Julian Knowle

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Julian Knowle
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Country  Austria
Residence Hard, Austria
Born (1974-04-29) 29 April 1974 (age 40)
Lauterach, Austria
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Turned pro 1992
Plays Left-handed (two-handed both sides)
Prize money $2,615,912
Singles
Career record 10–33
Career titles 0
4 Challengers, 5 Futures
Highest ranking No. 86 (15 July 2002)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 2R (2003)
French Open 1R (2002)
Wimbledon 3R (2002)
US Open 1R (2002)
Doubles
Career record 346-303
Career titles 18
Highest ranking No. 6 (7 January 2008)
Current ranking No. 40 (23 June 2014)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 3R (2006, 2007)
French Open SF (2010)
Wimbledon F (2004)
US Open W (2007)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open QF (2007)
French Open F (2010)
Wimbledon QF (2010)
US Open 2R (2006, 2010)
Last updated on: 22 March 2014.

Julian Knowle (born 29 April 1974) is an Austrian male professional tennis player. Being a born left-hander, Knowle is now one of the few on the ATP Tour who plays his forehand, backhand, and even volleys double-handed. He was Austria's most successful doubles player in history by reaching world no. 6 in the ATP doubles rankings in January 2008, before being matched by Jürgen Melzer, who reached no. 6 in September 2010.

Tennis career[edit]

Knowle was a successful player on the ATP Challenger Series, winning the Challenger tournaments in Kyoto (1999), Caracas (2001), Graz (2001)n and Andrezieux (2002)n and reaching the finals in Yokohama (2000), Bristol (2000), Besançon (2000)n and Graz (2003). He also won several Futures tournaments. Knowle's best ATP singles ranking was world mo. 86 in July 2002. His final appearance in the main draw of a singles tournament was in the Graz Challenger in 2005 where he reached the quarterfinals.

2004[edit]

Knowle reached his first of two Grand Slam finals at Wimbledon in 2004 with Nenad Zimonjić of Serbia. Eventually, the team was defeated in four sets by Jonas Björkman and Todd Woodbridge. The only Austrian to reach a final at Wimbledon before was Georg von Metaxa in doubles in 1938, where he too lost.

2005-2006[edit]

In 2005 Knowle teamed up with Czech Petr Pála for several months without being able to continue his successful run with Zimonjić. This changed when he formed a team with fellow Austrian player and left-hander Jürgen Melzer, joining him throughout most of 2005 and 2006. Together, they won two tournaments in doubles and reached another five finals.

2007[edit]

Following Melzer's hand injury in early 2007, Knowle found a new partner in Simon Aspelin of Sweden.

At the 2007 US Open, seeded tenth with Aspelin, Knowle achieved the greatest triumph of his career by winning the tournament, his first Grand Slam. In the first two rounds, they won over Kubot/Skoch and got a walkover over Calleri/Horna. They went on to upset eighth seeds Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram (who would go on to win the 2008 Australian Open men's doubles) in the third round. In the quarterfinals, they shocked the top seeds Bob and Mike Bryan, having lost to them only weeks before. In the semifinals, they held off unseeded Julien Benneteau and Nicolas Mahut, 7–6(2), 1–6, 6–3, before winning the final 7–5, 6–4 over the ninth seeds, Pavel Vízner and Lukáš Dlouhý. They had previously won three tournaments together. This win put them into the no. 5 position in the ATP Doubles Race, and also gave Knowle his first top-10 ranking in doubles.

Knowle was the second of so-far three Austrian tennis players to win a Grand Slam tournament (the first in doubles). The first Austrian to win a Grand Slam tournament was Thomas Muster at the 1995 French Open; the third was Jürgen Melzer, who won the 2010 Wimbledon Championships – Men's Doubles and later the 2011 US Open – Men's Doubles with his German partner Philipp Petzschner.

Their excellent first year as a team enabled Knowle and Aspelin to participate in the Tennis Masters Cup in Shanghai, China for the first time. They surprisingly made it all the way to the final, beating Pavel Vízner and Lukáš Dlouhý, Arnaud Clément and Michaël Llodra, and finally Martin Damm and Leander Paes, before eventually falling in straight sets to Mark Knowles and Daniel Nestor 2–6, 3–6.

Their first Masters Cup participation put the duo into the no. 3 spot of the ATP Doubles Race for the first time.

