Guy Forget (French: [ɡi fɔʁʒɛ]; born 4 January 1965) is a French tennis administrator and retired professional player. During his career, he helped France win the Davis Cup in both 1991 and 1996. Since retiring as a player, he has served as France's Davis Cup team captain.

Guy Forget
Forget 2010.jpg
Country (sports) France
ResidenceNeuchâtel, Switzerland
Born (1965-01-04) 4 January 1965 (age 57)
Casablanca, Morocco
Height1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Turned pro1982
Retired1997
PlaysLeft-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money$5,669,934
Singles
Career record378–290
Career titles11
Highest rankingNo. 4 (25 March 1991)
Grand Slam singles results
Australian OpenQF (1991, 1993)
French Open4R (1986, 1991)
WimbledonQF (1991, 1992, 1994)
US Open4R (1992, 1996)
Other tournaments
Tour FinalsRR (1991)
Grand Slam CupQF (1991)
Olympic GamesQF (1984, demonstration)
Doubles
Career record387–182
Career titles28
Highest rankingNo. 3 (18 August 1986)
Grand Slam doubles results
French OpenF (1987, 1996)
Other doubles tournaments
Tour FinalsW (1990)
Team competitions
Davis CupW (1991, 1996)

CareerEdit

Forget first came to the tennis world's attention as an outstanding junior player who won the French Open junior title in 1982. He turned professional later that year.

His breakthrough year on the professional tour was 1986 when he made it to the fourth round of Roland Garros, his best grand slam at that point, and won his first top-level singles title in Toulouse, where both his father and grandfather had won, respectively in 1966 and 1946, and where he won again in 1991 and 1992.[1] He was also part of the French team which won the World Team Cup. Forget also won six doubles titles in 1986, reaching his career-high doubles ranking of World Number 3 in August that year, finishing in the runner-up spot with partner Yannick Noah at the 1986 ATP Tour World Championships tournament.

In 1987, Forget and Yannick Noah finished runners-up in the men's doubles at the French Open. In 1990, Forget partnered with Jakob Hlasek to win the ATP Tour World Championships doubles title.

1991 was the most memorable year of Forget's career. He won six singles titles that year, the biggest coming at the ATP Masters Series events in Cincinnati and Paris. In both finals, he defeated Pete Sampras. He reached his career-high singles ranking of World Number 4 in March that year.

Forget was a member of the French team which won the 1991 Davis Cup. In the final, France faced the United States. Forget teamed up with Henri Leconte to win the doubles rubber, and then won the decisive singles rubber against Pete Sampras as France shocked the heavily favoured US team to win 3–1.

1996 was another notable year in Forget's career. Partnering Jakob Hlasek, he again finished runner-up in the men's doubles event at the French Open. He also won what proved to be his last career singles title in Marseille. For a second time, he was on a French team which won the Davis Cup. In the final, he teamed-up with Guillaume Raoux to win a critical doubles rubber, as France defeated Sweden 3–2.

Forget played for France's Davis Cup team for 12 years, compiling a 38–11 record.

Forget retired from the professional tour in 1997. During his career, he won a total of 11 top-level singles titles and 28 doubles titles. His career prize-money earnings totalled US$5,669,934.

After retiring as a player, Forget served as France's Davis Cup team captain. He also served as France's Fed Cup team captain from 1999–2004; his best result was France's performance in 2003 (with a squad including Mary Pierce, Amélie Mauresmo, Émilie Loit & Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro) when they defeated USA in the final. However, he resigned in 2004 to focus on his Davis Cup duties,[2] and the French team then lost to Russia in the final (when Marion Bartoli & Émilie Loit lost to Anastasia Myskina & Vera Zvonareva in the last, deciding doubles match).

In 2011, the International Tennis Federation (ITF) presented him with its highest accolade, the Philippe Chatrier award, for his contributions to tennis.[3]

He joined the directing committee of the French Open in 2011, and in 2012 he became director of the Masters of Paris Bercy.

