Lenglen reached it in 1925 (exactly 81 years ago). This victory earned her the acknowledgments of compatriots led by President Jacques Chirac, and various awards in her country.
The French player with her exquisite and aggressive game has been number one in the world during different periods and considered by many as one of the most talented players on the circuit. Her victory at Wimbledon and her ability to stay on the throne of the WTA separates her from her most immediate threat, Belgian Kim Clijsters.
She finished the 2006 season as number 3 of the WTA ranking after Justine Henin-Hardenne and Maria Sharapova.
On April 2007 she won the prestigious Laureus sportsman award. In the same year Mauresmo lost in the Australia Open in 2007 against the left-handed Czech Lucie Safarova, in the tournament of Roland Garros 2007 Safarova took care of beating her again at Wimbledon and fell against Czech Nicole Vaidisova who also had been eliminated in French Open 2006.
This year on October Emelie announced she would not participate in any tournament this year, the speculations started questioning whether Amelie will or not return to tennis and on December 3rd. these doubts were cleared after Emelie announced her final retirement from tennis,
Apparently age was one reason why Amelie took this decision, each time was harder and required more physical training in order to stay among the top places, she felt tired and didn’t want to train any more.
Her last participation was on September 2 in the second round of the U.S. Open where she was defeated by Canadian Aleksandra Wozniak (number 39 of the world) in straight sets, 6-4, 6-0.
The former world number one admitted in her farewell she was doing "difficult mentally" to face the competition. "What happens is you just don’t want to train any more. I have dedicated 25 years of my life to tennis, I been thru times when things were extraordinary and when they were difficult times,".
"I had three main goals in my career, becoming the world number one, winning a Grand Slam title and the FA Cup. I got all of them so now when I look back I looked back with pride," said Mauresmo, about the challenges made in her career.
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