Malisse

XAVIER MALISSE

FlagKortrijk, Belgium

Height

6’1”

Plays

Right-handed, two-handed backhand

Singles titles:

3

Doubles titles:

9

Highest ATP Singles ranking:

19 (2002)

 Career prize money

$5,694,825

player_img

TIE BREAK RECORD

Career Tie Break Win/Loss:

115-106

Career Percentage Tie Breaks Won:

52.0%

MEET XAVIER MALISSE

Xavier Malisse first came to prominence against a peak Pete Sampras. They met in an ATP event in Philadelphia in 1998, when a teenage Malisse, with multi-coloured hair and flashing groundstrokes, pushed the great Sampras to a tight deciding set. ‘He’s really talented. A shotmaker’, said Sampras, afterwards. How right he was. Malisse would go on to be one of those players that his rivals would make a date to watch, and crowds would flock to see on outside courts. Whilst not always the most consistent player in the world, when he was on, he was truly sensational. His peak came in 2002, when he beat Britain’s Greg Rusedski and the 1996 champion Richard Krajicek on his way to reaching the Wimbledon semi-finals. David Nalbandian ultimately stopped him in 5 sets. Two years later, he combined with compatriot Oliver Rochus to win the French Open doubles title. Around all the good results on court, Malisse always enjoyed the tennis circuit off court as well. That comes across in life-loving attitude today.

TIE BREAK STRENGTHS

RAW TALENT

Malisse is a player that can conjure any shot from anywhere. In a tie-break situation, he can make something happen out of nothing.

FLAMBOYANCE

He has a penchant for the spectacular, extravagant and flamboyant. As a result, he makes opponents nervous, because they don’t know what’s coming next.

NERVE

With his skill-set, Malisse rarely gets nervous. He is loose-limbed and ready to go in a tie-break.

OTHER LONDON PLAYERS

Logo Image
DAVID FERRER
Logo Image
JOHN McENROE
Logo Image
KYLE EDMUND
Logo Image
TIM HENMAN
Logo Image
XAVIER MALISSE
Logo Image
ANDY MURRAY
{"slides_column":"3","slides_scroll":"2","dots":"false","arrows":"true","autoplay":"true","autoplay_interval":"1000","loop":"true","rtl":"false","speed":"2000","center_mode":"true"}

@TIEBREAKTENS

facebook

[scp code=”facebook”]

twitter

[scp code=”twitter”]

instagram

[scp code=”instagram”]

VIMEO

Register here to receive the latest updates from Tie Break Tens.

Please provide your details if you would like to sign-up to our mailing list to receive emails about our latest news, events, products and services. You can opt-out of these at any time. If you are under 16, please confirm you have received consent from your parent or legal guardian.