Sébastien Lareau

Sébastien Lareau
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Birthdate April 27, 1973
Birthplace Montréal, Québec, Canada
From Montréal, Québec, Canada
Height 6’0” (1,83m)
Style of play Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Turned pro 1991
Retired 2001
Best ATP singles ranking No. 76 (April 17, 1995)
Best ATP doubles ranking No. 4 (October 11, 1999)
Profile on CdnTennis.ca

Biography

Sébastien Lareau (born April 27, 1973 in Montréal, Québec, Canada) is a Canadian former professional tennis player. He reached a career-high ATP singles ranking of No. 76 on April 17, 1995 and a career-high ATP doubles ranking of No. 4 on October 11, 1999.

Lareau became the first Canadian to win a senior Grand Slam title by winning the 1999 US Open men's doubles title with his American partner Alex O'Brien. He won 17 doubles titles on the ATP Tour. His victories included the 1996 and 1998 Stuttgart Masters, the 1999 London/Queen's Club International Series, the 1999 US Open, the 1999 Paris Indoor Tennis Masters, and the 1999 ATP Doubles Championships events, all partnering Alex O'Brien; the 1999 Washington International Series and 2000 Memphis International Series Gold events partnering Justin Gimelstob; and the 2000 Canada Masters and Sydney Olympics partnering compatriot Daniel Nestor. Lareau was also a finalist at the 1996 Australian Open and ATP Doubles Championship, and 1997 Australian Open, both partnering O'Brien. Lareau's best singles tour results were in 1995, the quarterfinals of the Philadelphia and St. Petersburg Grand Prix events; in 1996, the fourth round of the Key Biscayne Grand Prix event; in 1997, the quarterfinals of the Hong Kong Grand Prix event; in 1998, the third round of the Australian Open; the semifinals of the Philadelphia, the quarterfinals of the Scottsdale, the semifinals of the Hong Kong, the quarterfinals of the Washington and Moscow International Series events; in 1999, the quarterfinals of the Tokyo Outdoor International Series event; and in 2001, the semifinals of the Memphis International Series event. He retired in 2001. Lareau was named Tennis Canada male player of the year three times (1994, 1996, 2000) and received the Davis Cup Commitment Award in 2012. He was inducted into the Canadian Tennis Hall of Fame in 2005.

Grand Slam finals

Doubles: 3 (1 title, 2 runners-up)

Result Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 1996 Australian Open Hard Alex O'Brien (USA) Stefan Edberg (SWE)
Petr Korda (CZE)
5–7, 5–7, 6–4, 1–6
Loss 1997 Australian Open Hard Alex O'Brien (USA) Todd Woodbridge (AUS)
Mark Woodforde (AUS)
6–4, 5–7, 5–7, 3–6
Win 1999 US Open Hard Alex O'Brien (USA) Mahesh Bhupathi (IND)
Leander Paes (IND)
7–6(9–7), 6–4

Other significant finals

Year–End Championship finals

Doubles: 2 (1 title, 1 runner-up)

Result Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 1996 Hartford Carpet (i) Alex O’Brien (USA) Todd Woodbridge (AUS)
Mark Woodforde (AUS)
4–6, 7–5, 2–6, 6–7(3–7)
Win 1999 Hartford Carpet (i) Alex O’Brien (USA) Mahesh Bhupathi (IND)
Leander Paes (IND)
6–3, 6–2, 6–2

ATP Super 9 / ATP Masters Series finals

Doubles: 5 (4 titles, 1 runner-up)

Result Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1996 Stuttgart Carpet (i) Alex O'Brien (USA) Jacco Eltingh (NED)
Paul Haarhuis (NED)
3–6, 6–4, 6–3
Loss 1997 Montréal Hard Alex O'Brien (USA) Mahesh Bhupathi (IND)
Leander Paes (IND)
6–7, 3–6
Win 1998 Stuttgart (2) Hard (i) Alex O'Brien (USA) Mahesh Bhupathi (IND)
Leander Paes (IND)
6–3, 3–6, 7–5
Win 1999 Paris Carpet (i) Alex O'Brien (USA) Jared Palmer (USA)
Paul Haarhuis (NED)
7–6(9–7), 7–5
Win 2000 Toronto Hard Daniel Nestor (CAN) Joshua Eagle (AUS)
Andrew Florent (AUS)
6–3, 7–6(7–3)

Olympic medal matches

Doubles: 1 (1 gold medal)

Result Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Gold 2000 Sydney Hard Daniel Nestor (CAN) Todd Woodbridge (AUS)
Mark Woodforde (AUS)
5–7, 6–3, 6–4, 7–6(7–2)

