Ken Flach

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Ken Flach
Country  United States
Residence Alpharetta, Georgia, USA
Born (1963-05-24) May 24, 1963 (age 51)
St. Louis, USA
Height 6'1" (185 cm)
Turned pro 1983
Retired 1996 (brief periods of activity 2009-2011)
Plays Right-handed (2-handed backhand)
Prize money $2,067,151
Singles
Career record 52-80
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 56 (December 9, 1985)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 3R (1983, 1987)
French Open 1R (1986, 1988)
Wimbledon 3R (1986, 1987, 1988, 1989)
US Open 4R (1987)
Doubles
Career record 443-215
Career titles 34
Highest ranking No. 1 (October 14, 1985)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open SF (1987)
French Open QF (1985, 1986, 1988)
Wimbledon W (1987, 1988)
US Open W (1985, 1993)
Other Doubles tournaments
Tour Finals F (1987, 1991)
Olympic Games Gold medal.svg Gold Medal (1988)
Last updated on: December 1, 2012.
Ken Flach
Medal record
Men's tennis
Competitor for the  United States
Olympic Games
Gold 1988 Seoul Men's doubles

Kenneth Eliot "Ken" Flach (born May 24, 1963 in St. Louis, Missouri) is a former professional tennis player from the United States. A doubles specialist, he won 4 Grand Slam men's doubles titles (2 Wimbledon and 2 US Open), and 2 Grand Slam mixed doubles titles (1 Wimbledon and 1 French Open). He also won the men's doubles Gold Medal at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, partnering Robert Seguso.[1] Flach reached the World No. 1 doubles ranking in 1985.

Flach played doubles on the US Davis Cup team from 1985–1991, compiling an 11–2 record. He was also a member of the US team which won the World Team Cup in 1985.

During his career, Flach won 36 doubles titles (34 men's doubles and 2 mixed doubles). His final career title was won in 1994 at Scottsdale, Arizona.

Prior to turning professional, Flach played tennis for Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, where he won the NCAA Division II singles championships in 1981, 1982 and 1983, and teamed-up with Seguso to reach the 1983 Division I doubles final.

Since retiring from the professional tour, Flach has devoted himself to coaching. He guided Vanderbilt University to its first-ever NCAA tournament berth in 1999. In 2003 he led the team to Vanderbilt's first-ever NCAA championship finals appearance in any sport. He has also played in seniors events, and won the Wimbledon 35-and-over men's doubles title in 1999 and 2000.

Major finals[edit]

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Men's doubles: 6 (4 titles, 2 runner-ups)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Winner 1985 US Open Hard United States Robert Seguso France Henri Leconte
France Yannick Noah
6–7(5), 7–6(1), 7–6(6), 6–0
Winner 1987 Wimbledon Grass United States Robert Seguso Spain Sergio Casal
Spain Emilio Sánchez Vicario
3–6, 6–7(6), 7–6(3), 6–1, 6–4
Runner-up 1987 US Open Hard United States Robert Seguso Sweden Stefan Edberg
Sweden Anders Järryd
6–7(1), 2–6, 6–4, 7–5, 6–7(2)
Winner 1988 Wimbledon (2) Grass United States Robert Seguso Australia John Fitzgerald
Sweden Anders Järryd
6–4, 2–6, 6–4, 7–6(3)
Runner-up 1989 US Open Hard United States Robert Seguso United States John McEnroe
Australia Mark Woodforde
4–6, 6–4, 3–6, 3–6
Winner 1993 US Open (2) Hard United States Rick Leach Czech Republic Martin Damm
Czech Republic Karel Nováček
6–7(3), 6–4, 6–2

Mixed doubles: 2 (2 titles)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Winner 1986 French Open Clay United States Kathy Jordan South Africa Rosalyn Fairbank
Australia Mark Edmondson
3–6, 7–6(3), 6–3
Winner 1986 Wimbledon Grass United States Kathy Jordan United States Martina Navrátilová
Switzerland Heinz Günthardt
6–3, 7–6(7)

Olympic men's doubles final[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Gold 1988 Seoul Olympics Hard United States Robert Seguso Spain Sergio Casal
Spain Emilio Sánchez Vicario
6–3, 6–4, 6–7(5), 6–7(1), 9–7

