Fiona Ferro
Country (sports) France
ResidenceValbonne, France
Born (1997-03-12) 12 March 1997 (age 24)
Libramont, Belgium
Height1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Turned pro2012
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
CoachPierre Bouteyre (2010-Jun 2016)
Georges Goven (Feb 2017-Sep 2017)
Stéphane Huet (Sep 2017-Oct 2019)
Emmanuel Planque (Dec 2019-Nov 2021)
Prize moneyUS$ 1,651,791
Singles
Career record224–185 (54.8%)
Career titles2
Highest rankingNo. 39 (8 March 2021)
Current rankingNo. 105 (1 November 2021)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open3R (2021)
French Open4R (2020)
Wimbledon1R (2019, 2021)
US Open3R (2019)
Other tournaments
Olympic Games2R (2021)
Doubles
Career record20–49 (29.0%)
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 257 (17 May 2021)
Current rankingNo. 410 (1 November 2021)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open1R (2020, 2021)
French Open3R (2019)
Wimbledon1R (2021)
US Open2R (2021)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
French Open1R (2018)
Team competitions
Fed Cup0–1 (0%)
Medal record
Last updated on: 31 August 2021.

Fiona Ferro (born 12 March 1997) is a French professional tennis player born in Belgium.

Ferro has won two singles titles on the WTA Tour and four singles titles on the ITF Circuit. She has career-high WTA rankings of No. 39 in singles, attained on 8 March 2021, and No. 257 in doubles, reached on 17 May 2021. She’s sponsored by Lacoste, Yonex and WellJob

Personal life

Fiona Ferro was born in Libramont, Belgium to a Belgian mother Catherine and a French-Italian father Fabrizio. Fiona's parents owned a restaurant in Belgium when Fiona was born. The Ferro family moved to southern France when Fiona was one year old. As of 2018, Fiona's parents were the owners of two hotels in Valbonne, France. Fiona has two older brothers (Gianni and Paolo) and one younger brother (Flavio). Fiona started playing tennis when she was seven in her hometown of Valbonne.[1][2]

Career

Junior

Ferro at the 2013 US Open in junior edition.
Ferro at the 2013 US Open in junior edition.

Ferro was the national girls' champion of France in the 12-13 year-old, 15-16 year-old and 17-18 year-old categories.[3] She had a career-high ITF junior combined ranking of world No. 27, attained on 3 June 2013.[4]

2012-2016

Ferro made her ITF Women's Circuit debut at the $25k indoor hardcourt tournament held in late January 2012 in Grenoble, France; she only entered that tournament's singles event, losing in the first qualifying round. She played (only in the singles events of) eight tournaments on the 2012 ITF Circuit.[5]

She played (only in the singles events of) eleven tournaments on the 2013 ITF Circuit. Her 2013 year-end WTA singles ranking was world No. 557, compared to world No. 1062 on 11 February 2013.[5]

Ferro made her WTA Tour singles debut at the 2014 Internationaux de Strasbourg; as a wildcard, she lost in the first qualifying round to Yuliya Beygelzimer.[5]

She made her Grand Slam singles debut at the 2014 French Open, after receiving a wildcard for the singles main draw, where she lost in the first round to the No. 16 seed Sabine Lisicki.[5]

In June 2016, Ferro ended her player-coach collaboration with Pierre Bouteyre. He had been her coach since 2010.[6]

Ferro then made her WTA 125K series singles debut at the Open de Limoges, after receiving a wildcard for the main draw, where she lost in the first round to the unseeded Ivana Jorović.[5]

2017

At the end of February, Ferro played her year-first and just her third career WTA Tour singles main-draw match at the Mexican Open after defeating two higher-ranked players (Samantha Crawford and Tatjana Maria) in qualifying matches, losing in the first round to the No. 5 seed Christina McHale. In April, Ferro played her second and third WTA Tour singles main-draw matches of 2017 in Bogotá and Istanbul respectively, after winning two qualifying matches in each tournament; she lost in the first round to seeded players (to Johanna Larsson in Bogotá and Sorana Cîrstea in Istanbul) in both tournaments.[5][7]

At the end of 2017, Ferro packed up and moved to Paris to train at the Centre National d'Entraînement (CNE) to take advantage of the very good facilities there. Her tennis coach was Stéphane Huet and she also had a fitness coach and a mental coach that she shared with other players training at the CNE.[2]

