Ronald Agenor 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) and has scored 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. 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. In 1987, he made history by playing against Yannick Noah from France in what would be the first ATP World Tour tennis final between two players of color in men's professional tennis history. After a break from the pro circuit, Ronald made an incredible comeback in 1999 and at 35 years of age, became the oldest player to reach top 100 (ATP ranked #88) in the world since Jimmy Connors did it in 1991. In 2000, he represented and lead the Lido Luzern Tennis Club in Switzerland to its first Swiss National title in 100 years. In 2001, at 37 years of age, Ronald finished the year ATP ranked #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" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NTagPfUoXBQ). 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's coaching experience includes training aspiring professionals, professionals (ITF/ATP/WTA), juniors, juniors seeking college scholarships, and adults as well as performing exhibitions and tennis clinics around the world.
Ronald's 30 year experience at the highest level of the game and state of the art training and coaching programs have helped juniors and adults win USTA titles and professionals win ITF/USTA Pro Circuit titles as well as compete in the grand Slams, and for some obtain Division 1 College Tennis Scholarships in the United States.
On the celebrity/entertainment and business side, Ronald's past clients includes movie producer and two-time Oscar nominated Barry Mendel ("Munich", "Bridesmaids", "The Royal Tenenbaums", "The Sixth Sense", and "Unbreakable" to name a few), who obtained a USTA ranking and achieve a top 20 ranking in Southern California. In the April 2012 Issue of the US Tennis Magazine, Barry recounted his rewarding year-long tennis and fitness training experience with Ronald. Ronald also trained business mogul and Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev, and reality show star Adrienne Maloof of Housewives of Beverly Hills and co owner of Maloof Companies and former owner of the Sacramento Kings. Ronald's over all tennis training includes tennis feeding drills, live drills, stategy, technique, Pre-competition, video analysis, on court and off court fitness drills designed to improve your balance, footwork, endurance, speed, agility, coordination, and power as well as tournament coaching upon request.
Ronald is 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. In 1989, he was Honorary Consul of Haiti in Bordeaux, France. He speaks several languages fluently. Besides 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 is the son of a former Haitian Diplomat at the United Nations and Minister of Agriculture of Haiti. 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 and was ranked #8 junior player in the world in 1982. He turned pro in 1983 and 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 and became a US citizen in 2006. Ronald's other passion is music and started to play the guitar at age 15. He released his debut single "J'ai Le Bordeaux Blues" on April 17, 2013 and performed live at the ATP World Tour Event of Atlanta and in 2014 released his new album "Genius Love". His new album "Strings Of My Life" is due in 2017.
Today, Ronald, whose life seems to be based on strings, spends his time between coaching tennis, playing exhibitions, music, and family.
Turned Pro: 1983
Wins Against World's Greatest: Andre Agassi (3 times), Jimmy Connors, Yannick Noah, Brad Gilbert, Mats Wilander, Todd Martin, Michael Stich, Thomas Muster, Wayne ferreira, Jose Higueras, Guillermo Vilas, Henri Leconte, Andres Gomez, Aaron Krickstein, Tim Mayotte, Sergi Bruguera, Guy Forget, Thierry Tulasne, Emilio Sanchez, Fernando Vicente, Javier Sanchez, Andrea Gaudenzi, Andrei Medvedev, Paul Annacone, Peter Korda, Marc Rosset, Tarik Benhabilès, Carl Uwe Steeb, and many more...
Grand Slams: Quarter finals at the French Open 1989, 4th round at the French Open & Us Open 1988, 3rd round French Open 1994, 3rd round Us Open 1989
ATP Tour Events: 3 Titles, Athens 1989, Genova & Berlin 1990, 5 ATP Tour Finals, Bordeaux 1987 & 1988, Gstaad, 1987, Basel, 1987, and Bastad, 1993.
Challengers: 8 Titles
Juniors: 2 Titles, Charleroi, Belgium, Monte Calo, Monaco, Semi finalist at the Orange Bowl 18's, 1982. Ranked number 8 in the world junior rankings 1982
Olympics: Represented Haiti at : Los Angeles 1984, Seoul 1988, Atlanta 1996
French Open Record: Record holder of the longest match in the history of the French Open in the number of games (71) since the open era
- Sustained one of the longest careers in Men's Professional Tennis with 19 years
- In 1999 became at 35 years of age the oldest player since Jimmy Connors in 1991 to finish the year in the top 100
- Played against Yannick Noah in Basel, Switzerland, in what would become the 1st final between 2 Black Male tennis players in the history of Men's professional tennis
- 2000 Team National Swiss Champion with Lido Luzern
- Recorded the second fastest serve of the year in 1991 (207 kmh)
- Climbed from #451 to #47 in the world rankings in 1 year in 1985
- During his career, Ronald played for the Tennis Club Bordelais, Stade Bordelais Université Club, Société Athlétique Villa Primerose and St Médard En Jalles, and Tennis Club Lido Luzern
- USPTA P1 Certified