Julie Halard-Decugis

Julie Halard-Decugis

Julie Halard-Decugis
Country (sports)  France
Residence Pully, Switzerland
Born (1970-09-10) 10 September 1970
Versailles, France
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Turned pro 1986
Retired 2000
Plays Right-handed (two handed-backhand)
Prize money $3,081,132
Singles
Career record 386–233
Career titles 12
Highest ranking No. 7 (14 February 2000)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open QF (1993, 2000)
French Open QF (1994)
Wimbledon 4r (1992)
US Open 4r (1999)
Doubles
Career record 253–156
Career titles 15
Highest ranking No. 1 (11 September 2000)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open QF (2000)
French Open SF (1994, 2000)
Wimbledon F (2000)
US Open W (2000)

Julie Halard-Decugis (born 10 September 1970) is a French former professional tennis player.

Contents

  • Tennis career 1
  • Personal life 2
  • Grand Slam women's doubles finals 3
    • Win (1) 3.1
    • Runner-up (1) 3.2
  • WTA Tour singles finals 4
    • Wins (12) 4.1
    • Runners-up (9) 4.2
  • WTA Tour doubles finals 5
    • Wins (15) 5.1
    • Runners-up (10) 5.2
  • Grand Slam doubles history 6
    • Head-to-Head record 6.1
  • External links 7

Tennis career

Halard-Decugis lived in La Baule, France during the initial stages of her career and later moved to Pully, Switzerland. She turned professional in 1986. She won the French Open junior singles title in 1988 and was the Wimbledon junior singles runner-up in 1987. She retired from the WTA Tour tennis circuit at the end of the 2000 season. Her highest WTA Tour singles and doubles rankings was number seven and number one respectively. She had been coached by Arnaud Decugis since 1989.

Halard-Decugis won her first WTA Tour singles title in Puerto Rico. She enjoyed her best season in 1996, when she won her first WTA Tour Tier II singles title in Paris and finished the year with a career-high season-ending singles ranking of number 15 and as the number one singles player from France. This occurred despite the fact that her playing schedule in the second half of 1996 was curtailed because of a wrist injury sustained during the Fed Cup semi-final match against Spain. She only played two tournaments in late 1997 because of injuries.

By winning the singles title in Rosmalen in 1998, she became the 20th player to have won singles titles on all four surfaces in the Open Era. Halard also won the singles and doubles titles in Pattaya that year, and broke into the top 10 singles ranking in August 1999, becoming the fifth Frenchwoman after Françoise Dürr, Mary Pierce, Nathalie Tauziat and Amélie Mauresmo to do so. In 1999, she won two WTA Tour singles titles and was runner-up on three other occasions. Between 15 November 1999 and 9 January 2000, Julie Halard, Nathalie Tauziat, Amélie Mauresmo and Mary Pierce were all ranked inside the singles Top 10, the first time France had four players ranked among the singles Top 10.

2000 was to be the final and perhaps the finest year of Halard's professional playing career. She reached the Australian Open singles quarter-final for the second time, captured the second WTA Tour Tier II title of her career in Eastbourne and reached her career-high singles ranking of number 7 in February. Halard was also runner-up in Tokyo's Princess Cup in the month of October and won the doubles title with Ai Sugiyama. The following week, she won both the singles and doubles titles at the Japan Open in Tokyo, saving three match points in the final to defeat the defending champion Amy Frazier.

On her 30th birthday, Halard won the 2000 US Open women's doubles title with Ai Sugiyama, her only Grand Slam title as a professional. The pair also reached the final at Wimbledon, the semi-final at the French Open and the quarter-final at the Australian Open that year. Halard-Decugis won nine other doubles titles in 2000, five of them with Sugiyama, and became the first Frenchwoman to attain the number one WTA Tour doubles ranking in the Open Era.

Halard-Decugis represented her country in the Federation Cup Fed Cup from 1990 to 2000 and in the Olympics Games in 1992 and 2000.