In December 2007, Knowle suffered acute hearing loss.

2008[edit]

Knowle and Aspelin were not able to continue their successful 2007 run, reaching five semifinals together in the 2008 season and reaching the third round of the French Open as their best Grand Slam result.

With Jürgen Melzer, Knowle participated at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. They defeated the German duo of Nicolas Kiefer and Rainer Schüttler in three sets in the first round, before being knocked out of the tournament by Bob and Mike Bryan, 6-7(2), 4-6.

2009[edit]

Starting early 2009, Knowle formed a team with fellow Austrian Jürgen Melzer once more, though occasionally also teaming with other players. Knowle and Melzer enjoyed little success on the tour in the first half of 2009, before their performance improved significantly in the later weeks, winning titles in New Haven and Tokyo and reaching another final in Vienna. Unfortunately, their success came too late in the year for them to qualify for the Masters Cup.

2010[edit]

In 2010, Knowle played the first months of the year with Sweden's Robert Lindstedt. Together, they reached the doubles final in Marseille, where they lost in straight sets. Due to little success on the tour together, Knowle and Lindstedt parted ways, with Knowle teaming with Andy Ram from Israel. Their best performance came at the French Open, where they surprisingly reached the semifinals.

2011[edit]

Knowle's 2011 season was plagued by numerous injuries. Following a groin injury, he teamed up once more with Simon Aspelin, but they had little success. A torn muscle fascicle in April ended their partnership, forcing Knowle to pause for six weeks. His planned return to the tour failed, when a partially torn tendon prevented his participattion in the French Open to defend his semifinal success from the previous year.

2012[edit]

After dropping out of the top 80 of doubles players in late 2011 for the first time in 10 years, Knowle slowly made his way back to the top 50 in 2012, teaming with several different partners, including Michael Kohlmann, Paul Hanley, František Čermák, and Filip Polášek. He reached the doubles final in Estoril with David Marrero and won the Kitzbühel tournament with Cermak, claiming his first title since Tokyo in 2009. He also reached the quarterfinals at Wimbledon with Daniele Bracciali, and did the same at the US Open with Polášek.

At the Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur, Knowle made a surprise return to singles competition, surviving three qualifying rounds (including a first-round bye) to become the oldest player to ever qualify for an ATP tournament at age 38. He lost in the first round to Albert Ramos in straight sets.

2013[edit]

In April, Knowle won the Grand Prix Hassan II in Casablanca with Filip Polášek, winning the final over the German team of Dustin Brown and Christopher Kas.

ATP career finals[edit]

