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André Sá
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Full name André Rezende Sá
Country (sports)  Brazil
Residence Blumenau, Brazil
Born (1977-05-06) 6 May 1977 (age 46)
Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Turned pro 1996
Retired 2018
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money $2,632,597
Career record 52–92 (36.11%)
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 55 (12 August 2002)
Grand Slam singles results
Australian Open 2R (2001)
French Open 1R (2000, 2002, 2003)
Wimbledon QF (2002)
US Open 2R (2000, 2001)
Career record 291–306 (48.74%)
Career titles 11
Highest ranking No. 17 (2 February 2009)
Grand Slam doubles results
Australian Open QF (2004)
French Open 3R (2002, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)
Wimbledon SF (2007)
US Open QF (2007, 2016)
Other doubles tournaments
Olympic Games 2R (2004, 2008, 2016)
Grand Slam mixed doubles results
Australian Open 1R (2009, 2010, 2013)
French Open QF (2008, 2009)
Wimbledon 2R (2010, 2016)
US Open 2R (2009)
Team competitions
Davis Cup SF (2000)
Medal record
Pan American Games
Gold 1999 Winnipeg Men's Doubles

André Rezende Sá (Portuguese pronunciation: [ɐ̃ˈdɾɛ ˈsa]; born 6 May 1977) is a former Brazilian tennis player.

In singles, he was a Wimbledon quarterfinalist in 2002. Sá reached the semifinals of ATP tournaments in Memphis and Hong Kong in 2000 and 2001 respectively. He reached a career-high doubles ranking of world No. 17, winning 11 doubles titles.


Sá started playing tennis at the age of eight, encouraged by his older brother. At the age of 12 and ranked number one in Brazil, he moved to the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Bradenton, Florida, where he stayed for five years. In 1996, he graduated from Brandenton Academy, where he played basketball for three years.

In 2019 Andre Sá and his family moved to Australia after being appointed to head of player liaison for Tennis Australia.

Professional career

Sá played his first professional match in 1993, in a Challenger in his hometown of Belo Horizonte, where he lost in the first round at the age of 16. In 1997, he started travelling around South America, reaching his first Challenger semifinal in Quito, losing to Mariano Puerta. In August, he reached his first final, again in his hometown, losing to the Brazilian Roberto Jabali. He also reached the semifinal in Guadalajara, Mexico. In 1997, he played his first Davis Cup match, against Alistair Hunt, from New Zealand, in Florianópolis, for the World Group qualifying round. It was the fifth match of the rubber, with a 5–0 win for Brazil. In October, he played his first ATP-Tour match, in Mexico City, where he reached the quarterfinal.

In 1998, Sá won his first Challenger, on February 23, in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, beating Juan Antonio Marín, from Costa Rica 6–3, 3–6, 6–2. Two weeks later, he won the Salinas Challenger in Ecuador, beating Guillermo Cañas in the final, and on August, he won the Gramado Challenger title over Hideki Kaneko, from Japan. This year saw his first Grand Slam participation, in Wimbledon, where he would reach his best result ever a few years later. He lost to Todd Martin on the first round.

Sá participated in four ATP-Tour tournaments in 1999, reaching the second round in Wimbledon, losing to Karol Kučera, 13th of the world at the time.

In the space of five weeks, he won three Challenger titles: Austin, Texas, beating the American Glenn Weiner, Tulsa, Oklahoma and Dallas, beating Jimy Szymanski in the last two. He had a 13 games winning-streak at the time.

At the beginning of 2000, he reached the final in Waikoloa Challenger and his first ATP semifinal in Memphis, where he lost to eventual winner Swedish Magnus Larsson. He participated in three Grand Slams: Roland Garros (lost 1st round), Wimbledon (lost 1st round) and US Open (lost 2nd round). Sá was part of the Brazilian Davis Cup team that reached the semifinals, losing to Australia 5–0. Sá played the fourth match against Lleyton Hewitt, 4–6, 1–6.

In 2001, Sá again played in three Grand Slams: Australian Open (lost 2nd round), Wimbledon (lost 1st round to Arvind Parmar, who also beat him last year) and US Open (lost 2nd round). He won two Challenger titles: Calabasas, beating Michael Russel, Salvador, Bahia, winning over Brazilian Alexandre Simoni. Sá also reached the Hong Kong ATP semifinal, losing to the German Rainer Schüttler.