2018

On 11 February, Ferro won her first ITF singles title in Grenoble.[5] She had to win three qualifying matches to reach the singles main-draw of a WTA Tour event for the first time in 2018, at the International tournament in Rabat, losing in the first round to another qualifier, Paula Badosa Gibert. Ferro also played in Strasbourg, where she had entered the singles main draw as a wildcard, losing in the first round to the sixth seed Tímea Babos.[7]

Ferro received a singles main-draw wildcard for the French Open, just like she did in 2014, 2015 and 2017. She won the first Grand Slam singles main-draw match of her career and also picked up her first career win over a player ranked in the top 100 at the French Open when she defeated world No. 61, Carina Witthöft, in the first round. She lost to the No. 3 seed Garbiñe Muguruza in the second round.[7][8]

On 22 October 2018, Ferro attained a career-high of world No. 100 in the WTA singles rankings and became the 43rd Frenchwoman to break inside the top 100 of those rankings.[2]

2019: First WTA title

Ferro at the 2019 Wimbledon Championships

In early February, Ferro was selected for the first time in the France Fed Cup team, for the Fed Cup World Group quarterfinal against Belgium. She played only the doubles match (partnering Pauline Parmentier), which was a dead rubber, of that tie which France won 3–1. She and Parmentier lost their match against Ysaline Bonaventure and Kirsten Flipkens in three sets.[9]

In July, Ferro won her first career WTA Tour singles title in Lausanne, beating defending champion, Alizé Cornet, in the final.[10]

On 18 December 2019, Ferro announced on her Instagram account that Emmanuel Planque would henceforth be her new coach. Her two-year player-coach collaboration with Stéphane Huet had ended at the end of October 2019.[11]

2020: Second WTA title, top 50 debut

On 9 August, Ferro won her second WTA Tour title, defeating Anett Kontaveit in the final of the Palermo Open. This was the first tournament since the tour had shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic.[12]

Ferro reached the fourth round of the 2020 French Open, her best showing at a Grand Slam tournament in her career thus far, where she was defeated by fourth seeded and eventual runner-up Sofia Kenin.

Ferro finished the year in the top 50 at No. 42 for the first time in her career.

2021: Top 40 debut

Fiona Ferro Roland-Garros 2021
Fiona Ferro Roland-Garros 2021

Ferro reached the third round of the Australian Open, her best showing at this Grand Slam event in her career so far, where she was defeated by 15th seed Iga Swiatek. She reached a career-high of No. 39 on 8 March 2021. After that, her season was plagued by injuries, including one in April that forced her to retire from her quarter-final in Istanbul, and then one (foot) before Roland-Garros. She still managed to deliver, despite the loss, a great fight against Jennifer Brady (13th at the time) in the second round though (6-4, 2-6, 7-5). After a winningless grass season, Ferro came back on clay and reached the quarterfinals in Lausanne, beaten by Clara Burel (7-5, 6-2). Beaten in the second round of the Olympic Games in Tokyo by Sara Sorribes Tormo (6-1, 6-4), Ferro came close to upset Iga Swiatek in the second round of the US Open: she was up 6-3, 2-0 but lost 3-6, 7-6(3), 6-0.

Ferro then reached the semifinals of the ITF tournament of Santa Fe in California, where she retired in the third set against Elvina Kalieva (6-4, 4-6, 0-3). During her last two events of the year, she lost against the Canadian Françoise Abanda (4-6, 6-4, 6-4) in the Billie Jean King Cup Finals, and then against Aliaksandra Sasnovich (6-2, 3-6, 6-2) in the first round in Linz.

Performance timelines

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# P# DNQ A Z# PO G F-S SF-B NMS P NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (P#) preliminary round; (DNQ) did not qualify; (A) absent; (Z#) Davis/Fed Cup Zonal Group (with number indication) or (PO) play-off; (G) gold, (F-S) silver or (SF-B) bronze Olympic/Paralympic medal; a (NMS) downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament; (P) postponed; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.

