Paradorn Srichaphan

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Paradorn Srichaphan
ภราดร ศรีชาพันธุ
Paradon Srichaphan.jpg
Country  Thailand
Residence Bangkok, Thailand
Born (1979-06-14) 14 June 1979 (age 34)
Khon Kaen, Thailand
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Turned pro 1997
Retired 4 June 2010
Plays Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money $3,459,655
Singles
Career record 239–193
Career titles 5
Highest ranking No. 9 (12 May 2003)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 4R (2004)
French Open 3R (2002)
Wimbledon 4R (2003)
US Open 4R (2003)
Other tournaments
Olympic Games 2R (2000)
Doubles
Career record 25–61
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 79 (8 September 2003)

Paradorn Srichaphan (Thai: ภราดร ศรีชาพันธุ์; born 14 June 1979) is a retired professional tennis player from Thailand. He was the highest ranked men's singles player from Thailand and Asia in history, reaching a career high world no. 9. His nickname is "Ball".

Career[edit]

Paradorn started his professional ATP career in 1998. He remained in the lower ranks of the professional circuit for several years. However his ranking continued to improve. After being a surprise finalist in the 2000 Hopman Cup, 2002 was a breakthrough year for him as he managed to get into the top 30 after defeating Andre Agassi in Wimbledon. In 2003 he won his first ATP-level singles title, the Hamlet Cup. He reached the fourth round in Wimbledon where he was beaten by Andy Roddick, 4–6, 6–3, 3–6, 2–6, having become the first player to defeat Rafael Nadal in a Grand Slam, He also reached the fourth round in the US Open losing to Lleyton Hewitt. By the end of the year, he was ranked World No. 11 in the ATP rankings. He is however not in favor of playing doubles having won no title in this category on either Challenger or ATP level.

Paradorn is extremely popular in Asia, especially in Thailand. He was Thailand's flag bearer at the opening ceremony of the 2004 Summer Olympic Games held in Athens, Greece but lost in the first round of singles to Joachim Johansson. His best Olympics performance was second round in Sydney, beating Attila Sávolt before being beaten by third-seeded Magnus Norman. Paradorn plays with big serves and powerful forehands. He uses a single-handed backhand, and is known for being a weak player on clay courts due to his lack of patience when playing points.

At the 2006 Indian Wells masters tournament, Paradorn reached the semifinals and lost against World No. 1 Roger Federer in two sets (6–2, 6–3). En route to the semifinal he beat World No. 20 Robby Ginepri in the second round, World No. 16 Juan Carlos Ferrero of Spain in the third round, World No. 4 David Nalbandian in the fourth round, and World No. 25 Jarkko Nieminen of Finland in the quarterfinals.

In the 2006 Wimbledon Championships, Paradorn was seeded 29th but was upset in the first round by Agustín Calleri in five sets. He did not perform well in all the events he participated in early 2007 due to wrist injury and he missed basically the whole 2007 season. As a result his ranking fell to below No. 900. After the end of the ATP Masters Series event in Miami that ended in early April 2007, Paradorn fell entirely out of the ATP rankings. He began practicing as of March 2008, however it took him until the 2009 Thailand Open to return to the ATP World Tour, playing doubles. He retired in June 2010, following a motorcycle crash that left him with two broken hands and a wrist.

Paradorn is sponsored by adidas, Yonex, and Thai Airways International.

Personal life[edit]

Paradorn is noted for his politeness on the court. At each match, he performs the wai, the traditional Thai greeting, clasping his hands together and bowing to the four corners of the stadium. The gesture is seen as thanking the fans and it has become his trademark. His success in tennis led to a spike in popularity of the game in Thailand. The Nation newspaper named him "Thai of the Year" in 2002; in 2003, Paradorn was featured on the cover of Time and featured as one of the year's "Asian heroes".[1]

In November 2005, Paradorn spent a week as a Buddhist monk in a temple outside Bangkok. He adopted the Buddhist name Mahaviro, meaning "great and brave", wore saffron robes and shaved his head. His then girlfriend, Odette Henriette Jacqmin was present for the ceremony.[2]

Paradorn married Natalie Glebova (Miss Universe 2005) in Bangkok, Thailand, on 29 November 2007.[3]

In June 2010, Paradorn officially announced his retirement from the ATP tour but will coach Thailand's Davis Cup team.

In February 2011, Paradorn and wife, Natalie, announced their separation after three years of marriage stating the reason to be "work commitments had kept them apart."

Titles won[edit]

Legend (Singles)
Grand Slam (0)
Tennis Masters Cup (0)
ATP Masters Series (0)
ATP Tour (5)
No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in final Score in final
1. Aug. 2002 Long Island, United States Hard Argentina Juan Ignacio Chela 5–7, 6–2, 6–2
2. Oct. 2002 Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i) Chile Marcelo Ríos 6–7(2), 6–0, 6–3, 6–2
3. Jan. 2003 Chennai, India Hard Slovakia Karol Kučera 6–3, 6–1
4. Aug. 2003 Long Island, U.S. Hard United States James Blake 6–2, 6–4
5. Jun. 2004 Nottingham, United Kingdom Grass Sweden Thomas Johansson 1–6, 7–6(4), 6–3

Singles runners-up (6)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in final Score in final
1. Jan. 2002 Chennai, India Hard Argentina Guillermo Cañas 6–4, 7–6(2)
2. Aug. 2002 Washington, United States Hard United States James Blake 1–6, 7–6(5), 6–4
3. Jul. 2003 Indianapolis, United States Hard United States Andy Roddick 7–6(2), 6–4
4. Jan. 2004 Chennai, India Hard Spain Carlos Moyá 6–4, 3–6, 7–6(5)
5. Jan. 2005 Chennai, India Hard Spain Carlos Moyá 3–6, 6–4, 7–6(5)
6. Oct. 2005 Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i) United States James Blake 6–1, 7–6(6)
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Goran Ivanišević
ATP Most Improved Player
2002
Succeeded by
Rainer Schüttler
Preceded by
Patrick Rafter
Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award
2002 and 2003
Succeeded by
Roger Federer

Singles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 SR W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A A A A A 2R 1R 1R 2R 4R 2R 1R 1R 0 / 8 6–8
French Open A A A A A A 1R A 3R 1R 2R 1R 1R A 0 / 6 3–6
Wimbledon A A A A A 2R 1R 1R 3R 4R 1R 1R 1R A 0 / 8 6–8
US Open A A A A A A 1R 1R 2R 4R 3R 3R 2R A 0 / 7 9–7
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–1 1–4 0–3 5–4 7–4 6–4 3–4 1–4 0–1 0 / 29 24–29
Year End Rankings 1219 935 1038 460 404 99 109 120 16 11 27 42 53 628

Business career[edit]

In August 2009, Paradorn opened an Italian cuisine restaurant in Bangkok named So–Le Cafe.[4] At the same time, Paradorn also launched an herbal-product company named Magic Thaiherbs.[5] He also tries his hand at acting in Bang Rajan 2 (sequel of Bang Rajan The movie).

References[edit]

  1. ^ Walsh, Bryan. 28 April 2003. A rising Thai tennis star wins—and smiles—big, Time.
  2. ^ "Paradorn to get ordained Saturday". Pro Tennis Fan. 
  3. ^ "It's love-all for happy couple". The Nation. 21 April 2007. Retrieved 21 April 2007. 
  4. ^ Paradorn still ponders tennis return, Bangkok Post.
  5. ^ Paradorn endorses tonic to boost staying power, The Nation.

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