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Richard Krajicek

Richard Krajicek
Country (sports)  Netherlands
Residence Muiderberg, Netherlands
Born (1971-12-06) 6 December 1971
Rotterdam, Netherlands
Height 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
Turned pro 1989
Retired 2003
Plays Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money $10,077,425
Singles
Career record 411–219 (ATP, Grand Prix and Grand Slams, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles 17
Highest ranking No. 4 (29 March 1999)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open SF (1992)
French Open SF (1993)
Wimbledon W (1996)
US Open QF (1997, 1999, 2000)
Other tournaments
Tour Finals SF (1996)
Doubles
Career record 77–60 (ATP, Grand Prix and Grand Slams, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles 3
Highest ranking No. 45 (26 July 1993)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open SF (1992)
French Open 3R (1991)
Wimbledon 2R (1991)
US Open 1R (1995)

Richard Peter Stanislav Krajicek (born 6 December 1971) is a Dutch former professional tennis player. In 1996 he won the men's singles title at Wimbledon, the only Dutch player to have done so. In the quarterfinals of that tournament, he defeated Pete Sampras. This was Sampras' only singles defeat at Wimbledon between 1993 and 2000. Since 2004, Krajicek has been the tournament director of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam. He is also the author of various sports books. Krajicek reached a career-high singles ranking of world no. 4 in March 1999.

Contents

  • Personal life 1
  • Career 2
  • Major finals 3
    • Grand Slam finals 3.1
      • Singles: 1 (1–0) 3.1.1
    • Masters Series finals 3.2
      • Singles: 6 (2–4) 3.2.1
  • Career finals 4
    • Singles: 26 (17–9) 4.1
  • Performance timelines 5
  • Bibliography 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

Personal life

Richard Krajicek is the son of Czech immigrants. In 1999, Krajicek married model, writer and hostess of Holland's Next Top Model and Benelux' Next Top Model, Daphne Deckers. Nicknamed "de Kraai" (Dutch for "the crow") in his home country, Krajicek has, among his siblings, half-sister Michaëlla Krajicek who also is a professional tennis player. He is a member of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD).[1]

Career

Richard Krajicek began playing tennis at the age of four. As a youngster he won both the Dutch under-12 and the under-14 National Championships twice. He turned professional in 1989, and in 1991 won his first top-level singles title in Hong Kong and his first tour doubles title in Hilversum.

In 1992, the 1.96 m (6' 5") Dutchman reached his first Grand Slam semifinals at the Australian Open. He had to withdraw from this semifinal match due to a shoulder injury. The following year, he reached the semifinals at the French Open, where he lost in four sets to the defending champion Jim Courier. Also in 1992, Krajicek made a controversial comment regarding equal pay for women in Grand Slam events, saying, "Eighty percent of the top 100 women are fat pigs who don't deserve equal pay." Later, he jokingly clarified his comments, remarking, "What I meant to say was that only 75 percent are fat pigs."[2]

At the 1996 Italian Open, Krajicek reached the final, before losing in four sets to the reigning champion, Thomas Muster. At the 1996 French Open, Krajicek was the only player to take a set off the eventual champion, Yevgeny Kafelnikov, during their quarter-final match.

Coming into 1996 Wimbledon, Krajicek had never previously progressed beyond the fourth round at the tournament and had lost in the first round in the two previous years. He was seen as a player with potential, having one of the fastest serves at the time, but was not considered to be a strong contender for the title. The clear favourite was Pete Sampras, who had won the title for the past three consecutive years. Despite being ranked within the world's top 16, Krajicek just missed out on the seedings for the tournament, but when seventh seed (and world number 2) Thomas Muster pulled out shortly before the tournament due to an injury, Krajicek was declared the 17th seed and moved to Muster's place in the draw. Opinions differ, therefore, on whether or not he won the tournament as an unseeded player.

He beat former champion Michael Stich in the fourth round and met Sampras in the quarter-finals. By that time, he had managed to turn his notably weak slice backhand into an aggressive top-spin shot. Krajicek shocked the tennis world by defeating Sampras in straight sets, becoming the only player to beat Sampras in a Wimbledon singles match in the eight-year period from 1993 until Sampras' fourth-round loss to Roger Federer in the 2001 tournament. Next, he beat Australia's Jason Stoltenberg in the semi-finals, and went on to face American MaliVai Washington in the final. He won the final in straight sets to become the first Dutchman to win Wimbledon.

In 1997, Krajicek's defence of his Wimbledon title ended in the fourth round, when Tim Henman defeated him in four sets.

In 1998, Krajicek was in the Wimbledon semi-finals again, where he lost to Goran Ivanišević in a marathon match, 13-15 in the fifth set, with both players serving a combined 38 aces.[4][5] His final attempt at winning a second Wimbledon title was in 2002, when he lost in the quarter-finals to Xavier Malisse.

