Albert Costa Casals was born in Lleida, June 25, 1975, and he is a Spanish tennis coach and former tennis player. He was the 2002 Roland Garros champion, bronze medalist in men's doubles at the Sydney Olympics in 2000, and was part of the Spanish Davis Cup team that won the 2000 tournament. one in doubles, the only one on hard courts, his best ATP singles ranking was 6th in July 2002.
He was at his best on clay courts, the surface on which he won all of his singles titles. In his palmarès the victory at the ATP Super 9 in Hamburg, obtained in 1998, also stands out. he He is not related to the tennis player Carlos Costa, his compatriot active during the eighties and nineties.
A right-handed player, he was gifted with an elegant one-handed backhand and a particularly aggressive forehand. He went to the net with ease and often closed the point with excellent volleys. In contrast to his shy nature, his game was fascinating and entertaining.
He was particularly unpredictable on clay courts, and was considered among the best specialists on this surface. His performance dropped dramatically on grass courts, as evidenced by the fact that he never got past the second round at Wimbledon.