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Caroline Garcia is a French professional tennis player, who competes on the WTA Tour since 2011.
|Date of Birth:
|16 October 1993
|Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Caroline Garcia was born on October 16, 1993, in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, a western suburb of Paris, France. Her father, Louis-Paul Garcia, is a French national born in Algeria who introduced her to tennis at a very young age. Caroline Garcia is the only child of Louis-Paul and Mylène Garcia (her mother).
Garcia had a 67%-win rate (82 wins to 40 losses) at the junior level, reaching a career-high ranking of No. 5 in December 2011. Among her most notable results were reaching the semifinals of the Australian Open, Roland Garros, and Wimbledon in 2011.
She would also advance into her first Grand Slam final at that level that same year, losing to Grace Min at the US Open. Garcia’s full professional debut on the main tour was also in 2011, where she earned a wild card into the main draw of the Australian Open at the age of 17.
She scored her first win on debut, beating Varvara Lepchenko in the first round. Garcia played in the main draw of WTA events three more times in 2011: at the French Open (where she came within two games of beating Maria Sharapova in the first round), Birmingham, and Quebec.
She won her first WTA title on the red clay in Bogota, Colombia, in 2014, defeating former WTA No. 1 Jelena Jankovic in straight sets. Garcia finished the season in the world’s Top 50 for the first time. In 2016, she won her first grass court tournament in Mallorca and followed it up with one of her best years on Tour in 2017.
She reached the French Open quarterfinals for the first time. Garcia also won the Asian Premier double of Wuhan and Beijing (first WTA player to achieve this feat), two titles that catapulted her into the world’s Top 10. She would qualify for the WTA Finals that season.
Garcia peaked at a career-high ranking of World No. 4 in 2018 but finished that season at No. 19 after failing to back up her 2017 exploits. After a couple of years of stagnant results, she would forge her career-best season in 2022, winning four titles, including a WTA 1000 in Cincinnati, where she became the first qualifier to win at that level since the tournament category was incepted in 2009.
Garcia also attained her first semifinal finish at a Grand Slam in the 2022 US Open. Remarkably, she would qualify for the WTA Finals that season for a second time and defied the odds to win the tournament – her biggest career accomplishment. In spite of her outstanding success as a singles player, Garcia has been equally impressive in doubles and team competitions.
She played in three Grand Slam doubles finals alongside compatriot Kristina Mladenovic, winning the French Open on two occasions (2016 and 2022) in addition to a runner-up finish at the 2016 US Open. Garcia and Mladenovic were also part of the French team that won the 2019 Fed Cup (currently known as the Billie Jean King Cup), clinching the decisive doubles match against the Australian pair of Ashleigh Barty and Sam Stosur.