At the 1999 U.S. Open, Krajicek lost a quarter-final matchup to Yevgeny Kafelnikov. Despite the loss, Krajicek set several most aces records that day. In the 2000 U.S. Open, Krajicek met Sampras in the quarter-finals, winning the first set and being up 6-2 during the second-set tiebreaker, but then losing six straight points to lose the match. [6] In 2000, Krajicek was awarded the ATP Arthur Ashe Humanitarian award for his efforts to help youth in his home country.[3] He was named ATP Comeback Player of the Year in 2002.[4]

Krajicek retired from the professional tour in 2003. During his career, he won 17 singles titles and 3 doubles titles. His career-high singles ranking was world no. 4 in 1999. Krajicek's Wimbledon victory over Sampras proved to be no fluke, since he ended his career with a 6–4 record against the American player.[5]

Since retiring from the ATP circuit, Krajicek runs The Richard Krajicek Foundation, which builds sports facilities for children in inner-city areas in the Netherlands.[6] In 2004, Krajicek became the tournament director of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam.

In 2005, he published a book on tennis called Fast Balls (Dutch: 'Harde Ballen').

Major finals

Grand Slam finals

Singles: 1 (1–0)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1996 Wimbledon Grass MaliVai Washington 6–3, 6–4, 6–3

Masters Series finals

Singles: 6 (2–4)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1996 Rome Clay Thomas Muster 2–6, 4–6, 6–3, 3–6
Runner-up 1997 Stuttgart Carpet Petr Korda 6–7(6–8), 2–6, 4–6
Runner-up 1998 Canada (Toronto) Hard Patrick Rafter 6–7(3–7), 4–6
Winner 1998 Stuttgart Carpet Yevgeny Kafelnikov 6–4, 6–3, 6–3
Winner 1999 Key Biscayne Hard Sébastien Grosjean 4–6, 6–1, 6–2, 7–5
Runner-up 1999 Stuttgart Carpet Thomas Enqvist 1–6, 4–6, 7–5, 5–7

Career finals

Singles: 26 (17–9)

Wins (17)
Legend
Grand Slam (1–0)
Tennis Masters Cup (0–0)
ATP Masters Series (2–4)
ATP Championship Series (5–3)
ATP Tour (9–2)
Titles by surface
Hard (7–5)
Clay (1–1)
Grass (3–1)
Carpet (6–2)
Outcome No. Date Championship Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 8 April 1991 Hong Kong, UK Hard Wally Masur 6–2, 3–6, 6–3
Runner-up 1. 13 April 1992 Tokyo, Japan Hard Jim Courier 4–6, 4–6, 6–7(3–7)
Winner 2. 10 August 1992 Los Angeles, USA Hard Mark Woodforde 6–4, 2–6, 6–4
Winner 3. 16 November 1992 Antwerp, Belgium Carpet (i) Mark Woodforde 6–2, 6–2
Runner-up 2. 22 February 1993 Stuttgart, Germany Carpet (i) Michael Stich 6–4, 5–7, 6–7(4–7), 6–3, 5–7
Winner 4. 9 August 1993 Los Angeles, USA Hard Michael Chang 0–6, 7–6(7–3), 7–6(7–5)
Winner 5. 11 April 1994 Barcelona, Spain Clay Carlos Costa 6–4, 7–6(8–6), 6–2
Winner 6. 13 June 1994 Rosmalen, Netherlands Grass Karsten Braasch 6–3, 6–4
Winner 7. 10 October 1994 Sydney, Australia Hard (i) Boris Becker 7–6(7–5), 7–6(9–7), 2–6, 6–3
Winner 8. 27 February 1995 Stuttgart, Germany Carpet (i) Michael Stich 7–6(7–4), 6–3, 6–7(6–8), 1–6, 6–3
Winner 9. 6 March 1995 Rotterdam, Netherlands Carpet (i) Paul Haarhuis 7–6(7–5), 6–4
Runner-up 3. 21 August 1995 New Haven, USA Hard Andre Agassi 6–3, 6–7(2–7), 3–6
Runner-up 4. 20 May 1996 Rome, Italy Clay Thomas Muster 2–6, 4–6, 6–3, 3–6
Winner 10. 8 July 1996 Wimbledon, London, UK Grass MaliVai Washington 6–3, 6–4, 6–3
Runner-up 5. 5 August 1996 Los Angeles, USA Hard Michael Chang 4–6, 3–6
Winner 11. 10 March 1997 Rotterdam, Netherlands Carpet (i) Daniel Vacek 7–6(7–4), 7–6(7–5)
Winner 12. 21 April 1997 Tokyo, Japan Hard Lionel Roux 6–2, 3–6, 6–1
Winner 13. 23 June 1997 Rosmalen, Netherlands Grass Guillaume Raoux 6–4, 7–6(9–7)
Runner-up 6. 27 October 1997 Stuttgart, Germany Carpet (i) Petr Korda 6–7(6–8), 2–6, 4–6
Winner 14. 16 February 1998 St. Petersburg, Russia Carpet (i) Marc Rosset 6–4, 7–6(7–5)
Runner-up 7. 10 August 1998 Toronto, Canada Hard Patrick Rafter 6–7(3–7), 4–6
Winner 15. 2 November 1998 Stuttgart, Germany Hard (i) Yevgeny Kafelnikov 6–4, 6–3, 6–3
Winner 16. 1 March 1999 London, UK Carpet (i) Greg Rusedski 7–6(8–6), 6–7(5–7), 7–5
Winner 17. 29 March 1999 Miami, USA Hard Sébastien Grosjean 4–6, 6–1, 6–2, 7–5
Runner-up 8. 1 November 1999 Stuttgart, Germany Hard (i) Thomas Enqvist 1–6, 4–6, 7–5, 5–7
Runner-up 9. 19 June 2000 Halle, Germany Grass David Prinosil 3–6, 2–6

