Biographical information from ATP. Unless noted otherwise all data as of year-end 2011.
- 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.
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