André Sá

André Rezende Sá is a retired Brazilian tennis player.
In singles, he was a Wimbledon quarterfinalist in 2002. He reached a career-high doubles ranking of world No. 17, winning 11 doubles titles. Sá reached the semifinals of ATP tournaments in Memphis and Hong Kong in 2000 and 2001 respectively.


Sá started playing tennis at the age of eight, encouraged by his older brother. At the age of 12 and ranked number one in Brazil, he moved to the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Bradenton, Florida, where he stayed for five years. In 1996, he graduated from Brandenton Academy, where he played basketball for three years.
In 2019 Andre Sá and his family moved to Australia after being appointed to head of player liaison for Tennis Australia.

Professional career

Sá played his first professional match in 1993, in a Challenger in his hometown of Belo Horizonte, where he lost in the first round at the age of 16. In 1997, he started travelling around South America, reaching his first Challenger semifinal in Quito, losing to Mariano Puerta. In August, he reached his first final, again in his hometown, losing to the Brazilian Roberto Jabali. He also reached the semifinal in Guadalajara, Mexico. In 1997, he played his first Davis Cup match, against Alistair Hunt, from New Zealand, in Florianópolis, for the World Group Qualifying Round. It was the fifth match of the rubber, with a 5–0 win for Brazil. In October, he played his first ATP-Tour match, in Mexico City, where he reached the quarterfinal.
In 1998, Sá won his first Challenger, on February 23, in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, beating Juan Antonio Marín, from Costa Rica 6–3, 3–6, 6–2. Two weeks later, he won the Salinas Challenger in Ecuador, beating Guillermo Cañas in the final, and on August, he won the Gramado Challenger title over Hideki Kaneko, from Japan. This year saw his first Grand Slam participation, in Wimbledon, where he would reach his best result ever a few years later. He lost to Todd Martin on the first round.
Sá participated in four ATP-Tour tournaments in 1999, reaching the second round in Wimbledon, losing to Karol Kučera, 13th of the world at the time.
In the space of five weeks, he won three Challenger titles: Austin, Texas, beating the American Glenn Weiner, Tulsa, Oklahoma and Dallas, beating Jimy Szymanski in the last two. He had a 13 games winning-streak at the time.
At the beginning of 2000, he reached the final in Waikoloa Challenger and his first ATP semifinal in Memphis, where he lost to eventual winner Swedish Magnus Larsson. He participated in three Grand Slams: Roland Garros, Wimbledon and US Open. Sá was part of the Brazilian Davis Cup team that reached the semifinals, losing to Australia 5–0. Sá played the fourth match against Lleyton Hewitt, 4–6, 1–6.
In 2001, Sá again played in three Grand Slams: Australian Open, Wimbledon and US Open. He won two Challenger titles: Calabasas, beating Michael Russel, Salvador, Bahia, winning over Brazilian Alexandre Simoni. Sá also reached the Hong Kong ATP semifinal, losing to the German Rainer Schüttler.