ATP career finals

Doubles: 32 (17 titles, 15 runners-up)

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (1–2)
Olympic Games (1–0)
ATP Tour World Championships /
Tennis Masters Cup (1–1)
ATP Championship Series, Single-Week /
ATP Super 9 /
ATP Masters Series (4–1)
ATP Championship Series /
ATP International Series Gold (4–5)
ATP World Series /
ATP International Series (6–6)
Titles by surface
Hard (12–9)
Clay (0–1)
Grass (1–2)
Carpet (4–3)
Result W–L Date Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0–1 Apr 1994 Japan Open, Japan Championship Series Hard Patrick McEnroe (USA) Henrik Holm (SWE)
Anders Järryd (SWE)
6–7, 1–6
Loss 0–2 Apr 1994 Seoul Open, South Korea World Series Hard Kent Kinnear (USA) Stephane Simian (FRA)
Kenny Thorne (USA)
4–6, 6–3, 5–7
Loss 0–3 Nov 1994 ECC Antwerp, Belgium World Series Carpet (i) Hendrik Jan Davids (NED) Jan Apell (SWE)
Jonas Björkman (SWE)
6–4, 1–6, 2–6
Win 1–3 Apr 1995 Seoul Open, South Korea World Series Hard Jeff Tarango (USA) Joshua Eagle (AUS)
Andrew Florent (AUS)
6–3, 6–2
Win 2–3 Oct 1995 China Open, China World Series Carpet (i) Tommy Ho (USA) Dick Norman (BEL)
Fernon Wibier (NED)
7–6, 7–6
Loss 2–4 Jan 1996 Australian Open, Australia Grand Slam Hard Alex O'Brien (USA) Stefan Edberg (SWE)
Petr Korda (CZE)
5–7, 5–7, 6–4, 1–6
Loss 2–5 Jun 1996 Queen's Club Championships, United Kingdom World Series Grass Alex O'Brien (USA) Todd Woodbridge (AUS)
Mark Woodforde (AUS)
3–6, 6–7
Win 3–5 Oct 1996 Eurocard Open, Germany Super 9 Carpet (i) Alex O'Brien (USA) Jacco Eltingh (NED)
Paul Haarhuis (NED)
3–6, 6–4, 6–3
Loss 3–6 Nov 1996 ATP Tour World Championships, United States World Championships Carpet (i) Alex O'Brien (USA) Todd Woodbridge (AUS)
Mark Woodforde (AUS)
4–6, 7–5, 2–6, 6–7(3–7)
Loss 3–7 Jan 1997 Australian Open, Australia Grand Slam Hard Alex O'Brien (USA) Todd Woodbridge (AUS)
Mark Woodforde (AUS)
6–4, 5–7, 5–7, 3–6
Win 4–7 Mar 1997 U.S. Pro Indoor, United States Championship Series Hard (i) Alex O'Brien (USA) Ellis Ferreira (RSA)
Patrick Galbraith (USA)
6–3, 6–3
Win 5–7 Jul 1997 Los Angeles Open, United States World Series Hard Alex O'Brien (USA) Mahesh Bhupathi (IND)
Rick Leach (USA)
7–6, 6–4
Loss 5–8 Aug 1997 Canadian Open, Canada Super 9 Hard Alex O'Brien (USA) Mahesh Bhupathi (IND)
Leander Paes (IND)
6–7, 3–6
Loss 5–9 Aug 1997 Volvo International, United States Championship Series Hard Alex O'Brien (USA) Mahesh Bhupathi (IND)
Leander Paes (IND)
4–6, 7–6, 2–6
Win 6–9 Apr 1998 Japan Open, Japan Championship Series Hard Daniel Nestor (CAN) Olivier Delaître (FRA)
Stefano Pescosolido (ITA)
6–3, 6–4
Loss 6–10 Jun 1998 Nottingham Open, United Kingdom World Series Grass Daniel Nestor (CAN) Justin Gimelstob (USA)
Byron Talbot (RSA)
5–7, 7–6, 4–6
Loss 6–11 Aug 1998 Volvo International, United States Championship Series Hard Alex O'Brien (USA) Wayne Arthurs (AUS)
Peter Tramacchi (AUS)
6–7, 6–1, 3–6
Win 7–11 Nov 1998 Eurocard Open, Germany (2) Super 9 Hard (i) Alex O'Brien (USA) Mahesh Bhupathi (IND)
Leander Paes (IND)
6–3, 3–6, 7–5
Win 8–11 Jan 1999 Sydney International, Australia World Series Hard Daniel Nestor (CAN) Patrick Galbraith (USA)
Paul Haarhuis (NED)
6–3, 6–4
Loss 8–12 Feb 1999 U.S. National Indoor Tennis Championships, United States Championship Series Hard (i) Alex O'Brien (USA) Todd Woodbridge (AUS)
Mark Woodforde (AUS)
3–6, 4–6
Win 9–12 Jun 1999 Queen's Club Championships, United Kingdom World Series Grass Alex O'Brien (USA) Todd Woodbridge (AUS)
Mark Woodforde (AUS)
6–3, 7–6(7–3)
Win 10–12 Aug 1999 Washington Open, United States Championship Series Hard Justin Gimelstob (USA) David Adams (RSA)
John-Laffnie de Jager (RSA)
7–5, 6–7(2–7), 6–3
Win 11–12 Sep 1999 US Open, United States Grand Slam Hard Alex O'Brien (USA) Mahesh Bhupathi (IND)
Leander Paes (IND)
7–6(9–7), 6–4
Win 12–12 Oct 1999 Kingfisher Airlines Tennis Open, China World Series Hard Daniel Nestor (CAN) Todd Woodbridge (AUS)
Mark Woodforde (AUS)
7–5, 6–3
Win 13–12 Nov 1999 Paris Masters, France Super 9 Carpet (i) Alex O'Brien (USA) Jared Palmer (USA)
Paul Haarhuis (NED)
7–6(9–7), 7–5
Win 14–12 Nov 1999 ATP Tour World Championships, United States World Championships Carpet (i) Alex O'Brien (USA) Mahesh Bhupathi (IND)
Leander Paes (IND)
6–3, 6–2, 6–2
Win 15–12 Feb 2000 U.S. National Indoor Tennis Championships, United States International Series Gold Hard (i) Justin Gimelstob (USA) Jim Grabb (USA)
Richey Reneberg (USA)
6–2, 6–4
Loss 15–13 Mar 2000 Copenhagen Open, Denmark International Series Carpet (i) Jonas Björkman (SWE) Martin Damm (CZE)
David Prinosil (GER)
1–6, 7–5, 5–7
Loss 15–14 May 2000 U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships, United States International Series Clay Justin Gimelstob (USA) Leander Paes (IND)
Jan Siemerink (NED)
3–6, 4–6
Win 16–14 Aug 2000 Canadian Open, Canada Masters Series Hard Daniel Nestor (CAN) Joshua Eagle (AUS)
Andrew Florent (AUS)
6–3, 7–6(7–3)
Win 17–14 Oct 2000 Olympic Games, Australia Olympic Games Hard Daniel Nestor (CAN) Todd Woodbridge (AUS)
Mark Woodforde (AUS)
5–7, 6–3, 6–4, 7–6(7–2)
Loss 17–15 Aug 2001 Indianapolis Open, United States International Series Gold Hard Mahesh Bhupathi (IND) Mark Knowles (BAH)
Brian MacPhie (USA)
6–7(5–7), 7–5, 4–6