Doubles finals (58)[edit]

Wins (34)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam (4–2)
Olympic Gold (1–0)
Tennis Masters Cup (1–2)
ATP Masters Series (2–1)
ATP Championship Series (2–3)
ATP Tour (22–16)
Titles by Surface
Hard (16–15)
Clay (6–3)
Grass (5–1)
Carpet (7–5)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1. December 12, 1983 Taipei, Taiwan Carpet United States Robert Seguso Australia Wally Masur
Australia Kim Warwick
6–7, 4–6
Winner 1. June 11, 1984 Rome, Italy Clay United States Robert Seguso Australia John Alexander
United States Mike Leach
3–6, 6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 2. July 16, 1984 Newport, United States Grass United States Robert Seguso Australia David Graham
Australia Laurie Warder
4–6, 6–7
Winner 2. July 23, 1984 Boston, United States Clay United States Robert Seguso United States Gary Donnelly
Puerto Rico Ernie Fernandez
6–4, 6–4
Winner 3. August 13, 1984 Indianapolis, United States Clay United States Robert Seguso Switzerland Heinz Günthardt
Hungary Balázs Taróczy
7–6, 7–5
Winner 4. September 17, 1984 Los Angeles, United States Hard United States Robert Seguso Poland Wojtek Fibak
United States Sandy Mayer
4–6, 6–4, 6–3
Winner 5. October 29, 1984 Hong Kong Hard United States Robert Seguso Australia Mark Edmondson
Australia Paul McNamee
6–7, 6–3, 7–5
Winner 6. November 6, 1984 Taipei, Taiwan Carpet United States Robert Seguso United States Drew Gitlin
United States Hank Pfister
6–1, 6–7, 6–2
Winner 7. January 6, 1985 Masters Doubles WCT, London Carpet United States Robert Seguso Switzerland Heinz Günthardt
Hungary Balázs Taróczy
6–3, 3–6, 6–3, 6–0
Runner-up 3. February 25, 1985 La Quinta, United States Hard United States Robert Seguso Switzerland Heinz Günthardt
Hungary Balázs Taróczy
6–3, 6–7, 3–6
Winner 8. April 1, 1985 Fort Myers, United States Hard United States Robert Seguso United States Sammy Giammalva, Jr.
United States David Pate
3–6, 6–3, 6–3
Runner-up 4. April 8, 1985 Chicago, United States Carpet United States Robert Seguso United States Johan Kriek
France Yannick Noah
6–3, 6–4, 5–7, 1–6, 4–6
Winner 9. May 13, 1985 Forest Hills, United States Clay United States Robert Seguso Brazil Givaldo Barbosa
Brazil Ivan Kley
7–5, 6–2
Runner-up 5. May 20, 1985 Rome, Italy Clay United States Robert Seguso Sweden Anders Järryd
Sweden Mats Wilander
6–4, 3–6, 2–6
Winner 10. June 17, 1985 London/Queen's Club, England Grass United States Robert Seguso Australia Pat Cash
Australia John Fitzgerald
3–6, 6–3, 16–14
Winner 11. July 29, 1985 Indianapolis, United States Clay United States Robert Seguso Czechoslovakia Pavel Složil
Australia Kim Warwick
6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 6. August 12, 1985 Stratton Mountain, United States Hard United States Robert Seguso United States Scott Davis
United States David Pate
6–3, 6–7, 6–7
Winner 12. August 19, 1985 Montreal, Canada Hard United States Robert Seguso Sweden Stefan Edberg
Sweden Anders Järryd
5–7, 7–6, 6–3
Winner 13. September 9, 1985 U.S. Open, New York Hard United States Robert Seguso France Henri Leconte
France Yannick Noah
6–7, 7–6, 7–6, 6–0
Winner 14. October 28, 1985 Tokyo Indoor, Japan Carpet United States Robert Seguso United States Scott Davis
United States David Pate
4–6, 6–3, 7–6
Winner 15. February 10, 1986 Memphis, United States Carpet United States Robert Seguso France Guy Forget
Sweden Anders Järryd
6–4, 4–6, 7–6
Winner 16. March 31, 1986 Chicago, United States Carpet United States Robert Seguso South Africa Eddie Edwards
Paraguay Francisco González
6–0, 7–5
Winner 17. October 20, 1986 Tokyo Outdoor, Japan Carpet United States Matt Anger United States Jimmy Arias
United States Greg Holmes
6–2, 6–3
Runner-up 7. March 9, 1987 Miami, United States Hard United States Robert Seguso United States Paul Annacone
South Africa Christo van Rensburg
2–6, 4–6, 4–6
Runner-up 8. April 27, 1987 Seoul, South Korea Hard United States Jim Grabb United States Eric Korita
United States Mike Leach
7–6, 1–6, 5–7
Winner 18. July 6, 1987 Wimbledon, London Grass United States Robert Seguso Spain Sergio Casal
Spain Emilio Sánchez Vicario
3–6, 6–7, 7–6, 6–1, 6–4
Runner-up 9. July 20, 1987 Livingston, New Jersey, United States Hard United States Robert Seguso United States Gary Donnelly
United States Greg Holmes
6–7, 3–6
Winner 19. August 24, 1987 Cincinnati, United States Hard United States Robert Seguso United States Steve Denton
Australia John Fitzgerald
7–5, 6–3
