Nicolas Jean-Christophe Escudé (born 3 April 1976) is a former professional tennis player from France, who turned professional in 1995. He won four singles titles and two doubles titles during his career.

Escudé is best remembered for the vital role he played in the 2001 Davis Cup final against Australia on the grass-courts of Melbourne. Escudé beat the recently crowned World No. 1, Lleyton Hewitt in the first rubber with a superb win in 5 sets, repeating what he did to Hewitt earlier that year in the fourth round of Wimbledon. Two days later, Escudé won the decisive fifth rubber for France against Wayne Arthurs in four sets.

The right-hander reached his highest individual ranking on the ATP Tour on 26 June 2000, when he became World No. 17. He's a natural left-hander who was trained since a child to play right-handed but does everything else lefty. His brother Julien Escudé is a professional football player.

Escudé teamed up with Roger Federer in the men's doubles at the French Open in 2000. However they were knocked out by Sébastien Lareau and Daniel Nestor.

In 2006, he announced his immediate retirement from the sport due to a persistent shoulder injury that had been keeping him out of the professional tennis circuit for the past 22 months.

Escudé was the captain of the France Fed Cup team from 2009 to 2012 and is now the co-coach of Nicolas Mahut since the 2013 season with Thierry Ascione and since 2014 of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

Singles titles

Wins (4)

Legend (Singles)
Grand Slam (0)
Tennis Masters Cup (0)
ATP Masters Series (0)
ATP International Series Gold (2)
ATP Tour (2)
OutcomeNo.DateTournamentSurfaceOpponent in finalScore in final
Winner1.27 September 1999Toulouse, FranceHard (i)Czech Republic Daniel Vacek7–5, 6–1
Runner-up1.19 June 2000's-Hertogenbosch, NetherlandsGrassAustralia Patrick Rafter1–6, 3–6
Winner2.19 February 2001Rotterdam, NetherlandsHard (i)Switzerland Roger Federer7–5, 3–6, 7–6(7–5)
Runner-up2.11 February 2002Marseille, FranceHard (i)Sweden Thomas Enqvist7–6(7–4), 3–6, 1–6
Winner3.18 February 2002Rotterdam, NetherlandsHard (i)United Kingdom Tim Henman3–6, 7–6(9–7), 6–4
Winner4.5 January 2004Doha, QatarHardCroatia Ivan Ljubičić6–3, 7–6(7–4)

Grand Slam Singles performance timeline

Tournament1992199319941995199619971998199920002001200220032004Career SR
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian OpenAAAAAASFA4R2R3R3R3R0 / 6
French OpenA1RAAA3R2R2R1R1R1R1R4R0 / 9
WimbledonAAAAAA2RA2RQF3R2RA0 / 5
U.S. OpenAAAAA2R1RQFA2RAAA0 / 4
Grand Slam SR0 / 00 / 10 / 00 / 00 / 00 / 20 / 40 / 20 / 30 / 40 / 30 / 30 / 20 / 24
Year End Ranking87567064618941393374048273411464N/A

A = did not participate in the tournament

Doubles titles

Wins (2)

Legend (Singles)
Grand Slam (0)
Tennis Masters Cup (0)
ATP Masters Series (1)
ATP Tour (1)
No.DateTournamentSurfacePartnerOpponents in finalScore in final
1.11 February 2002Marseille, FranceHard (i)France Arnaud ClémentFrance Julien Boutter
Belarus Max Mirnyi
6–4, 6–3
2.28 October 2002Paris, FranceHard (i)France Fabrice SantoroBrazil Gustavo Kuerten
France Cédric Pioline
6–3, 7–66