Doubles: 39 (18–21)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam (1–1)
Tennis Masters Cup (0–1)
ATP Masters Series (0–0)
ATP International Series Gold (1–3)
ATP Tour (16–16)
Titles by Surface
Hard (8–12)
Clay (7–6)
Grass (2–2)
Carpet (1–1)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 18 February 2002 Copenhagen, Denmark Hard (i) Germany Michael Kohlmann Czech Republic Jiří Novák
Czech Republic Radek Štěpánek
7–6(10–8), 7–5
Runner-up 1. 6 May 2002 Mallorca, Spain Clay Germany Michael Kohlmann India Mahesh Bhupathi
India Leander Paes
2–6, 4–6
Winner 2. 22 July 2002 Umag, Croatia Clay Czech Republic František Čermák Spain Albert Portas
Spain Fernando Vicente
6–4, 6–4
Winner 3. 6 January 2003 Chennai, India Hard Germany Michael Kohlmann Czech Republic František Čermák
Czech Republic Leoš Friedl
7–6(7–1), 7–6(7–3)
Runner-up 2. 3 March 2003 Copenhagen, Denmark Hard (i) Germany Michael Kohlmann Czech Republic Tomáš Cibulec
Czech Republic Pavel Vízner
5–7, 7–5, 2–6
Runner-up 3. 14 July 2003 Newport, United States Grass Austria Jürgen Melzer Australia Jordan Kerr
Australia David Macpherson
6–7(4–7), 3–6
Winner 4. 27 October 2003 St. Petersburg, Russia Hard (i) Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Nenad Zimonjić Germany Michael Kohlmann
Germany Rainer Schüttler
7–6(7–1), 6–3
Runner-up 4. 3 May 2004 Munich, Germany Clay Serbia and Montenegro Nenad Zimonjić United States James Blake
The Bahamas Mark Merklein
2–6, 4–6
Runner-up 5. 5 July 2004 London, Great Britain Grass Serbia and Montenegro Nenad Zimonjić Sweden Jonas Björkman
Australia Todd Woodbridge
1–6, 4–6, 6–4, 4–6
Winner 5. 2 May 2005 Munich, Germany Clay Croatia Mario Ančić Germany Florian Mayer
Germany Alexander Waske
6–3, 1–6, 6–3
Winner 6. 31 October 2005 St. Petersburg, Russia Carpet Austria Jürgen Melzer Sweden Jonas Björkman
Belarus Max Mirnyi
4–6, 7–5, 7–5
Runner-up 6. 17 April 2006 Houston, United States Clay Austria Jürgen Melzer Germany Michael Kohlmann
Germany Alexander Waske
7–5, 4–6, [5–10]
Winner 7. 1 May 2006 Casablanca, Morocco Clay Austria Jürgen Melzer Germany Michael Kohlmann
Germany Alexander Waske
6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 7. 9 October 2006 Metz, France Hard (i) Austria Jürgen Melzer France Richard Gasquet
France Fabrice Santoro
6–3, 1–6, [9–11]
Runner-up 8. 16 October 2006 Vienna, Austria Hard (i) Austria Jürgen Melzer Czech Republic Petr Pála
Czech Republic Pavel Vízner
4–6, 6–3, [10–12]
Runner-up 9. 30 October 2006 St. Petersburg, Russia Carpet Austria Jürgen Melzer Sweden Simon Aspelin
Australia Todd Perry
1–6, 6–7(3–7)
Runner-up 10. 26 February 2007 Memphis, United States Hard (i) Austria Jürgen Melzer United States Eric Butorac
United Kingdom Jamie Murray
5–7, 3–6
Winner 8. 28 May 2007 Pörtschach, Austria Clay Sweden Simon Aspelin Czech Republic Leoš Friedl
Czech Republic David Škoch
7–6(8–6), 5–7, [10–5]
Winner 9. 17 June 2007 Halle, Germany Grass Sweden Simon Aspelin France Fabrice Santoro
Serbia Nenad Zimonjić
6–4, 7–6(7–5)
Winner 10. 15 July 2007 Båstad, Sweden Clay Sweden Simon Aspelin Argentina Martín García
Argentina Sebastián Prieto
6–2, 6–4
Winner 11. 7 September 2007 New York, United States Hard Sweden Simon Aspelin Czech Republic Lukáš Dlouhý
Czech Republic Pavel Vízner
7–5, 6–4
Runner-up 11. 18 November 2007 Shanghai, China Hard (i) Sweden Simon Aspelin The Bahamas Mark Knowles
Canada Daniel Nestor
2–6, 3–6
Runner-up 12. 24 May 2008 Pörtschach, Austria Clay Austria Jürgen Melzer Brazil Marcelo Melo
Brazil André Sá
7–5, 6–7(3–7), [11–13]
Runner-up 13. 22 February 2009 Marseille, France Hard (i) Israel Andy Ram France Arnaud Clément
France Michaël Llodra
6–3, 3–6, [8–10]
Winner 12. 29 August 2009 New Haven, United States Hard Austria Jürgen Melzer Brazil Bruno Soares
Zimbabwe Kevin Ullyett
6–4, 7–6(7–3)
Winner 13. 11 October 2009 Tokyo, Japan Hard Austria Jürgen Melzer United Kingdom Ross Hutchins
Australia Jordan Kerr
6–2, 5–7, [10–8]
Runner-up 14. 1 November 2009 Vienna, Austria Hard (i) Austria Jürgen Melzer Austria Oliver Marach
Poland Łukasz Kubot
6–2, 4–6, [9–11]
Runner-up 15. 21 February 2010 Marseille, France Hard (i) Sweden Robert Lindstedt France Julien Benneteau
France Michaël Llodra
4–6, 3–6
Runner-up 16. 24 September 2011 Bucarest, Romania Clay Spain David Marrero Italy Daniele Bracciali
Italy Potito Starace
6–3, 4–6, [8–10]
Runner-up 17. 6 May 2012 Estoril, Portugal Clay Spain David Marrero Pakistan Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi
Netherlands Jean-Julien Rojer
5–7, 5–7
Winner 14. 28 July 2012 Kitzbühel, Austria Clay Czech Republic František Čermák Germany Dustin Brown
Australia Paul Hanley
7–6(7–4), 3–6, [12–10]
Runner-up 18. 21 October 2012 Vienna, Austria Hard (i) Slovakia Filip Polášek Germany Andre Begemann
Germany Martin Emmrich
4-6, 6-3, [10-4]
Runner-up 19. 4 January 2013 Doha, Qatar Hard Slovakia Filip Polášek Germany Christopher Kas
Germany Philipp Kohlschreiber
5-7, 4-6
Winner 15. 10 February 2013 Zagreb, Croatia Hard (i) Slovakia Filip Polášek Croatia Ivan Dodig
Croatia Mate Pavić
6-3, 6-3
Winner 16. 14 April 2013 Casablanca, Morocco Clay Slovakia Filip Polášek Germany Dustin Brown
Germany Christopher Kas
6-3, 6-2
Runner-up 20. 20 October 2013 Vienna, Austria Hard (i) Canada Daniel Nestor Romania Florin Mergea
Czech Republic Lukáš Rosol
5–7, 4–6
Runner-up 21. 27 October 2013 Basel, Switzerland Hard (i) Austria Oliver Marach Philippines Treat Conrad Huey
United Kingdom Dominic Inglot
3-6, 6-3, [4-10]
Winner 17. 11 January 2014 Auckland, New Zealand Hard Brazil Marcelo Melo Austria Alexander Peya
Brazil Bruno Soares
4–6, 6–3, [10–5]
Winner 18. 15 June 2014 Gerry Weber Open, Halle, Germany Grass Germany Andre Begemann Switzerland Marco Chiudinelli
Switzerland Roger Federer
1–6, 7–5, [12–10]

