Ronald Agénor is a former ATP #22 world ranked tennis player and has sustained one of the longest careers in the history of the game (19 years) scoring wins against the world's greatest players such as Agassi, Connors, Vilas, Noah, Higueras, Wilander, Stich, Korda, Muster, Sanchez, Gilbert, Annacone, Rosset, Leconte, Forget, Curren, and Cash, just to name a few. Ronald is also an ambassador for Peace and Sport, an organization under the High Patronage of Prince Albert II of Monaco. In 2006, the city of Castelnau de Médoc, in wine country region of Bordeaux in France, named its newly built tennis facility after Ronald. Recently, he was inducted into the Black Tennis Hall of Fame in a ceremony held at George Washington University, in Washington DC, and the “Court Ronald Agénor” was inaugurated in the Bordeaux Wine region of St Emilion, at Sainte Terre Tennis Club, France. Ronald is available for Tennis Coaching, Tennis Clinics, Tennis Exhibitions, Corporate Appearances, Speaking/Media Engagements, Broadcasting, Endorsements, Charity Events, as well as competing in the Legends Tour & the ITF/USTA Senior Tour. Ronald is also a passionate musician and has been playing the guitar since the age of 15, and has made several recordings, his latest album "22" is available for preview/download on iTunes and CD Baby, and his new album "Cordes De Vie" will be out in the fall of 2021. Today, Ronald, whose life seems to be based on strings, spends his time between coaching the game of tennis, his family, and music.
Ronald is an Ambassador for Peace And Sport, an organization under the High Patronage of SAS Prince Albert II of Monaco. Peace and Sport brings together and develops partnerships between the Peace (NGOs, UN Agencies, Academics), the Sport (Olympic Family, International Federations, National Olympic Committees, Athletes) and the Political worlds with the aim of implementing and ensuring the sustainability of field programs, maximizing the use of sport for development and peace and leading social transformation in every area of the world affected by poverty or social instability.
Around The World
Ronald hitting on the courts at his former club and residence in Monaco at the Monte Carlo Country Club during the Peace and Sport Forum 2019. He won both the Junior event and Under 21 events the same year in 1982 and was a resident of Monaco in 1990 to 1992. Overlooking the sea with its Art Deco architecture and a rich history uniting royalty and overseas millionaires, the Monte-Carlo Country Club remains one of the most beautiful and fascinating country clubs in the world. Inaugurated to great fanfare, the Club was opened in February 1928 by Prince Louis II of Monaco.
"Tennis Court Ronald Agénor"
"Honored to have inaugurated the “Court Ronald Agénor” in Sainte Terre, France, with Mayor of Sainte Terre Guy Marty, and Jean Baptiste Voisin, President of Sainte Terre tennis club, with an official intronisation as a member for life of the “Confrérie de la Lamproie”. Sainte Terre is located 50 kms from Bordeaux in the St Emilion region and produces some of the world’s best wines. It is a commune in the Gironde department in Nouvelle-Aquitaine in southwestern France.
Whether your goal is to improve your technique, or win your next tournament, Ronald will help you build a strong foundation meant to last with solid technique, plus all the tools you need to help you play your best game. Ronald takes pride in coaching players of all levels and all ages. Players coached by Ronald have won USTA and ITF Junior and Adult events, competed in Grand Slams, and for some obtain Division 1 College Tennis Scholarships in the United States.
Black Tennis Hall Of Fame
In 2018 Ronald Agénor was inducted into the Black Tennis Hall of Fame in a ceremony that was held at George Washington University. "Thanks to the American Tennis Association, the Black Tennis Hall of Fame founder Dale Caldwell, Bob Davis (BTHF President), & Ann Koger for their relentless work. Congratulations to all the past, present, future contributors, volunteers, donors, coaches, and players, that play an important role in promoting black tennis"
Historic moment in 1987, Ronald played against Frenchman Yannick Noah in Basel, Switzerland, in what would be the first men's ATP professional tennis final between 2 players of color in the history of the game. Yannick Noah remains the last black male tennis player to win a Grand Slam since Arthur Ashe won Wimbledon in 1975. Yannick Noah remains the last male black player to win a Grand Chelem, at Roland Garros in 1983.