ATP Challenger Tour finals

Singles: 10 (7 titles, 3 runners-up)

Titles by surface
Hard (6–2)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (1–1)
Result W–L Date Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Win 1–0 Nov 1992 Halifax, Canada $25,000 Hard David Kass (USA) 7–5, 7–6
Win 2–0 Oct 1993 Calgary, Canada $25,000 Hard (i) Daniel Nestor (CAN) 6–2, 6–2
Loss 2–1 Oct 1993 Munich, Germany $50,000 Carpet (i) Martin Damm (CZE) 3–6, 1–6
Win 3–1 Nov 1993 Jakarta, Indonesia $50,000 Hard Mark Petchey (GBR) 6–2, 3–6, 7–6
Win 4–1 Jul 1994 Montebello, Canada $50,000 Hard Patrick Baur (GER) 7–6(7–4), 6–1
Win 5–1 Oct 1994 Monterrey, Mexico $125,000 Hard Wade McGuire (USA) 7–6, 6–2
Loss 5–2 Nov 1996 Austin, United States $25,000 Hard Sargis Sargsian (ARM) 4–6, 4–6
Win 6–2 Feb 1999 Laguna Hills, United States $50,000 Hard Michael Sell (USA) 6–4, 7–6(8–6)
Loss 6–3 Dec 1999 Urbana, United States $50,000 Hard Frédéric Niemeyer (CAN) 6–7(7–9), 6–3, 6–7(5–7)
Win 7–3 Mar 2000 Magdeburg, Germany $25,000 Carpet (i) Vladimir Voltchkov (BLR) 7–6(7–1), 6–3