Sá's best results were in 2002. Without winning a single title, he reached his career-best ranking, 55, after three excellent ATP results. He participated in all four Grand Slams with a quarterfinal appearance at Wimbledon. He beat Antony Dupuis, Stefan Koubek, compatriot Flávio Saretta and Spain's Feliciano López, but lost in four sets in a three-hour and ten-minute match to home hero Tim Henman, 6–3, 5–7, 6–4, 6–3. Sá won a career-record amount of $102,198. The following month, he reached the Amersfoort quarterfinal and the Kitzbühel third round, allowing Sá get to 55th place in the rankings.
Sá had a terrible 2003. With 13 first-round defeats on a row, he his first win was at the grass of Queen's, beating Belgium's Gilles Elseneer, but losing at the second round. Sá plummeted on the rankings after a horrible losing streak and only a second round in Wimbledon, failing to retain his points. He dropped to 138th after the British Grand Slam.
2004 was a fine year for Sá, winning two challengers, in São Paulo and College Station. He also reached the Covington final. In 2005, Sá won the Challenger of Campos do Jordão and reached the final in Dallas, along with two other semifinals. In 2006, he reached two Challenger finals in Bogotá and Belo Horizonte, finishing the year with a ranking of 179, as the fifth Brazilian.
In 2007, partnering compatriot Marcelo Melo, he reached the men's doubles' Wimbledon semifinals after beating Julien Benneteau and Nicolas Mahut in five sets, 6–7, 6–3, 7–6, 2–6, 6–3. They then beat Paul Hanley and Kevin Ullyett in a second round Wimbledon match, which, at 5 hours and 58 minutes and a fifth set of over three hours, is the second longest ever at Wimbledon. The final score was 7–5, 6–7, 6–4, 6–7, 28–26. Sá and Melo then beat Christopher Kas and Alexander Peya in the third round in another five-set marathon, winning 6–4, 6–7, 7–6, 6–7, 6–4, this one lasting only 3h36. After this, Sá continued success with a 6–4, 6–3, 6–4 victory over seeded Mark Knowles and Daniel Nestor. The team then finally lost 6–7, 4–6, 4–6 to eventual champions Arnaud Clément and Michaël Llodra.
Discarding the 2002 Wimbledon quarterfinal, Sá reached his best results on doubles. With 21 Challenger and six ATP-Tour titles, along with 11 Challenger and nine ATP-Tour finals, Sá is considered one of the best Brazilian doubles player of all time, reaching the respectable 17th place in the ranking. Partnering with Brazilian Flávio Saretta, he reached the quarterfinals at the 2004 Australian Open and with Paraguayan Ramón Delgado, a third round at the 2006 Wimbledon. Representing Brazil, he won the gold medal at the 1999 Pan American Games, in Winnipeg, partnering with Paulo Taicher, besting the Mexican couple Marco Osorio and Óscar Ortiz, 7–6, 6–2. In singles, he lost in the third round to David Nalbandian.
In 2004, Sá participated at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, with Flávio Saretta, at the doubles tournament. They beat the Spanish duo Carlos Moyà/Rafael Nadal in the first round 7–6, 6–1, losing to Zimbabwe's Wayne Black and Kevin Ullyett, 3–6, 4–6.
Sá was the second last Brazilian to secure his place at the 2004 Olympics, Sá only participated at the Games because another team gave up their spot.
Sá played 17 Davis Cup matches, in 12 ties. He won ten matches and lost seven. In doubles, he has an impressive record of seven wins and three losses. He was part of the 2000 Brazilian team that reached the World Group Semifinals.
Sá retired from professional tennis in 2018. He played his last doubles match with compatriot Thomaz Bellucci at 2018 Brasil Open.

