Amelie Mauresmo, from Saint-Germain-en-Laye
, is a former world number one ranked tennis
player. Born July 05, 1979, she became the fourteenth World No. 1 in women's tennis since computer
rankings began back in the 1970
s, and the first French
player to do the same. She held that ranking for five weeks and has maintained a ranking in the top five ever since. She is currently third.
She is well known for her strong one-handed backhand
(rare in women's tennis) and for her muscular physique.
is also well known for coming out
to the international press
as a lesbian after her upset win
against Lindsay Davenport
in the 1999 Australian Open
, Mauresmo is at the time of writing one of the most dominant
women's players around, winning the 2006 Australian Open
and 2006 Wimbledon
single's titles. So far she has earned $13,002,482 in prize money, and in 2006 won $3,469,727, an average of US$66,725.51/wk.
Her other huge achievement was becoming only the second French woman to reach the Australian Open final since 1922
and only the third Frenchwoman to reach any Grand Slam
final since 1968.1