In 2016, he became director of the French Open after the dismissal of Gilbert Ysern.[4]

To ensure he will never be forgotten, Forget has been immortalized in the song "Guy Forget" by the band Phish, with the lyrics "I never met a man I could not forget, except for Guy Forget".[5]

Grand Slam finalsEdit

Doubles (2 runner-ups)Edit

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 1987 French Open Clay   Yannick Noah   Anders Järryd
  Robert Seguso
7–6(7–5), 7–6(7–2), 3–6, 4–6, 2–6
Loss 1996 French Open) Clay   Jakob Hlasek   Yevgeny Kafelnikov
  Daniel Vacek
2–6, 3–6

ATP World Championships finalsEdit

Doubles (1 title, 1 runner-up)Edit

Result Year Location Partner Opponents Score
Loss 1986 New York City   Yannick Noah   Stefan Edberg
  Anders Järryd
3–6, 6–7(2–7), 3–6
Win 1990 Frankfurt   Jakob Hlasek   Sergio Casal
  Emilio Sánchez
6–4, 7–6(7–5), 5–7, 6–4

Career finalsEdit

Singles (11 titles, 8 runners-up)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam (0–0)
Tennis Masters Cup (0–0)
ATP Masters Series (2–3)
ATP Championship Series (1–0)
Grand Prix (8–5)
Titles by surface
Hard (8)
Grass (0)
Clay (1)
Carpet (2)
Result W/L Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Win 1–0 Oct 1986 Toulouse, France Hard (i)   Jan Gunnarsson 4–6, 6–3, 6–2
Win 2–0 Mar 1989 Nancy, France Hard (i)   Michiel Schapers 6–3, 7–6(7–5)
Loss 2–1 Nov 1989 Wembley, England Carpet   Michael Chang 2–6, 2–6, 1–6
Loss 2–2 Apr 1990 Nice, France Clay   Juan Aguilera 6–2, 3–6, 4–6
Win 3–2 Sep 1990 Bordeaux, France Clay   Goran Ivanišević 6–4, 6–3
Win 4–2 Jan 1991 Sydney Outdoor, Australia Hard   Michael Stich 6–3, 6–4
Win 5–2 Feb 1991 Brussels, Belgium Carpet   Andrei Cherkasov 6–3, 7–5, 3–6, 7–6(7–4)
Loss 5–3 Mar 1991 Indian Wells, US Hard   Jim Courier 6–4, 3–6, 6–4, 3–6, 6–7(4–7)
Win 6–3 Aug 1991 Cincinnati, US Hard   Pete Sampras 2–6, 7–6(7–4), 6–4
Win 7–3 Sep 1991 Bordeaux, France Hard   Olivier Delaître 6–1, 6–3
Win 8–3 Oct 1991 Toulouse, France Hard (i)   Amos Mansdorf 6–2, 7–6(7–4)
Win 9–3 Nov 1991 Paris, France Carpet   Pete Sampras 7–6(11–9), 4–6, 5–7, 6–4, 6–4
Loss 9–4 Jan 1992 Sydney Outdoor, Australia Hard   Emilio Sánchez 3–6, 4–6
Win 10–4 Oct 1992 Toulouse, France Hard (i)   Petr Korda 6–3, 6–2
Loss 10–5 Nov 1992 Stockholm, Sweden Carpet   Goran Ivanišević 6–7(2–7), 6–4, 6–7(5–7), 2–6
Loss 10–6 Nov 1992 Paris, France Carpet   Boris Becker 6–7(3–7), 3–6, 6–3, 3–6
Loss 10–7 Jul 1994 Gstaad, Switzerland Clay   Sergi Bruguera 6–3, 5–7, 2–6, 1–6
Loss 10–8 Jun 1995 London/Queen's Club, England Grass   Pete Sampras 6–7(3–7), 6–7(6–8)
Win 11–8 Feb 1996 Marseille, France Hard (i)   Cédric Pioline 7–5, 6–4

