Arantxa Sánchez Vicario

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameAránzazu Isabel María "Arantxa"•Sánchez Vicario
Used nameArantxa•Sánchez Vicario
Born18 December 1971 in Barcelona, Barcelona (ESP)
Measurements169 cm / 56 kg
AffiliationsRCT Barcelona, Barcelona (ESP)
NOC Spain
Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 2
Bronze 2
Total 4


Spain’s Arantxa Sánchez Vicario was ranked the number one tennis player in the world in both singles and doubles. Sánchez Vicario won 14 Grand Slam titles, five Fed Cup titles, four Olympic medals, and almost $17 million in prize money during her career. Sánchez Vicario won 69 WTA doubles titles, with her first victory coming at the 1986 Athína Trophy with partner Isabel Cueto. She partnered a multitude of players on the WTA Tour including Mercedes Paz, Natasha Zverava, Jana Novotná, Helena Suková, Larisa Neiland, and Svetlana Kuznetsova. Sánchez Vicario also won 29 WTA singles titles from July 1988 to May 2001.

At Grand Slams Sánchez Vicario won 14 titles; four singles, six doubles, and four in the mixed doubles. She reached 12 singles finals, winning three times at the French Open (1989, 1994, 1998), and once at the US Open in 1994. Sánchez Vicario played in 11 doubles finals resulting in six titles; three at the Australian Open (1992, 1995, 1996), two at the US Open (1993, 1994), and one at Wimbledon (1995). She also reached eight mixed doubles finals with victory at the 1990 French Open with Jorge Lozano, the 1992 French Open and 1993 Australian Open with Todd Woodbridge, and the 2000 US Open with Jared Palmer.

Sánchez Vicario competed at five successive Olympic Games; 1988 Seoul, 1992 Barcelona, 1996 Atlanta, 2000 Sydney, and 2004 Athína. At the Barcelona Games she won bronze in the singles and silver in the doubles with Conchita Martínez. Four years later at the Atlanta Games she partnered again with Martínez, with the pair winning the bronze medal. In the singles Sánchez Vicario won the silver medal after losing to Lindsay Davenport in the final. Her two older brothers Emilio and Javier were also both successful professional tennis players.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1988 Summer Olympics Tennis ESP Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
Singles, Women (Olympic) =33
1992 Summer Olympics Tennis ESP Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
Singles, Women (Olympic) =3 Bronze
Doubles, Women (Olympic) Conchita Martínez 2 Silver
1996 Summer Olympics Tennis ESP Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
Singles, Women (Olympic) 2 Silver
Doubles, Women (Olympic) Conchita Martínez 3 Bronze
2000 Summer Olympics Tennis ESP Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
Singles, Women (Olympic) =5
Doubles, Women (Olympic) Conchita Martínez =9
2004 Summer Olympics Tennis ESP Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
Doubles, Women (Olympic) Anabel Medina =17

Olympic family relations