Dominique Monami

Dominique Monami (born 31 May 1973) is a former tennis player from Belgium.[1] She is her country's first ever top-10 tennis professional.

Dominique Monami
Dominique Van Roost.JPG
Dominique in 2003
Country (sports) Belgium
ResidenceMechelen
Born (1973-05-31) 31 May 1973 (age 48)
Verviers, Liège
Height1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Turned proJune 1991
RetiredOctober 2000
PlaysRight-handed (two handed-backhand)
Prize moneyUS$ 2,013,032
Singles
Career record295–182 (61.8%)
Career titles4
Highest rankingNo. 9 (12 October 1998)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenQF (1997, 1999)
French Open3R (1997, 1998)
Wimbledon4R (1998, 1999)
US Open3R (1998, 1999)
Other tournaments
Olympic GamesQF (2000)
Doubles
Career record126–123 (50.6%)
Career titles4
Highest rankingNo. 21

Monami was born in Verviers.[1] In 1995, she married her coach Bart Van Roost, with whom she has a daughter, and played under the name Dominique Van Roost for much of her career, until their divorce in 2003.

CareerEdit

Monami won her first WTA Tour tournament in 1996 in Cardiff (Welsh Open). Before this win, she had been on the ITF circuit where she won seven ITF events, five of which in 1990. In 1997, she reached the quarterfinals of the Australian Open. The following year, Van Roost became the first ever Belgian tennis player (male or female) to reach the top 10 in WTA rankings.

Monami won a total of four WTA singles titles and reached a career-high singles ranking of world No. 9 in October 1998. In total, she participated in 36 Grand Slam tournaments during her career.

Another achievement for Van Roost came during the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney where she won the bronze medal in the women's doubles competition, partnering Els Callens. Also in doubles, she reached the quarterfinals of the Australian Open in 1999 and 2000, and the semifinals of the 2000 US Open.

In November 2000, Monami ended her professional tennis career when she became pregnant by Bart Van Roost, whom she divorced later in 2003. Subsequently, in 2006, she married Erik Vink, a manager in Sony BMG.

After retiring from playing, Monami became involved in Belgian tennis in various capacities, including as a tournament director (Brussels Open) and as Fed Cup captain. She also wrote a book titled Een Kwestie van Karakter (Tout est dans le caractère). Monami was awarded Belgian Sports Personality of the Year in 1998.

Since October 2021 is Monami vice-president of the Belgian Olympic Committee.

Significant finalsEdit

OlympicsEdit

Doubles: 1 (bronze medal)Edit

Outcome Year Location Surface Partner Opponents Score
Bronze 2000 Sydney Hard   Els Callens   Olga Barabanschikova
  Natalia Zvereva
4–6, 6–4, 6–1

WTA career finalsEdit

Legend
Tier I (0–0)
Tier II (0–3)
Tier III (0–4)
Tier IV (4–5)

Singles: 16 (4 titles, 12 runner-ups)Edit

Result W/L Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Loss 1. Oct 1993 Montpellier Open, France Carpet (i)   Elena Likhovtseva 3–6, 4–6
Loss 2. Oct 1995 Bell Challenge, Canada Carpet (i)   Brenda Schultz-McCarthy 6–7(5), 2–6
Win 1. May 1996 British Clay Court Championships, UK Clay   Laurence Courtois 6–4, 6–2
Win 2. Jan 1997 Hobart International, Australia Hard   Marianne Werdel 6–3, 6–3
Win 3. Sep 1997 Surabaya International, Indonesia Hard   Lenka Němečková 6–1, 6–3
Loss 3. Oct 1997 Tournoi de Québec, Canada Carpet (i)   Brenda Schultz-McCarthy 4–6, 7–6(4), 5–7
Loss 4. Nov 1997 Pattaya Open, Thailand Hard   Henrieta Nagyová 5–7, 7–6(6), 5–7
Win 4. Jan 1998 Auckland Open, New Zealand Hard   Silvia Farina 4–6, 7–6, 7–5
Loss 5. Jan 1998 Hobart International, Australia Hard   Patty Schnyder 3–6, 2–6
Loss 6. Feb 1998 Paris Indoor, France Carpet (i)   Mary Pierce 3–6, 5–7
Loss 7. Feb 1998 Linz Open, Austria Carpet (i)   Jana Novotná 1–6, 6–7(2)
Loss 8. May 1998 Madrid Open, Spain Clay   Patty Schnyder 6–3, 4–6, 0–6
Loss 9. Jan 1999 Auckland Open, New Zealand Hard   Julie Halard-Decugis 4–6, 1–6
Loss 10. Sep 1999 Luxembourg Open Carpet (i)   Kim Clijsters 2–6, 2–6
Loss 11. Jun 2000 Eastbourne International, UK Grass   Julie Halard-Decugis 6–7(4), 4–6
Loss 12. Jul 2000 Knokke-Heist Trophy, Belgium Clay   Anna Smashnova 2–6, 5–7

