6 December 1971 |
|Height||1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)|
|Plays||Right-handed (one-handed backhand)|
|Career record||411–219 (ATP, Grand Prix and Grand Slams, and in Davis Cup)|
|Highest ranking||No. 4 (29 March 1999)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||SF (1992)|
|French Open||SF (1993)|
|US Open||QF (1997, 1999, 2000)|
|Tour Finals||SF (1996)|
|Career record||77–60 (ATP, Grand Prix and Grand Slams, and in Davis Cup)|
|Highest ranking||No. 45 (26 July 1993)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||SF (1992)|
|French Open||3R (1991)|
|US Open||1R (1995)|
Richard Peter Stanislav Krajicek (born 6 December 1971) is a Dutch former professional tennis player. In 1996 he won the Men's Singles title at Wimbledon, the only Dutch player to have done so. In the quarter-finals of that tournament he defeated Pete Sampras. This was Sampras's only singles defeat at Wimbledon between 1993 and 2000. Since 2004 Krajicek has been the tournament director of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam. He is also the author of various sports books. Krajicek reached a career-high singles ranking of World No. 4 in March 1999.
Richard Krajicek is the son of Czech immigrants. In 1999, Krajicek married model, writer and hostess of Holland's Next Top Model and Benelux' Next Top Model, Daphne Deckers. Nicknamed "de Kraai" (Dutch for "the crow") in his home country, Krajicek has, among his siblings, half-sister Michaëlla Krajicek who also is a professional tennis player.
Richard Krajicek began playing tennis at the age of four. As a youngster he won both the Dutch under-12 and the under-14 National Championships twice. He turned professional in 1989, and in 1991 won his first top-level singles title at Hong Kong, and his first tour doubles title in Hilversum.
In 1992, the 1.96 m (6' 5") Dutchman reached his first Grand Slam semifinal at the Australian Open. He had to withdraw from this semifinal match due to a shoulder injury. The following year, he reached the semifinals at the French Open, where he lost in four sets to the defending champion Jim Courier. Also in 1992, Krajicek made a controversial comment regarding equal pay for women in Grand Slam events, saying, "Eighty percent of the top 100 women are fat pigs who don't deserve equal pay." Later, he jokingly clarified his comments, remarking, "What I meant to say was that only 75 percent are fat pigs." Krajicek later showed remorse for the comment.
Coming to Wimbledon in 1996, Krajicek had never previously progressed beyond the fourth round, and had lost in the first round in the two previous years. He was seen a player with potential, having one of the fastest serves at the time, but was not considered to be a strong contender for the title. The clear favourite was Pete Sampras, who had won the title for the past three consecutive years. Despite being ranked within the world's top 16, Krajicek just missed out on the seedings for the tournament, but when seventh seed (and world number two) Thomas Muster pulled out shortly before the tournament due to an injury, Krajicek was given Muster's place in the draw.
He beat former champion Michael Stich in the fourth round, and met Sampras in the quarterfinals. By that time, he had managed to turn his notably weak slice backhand into an aggressive top-spin shot. Krajicek shocked the tennis world by defeating Sampras in straight sets, 7–5, 7–6(3), 6–4, becoming the only player to beat Sampras in a Wimbledon singles match in the eight-year period from 1993 until Sampras' fourth-round loss to Roger Federer in the 2001 tournament. Next, he beat Australia's Jason Stoltenberg in the semifinals, and went on to face American MaliVai Washington in the final. He won the final in straight sets, 6–3, 6–4, 6–3, to become the first Dutchman to win Wimbledon.
In 1998, Krajicek was in the Wimbledon semifinals again, where he lost to Goran Ivanišević in a marathon match, 3-6, 4-6, 7-5, 7-6, 13-15, with both players serving a combined 38 aces. His final attempt at winning a second Wimbledon title was in 2002, when he lost in the quarterfinals to Xavier Malisse.
At the 1999 U.S. Open, Krajicek lost a quarterfinal matchup to Yevgeny Kafelnikov. Despite the loss, Krajicek set several most aces records that day. In the 2000 U.S. Open, Krajicek met Sampras in the quarterfinals, winning the first set and being up 6-2 during the second set tiebreaker but then went on to lose six straight points and eventually lost the match (4-6, 7-6 (6), 6-4, 6-2).  In 2000, Krajicek was awarded the ATP Arthur Ashe Humanitarian award for his efforts to help youth in his home country. He was named ATP Comeback Player of the Year in 2002.
Krajicek retired from the professional tour in 2003. During his career, he won 17 singles titles and 3 doubles titles. His career-high singles ranking was world no. 4 in 1999. Krajicek's Wimbledon victory over Sampras proved to be no fluke, amassing a 6–4 record against the American player.
