The tennis career of Séverine Beltrame was productive and well regarded. While she never rose above being ranked number 35 in the world, she was considered elite. While she is now retired, she is remembered to be part of the “Generation 1979”, because of the five elite women’s tennis players that were born that year.
She was born August 14, 1979 in Montpellier, France. Her career was started when she was introduced to tennis at 10 and continued till she retired in 2013 at the age of 34. She became pro in 2002.
The early career
Severine Beltrame may have learned to play tennis at 10, but she was more focused on her education. She, unlike many of her fellow players, didn’t start playing until she was 22. She had wanted to graduate college first, where she didn’t play.
She trained under Eric Bremond, who would become her husband from 2005 to 2008, in preparation before becoming pro. The right handed player made a good standing even in her first year. She was able to make it to the quarter finals of Wimbledon in 2006, which she won. The next year she got to a high ranking of 34 and made it to the second round of the US Open.
She had some setbacks in those years. Her 2005 Fed Cup dealt with the fact that one player was injured and two others were suspended. She was in the semi final, but lost. Her first semi final for the Women’s Tennis Association at the PTT Bangkok Open.
She went to a second semi final at the Bell Challenge in Canada. In 2008, she made it to the fourth round of the US Open where she was beaten by Serena Williams. She played doubles and mixed doubles, as well, in her career.
The tennis career of Severine Beltrame never had a tournament win, but she was known as a tough competitor that won $1,149,705 during her career. Her record was 302-282. In doubles, she was 91-106, with her highest ranking being 85.
After going pro
After her pro career, Beltrame became the director of the Montpellier ASPTT Tennis. She calls tennis addictive, which she believes is because she started late into her life compared to others. That is why she is giving back to tennis in her own way. She has also become the co-director of the Cap d’Agde tournament, which has a $10,000 payout to the winner.
That is what she seems to be doing now, helping the next generation in their goals in tennis. She still enjoys being part of he Last 8 Club at Wimbledon, which is for those who make it to the quarter finals. She even lends her fame to promote local soccer teams.