Caroline Garcia is a French professional tennis player and the 2022 WTA Finals winner with a career prize money haul of over $15 million.
Name: Caroline Garcia
Born: October 16, 1993
Turned Pro: 2011
Further Statistics: Click here
Born in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France on October 16th, 1993, Caroline Garcia first showed signs of her potential by reaching the semi-finals of all 4 junior Grand Slams, even making it to the 2011 Girl’s singles US Open final, losing to Grace Min.
Turning professional in 2011, Garcia picked up her first senior Grand Slam victory by defeating Varvara Lepchenko in three sets before losing out to Ayumi Morita in the second round.
At the 2011 French Open, Garcia came to the attention of the wider tennis audience by pushing former world number one Maria Sharapova all the way in the second round. Leading 6–3, 4–1, Garcia looked set for a famous victory before seeing Sharapova win the next 11 games and the in turn the matchup.
Opening round wins at Roland Garros and Wimbledon in 2013 were both followed by defeats to Serena Williams in round two although Garcia would finish the year ranked in the world's top 70 for the first time in her career.
Garcia won her maiden WTA Tour singles title at the Copa Claro Colsanitas in Bogotá, Colombia in 2014 thanks to a straight sets win over Jelena Janković in the final.
Two WTA Tour finals in 2016 at the Mexican Open and the Monterrey Open would both end in defeat for Garcia at the hands of Timea Bacsinszky.
In 2016, Garcia would win the French Open Women’s doubles title alongside her compatriot Kristina Mladenovic. The duo would defeat the Russian pair of Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina 6–3, 2–6, 6–4 in the final.
Multiple singles titles would also come for Garcia in 2016 at the Internationaux de Strasbourg and the Mallorca Open and helped France reach the final of Fed Cup before ultimately losing out to the Czech Republic.
Garcia would reach the first Grand Slam singles quarter-final of her senior career at the 2017 French Open. Wins over Nao Hibino, Chloé Paquet, Hsieh Su-wei and Alizé Cornet saw her into the last eight but Karolína Plíšková would prove a step too far.
Runs to the fourth round of the Australian Open and the French Open in 2018 helped Garcia reach the highest ranking of her career, world number 4.
A Fed Cup winner with France in 2019, Garcia alongside Mladenovic would secure the victory in the decisive final doubles match over Australia’s Ashleigh Barty and Sam Stosur.
Due to a loss of form towards the end of 2020 and throughout 2021, Garcia would drop out of the world’s top 70 and would fail to reach the fourth round in any Grand Slam for seven straight events.
Returning to her best in 2022, Garcia would pick up the tenth title of her career, winning the Cincinnati Open as a qualifier and reaching her first Grand Slam singles semi-final at the US Open, losing to Ons Jabeur in straight sets in the last four.
The biggest win of Garcia’s career however would come at the end of 2022 where she claimed the WTA Tour Finals trophy, defeating Aryna Sabalenka in the final and returning to world number four in the rankings.
In 2023, Garcia would bravely open up about her off-court struggles with bulimia and how thanks to her loving friends and family she was intent on overcoming her illness and having a healthy relationship with food.
Read all the latest news about Caroline Garcia