Since retiring from the ATP circuit, Krajicek runs The Richard Krajicek Foundation which builds sports facilities for children in inner-city areas in the Netherlands. In 2004 Krajicek became the tournament director of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam.
In 2005, he published a book on tennis called 'Fast Balls' (Dutch: 'Harde Ballen').
Grand Slam finals
Singles: 1 (1–0)
|Winner||1996||Wimbledon||Grass||MaliVai Washington||6–3, 6–4, 6–3|
Masters Series finals
Singles: 6 (2–4)
|Runner-up||1996||Rome||Clay||Thomas Muster||2–6, 4–6, 6–3, 3–6|
|Runner-up||1997||Stuttgart||Carpet||Petr Korda||6–7(6–8), 2–6, 4–6|
|Runner-up||1998||Canada (Toronto)||Hard||Patrick Rafter||6–7(3–7), 4–6|
|Winner||1998||Stuttgart||Carpet||Yevgeny Kafelnikov||6–4, 6–3, 6–3|
|Winner||1999||Key Biscayne||Hard||Sébastien Grosjean||4–6, 6–1, 6–2, 7–5|
|Runner-up||1999||Stuttgart||Carpet||Thomas Enqvist||1–6, 4–6, 7–5, 5–7|
Singles: 26 (17–9)
- Wins (17)
|Winner||1.||8 April 1991||Hong Kong, UK||Hard||Wally Masur||6–2, 3–6, 6–3|
|Runner-up||1.||13 April 1992||Tokyo, Japan||Hard||Jim Courier||4–6, 4–6, 6–7(3–7)|
|Winner||2.||10 August 1992||Los Angeles, USA||Hard||Mark Woodforde||6–4, 2–6, 6–4|
|Winner||3.||16 November 1992||Antwerp, Belgium||Carpet (i)||Mark Woodforde||6–2, 6–2|
|Runner-up||2.||22 February 1993||Stuttgart, Germany||Carpet (i)||Michael Stich||6–4, 5–7, 6–7(4–7), 6–3, 5–7|
|Winner||4.||9 August 1993||Los Angeles, USA||Hard||Michael Chang||0–6, 7–6(7–3), 7–6(7–5)|
|Winner||5.||11 April 1994||Barcelona, Spain||Clay||Carlos Costa||6–4, 7–6(8–6), 6–2|
|Winner||6.||13 June 1994||Rosmalen, Netherlands||Grass||Karsten Braasch||6–3, 6–4|
|Winner||7.||10 October 1994||Sydney, Australia||Hard (i)||Boris Becker||7–6(7–5), 7–6(9–7), 2–6, 6–3|
|Winner||8.||27 February 1995||Stuttgart, Germany||Carpet (i)||Michael Stich||7–6(7–4), 6–3, 6–7(6–8), 1–6, 6–3|
|Winner||9.||6 March 1995||Rotterdam, Netherlands||Carpet (i)||Paul Haarhuis||7–6(7–5), 6–4|
|Runner-up||3.||21 August 1995||New Haven, USA||Hard||Andre Agassi||6–3, 6–7(2–7), 3–6|
|Runner-up||4.||20 May 1996||Rome, Italy||Clay||Thomas Muster||2–6, 4–6, 6–3, 3–6|
|Winner||10.||8 July 1996||Wimbledon, London, UK||Grass||MaliVai Washington||6–3, 6–4, 6–3|
|Runner-up||5.||5 August 1996||Los Angeles, USA||Hard||Michael Chang||4–6, 3–6|
|Winner||11.||10 March 1997||Rotterdam, Netherlands||Carpet (i)||Daniel Vacek||7–6(7–4), 7–6(7–5)|
|Winner||12.||21 April 1997||Tokyo, Japan||Hard||Lionel Roux||6–2, 3–6, 6–1|
|Winner||13.||23 June 1997||Rosmalen, Netherlands||Grass||Guillaume Raoux||6–4, 7–6(9–7)|
|Runner-up||6.||27 October 1997||Stuttgart, Germany||Carpet (i)||Petr Korda||6–7(6–8), 2–6, 4–6|
|Winner||14.||16 February 1998||St. Petersburg, Russia||Carpet (i)||Marc Rosset||6–4, 7–6(7–5)|
|Runner-up||7.||10 August 1998||Toronto, Canada||Hard||Patrick Rafter||6–7(3–7), 4–6|
|Winner||15.||2 November 1998||Stuttgart, Germany||Hard (i)||Yevgeny Kafelnikov||6–4, 6–3, 6–3|
|Winner||16.||1 March 1999||London, UK||Carpet (i)||Greg Rusedski||7–6(8–6), 6–7(5–7), 7–5|
