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André Rezende Sá (Portuguese pronunciation: [ɐ̃ˈdɾɛ ˈsa]; born 6 May 1977) is a Brazilian former professional tennis player. In singles, he was a Wimbledon quarterfinalist in 2002 and has reached a career-high doubles ranking of World No. 17, winning 11 doubles titles. Sá reached the semifinals of ATP tournaments Memphis and Hong Kong in 2000 and 2001 respectively.

André Sá
André Sá.jpg
Full nameAndre Rezende Sa
Country (sports) Brazil
ResidenceBlumenau, Brazil
Born (1977-05-06) 6 May 1977 (age 42)
Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Height1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Turned pro1996
Retired2018
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money$2,632,597
Singles
Career record52–92 (36.1%) (at ATP Tour and Grand Slam-level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles0
11 Challengers
Highest rankingNo. 55 (12 August 2002)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open2R (2001)
French Open1R (2000, 2002, 2003)
WimbledonQF (2002)
US Open2R (2000, 2001)
Doubles
Career record291–306 (48.7%) (ATP Tour-level, Grand Slam-level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles11
Highest rankingNo. 17 (2 February 2009)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenQF (2004)
French Open3R (2002, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)
WimbledonSF (2007)
US OpenQF (2007, 2016)
Other doubles tournaments
Olympic Games2R (2004, 2008, 2016)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open1R (2009, 2010, 2013)
French OpenQF (2008, 2009)
Wimbledon2R (2010, 2016)
US Open2R (2009)
Team competitions
Davis CupSF (2000)
Last updated on: 14 August 2017.

PersonalEdit

Sá started playing tennis at the age of eight, encouraged by his older brother. At the age of 12 and ranked number 1 in Brazil, he moved to the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Bradenton, Florida, where he stayed for five years. In 1996, he graduated from Brandenton Academy, where he played basketball for three years.

Sá is married and now lives in Blumenau, Santa Catarina, Brazil.

Professional careerEdit

Sá played his first professional match in 1993, in a Challenger in his hometown of Belo Horizonte, where he lost in the first round at the age of 16. In 1997, he started travelling around South America, reaching his first Challenger Semifinal in Quito, losing to Mariano Puerta. In August, he reached his first final, again in his hometown, losing to the Brazilian Roberto Jabali. He also reached the semifinal in Guadalajara, Mexico. In 1997, he played his first Davis Cup match, against Alistair Hunt, from New Zealand, in Florianópolis, for the World Group Qualifying Round. It was the 5th match of the rubber, with a 5–0 win for Brazil. In October, he played his first ATP-Tour match, in Mexico City, where he reached the quarter-final.

In 1998, Sá won his first Challenger, on February 23, in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, beating Juan Antonio Marín, from Costa Rica 6–3, 3–6, 6–2. Two weeks later, he won the Salinas Challenger in Ecuador, beating Guillermo Cañas in the final, and on August, he won the Gramado Challenger title over Hideki Kaneko, from Japan. This year saw his first Grand Slam participation, in Wimbledon, where he would reach his best result ever a few years later. He lost to Todd Martin on the first round.

Sá participated in 4 ATP-Tour tournaments in 1999, reaching the 2nd Round in Wimbledon, losing to Karol Kučera, 13th of the World at the time.

In the space of five weeks, he won three Challenger titles: Austin, beating the American Glenn Weiner, Tulsa and Dallas, beating Jimy Szymanski in the last two. He had a 13 games winning streak at the time.

At the beginning of 2000, he reached the final in Waikoloa, Hawaii Challenger and his first ATP semifinal in Memphis, where he lost to eventual winner Swedish Magnus Larsson. He participated in three Grand Slams: Roland Garros (lost 1st round), Wimbledon (lost 1st round) and U.S. Open (lost 2nd round). Sá was part of the Brazilian Davis Cup team that reached the semifinals, losing to Australia 5–0. Sá played the 4th match against Lleyton Hewitt 4–6, 1–6.