Sá's best results were in 2002. Without winning a single title, he reached his career-best ranking, 55, after three excellent ATP results. He participated in all four Grand Slams with a quarterfinal appearance at Wimbledon. He beat Antony Dupuis, Stefan Koubek, compatriot Flávio Saretta and Spain's Feliciano López, but lost in four sets in a three-hour and ten-minute match to home hero Tim Henman, 6–3, 5–7, 6–4, 6–3. Sá won a career-record amount of $102,198. The following month, he reached the Amersfoort quarterfinal and the Kitzbühel third round, allowing Sá get to 55th place in the rankings.

Sá had a terrible 2003. With 13 first-round defeats on a row, he his first win was at the grass of Queen's, beating Belgium's Gilles Elseneer, but losing at the second round. Sá plummeted on the rankings after a horrible losing streak and only a second round in Wimbledon, failing to retain his points. He dropped to 138th after the British Grand Slam.

2004 was a fine year for Sá, winning two challengers, in São Paulo and College Station. He also reached the Covington final. In 2005, Sá won the Challenger of Campos do Jordão and reached the final in Dallas, along with two other semifinals. In 2006, he reached two Challenger finals in Bogotá and Belo Horizonte, finishing the year with a ranking of 179, as the fifth Brazilian.

In 2007, partnering compatriot Marcelo Melo, he reached the men's doubles' Wimbledon semifinals after beating Julien Benneteau and Nicolas Mahut in five sets, 6–7, 6–3, 7–6, 2–6, 6–3. They then beat Paul Hanley and Kevin Ullyett in a second round Wimbledon match, which, at 5 hours and 58 minutes and a fifth set of over three hours, is the second longest ever at Wimbledon. The final score was 7–5, 6–7, 6–4, 6–7, 28–26. Sá and Melo then beat Christopher Kas and Alexander Peya in the third round in another five-set marathon, winning 6–4, 6–7, 7–6, 6–7, 6–4, this one lasting only 3h36. After this, Sá continued success with a 6–4, 6–3, 6–4 victory over seeded Mark Knowles and Daniel Nestor. The team then finally lost 6–7, 4–6, 4–6 to eventual champions Arnaud Clément and Michaël Llodra.

Discarding the 2002 Wimbledon quarterfinal, Sá reached his best results on doubles. With 21 Challenger and six ATP-Tour titles, along with 11 Challenger and nine ATP-Tour finals, Sá is considered one of the best Brazilian doubles player of all time, reaching the respectable 17th place in the ranking. Partnering with Brazilian Flávio Saretta, he reached the quarterfinals at the 2004 Australian Open and with Paraguayan Ramón Delgado, a third round at the 2006 Wimbledon. Representing Brazil, he won the gold medal at the 1999 Pan American Games, in Winnipeg, partnering with Paulo Taicher, besting the Mexican couple Marco Osorio and Óscar Ortiz, 7–6, 6–2. In singles, he lost in the third round to David Nalbandian.

In 2004, Sá participated at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, with Flávio Saretta, at the doubles tournament. They beat the Spanish duo Carlos Moyà/Rafael Nadal in the first round 7–6, 6–1, losing to Zimbabwe's Wayne Black and Kevin Ullyett, 3–6, 4–6.

Sá was the second last Brazilian to secure his place at the 2004 Olympics, Sá only participated at the Games because another team gave up their spot.

Sá played 17 Davis Cup matches, in 12 ties. He won ten matches and lost seven. In doubles, he has an impressive record of seven wins and three losses. He was part of the 2000 Brazilian team that reached the World Group Semifinals.

Sá retired from professional tennis in 2018. He played his last doubles match with compatriot Thomaz Bellucci at 2018 Brasil Open.

