Amélie Simone Mauresmo French pronunciation: ; born 5 July 1979) is a retired French professional tennis player. She is a former World No. 1. Mauresmo won two Grand Slam singles titles in 2006, at the Australian Open and at Wimbledon.
Mauresmo first attained the top ranking on 13 September 2004, holding it for five weeks on that occasion. She was the fourteenth World No. 1 in women's tennis since the computer rankings began. She is well known for her powerful one-handed backhand and strong net play . As of August 31, 2009, Mauresmo is ranked World No. 17.
Mauresmo was born in Saint-Germain-en-Laye. She began playing tennis at the age of four, after being inspired by Yannick Noah's win in the 1983 French Open on television. It was after his win that her parents bought her her first tennis racket. Later on in 1998 Yannick Noah picked her on the French team for the Fed Cup. Amelies mother is called Francoise who is a homemaker and her father Francis who died in March 2004 was an engineer. She also has a brother Fabien who is also an engineer just like his father.