Albert Costa

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Albert Costa
Country  Spain
Residence Barcelona, Spain
Born (1975-06-25) 25 June 1975 (age 38)
Lleida, Spain
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Turned pro 1993
Retired 2006
Plays Right-handed (1-handed backhand)
Prize money $7,673,478
Singles
Career record 383–272
Career titles 12
Highest ranking No. 6 (22 July 2002)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open QF (1997)
French Open W (2002)
Wimbledon 2R (1996, 1998)
US Open 4R (2001)
Other tournaments
Tour Finals RR (1998, 2002)
Olympic Games 2R (1996)
Doubles
Career record 30–57
Career titles 1
Highest ranking No. 102 (12 January 2004)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 3R (2005)
Wimbledon 1R (2003)
US Open 1R (2003)
Other Doubles tournaments
Olympic Games Bronze medal.svg Bronze Medal (2000)
Team competitions
Davis Cup W (2000)
Last updated on: December 15, 2013.
Olympic medal record
Men's tennis
Bronze 2000 Sydney Doubles

Albert Costa i Casals (Catalan pronunciation: [aɫˈβɛr ˈkɔsta i kaˈzaɫs]; born 25 June 1975, in Lleida) is a former professional tennis player from Spain. He is best remembered for winning the Men's Singles title at the French Open in 2002.

Tennis career

Costa began playing tennis at the age of five. He first came to the tennis world's attention as an outstanding junior player. In 1993, he reached the French Open junior final and won the Orange Bowl. He turned professional later that year and quickly established a reputation as a strong clay court player. In 1994, he won two challenger series events and was named the ATP's Newcomer of the Year.

Costa won his first top-level singles title in 1995 at Kitzbühel, beating the "king of clay", Thomas Muster, in a five set final. Costa won three further titles in 1996. In 1997, he won another two singles titles and was part of the Spanish team that won the World Team Cup. He won another two singles titles in 1998, including the Tennis Masters Series event in Hamburg. Three further titles followed in 1999.

In 2000, Costa helped Spain win its first Davis Cup. He also captured a bronze medal in the men's doubles at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, partnering Álex Corretja.

Going into the French Open in 2002, Costa had not won a tour title since 1999 and was not considered to be among the favorites. In the fourth round, he defeated defending-champion Gustavo Kuerten in straight sets. He followed up with a five-set victory over Argentina's Guillermo Cañas in a quarterfinal. He then defeated fellow-Spaniard and long-time friend Corretja in a four-set semifinal. In the final, Costa came up against another Spaniard, Juan Carlos Ferrero. Ferrero had been in fine form in the run-up to the event and most observers considered him to be the heavy favourite going into the final. But Costa won in four sets – 6–1, 6–0, 4–6, 6–3 – to claim his only Grand Slam title. The win propelled him to his career-high singles ranking of World No. 6 in July 2002.

Coming into the French Open as defending-champion in 2003, Costa spent a total of 21 hours and 15 minutes on court, winning four five-setters before eventually being knocked-out in a semifinal by Ferrero (who won the title).

During his career, Costa won 12 top-level singles titles. In 2005, he captured his first tour doubles title (in Doha, partnering Rafael Nadal).

Citing recurring injuries and lack of desire, he officially announced his retirement from competitive professional tennis on 21 April 2006, at the completion of the Open Seat 2006 in his hometown in Barcelona. In his last tournament, Costa defeated American Vincent Spadea and Slovakian Dominik Hrbatý before losing 6–1, 5–7, 7–5 to Ferrero in the third round.

In December 2008, Costa was named Spain's Davis Cup captain, replacing Emilio Sánchez Vicario.1 Costa captained Spain to two Davis Cup triumphs in 2009 and 2011, before handing the captaincy over to Àlex Corretja. Costa is currently coaching ATP pro Feliciano López.

Personal

Less than a week after his 2002 French Open triumph, Costa married his long-time girlfriend Cristina Ventura. Àlex Corretja was the best man at the wedding. The couple have twin daughters, Claudia and Alma, who were born in April 2001.2

Major finals

Grand Slam finals

Singles: 1 (1-0)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Winner 2002 French Open Clay Spain Juan Carlos Ferrero 6–1, 6–0, 4–6, 6–3

Masters Series finals

Singles: 3 (1-2)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1996 Monte Carlo Clay Austria Thomas Muster 3–6, 7–5, 6–4, 3–6, 2–6
Runner-up 1998 Rome Clay Chile Marcelo Ríos walkover
Winner 1998 Hamburg Clay Spain Àlex Corretja 6–2, 6–0, 1–0, retired