In 2001, Sá again played in three Grand Slams: Australian Open (lost 2nd round), Wimbledon (lost 1st round to Arvind Parmar, who also beat him last year) and U.S. Open (lost 2nd round). He won two Challenger titles: Calabasas, beating Michael Russel, Salvador, winning over Brazilian Alexandre Simoni. Sá also reached the Hong Kong ATP semifinal, losing to the German Rainer Schüttler.

Sá's best results were in 2002. Without winning a single title, he reached his career-best ranking, 55, after three excellent ATP results. He participated in all four Grand Slams with a quarterfinal appearance at Wimbledon. He beat Antony Dupuis, Stefan Koubek, compatriot Flávio Saretta and Spain's Feliciano López, but lost in four sets in a three-hour and ten-minute match to home hero Tim Henman, 6–3, 5–7, 6–4, 6–3. Sá won a career-record amount of US$102,198. The following month, he reached the Amersfoort quarterfinal and the Kitzbühel third round, allowing Sá get to 55th place in the rankings.

Sá had a terrible 2003. With 13 first-round defeats on a row, he his first win was at the grass of Queen's, beating Belgium's Gilles Elseneer, but losing at the second round. Sá plummeted on the rankings after a horrible losing streak and only a second round in Wimbledon, failing to retain his points. He dropped to 138th after the British Grand Slam.

2004 was a fine year for Sá, winning two challengers, in São Paulo and College Station. He also reached the Covington final. In 2005, Sá won the Challenger of Campos do Jordão and reached the final in Dallas, along with two other semifinals. In 2006, he reached two Challenger finals in Bogotá and Belo Horizonte, finishing the year with a ranking of 179, as the 5th Brazilian.

In 2007, partnering compatriot Marcelo Melo, he reached the Men's Doubles' Wimbledon semifinals[1] after beating Julien Benneteau and Nicolas Mahut in five sets, 6–7, 6–3, 7–6, 2–6, 6–3. They then beat Paul Hanley and Kevin Ullyett in a second round Wimbledon match, which, at 5 hours and 58 minutes and a fifth set of over three hours, is the second longest ever at Wimbledon.[2] The final score was 7–5, 6–7, 6–4, 6–7, 28–26. Sá and Melo then beat Christopher Kas and Alexander Peya in the third round in another five-set marathon, winning 6–4, 6–7, 7–6, 6–7, 6–4, this one lasting only 3h36. After this, Sá continued success with a 6–4, 6–3, 6–4 victory over seeded Mark Knowles and Daniel Nestor.[3] The team then finally lost 7–6(8), 6–4, 6–4 to eventual champions Arnaud Clément and Michaël Llodra.

Discarding the 2002 Wimbledon quarterfinal, Sá reached his best results on doubles. With 21 Challenger and 6 ATP-Tour titles, along with 11 Challenger and 9 ATP-Tour finals, Sá is considered one of the best Brazilian doubles player of all time, reaching the respectable 17th place in the ranking. Partnering with Brazilian Flávio Saretta, he reached the quarterfinals at the 2004 Australian Open and with Paraguayan Ramón Delgado, a 3rd round at the 2006 Wimbledon. Representing Brazil, he won the gold medal at the 1999 Pan American Games, in Winnipeg, partnering with Paulo Taicher, besting the Mexican couple Marco Osorio and Óscar Ortiz, 7–6(6), 6–2. In singles, he lost in the 3rd round to David Nalbandian.

In 2004, Sá participated at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, with Flávio Saretta, at the doubles tournament. They beat the Spanish duo Carlos Moyà/Rafael Nadal in the first round 7–6(6), 6–1, losing to Zimbabwe's Wayne Black and Kevin Ullyett, 3–6, 4–6.

Sá was the second last Brazilian to secure his place at the 2004 Olympics, Sá only participated at the Games because another team gave up their spot.[4]

Sá played 17 Davis Cup matches, in 12 ties. He won 10 matches and lost seven. In doubles, he has an impressive record of seven wins and three losses. He was part of the 2000 Brazilian team that reached the World Group Semifinals.

