- Eric Prodon
Infobox Tennis player
playername= Eric Prodon
datebirth= birth date and age|1981|6|27|df=y
weight= convert|72|kg|lb st|abbr=on|lk=on
highestsinglesranking= No. 115 (
May 19, 2006)
FrenchOpenresult= 1st (2000, 2002, 2008)
highestdoublesranking= No. 580 (
October 4, 2004)
October 3, 2008
Eric Prodon (born
June 27, 1981in Paris, France) is a French professional tennis player.
Prodon had a long career in Juniors, playing from 1997 to 1999 and reaching year-end #28 in 1998.In matches against future top pros, he beat
Mikhail Youzhnyand Julien Benneteauin 1997.Early in 1998, he lost to Jarkko Nieminen, and late in the year, he beat Roger Federer, Karol Beck, and Guillermo Coriain successive rounds at Eddie Herr before losing to David Nalbandianin the final. He then beat Youzhny again after that in the Orange Bowl. Early in 1999, he had a great Australian hard court run, beating Nieminen and splitting matches with Kristian Plessin finals two weeks in a row. In March, 1999,he lost to Coria and Paul-Henri Mathieuin successive finals. In May, he lostto Nieminen again, but beat him and Karol Beckthe next week in the French Openbefore losing again to Nalbandian in the quarters. In June in England on thegrass, he lost to Mardy Fishin a final. In the summer, back on clay, he beat Tommy Robredoand Boris Pashanskibut lost to Igor Kunitsyn. And finally in his next to last match as a junior,he lost to Danai Udomchokein September in Canada. [ [http://www.itftennis.com/juniors/players/activity.asp?player=30018079 Prodon ITF Juniors Activity page] ]
2000 to 2006
Prodon's transition to the pro tour was a rocky one. While he first entered the top-300 in late 2000 as a 19 year old, he spent most of 2001 in the 300's before getting back down into the 230's late in 2002.He faded again to the 300's in 2003 and 2004 before getting back down to the 230's again in late2004 and early 2005, but an injury in February kept him out for 7 months. Another injury in April, 2006kept him off the court the rest of the year. So he spent most of 2005 and 2006 ranked outside the top-500.
2007: A Breakthrough Year
Prodon returned to the tour in mid-February, 2007, ranked #683, and won Italy F1 in his firsttournament back from a 10 month layoff. His ranking continued to slip, despite some Futures success,and by the time he got to Scotland for a Futures tournament in May, he was #721.
But he then went on a tear on the Futures circuit, winning 4 of 7 titles and finishing as the runner-upin the other three while touring Scotland, Algeria, Poland, Belarus, and France, compiling a 32-3match record during that stretch, to improve his ranking to #290 by mid-July.
He followed that up with a Challenger championship in Finland, beating #116
Raemon Sluiterand #100 Peter Luczakto reach a career-high ranking of #226. In August, he made two straight Challengerfinals in Italy and Germany to break into the top-200 for the first time and reach #165, beating #250 Davide Sanguinetti, #117 Boris Pashanski, and #136 Bohdan Ulihrachwhile losing to #116 Jiri Vanekand #289 Ivo Minar.
The rest of his year was a bust, going just 2-7 in Challengers, with a win over #657
Martin Verkerkand 2 straight losses to #224 Thomaz Bellucci, as well as losses to #90 Luczakand #113 Fabio Fogninito end the year ranked at career-high of #158 at the age of 26.
Prodon continued to be injury-free and making some progress in early 2008. He started the year winning aChallenger in Miami, beating wild card
Jan-Michael Gambillalong the way. Then he tried and failed to qualify into 3 consecutive ATP stops in Brazil, Argentina and Mexico, losing to #60 Oscar Hernandez, #95 Nicolas Lapentti, and #157 Daniel Gimeno-Traver. He struggle in his return to Challengers in March and April, winning just 1 of 4 matches while losing to #125 Flavio Cipollaandtwice to #165 Christophe Rochus. But he regained his form again, reaching two Challenger finals and a semifinal in April and May, beating #127 Ivan Navarro-Pastorwhile losingto #107 Eduardo Schwank, #130 Alberto Martin, #199 Younes El Aynaouion the comeback trail,and #119 Daniel Gimeno-Traveragain. That got his ranking to a career-high of #115.
In May, Prodon was given a Wild Card entry into the
2008 French Open.
* [http://steveghelper.com/MatchResults.php?players=Prodon&weeks=12 Prodon Recent Match Results]
* [http://steveghelper.com/RankingHistory.php?player=Prodon Prodon World Ranking History]
* [http://www.itftennis.com/juniors/players/player.asp?player=30018079 Prodon ITF Juniors Profile]
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