Joao Sousa (full name Joao Pedro Coelho Marinho de Sousa) is a Portuguese pro-level tennis player who is also known by his nickname Conquistador (the Portuguese word for conqueror) as he was born in the same place as Alfonso I of Portugal, a historically important figure in Portuguese history.
Born on Guimaraes, Portugal in 30th March 1989, Sousa is currently 26 years of age. Of 6.1 feet in height, Sousa turned pro in 2005 and is a right handed player, employing 2 handed backhand shots. He plays in the ATP World Tour, and has been in the ATP singles top 100 rankings since July 2013, and is regarded by many as the greatest Portuguese tennis player of all time. He is currently ranked 33 in the ATP World rankings, as of 11th January 2016 and his coach since 2011 is Frederico Marques. Below is his bio.
Born as the eldest of 2 sons, Sousa began playing tennis at the age of 7 with his father Armando, a judge by profession. He moved to Barcelona, Spain when he was 15 to fulfill his dream of becoming a professional tennis player after winning national youth titles in Portugal. Despite having a mediocre junior career, he won his first Futures tournament in 2009, by which time he had already started playing in ATP matches. He began playing in 2008 in the ATP Challenger Tour and won that level's first tournament in June 2011. He debuted in the senior level World Tour in 2008, and was well known by the time he played and won the title in the 2013 Malaysian Open, becoming the first Portuguese player to win a title of that level.
Holding several records in Portuguese men's tennis, he became the first Portuguese tennis player to break into the top 50 rankings, after winning at the Malaysian Open got him to rank 49. He reached his career high as well as Portuguese best ranking of 33 upon winning his 2nd ATP World Tour title at the Valencia Open. He was the first Portuguese to play exclusively in a single season at the ATP World Tour; the first to be seeded in a Grand Slam tournament, and the second to reach the quarterfinals in a Grand Slam event – the US Open in 2014; and the fourth to reach the singles top 100, the second to reach the top 100 in both singles and doubles rankings. Thus far, he is the only Portuguese player with the most wins at Grand Slam single events, and also the only player from his country with the largest-ever career prize money.
A great fan of Juan Carlos Ferrero, Pete Sampras and Roger Federer, Sousa's favorite surface is clay and forehand is the best shot according to him. He currently lives in Barcelona and trains at the BTT Academy in the city.
A lesser known fact about Sousa is that he speaks Portuguese, Spanish, Catalan, English, French and Italian. His hobbies are watching and playing football, reading books, going to cinema and hanging out with friends. He has stated that had he not been a tennis player, he would have been a footballer or a doctor. His net worth is estimated at around $2 million, and has been dating Julia Villanueva since 2008.
He can be followed for updates on various social media sites like twitter and facebook.