Sá retired from professional tennis in 2018. He played his last doubles match with compatriot Thomaz Bellucci at 2018 Brasil Open.[5]

ATP career finalsEdit

Doubles: 30 (11 titles, 19 runner-ups)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (0–1)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (11–18)
Titles by surface
Hard (3–5)
Clay (7–9)
Grass (1–5)
Titles by setting
Outdoor (10–17)
Indoor (1–2)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0–1 Feb 1998 Pacific Coast Championships, United States World Series Hard (i)   Nelson Aerts   Mark Woodforde
  Todd Woodbridge
1–6, 5–7
Loss 0–2 Feb 2001 Bogota Open, Colombia International Clay   Martín Rodríguez   Mariano Hood
  Sebastián Prieto
6–2, 6–4
Loss 0–3 Jul 2001 Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, United States International Grass   Glenn Weiner   Bob Bryan
  Mike Bryan
6–3, 7–5
Win 1–3 Sep 2001 Hong Kong Open, China International Hard   Karsten Braasch   Petr Luxa
  Radek Štěpánek
6–0, 7–5
Loss 1–4 Jul 2002 Dutch Open, Netherlands International Clay   Alexandre Simoni   Jeff Coetzee
  Chris Haggard
7–6(7–1), 6–3
Loss 1–5 Sep 2002 Brasil Open, Brazil International Hard   Gustavo Kuerten   Scott Humphries
  Mark Merklein
6–3, 7–6(7–1)
Loss 1–6 Jul 2003 Dutch Open, Netherlands (2) International Clay   Chris Haggard   Devin Bowen
  Ashley Fisher
6–0, 6–4
Win 2–6 Apr 2007 Estoril Open, Portugal International Clay   Marcelo Melo   Martín García
  Sebastián Prieto
3–6, 6–2, [10–6]
Win 3–6 Feb 2008 Brasil Open, Brazil International Clay   Marcelo Melo   Albert Montañés
  Santiago Ventura
4–6, 6–2, [10–7]
Win 4–6 May 2008 Hypo Group Tennis International, Austria International Clay   Marcelo Melo   Julian Knowle
  Jürgen Melzer
7–5, 6–7(3–7), [13–11]
Loss 4–7 Jun 2008 Queen's Club Championships, United Kingdom International Grass   Marcelo Melo   Daniel Nestor
  Nenad Zimonjić
4–6, 6–7(3–7)
Win 5–7 Aug 2008 New Haven Open, United States International Hard   Marcelo Melo   Mahesh Bhupathi
  Mark Knowles
7–5, 6–2
Loss 5–8 Mar 2009 Delray Beach Open, United States 250 Series Hard   Marcelo Melo   Bob Bryan
  Mike Bryan
4–6, 4–6
Win 6–8 May 2009 Austrian Open Kitzbühel, Austria 250 Series Clay   Marcelo Melo   Andrei Pavel
  Horia Tecău
6–7(9–11), 6–2, [10–7]
Loss 6–9 Jun 2009 Queen's Club Championships, United Kingdom (2) 250 Series Grass   Marcelo Melo   Wesley Moodie
  Mikhail Youzhny
6–4, 4–6, [10–6]
Loss 6–10 Feb 2011 Argentina Open, Argentina 250 Series Clay   Franco Ferreiro   Oliver Marach
  Leonardo Mayer
7–6(8–6), 6–3
Loss 6–11 Aug 2011 Austrian Open Kitzbühel, Austria 250 Series Clay   Franco Ferreiro   Daniele Bracciali
  Santiago González
6–7(1–7), 6–4, [9–11]
Win 7–11 Sep 2011 Open de Moselle, France 250 Series Hard (i)   Jamie Murray   Lukáš Dlouhý
  Marcelo Melo
6–4, 7–6(9–7)
Loss 7–12 Feb 2012 Brasil Open, Brazil (2) 250 Series Clay (i)   Michal Mertiňák   Eric Butorac
  Bruno Soares
6–3, 4–6, [8–10]
Loss 7–13 Feb 2012 Argentina Open, Argentina (2) 250 Series Clay   Michal Mertiňák   David Marrero
  Fernando Verdasco
4–6, 4–6
Loss 7–14 Mar 2012 Delray Beach Open, United States (2) 250 Series Hard   Michal Mertiňák   Colin Fleming
  Ross Hutchins
6–2, 6–7(5–7), [13–15]
Loss 7–15 Jul 2012 Stuttgart Open, Germany 250 Series Clay   Michal Mertiňák   Jérémy Chardy
  Łukasz Kubot
1–6, 3–6
Win 8–15 Mar 2015 Argentina Open, Argentina 250 Series Clay   Jarkko Nieminen   Pablo Andújar
  Oliver Marach
4–6, 6–4, [10–7]
Win 9–15 Jun 2015 Nottingham Open, United Kingdom 250 Series Grass   Chris Guccione   Pablo Cuevas
  David Marrero
6–2, 7–5
Win 10–15 Jul 2015 Croatia Open, Croatia 250 Series Clay   Máximo González   Mariusz Fyrstenberg
  Santiago González
4–6, 6–3, [10–5]
Loss 10–16 Oct 2015 Shenzhen Open, China 250 Series Hard   Chris Guccione   Jonathan Erlich
  Colin Fleming
1–6, 7–6(7–3), [6–10]
Loss 10–17 Apr 2016 Romanian Open, Romania 250 Series Clay   Chris Guccione   Florin Mergea
  Horia Tecău
5–7, 4–6
Loss 10–18 Jun 2016 Queen's Club Championships, United Kingdom 500 Series Grass   Chris Guccione   Pierre-Hugues Herbert
  Nicolas Mahut
3–6, 6–7(5–7)
Win 11–18 Mar 2017 Brasil Open, Brazil 250 Series Clay   Rogério Dutra Silva   Marcus Daniell
  Marcelo Demoliner
7–6(7–5), 5–7, [10–7]
Loss 11–19 Jun 2017 Eastbourne International, United Kingdom 250 Series Grass   Rohan Bopanna   Bob Bryan
  Mike Bryan
7–6(7–4), 4–6, [3–10]

