Galo Blanco (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈɡalo ˈβlaŋko];[a] born 8 October 1976) is a retired professional tennis player from Oviedo, Spain. After many years as a professional tennis coach Blanco joined the Davis Cup steering committee in 2018.
|Born||8 October 1976|
|Height||1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|Plays||Right-handed (one-handed backhand)|
|Career titles||1 |
4 Challenger, 0 Futures
|Highest ranking||No. 40 (25 May 1998)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||2R (2004)|
|French Open||QF (1997)|
|US Open||2R (1999, 2000)|
|Career titles||0 |
0 Challenger, 0 Futures
|Highest ranking||No. 338 (8 March 2004)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||1R (2004)|
|Last updated on: 18 November 2021.|
|Coaching career (2006–)|
|Coachee Singles Titles total||4 (Raonic), 1 (Melzer), 1 (Khachanov)|
|Coachee(s) Doubles Titles total||1 (Melzer)|
|List of notable tournaments|
2008 Davis Cup champion (Lopez)
Most of Blanco's early professional tour appearances were earned by qualifying for tournaments. He would do so by winning the qualifier's rounds that are usually played before the tournaments themselves, to fill one last tournament spot. It was that way that he was able to participate at the Fairmonts tournament in Scottsdale, Arizona, U.S. in 1996, for example.
Blanco eventually began to be invited to tournaments, and his name has gained reasonable importance in the men's professional circuit. He came closest to winning a Grand Slam title in 1997, reaching the quarterfinals of the French Open by defeating Neville Godwin, Magnus Gustafsson, Chris Woodruff and Petr Korda before losing to Pat Rafter. He won his only title in 1999 San Marino GO&FUN Open to his countryman Albert Portas and reached the final (2001 Mexican Open) and the semifinals in 2000 Majorca Open losing to eventual champion Marat Safin.
Blanco had two high-profile wins in majors, beating former 2-time US Open Champion, Patrick Rafter, in the first round of the 2000 US Open, and in beating Pete Sampras in the second round of the 2001 French Open.
Blanco is a prominent tennis coach. He has previously coached the rising Canadian star Milos Raonic. This partnership ended in May 2013. He coached Canadian Filip Peliwo. He coached Karen Khachanov until November 2017. He coached Dominic Thiem from December 2017 until November 2018.
Life after tennisEdit
ATP career finalsEdit
Singles: 2 (1 title, 1 runner-up)Edit
|Win||1–0||Aug 1999||San Marino, San Marino||World Series||Clay||Albert Portas||4–6, 6–4, 6–3|
|Loss||1–1||Mar 2001||Acapulco, Mexico||Championship Series||Clay||Gustavo Kuerten||4–6, 2–6|
ATP Challenger and ITF Futures finalsEdit
Singles: 9 (4–5)Edit
|Win||1–0||Jul 1995||Tampere, Finland||Challenger||Clay||Christian Bergström||6–3, 6–1|
|Win||2–0||Apr 1996||Prague, Czech Republic||Challenger||Clay||Gustavo Kuerten||6–1, 6–2|
|Loss||2–1||May 1996||Dresden, Germany||Challenger||Clay||Patrik Fredriksson||4–6, 4–6|
|Loss||2–2||Sep 1996||Oporto, Portugal||Challenger||Clay||Richard Fromberg||3–6, 6–7|
|Loss||2–3||Nov 1996||Campinas, Brazil||Challenger||Clay||Gustavo Kuerten||6–7, 3–6|
|Win||3–3||Aug 1999||Poznań, Poland||Challenger||Clay||Fredrik Jonsson||6–4, 6–2|
|Loss||3–4||Nov 1999||Montevideo, Uruguay||Challenger||Clay||Karim Alami||3–6, 1–6|
|Loss||3–5||Aug 2002||Geneva, Switzerland||Challenger||Clay||Kristof Vliegen||2–6, 2–6|
|Win||4–5||Aug 2003||Brindisi, Italy||Challenger||Clay||Francisco Fogués||7–5, 1–6, 7–5|
|Grand Slam tournaments|
|Australian Open||A||1R||1R||1R||1R||1R||1R||A||2R||A||0 / 7||1–7||13%|
|French Open||1R||QF||1R||1R||1R||4R||1R||3R||3R||Q1||0 / 9||11–9||55%|
|Wimbledon||A||A||1R||2R||1R||1R||1R||A||1R||A||0 / 6||1–6||14%|
|US Open||1R||1R||1R||2R||2R||1R||A||A||A||A||0 / 6||2–6||25%|
|Win–Loss||0–2||4–3||0–4||2–4||1–4||3–4||0–3||2–1||3–3||0–0||0 / 28||15–28||35%|
|ATP Masters Series|
|Indian Wells||A||Q1||Q1||Q2||A||A||1R||A||A||A||0 / 1||0–1||0%|
|Miami||A||1R||3R||1R||1R||A||1R||A||A||A||0 / 5||2–5||29%|
|Monte Carlo||A||Q2||2R||A||A||3R||Q2||Q2||Q1||A||0 / 2||3–2||60%|
|Hamburg||A||A||1R||A||Q1||A||Q2||A||A||A||0 / 1||0–1||0%|
|Rome||A||A||1R||Q1||A||Q1||1R||Q1||A||A||0 / 2||0–2||0%|
|Stuttgart||A||A||A||A||A||Q1||Not Masters Series||0 / 0||0–0||–|
|Madrid||Not Held||A||Q2||A||A||0 / 0||0–0||–|
|Win–Loss||0–0||0–1||3–4||0–1||0–1||2–1||0–3||0–0||0–0||0–0||0 / 11||5–11||31%|
Wins over top 10 ranked playersEdit
Wins over Top 10s per seasonEdit
|1.||Carlos Moyá||10||Stuttgart, Germany||Clay||2R||4–6, 7–6(7–3), 7–5|
|2.||Àlex Corretja||4||Kitzbühel, Austria||Clay||3R||7–6(7–4), 7–5|
|3.||Juan Carlos Ferrero||9||Monte-Carlo, Monaco||Clay||2R||6–2, 7–6(7–3)|
|4.||Pete Sampras||5||French Open, Paris, France||Clay||2R||7–6(7–4), 6–3, 6–2|
- In isolation, Blanco is pronounced [ˈblaŋko].
- "Argentina and Britain Gain Berths Into New Davis Cup Finals". nytimes.com.
- "http://www.galoblancotennisacademy.com – His academy in Barcelona, Spain – Official website, Galo Blanco Tennis Academy Archived 2009-10-03 at the Wayback Machine
- "Galo Blanco". atptour.com.
- "Filip Peliwo to be coached by Galo Blanco". Tennis Canada. Retrieved October 24, 2013.
- Rising stars of tennis - Karen Khachanov: 'The next Marat Safin? I have my own character and charisma'
- "Galo Blanco part ways with Dominic Thiem to embrace new Davis Cup role". Tennis World USA. Retrieved 2020-11-19.
- "Gerard Piqué's Kosmos signs up Dominic Thiem as it moves into athlete management". www.sportspromedia.com.