Ronald Agenor is a former top 20 tennis player in the world. He has sustained one of the longest careers in the history of the game of tennis (19 years) and has scored wins against the world’s greatest, such as Agassi, Connors, Vilas, Noah, Higueras, Wilander, Stich, Korda, Muster, Sanchez, Gilbert, Annacone, Rosset, Leconte, Forget, Curren, and Cash, to name a few. He reached the quarter finals at the French Open in 1989 and the fourth round of both the US Open and French Open in 1988. He represented Haiti in the Olympics in Los Angeles in 1984, in Seoul in 1988, and in Atlanta in 1996 and won 3 ATP Tour World titles in Athens, Genova, and Berlin. At the French Open in 1994, he defeated David Prinosil, 14/12 in the fifth set and broke the previous record of the longest match in the number of games in the history of the French Open since the open era previously held by Emilio Sanchez. He still holds the record with 71 games. In 1987 he made history by playing against Yannick Noah from France in what would be the first all Black ATP World Tour tennis final in men's professional tennis history.
After a break from the pro circuit Ronald made an incredible comeback in 1999 and became at 35 years of age the oldest player to reach the top 100 in the world since Jimmy Connors did it in 1991. In 2000 he represented and lead the Lido Luzern Tennis Club to its first Swiss National title in 100 years. In 2001 and at 37 years of age, Ronald finished the year ranked ATP #186 appearing in a final against David Nalbandian from Argentina.
In 2010 Ronald played an Exhibition match with John McEnroe, competed against Pat Cash and defeated Patrick Rafter at the Delray Beach Champions Tour Event and was featured on the ATP Uncovered Video Series “Ronald Agenor Uncovered”. The interview was broadcasted on ESPN and all the major TV Channels around the world.He participated in various Charity and Fundraising Events for Haiti such as the “Hit For Haiti” in Indian Wells. In 2011 he defeated legend Bjorn Borg, and Pat Cash at the Marbella Masters in Spain.
Ronald is also an Ambassador for Peace and Sport, an organization under the High Patronage of SAS Prince Albert II of Monaco. In 2006, the city of Castelnau de Médoc, in the world famous wine country region of Bordeaux in France named its newly built tennis facility after Ronald. He speaks several languages fluently and in 1989 was Honorary Consul of Haiti in Bordeaux, France.
Beside coaching the game of tennis, Ronald produced the first two of a series of Instructional Tennis Videos, "Monster Forehand" and "Blazing One-Handed Backhand". Ronald currently coaches aspiring professionals, professionals, juniors and juniors seeking college scholarships, adults, and performs exhibitions and tennis clinics around the world. In the April 2012 Issue of the US Tennis Magazine, movie producer and two-time Oscar-nominated Barry Mendel recounts his rewarding year-long tennis and fitness training experience with Ronald.
Ronald was born in Rabat, Morocco, and is the son of a former Haitian Diplomat at the United Nations and Minister of Agriculture of Haiti, and a Lebanese mother. He is the youngest of a family of six children and learned how to play tennis in Congo (Ex Zaire) in 1974 and discovered competitive tennis in Bordeaux, France in 1978 under the wing of his brother, Lionel. He trained with the French Tennis Federation training program during one year at the Ligue de Guyenne in Bordeaux. He was ranked number 8 junior player in the world in 1982 and turned pro in 1983. He retired from Professional tennis in 2002 and opened the Ronald Agenor Tennis Academy in Los Angeles, CA. That same year he married former international print and runway Model, Tonya, and has two daughters Sascha and Chloe and became a US Citizen in 2006.
Ronald is also a guitarist/singer/songwriter and released his debut single "J'ai Le Bordeaux Blues" on April 17, 2013. His debut album "Strings Of My Life" is set for release in November 2013.
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