Runner-up 10. September 14, 1987 U.S. Open, New York Hard United States Robert Seguso Sweden Stefan Edberg
Sweden Anders Järryd
6–7, 2–6, 6–4, 7–5, 6–7
Runner-up 11. November 16, 1987 Wembley, England Carpet United States Robert Seguso Czechoslovakia Miloslav Mečíř
Czechoslovakia Tomáš Šmíd
5–7, 4–6
Runner-up 12. December 13, 1987 Masters Doubles, London Carpet United States Robert Seguso Czechoslovakia Miloslav Mečíř
Czechoslovakia Tomáš Šmíd
4–6, 5–7, 7–6, 3–6
Runner-up 13. March 28, 1988 Miami, United States Hard United States Robert Seguso Australia John Fitzgerald
Sweden Anders Järryd
6–7, 1–6, 5–7
Winner 20. June 13, 1988 London/Queen's Club, England Grass United States Robert Seguso South Africa Pieter Aldrich
South Africa Danie Visser
6–2, 7–6
Winner 21. July 4, 1988 Wimbledon, London Grass United States Robert Seguso Australia John Fitzgerald
Sweden Anders Järryd
6–4, 2–6, 6–4, 7–6
Runner-up 14. August 2, 1988 Indianapolis, United States Hard United States Robert Seguso United States Rick Leach
United States Jim Pugh
4–6, 3–6
Winner 22. August 15, 1988 Toronto, Canada Hard United States Robert Seguso United Kingdom Andrew Castle
United States Tim Wilkison
7–6, 6–3
Winner 23. September 26, 1988 Seoul, South Korea Hard United States Robert Seguso Spain Sergio Casal
Spain Emilio Sánchez Vicario
6–3, 6–4, 6–7, 6–7, 9–7
Winner 24. November 14, 1988 Wembley, England Carpet United States Robert Seguso United States Martin Davis
Australia Brad Drewett
7–5, 6–2
Runner-up 15. November 21, 1988 Detroit, United States Carpet United States Robert Seguso United States Rick Leach
United States Jim Pugh
4–6, 1–6
Winner 25. April 24, 1989 Tokyo Outdoor, Japan Hard United States Robert Seguso United States Kevin Curren
United States David Pate
7–6, 7–6
Winner 26. August 21, 1989 Cincinnati, United States Hard United States Robert Seguso South Africa Pieter Aldrich
South Africa Danie Visser
6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 16. September 11, 1989 U.S. Open, New York Hard United States Robert Seguso United States John McEnroe
Australia Mark Woodforde
4–6, 6–4, 3–6, 3–6
Runner-up 17. October 9, 1989 Orlando, United States Hard United States Robert Seguso United States Scott Davis
United States Tim Pawsat
5–7, 7–5, 4–6
Runner-up 18. March 25, 1991 Miami, United States Hard United States Robert Seguso South Africa Wayne Ferreira
South Africa Piet Norval
7–5, 6–7, 2–6
Winner 27. May 6, 1991 Tampa, United States Clay United States Robert Seguso United States David Pate
United States Richey Reneberg
6–7, 6–4, 6–1
Runner-up 19. July 22, 1991 Washington, D.C., United States Hard United States Robert Seguso United States Scott Davis
United States David Pate
4–6, 2–6
Winner 28. August 12, 1991 Cincinnati, United States Hard United States Robert Seguso Canada Grant Connell
Canada Glenn Michibata
6–7, 6–4, 7–5
Winner 29. August 19, 1991 Indianapolis, United States Hard United States Robert Seguso United States Kent Kinnear
United States Sven Salumaa
7–6, 6–4
Runner-up 20. November 24, 1991 Doubles Championships, Johannesburg Hard (i) United States Robert Seguso Australia John Fitzgerald
Sweden Anders Järryd
4–6, 4–6, 6–2, 4–6
Winner 30. March 23, 1992 Miami, United States Hard United States Todd Witsken United States Kent Kinnear
United States Sven Salumaa
6–4, 6–3
Runner-up 21. July 20, 1992 Washington, D.C., United States Hard United States Todd Witsken United States Bret Garnett
United States Jared Palmer
2–6, 3–6
Winner 31. April 12, 1993 Tokyo Outdoor, Japan Hard United States Rick Leach Canada Glenn Michibata
United States David Pate
2–6, 6–3, 6–4
Winner 32. June 21, 1993 Manchester, England Grass United States Rick Leach South Africa Stefan Kruger
Canada Glenn Michibata
6–4, 6–1
Runner-up 22. August 23, 1993 Indianapolis, United States Hard United States Rick Leach United States Scott Davis
United States Todd Martin
4–6, 4–6
Winner 33. September 13, 1993 U.S. Open, New York Hard United States Rick Leach Czech Republic Martin Damm
Czech Republic Karel Nováček
6–7, 6–4, 6–2
Winner 34. February 28, 1994 Scottsdale, United States Hard Sweden Jan Apell United States Alex O'Brien
Australia Sandon Stolle
6–0, 6–4
Runner-up 23. May 16, 1994 Coral Springs, United States Clay France Stephane Simian South Africa Lan Bale
New Zealand Brett Steven
3–6, 5–7
Runner-up 24. May 13, 1996 Pinehurst, United States Clay United States David Wheaton Australia Pat Cash
Australia Patrick Rafter
2–6, 3–6

