Galo Blanco

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Galo Blanco
Country (sports) Spain
ResidenceBarcelona, Spain
Born (1976-10-08) 8 October 1976 (age 42)
Oviedo, Spain
Height1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Turned pro1995
Retired2006
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money$1,832,691
Singles
Career record122–175
Career titles1
Highest rankingNo. 40 (25 May 1998)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open2R (2004)
French OpenQF (1997)
Wimbledon2R (1999)
US Open2R (1999, 2000)
Doubles
Career record3–15
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 338 (8 March 2004)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open1R (2004)
Galo Blanco
Career record122–175
Career record3–15
Coaching career (2006–)
Coaching achievements
Coachee Singles Titles total4 (Raonic), 1 (Melzer), 1 (Khachanov)
Coachee(s) Doubles Titles total1 (Melzer)
List of notable tournaments
(with champion)

Spain 2008 Davis Cup champion (Lopez)

Galo Blanco (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈɡalo ˈβlaŋko];[a] born 8 October 1976) is a retired professional tennis player from Oviedo, Spain. After many years as a professional tennis coach Blanco joined the Davis Cup steering committee in 2018.

Tennis career (player and coach)[edit]

Most of Blanco's early professional tour appearances were earned by qualifying for tournaments. He would do so by winning the qualifier's rounds that are usually played before the tournaments themselves, to fill one last tournament spot. It was that way that he was able to participate at the Fairmonts tournament in Scottsdale, Arizona, U.S. in 1996, for example.

Blanco eventually began to be invited to tournaments, and his name has gained reasonable importance in the men's professional circuit. He came closest to winning a Grand Slam title in 1997, reaching the quarterfinals of the French Open by defeating Neville Godwin, Magnus Gustafsson, Chris Woodruff and Petr Korda before losing to Pat Rafter. He won his only title in 1999 San Marino GO&FUN Open to his countryman Albert Portas and reached the final (2001 Mexican Open) and the semifinals in 2000 Majorca Open losing to eventual champion Marat Safin.

Blanco had two high-profile wins in majors, beating former 2-time US Open Champion, Patrick Rafter, in the first round of the 2000 US Open, and in beating Pete Sampras in the second round of the 2001 French Open.

Blanco lost in the second round of the 2004 Australian Open. He announced his retirement after the 2006 Torneo Godó.[1]

Blanco is a prominent tennis coach. He has previously coached the rising Canadian star Milos Raonic. This partnership ended in May 2013. He coached Canadian Filip Peliwo.[2] He coached Karen Khachanov until November 2017.[3] He is now currently coaching Dominic Thiem.

ATP World Tour: 2 (1–1)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (0–1)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (1–0)
Titles by Surface
Hard (0–0)
Clay (1–1)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Titles by surface
Outdoors (1–1)
Indoors (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 15 August 1999 San Marino, San Marino Clay Spain Albert Portas 4–6, 6–4, 6–3
Runner-up 2. 4 March 2001 Acapulco, Mexico Clay Brazil Gustavo Kuerten 4–6, 2–6

Wins over top 10 ranked players[edit]

Season 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 Total
Wins 2 0 0 0 2 4

Wins Over Top 10s Per Season[edit]

# Player Rank Event Surface Rd Score
1997
1. Spain Carlos Moyá 10 Stuttgart, Germany Clay 2R 4–6, 7–6(7–3), 7–5
2. Spain Àlex Corretja 4 Kitzbühel, Austria Clay 3R 7–6(7–4), 7–5
2001
3. Spain Juan Carlos Ferrero 9 Monte-Carlo, Monaco Clay 2R 6–2, 7–6(7–3)
4. United States Pete Sampras 5 French Open, Paris, France Clay 2R 7–6(7–4), 6–3, 6–2

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ In isolation, Blanco is pronounced [ˈblaŋko].

References[edit]

  1. ^ "http://www.galoblancotennisacademy.com – His academy in Barcelona, Spain – Official website, Galo Blanco Tennis Academy Archived 2009-10-03 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Filip Peliwo to be coached by Galo Blanco". Tennis Canada. Retrieved October 24, 2013.
  3. ^ Rising stars of tennis - Karen Khachanov: 'The next Marat Safin? I have my own character and charisma'

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