Doubles: 9 (4 titles, 5 runner-ups)Edit

Result W/L Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 1. May 1993 Belgian Open Clay   Ann Devries   Radka Bobková
  María José Gaidano
4–6, 6–2, 6–7(4)
Win 1. Jul 1993 Austrian Open Clay   Li Fang   Maja Murić
  Pavlína Rajzlová
6–2, 6–1
Loss 2. Oct 1993 Montpellier Open, France Carpet (i)   Janette Husárová   Meredith McGrath
  Claudia Porwik
6–3, 2–6, 6–7(3)
Loss 3. Oct 1996 Luxembourg Open Carpet (i)   Barbara Rittner   Kristie Boogert
  Nathalie Tauziat
6–2, 4–6, 2–6
Win 2. Jan 1997 Auckland Open, New Zealand Hard   Janette Husárová   Aleksandra Olsza
  Elena Pampoulova
6–2, 6–7(5), 6–3
Loss 4. Jan 1997 Hobart International, Australia Hard   Barbara Rittner   Naoko Kijimuta
  Nana Miyagi
3–6, 1–6
Loss 5. Nov 1997 Pattaya Open,Thailand Hard   Florencia Labat   Kristine Kunce
  Corina Morariu
3–6, 4–6
Win 3. May 1998 Madrid Open, Spain Clay   Florencia Labat   Rachel McQuillan
  Nicole Pratt
6–3, 6–1
Win 4. Aug 2000 LA Tennis Championships, U.S. Hard   Els Callens   Kimberly Po
  Anne-Gaëlle Sidot
6–2, 7–5

ITF finalsEdit

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments

Singles: 8 (7–1)Edit

Outcome No. Year Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 6 August 1990 ITF Koksijde, Belgium Clay   Magdalena Feistel 6–2, 6–1
Winner 2. 17 September 1990 ITF Napoli, Italy Clay   Klára Bláhová 6–3, 6–2
Winner 3. 24 September 1990 ITF Napoli, Italy Clay   Catarina Bernstein 4–6, 6–4, 6–2
Winner 4. 15 October 1990 ITF Burgdorf, Switzerland Carpet (i)   Sabine Lohmann 5–7, 6–2, 6–4
Winner 5. 22 October 1990 ITF Lyss, Switzerland Clay   Katja Meichelbock 6–2, 6–2
Runner-up 1. 12 November 1990 ITF Swindon, United Kingdom Carpet (i)   Sandrine Testud 4–6, 4–6
Winner 6. 27 February 1995 ITF Southampton, UK Carpet (i)   Angela Kerek 0–6, 6–4, 6–3
Winner 7. 29 September 1996 ITF Limoges, France Hard (i)   Åsa Carlsson 2–6, 7–6(4), 6–1

Doubles: 2 (1–1)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 27 February 1995 ITF Southampton, UK Carpet (i)   Andrea Temesvari   Seda Noorlander
  Christína Papadáki
6–4, 6–2
Runner-up 1. 28 September 1996 ITF Limoges, France Hard (i)   Caroline Dhenin   Natalia Medvedeva
  Larisa Neiland
1–6, 1–6

Singles performance timelineEdit

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# DNQ A NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (DNQ) did not qualify; (A) absent; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
Tournament 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 SR W–L W%
Australian Open A 4R 2R 1R Q1 2R QF 3R QF 2R 0 / 8 15–8 65%
French Open Q1 1R 1R 1R 2R 1R 3R 3R 1R 2R 0 / 9 6–9 40%
Wimbledon A 1R 1R 3R 2R 3R 1R 4R 4R 1R 0 / 9 11–9 55%
US Open 3R 2R 2R 1R 2R 1R 1R 3R 3R 2R 0 / 10 10–10 50%
Year-end championships
Tour Championships A A A A A A A QF QF A 0 / 2 2–2 50%
Tier I tournaments
Tokyo Tier II A 1R A A A A A A 0 / 1 0–1 0%
Indian Wells Tier II A 3R 1R 4R 0 / 3 4–3 57%
Miami A A A 2R 3R 2R 2R 2R 2R 3R 0 / 7 5–6 45%
Berlin A A A A A A A 1R 2R A 0 / 2 1–2 33%
Rome A A A 1R A A 3R 3R QF 2R 0 / 5 8–5 62%
Montreal / Toronto A 1R A A A A A 2R A 1R 0 / 3 1–3 25%
Moscow T V Not Held Tier III SF A SF A 0 / 2 6–2 75%
Zürich Tier II A A A A 2R QF QF 1R 0 / 4 5–4 56%
Year-end ranking 129 100 59 133 43 46 18 12 14 24

Head-to-head recordEdit

Record vs. top 10 playersEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Dominique Monami | Player Stats & More – WTA Official". Women's Tennis Association. Retrieved 31 May 2021.

External linksEdit

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Not given
Belgian Sports Personality of the Year
1998
Succeeded by