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João Sousa

João Sousa
João Sousa during 2014 Wimbledon Championships
Country  Portugal
Residence Barcelona, Spain
Born (1989-03-30) 30 March 1989
Guimarães, Portugal
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Turned pro 2005
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Coach(es) Luís Miguel Coutinho[1]
Álvaro Margets
Frederico Marques (2011–)
Prize money $1,502,459
Singles
Career record 52–59 (46.85% in Grand Slam and ATP World Tour main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)[1]
Career titles 1
Highest ranking No. 35 (14 July 2014)
Current ranking No. 55 (3 November 2014)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 2R (2013)
French Open 2R (2013)
Wimbledon 1R (2014)
US Open 3R (2013)
Doubles
Career record 17–27 (38.64% in Grand Slam and ATP World Tour main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 83 (27 October 2014)
Current ranking No. 83 (27 October 2014)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 1R (2014)
French Open 3R (2014)
Wimbledon 1R (2014)
US Open 2R (2014)
Last updated on: 27 October 2014.

João Sousa (Portuguese pronunciation: ; born 30 March 1989) is a Portuguese professional tennis player who is currently ranked world no. 49 by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP). He has been ranked inside the top 100 continuously since July 2013.[2][3] Sousa first rose to prominence at the 2013 Proton Malaysian Open, where he won the title and became the first player from his country to win a tournament at ATP World Tour level.[4] He is often regarded as the greatest Portuguese tennis player of all time.[2]

Sousa holds several men's Portuguese tennis records. On 14 July 2014, Sousa reached a career-high singles ranking of no. 35, being the only Portuguese to enter the top 50.[6] He was the fourth Portuguese player to reach the singles top 100, and became the second to do it on both singles and doubles rankings (after Nuno Marques).[12] In 2014, Sousa was the first Portuguese to play exclusively at the ATP World Tour in a single season,[13] and at the 2014 US Open, he was the first Portuguese ever to be seeded at a Grand Slam tournament.[14]

He is currently coached by former player Frederico Marques and practices at the BTT Tennis Academy in Barcelona.[4] Sousa is sometimes referred to as "Conqueror" (Portuguese: Conquistador), for sharing his birthplace with Afonso I of Portugal.[5][6][15]

Contents

  • Early life 1
  • Tennis career 2
    • First years 2.1
    • 2013 2.2
    • 2014 2.3
  • Playing style 3
  • Equipment and endorsements 4
  • Career statistics 5
    • Singles performance timeline 5.1
    • Doubles performance timeline 5.2
  • Awards 6
  • See also 7
  • Notes 8
  • References 9
  • External links 10
    • Profiles 10.1

Early life

João Sousa was born in Guimarães, Portugal. His father, Armando Marinho de Sousa, is a judge and an accomplished self-taught amateur tennis player. His mother, Adelaide, is a banker and he has a brother named Luís. His idols when growing up were Juan Carlos Ferrero, Pete Sampras and Roger Federer. His favourite football club is Vitória de Guimarães. He speaks Portuguese, Spanish, Catalan, English, French and Italian.[1][16]

Sousa began playing tennis at the age of seven with his father at a local club. In 2001, he won under-12 National Championship, beating in the semifinal future Davis Cup partner Gastão Elias. Sousa also played football at local clubs Vitória de Guimarães and Os Sandinenses until he was 14, when he decided to skip football and medicine to pursue a professional tennis career. He briefly joined the National Training Center at Maia. After its closure, he was forced to move and decided to go to Barcelona, joining Catalan Tennis Federation as a 15-year old boarding school student.[1]

A year later, he joined the BTT Tennis Academy, following references given by former member Rui Machado. He stills practices there, as of 2014.[17] His first coach there was Álvaro Margets, under the supervision of one of his biggest mentors, Francisco Roig, owner of the Academy and occasional alternate coach of Rafael Nadal during hard court seasons. At the academy, he shared a flat with Frederico Marques, his future coach.[1][4]

Tennis career

First years

During his stint at the lower circuits, Sousa amassed 5 singles Challenger titles and 7 singles Future titles.[1] In October 2011, he hired Frederico Marques as a coach when he was ranked world no. 220.[3][18]

At 2012 Estoril Open, Sousa reached the quarterfinals of an ATP tour tournament for the first time, losing to Albert Ramos.[16][19] Later at the 2012 French Open, he made his debut in the main draw of a Grand Slam tournament, as a qualifier.[1] He would lose in the 1st round to 20th seed Marcel Granollers in 4 sets.[20]

