Age: 43 (born December 9, 1972)
Residence: Geneva, Switzerland
Grand Slam Titles Won: Doubles- Australian Open (2003, 2004)
ATP World Tour titles: 30 (6 Singles, 24 Doubles)
Highest ATP rating: 17 – Singles (2001)
Career Prize Money: $10,013,832
The longevity of Santoro’s career was quite remarkable; he achieved the incredible feat of being the only male player to have competed in Grand Slam events in four different decades, from the 1989 French Open to the 2010 Australian Open. This, as well as many other accolades such as holding the record for the most appearances in the singles event at Grand Slam events (70) and the oldest player to have successfully defended an ATP singles title (at Newport, Rhode Island in 2007 and 2008), have made his career one that many are envious of.
Santoro has an abundance of talent which is highlighted by his unique playing style, using two hands on the racquet on both his forehand and backhand. Santoro has said that this was down to using adult sized racquets as a child and not being able to hold them with only one hand.
Although Santoro did not reach World No. 1 or win a Grand Slam singles title, he defeated eighteen players who were ranked World No. 1 at some time during their career and had great success on the doubles court with compatriot Michael Llodra, together winning back-to-back Australian Open titles in 2003 and 2004. For these reasons Santoro undeniably made his mark on the world of tennis.
The ‘Little Magician’, as he became known during his career due to his diverse and innovative style of play, made his ATP Champions Tour debut at the Royal Albert Hall in December 2011. That year he lost a fascinating battle against Tim Henman, but then got his revenge a year later, winning the title in 2012.