Career finals

Singles

Wins (12)
Legend (Singles)
Grand Slam (1)
Tennis Masters Cup (0)
ATP Masters Series (1)
ATP Championship Series (2)
ATP Tour (8)
No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
1. 6 August 1995 Kitzbühel, Austria Clay Austria Thomas Muster 4–6, 6–4, 7–6(7-3), 2–6, 6–4
2. 14 July 1996 Gstaad, Switzerland Clay Spain Félix Mantilla 4–6, 7–6(7-2), 6–1, 6–0
3. 11 August 1996 San Marino, San Marino Clay Spain Félix Mantilla 7–6(9-7), 6–3
4. 15 September 1996 Bournemouth, UK Clay Germany Marc-Kevin Goellner 6–7(4-7), 6–2, 6–2
5. 20 April 1997 Barcelona, Spain Clay Spain Albert Portas 7–5, 6–4, 6–4
6. 14 September 1997 Marbella, Spain Clay Spain Alberto Berasategui 6–3, 6–2
7. 10 May 1998 Hamburg, Germany Clay Spain Àlex Corretja 6–2, 6–0, 1–0 retired
8. 1 August 1998 Kitzbühel, Austria Clay Italy Andrea Gaudenzi 6–2, 1–6, 6–2, 3–6, 6–1
9. 11 April 1999 Estoril, Portugal Clay United States Todd Martin 7–6(7-4), 2–6, 6–3
10. 11 July 1999 Gstaad, Switzerland Clay Ecuador Nicolás Lapentti 7–6(7-4), 6–3, 6–4
11. 2 August 1999 Kitzbühel, Austria Clay Spain Fernando Vicente 7–5, 6–2, 6–7(5-7), 7–6(7-4)
12. 11 June 2002 French Open, Paris, France Clay Spain Juan Carlos Ferrero 6–1, 6–0, 4–6, 6–3

Singles performance timeline

Tournament 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 Career SR Career Win-Loss
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A A A 2R QF 2R 1R 1R A 4R 3R 3R 1R A 0 / 9 13–9
French Open A A 1R QF 2R 3R 4R 3R QF 1R W SF 3R 1R A 1 / 12 30–11
Wimbledon A A 1R A 2R A 2R 1R A A A A 1R A A 0 / 5 2–5
US Open A A 1R A 1R 1R 1R 1R 2R 4R 2R 2R 1R 1R A 0 / 11 6–11
Grand Slam SR 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 3 0 / 1 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 2 1 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 0 1 / 37 N/A
Annual Win-Loss 0–0 0–0 0–3 4–1 3–4 6–3 5–4 2–4 5–3 3–2 11–2 8–3 4–4 0–3 0–0 N/A 51–36
Summer Olympics
Summer Olympics A Not Held 2R Not Held 1R Not Held A Not Held 0 / 2 1–2
ATP Masters Series
Indian Wells A A A 1R 3R 1R 2R 1R 3R 1R 2R 2R 3R A A 0 / 10 8–10
Key Biscayne A A A A 2R 2R 3R 4R 2R 2R 2R SF 2R A A 0 / 9 11–9
Monte Carlo A A 2R 1R F 3R 3R QF QF 3R QF 2R 1R 2R A 0 / 12 22–12
Rome A A 2R 1R SF 3R F 1R QF 1R QF 3R SF 2R A 0 / 12 25–11
Hamburg A A A 2R 2R QF W 2R 1R SF 2R 2R 3R 2R A 1 / 11 19–10
Toronto / Montreal A A A A A A 3R A A 3R 1R A A A A 0 / 3 4–3
Cincinnati A A A A A SF 2R 2R 1R 1R 2R 1R A A A 0 / 7 7–7
Stuttgart / Madrid A A A A 1R A 1R 2R 2R 2R A 2R 2R 1R A 0 / 8 5–8
Paris A A A A 1R A 1R 3R QF 3R 2R 2R A A A 0 / 7 8–7
Masters Series SR 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 2 0 / 4 0 / 7 0 / 6 1 / 9 0 / 8 0 / 8 0 / 9 0 / 8 0 / 8 0 / 6 0 / 4 0 / 0 1 / 79 N/A
Annual Win-Loss 0–0 0–0 2–2 1–4 13–7 11–6 19–7 9–8 12–8 11–9 9–8 11–8 8–6 3–4 0–0 N/A 109–77
Year End Ranking 747 221 52 24 13 19 14 18 26 40 9 25 56 116 623 N/A

A = did not play in tournament

See also

Sources

  1. ^ Albert Costa Named Spain's Davis Cup Captain SI.com, 19 December 2008
  2. ^ ATP Player Profile of Albert Costa ATP website, visited 17 April 2009

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