DoublesEdit

Titles (28)Edit

Result W/L Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1. 1985 Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i)   Andrés Gómez   Mike De Palmer
  Gary Donnelly
6–3, 6–4
Win 2. 1985 Wembley, England Carpet   Anders Järryd   Boris Becker
  Slobodan Živojinović
7–5, 4–6, 7–5
Win 3. 1986 La Quinta, US Hard   Peter Fleming   Yannick Noah
  Sherwood Stewart
6–4, 6–3
Win 4. 1986 Metz, France Carpet   Wojtek Fibak   Francisco González
  Michiel Schapers
2–6, 6–2, 6–4
Win 5. 1986 Monte Carlo, Monaco Clay   Yannick Noah   Joakim Nyström
  Mats Wilander
6–4, 3–6, 6–4
Win 6. 1986 Rome, Italy Clay   Yannick Noah   Mark Edmondson
  Sherwood Stewart
7–6, 6–2
Win 7. 1986 London/Queen's Club, England Grass   Kevin Curren   Darren Cahill
  Mark Kratzmann
6–2, 7–6
Win 8. 1986 Basel, Switzerland Hard (i)   Yannick Noah   Jan Gunnarsson
  Tomáš Šmíd
7–6, 6–4
Win 9. 1987 Lyon, France Carpet   Yannick Noah   Kelly Jones
  David Pate
4–6, 6–3, 6–4
Win 10. 1987 Indian Wells, US Hard   Yannick Noah   Boris Becker
  Eric Jelen
6–4, 7–6
Win 11. 1987 Forest Hills, US Clay   Yannick Noah   Gary Donnelly
  Peter Fleming
4–6, 6–4, 6–1
Win 12. 1987 Rome, Italy Clay   Yannick Noah   Miloslav Mečíř
  Tomáš Šmíd
6–2, 6–7, 6–3
Win 13. 1987 London/Queen's Club, England Grass   Yannick Noah   Rick Leach
  Tim Pawsat
6–4, 6–4
Win 14. 1988 Indian Wells, US Hard   Boris Becker   Jorge Lozano
  Todd Witsken
6–4, 6–4
Win 15. 1988 Orlando, US Hard   Yannick Noah   Sherwood Stewart
  Kim Warwick
6–4, 6–4
Win 16. 1988 Nice, France Clay   Henri Leconte   Heinz Günthardt
  Diego Nargiso
4–6, 6–3, 6–4
Win 17. 1990 Stuttgart Indoor, Germany Carpet   Jakob Hlasek   Michael Mortensen
  Tom Nijssen
6–3, 6–2
Win 18. 1990 Indian Wells, US Hard   Boris Becker   Jim Grabb
  Patrick McEnroe
4–6, 6–4, 6–3
Win 19. 1990 Long Island, US Hard   Jakob Hlasek   Udo Riglewski
  Michael Stich
2–6, 6–3, 6–4
Win 20. 1990 Tokyo Indoor, Japan Carpet   Jakob Hlasek   Scott Davis
  David Pate
7–6, 7–5
Win 21. 1990 Stockholm, Sweden Carpet   Jakob Hlasek   John Fitzgerald
  Anders Järryd
6–4, 6–2
Win 22. 1990 Sanctuary Cove, Australia Hard   Jakob Hlasek   Emilio Sánchez
  Sergio Casal
6–4, 7–6, 5–7, 6–4
Win 23. 1991 Bordeaux, France Hard   Arnaud Boetsch   Patrik Kühnen
  Alexander Mronz
6–2, 6–2
Win 24. 1993 Indian Wells, US Hard   Henri Leconte   Luke Jensen
  Scott Melville
6–4, 7–5
Win 25. 1994 Halle, Germany Grass   Olivier Delaître   Henri Leconte
  Gary Muller
6–4, 6–7, 6–4
Win 26. 1994 Long Island, US Hard   Olivier Delaître   Andrew Florent
  Mark Petchey
6–4, 7–6
Win 27. 1994 Bordeaux, France Hard   Olivier Delaître   Diego Nargiso
  Guillaume Raoux
6–2, 2–6, 7–5
Win 28. 1995 Milan, Italy Carpet   Boris Becker   Petr Korda
  Karel Nováček
6–2, 6–4

