Fabrice Vetea Santoro
(born December 9, 1972) is a retired French
professional male tennis player from Tahiti
. Though not counted among the top ranked players, he had an unusually long professional career – with many of his accomplishments coming toward the end of his career – and he is popular among spectators and other players alike for his winning demeanor and shot-making abilities.
Owing to his longevity on the tour and consistent ranking, Santoro holds several ATP
records: the most losses in singles play (444, though he won even more matches), and the most appearances in singles competition at Grand Slam
events (70). He is also the only male player to have appeared in Grand Slam singles competition in four different decades, from the 1989 French Open
to the 2010 Australian Open
In singles play, Santoro earned 6 titles but reached the quarter-finals at a Grand Slam only once; however, he was more successful in doubles competition, with two Grand Slam doubles titles, one Grand Slam mixed-doubles title, and 24 doubles championships overall.
When Santoro successfully defended his 2007 title by winning the 2008 Newport
tournament at the age of 35, he became the oldest tennis player to win back-to-back championships at an ATP singles event.
In addition, Santoro won what was, at the time, the longest singles match in the open era
: at the 2004 French Open
, he beat... Read More