Personal life

She married her coach, Arnaud Decugis, on 22 September 1995. Arnaud Decugis is the great nephew of Max Decugis, a leading tennis player from France during the early 20th century. The couple have 2 children: Camille, born on 10 February 2002 and another child born in July 2003.

Grand Slam women's doubles finals

Win (1)

Year Championship Partnering Opponents in Final Score in Final
2000 US Open Ai Sugiyama Cara Black
Elena Likhovtseva
6–0, 1–6, 6–1

Runner-up (1)

Year Championship Partnering Opponents in Final Score in Final
2000 Wimbledon Ai Sugiyama Serena Williams
Venus Williams
6–3, 6–2

WTA Tour singles finals

Wins (12)

Legend (Singles)
Grand Slam (0)
WTA Championship (0)
Tier I (0)
Tier II (2)
Tier III (3)
Tier IV/V (7)
Titles by Surface
Hard (5)
Clay (3)
Grass (3)
Carpet (1)
No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score
1. October 21, 1991 San Juan, Puerto Rico Hard Amanda Coetzer 7–5, 7–5
2. April 27, 1992 Taranto, Italy Clay Emanuela Zardo 6–0, 7–5
3. April 25, 1994 Taranto, Italy Clay Irina Spîrlea 6–2, 6–3
4. May 8, 1995 Prague, Czech Republic Clay Ludmila Richterová 6–4, 6–4
5. January 8, 1996 Hobart, Australia Hard Mana Endo 6–1, 6–2
6. February 12, 1996 Paris, France Carpet (i) Iva Majoli 7–5, 7–64
7. June 15, 1996 Rosmalen, Netherlands Grass Miriam Oremans 6–3, 6–4
8. November 16, 1998 Pattaya City, Thailand Hard Li Fang 6–1, 6–2
9. January 4, 1999 Auckland, New Zealand Hard Dominique Monami 6–4, 6–1
10. June 7, 1999 Birmingham, United Kingdom Grass Nathalie Tauziat 6–2, 3–6, 6–4
11. June 19, 2000 Eastbourne, United Kingdom Grass Dominique Monami 7–64, 6–4
12. October 9, 2000 Tokyo, Japan Hard Amy Frazier 5–7, 7–5, 6–4

Runners-up (9)

No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score
1. October 5, 1987 Athens, Greece Clay Katerina Maleeva 6–0, 6–1
2. August 5, 1991 Albuquerque, U.S. Hard Gigi Fernández 6–0, 6–2
3. February 14, 1994 Paris, France Carpet (i) Martina Navrátilová 7–5, 6–3
4. February 26, 1996 Linz, Austria Carpet (i) Sabine Appelmans 6–2, 6–4
5. May 18, 1998 Strasbourg, France Clay Irina Spîrlea 7–65, 6–3
6. April 26, 1999 Bol, Croatia Clay Corina Morariu 6–2, 6–0
7. May 10, 1999 Berlin, Germany Clay Martina Hingis 6–0, 6–1
8. August 9, 1999 Los Angeles, U.S. Hard Serena Williams 6–1, 6–4
9. October 2, 2000 Tokyo, Japan Hard Serena Williams 7–5, 6–1

WTA Tour doubles finals

Wins (15)