Runners-up (17)Edit

Result W/L Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 1. 1984 Bordeaux, France Clay   Loïc Courteau   Pavel Složil
  Blaine Willenborg
1–6, 4–6
Loss 2. 1985 Nice, France Clay   Loïc Courteau   Claudio Panatta
  Pavel Složil
6–3, 3–6, 6–8
Loss 3. 1986 Memphis, US Carpet   Anders Järryd   Ken Flach
  Robert Seguso
4–6, 6–4, 6–7
Loss 4. 1986 Itaparica, Brazil Hard   Loic Courteau   Chip Hooper
  Mike Leach
5–7, 3–6
Loss 5. 1986 Masters Doubles, London Carpet   Yannick Noah   Stefan Edberg
  Anders Järryd
3–6, 6–7, 3–6
Loss 6. 1987 French Open, Paris Clay   Yannick Noah   Anders Järryd
  Robert Seguso
7–6, 7–6, 3–6, 4–6, 2–6
Loss 7. 1987 Gstaad, Switzerland Clay   Loic Courteau   Jan Gunnarsson
  Tomáš Šmíd
6–7, 2–6
Loss 8. 1988 Toulouse, France Hard (i)   Mansour Bahrami   Tom Nijssen
  Ricki Osterthun
3–6, 4–6
Loss 9. 1991 Indian Wells, US Hard   Henri Leconte   Jim Courier
  Javier Sánchez
6–7, 6–3, 3–6
Loss 10. 1991 Gstaad, Switzerland Clay   Jakob Hlasek   Gary Muller
  Danie Visser
6–7, 4–6
Loss 11. 1992 Brussels, Belgium Carpet   Jakob Hlasek   Boris Becker
  John McEnroe
3–6, 2–6
Loss 12. 1992 Bordeaux, France Clay   Arnaud Boetsch   Sergio Casal
  Emilio Sánchez
1–6, 4–6
Loss 13. 1992 Toulouse, France Hard (i)   Henri Leconte   Brad Pearce
  Byron Talbot
1–6, 6–3, 3–6
Loss 14. 1995 Ostrava, Czech Republic Carpet   Patrick Rafter   Jonas Björkman
  Javier Frana
7–6, 4–6, 6–7
Loss 15. 1996 Milan, Italy Carpet   Jakob Hlasek   Andrea Gaudenzi
  Goran Ivanišević
4–6, 5–7
Loss 16. 1996 Hamburg, Germany Clay   Jakob Hlasek   Mark Knowles
  Daniel Nestor
2–6, 4–6
Loss 17. 1996 French Open, Paris Clay   Jakob Hlasek   Yevgeny Kafelnikov
  Daniel Vacek
2–6, 3–6

Performance timelinesEdit

SinglesEdit

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# DNQ A NH
(W) winner; (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); (W–L) win–loss record.
Tournament 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 Career SR Career win–loss
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open 3R A 4R 1R NH A 2R 1R 2R QF 2R QF A 2R 1R 1R 0 / 12 16–12
French Open 3R 1R 1R 1R 4R 1R 3R A 3R 4R 2R A A 2R 3R A 0 / 12 16–12
Wimbledon A 1R 3R 1R 1R 4R 1R A 4R QF QF A QF 2R 1R A 0 / 12 21–12
U.S. Open A 1R 1R 2R 2R 3R 2R A 1R 2R 4R A 2R 1R 4R A 0 / 12 13–12
Grand Slam SR 0 / 2 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 1 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 1 0 / 2 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 1 0 / 48 N/A
Annual win–loss 3–2 0–3 5–4 1–4 4–3 5–3 4–4 0–1 6–4 12–4 9–4 4–1 5–2 3–4 5–4 0–1 N/A 66–48
ATP Masters Series
Indian Wells These Tournaments Were Not