In September 2012, Sousa became the top-ranked Portuguese tennis player for the first time at no. 107 in the rankings.[21][22] In the following month, he rose to no. 99, becoming the fourth Portuguese player ever to enter the ATP top 100 (after Nuno Marques, Frederico Gil and Rui Machado).[13][23]

2013

Sousa started 2013 season with his first participation in an ATP tour level hard court tournament, at Chennai Open.[24] He would lose in the 1st round to Aljaž Bedene.[25] Then, he entered at the 2013 Apia International Sydney through qualifying rounds. In the main draw, Sousa lost in straight sets to Florian Mayer the 1st round.[26] This prompted him to return into the top 100.[3][27] At the Australian Open, Sousa recorded his first ever Grand Slam win at his second attempt, following a 1st round win over wildcard John-Patrick Smith.[28] He lost to world no. 3 Andy Murray in straight sets in the 2nd round.[29]

Sousa participated for Portugal Davis Cup team in Europe/Africa Zone Group II 1st round tie against Benin. He would win his singles match against Loic Didavi, and the doubles match partnering with Pedro Sousa. Portugal won the tie 5–0 and moved on to the 2nd round.[30][31] Then, he played his first clay court tournament of the season at the VTR Open in Viña del Mar, where he lost in three sets to Daniel Gimeno-Traver in the 1st round.[32][33] After falling in the qualifying rounds of Brasil Open, Sousa was eliminated in straight sets by Federico Delbonis at Copa Claro in Buenos Aires.[32][34] In the end of February, Sousa surprised at Acapulco with a win over former top 10 Jürgen Melzer in the 1st round.[35] He would lose in the 2nd round to Santiago Giraldo.[36]

Despite failing to qualify for the Indian Wells Masters, Sousa managed to enter for the first time in his career in the main draw of a Masters event at the Miami Masters.[24][37] He would lose in the 1st round to former world no. 1 Lleyton Hewitt in straight sets.[38] Sousa did not play in April after suffering a left foot fracture during a Davis Cup training.[1] He was scheduled to return as wild card at the Portugal Open. His invitation, however, was given to world no. 4 David Ferrer instead, which stirred some controversy among Portuguese media.[39][40][41][42] Later in the season, Sousa would show uncertainties regarding a future Portugal Open participation, which prompted tournament director João Lagos to comment on the contention.[43] Ahead of the 2014 edition, the controversy was no longer an issue.[44]

Sousa would return to action at Madrid Masters and Düsseldorf's Power Horse Cup qualifying rounds, as well as his first Challenger of the season in Bordeaux, but he lost early on these attempts.[32][45][46][47] At 2013 French Open, Sousa won his 1st round match over Go Soeda in straight sets.[48] He would lose in the 2nd round in 4 sets to Spaniard Feliciano López.[49] Sousa would then move back to the Challenger circuit, at Fürth and Košice. Even though he lost early at the latter, he would go all the way to the final in Fürth, conquering his 4th Challenger title with a 3-set win over Wayne Odesnik. It was also his 2nd title in the tournament, after the triumph in 2011.[24][32] Sousa would miss 2013 Wimbledon Championships main draw after losing in the 3rd qualifying round to Julian Reister.[50] He would also lose in the qualifying rounds of the doubles competition, while partnering with Teymuraz Gabashvili.[32]

In July, Sousa would play exclusively on the Challenger circuit, with Todi, San Benedetto, Poznań and his hometown Guimarães being the chosen venues. At San Benedetto, he lost both singles and doubles finals.[32][51] As a result, Sousa returned to the top 100, status which he has maintained ever since.[2][3] In Guimarães, he would win his 5th career Challenger title with a straight sets victory over Marius Copil in the final.[52] As of 2014, this remains his last participation at the Challenger circuit.[24] After losing in the qualifying rounds of the Cincinnati Masters,[53] Sousa successfully returned to the ATP World Tour in August. He entered the main draw of the Winston-Salem Open as a lucky loser, following the withdrawal of John Isner. After receiving a bye in the 1st round, he lost to Alex Bogomolov, Jr. in straight sets in the 2nd round.[54] Then, Sousa reached the third round in his maiden US Open participation, after defeating 25th seed Grigor Dimitrov and Jarkko Nieminen in back-to-back 5-set matches.[55][56][57] He ended his campaign losing to world no. 1 Novak Djokovic. This was his best result at Grand Slams yet.[58]

João Sousa and coach Frederico Marques celebrating 2013 Malaysian Open title.

