Santoro ends career spanning 3 decades

Santoro played his first slam at Roland Garros in 1989 (credit: VadimK)

After more than twenty years on the ATP tour, Fabrice Santoro has finally called it a day.

Santoro made what looks likely to be his final professional appearance yesterday, losing 6-4, 6-3 to James Blake in the first round of the Paris Masters.

Santoro may yet play in the Australian Open at the start of next year to set a new record of having competed in grand slams across four decades. The Frenchman is undecided on that but either he considers yesterday’s match the official end of his career.

Tennis had never before seen any player like Santoro and it may never again. He brought exhibition style tennis to the ATP tour, delighting in his ability to execute shots opponents would never dream of expecting.

However do not dismiss Santoro as a mere joker, this was a player who played all the big names and won a fair few times. He reached six in the world in doubles and won two Australian Open titles with Michael Llodra.

In singles he beat fourteen world number ones, including three wins over Pete Sampras and three against Andre Agassi. Santoro’s 6-1, 6-1 demolition of Sampras in Monte Carlo 1998 led to the American dubbing him “the little magician,” a tag which remained with him for the rest of his career.

It was an emotional post-match farewell from Santoro.   "It's a beautiful defeat," he said, "with a quality match against a good [opponent], Blake, with a good atmosphere and lots of people in the [stadium].  Thirty years devoted to tennis is also thirty years that have passed very quickly. When you're passionate, you don't calculate the number of hours spent training, travelling, fighting on court. Everything comes naturally. Like today, I've always given the maximum.”

"All aspects of my career will be missed: the adrenaline, the contact with the press, the public and the uncertainty of the profession... it must be 525 tournaments [I've played]. And I have lost 519 times, it's a lot (smiles). Today, I'm content that all this stops and I can start a new life, a normal life."

Recent Tennis News Articles

More Stories

Recent Articles

More Stories

Use this form to share new information about this story with an editor.

Use this form to share a photo or video related to this story with an editor.

Use this form to alert an editor about a factual or typographical error in this story.

Photo     Video

Sign me up for the Newsletter


Watch Live tennis here

  • £200bonus
    Watch & bet on tennis at bet365

    All bet365 members can watch & bet on tennis streams from the entire ATP & WTA Tour. When joining, you get a deposit bonus of up to £200 as well.

  • £25bonus
    William Hill Tennis Live Streams

    Watch and bet on officially licensed tennis streams of all the major ATP, WTA and Challenger events online with William Hill. Register with promo code MAXCASH for watch & bet streaming access and a £25 free bet.

  • £25bonus
    Live Tennis Streaming

    Watch and bet on the major tournaments in the 2015 tennis circuit live online when you join Unibet with promo code MAXBONUS-25

  • £25bonus
    Live Tennis @ Bwin

    Bwin is live streaming a host of ATP World Tour and WTA Premier tournaments online. To watch & bet live, join Bwin and place your tennis bets.

  • £25bonus
    New Tennis Live Streaming Service

    Ladbrokes have just launched a fantastic live streaming service. Watch & bet on all the action live on your computer or phone! Use the code MAXCASH25 on sign-up!

  • £10>20bonus
    Live Tennis online

    Watch live tennis online when you sign up to Paddy Power. The streaming is available in the UK, Italy & Ireland only. New punters can get a £20 free bet bonus.

  • £50bonus
    Live Tennis Streams

    Watch live tennis on Betfair. High quality streams. Comparable to the bet365 live stream service

All Reviews

Latest News

Share this with your friends

Your comments:

Santoro ends career spanning 3 decades

After more than twenty years on the ATP tour, Fabrice Santoro has finally called it a day.

Read more »

Register now to watch live tennis - free!

Log In or Sign up

Facebook User?

You can use your facebook account to sign up with Live streaming sport.

Connect with facebook
Remember me.
Did you forget your password?