Tony Azevedo born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is a Brazilian-born American water polo player and a graduate of Stanford University. Although born and currently residing mainly in Brazil, Tony moved to California at a child. Tony was born into a water polo dynasty. His father, Ricardo Azevedo, played on the Brazilian national water polo team and coached his son throughout his age group and high school career. Azevedo senior was Head Water Polo Coach both of US National Team and Long Beach State University. Tony's sister, Cassie, is a two-time All-American water polo player at Long Beach State. Cassie also plays professionally in Italy.
In 2004 after graduating from Stanford University with a degree in International Relations, Tony signed a professional water polo contract with Bissolati Cremona (Italy) placing him among the top 10 paid players in the sport. Playing with Team Bissolati for his third season in 2006, he scored 63 goals with a 2.62 average per game. Tony rejoined the rest of the US men’s national team at the 2007 Melbourne World Championships. Tony scored five goals of an 8-4 win by the US National Team over host country China in the opening games of the 2008 Summer Olympics. In the championship game, the USA team won the silver medal, defeated by Hungary.
Nicknamed "The Savior" at one point, he is considered to be one of the best American water polo players of all time. Currently captain of the US National Men's Water Polo Team, Tony has played in Europe for the last eight years and became a four-time Olympian in London.
Tony will score the chance to compete for gold again, and in his home country, at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.