Masters Series Events

Before 1990
2R F 2R 1R A 2R 1R 1R 0 / 7 6–7
Miami 3R 4R A 4R A 2R 2R 1R 0 / 6 6–6
Monte Carlo 3R 3R 3R 2R 1R 1R A A 0 / 6 5–6
Rome QF A 1R A A A 1R A 0 / 3 3–3
Hamburg SF A A 1R A A 1R A 0 / 3 4–3
Montreal/Toronto A A A A A A 1R A 0 / 1 0–1
Cincinnati 3R W 2R A A 1R A A 1 / 4 7–3
Stuttgart (Stockholm) 3R 3R F A 2R 1R A A 0 / 5 7–5
Paris 3R W F A 3R 3R 1R A 1 / 6 14–5
Masters Series SR N/A 16–8 18–4 9–6 3–4 3–3 3–6 0–6 0–2 N/A 52–39
Masters Series SR N/A 0 / 8 2 / 6 0 / 6 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 6 0 / 6 0 / 2 2 / 41 N/A
Year-end ranking 70 188 36 61 25 54 48 36 16 7 11 158 40 71 51 1121 N/A

DoublesEdit

Tournament 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 Career SR Career win–loss
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A 1R 2R NH A 3R 2R 2R 1R A A A A SF 1R A A A 0 / 7 8–6
French Open 1R A 3R 2R 3R F 1R A 1R 3R 2R A 2R 3R F A 1R 2R 2R 0 / 15 23–15
Wimbledon A A A A 3R QF QF A 3R A SF A A QF QF A A A A 0 / 8 20–8
U.S. Open A A 1R 2R QF 1R 3R A QF A A A 2R A SF A A A A 0 / 8 13–8
Grand Slam SR 0 / 1 0 / 0 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 1 0 / 4 0 / 2 0 / 2 0 / 0 0 / 2 0 / 2 0 / 4 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 38 N/A
Annual win–loss 0–1 0–0 2–3 2–3 7–3 8–3 6–4 1–1 6–3 2–2 5–2 0–0 2–2 5–2 16–4 0–1 0–1 1–1 1–1 N/A 64–37
ATP Masters Series
Indian Wells These Tournaments Were Not

Masters Series Events

Before 1990
W F 2R W A QF 2R 1R A A A 2 / 7 18–5
Miami SF 2R A A A A 2R A A A A 0 / 3 3–3
Monte Carlo QF A QF 1R 1R SF A A A A A 0 / 5 6–5
Rome 1R A 2R A A A 1R A A A A 0 / 3 1–3
Hamburg QF A A A A A F A A A A 0 / 2 4–2
Montreal/Toronto A A A A A A 1R A A A A 0 / 1 0–1
Cincinnati SF 1R SF A A 1R A A A A A 0 / 4 6–4
Stuttgart (Stockholm) W A A A A 2R 2R A A A A 1 / 3 5–2
Paris QF 1R A A A 2R 2R A A A A 0 / 4 2–3
Masters Series SR N/A 2 / 8 0 / 4 0 / 4 1 / 2 0 / 1 0 / 5 0 / 7 0 / 1 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 3 / 32 N/A
Annual win–loss N/A 18–6 4–4 7–4 5–1 0–1 7–4 4–7 0–1 0–0 0–0 0–0 N/A 45–28
Year-end ranking 717 166 217 23 8 6 15 152 4 84 29 114 96 32 14 565 1384 652 463 N/A

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1744951/bio[user-generated source]
  2. ^ Champions Tour – Guy Forget
  3. ^ "A Gorgeous Change of Pace". Inside the Games website. 1 June 2011. Retrieved 15 July 2020.
  4. ^ "Guy Forget named new director of French Open".
  5. ^ "Guy Forget History - Phish.net".

External linksEdit

Awards and achievements
Preceded by French Sportsperson of the Year
1991
(with Henri Leconte)
Succeeded by
Preceded by ATP Comeback Player of the Year
1994
Succeeded by