Singles titles (Challenger series) (11)Edit

Singles performance timelineEdit

Current till 2012 US Open (tennis).

Tournament 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A A A 2R 1R 1R A 1–3
French Open A A 1R A 1R 1R A 0–3
Wimbledon 1R 2R 1R 1R QF 2R 1R 5–7
US Open A A 2R 2R 1R A A 2–3
Win–Loss 0–1 1–1 1–3 2–3 4–4 1–3 0–1 9–16

Doubles performance timelineEdit

Tournament 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A 1R 1R A A 1R 1R QF 1R A A 1R 2R 1R 1R 2R 2R 1R 1R 1R 1R 6–16
French Open A 1R A A A 3R 1R 1R 1R A 2R 2R 1R 3R 1R 1R 3R 3R 3R 3R 2R 15–16
Wimbledon A 1R A A A 1R 3R 2R 1R 3R SF 3R 2R 1R 1R 2R 1R 3R 1R 1R 1R 15–16
US Open 1R 1R 1R A 1R 1R 1R 1R A A QF 3R 2R 1R 1R 1R 2R 2R 1R QF 1R 11–18
Win–Loss 0–1 0–4 0–2 0–0 0–1 2–4 2–4 5–4 0–3 2–1 10–3 5–4 3–4 2–4 0–4 2–4 4–4 5–4 2–4 6–4 1–4 51–66

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Sally Easton (6 July 2007). "Brazilian Pair Race To Semi-Finals". Wimbledon. Archived from the original on 2007-07-08. Retrieved 19 July 2007.
  2. ^ Michael Burke-Velji (4 July 2007). "54-game Marathon in Final Set". Wimbledon. Archived from the original on 7 July 2007. Retrieved 19 April 2007.
  3. ^ The Championships, Wimbledon 2007 – Grand Slam Tennis – Official Site by IBM
  4. ^ André Sá and Flávio Saretta inherit spot at the doubles tournament UOL Olímpiadas 2004, 6 August 2004
  5. ^ Buddell, James. "Tribute: Farewell, Andre". atpworldtour.com. Retrieved 1 March 2018.

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