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Nicolas Jean-Christophe Escudé (born 3 April 1976) is a former professional tennis player from France, who turned professional in 1995. He won four singles titles and two doubles titles during his career.

Nicolas Escudé
Nicolas Escudé RG 2012.JPG
Country (sports) France
ResidenceGeneva, Switzerland
Born (1976-04-03) 3 April 1976 (age 43)
Chartres, France
Height1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Turned pro1995
Retired18 May 2006
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money$3,216,150
Singles
Career record172–129
Career titles4
Highest rankingNo. 17 (26 June 2000)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenSF (1998)
French Open4R (2004)
WimbledonQF (2001)
US OpenQF (1999)
Other tournaments
Grand Slam Cup1R (1998)
Doubles
Career record57–49
Career titles2
Highest rankingNo. 35 (6 January 2003)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open1R (2001)
French OpenSF (2001)
Wimbledon1R (2001)
US Open2R (2001)

Escudé is best remembered for the vital role he played in the 2001 Davis Cup final against Australia on the grass-courts of Melbourne. Escudé beat the recently crowned World No. 1, Lleyton Hewitt in the first rubber with a superb win in 5 sets, repeating what he did to Hewitt earlier that year in the fourth round of Wimbledon. Two days later, Escudé won the decisive fifth rubber for France against Wayne Arthurs in four sets.

The right-hander reached his highest individual ranking on the ATP Tour on 26 June 2000, when he became World No. 17. He's a natural left-hander who was trained since a child to play right-handed but does everything else lefty. His brother Julien Escudé is a professional football player.

Escudé teamed up with Roger Federer in the men's doubles at the French Open in 2000. However they were knocked out by Sébastien Lareau and Daniel Nestor.

In 2006, he announced his immediate retirement from the sport due to a persistent shoulder injury that had been keeping him out of the professional tennis circuit for the past 22 months.

Escudé was the captain of the France Fed Cup team from 2009 to 2012 and is now the co-coach of Nicolas Mahut since the 2013 season with Thierry Ascione and since 2014 of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

Singles titlesEdit

Wins (4)Edit

Legend (Singles)
Grand Slam (0)
Tennis Masters Cup (0)
ATP Masters Series (0)
ATP International Series Gold (2)
ATP Tour (2)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in final Score in final
Winner 1. 27 September 1999 Toulouse, France Hard (i)   Daniel Vacek 7–5, 6–1
Runner-up 1. 19 June 2000 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands Grass   Patrick Rafter 1–6, 3–6
Winner 2. 19 February 2001 Rotterdam, Netherlands Hard (i)   Roger Federer 7–5, 3–6, 7–6(7–5)
Runner-up 2. 11 February 2002 Marseille, France Hard (i)   Thomas Enqvist 7–6(7–4), 3–6, 1–6
Winner 3. 18 February 2002 Rotterdam, Netherlands Hard (i)   Tim Henman 3–6, 7–6(9–7), 6–4
Winner 4. 5 January 2004 Doha, Qatar Hard   Ivan Ljubičić 6–3, 7–6(7–4)

Singles performance timelineEdit

Tournament 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 SR W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A A A A A SF A 4R 2R 3R 3R 3R 0 / 6 15–6
French Open 1R A A A 3R 2R 2R 1R 1R 1R 1R 4R 0 / 9 7–9
Wimbledon A A A A A 2R A 2R QF 3R 2R A 0 / 5 9–5
US Open A A A A 2R 1R QF A 2R A A A 0 / 4 6–4
Win–Loss 0–1 0–0 0–0 0–0 3–2 7–4 5–2 4–3 6–4 4–3 3–3 5–2 0 / 24 37–24
ATP Masters Series
Indian Wells A A A A A A 1R 3R QF 2R A 4R 0 / 5 9–5
Miami A A A A A 2R 2R 3R 2R 3R 4R 1R 0 / 7 7–7
Monte Carlo A A A A A A A 2R 1R 1R 1R 2R 0 / 5 2–5
Hamburg A A A A A 2R A 1R 3R 1R A A 0 / 4 3–4
Rome A A A A A 2R A 1R 1R A A A 0 / 3 1–3
Canada A A A A A 1R A 3R 3R A A 1R 0 / 4 4–4
Cincinnati A A A A A 1R A A 2R A A A 0 / 2 1–2
Madrid A A A A A A A 2R 1R A A A 0 / 2 1–2
Paris A A A A 3R 2R 1R 1R 1R QF A A 0 / 6 6–6
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 2–1 4–6 1–3 7–8 8–9 5–5 3–2 4–4 0 / 38 34–38
Career statistics
Titles 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 1 4
Finals 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 2 0 1 6
Year End Ranking 670 646 189 413 93 37 37 48 27 34 114 64