Doubles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 Career SR Career Win-Loss
Grand Slams
Australian Open 3R 2R A NH SF A A A A A A QF A 1R 0 / 5 8–5
French Open A 1R QF QF A QF A 2R 2R 2R 2R 1R 1R 1R 0 / 11 13–11
Wimbledon A 3R 1R QF W W SF QF 3R 3R 2R 2R 1R 1R 2 / 13 30–11
U.S. Open 1R 2R W A F SF F 3R SF 2R W 1R QF 1R 2 / 13 37–10
Grand Slam SR 0 / 2 0 / 4 1 / 3 0 / 2 1 / 3 1 / 3 0 / 2 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 3 1 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 4 4 / 42 N/A
Annual Win-Loss 2–2 3–4 9–2 6–2 14–2 13–2 9–2 6–2 7–3 4–3 8–2 4–4 3–3 0–4 N/A 88–37
ATP Masters Series
Indian Wells These Tournaments Were Not

Masters Series Events

Before 1990
2R 2R 2R QF 2R A 1R 0 / 6 4–6
Miami 2R F W 2R 3R A 2R 1 / 6 12–5
Monte Carlo A A A A A A A 0 / 0 0–0
Rome A A A A A A A 0 / 0 0–0
Hamburg A A A A A A A 0 / 0 0–0
Canada 1R SF 2R A A A 1R 0 / 4 3–4
Cincinnati 2R W QF 2R 2R A A 1 / 5 10–4
Stuttgart (Stockholm) A 2R A 2R A A A 0 / 2 0–2
Paris A SF 2R 2R A A A 0 / 3 3–3
Masters Series SR N/A 0 / 4 1 / 6 1 / 5 0 / 5 0 / 3 0 / 0 0 / 3 2 / 26 N/A
Annual Win-Loss N/A 2–4 16–5 8–4 3–5 2–3 0–0 1–3 N/A 32–24
Year End Ranking 103 11 2 19 5 2 11 76 5 60 23 90 121 141 N/A

A = did not attend tournament
NH = tournament not held

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