Agénor vs Ivan Lendl
''That was a dog fight,'' Lendl said, it was a real struggle". Lendl, the defending men's champion and top-seeded player, struggled for 3 hours 26 minutes against Ronald Agenor, the hard-hitting Haitian, before winning, 7-5, 7-6, 0-6, 6-3. Ronald is the last player to bagel (6/0) Ivan Lendl in a Grand Slam.
Did You Know?
Ronald played his first Grand Slam in Paris at the French Open in 1985. After playing 3 rounds in the qualifying draw and winning the last round against Frenchman Thierry Champion 8/6 in the 3rd set after saving 3 match points, he played and lost to world's n1 John McEnroe in the 1st round.
Ronald represented Haiti during his 19 year career, winning 3 ATP World Tour titles, competing in 3 Olympic Games, (Los Angeles 1984, Seoul 1988, Atlanta 1996), and winning the Gold Medal at the Central American and Caribbean Games, in Havana, Cuba, in 1982, (the first for Haiti). In Davis Cup, Haiti's best performance have been reaching the Americas Zone Group II semi finals in 1998.
Fréderic Agénor (1927-1992)
Ronald's dad, Frédéric Agénor was a former Diplomat at the United Nations, and former Minister of Agriculture of Haiti. Born in Léogane, Haiti, in 1927, he studied Agronomy in Pennsylvania, Rambouillet (France), Zollikon (Switzerland), and pursued his journey as a diplomat in Africa for 20 years before returning to Haiti. He would play with Ronald often when living in Congo in the 70s.
Agénor vs Jimmy Connors
5 sets battle between Ronald Agenor and Jimmy Connors in the 2nd round of the French Open in 1991. The match was won by Jimmy Connors 6/4 6/2 3/6 0/6 6/4 after a long match marked by a heated 5th set.
ATP World Tour Uncovered
Ronald Agénor Interview for the ATP World Tour Video Series "ATP World Tour Uncovered". Ronald reflects on his 19-year professional career as he returns to action on the ATP Champions Tour in Delray Beach
Agénor vs Andres Gomez
Highlights of Ronald's match against Andres Gomez ranked ATP World #12 and seeded 13 at the French Open Grand Slam in Paris in 1988. Ronald won 6/4 4/6 6/4 7/6 and reached the fourth round of the tournament losing to eventual winner Mats Wilander from Sweden. En route to this memorable run Ronald defeated also Americans Jimmy Arias and Paul Annacone.
French Open Record
Ronald defeated David Prinosil in 1994 14/12 in the 5th set after a little over 5 hours of match play and broke the record of the longest match in the history of the French Open in the number of games (71) held previously by Emilio Sanchez (69 games). In 2004 Fabrice Santoro equalled the record with 71 games and John Isner broke it later with 75 games.
Beyond The Walls
Music Beyond The Walls 2020 - Musical duet with Swiss Jazz master Olivier Anthony Theurillat for his “Music Beyond The Walls” project with the song “St James Infirmary”, made famous by the legendary Jazz icon and New Orleans native Louis Armstrong in 1928. Olivier is the assistant principal trumpet of the Berne Symphony Orchestra in Switzerland, Head of Brass, Professor of Trumpet and Conductor/Founder of the Ensemble Brass & Rhythm at the Lausanne Conservatoire of Music and has released 2 albums "Premier Set" & "Tie Break".
Ronald, whose life is based on strings, started to play the guitar at the age of 15 and was influenced by his older brothers, Patrick, Lionel, and Richard, who played in a band while attending college in Bordeaux, France. Ronald's music demonstrates a cornucopia of influences ranging from Blues, Smooth Jazz, R&B, Rock, Neo-Soul, and Caribbean music, all interwoven into a fresh new vibe and displays Ronald's soulful singing and guitar playing. His new album "Cordes De Vie" will be out in the fall of 2021. Stay tuned!
Preview/Download Ronald's Music on iTunes/Apple Music