In September, Sousa joined Portugal Davis Cup team to face Moldova in the Group II Europe/Africa Semifinal. He would win his first singles match over Maxim Dubarenco, as well as the doubles match with Gastão Elias.[59][60] However, he would lose his second singles match to Radu Albot in an epic 5-set duel which lasted nearly 5 hours.[61] Still, Portugal won 3–2 and was promoted to Group I in 2014.[62] Then, Sousa played at St. Petersburg Open. After defeating Paolo Lorenzi and Sergiy Stakhovsky in earlier rounds,[63][64] he beat former ATP top 20 Dmitry Tursunov in the quarterfinals to advance to his first career ATP tour semifinal.[65] However, he would lose in the semifinal to Guillermo García-López.[66] Sousa's best singles win to date would come in the following tournament, at the Malaysian Open. He beat in the early rounds Ryan Harrison and Pablo Cuevas.[67][68] In the quarterfinals, Sousa posted his first career win over a top 10, by defeating world no. 4 David Ferrer in straight sets.[69] Then, he qualified to his first ATP tour level final after getting past Jürgen Melzer in three sets.[70] Sousa beat Frenchman Julien Benneteau in three sets in the final, after saving one match point. The feat made him the first Portuguese player to win an ATP World Tour singles tournament. Furthermore, he became the highest ranked Portuguese ever, climbing from no. 77 to no. 51. The previous record holder was Rui Machado (world no. 59 in 2011).[4][71] Sousa officially entered the top 50 for the first time on 7 October 2013.[72]

Sousa started October with a 1st round loss to Sergiy Stakhovsky at the Kremlin Cup in Moscow.[73] He rebounded with a 2nd round appearance at Valencia Open 500. After beating Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in the 1st round, Sousa eventually lost to 2013 Wimbledon semifinalist Jerzy Janowicz.[74][75] Sousa finished his 2013 season with a qualifying round exit at the Paris Masters. At world no. 49, he became the first Portuguese to ever finish the season in the top 50.[3][76]

2014

Sousa began the season with a straight sets loss against Victor Hănescu at 2014 Qatar Open.[77] Then, he played at 2014 Apia International Sydney. On the doubles competition, he partnered with Lukáš Rosol to defeat the Bryan brothers, reigning world no. 1 doubles team, en route to the semi-finals.[78] At 2014 Australian Open, Sousa was upset by world no. 137 Dominic Thiem in the first round.[79] Partnering Colombian Santiago Giraldo, he was eliminated also in the 1st round of the doubles competition by Mahesh Bhupathi and Rajeev Ram.[80] After that, Sousa joined Portugal Davis Cup team to face Slovenia for the Group I Europe/Africa 1st Round. He posted a win in his first singles match against Janež Semrajč, but then he suffered successive losses in the doubles match and his second singles match against Blaž Kavčič. Portugal eventually lost 3–2 and fell to relegation playoff.[81]

In February, he started with early round losses at Montpellier and Buenos Aires.[82][83] Sousa then played at Rio de Janeiro and reached the quarterfinals, where he fell to world no. 1 Rafael Nadal.[84] Sousa ended the month with a 2nd round exit to Andy Murray at Acapulco.[85] In March, Sousa participated in the North American hard court Masters swing. At Indian Wells Masters, he started with a straight sets win over Aleksandr Nedovyesov. In the 2nd round, his campaign finished following a loss to 20th seed Ernests Gulbis.[86][87] At Miami Masters, Sousa went a step further and reached the 3rd round. After beating Pablo Carreño Busta in the inaugural round and upsetting 26th seed Gilles Simon in the 2nd round, he lost to world no. 7 Tomáš Berdych.[86][88][89]

Sousa during 2014 spring clay court season.

