|Residence||Grosse Pointe, Michigan|
August 2, 1967 |
Ann Arbor, Michigan
|Height||1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Highest ranking||No. 6 (February 26, 1990)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||SF (1995)|
|French Open||4R (1985, 1994)|
|Wimbledon||4R (1989, 1995)|
|US Open||SF (1989)|
|Tour Finals||RR (1989)|
|Highest ranking||No. 196 (February 25, 1985)|
|Last updated on: December 20, 2012.|
Aaron Krickstein (born August 2, 1967), nicknamed "Marathon Man", is a former American professional tennis player, who competed on the ATP Tour from 1983 to 1996. Born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, he currently competes on the Outback Champions Series Over-30 tour.
Krickstein reached his career high ATP ranking of World No. 6, on February 26, 1990. He achieved this ranking on the back of wins in Sydney and Los Angeles, as well as his best ever results at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open.
Krickstein is Jewish, and in the mid-1990s was one of three highly ranked Jewish-American tennis players, along with Jay Berger and Brad Gilbert. His coach Nick Bollettieri remarked as to his personality when he was a teenager: "Aaron was brought up in a Jewish background and babied for 16 years. Now his father wants me to make him Italian."
Krickstein began playing tennis when he was six years old.
He became an active competitor on the high school tennis scene during his teens, and still holds the Michigan record for most consecutive match wins at this level (56). He played for University Liggett School.
He also won the American National Under 16 championship in 1982. While still only 16, he was the US National Junior Tennis Association Champion, Clay Champion, and USTA National Champion in the 18s in 1983. All in all, he won five consecutive junior championships.
Krickstein set an ATP record for being the youngest player to win a singles title on the ATP Tour (at age 16, 2 months after his 16th birthday, in Tel Aviv. Krickstein also set a record for being the youngest player to ever break the top 10 (at age 17).
In 1984 he won the U.S. Pro Tennis Championship, becoming its youngest winner, and a clay court tournament in Boston. In 1989 he won the Tokyo Indoor Tennis Tournament and a hard court tournament in Sydney, Australia. In 1991, 1992, and 1993 he won the South African Open.
He had a record of 10 career wins from 0–2 set deficits. Krickstein was nicknamed "Marathon Man" because of his ability to come from behind. Krickstein won 27 of his 35 career matches that went into a fifth set.
He had an injury-plagued career, which included stress fractures in both feet, knee and wrist problems in 1985 and 1986, and injuries suffered when he was side-swiped by a New York City taxi in 1987.
He defeated a number of top players when they were at the very top of their game. He beat Ivan Lendl (world #1) in 1990, Michael Stich (world #2 and #4) in 1994 and 1991, Stefan Edberg (world #3) in 1988 at the U S Open, Boris Becker (world #3) in 1992, Mats Wilander (world #4) in 1984, and Jimmy Arias (world #5) in 1984 and Sergi Bruguera (world #5) in 1994. He also amassed wins over Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi.
He was a member of the United States Davis Cup team from 1985–87, and also was a member of the 1990 squad. He compiled a 6–4 record in singles play during Davis Cup ties. The highlight of Krickstein's Davis Cup career came in 1990 when he scored two hard-fought victories in a World Group Quarterfinal tie against Czechoslovakia, leading his team to a 4–1 win.
Pioneer of Modern Forehand
Known and feared for his 'Howitzer' forehand, Krickstein was one of the first proponents of the double-bend forehand, a hitting structure that employs a bent elbow and laid-back wrist (typically with a semi- or full-western grip) to generate tremendous power and spin through rotational, rather than linear, energy transfer. Considered unorthodox at the time, Krickstein's devastatingly effective mechanics were often analyzed and would help usher in the era of the modern professional forehand, the hallmark of which is coiling and uncoiling the legs, hips, and torso in a kinetic chain that transfers energy into the ball rotationally, around a central vertical axis, using the arm as a stationary lever in the double-bend position, as opposed to the classic tennis forehand which advocated swinging the arm in a more linear low-to-high fashion to create contact with the ball. All of the top forehands in modern professional tennis, from Federer to Nadal to Djokovic to Tsonga to Monfils, can be seen as evolutions of the non-linear, double-bend mechanics first seen in the Krickstein forehand.
ATP Tour titles
Singles: 19 (9–10)
|Winner||1.||October 10, 1983||Tel Aviv, Israel||Hard||Christoph Zipf||7–6, 6–3|
|Runner-up||1.||May 13, 1984||Rome, Italy||Clay||Andrés Gómez||6–2, 1–6, 2–6, 2–6|
|Winner||2.||July 16, 1984||Boston, U.S.||Clay||José Luis Clerc||7–6(7–2), 3–6, 6–4|
|Runner-up||2.||July 23, 1984||Washington D.C., U.S.||Clay||Andrés Gómez||2–6, 2–6|
|Winner||3.||September 10, 1984||Tel Aviv, Israel||Hard||Shahar Perkiss||6–4, 6–1|
|Winner||4.||September 17, 1984||Geneva, Switzerland||Clay||Henrik Sundström||6–7, 6–1, 6–4|
|Runner-up||3.||November 18, 1985||Hong Kong||Hard||Andrés Gómez||3–6, 3–6, 6–3, 4–6|
|Runner-up||4.||October 6, 1986||Tel Aviv, Israel||Hard||Brad Gilbert||5–7, 2–6|
|Runner-up||5.||October 10, 1988||Tel Aviv, Israel||Hard||Brad Gilbert||6–4, 6–7, 2–6|
|Runner-up||6.||November 14, 1988||Detroit, U.S.||Carpet||John McEnroe||5–7, 2–6|
|Winner||5.||January 9, 1989||Sydney Outdoor, Australia||Hard||Andrei Cherkasov||6–4, 6–2|
|Winner||6.||September 18, 1989||Los Angeles, U.S.||Hard||Michael Chang||2–6, 6–4, 6–2|
|Winner||7.||October 17, 1989||Tokyo Indoor, Japan||Carpet||Carl-Uwe Steeb||6–2, 6–2|
|Runner-up||7.||April 9, 1990||Tokyo, Japan||Hard||Stefan Edberg||4–6, 5–7|
|Runner-up||8.||September 24, 1990||Brisbane, Australia||Hard||Brad Gilbert||3–6, 1–6|
|Runner-up||9.||September 23, 1991||Brisbane, Australia||Hard||Gianluca Pozzi||3–6, 6–7(4–7)|
|Winner||8.||March 30, 1992||Johannesburg, South Africa||Hard||Alexander Volkov||6–4, 6–4|
|Runner-up||10.||April 20, 1992||Monte Carlo, Monaco||Clay||Thomas Muster||3–6, 1–6, 3–6|
|Winner||9.||March 29, 1993||Johannesburg, South Africa (2)||Hard||Grant Stafford||6–3, 7–6(9–7)|
- These records were attained in the Open Era of tennis.
|Championship||Years||Record accomplished||Player tied|
|ATP Tour||1983–95||10 match wins after trailing 0–2 in sets||Boris Becker|
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