Ronald Agenor was born in Rabat, Morocco in 1964. He started to play tennis at the age of 10 in Zaire, Africa where his father Frederic was a diplomat at the United Nations. He is
the youngest of 6 children and discovered competitive tennis in Bordeaux, France at the age of 14 under the wing of his brother Lionel. He finished ranked number 8 in the junior rankings in 1982 reaching the semi finals at the Orange Bowl and winning junior titles at both Monte
Carlo and Charleroi, Belgium. Ronald won the only Gold medal in the history of Haiti at the Carribean Games in Havana, Cuba in 1982.
He earned his first ATP point at the French satellite in 1983 and was ranked 793.
He started the year ranked 416 in 1985 and finished 49 at the year end ATP rankings. He was a first time Tour finalist in Gstaad and Bordeaux in 1987. He was also a finalist in Basel, Switzerland losing to Yannick Noah in what would be the first Black
tennis final in the history of men's professional tennis. In 1988, he reached the fourth round at both the French Open and the US Open. He also made a semi final appearance at the Italian Open in Rome, defeating Agassi, Krickstein, and world number one Mats Wilander.
In 1989, he won his first ATP tournament in Athens, Greece defeating world number 6 Kent Carlsson of Sweden in the final. He was a first time Grand Slam quarter finalist at the French Open in Paris in 1989 losing to eventual Champion Michael Chang, and achieved a career best
ranking of 22. In 1990, Ronald won ATP tour events in Genova, Italy and Berlin, Germany. In 1991, he won the Marseille Challenger in France and surpassed $ 1 million in career prize money.
In 1992, Ronald dropped in his ranking, but managed to make a great come back moving from 161 in the world in October 1993 to number 30 at the end of April in 1994, reaching the semi finals in Barcelona, Spain and Milan, Italy defeating world number 2
Michael Stich twice. He also reached the third round at the French Open beating David Prinosil of Germany in the second round in what would be the longest match in the history of the tournament in the number of games since the open era. Ronald came back from a 2 set deficit to
win 14/12 in the fifth set setting up a record of 71 games. This performance has been recorded in the Guiness Books of World records.
In 1997, Ronald took a break from the sport playing only 3 challengers. In 1998, he was on the road once again to achieve what would be one of the most incredible come backs in the history of the game. At age 33, ranked 790 in the world ( almost the
same ranking as when he started in 1983 ) and with no wild cards given to him in main draw tournaments, Ronald played satellites, futures, and challengers to finish the year ranked 241 in the world rankings.
In 1999, he finished the year ranked 98 in the world, to finish in the top 100 for the first time since 1994, and became the oldest player to finish in the top 100 since Jimmy Connors was ranked number 84 in 1992.
In the year 2000, Ronald played all 4 Grand Slam tournaments for the first time since 1994 and won a round at the French Open. He won the challenger tournament of Birmingham, Alabama and made a final in San Antonio, Texas.
In july of that same year, Ronald played team matches in Switzerland for Lido Luzern tennis club. He helped the team win its first National Championship title.
It was Lido Luzern tennis clubs' first title in a 100 years.
In 2001, Ronald finished the year at 186 on the ATP rankings, appearing in a final against David Nalbadian of Argentina, in Salinas, Ecuador, followed by a semi final at Calabasas Challenger, with a highlight at the Masters Series in Montreal when he qualified,
( defeating Paradorn Shrichapan in the last
round ), losing in 3 sets to Gustavo Kuerten ranked number 1 in the world in the main draw. He also reached the last round of the US Open qualies that same summer. Still competing, Ronald started his coaching career during the fall of 2001, and opened the " Ronald Agenor Tennis Academy " in Los Angeles,
California, in May 2002. Ronald played his last official tournament at the challenger of Calabasas, CA in April 2002 retiring during the last qualifying round due to an injury. During the summer of 2002, Ronald married Tonya Williams in a private ceremony in Beverly Hills, CA.
In 2003, Ronald founded " Ace Sports Management ", a management company based also in Los Angeles, CA, that specializes
in athlete representation in tennis and became on June, 1st 2003, the proud father of a baby girl named " Sascha Lourdes Agenor ".
A long time passionate musician and an accomplished guitar player, and despite a very busy schedule, Ronald managed to release his second studio music album, " Waves Of love ". The CD is available
for purchase, visit the music page for more details. Ronald is still interested in getting into acting, in both Film and T.V. and speaks several languages which includes French, English, Creole, German, Italian and Swahili. Ronald might play again in a few selected
ATP tournaments again in 2004 ( he currently holds a protected ranking of #331 on the ATP
Tour ), but his main goal will be to help, assist, and guide the players he is coaching and managing, to success.
RONALD'S YEAR END RANKING HISTORY
1983 : 793 1986 : 74 1988 : 28 1991 : 74 1994 : 63 1997 : 543
1984 : 416 1987 : 44 1989 : 37 1992 : 129 1995 : 146 1998 : 241
1985 : 49 1988 : 29 1990 : 29 1993 : 79 1996 : 324 1999 : 95
2000 : 124 2001 : 188 2002 : 331
Ronald played 485 official matches since turning pro in 1983
RECORD OF ACHIEVEMENTS
-- Achievement of world high ranking of 22 in May 1989 and world ranking of 30 in june 1994
-- Winner of 3 Grand Prix tournaments : Athens 1989, Berlin 1990, Genova 1990
-- Winner of 8 Challenger tournaments : Marrakech 1985, Dortmund 1986, Marseille 1991,
Yvetot 1992, Reunion Island 1993, Contrexeville 1999,
Furth 1999, Birmingham 2000
-- Finalist of 5 Grand Prix tournaments : Gstaad 1987, Bordeaux 1987, Basel 1987
Bordeaux 1988, Bastad 1993
-- Semi finalist of 10 Grand Prix tournaments : Bordeaux 1986, Rome 1988, Bordeaux 1990,
Gstaad 1990, Toulouse 1990, San Marino 1992,
Florence 1993, Milan 1994, Barcelona 1994,
-- Quarter finalist of 26 other Grand Prix tournaments including French Open in 1989
-- Fourth round finalist at the U.S Open and the French Open in 1988
-- Guiness Book Of World Records, became the record holder of the longest match of the history
of the French Open in the number of games ( 71 ) since the open era, by defeating Prinosil of
Germany ( 5 sets, 14/12 in the fifth set in 5 hours and five minutes ) in the second round of the
French Open in 1994
-- Played the first ATP final between 2 Black tennis players in Basel, Switzerland, in 1987, losing
to Frenchman Yannick Noah
-- Became in 1999, the first player to finish the year in the top 100 in the world rankings after
reaching 35 years of age, since Jimmy Connors did it in 1991
-- Ranked in the top 4 best Black tennis players of all time, after Arthur Ashe ( #1 ),
Yannick Noah ( #4 ), and Malivai Washington ( #11 )
Victorious over many top world class players :
-- Ulihrach, Popp, Srichaphan, Siemerink, Rosset, Pretzsch, Huet, Gonzales, Diaz in 2000
-- Gaudenzi, Alonso, Vicente, Alberto Martin, Portas, Massu, Bastl, in 1999
-- Ferreira, Mantilla, Shalken, Dewulf, Kucera in 1995
-- Santoro, Stich ( twice ), Medvedev, Gaudenzi, Fromberg, Siemerink, Masur in 1994
-- Tarango, Larsson, Sanchez, Clavet, Todd Martin in 1993