Doubles: 6 (6 titles)

Titles by surface
Hard (6–0)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L Date Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1–0 Oct 1992 Recife, Brazil $50,000 Hard Daniel Nestor (CAN) Luiz Mattar (BRA)
Jaime Oncins (BRA)
5–7, 6–4, 7–6
Win 2–0 Oct 1993 Calgary, Canada $25,000 Hard (i) Daniel Nestor (CAN) David DiLucia (USA)
Richard Schmidt (USA)
6–1, 6–2
Win 3–0 Oct 1993 Ponte Vedra, United States $50,000 Hard Daniel Nestor (CAN) Maurice Ruah (VEN)
Laurence Tieleman (ITA)
2–6, 6–1, 6–4
Win 4–0 Dec 1993 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia $25,000 Hard Daniel Nestor (CAN) David Nainkin (RSA)
Kevin Ullyett (RSA)
6–4, 6–4
Win 5–0 Jul 1994 Montebello, Canada $50,000 Hard Sébastien Leblanc (CAN) Sergio Gómez Barrio (ESP)
Brian Gyetko (CAN)
6–2, 6–3
Win 6–0 Nov 1995 Nantes, France $100,000 Hard (i) Kent Kinnear (USA) Nicola Bruno (ITA)
Chris Woodruff (USA)
6–2, 3–6, 7–6

Junior Grand Slam finals

Doubles: 2 (2 titles)

Result Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1990 French Open Clay Sébastien Leblanc (CAN) Clinton Marsh (RSA)
Marcos Ondruska (RSA)
7–6, 6–7, 9–7
Win 1990 Wimbledon Grass Sébastien Leblanc (CAN) Clinton Marsh (RSA)
Marcos Ondruska (RSA)
7–6(7–5), 4–6, 6–3

Singles performance timeline

Tournament 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 SR W–L Win %
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A 1R 2R 2R 1R 3R 1R 1R Q1 A 0 / 7 4–7 36%
French Open A A A 1R A 2R 1R A Q1 A A 0 / 3 1–3 25%
Wimbledon A 2R 1R 1R Q1 1R 2R 2R 2R Q1 A 0 / 7 4–7 36%
US Open Q1 Q2 Q3 2R A Q1 2R 2R 1R Q1 Q1 0 / 4 3–4 43%
Win–Loss 0–0 1–1 0–2 2–4 1–1 1–3 4–4 2–3 1–3 0–0 0–0 0 / 21 12–21 36%

Doubles performance timeline

Tournament 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 SR W–L Win %
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A QF 2R F F 1R 1R 1R 3R 0 / 8 16–8 67%
French Open A A 3R 3R 2R 3R 1R QF A 0 / 6 10–6 63%
Wimbledon Q2 3R 2R 3R 1R SF QF QF 1R 0 / 8 15–8 65%
US Open SF 2R 1R QF 2R 1R W QF 2R 1 / 9 19–8 70%
Win–Loss 4–1 6–3 4–4 12–4 7–4 6–4 9–3 9–4 3–3 1 / 31 60–30 67%

Wins over top-10 opponents

Lareau has a 4–14 (22%) record against players who were, at the time the match was played, ranked in the top 10.

Wins over top-10 opponents per season
Season 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 Total
Wins 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 4
No. Opponent Rank Event Surface Round Score Lareau
Rank
1994
1. Michael Stich (GER) 6 European Community Championships, Belgium Carpet (i) 1R 6–7(0–7), 6–3, 6–3 123
1998
2. Àlex Corretja (ESP) 6 Kremlin Cup, Russia Carpet (i) 2R 6–3, 6–3 92
1999
3. Richard Krajicek (NED) 7 Canadian Open, Canada Hard 2R 4–6, 7–6(7–4), 6–4 116
2000
4. Gustavo Kuerten (BRA) 4 Canadian Open, Canada Hard 2R 7–6(7–4), 6–4 137

Titles won with partners

Partner Grand
Slams
Olympic
Games
ATP World
Champs
ATP
Super 9
ATP Champ
Series
ATP World
Series
Total
Alex O'Brien (USA) 1 0 1 3 1 2 8
Daniel Nestor (CAN) 0 1 0 1 1 2 5
Justin Gimelstob (USA) 0 0 0 0 2 0 2
Jeff Tarango (USA) 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
Tommy Ho (USA) 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
Overall Total 1 1 1 4 4 6 17

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