Sousa began spring clay court season at the Grand Prix Hassan II in Casablanca. After a 1st round win over Igor Sijsling, he was beaten by world no. 273 Roberto Carballés Baena in a 2nd round match lasting over 3 hours.[86][90][91] This loss started an eight-match losing streak which lasted the remainder of the clay court season – it would include losses at Monte-Carlo Masters to Fabio Fognini,[92] at Barcelona Open to Marinko Matosevic,[93] at Portugal Open to Leonardo Mayer,[94] at Madrid Masters to Marin Čilić,[95] at Rome Masters to Mikhail Kukushkin,[96] and at Düsseldorf Open to Jürgen Melzer.[97] At 2014 French Open, Sousa would suffer his eight consecutive loss to world no. 2 Novak Djokovic in the first round.[86][98] It is noteworthy, however, to point a semifinal run in Portugal Open's doubles competition and a presence at 2014 French Open doubles competition, where he partnered with American Jack Sock and lost in the 3rd round to Andrey Golubev and Sam Groth.[99][100]

Sousa made his debut at an ATP grass tournament main draw at Halle. In the 1st round, he beat German wild card Jan-Lennard Struff and snapped the eight match losing streak, dating back to Casablanca's Grand Prix Hassan II in early April.[101][102] Then, he faced former world no. 1 and 6-time Halle champion Roger Federer in the 2nd round. After winning a close 1st set, Sousa ended up losing in 3 sets to the Swiss.[103][104] Sousa played then at the Topshelf Open in 's-Hertogenbosch, where he entered as a qualifier and became the first Portuguese player ever to reach the semifinal of an ATP tour level grass tournament. After two qualifying rounds, he beat in succession Paolo Lorenzi, Mate Pavić and Thiemo de Bakker.[105][106] In the semifinal, Sousa lost to Benjamin Becker in straight sets.[107] To cap his grass court season, Sousa played his first ever Wimbledon Championships main draw match at the 2014 edition, with a straight sets loss in the 1st round to world no. 3 Stan Wawrinka.[108][109] In the doubles competition, he partnered with Argentinian Carlos Berlocq to play a 4-hour, 5-set 1st round loss to Martin Kližan and Dominic Thiem.[110]

Sousa reached his second career ATP tour level final and first of 2014 in July at Båstad, Sweden with a win over the defending champion Carlos Berlocq.[111] He lost the final to the Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas in straight sets.[112] After losing in early rounds at Hamburg and Umag,[113][114] Sousa entered in the Canada Masters at Toronto, where he fell in the first round to 11th seed Gulbis.[115] Then, at the Cincinnati Masters, Sousa was defeated by Andy Murray in the second round, following a 1st round win over American qualifier Chase Buchanan.[116][117] In his final warm-up tournament prior US Open, Sousa lost his opening match in the 2nd round of Winston-Salem Open.[118] He would reach his third semifinal of the season on the doubles competition, teaming up with Romanian Florin Mergea.[119]

At the 2014 US Open, Sousa became the first Portuguese ever to be seeded at a Grand Slam tournament, with the 32nd seed at the singles competition.[14] He started with a 5-set win over Canadian Frank Dancevic.[120] At the 2nd round, he lost to David Goffin.[121] On the doubles competition, Sousa partnered with Serbian Dušan Lajović and beat the Americans Marcos Giron and Kevin King in the 1st round.[122] They eventually fell to 4th seeded team formed by Marcelo Melo and Ivan Dodig in the 2nd round.[123]

In September, Sousa was selected to join Portugal Davis Cup team against Russia for the Group I Europe/Africa Relegation Playoff. After losing to Evgeny Donskoy in the singles match, Sousa partnered with Gastão Elias in the doubles match against Konstantin Kravchuk and Andrey Rublev. They lost in straight sets and Portugal was relegated to Group II in 2015.[124][125][126] Sousa then reached his second ATP tour level singles final of the season at the 2014 Moselle Open, after defeating in the semifinals former ATP top 10 Gaël Monfils 7–6(8–6), 6–2.[127] Sousa lost the final in straight sets to Goffin, being the second loss to the Belgian in a month.[121][128] He followed it with a first round loss to Benjamin Becker at the 2014 Malaysian Open, where he was the defending champion.[129] Consequently, Sousa dropped out of Top 50 for the first time in 11 months.[130] However, following a quarterfinal appearance at the Malaysian Open doubles tournament,[131] Sousa entered ATP doubles top 100 for the first time. He became only the second Portuguese to reach the top 100 of both ATP rankings, after Nuno Marques. It was the first time since January 1996 that a Portuguese player held a spot at singles and doubles top 100 simultaneously.[12]

