Francesca Schiavone

Tennis Champion, Tennis Coach & Entrepreneur

The tennis legend, Francesca Schiavone, became a professional player in 1988 following her Italian under-18 title. During her career, she has won eight WTA singles and seven doubles tournaments, including her most important victory, the 2010 Roland Garros. Francesca has been the first Italian tennis player to be crowned a Grand Slam Tournament singles champion and, still, the only player in the tennis circuit to have won it with a one-handed backhand. The fantastic results achieved in 2010 and the memorable 2011 Australian Open quarter-finals, where she victoriously defeated Svetlana Kuznetsova in the longest match ever played in women's tennis, lasting 4 hours and 44 minutes, allowed her to reach the 4th overall position in the WTA ranking. Moreover, with the Italian team, she has won three times the Fed Cup in 2006, 2009, and 2010. After a career continuing for 8048 days and no less than 70 Grand Slams, on September 5th, 2018, at a press conference in Flushing Meadows, she communicated her retirement from tennis. Afterward, Francesca started to coach tennis champion Caroline Wozniacki. In 2018, she was diagnosed with a serious illness: a Hodgkin's lymphoma. Francesca successfully fought this battle with the same determination and tenacity that has always distinguished her. Now, her future is full of plans: resuming her coaching career, her bistrot, and many others.

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