ATP career finals

Doubles: 30 (11 titles, 19 runner-ups)

Loss0–11998 Sybase Open – Doubles|Pacific Coast Championships, United StatesWorld SeriesHard Nelson Aerts Mark Woodforde
Todd Woodbridge
1–6, 5–7
Loss0–22001 Cerveza Club Colombia Open – Doubles|Bogota Open, ColombiaInternationalClay Martín Rodríguez Mariano Hood
Sebastián Prieto
6–2, 6–4
Loss0–32001 Miller Lite Hall of Fame Championships – Doubles|Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, United StatesInternationalGrass Glenn Weiner Bob Bryan
Mike Bryan
6–3, 7–5
Win1–32001 Salem Open – Doubles|Hong Kong Open, ChinaInternationalHard Karsten Braasch Petr Luxa
Radek Štěpánek
6–0, 7–5
Loss1–42002 Energis Open – Doubles|Dutch Open, NetherlandsInternationalClay Alexandre Simoni Jeff Coetzee
Chris Haggard
7–6, 6–3
Loss1–52002 Brasil Open – Men's Doubles|Brasil Open, BrazilInternationalHard Gustavo Kuerten Scott Humphries
Mark Merklein
6–3, 7–6
Loss1–62003 Priority Telecom Open – Doubles|Dutch Open, Netherlands InternationalClay Chris Haggard Devin Bowen
Ashley Fisher
6–0, 6–4
Win2–62007 Estoril Open – Men's Doubles|Estoril Open, PortugalInternationalClay Marcelo Melo Martín García
Sebastián Prieto
3–6, 6–2,
Win3–62008 Brasil Open – Doubles|Brasil OpenInternationalClay Marcelo Melo Albert Montañés
Santiago Ventura
4–6, 6–2,
Win4–62008 Hypo Group Tennis International – Doubles|Hypo Group Tennis International, AustriaInternationalClay Marcelo Melo Julian Knowle
Jürgen Melzer
7–5, 6–7,
Loss4–72008 Stella Artois Championships – Doubles|Queen's Club Championships, United KingdomInternationalGrass Marcelo Melo Daniel Nestor
Nenad Zimonjić
4–6, 6–7
Win5–72008 Pilot Pen Tennis – Men's Doubles|New Haven Open, United StatesInternationalHard Marcelo Melo Mahesh Bhupathi
Mark Knowles
7–5, 6–2
Loss5–82009 Delray Beach International Tennis Championships – Doubles|Delray Beach Open, United States250 SeriesHard Marcelo Melo Bob Bryan
Mike Bryan
4–6, 4–6
Win6–82009 Interwetten Austrian Open Kitzbühel – Doubles|Austrian Open Kitzbühel, Austria250 SeriesClay Marcelo Melo Andrei Pavel
Horia Tecău
6–7, 6–2,
Loss6–92009 Aegon Championships – Doubles|Queen's Club Championships, United Kingdom 250 SeriesGrass Marcelo Melo Wesley Moodie
Mikhail Youzhny
6–4, 4–6,
Loss6–102011 Copa Claro – Doubles|Buenos Aires Open, Argentina250 SeriesClay Franco Ferreiro Oliver Marach
Leonardo Mayer
7–6, 6–3
Loss6–112011 Bet-at-home Cup Kitzbühel – Doubles|Austrian Open Kitzbühel, Austria250 SeriesClay Franco Ferreiro Daniele Bracciali
Santiago González
6–7, 6–4,
Win7–112011 Open de Moselle – Doubles|Moselle Open, France250 SeriesHard Jamie Murray Lukáš Dlouhý
Marcelo Melo
6–4, 7–6
Loss7–122012 Brasil Open – Doubles|Brasil Open 250 SeriesClay Michal Mertiňák Eric Butorac
Bruno Soares
6–3, 4–6,
Loss7–132012 Copa Claro – Doubles|Buenos Aires Open, Argentina 250 SeriesClay Michal Mertiňák David Marrero
Fernando Verdasco
4–6, 4–6
Loss7–142012 Delray Beach International Tennis Championships – Doubles|Delray Beach Open, United States 250 SeriesHard Michal Mertiňák Colin Fleming
Ross Hutchins
6–2, 6–7,
Loss7–152012 MercedesCup – Doubles|Stuttgart Open, Germany250 SeriesClay Michal Mertiňák Jérémy Chardy
Łukasz Kubot
1–6, 3–6
Win8–152015 Argentina Open – Doubles|Buenos Aires Open, Argentina250 SeriesClay Jarkko Nieminen Pablo Andújar
Oliver Marach
4–6, 6–4,
Win9–152015 Aegon Open Nottingham – Men's Doubles|Nottingham Open, United Kingdom250 SeriesGrass Chris Guccione Pablo Cuevas
David Marrero
6–2, 7–5
Win10–152015 Croatia Open Umag – Doubles|Umag Open, Croatia250 SeriesClay Máximo González Mariusz Fyrstenberg
Santiago González
4–6, 6–3,
Loss10–162015 ATP Shenzhen Open – Doubles|Shenzhen Open, China250 SeriesHard Chris Guccione Jonathan Erlich
Colin Fleming
1–6, 7–6,
Loss10–172016 BRD Năstase Țiriac Trophy – Doubles|Romanian Open250 SeriesClay Chris Guccione Florin Mergea
Horia Tecău
5–7, 4–6
Loss10–182016 Aegon Championships – Doubles|Queen's Club Championships, United Kingdom500 SeriesGrass Chris Guccione Pierre-Hugues Herbert
Nicolas Mahut
3–6, 6–7
Win11–182017 Brasil Open – Doubles|Brasil Open250 SeriesClay Rogério Dutra Silva Marcus Daniell
Marcelo Demoliner
7–6, 5–7,
Loss11–192017 Aegon International Eastbourne – Men's Doubles|Eastbourne International, United Kingdom250 SeriesGrass Rohan Bopanna Bob Bryan
Mike Bryan
7–6, 4–6,

Challenger Tour singles titles (11)