10 questions about Nicolas Mahut – Wimbledon, Herbert, doubles
Nicolas Mahut is one of the best doubles players in the world and will go down in history for his part in the longest ever match, against John Isner at Wimbledon in 2010. Here are the answers to 10 questions you would like to know about the 38-year-old Frenchman.
Where does Nicolas Mahut come from?
Nicolas Mahut was born on January 21, 1982, in Angers (Maine-et-Loire). Now, he lives in Boulogne-Billancourt, not far from Paris, with his wife Virginie and their son Natanel, who has often been seen on the court after his father’s successes. At 38, he is one of the oldest players on the Tour.
What are his measurements?
Mahut is 6ft 3in (1.91m) tall and weighs 82kg, according to his profile on the ATP’s website. His height helps with one of the strongest parts of his game, his serve.
Who is Mahut’s coach?
Currently coached by Nicolas Renavand and Nicolas Copin, the Frenchman has had many coaches in his career: Olivier Soulès, Luigi Borfiga, Eric Winogradsky, Olivier Malcor, Thierry Champion, Lionel Zimbler, Pierre Cherret, Boris Vallejo, Thierry Ascione, Gabriel Urpi and Nicolas Escudé, to name but a few.
When did Mahut turn professional?
Nicolas Mahut began his professional career in 2000. He made his Grand Slam debut at Roland-Garros, losing his first match against Markus Hipfl in straight sets. That year, the Frenchman also won the junior title at Wimbledon.
What’s his favourite surface?
Grass. His sliced backhand and his serve-volley style are well-suited to it. After winning junior Wimbledon in 2000, he surprised everyone by reaching the final at London’s Queen’s Club in 2007. Six years later he won his first singles title in s’Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands, a tournament he would win three times. It was also on grass where he made tennis history when he lost his first-round match against John Isner, 70-68 in the final set after 11 hours, five minutes of play at Wimbledon in 2010. It is the longest match in tennis history.
Who has Mahut played doubles with?
Mahut began his illustrious doubles career in 2003 with Julien Benneteau, now the captain of France’s Fed Cup team. With Edouard Roger-Vasselin, he won seven titles between 2012 and 2013 and between 2018 and 2019. But it’s with Pierre-Hugues Herbert that his record has grown. The two Frenchmen have won the career Grand Slam together, triumphing at the US Open in 2015, at Wimbledon in 2016, Roland-Garros in 2018 and at the Australian Open in 2019. Ranked world No 1 in 2016, the pair are now ranked No 3.
What are his best singles performances at the Grand Slams?
Nicolas Mahut achieved his best result in singles at Wimbledon in 2016, where he reached the fourth round before losing to Sam Querrey. He had already reached the third round in the other three Grand Slams, once in the Australian Open, three times at Roland-Garros and twice at the US Open.
Which top 20 players has he beaten?
Nicolas Mahut has some big wins to his name. Rafael Nadal, then the world No 2, was his victim at Queen’s in 2007. He has also beaten Ivan Ljubicic, Andy Murray, Sébastien Grosjean, Marin Cilic, David Ferrer and Stan Wawrinka.
Is Mahut on social media?
Yes. On Instagram, the 38-year-old has 64,000 followers. He has almost as many on Twitter (63,600 followers). He also opened a YouTube channel just over a year ago where he tells his story at Monte Carlo, Roland-Garros, Wimbledon, the US Open and then the ATP Finals in London. It was via the media that he announced his doubles partner for Roland-Garros in 2019; Jurgen Melzer.
How much prize money has Mahut won?
With more than $11 million earned, in singles and doubles combined, Mahut is one of the best-earning active French players.