Thiago Alves Bio

  • Full name is Thiago Hernandez Alves
  • Grew up playing on clay at age five with his father, Joao Luis Alves, who took his son to local Pallestra Sport Club
  • Father owns a marble/granite company
  • Mother, Marcia Regina Rodrigues Hernandez, is a housewife
  • Has one older sister Larissa, who is a lawyer
  • Uncle, Geraldo, was a pro soccer player in Division I in Brazil
  • A big supporter of Sao Paulo soccer club and used to play for city's junior team (Sao Jose do Rio Preto) until age 10
  • Was a big fan of Romario (retired famous Brazilian soccer player)
  • Childhood idol was Andre Agassi and countryman Gustavo Kuerten
  • As a junior, practiced/warmed up with Kuerten in Paris when he won Roland Garros in 2000
  • As a junior, won four titles in 1999, including three in a row (in Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia) in January-February
  • Considers best shot his forehand and favorite surface hard courts
  • Coached by Edvaldo Oliveira and physical trainer is Georges Bezas.
Biographical information from ATP. Unless noted otherwise all data as of year-end 2013.

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