Performance timelines

Singles
Tournament 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 Career SR Career Win-Loss
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A A 4R SF 2R A 2R 3R A A 3R 2R A A 2R 0 / 8 16–7
French Open A A 2R 3R SF 3R 2R QF 3R 3R 2R 3R A A A 0 / 10 22–10
Wimbledon A A 3R 3R 4R 1R 1R W 4R SF 3R 2R A QF A 1 / 11 29–10
U.S. Open A A 1R 4R 4R 2R 3R 1R QF 3R QF QF A 1R A 0 / 11 22–11
Grand Slam SR 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 4 1 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 0 0 / 2 0 / 1 1 / 40 N/A
Annual Win-Loss 0–0 0–0 6–4 12–3 12–4 3–3 4–4 13–3 8–3 9–3 9–3 8–4 0–0 4–2 1–1 N/A 89–38
ATP Masters Series
Indian Wells A A A 3R A A A A A A QF A A A 1R 0 / 3 4–3
Miami A A 1R QF QF A 2R 4R 4R A W A A A 1R 1 / 8 16–7
Monte Carlo A A A 1R 3R 2R QF 3R QF SF A 3R A A A 0 / 8 15–8
Rome A A 1R 1R 1R 3R A F 2R QF 2R 1R A A A 0 / 9 12–9
Hamburg A A A QF QF QF 3R 3R 2R 3R 2R A A A A 0 / 8 13–8
Montreal/Toronto A A A A A A 2R A QF F 2R 3R A 1R A 0 / 6 9–6
Cincinnati A A A 3R 2R 1R 1R 3R 2R 3R QF 1R A 3R A 0 / 10 9–10
Madrid (Stuttgart) A A A A A 2R QF 3R F W F 2R A A A 1 / 7 17–6
Paris A A 1R 3R 2R 3R QF 2R QF 2R 2R A A A A 0 / 9 6–9
Masters Series SR 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 3 0 / 7 0 / 6 0 / 6 0 / 7 0 / 7 0 / 8 1 / 7 1 / 8 0 / 5 0 / 0 0 / 2 0 / 2 2 / 68 N/A
Annual Win-Loss 0–0 0–0 0–3 11–7 7–6 7–6 10–7 13–7 14–8 17–6 15–7 5–5 0–0 2–2 0–2 N/A 101–66
Year End Ranking 392 129 45 10 15 17 11 7 11 10 10 36 112 147 N/A

Bibliography

List of books written by Richard Krajicek:[7]

  • Een half jaar netpost (2003) with Tino Bakker
  • Naar de top (2005) with Anja de Crom
  • Harde ballen (2005)
  • Honger naar de bal (2006)
  • Alle ballen verzamelen (2007)

References

  1. ^ (Dutch) Krajicek schrijft mee aan VVD-verkiezingsprogramma, Elsevier, 17 November 2012
  2. ^ Mcginty, Stephen (10 January 2006). "Crowd's racket over Murray's 'sexist' quip". The Scotsman (Edinburgh). 
  3. ^ "Award seals Kuerten's dream year". BBC News. 11 March 2001. Retrieved 22 May 2010. 
  4. ^ Richard Krajicek. "Tennis – CBSSports.com Scoreboard, Schedules, Players". Sportsline.com. Retrieved 2012-06-02. 
  5. ^ "Players – Head to Head". www.atpworldtour.com.  
  6. ^ "Q&A: Richard Krajicek". BBC News. 1 November 2004. Retrieved 22 May 2010. 
  7. ^ "Richard Krajicek". www.bol.com. Retrieved 29 June 2009. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Danny Nelissen
Dutch Sportsman of the Year
1996
Succeeded by
Marcel Wouda
Preceded by
Mac Winker
ATP Arthur Ashe Humanitarian of the Year
2000
Succeeded by
Andre Agassi
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