Singles Performance Timeline[edit]

Tournament 2001 2002 2003 2004 SR W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australia Australian Open 2R 0 / 1 1–1
France French Open 1R 0 / 1 0–1
United Kingdom Wimbledon 1R 3R 1R 0 / 3 2–3
United States US Open 1R 0 / 1 0–1
Win–Loss 0–1 2–3 1–1 0–1 0 / 6 3–6

Doubles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 SR W–L
Grand Slams
Australian Open A A A A A A A A 1R 1R 2R 1R 3R 3R 1R 1R 1R A 2R 1R 0 / 11 6–11
French Open A A A A A A A 3R 1R 2R 2R QF 3R 3R 3R 2R SF A 1R 1R 0 / 12 17–12
Wimbledon A A A A A A A 1R 2R 1R F 3R A 1R 1R 1R 3R 3R QF QF QF 0 / 13 21–13
US Open A A A A A A A 1R 1R 2R 2R 2R 2R W 2R 3R 1R 2R QF 1R 1 / 13 16–12
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 2–3 1–4 2–4 8–4 5–4 5–2 9–4 3–4 3–4 6–4 3–2 7–4 3–4 3-1 1 / 49 62–48
ATP Masters Series
Indian Wells A A A A A A A A A A 1R 1R QF SF 1R 1R 1R 1R A A 0 / 8 5–8
Miami A A A A A A A A 3R A 1R 1R 1R 2R QF SF 1R 1R A 1R 0 / 10 8–10
Monte Carlo A A A A A A A A A A A 1R 2R SF QF QF 1R A A 1R 0 / 7 4–7
Rome A A A A A A A A A A A 1R 2R 1R 2R 2R 1R A A 1R 0 / 7 2–7
Madrid (Stuttgart) A A A A A A A A A A 1R A A QF QF 1R QF A A 2R 0 / 6 5–6
Canada A A A A A A A A A A 2R A 1R 2R 2R A 2R A A A 0 / 5 1–5
Cincinnati A A A A A A A A A A 1R A 1R QF A A QF A A A 0 / 4 2–4
Shanghai Not Held SF 1R A A A 0 / 2 3–2
Paris A A A A A A A A A A A A 1R SF QF 2R A A 1R A 0 / 5 3–5
Hamburg A A A A A A A A A A 2R 2R 2R SF QF NM1 0 / 5 6–5
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 2–1 0–0 2–6 1–5 4–8 12–9 6–8 8–7 3–8 0–2 0–1 1-4 0 / 59 39–59
Year End Ranking 463 488 384 365 184 162 84 58 38 28 32 23 7 24 21 32 81 37 34

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