Galo Blanco Country (sports) Spain Residence Barcelona, Spain Born 8 October 1976 Oviedo, Spain Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in) Turned pro 1995 Retired 2006 Plays Right-handed (one-handed backhand) Prize money $1,832,691 Singles Career record 122–175 Career titles 1 Highest ranking No. 40 (25 May 1998) Grand Slam Singles results Australian Open 2R ( 2004) French Open QF ( 1997) Wimbledon 2R ( 1999) US Open 2R ( 1999, 2000) Doubles Career record 3–15 Career titles 0 Highest ranking No. 338 (8 March 2004) Grand Slam Doubles results Australian Open 1R (2004)
Galo Blanco ( Spanish pronunciation: ; [ˈɡalo ˈβlaŋko] born 8 October 1976) is a retired professional [a] 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.
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. He coached  Karen Khachanov until November 2017. He is now currently coaching  Dominic Thiem.
ATP World Tour: 2 (1–1) [ edit ]
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
Titles by surface
Wins over top 10 ranked players [ edit ]
Wins Over Top 10s Per Season [ edit ]
4–6, 7–6 (7–3), 7–5
7–6 (7–4), 7–5
Juan Carlos Ferrero
6–2, 7–6 (7–3)
French Open, Paris, France
7–6 (7–4), 6–3, 6–2
References [ edit ]
External links [ edit ]