Victor Hănescu

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Victor Hănescu
Victor Hanescu - 2011 Wimbledon.jpg
Country  Romania
Residence Bucharest, Romania
Born (1981-07-21) July 21, 1981 (age 33)
Bucharest, Romania
Height 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in)
Turned pro 2000
Plays Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money $4,036,897
Singles
Career record 192–228
Career titles 1
Highest ranking No. 26 (6 July 2009)
Current ranking No. 136 (29 Sep 2014)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 2R (2005, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2014)
French Open QF (2005)
Wimbledon 3R (2003, 2009, 2010)
US Open 2R (2008, 2010)
Other tournaments
Olympic Games 2R (2008)
Doubles
Career record 43–68
Career titles 2
Highest ranking No. 92 (January 30, 2012)
Current ranking No. 1,119 (May 12, 2014)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 2R (2012, 2013)
French Open 2R (2012)
Wimbledon 2R (2005, 2008, 2009)
US Open 2R (2005, 2010)
Last updated on: January 27, 2014.

Victor Hănescu (Romanian pronunciation: [vikˈtor həneˈsku]; born July 21, 1981 in Bucharest) is a Romanian tennis player. His career-high singles ranking is World No. 26.

Professional career[edit]

Hănescu attained a career-high singles ranking of No. 26 on July 6, 2009. Six weeks later, in a Davis Cup match against the United States, he suffered a severe rib injury,[1] and a subsequent injury sidelined him further in May 2006. By January 2007, his ranking had plummeted to No. 759, before he finally began making progress on a comeback.

1999: Pro career begins[edit]

Hănescu earned his first ATP singles ranking points in August 1999, with first-round wins two weeks in a row at the Romania F1 and F2 Futures tournaments. Although he played four more tournaments from September through December, he did not earn any additional points and finished the year ranked No. 1231.

2000: Success in Satellites[edit]

In 2000, Hănescu played Satellites and Futures tournaments. His fourth-place finish at a Satellite in Croatia in April/May and third place at a Satellite in Portugal in October/November provided him with 36 of the 45 ATP singles ranking points he earned in 2000. He finished the year ranked No. 477.

2001: Futures wins and Challenger successes[edit]

Hănescu won his first pro tournaments in May 2001, taking the singles titles in consecutive weeks at the Slovakia F1 and F2 Futures events. A quarterfinal finish at a Challenger in Budapest two weeks later put him in the top 400 for the first time. In July, as the top seed in consecutive weeks in Bucharest, he reached the final at Romania F1 and won the F2 Futures event to improve his ranking to No. 319. In August in Challengers in three consecutive weeks, he reached the semifinals in Poland and Germany, and then the final in Germany to improve to No. 209. He broke into the top 200 for the first time in October, but went just 4–7 in Challengers after August and finished the year ranked No. 212.

2002: First ATP quarter-final, first Challenger win[edit]

Hănescu did not make much career progress in 2002. His highlights were reaching his first career ATP-level quarterfinal at Umag, Croatia in July, and then winning his first Challenger in Portugal in September. He finished the year ranked No. 172.

2003: Top 100, third round French Open and Wimbledon[edit]

Moderate success in Challengers improved Hănescu's ranking to No. 150 by April 2003. He then qualified for the ATP tournament in Estoril and reached the third round of the Rome Masters in May and beat No. 31 Mikhail Youzhny, his highest-ranked win to that point. At the end of May, he qualified for the French Open and reached the third round, losing to Jarkko Nieminen, to break into the top 100 for the first time. He was a Lucky Loser entry at Wimbledon, and reached the third round there also, beating No. 34 Juan Ignacio Chela before losing to No. 12 Sjeng Schalken, improving his ranking to No. 85. He had limited success the rest of the year, losing in the first round at the US Open to No. 6 Lleyton Hewitt, before reaching the quarterfinals in Bucharest in September. In October, he qualified for his second Masters event of the year in Paris, upsetting No. 49 Rafael Nadal and No. 69 Anthony Dupuis, and then upsetting No. 27 Wayne Ferreira in the first round, before losing to No. 2 Andy Roddick. He finished the year ranked No. 70.

2004: Grand Slam failures, first ATP semifinal, first top-10 win[edit]

Hănescu played almost exclusively at the ATP level in 2004, but with very limited success. He was ranked high enough for direct entry into all four Grand Slams and the Olympics, but won only one match total in those five events. His successes were his first career ATP semifinal in Scottsdale in March, and several more ATP quarterfinals, including Bucharest again in September and Estoril in April, where he recorded his first win over a top-10 player, No. 6 Rainer Schüttler. In October, he went back down to the Challenger level and won in Rome, his second career Challenger title. He finished the year ranked No. 92, down 22 spots from 2003.

2005: Best year, French Open quarterfinals, ATP semifinals[edit]

2005 was Hănescu's best year to date. At the French Open, he beat No. 32 Juan Ignacio Chela in the second round, and then came back to beat No. 11 David Nalbandian in five sets 6–3, 4–6, 5–7, 6–1, 6–2, in the fourth round, before losing to No. 1 Roger Federer in the quarterfinals. He reached ATP semifinals in New Haven (beating No. 58 Nicolás Massú and No. 20 Tommy Robredo, before losing to No. 67 James Blake) and in Bucharest to reach the top 40 for the first time in September. He also had his second career win over a top-10 player, beating No. 10 Mariano Puerta in July, and finished the year with a career high ranking of No. 35.

