Amelie Mauresmo is a former number one French player who turned pro in 1997. Born in Saint-Germain-in-Laye on July 5, 1979, she first played tennis at the age of four, after watching a game between Mats Wilander and Yannick Noah in the 1983 French Open. A few years later Mauresmo won the junior Wimbledon and French Open titles and was named 1996 Junior World Champion by the International Tennis Federation.
In 1999, Mauresmo claimed her first WTA title, the same year during which she revealed to the international press that she was a lesbian.
In 2003, she was a part of the team that captured the Fed Cup for France and defeated tennis great Venus Williams in the final of the J &S Cup in Warsaw, as well as her sister, Serena Williams two weeks later in an Italian open semi-final. Unfortunately, Mauresmo lost the final to Kim Clijsters. She went on to defeat Anastasia Myskina in the Philadelphia final in November.
Mauresmo reached the Wimbledon semifinals in 2004. She defeated Justine Henin-Hardenne in the finals of both the Australian and Wimbledon tournaments and reached the quarterfinals of three other Grand Slam tournaments. She also won three Tier I titles in Montreal, Berlin, and Rome. On September 13, 2004, Mauresmo reached the number 1 spot, and spent five weeks in number 1, becoming the first French woman to hold the position since the era of computerized rankings began in 1975. This also made her the second woman (second only to Kim Clijsters) to win the top spot without having previously won a Grand Slam title. Mauresmo also won the silver medal in singles at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, where she was defeated by Belgian Henin in the finals.
Amelie Mauresmo defeated Mary Pierce in 2005 to claim her first ever WTA singles title. She finally captured her first ever Grand Slam singles title in the Australian Open. She was also the top seed at Wimbledon, where she won her second Grand Slam title against Henin in the final. This win made her the first woman since Suzanne Lenglin to win Wimbledon. She concluded the year at number 3 in the world rankings.
Significant wins in 2007 includes her defeat of Kim Clijsters at the Proximus Diamond Games in Belgium, which won her the diamond-encrusted racket that comes with winning the title for three consecutive times.
Mauresmo holds two Grand Slams titles in singles, won in the 2006 Australian and Wimbledon Opens respectively, and has won one singles WTA title against Mary Pierce. She also holds 6 tier one titles. As of 2006 Mauresmo held the 29th spot in the world rankings.