Ronald's ATP World Tour Uncovered Interview
Ronald Agenor is a former world ranked number #22 and 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. Ronald 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 a few months at the Ligue de Guyenne in Bordeaux. He was ranked number 8 junior player in the world in 1982 and turned pro in 1983 and retired from Professional tennis in 2002 and opened the Ronald Agenor Tennis Academy. He plays from time to time on the ATP Senior Tour Events and coaches juniors, adults and aspiring professional tennis players. He also conducts tennis clinics and tennis exhibitions around the world.
Ronald started to play the guitar at the age of 15 and was influenced by his older brothers, who played in a band while attending college in Bordeaux, France. Ronald's music and guitar was also influenced by world's greatest guitarists such as Carlos Santana, Jimi Hendrix, Ritchie Blackmore, Randy Rhoads, Eddie Van Halen, Ingwie Malmsteen, and Joe Satriani. His father Frederic was at some point very concerned about Ronald spending more time working on his guitar skills rather than working on his tennis game as Ronald would sometimes play up to 6 hours a day. What can be done between tennis matches to drop the pressure and the stress of the tournaments? For Ronald, it was never a question. All the hotel rooms where he spent most of his time since he started his tennis career were the witness of the progressive improvement of his guitar skills and compositions. That was Ronald's Rock years that led to his 2 albums "Kids On The Road" and "Waves Of Love".
After being away from music due to his tennis activities Ronald performed live at the Masters Tennis Event of Marbella, Spain in 2011 where he was also competing and in 2012 he wrote a song for his daughters called "My Girls". His first single “Jai Le Bordeaux Blues” was released in April 2013 and demonstrates a cornucopia of influences, all interwoven into a fresh new vibe and displays Ronald's soulful singing and intense guitar playing. Ronald is working on his album and has incorporated elements of rock, soul, R&B, blues, funk and latin/caribbean music. The music is written, composed and produced by Ronald.
Ronald Agenor Live In Atlanta 2013