Martin Verkerk

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Martin Verkerk
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Country Netherlands
Residence Alphen a/d Rijn, Netherlands
Born (1978-10-31) 31 October 1978 (age 36)
Leiderdorp, Netherlands
Height 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in)
Turned pro 1996
Retired 9 December 2008
Plays Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money $1,491,379
Singles
Career record 59–66 (at ATP Tour level, Grand Slam level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles 2
Highest ranking No. 14 (15 September 2003)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 1R (2003, 2004)
French Open F (2003)
Wimbledon 2R (2004)
US Open 2R (2003)
Doubles
Career record 23–34 (at ATP Tour level, Grand Slam level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 63 (3 November 2003)

Martin Willem Verkerk (born 31 October 1978 in Leiderdorp, Netherlands) is a retired professional Dutch tennis player. As a relatively unknown player, he reached the final of the French Open in 2003, which he lost to Spaniard Juan Carlos Ferrero. Along the way, he beat experienced clay court players Carlos Moyá and Guillermo Coria.

Verkerk's game was based on booming serves and big backhands. His unexpected run at the French Open as an underdog and expressive on-court antics made him popular in the Netherlands. The final was watched by even more households in the Netherlands than when countrymate Richard Krajicek won Wimbledon in 1996. However, plagued by various injuries and mononucleosis, Verkerk did not reproduce similar results during the rest of the career, never advancing beyond the third round in subsequent Grand Slams. During his career, he won 2 titles and reached the quarter-finals of the 2003 Rome Masters. Verkerk played a close match against Roger Federer at the 2003 Paris Masters, losing in 3 tiebreak sets after holding multiple matchpoints, 7–6(3), 6–7(12), 6–7(6).

Grand Slam singles finals[edit]

Runners-up (1)[edit]

Year Championship Opponent in final Score in final
2003 French Open Spain Juan Carlos Ferrero 1–6, 3–6, 2–6

Career singles finals[edit]

Singles: 4 (2 titles, 2 runner-ups)[edit]

Legend (Singles)
Grand Slam tournaments (0)
Tennis Masters Cup /
ATP World Tour Finals (0)
ATP Masters Series /
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0)
ATP International Series Gold /
ATP World Tour 500 Series (0)
ATP International Series /
ATP World Tour 250 Series (2)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in final Score in final
Winner 1. 27 January 2003 Milan, Italy Carpet (i) Russia Yevgeny Kafelnikov 6–4, 5–7, 7–5
Runner-up 1. 27 May 2003 French Open, France Clay Spain Juan Carlos Ferrero 1–6, 3–6, 2–6
Runner-up 1. 1 May 2004 Munich, Germany Clay Russia Nikolay Davydenko 4–6, 5–7
Winner 2. 12 July 2004 Amersfoort, Netherlands Clay Chile Fernando González 7–6(7–5), 4–6, 6–4

Singles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 Career SR Career win-loss
Grand Slams
Australian Open A A A A LQ 1R 1R A A A 0 / 2 0–2
French Open A A A A LQ F 3R A A 1R 0 / 3 8–3
Wimbledon A A A A A 1R 2R A A A 0 / 2 1–2
U.S. Open A A A A 1R 2R A A A A 0 / 2 1–2
Grand Slam win-loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–1 7–4 3–3 0–0 0–0 0–1 N/A 10–9
ATP Masters Series
Indian Wells Masters A A A A A A 2R A A A 0 / 1 0–1
Miami Masters A A A A 1R 2R 2R A A 1R 0 / 4 1–4
Monte Carlo Masters A A A A A 1R 2R A A 1R 0 / 3 1–3
Rome Masters A A A A A QF 2R A A 1R 0 / 3 4–3
Hamburg Masters A A A A A A 1R A A 1R 0 / 2 0–2
Canada Masters A A A A A 2R A A A A 0 / 1 1–1
Cincinnati Masters A A A A A 1R A A A A 0 / 1 0–1
Madrid Masters (Stuttgart) A A A A A 2R A A A A 0 / 1 0–1
Paris Masters A A A A A 3R A A A A 0 / 1 1–1
ATP tournaments won 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 N/A 8–17
Year-end ranking 416 253 233 161 86 19 55 934 1540 678
Career statistics
Overall win-loss 1–1 0–0 0–1 0–1 7–11 25–25 26–19 0–0 0–0 0–1 N/A 59–59

A = did not participate in the tournament LQ = lost in the qualifying draw

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