Legend (Singles)
Grand Slam (1)
WTA Championship (0)
Tier I (2)
Tier II (6)
Tier III (4)
Tier IV/V (2)
Titles by Surface
Hard (11)
Clay (1)
Grass (1)
Carpet (2)
No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score
1. August 8, 1994 Los Angeles, U.S. Hard Nathalie Tauziat Jana Novotná
Lisa Raymond
6–1, 0–6, 6–1
2. September 19, 1994 Tokyo, Japan Hard Arantxa Sánchez Vicario Amy Frazier
Rika Hiraki
6–1, 0–6, 6–1
3. January 1, 1996 Auckland, New Zealand Hard Els Callens Jill Hetherington
Kristine Kunce
6–0, 6–1
4. June 8, 1998 Birmingham, United Kingdom Grass Els Callens Lisa Raymond
Rennae Stubbs
2–6, 6–4, 6–4
5. November 16, 1998 Pattaya City, Thailand Hard Els Callens Rika Hiraki
Aleksandra Olsza
3–6, 6–2, 6–2
6. January 3, 2000 Gold Coast, Australia Hard Anna Kournikova Sabine Appelmans
Rita Grande
6–3, 6–0
7. January 10, 2000 Sydney, Australia Hard Ai Sugiyama Martina Hingis
Mary Pierce
6–0, 6–3
8. February 7, 2000 Paris, France Carpet (i) Sandrine Testud Émilie Loit
Åsa Svensson
3–6, 6–3, 6–4
9. March 20, 2000 Miami, U.S. Hard Ai Sugiyama Nicole Arendt
Manon Bollegraf
4–6, 7–5, 6–4
10. May 1, 2000 Bol, Croatia Clay Corina Morariu Tina Križan
Katarina Srebotnik
6–2, 6–2
11. August 21, 2000 New Haven, U.S. Hard Ai Sugiyama Virginia Ruano Pascual
Paola Suárez
6–4, 5–7, 6–2
12. August 28, 2000 US Open Hard Ai Sugiyama Cara Black
Elena Likhovtseva
6–0, 1–6, 6–1
13. October 2, 2000 Tokyo, Japan Hard Ai Sugiyama Nana Miyagi
Paola Suárez
6–0, 6–2
14. October 9, 2000 Tokyo, Japan Hard Corina Morariu Tina Križan
Katarina Srebotnik
6–1, 6–2
15. October 23, 2000 Moscow, Russia Carpet (i) Ai Sugiyama Martina Hingis
Anna Kournikova
4–6, 6–4, 7–65

Runners-up (10)

No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score
1. September 16, 1991 Paris, France Clay Alexia Dechaume Petra Langrová
Radka Zrubáková
6–4, 6–4
2. April 18, 1994 Barcelona, Spain Clay Nathalie Tauziat Larisa Neiland
Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
6–2, 6–4
3. February 12, 1996 Paris, France Carpet (i) Nathalie Tauziat Kristie Boogert
Jana Novotná
6–4, 6–3
4. March 4, 1996 Indian Wells, U.S. Hard Nathalie Tauziat Chanda Rubin
Brenda Schultz
6–1, 6–4
5. September 15, 1997 Tokyo, Japan Hard Chanda Rubin Monica Seles
Ai Sugiyama
6–1, 6–0
6. January 5, 1998 Auckland, New Zealand Hard Janette Husárová Nana Miyagi
Tamarine Tanasugarn
7–61, 6–4
7. January 12, 1998 Hobart, Australia Hard Janette Husárová Virginia Ruano Pascual
Paola Suárez
7–66, 6–3
8. October 18, 1999 Moscow, Russia Carpet (i) Anke Huber Lisa Raymond
Rennae Stubbs
6–0, 6–1
9. June 26, 2000 Wimbledon Grass Ai Sugiyama Serena Williams
Venus Williams
6–3, 6–2
10. August 14, 2000 Montreal, Canada Hard Ai Sugiyama Martina Hingis
Nathalie Tauziat
6–3, 3–6, 6–4

Grand Slam doubles history

Tournament 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 SR W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A 1R 2R 2R A 1R 1R 1R 2R 3R A A 3R QF 0 / 10 10–10
French Open A 1R 2R 1R 3R 2R 1R SF QF 3R A 2R 1R SF 0 / 12 18–12
Wimbledon A A A A 1R 1R 2R 3R 3R A A QF 2R F 0 / 8 14–8
US Open A A A A 1R 1R 1R 1R QF A A 3R 3R W 1 / 8 13–7
Overall Win–Loss 0–0 0–2 2–2 1–2 2–3 1–4 1–4 6–4 9–4 4–2 0–0 6–4 5–4 18–3 1 / 38 55–37

Head-to-Head record

External links