A = did not participate in the tournament

Doubles titlesEdit

Wins (2)Edit

Legend (Singles)
Grand Slam (0)
Tennis Masters Cup (0)
ATP Masters Series (1)
ATP Tour (1)
No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in final Score in final
1. 11 February 2002 Marseille, France Hard (i)   Arnaud Clément   Julien Boutter
  Max Mirnyi
6–4, 6–3
2. 28 October 2002 Paris, France Hard (i)   Fabrice Santoro   Gustavo Kuerten
  Cédric Pioline
6–3, 7–66

Top 10 winsEdit

Season 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 Total
Wins 0 0 0 1 3 3 6 5 2 0 20
# Player Rank Event Surface Rd Score ER
1998
1.   Àlex Corretja 9 Halle, Germany Grass 1R 6–2, 7–5 34
1999
2.   Carlos Moyá 9 US Open, New York, United States Hard 2R 6–1, 6–4, 0–1, ret. 136
3.   Marcelo Ríos 10 US Open, New York, United States Hard 4R 6–2, 6–3, 7–5 136
4.   Tim Henman 7 Toulouse, France Hard (i) 2R 6–4, 6–2 80
2000
5.   Richard Krajicek 10 Australian Open, Melbourne, Australia Hard 2R 2–6, 6–3, 6–1, 6–3 34
6.   Gustavo Kuerten 5 Davis Cup, Florianopolis, Brazil Clay RR 6–2, 7–6(7–3) 30
7.   Marat Safin 2 Vienna, Austria Hard (i) 1R 5–7, 6–3, 7–6(7–5) 37
2001
8.   Tim Henman 10 Rotterdam, Netherlands Hard (i) 2R 6–3, 7–5 60
9.   Yevgeny Kafelnikov 5 Hamburg, Germany Clay 1R 7–5, 7–5 36
10.   Sébastien Grosjean 8 Wimbledon, London, United Kingdom Grass 3R 5–7, 6–4, 6–3, 6–4 38
11.   Lleyton Hewitt 5 Wimbledon, London, United Kingdom Grass 4R 4–6, 6–4, 6–3, 4–6, 6–4 38
12.   Marat Safin 3 Montreal, Canada Hard 1R 6–4, 5–2, ret. 28
13.   Lleyton Hewitt 1 Davis Cup, Melbourne, Australia Grass RR 4–6, 6–3, 3–6, 6–3, 6–4 27
2002
14.   Juan Carlos Ferrero 3 Rotterdam, Netherlands Hard (i) 1R 5–7, 6–1, 6–0 22
15.   Sébastien Grosjean 10 Rotterdam, Netherlands Hard (i) SF 4–6, 7–6(7–1), 7–5 22
16.   Albert Costa 8 Moscow, Russia Carpet (i) 1R 7–5, 3–6, 6–1 48
17.   Yevgeny Kafelnikov 10 Lyon, France Carpet (i) 2R 7–6(7–5), 6–4 41
18.   Tim Henman 9 Paris, France Carpet (i) 3R 6–4, 6–2 41
2003
19.   Jiří Novák 10 Marseille, France Hard (i) 1R 6–2, 6–1 40
20.   Albert Costa 8 Rotterdam, Netherlands Hard (i) 1R 6–3, 6–3 41

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