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Julie Halard-Decugis (born 10 September 1970) is a French former professional tennis player.

Julie Halard-Decugis
Country (sports) France
ResidencePully, Switzerland
Born (1970-09-10) 10 September 1970 (age 49)
Versailles, France
Height1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Turned pro1986
Retired2000
PlaysRight-handed (two handed-backhand)
Prize money$3,081,132
Singles
Career record386–233
Career titles12 WTA, 2 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 7 (14 February 2000)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenQF (1993, 2000)
French OpenQF (1994)
Wimbledon4R (1992)
US Open4R (1999)
Doubles
Career record253–156
Career titles15 WTA, 2 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 1 (11 September 2000)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenQF (2000)
French OpenSF (1994, 2000)
WimbledonF (2000)
US OpenW (2000)

Tennis careerEdit

Halard-Decugis lived in La Baule, France during the initial stages of her career and later moved to Pully, Switzerland. She turned professional in 1986. She won the French Open junior singles title in 1988 and was the Wimbledon junior singles runner-up in 1987. She retired from the WTA Tour tennis circuit at the end of the 2000 season. Her highest WTA Tour singles and doubles rankings was number seven and number one respectively. She had been coached by Arnaud Decugis since 1989.

Halard-Decugis won her first WTA Tour singles title in Puerto Rico. She enjoyed her best season in 1996, when she won her first WTA Tour Tier II singles title in Paris and finished the year with a career-high season-ending singles ranking of No. 15 and as the No. 1 singles player from France. This occurred despite the fact that her playing schedule in the second half of 1996 was curtailed because of a wrist injury sustained during the Fed Cup semifinal match against Spain. She only played two tournaments in late 1997 because of injuries.

By winning the singles title in Rosmalen in 1998, she became the 20th player to have won singles titles on all four surfaces in the Open Era. Halard also won the singles and doubles titles in Pattaya that year, and broke into the top 10 singles ranking in August 1999, becoming the fifth Frenchwoman after Françoise Dürr, Mary Pierce, Nathalie Tauziat and Amélie Mauresmo to do so. In 1999, she won WTA Tour singles titles in Auckland and Birmingham and was runner-up on three other occasions.[1] Between 15 November 1999 and 9 January 2000, Julie Halard, Nathalie Tauziat, Amélie Mauresmo and Mary Pierce were all ranked inside the singles top 10, the first time France had four players ranked among the singles top 10.

2000 was to be the final and perhaps the finest year of Halard's professional playing career. She reached the Australian Open singles quarterfinal for the second time, captured the second WTA Tour Tier II title of her career in Eastbourne and reached her career-high singles ranking of No. 7 in February. Halard was also runner-up in Tokyo's Princess Cup in October and won the doubles title with Ai Sugiyama. The following week, she won both the singles and doubles titles at the Japan Open in Tokyo, saving three match points in the final to defeat the defending champion Amy Frazier.

On her 30th birthday, Halard won the 2000 US Open women's doubles title with Ai Sugiyama, her only Grand Slam title as a professional. The pair also reached the final at Wimbledon, the semifinal at the French Open and the quarterfinal at the Australian Open that year. Halard-Decugis won nine other doubles titles in 2000, five of them with Sugiyama, and became the first Frenchwoman to attain the No. 1 doubles ranking in the Open Era. Halard-Decugis represented her country in the Federation Cup Fed Cup from 1990 to 2000 and in the Olympic Games in 1992 and 2000.

Personal lifeEdit

She married her coach, Arnaud Decugis, on 22 September 1995.[2][3] Arnaud Decugis is the great nephew of Max Decugis, a leading tennis player from France during the early 20th century. The couple have two children: Camille, born on 10 February 2002 and another child born in July 2003.[citation needed]

Grand Slam finalsEdit

Women's doubles: 2 (1 title, 1 runner-up)Edit

Outcome Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 2000 Wimbledon Grass   Ai Sugiyama   Serena Williams
  Venus Williams
3–6, 2–6
Winner 2000 US Open Hard   Ai Sugiyama   Cara Black
  Elena Likhovtseva
6–0, 1–6, 6–1