Only main-draw results in WTA Tour, Grand Slam tournaments, Fed Cup/Billie Jean King Cup and Olympic Games are included in these records.[13]

Singles

Current after the 2022 Sydney International.[14]

Tournament 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 SR W–L Win %
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A Q1 A A A 1R 2R 3R 0 / 3 3–3 50%
French Open 1R 1R Q3 1R 2R 1R 4R 2R 0 / 7 5–7 42%
Wimbledon A A A A A 1R NH 1R 0 / 2 0–2 0%
US Open Q1 A A A Q2 3R A 2R 0 / 2 3–2 60%
Win–Loss 0–1 0–1 0–0 0–1 1–1 2–4 4–2 4–4 0–0 0 / 14 11–14 44%
WTA 1000
Indian Wells Open A A A A A Q1 NH 1R 0 / 1 0–1 0%
Miami Open A A A A A Q1 NH 1R 0 / 1 0–1 0%
Italian Open A A A A A Q1 A A 0 / 0 0–0  – 
Canadian Open A A A A A A NH 2R 0 / 1 1–1 50%
Cincinnati Open A A A A A A A Q2 0 / 0 0–0  – 
Wuhan Open A A A A A Q1 NH 0 / 0 0–0  – 
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–3 0–0 0 / 3 1–3 25%
Career statistics
Tournaments 1 1 0 4 8 18 5 16 1 Career total: 54
Titles 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 Career total:2
Finals 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 Career total: 2
Overall Win–Loss 0–1 0–1 0–0 0–4 5–8 16–17 11–4 12–17 0–1 1 / 54 44–53 45%
Win % 0% 0%  –  0% 38% 48% 73% 41% Career total: 45%
Year-end ranking 367 261 235 325 102 63 42 $1,404,074

Doubles

Tournament 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 SR W–L Win %
Australian Open A A A A 1R 1R 0 / 2 0–2 0%
French Open 1R 1R 1R 3R A A 0 / 4 2–4 33%
Wimbledon A A A A NH 1R 0 / 1 0–0  – 
US Open A A A 1R A 2R 0 / 2 1–2 33%
Win–Loss 0–1 0–1 0–1 2–2 0–1 1–2 0 / 9 3–8 27%

WTA career finals

Singles: 2 (2 titles)

Legend
Grand Slam
WTA 1000
WTA 500
International / WTA 250 (2–0)
Finals by surface
Hard (0–0)
Clay (2–0)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Win 1–0 Jul 2019 Swiss Open International Clay France Alizé Cornet 6–1, 2–6, 6–1
Win 2–0 Aug 2020 Palermo Open, Italy International Clay Estonia Anett Kontaveit 6–2, 7–5

ITF Circuit finals

Singles: 9 (4 titles, 5 runner–ups)

Legend
$80,000 tournaments (1–0)
$25,000 tournaments (3–4)
$15,000 tournaments (0–1)
Finals by surface
Hard (1–0)
Clay (3–5)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0–1 Jul 2014 ITF Denain, France 25,000 Clay Romania Andreea Mitu 6–4, 2–6, 1–6
Loss 0–2 Jul 2015 ITF Aschaffenburg, Germany 25,000 Clay Croatia Tena Lukas 5–7, 4–6
Loss 0–3 Jul 2016 ITF Darmstadt, Germany 25,000 Clay Germany Tamara Korpatsch 2–6, 2–6
Loss 0–4 Nov 2017 ITF Hammamet, Tunisia 15,000 Clay Russia Varvara Gracheva 4–6, 6–7(1)
Win 1–4 Feb 2018 ITF Grenoble, France 25,000 Hard (i) Luxembourg Eléonora Molinaro 6–4, 6–7(5), 7–6(3)
Loss 1–5 Feb 2018 ITF Curitiba, Brazil 25,000 Clay Slovenia Tamara Zidanšek 5–7, 4–6
Win 2–5 Jun 2018 ITF Padua, Italy 25,000 Clay Russia Liudmila Samsonova 7–5, 6–3
Win 3–5 Jun 2018 Open de Montpellier, France 25,000 Clay Argentina Catalina Pella 6–4, 6–3
Win 4–5 Jul 2018 ITS Cup, Czech Republic 80,000+H Clay Czech Republic Karolína Muchová 6–4, 6–4

Notes

References

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  8. ^ "Muguruza fells Ferro to reach French Open third round". WTA Tour official website. 31 May 2018.
  9. ^ "Fed Cup - Fiona Ferro, en Bleu : "Un rêve qui devient réalité"". TennisActu. 9 February 2019.
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