ATP career finals

Doubles: 30 (11 titles, 19 runner-ups)

Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (0–1)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (11–18)
Finals by surface
Hard (3–5)
Clay (7–9)
Grass (1–5)
Finals by setting
Outdoor (10–17)
Indoor (1–2)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0–1 Feb 1998 Pacific Coast Championships, United States World Series Hard (i) Brazil Nelson Aerts Australia Mark Woodforde
Australia Todd Woodbridge
1–6, 5–7
Loss 0–2 Feb 2001 Bogota Open, Colombia International Clay Argentina Martín Rodríguez Argentina Mariano Hood
Argentina Sebastián Prieto
6–2, 6–4
Loss 0–3 Jul 2001 Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, United States International Grass United States Glenn Weiner United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
6–3, 7–5
Win 1–3 Sep 2001 Hong Kong Open, China International Hard Germany Karsten Braasch Czech Republic Petr Luxa
Czech Republic Radek Štěpánek
6–0, 7–5
Loss 1–4 Jul 2002 Dutch Open, Netherlands International Clay Brazil Alexandre Simoni South Africa Jeff Coetzee
South Africa Chris Haggard
7–6(7–1), 6–3
Loss 1–5 Sep 2002 Brasil Open, Brazil International Hard Brazil Gustavo Kuerten United States Scott Humphries
The Bahamas Mark Merklein
6–3, 7–6(7–1)
Loss 1–6 Jul 2003 Dutch Open, Netherlands (2) International Clay South Africa Chris Haggard United States Devin Bowen
Australia Ashley Fisher
6–0, 6–4
Win 2–6 Apr 2007 Estoril Open, Portugal International Clay Brazil Marcelo Melo Argentina Martín García
Argentina Sebastián Prieto
3–6, 6–2, [10–6]
Win 3–6 Feb 2008 Brasil Open International Clay Brazil Marcelo Melo Spain Albert Montañés
Spain Santiago Ventura
4–6, 6–2, [10–7]
Win 4–6 May 2008 Hypo Group Tennis International, Austria International Clay Brazil Marcelo Melo Austria Julian Knowle
Austria Jürgen Melzer
7–5, 6–7(3–7), [13–11]
Loss 4–7 Jun 2008 Queen's Club Championships, United Kingdom International Grass Brazil Marcelo Melo Canada Daniel Nestor
Serbia Nenad Zimonjić
4–6, 6–7(3–7)
Win 5–7 Aug 2008 New Haven Open, United States International Hard Brazil Marcelo Melo India Mahesh Bhupathi
The Bahamas Mark Knowles
7–5, 6–2
Loss 5–8 Mar 2009 Delray Beach Open, United States 250 Series Hard Brazil Marcelo Melo United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
4–6, 4–6
Win 6–8 May 2009 Austrian Open Kitzbühel, Austria 250 Series Clay Brazil Marcelo Melo Romania Andrei Pavel
Romania Horia Tecău
6–7(9–11), 6–2, [10–7]
Loss 6–9 Jun 2009 Queen's Club Championships, United Kingdom (2) 250 Series Grass Brazil Marcelo Melo South Africa Wesley Moodie
Russia Mikhail Youzhny
6–4, 4–6, [10–6]
Loss 6–10 Feb 2011 Buenos Aires Open, Argentina 250 Series Clay Brazil Franco Ferreiro Austria Oliver Marach
Argentina Leonardo Mayer
7–6(8–6), 6–3
Loss 6–11 Aug 2011 Austrian Open Kitzbühel, Austria 250 Series Clay Brazil Franco Ferreiro Italy Daniele Bracciali
Mexico Santiago González
6–7(1–7), 6–4, [9–11]
Win 7–11 Sep 2011 Moselle Open, France 250 Series Hard (i) United Kingdom Jamie Murray Czech Republic Lukáš Dlouhý
Brazil Marcelo Melo
6–4, 7–6(9–7)
Loss 7–12 Feb 2012 Brasil Open (2) 250 Series Clay (i) Slovakia Michal Mertiňák United States Eric Butorac
Brazil Bruno Soares
6–3, 4–6, [8–10]
Loss 7–13 Feb 2012 Buenos Aires Open, Argentina (2) 250 Series Clay Slovakia Michal Mertiňák Spain David Marrero
Spain Fernando Verdasco
4–6, 4–6
Loss 7–14 Mar 2012 Delray Beach Open, United States (2) 250 Series Hard Slovakia Michal Mertiňák United Kingdom Colin Fleming
United Kingdom Ross Hutchins
6–2, 6–7(5–7), [13–15]
Loss 7–15 Jul 2012 Stuttgart Open, Germany 250 Series Clay Slovakia Michal Mertiňák France Jérémy Chardy
Poland Łukasz Kubot
1–6, 3–6
Win 8–15 Mar 2015 Buenos Aires Open, Argentina 250 Series Clay Finland Jarkko Nieminen Spain Pablo Andújar
Austria Oliver Marach
4–6, 6–4, [10–7]
Win 9–15 Jun 2015 Nottingham Open, United Kingdom 250 Series Grass Australia Chris Guccione Uruguay Pablo Cuevas
Spain David Marrero
6–2, 7–5
Win 10–15 Jul 2015 Umag Open, Croatia 250 Series Clay Argentina Máximo González Poland Mariusz Fyrstenberg
Mexico Santiago González
4–6, 6–3, [10–5]
Loss 10–16 Oct 2015 Shenzhen Open, China 250 Series Hard Australia Chris Guccione Israel Jonathan Erlich
United Kingdom Colin Fleming
1–6, 7–6(7–3), [6–10]
Loss 10–17 Apr 2016 Romanian Open 250 Series Clay Australia Chris Guccione Romania Florin Mergea
Romania Horia Tecău
5–7, 4–6
Loss 10–18 Jun 2016 Queen's Club Championships, United Kingdom 500 Series Grass Australia Chris Guccione France Pierre-Hugues Herbert
France Nicolas Mahut
3–6, 6–7(5–7)
Win 11–18 Mar 2017 Brasil Open 250 Series Clay Brazil Rogério Dutra Silva New Zealand Marcus Daniell
Brazil Marcelo Demoliner
7–6(7–5), 5–7, [10–7]
Loss 11–19 Jun 2017 Eastbourne International, United Kingdom 250 Series Grass India Rohan Bopanna United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
7–6(7–4), 4–6, [3–10]

