ATP Players

Tommy Robredo

ES Spain
Date: 
Saturday, May 1, 1982
Birthplace: 
Hostalric, Spain
Residence: 
Barcelona, Spain
Height: 
5'11'' (180 cm)
Weight: 
165 lbs (75 kg)
Plays: 
Right-handed
Turned pro: 
1998

Tommy Robredo Garcés (born 1 May 1982 in Hostalric, Girona) is a professional tennis player from Spain. On 8 May 2006, he broke into the world's top ten for the first time after rising to a rank of No. 10 in the world, and apart from one week he has maintained a position in the top ten ever since. His highest singles ranking to date is No. 5, which he first reached on 28 August 2006. He turned professional in 1998 and is currently coached by Jose Manuel "Pepó" Clavet, who has coached Àlex Corretja, Fernando Verdasco, and his brother Francisco Clavet.

Personal Life

Robredo is named after the rock opera Tommy by The Who, of which his parents are big fans; however, he admits that he has not yet watched the movie in its entirety. In his free time he enjoys golfing, riding his quad bike, or going down to the sea, and his favorite color is blue. He is an enthusiastic supporter of Futbol Club Barcelona and his favorite player is Carles Puyol. He is a big fan of the American television program 24.

Robredo's favorite foods are fish and other seafoods, particularly sushi and sashimi; he also is fond of sweet things and was formerly sponsored by the European sweets company HARIBO. He is currently sponsored by Sergio Tacchini for his sportswear, Dunlop for his tennis racquets, TW Steel watches, and the Ukrainian Food Company.

Robredo is known for his patrician good looks and a gentle, quiet personality, and he admits to being a homebody at heart. His native languages are Spanish and Catalan, and he also speaks English and French.

In May of 2006, Robredo officially revealed that he was no longer in a relationship with Argentinian tennis player Gisela Dulko. They had been dating for about a year.

Miscellaneous

Some fans refer to Robredo as "Disco Tommy" for the long, wavy hairstyle he began cultivating during the 2006 tennis season. After Robredo revealed in his blog that his coach calls him "Jack Bauer" because he watches 24, fans also began referring to him as "Disco Jack." In keeping with the show Robredo calls his coach "President Palmer."

Robredo recently posed nude for the July issue of the UK edition of Cosmopolitan.

Tennis Career

Early Years

Robredo began playing tennis regularly when he was five and his family moved to Olot, where his father Ángel became the director of the local tennis club, Club Natació Olot. (Robredo's mother Dolores is herself a former assistant coach.) He was coached by his father until 1996 when he moved to the Centre d'Alt Rendiment ("High Performance Center"), a famous center for professional sports training in Sant Cugat del Vallès. As a junior player, he won the Junior Orange Bowl 16-under in 1998 and in 2000 reached the boys' final at Roland Garros, losing to Paul-Henri Mathieu. He turned professional in 1998.

2006

2006 has been Robredo's best season to date. Shortly after reaching a career high ranking of #10 in the world, he reached a new ranking of #7 by winning his first ATP Masters Series title on 21 May at the AMS Hamburg tournament, where he beat Radek Št?pánek in the final in straight sets. He then beat Nikolay Davydenko in straight sets in the final of the Båstad tournament for his second title of the year. After briefly peaking at an all-time high rank of #5, Robredo qualified for the year-ending Tennis Masters Cup (TMC) for the first time in his career by reaching the quarterfinals of the AMS Paris tournament on 2 November. Entering the tournament ranked #6, he did not advance past the round-robin stage but did record a fantastic three-set victory over the tournament's eventual runner-up, James Blake.

2007

Robredo started the season well, reaching the final of a tournament played on hardcourts for the first time in his career at Auckland; his previous appearances in finals had been solely in claycourt tournaments. He also reached the quarterfinals of the Australian Open for the first time, where he lost in straight sets to world number one Roger Federer. Although no one at the Australian Open managed to win a set off of Federer, Robredo and the eventual finalist Fernando Gonzalez tied for the most number of games won against the world number one during the tournament.

Since then Robredo had relatively poor results, losing in his first match at various tournaments: to Fabrice Santoro at Dubai, to Gilles Simon at Indian Wells, to Nicolás Almagro at the Hamburg Masters, and to Luis Horna at Båstad; Robredo was the defending champion at Hamburg and Båstad. However, he reached the quarterfinals of the French Open for a third time, losing to Federer in four sets. Robredo was the first man since Andy Roddick in the 2006 U.S. Open to win a set off of Federer in a Grand Slam tournament, snapping Federer's record winning streak of thirty-six consecutive sets in Grand Slam matches. At Wimbledon he lost in the second round to Wayne Arthurs. Robredo won his first title of the year in Sopot, Poland, at the Orange Prokom Open; defeating José Acasuso 7-5, 6-0. It was his second win at the event.

Robredo's best results in Master Series tournaments this season have been quarterfinal appearances at the Miami and Rome Masters.

2008

To date Robredo's current season has not been as successful as the previous two; he did not put together more than two back-to-back victories until the start of the European clay season in April, and his multiple losses to lower ranked players include his earliest loss at the French Open since 2002. However, he did win his first title of the year at Bastad, beating Tomas Berdych in the final for his second Swedish Open title. He has also made the finals of the Orange Warsaw Open, the semifinals of the Valencia event, and the quarterfinals at Barcelona and the Rome Masters.

Robredo has had some doubles success this season, teaming up with compatriot Rafael Nadal to win his first doubles titles in four years by beating Mahesh Bhupathi and Mark Knowles at the Monte Carlo Masters. He also reached the semifinals of the Hamburg Masters with Leander Paes. Bhupathi, Knowles, and Paes are all former world number one doubles players.

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