WTA career finalsEdit

Singles (12–9)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments
WTA Championships
Virginia Slims
Tier I
Tier II
Tier III
Tier IV & V
Result No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 5 October 1987 Athens, Greece Clay   Katerina Maleeva 0–6, 1–6
Runner-up 2. 5 August 1991 Albuquerque, United States Hard   Gigi Fernández 0–6, 2–6
Winner 3. 21 October 1991 San Juan, Puerto Rico Hard   Amanda Coetzer 7–5, 7–5
Winner 4. 27 April 1992 Taranto, Italy Clay   Emanuela Zardo 6–0, 7–5
Runner-up 5. 14 February 1994 Paris, France Carpet (i)   Martina Navratilova 5–7, 3–6
Winner 6. 25 April 1994 Taranto, Italy Clay   Irina Spîrlea 6–2, 6–3
Winner 7. 8 May 1995 Prague, Czech Republic Clay   Ludmila Richterová 6–4, 6–4
Winner 8. 8 January 1996 Hobart, Australia Hard   Mana Endo 6–1, 6–2
Winner 9. 12 February 1996 Paris, France Carpet (i)   Iva Majoli 7–5, 7–6(7–4)
Runner-up 10. 26 February 1996 Linz, Austria Carpet (i)   Sabine Appelmans 2–6, 4–6
Winner 11. 15 June 1996 Rosmalen, Netherlands Grass   Miriam Oremans 6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 12. 18 May 1998 Strasbourg, France Clay   Irina Spîrlea 6–7(5–7), 3–6
Winner 13. 16 November 1998 Pattaya, Thailand Hard   Li Fang 6–1, 6–2
Winner 14. 4 January 1999 Auckland, New Zealand Hard   Dominique Monami 6–4, 6–1
Runner-up 15. 26 April 1999 Bol, Croatia Clay   Corina Morariu 2–6, 0–6
Runner-up 16. 10 May 1999 Berlin, Germany Clay   Martina Hingis 0–6, 1–6
Winner 17. 7 June 1999 Birmingham, United Kingdom Grass   Nathalie Tauziat 6–2, 3–6, 6–4
Runner-up 18. 9 August 1999 Los Angeles, United States Hard   Serena Williams 1–6, 4–6
Winner 19. 19 June 2000 Eastbourne, United Kingdom Grass   Dominique Monami 7–6(7–4), 6–4
Runner-up 20. 2 October 2000 Tokyo, Japan Hard   Serena Williams 5–7, 1–6
Winner 21. 9 October 2000 Tokyo, Japan Hard   Amy Frazier 5–7, 7–5, 6–4

Doubles (15–10)Edit

Result No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 16 September 1991 Paris, France Clay   Alexia Dechaume   Petra Langrová
  Radka Zrubáková
4–6, 4–6
Runner-up 2. 18 April 1994 Barcelona, Spain Clay   Nathalie Tauziat   Larisa Neiland
  Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
2–6, 4–6
Winner 3. 8 August 1994 Los Angeles, United States Hard   Nathalie Tauziat   Jana Novotná
  Lisa Raymond
6–1, 0–6, 6–1
Winner 4. 19 September 1994 Tokyo, Japan Hard   Arantxa Sánchez Vicario   Amy Frazier
  Rika Hiraki
6–1, 0–6, 6–1
Winner 5. 1 January 1996 Auckland, New Zealand Hard   Els Callens   Jill Hetherington
  Kristine Kunce
6–0, 6–1
Runner-up 6. 12 February 1996 Paris, France Carpet (i)   Nathalie Tauziat   Kristie Boogert
  Jana Novotná
4–6, 3–6
Runner-up 7. 4 March 1996 Indian Wells, United States Hard   Nathalie Tauziat   Chanda Rubin
  Brenda Schultz
1–6, 4–6
Runner-up 8. 15 September 1997 Tokyo, Japan Hard   Chanda Rubin   Monica Seles
  Ai Sugiyama
1–6, 0–6
Runner-up 9. 5 January 1998 Auckland, New Zealand Hard   Janette Husárová   Nana Miyagi
  Tamarine Tanasugarn
6–71, 4–6
Runner-up 10. 12 January 1998 Hobart, Australia Hard   Janette Husárová   Virginia Ruano Pascual
  Paola Suárez
6–76, 3–6
Winner 11. 8 June 1998 Birmingham, United Kingdom Grass   Els Callens   Lisa Raymond
  Rennae Stubbs
2–6, 6–4, 6–4
Winner 12. 16 November 1998 Pattaya City, Thailand Hard   Els Callens   Rika Hiraki
  Aleksandra Olsza
3–6, 6–2, 6–2
Runner-up 13. 18 October 1999 Moscow, Russia Carpet (i)   Anke Huber   Lisa Raymond
  Rennae Stubbs
0–6, 1–6
Winner 14. 3 January 2000 Gold Coast, Australia Hard   Anna Kournikova   Sabine Appelmans
  Rita Grande
6–3, 6–0
Winner 15. 10 January 2000 Sydney, Australia Hard   Ai Sugiyama   Martina Hingis
  Mary Pierce
6–0, 6–3
Winner 16. 7 February 2000 Paris, France Carpet (i)   Sandrine Testud   Émilie Loit
  Åsa Carlsson
3–6, 6–3, 6–4
Winner 17. 20 March 2000 Miami, United States Hard   Ai Sugiyama   Nicole Arendt
  Manon Bollegraf
4–6, 7–5, 6–4
Winner 18. 1 May 2000 Bol, Croatia Clay   Corina Morariu   Tina Križan
  Katarina Srebotnik
6–2, 6–2
Runner-up 19. 26 June 2000 Wimbledon, United Kingdom Grass   Ai Sugiyama   Serena Williams
  Venus Williams
3–6, 2–6
Runner-up 20. 14 August 2000 Montreal, Canada Hard   Ai Sugiyama   Martina Hingis
  Nathalie Tauziat
3–6, 6–3, 4–6
Winner 21. 21 August 2000 New Haven, United States Hard   Ai Sugiyama   Virginia Ruano Pascual
  Paola Suárez
6–4, 5–7, 6–2
Winner 22. 28 August 2000 US Open, United States Hard   Ai Sugiyama   Cara Black
  Elena Likhovtseva
6–0, 1–6, 6–1
Winner 23. 2 October 2000 Tokyo, Japan Hard   Ai Sugiyama   Nana Miyagi
  Paola Suárez
6–0, 6–2
Winner 24. 9 October 2000 Tokyo, Japan Hard   Corina Morariu   Tina Križan
  Katarina Srebotnik
6–1, 6–2
Winner 25. 23 October 2000 Moscow, Russia Carpet (i)   Ai Sugiyama   Martina Hingis
  Anna Kournikova
4–6, 6–4, 7–65