At China Open, he began his campaign with a win over qualifier Teymuraz Gabashvili.[132] He then lost in the 2nd round to reigning US Open champion Marin Čilić in straight sets.[133] Sousa followed it with a maiden participation at Shanghai Masters, where he suffered a loss in the inaugural round to Juan Mónaco.[134] Sousa returned then to Europe to participate in the remaining hardcourt indoor tournaments of the season. At Stockholm Open, he lost in the 1st round to Romanian qualifier Marius Copil.[135] He rebounded at Valencia Open 500, where he partnered with Leonardo Mayer to record his second career win over a top 10 doubles team in the 1st round, the defending champions Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares.[136] He would eventually reach his fourth season semifinal in doubles, the first at ATP 500 level, losing to Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecău.[137][138] In singles, he lost in the 1st round to Dušan Lajović.[139] Sousa would suffer another early exit at the Paris Masters, thus ending his 2014 ATP tour campaign.[140]

Sousa is not expected to end the year in the top 50, unlike the previous season. Still, he became the first Portuguese ever to maintain top 100 status by playing exclusively on the ATP World Tour in a single season.[13][141]

Playing style

Sousa hitting a forehand during 2013 US Open.

Sousa's game is strongly based on his serve and forehand. He is right-handed and plays with a two-handed backhand. He is known for expressing his emotions on court.[1] Sousa has stated that the forehand is his favourite shot and he has a preference for playing on clay courts.[4][16][142]

His game has evolved in recent years from clay to become more all-around. Consequently, he conquered his first Challenger title on hard courts in July 2013 in his hometown Guimarães.[142] Later in September, Sousa would go on a 8–1 run to cap semifinal run at 2013 St. Petersburg Open and title at 2013 Proton Malaysian Open, both ATP tour hard court indoor tournaments.[4] He would continue his form on faster courts in 2014 with deep runs on grass courts (2014 Gerry Weber Open and Topshelf Open) and another final appearance in a hard court indoor tournament, at 2014 Moselle Open.[103][107][128] Despite a results slump on clay earlier in the season, he would still achieve his first ATP tour level final on clay at the 2014 Swedish Open.[101][112]

Equipment and endorsements

Sousa is represented by Polaris Sports since October 2013. It is a subsidiary of Gestifute, which manage other major Portuguese sportspeople careers including Cristiano Ronaldo's.[143][144] He is currently endorsed by Lotto Sport Italia. The 2-year partnership agreement was announced at the manufacturer's official website in January 2014 and it would cover the supply of footwear, clothing and accessories.[145] As of 2014, Sousa uses a Wilson racquet.[146]

Portuguese clothing brand Mike Davis announced an agreement with Sousa to associate him with the brand's casual sportswear during 2014.[147] Portuguese private bank BES was another endorser to Sousa's career before its bailout in August 2014.[148][149][150]

Earlier in his career, Sousa voiced his struggles to find local endorsements and also lamented the financial struggles Portuguese Tennis Federation faced which prevented support for his growing participation in the ATP tour. He criticized local government for lack of support to sports other than football.[151] During his Future and Challenger early career, Sousa's expenses were supported mainly through bank loans and his parents.[1]

Career statistics

Key
W  F  SF QF R# RR LQ (Q#) A P Z# PO SF-B F-S G NMS NH

Won tournament; or reached Final; Semifinal; Quarter-final; Round 4, 3, 2, 1; competed at a Round Robin stage; lost in Qualification Round; absent from tournament event; played in a Davis Cup Zonal Group (with its number indication) or Play-off; won a bronze, silver (F or S) or gold medal at the Olympics; a downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament (Not a Masters Series); or a tournament that was Not Held in a given year.

To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated either at the conclusion of a tournament, or when the player's participation in the tournament has ended.

Singles performance timeline

Tournament 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 SR W–L Win %
Australian Open A A A Q1 Q3 2R 1R 0 / 2 1–2 33.33%
French Open A A A A 1R 2R 1R 0 / 3 1–3 25%
Wimbledon A A A Q1 Q2 Q3 1R 0 / 1 0–1 0%
US Open A A A Q2 Q1 3R 2R 0 / 2 3–2 60%
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–1 4–3 1–4 0 / 8 5–8 38.46%

Doubles performance timeline

Tournament 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 SR W–L Win %
Australian Open 1R 0 / 1 0–1 0%
French Open 3R 0 / 1 2–1 66.67%
Wimbledon Q1 1R 0 / 1 0–1 0%
US Open 2R 0 / 1 1–1 50%
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 3–4 0 / 4 3–4 42.86%

Awards

  • 2013 – CNID Portuguese Athlete of the Year[152][153]

See also

Notes

  1. ^ The official ATP records are incomplete as they do not count one Davis Cup win against Cyprus in 2008.
  2. ^ See[5][6][7][8][9][10][11]

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