Amelie Mauresmo. Born July 5, , in St. Petersburg, FL Began playing tennis at the age of four; trained under the auspices of the French Tennis Federation beginning at the age of eleven; debuted on the International Tennis Federation ITF Circuit, ; turned professional, ; won first professional tennis title at an ITF tournament at St. After showing exceptional promise as a junior tennis player, French tennis player Amelie Mauresmo reached the finals of the Australian Open. At the tournament, Mauresmo came out as a lesbian, which created a media furor which lasted for the next several years.
She is a former World No. Mauresmo first attained the top ranking on September 13 , , holding it for five weeks on that occasion. She was the fourteenth World No. She is well known for her powerful one-handed backhand and her strong net play.
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Mauresmo was not yet four when she watched countryman Yannick Noah win the French Open , and his victory inspired her to take up the game. She took to tennis easily, and in she was ranked the number one junior player in the world. She won the junior French Open and Wimbledon titles during that campaign and was named junior world champion by the International Tennis Federation. After finishing ranked number 29 in the world, in she reached her first Grand Slam final at the Australian Open and climbed to a number 10 ranking. She made off-the-court headlines that year by publicly coming out as a lesbian, becoming the first prominent female tennis player to do so since Martina Navratilova in