ITF finalsEdit

Singles (2–0)Edit

Legend
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 13 July 1987 Erlangen, West Germany Clay   Wiltrud Probst 4–6, 6–4, 6–2
Winner 2. 27 July 1987 Neumünster, West Germany Clay   Brenda Schultz-McCarthy 6–2, 6–4

Doubles (2–2)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 20 July 1987 Vaihingen, West Germany Clay   Virginie Paquet   Hana Fukárková
  Denisa Krajčovičová
6–4, 6–3
Winner 2. 3 December 1990 Le Havre, France Clay   Agnès Zugasti   Gaby Coorengel
  Amy van Buuren
6–3, 6–0
Runner-up 1. 7 December 1992 Val-d'Oise, France Hard (i)   Sabine Appelmans   Isabelle Demongeot
  Catherine Suire
5–7, 4–6
Runner-up 2. 7 December 1997 Cergy-Pontoise, France Hard (i)   Anne-Gaëlle Sidot   Kristie Boogert
  Miriam Oremans
5–7, 4–6

Grand Slam performance timelinesEdit

SinglesEdit

Tournament 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 SR W–L
Australian Open A 2R 1R 3R 2R 1R QF 2R 1R 3R A A 2R QF 0 / 11 16–11
French Open 2R 2R 1R 3R 2R 3R 3R QF 3R 2R A 2R 4R 1R 0 / 13 20–13
Wimbledon A 1R 2R 2R 2R 4R 1R 1R 1R A A 3R 3R 1R 0 / 11 10–11
US Open 3R 1R 2R 2R 2R 2R 2R 2R 2R A A 1R 4R 1R 0 / 12 12–12
Overall Win–Loss 3–2 2–4 2–4 6–4 4–4 6–4 7–4 6–4 3–4 3–2 0–0 3–3 9–4 4–4 0 / 47 58–47
Career statistics
Titles 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 1 3 0 1 2 2 12
Finals 1 0 0 0 2 1 0 2 1 4 0 2 5 3 21
Year-end ranking 62 75 118 41 20 27 29 21 51 20 22 9 15

DoublesEdit

Tournament 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 SR W–L
Australian Open A 1R 2R 2R A 1R 1R 1R 2R 3R A A 3R QF 0 / 10 10–10
French Open A 1R 2R 1R 3R 2R 1R SF QF 3R A 2R 1R SF 0 / 12 18–12
Wimbledon A A A A 1R 1R 2R 3R 3R A A QF 2R F 0 / 8 14–8
US Open A A A A 1R 1R 1R 1R QF A A 3R 3R W 1 / 8 13–7
Overall Win–Loss 0–0 0–2 2–2 1–2 2–3 1–4 1–4 6–4 9–4 4–2 0–0 6–3 5–4 18–3 1 / 38 55–37

Head-to-head recordEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Tennis — DFS Classic; Halard-Decugis beats Tauziat". The New York Times. 14 June 1999.
  2. ^ Gene Frenette (16 April 2000). "When Love is a good game". jacksonville.com.
  3. ^ Iain Carter (June 2000). "Julie Halard-Decugis". BBC Sport.

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