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)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in final Score in final
Winner 1. 27 September 1999 Toulouse, France Hard (i) Daniel Vacek 7–5, 6–1
Runner-up 1. 19 June 2000 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands Grass Patrick Rafter 1–6, 3–6
Winner 2. 19 February 2001 Rotterdam, Netherlands Hard (i) Roger Federer 7–5, 3–6, 7–6 (7–5)
Runner-up 2. 11 February 2002 Marseille, France Hard (i) Thomas Enqvist 7–6 (7–4) , 3–6, 1–6
Winner 3. 18 February 2002 Rotterdam, Netherlands Hard (i) Tim Henman 3–6, 7–6 (9–7) , 6–4
Winner 4. 5 January 2004 Doha, Qatar Hard Ivan Ljubičić 6–3, 7–6 (7–4)

Singles performance timeline

Tournament 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 SR W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A A A A A SF A 4R 2R 3R 3R 3R 0 / 6 15–6
French Open 1R A A A 3R 2R 2R 1R 1R 1R 1R 4R 0 / 9 7–9
Wimbledon A A A A A 2R A 2R QF 3R 2R A 0 / 5 9–5
US Open A A A A 2R 1R QF A 2R A A A 0 / 4 6–4
Win–Loss 0–1 0–0 0–0 0–0 3–2 7–4 5–2 4–3 6–4 4–3 3–3 5–2 0 / 24 37–24
ATP Masters Series
Indian Wells A A A A A A 1R 3R QF 2R A 4R 0 / 5 9–5
Miami A A A A A 2R 2R 3R 2R 3R 4R 1R 0 / 7 7–7
Monte Carlo A A A A A A A 2R 1R 1R 1R 2R 0 / 5 2–5
Hamburg A A A A A 2R A 1R 3R 1R A A 0 / 4 3–4
Rome A A A A A 2R A 1R 1R A A A 0 / 3 1–3
Canada A A A A A 1R A 3R 3R A A 1R 0 / 4 4–4
Cincinnati A A A A A 1R A A 2R A A A 0 / 2 1–2
Madrid A A A A A A A 2R 1R A A A 0 / 2 1–2
Paris A A A A 3R 2R 1R 1R 1R QF A A 0 / 6 6–6
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 2–1 4–6 1–3 7–8 8–9 5–5 3–2 4–4 0 / 38 34–38
Career statistics
Titles 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 1 4
Finals 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 2 0 1 6
Year End Ranking 670 646 189 413 93 37 37 48 27 34 114 64

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. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in final Score in final
1. 11 February 2002 Marseille, France Hard (i) Arnaud Clément Julien Boutter
Max Mirnyi
6–4, 6–3
2. 28 October 2002 Paris, France Hard (i) Fabrice Santoro Gustavo Kuerten
Cédric Pioline
6–3, 7–6 6