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Cedric Pioline is a retired French professional tennis player who played on the professional tour from 1989 to 2002. He reached the men's singles final at the 1993 US Open and at Wimbledon in 1997. On both occasions, he was beaten by Pete Sampras in straight sets. Pioline's career-high singles ranking was World No. 5, achieved in 2000.
Pioline won five singles titles in his career, the biggest at the ATP Masters Series event in Monte Carlo in 2000 – his last ever final on the professional tour. In addition to his finals appearances at the US Open and Wimbledon, he reached 10 other singles finals, including at Monte Carlo in 1993 and 1998. Pioline also competed for France in Davis Cup, winning the cup in 1996 and 2001. After retiring from tennis, he became a tennis administrator. As of October 2008, he is the tournament director of the ATP Masters Series event in Paris and plays on the senior ATP tour. Cedric grew up in a family of athletes. His native Romanian mother, Adriana, born in Campina, was a volleyball player; she was part of the Romanian national team at 1956 Volleyball World Championships Finals, but her team lost in the finals against the Soviet Union, and took home the silver medal.
His father, Maurice, also a professional volleyball player, who met his mother while at a volleyball match in Paris; they started dating, and later they married. The couple had two sons: Denis, who was their first child; and, three years later, Cedric. Cedric is married to Mireille Bercot; the couple have a son, Andrea (born 14 March 1993).