Challenger Tour singles titles (11)

  • 1998: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam – defeated Juan Antonio Marín 6–3, 3–6, 6–2
  • 1998: Salinas, Ecuador – def. Guillermo Cañas 7–5, 5–7, 6–4
  • 1998: Gramado, Brazil – def. Hideki Kaneko 6–7, 6–1, 6–4
  • 1999: Austin, USA – def. Glenn Weiner 7–5, 6–2
  • 1999: Tulsa, USA – def. Jimy Szymanski 6–2, 7–6(4)
  • 1999: Dallas, USA – def. Jimy Szymanski 7–5, 4–6, 6–4
  • 2001: Calabasas, USA – def. Michael Russell 4–6, 6–2, 6–4
  • 2001: Salvador, Brazil – def. Alexandre Simoni 6–3, 6–2
  • 2004: São Paulo, Brazil – def. Jacob Adaktusson 6–4, 6–0
  • 2004: College Station, USA – def. Brian Vahaly 6–3, 6–0
  • 2005: Campos do Jordão, Brazil – def. Juan Martín del Potro 6–4, 6–4

Grand Slam performance timelines

(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)


Tournament 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 W–L
Australian Open A A A 2R 1R 1R A 1–3
French Open A A 1R A 1R 1R A 0–3
Wimbledon 1R 2R 1R 1R QF 2R 1R 6–7
US Open A A 2R 2R 1R A A 2–3
Win–loss 0–1 1–1 1–3 2–3 4–4 1–3 0–1 9–16


Tournament 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 W–L
Australian Open A 1R 1R A A 1R 1R QF 1R A A 1R 2R 1R 1R 2R 2R 1R 1R 1R 1R 7–16
French Open A 1R A A A 3R 1R 1R 1R A 2R 2R 1R 3R 1R 1R 3R 3R 3R 3R 2R 15–16
Wimbledon A 1R A A A 1R 3R 2R 1R 3R SF 3R 2R 1R 1R 2R 1R 3R 1R 1R 1R 16–16
US Open 1R 1R 1R A 1R 1R 1R 1R A A QF 3R 2R 1R 1R 1R 2R 2R 1R QF 1R 13–18
Win–loss 0–1 0–4 0–2 0–0 0–1 2–4 2–4 5–4 0–3 2–1 10–3 5–4 3–4 2–4 0–4 2–4 4–4 5–4 2–4 6–4 1–4 51–66

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