|Daniela Hantuchová Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 11 in|
|Date of Birth||April 23, 1983|
Daniela Hantuchová is a Slovak former professional tennis player who was adept at both the singles and doubles formats of the sport and had achieved a highest ranking of 5 in both formats in the official WTA rankings. She had ended her career with 7 WTA singles titles and 9 WTA doubles titles. Her best performances at the Grand Slam level, in those formats, were her semi-final appearance at the 2008 Australian Open (singles); and the final appearances at the 2002 Australian Open, the 2006 French Open, and the 2009 Australian Open (doubles). Her greatest glory at the Grand Slam level, however, came in the mixed doubles format where she captured 4 titles – Wimbledon (2001), Australian Open (2002), French Open (2005), and US Open (2005). Representing Slovakia, she had won the prestigious Fed Cup in 2002 and the Hopman Cup in 2005. She had announced her retirement from professional tennis in July 2017 and has been actively involved in tennis commentary and punditry since then.
The Legs from Slovakia, The Queen of 3-Setters
Poprad, Prešov, Slovakia
Monte Carlo, Monaco
Daniela, after her high school graduation, had qualified for university but had chosen to defer her higher studies to pursue a career in tennis.
Professional Tennis Player (Retired)
- Father – Igor Hantuch (Computer Scientist)
- Mother – Marianna Hantuchová (Toxicologist)
- Siblings – Igor Hantuch Jr. (Older Brother) (Architect)
- Others – Helena (Grandmother) (Former Slovak National Tennis Champion)
Right-Handed (Two-Handed Backhand)
5 ft 11 in or 180.5 cm
64 kg or 141 lbs
Boyfriend / Spouse
Daniela has dated –
- Wesley Sneijder (2009)
Race / Ethnicity
She is of Slovakian descent.
- Lanky frame
- Charming smile
- Gleaming face
- Shoulder-length, straight hair
Daniela has been sponsored by –
- Prince Global Sports
- Volkl Tennis
- Head Sport
She had been featured in a 2006 TV commercial for Sony Ericsson Cyber-shot phone.
Daniela Hantuchová Facts
- The first significant breakthrough in Daniela’s tennis career had arrived in 2002, 3 years after turning professional, when she had won the year’s Indian Wells Masters event. The icing on the cake was the fact that she had defeated an established pro like Martina Hingis in the final. She had also become the lowest-ranked player to ever win that tournament.
- In June 2013, she had become just the 37th female player in the Open Era to record 500 career wins. She had achieved the feat upon winning her 2nd round match at the Aegon Classic tournament.
- In 2005, when she won the US Open mixed doubles title, she had completed a ‘Career Grand Slam’ in the mixed doubles format. She was just the 5th fifth female tennis player in history to do so and interestingly, she had a different partner each time she won a mixed doubles Grand Slam title – Leoš Friedl at Wimbledon in 2001, Kevin Ullyett at the Australian Open in 2002, Fabrice Santoro at the French Open in 2005, and Mahesh Bhupathi at the US Open in 2005.
- A polyglot, apart from her native Slovak, she is fluent in Czech, English, and German languages. She can also speak a bit of Croatian and Italian.
- She is a trained classical pianist.
Featured Image by Daniela Hantuchová / Instagram