Arantxa Sánchez Vicario Biography
Arantxa Sánchez Vicario born Aránzazu Isabel María is a Spanish former World No. 1 professional tennis player. She was born to Marisa Vicario Rubio and Emilio Sanchez.
She started playing tennis at the age of four, she became the youngest winner of the women’s singles title at the 1989 French Open, defeating World No. 1 Steffi Graf in the final at the age of 17. She was also a member of the Spanish teams that won the Hopman Cup in 1990 and 2002.
She won six women’s doubles Grand Slam titles, including the US Open in 1993 and Wimbledon in 1995. She also won four Grand Slam mixed doubles titles. In 1991, she helped Spain win its first-ever Fed Cup title, and helped Spain win the Fed Cup in 1993, 1994, 1995, and 1998. She holds the records for the most matches won by a player in Fed Cup competition and for most ties played . She was ITF world champion in 1994 in singles.
Over the course of her career, Sánchez Vicario won 29 singles titles and 69 doubles titles before retiring in November 2002. She came out of retirement in 2004 to play doubles in a few select tournaments as well as the 2004 Summer Olympics, where she became the only tennis player to play in five Olympics in the Games history.
In 2005, TENNIS Magazine put her in 27th place in its list of 40 Greatest Players of the tennis era and in 2007, she was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. She was only the third Spanish player to be inducted. In 2009, she was present at the opening ceremony of Madrid’s Caja Mágica, the new venue for the Madrid Masters. The second show court is named Court Arantxa Sánchez Vicario in her honour. In 2015 she went into professional coaching. She got involved in training Danish player Caroline Wozniacki.
Arantxa Sanchez Vicario Age
She was born on 18 December 1971 in Barcelona, Spain. She is 46 years old as of 2018.
Arantxa Sanchez Vicario Husband
She first marriage to the sports writer Juan Vehils on July 21, 2000 but divorced on 2001, she then married the businessman Josep Santacana in September 2008 todate.
Arantxa Sanchez Vicario Grand Slam finals
Singles: 12 (4 titles, 8 runners–up)
|Winner||1989||French Open||Clay||Steffi Graf||7–6(8–6), 3–6, 7–5|
|Runner-up||1991||French Open||Clay||Monica Seles||3–6, 4–6|
|Runner-up||1992||US Open||Hard||Monica Seles||3–6, 3–6|
|Runner-up||1994||Australian Open||Hard||Steffi Graf||0–6, 2–6|
|Winner||1994||French Open||Clay||Mary Pierce||6–4, 6–4|
|Winner||1994||US Open||Hard||Steffi Graf||1–6, 7–6(7–3), 6–4|
|Runner-up||1995||Australian Open||Hard||Mary Pierce||3–6, 2–6|
|Runner-up||1995||French Open||Clay||Steffi Graf||5–7, 6–4, 0–6|
|Runner-up||1995||Wimbledon||Grass||Steffi Graf||6–4, 1–6, 5–7|
|Runner-up||1996||French Open||Clay||Steffi Graf||3–6, 7–6(7–4) 8–10|
|Runner-up||1996||Wimbledon||Grass||Steffi Graf||3–6, 5–7|
|Winner||1998||French Open||Clay||Monica Seles||7–6(7–5), 0–6, 6–2|
Women’s doubles: 11 (6 titles, 5 runners–up)
Arantxa Sanchez Vicario Net Worth
She blames her parents of losing an estimated $60 million in career earnings through mismanagement. She earned $17 million in prize money during her 17-year career, and earned another $40 million in endorsements.
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Former No.1 Arantxa Sanchez Vicario Facing Financial And Personal Upheaval
Four-time grand slam champion Arantxa Sanchez Vicario is facing a daunting fight away from the tennis courts.
Vicario, who spent 12 weeks as world No.1 during her career, has been taken to the courts over a multi-million dollar criminal complaint. Earlier this week it has emerged that the Banque de Luxembourg has filed a complaint with a court in Barcelona. It is in regards to a 5.2 million euro debt that has surged to 7.5 million euros.
The case is structured around Sanchez Vicario’s previous allegations of tax avoidance. Which initially got her a fine of $3.5M before it increased to $5.2M due to interest. According to Spanish outlet La Vanguardia, the bank successfully filed complaint three years ago for credit and property fraud. Although they are yet to receive any reimbursement. The 45-year-old earned almost $17M in prize money during her professional career.
It is now alleged by the bank that Sanchez Vicario and her former husband, Josep Santacana, deliberately tried to avoid paying the bank. Amounting to charges of fraud. Prosecutors say the duo implemented a structure when the selling of their assets has gone through shell companies. Meaning that they avoided honouring the judgement and paying back the bank. The pair is set to return to Spain in order to face a separate legal charge. Whilst in the country, the bank wants them to be both detained or be forced to pay a bond of $10 million.
As well as the financial issues, Sanchez Vicario is also in the process of divorcing Santacana. A decision that was disclosed to the public last weekend. According to Spanish magazine Hola! the two have been living separate lives for almost two years and Santacana has been seeing another woman.
Their divorce is already a bitter one with both fighting over custody of their two children. Santacana, who is reportedly living with another woman, has said that former tennis player has psychological problems and is incapable of looking after her children. Despite the heated argument, it is reported that the two were last seen together at a party on December 9th. Less than a month before the divorce was filed.
As of yet, Sanchez Vicario has refused to go into details about her financial and personal issues.