Meeting Fabrice Santoro, The Magician, at the Winston-Salem Open

When stringing a professional tournament, it is often exciting to see well-known tennis players or players I like. But I rarely take pictures in the stringing room. After all, the players are there working and so am I. It’s not a “photo op.”

But at the Winston-Salem Open the other day, a familiar face showed up to turn in a racket for stringing: Fabrice Santoro. A.k.a., The Magician.


Left to Right: Dustin Tankersley, Fabrice Santoro, David Yamane

He has been traveling the tour coaching the Ukrainian player Sergiy Stakhovsky. I could not resist asking him for a picture, and he very generously agreed.

For those who have never seen Santoro play, check out this or many other YouTube videos of him:

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