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.
|Full name||Andre Rezende Sa|
|Born||6 May 1977|
Belo Horizonte, Brazil
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Career record||52–92 (36.1%) (at ATP Tour and Grand Slam-level, and in Davis Cup)|
|Highest ranking||No. 55 (12 August 2002)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||2R (2001)|
|French Open||1R (2000, 2002, 2003)|
|US Open||2R (2000, 2001)|
|Career record||291–306 (48.7%) (ATP Tour-level, Grand Slam-level, and in Davis Cup)|
|Highest ranking||No. 17 (2 February 2009)|
|Current ranking||No. 58 (14 August 2017)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||QF (2004)|
|French Open||3R (2002, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)|
|US Open||QF (2007, 2016)|
|Other doubles tournaments|
|Olympic Games||2R (2004, 2008, 2016)|
|Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results|
|Australian Open||1R (2009, 2010, 2013)|
|French Open||QF (2008, 2009)|
|Wimbledon||2R (2010, 2016)|
|US Open||2R (2009)|
|Davis Cup||SF (2000)|
|Last updated on: 14 August 2017.|
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.
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 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. 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. 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 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.
ATP career finalsEdit
Doubles: 30 (11 titles, 19 runner-ups)Edit
|Loss||0–1||Feb 1998||Pacific Coast Championships, United States||World Series||Hard (i)||Nelson Aerts|| Mark Woodforde
|Loss||0–2||Feb 2001||Bogota Open, Colombia||International||Clay||Martín Rodríguez|| Mariano Hood
|Loss||0–3||Jul 2001||Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, United States||International||Grass||Glenn Weiner|| Bob Bryan
|Win||1–3||Sep 2001||Hong Kong Open, China||International||Hard||Karsten Braasch|| Petr Luxa
|Loss||1–4||Jul 2002||Dutch Open, Netherlands||International||Clay||Alexandre Simoni|| Jeff Coetzee
|Loss||1–5||Sep 2002||Brasil Open, Brazil||International||Hard||Gustavo Kuerten|| Scott Humphries
|Loss||1–6||Jul 2003||Dutch Open, Netherlands (2)||International||Clay||Chris Haggard|| Devin Bowen
|Win||2–6||Apr 2007||Estoril Open, Portugal||International||Clay||Marcelo Melo|| Martín García
|3–6, 6–2, [10–6]|
|Win||3–6||Feb 2008||Brasil Open, Brazil||International||Clay||Marcelo Melo|| Albert Montañés
|4–6, 6–2, [10–7]|
|Win||4–6||May 2008||Hypo Group Tennis International, Austria||International||Clay||Marcelo Melo|| Julian Knowle
|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
|Win||5–7||Aug 2008||New Haven Open, United States||International||Hard||Marcelo Melo|| Mahesh Bhupathi
|Loss||5–8||Mar 2009||Delray Beach Open, United States||250 Series||Hard||Marcelo Melo|| Bob Bryan
|Win||6–8||May 2009||Austrian Open Kitzbühel, Austria||250 Series||Clay||Marcelo Melo|| Andrei Pavel
|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
|6–4, 4–6, [10–6]|
|Loss||6–10||Feb 2011||Argentina Open, Argentina||250 Series||Clay||Franco Ferreiro|| Oliver Marach
|Loss||6–11||Aug 2011||Austrian Open Kitzbühel, Austria||250 Series||Clay||Franco Ferreiro|| Daniele Bracciali
|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
|Loss||7–12||Feb 2012||Brasil Open, Brazil (2)||250 Series||Clay (i)||Michal Mertiňák|| Eric Butorac
|6–3, 4–6, [8–10]|
|Loss||7–13||Feb 2012||Argentina Open, Argentina (2)||250 Series||Clay||Michal Mertiňák|| David Marrero
|Loss||7–14||Mar 2012||Delray Beach Open, United States (2)||250 Series||Hard||Michal Mertiňák|| Colin Fleming
|6–2, 6–7(5–7), [13–15]|
|Loss||7–15||Jul 2012||Stuttgart Open, Germany||250 Series||Clay||Michal Mertiňák|| Jérémy Chardy
|Win||8–15||Mar 2015||Argentina Open, Argentina||250 Series||Clay||Jarkko Nieminen|| Pablo Andújar
|4–6, 6–4, [10–7]|
|Win||9–15||Jun 2015||Nottingham Open, United Kingdom||250 Series||Grass||Chris Guccione|| Pablo Cuevas
|Win||10–15||Jul 2015||Croatia Open, Croatia||250 Series||Clay||Máximo González|| Mariusz Fyrstenberg
|4–6, 6–3, [10–5]|
|Loss||10–16||Oct 2015||Shenzhen Open, China||250 Series||Hard||Chris Guccione|| Jonathan Erlich
|1–6, 7–6(7–3), [6–10]|
|Loss||10–17||Apr 2016||Romanian Open, Romania||250 Series||Clay||Chris Guccione|| Florin Mergea
|Loss||10–18||Jun 2016||Queen's Club Championships, United Kingdom||500 Series||Grass||Chris Guccione|| Pierre-Hugues Herbert
|Win||11–18||Mar 2017||Brasil Open, Brazil||250 Series||Clay||Rogério Dutra Silva|| Marcus Daniell
|7–6(7–5), 5–7, [10–7]|
|Loss||11–19||Jun 2017||Eastbourne International, United Kingdom||250 Series||Grass||Rohan Bopanna|| Bob Bryan
|7–6(7–4), 4–6, [3–10]|
Singles titles (Challenger series) (11)Edit
- 1998: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam - defeated Juan Antonio Marín 6–3, 3–6, 6–2
- 1998: Salinas, Ecuador - defeated Guillermo Cañas 7–5, 5–7, 6–4
- 1998: Gramado, Brazil - defeated Hideki Kaneko 6–7, 6–1, 6–4
- 1999: Austin, USA - defeated Glenn Weiner 7–5, 6–2
- 1999: Tulsa, USA - defeated Jimy Szymanski 6–2, 7–6(4)
- 1999: Dallas, USA - defeated Jimy Szymanski 7–5, 4–6, 6–4
- 2001: Calabasas, USA - defeated Michael Russell 4–6, 6–2, 6–4
- 2001: Salvador, Brazil - defeated Alexandre Simoni 6–3, 6–2
- 2004: São Paulo, Brazil - defeated Jacob Adaktusson 6–4, 6–0
- 2004: College Station, USA - defeated Brian Vahaly 6–3, 6–0
- 2005: Campos do Jordão, Brazil - defeated Juan Martín del Potro 6–4, 6–4
Singles performance timelineEdit
Current till 2012 US Open (tennis).
|Grand Slam Tournaments|
Doubles performance timelineEdit
|Grand Slam Tournaments|
- Sally Easton (6 July 2007). "Brazilian Pair Race To Semi-Finals". Wimbledon. Archived from the original on 2007-07-08. Retrieved 19 July 2007.
- 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.
- The Championships, Wimbledon 2007 - Grand Slam Tennis - Official Site by IBM
- André Sá and Flávio Saretta inherit spot at the doubles tournament UOL Olímpiadas 2004, 6 August 2004
- Buddell, James. "Tribute: Farewell, Andre". atpworldtour.com. Retrieved 1 March 2018.