|Winner||17.||29 March 1999||Miami, USA||Hard||Sébastien Grosjean||4–6, 6–1, 6–2, 7–5|
|Runner-up||8.||1 November 1999||Stuttgart, Germany||Hard (i)||Thomas Enqvist||1–6, 4–6, 7–5, 5–7|
|Runner-up||9.||19 June 2000||Halle, Germany||Grass||David Prinosil||3–6, 2–6|
|Tournament||1989||1990||1991||1992||1993||1994||1995||1996||1997||1998||1999||2000||2001||2002||2003||Career SR||Career Win-Loss|
|Grand Slam Tournaments|
|Australian Open||A||A||4R||SF||2R||A||2R||3R||A||A||3R||2R||A||A||2R||0 / 8||16–7|
|French Open||A||A||2R||3R||SF||3R||2R||QF||3R||3R||2R||3R||A||A||A||0 / 10||22–10|
|Wimbledon||A||A||3R||3R||4R||1R||1R||W||4R||SF||3R||2R||A||QF||A||1 / 11||29–10|
|U.S. Open||A||A||1R||4R||4R||2R||3R||1R||QF||3R||QF||QF||A||1R||A||0 / 11||22–11|
|Grand Slam SR||0 / 0||0 / 0||0 / 4||0 / 4||0 / 4||0 / 3||0 / 4||1 / 4||0 / 3||0 / 3||0 / 4||0 / 4||0 / 0||0 / 2||0 / 1||1 / 40||N/A|
|ATP Masters Series|
|Indian Wells||A||A||A||3R||A||A||A||A||A||A||QF||A||A||A||1R||0 / 3||4–3|
|Miami||A||A||1R||QF||QF||A||2R||4R||4R||A||W||A||A||A||1R||1 / 8||16–7|
|Monte Carlo||A||A||A||1R||3R||2R||QF||3R||QF||SF||A||3R||A||A||A||0 / 8||15–8|
|Rome||A||A||1R||1R||1R||3R||A||F||2R||QF||2R||1R||A||A||A||0 / 9||12–9|
|Hamburg||A||A||A||QF||QF||QF||3R||3R||2R||3R||2R||A||A||A||A||0 / 8||13–8|
|Montreal/Toronto||A||A||A||A||A||A||2R||A||QF||F||2R||3R||A||1R||A||0 / 6||9–6|
|Cincinnati||A||A||A||3R||2R||1R||1R||3R||2R||3R||QF||1R||A||3R||A||0 / 10||9–10|
|Madrid (Stuttgart)||A||A||A||A||A||2R||QF||3R||F||W||F||2R||A||A||A||1 / 7||17–6|
|Paris||A||A||1R||3R||2R||3R||QF||2R||QF||2R||2R||A||A||A||A||0 / 9||6–9|
|Masters Series SR||0 / 0||0 / 0||0 / 3||0 / 7||0 / 6||0 / 6||0 / 7||0 / 7||0 / 8||1 / 7||1 / 8||0 / 5||0 / 0||0 / 2||0 / 2||2 / 68||N/A|
|Year End Ranking||392||129||45||10||15||17||11||7||11||10||10||36||–||112||147||N/A|
List of books written by Richard Krajicek:
- Een half jaar netpost (2003) with Tino Bakker
- Naar de top (2005) with Anja de Crom
- Harde ballen (2005)
- Honger naar de bal (2006)
- Alle ballen verzamelen (2007)
- Mcginty, Stephen (10 January 2006). "Crowd's racket over Murray's 'sexist' quip". The Scotsman (Edinburgh).
- Newman, Paul (19 February 2007). "An email conversation with Richard Krajicek: 'Maybe my serve and volley could give Roger trouble'". The Independent (London). Retrieved 22 May 2010.
- "Award seals Kuerten's dream year". BBC News. 11 March 2001. Retrieved 22 May 2010.
- Richard Krajicek. "Tennis – CBSSports.com Scoreboard, Schedules, Players". Sportsline.com. Retrieved 2012-06-02.
- ATPtennis.com – Players – Head-to-Head
- "Q&A: Richard Krajicek". BBC News. 1 November 2004. Retrieved 22 May 2010.
- "Richard Krajicek". www.bol.com. Retrieved 29 June 2009.
- Richard Krajicek at the Association of Tennis Professionals
- Richard Krajicek at the International Tennis Federation
- Richard Krajicek at the Davis Cup
- Richard Krajicek Foundation
- Sunday Times article 14 February 2010
|Awards and achievements|
|Dutch Sportsman of the Year
|ATP Arthur Ashe Humanitarian of the Year