Daniel Köllerer

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Daniel Köllerer
Köllerer 2009 US Open 01.jpg
Country  Austria
Residence Wels, Austria
Born (1983-08-17) August 17, 1983 (age 31)
Wels, Austria
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Turned pro 2002
Retired 2011 (banned)
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money $430,086
Singles
Career record 19-36
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 55 (October 19, 2009)
Current ranking No. 385 (May 23, 2011)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 1R (2010)
French Open 1R (2009, 2010)
Wimbledon 1R (2009)
US Open 3R (2009)
Doubles
Career record 3–7
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 87 (March 9, 2009)
Current ranking No. 374 (September 13, 2010)
Grand Slam Doubles results
US Open 1R (2009)
Last updated on: December 30, 2012.

Daniel Köllerer (born August 17, 1983 in Wels, Upper Austria) is a former professional tennis player from Austria who turned professional in 2002 and was given a lifetime ban in 2011.

Juniors career[edit]

Köllerer reached a Juniors career high of #23 in singles and #24 in doubles in January, 2001. In 2001, he beat future pros John Isner and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, split with Mathieu Montcourt, and lost to Brian Dabul, Dudi Sela, Bruno Echagaray (3 times), Philipp Petzschner, Marcos Baghdatis, Adrian Cruciat, and Rajeev Ram. In 2000, he beat future pros Maximillian Abel and Montcourt, split with Echagaray, and lost to Simone Vagnozzi and Florian Mayer.

Professional career[edit]

Early career through 2002[edit]

Köllerer earned his first ranking points as a 16-year-old wild card entry in his first pro tournament, a Futures tournament in Austria in May, 2000, losing to #520 Kristian Pless in the quarterfinals. He slipped from the rankings a year later, but began to rise slowly after turning pro in 2002. A Futures championship in Jamaica in November, 2002 helped him end the year ranked #640 as a 19-year-old.

Into the top-200 in 2003[edit]

Köllerer's career progressed well in 2003. He gathered a few ranking points in February on the Spanish Futures circuit, losing twice to 17-year-old Nicolás Almagro. In March, he dominated the Satellite in Italy, winning 3 of the 4 weeks while beating Oliver Marach twice, Ilija Bozoljac, and splitting with Florian Mayer, to get his ranking to #384. On the Italian Futures circuit in May, he earned some more points, beating #500 Diego Hartfield twice, #294 Santiago Ventura, and #438 Édouard Roger-Vasselin to inch his ranking to #348.

ATP matches[edit]

His first match win on an ATP Circuit event was over Stefan Koubek in Kitzbühel, before going down to Juan Ignacio Chela in three sets, taking the first. At the time, Chela was ranked 18, Koubek 66 and Köllerer number 169. Köllerer reached the third round of qualifying at the 2007 Australian Open, but lost a tight match to Brian Wilson.

In 2009 Köllerer made the quarter-finals of the Acapulco event defeating David Nalbandian in the first round. He won the Rome Challenger defeating Andreas Vinciguerra in the final, on the Thursday of that week Köllerer's mother died of cancer and "he dedicated the title win to her memory and that she would be certainly proud of me"[1]

Despite a spirited and entertaining performance, Köllerer was defeated in four sets in the third round of the US Open by the #6 seed and eventual champion, Juan Martín del Potro.

Controversies and life ban[edit]

Köllerer was accused of racism by Brazilian tennis player Júlio Silva, who filed charges against him after a match on the ATP Challenger Tour at Reggio Emilia, in Italy, on June 2010.[2] Silva accused Köllerer of calling him "monkey" and telling him to "go back to the jungle", imitating monkey movements.

Köllerer has also had problems with other players. Stefan Koubek was disqualified from an Austrian league match after grabbing Daniel Köllerer by the throat during a changeover. Koubek said Köllerer insulted him during the match. "I'm man enough not to let myself be insulted, especially not by him," Koubek was reported as saying by the Austrian Times.[3]

In 2006, the ATP fined and suspended Köllerer for six months for bad behavior. In 2011, Köllerer was banned for life for match fixing and was fined $100,000 USD by the Tennis Integrity Unit. This ban was upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport in March 2012. However, the court overturned the fined amount as he had not benefited financially from any of the charges for which he had been found liable.[4][5]

Equipment[edit]

Köllerer played with a Head racket.

Finals (18)[edit]

Singles titles (9)[edit]

Legend (Singles)
Grand Slam (0)
Tennis Masters Cup (0)
ATP Masters Series (0)
ATP Tour (0)
Challengers (5)
Futures (4)
No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score
1. October 28, 2002 Jamaica Montego Bay, Jamaica F18 Hard Serbia Darko Madjarovski 6–1, 6–3
2. July 7, 2003 Austria Telfs, Austria F1 Clay Austria Philipp Mullner 6–1, 6–3
3. August 4, 2003 Uzbekistan Samarkand Clay Russia Andrei Stoliarov 6–2, 6–3
4. August 29, 2004 Ukraine Kiev Clay Czech Republic Lukáš Dlouhý 6–0, 3–6, 7–5
5. June 26, 2006 Iran Iran F1 Clay Slovakia Victor Bruthans 6–2, 6–4
6. February 26, 2007 Italy Italy F3 Clay Italy Manuel Jorquera 6–1, 6–1
7. June 2, 2008 Germany Fürth Clay Colombia Santiago Giraldo 6–1, 6–3
8. October 27, 2008 Colombia Cali Clay Chile Paul Capdeville 6–4, 6–3
9. April 20, 2009 Italy Rome-2 Clay Sweden Andreas Vinciguerra 6–3, 6–3

Singles finals (9)[edit]

Legend (Singles)
Grand Slam (0)
Tennis Masters Cup (0)
ATP Masters Series (0)
ATP Tour (0)
Challengers (6)
Futures (3)
No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score
1. May 5, 2003 Italy Valdengo, Italy F6 Clay Brazil Alexandre Simoni 6–1, 6–1
2. July 14, 2003 Austria Kramsach, Austria F2 Clay Austria Marko Neunteibl 3–6, 6–4, 6–4
3. April 12, 2004 Italy Olbia Clay Italy Stefano Pescosolido 6–1, 6–2
4. August 9, 2004 Italy Cordenons Clay Spain Daniel Gimeno-Traver 4–6, 6–4, 6–3
5. October 17, 2005 Colombia Bogotá Clay Brazil Marcos Daniel 6–2, 6–3
6. July 3, 2006 Iran Iran F2 Clay Germany Alex Satschko 5–2, RET
7. October 16, 2006 Colombia Bogotá Clay Argentina Diego Hartfield 6–3, 7–5
8. July 16, 2007 Italy Rimini Clay Austria Oliver Marach 6–4, 0–2, RET
9. August 25, 2008 Italy Como Clay Argentina Diego Junqueira 2–0, RET

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