2006: Lost to injuries[edit]

The rib injury in the Davis Cup match and a subsequent back injury in May sidelined him for most of the year, and after starting the year out at No. 35, he finished up at No. 646. His lone success was winning the ATP-level exhibition tournament in Houston in April, beating Vince Spadea and Juan Mónaco.

2007: A comeback year, first ATP final[edit]

His ranking continued to plummet due mainly to inactivity, as well as poor results when he did play, until March, when he qualified for a Challenger event in Italy and beat No. 126 Björn Phau to reach the second round. His protected ranking status gave him direct entry into a couple ATP events in April, with little success. So he continued to play Challengers, reaching a semifinal and a quarterfinal in May, and then a final in June to get back into the top 300. Finally in August, he won two consecutive Challengers in Romania and Austria to improve to No. 151 by the start of his home ATP stop in Bucharest in September, where he was a semifinalist in 2005; he went one step farther this time by making the finals, losing in three sets to Gilles Simon. It was his first career final.

In December, the ATP entered Hănescu into the 2007 Centuries Club for advancing hundreds of spaces to regain a spot in the top 100 rankings. Hănescu climbed more ranking positions than any other player in the top 100. He finished the year at No. 77.[2]

2008[edit]

Hănescu reached the fourth round of the French Open, where he lost to Fernando González 2–6, 4–6, 2–6. He reached the final of the Stuttgart Outdoor in July, only to lose to Jérémy Chardy 6–2, 3–6, 4–6. He reached the quarterfinals in St. Petersburg, losing to Igor Kunitsyn 3–6, 6–3, 6–7. He finished at No. 50.

2009[edit]

Hănescu started off the year by reaching the quarterfinals in Doha, where he lost to Andy Roddick. In Auckland, Hănescu lost in the first round to Juan Mónaco. He reached the second round of the Australian Open, after defeating Jan Hernych, but then fell to Dudi Sela. Hănescu reached the second round in Zagreb. In Dubai, he lost his first-round match. In Miami, he lost to Michael Russell in the first round. Hănescu reached the quarterfinals in Casablanca. He competed at the 2009 French Open. In the first round, he eliminated Steve Darcis 7–6, 7–6, 7–6, in the second round Mikhail Youzhny 7–5, 7–5, 7–5, and in the third round he upset seventh seed Gilles Simon 6–4, 6–4, 6–2. He next played Fernando González and lost 2–6, 4–6, 2–6.

At Wimbledon, he was seeded 31st. In the first round, he won a grueling match against Iván Navarro 6–3, 6–7, 6–4, 6–7, 12–10. Then he played Nicolas Devilder and won 6–2, 6–3, 6–1, to advance in the third round, where he lost to eighth-seeded Gilles Simon 2–6, 5–7, 2–6. At the 2009 MercedesCup, he reached the final by defeating Dominik Meffert, Rainer Schüttler, Alexandre Sidorenko, and Fabio Fognini in the semifinals. He lost in the final to Jérémy Chardy 6–1 3–6 4–6.

2010[edit]

At the 2010 Australian Open, he won his first-round match against Juan Ignacio Chela 6–4, 6–3, 7–6, but then lost in the second round to World No. 1 Roger Federer 2–6, 3–6, 2–6.

He then played at the 2010 BNP Paribas Open, where he won his first-round match against Juan Ignacio Chela 6–3, 7–6, and then lost again to Roger Federer 3–6, 7–6, 1–6.

At the 2010 Internazionali BNL d'Italia, he defeated Michael Berrer 6–2, 6–7, 6–3, in the first round, then Juan Mónaco 7–6, 6–4, to lose in the next round to eventual winner Rafael Nadal 3–6, 2–6.

At ATP Casablanca, April 5, 2010, he was runner up, losing in the final to Stanislas Wawrinka.[3]

2011[edit]

Hănescu reached the semifinals in Casablanca, losing there to Potito Starace, 1–6, 7–6, 6–7. He reached the final in Nice, where he lost to Nicolás Almagro, 6–7, 3–6, 3–6. He went out in the second round at the French Open and Wimbledon and had little success for the rest of the year.

In July, he broke an 11-match losing streak to beat then-world no. 7 and top seed Gaël Monfils at the MercedesCup, after saving two match points in the second-set tiebreaker.[4]

2012[edit]

Hănescu was defeated in the second round in Chennai by Canadian Milos Raonic, 1-6, 4-6. He also went out in the second round in São Paulo to Nicolás Almagro, who had beaten him in the final in Nice the previous year. He was defeated in the second round in Buenos Aires by upcoming Japanese star Kei Nishikori in three sets.

He reached the semifinals in Marrakech, going down against Slovak Martin Kližan, 5-7, 4-6. He reached the quarterfinals in Barletta, losing to Potito Starace, 5-7, 2-6.

He qualified in Monte Carlo and Madrid, but went out in the first round. He failed to qualify in Rome.

Controversy[edit]

At the 2010 Wimbledon Championships, Hănescu was booed and taunted by a group of spectators during his third-round loss to Daniel Brands of Germany. The group allegedly called him a gypsy, a highly derogatory term in Romania. Frustrated due to injury and crowd behaviour, he responded by spitting towards some spectators and received a warning from the umpire.[5] He then deliberately made four service foot faults to lose two points, giving Brands a 3–0 lead in the final set, before retiring. Four spectators were later arrested by police under Section 5 of the Public Order Act.[6] Hănescu was also fined US$15,000 for his behavior, this being the first of its kind in his career.

ATP career finals[edit]

Singles: 5 (1 title, 4 runners-up)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (0–0)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (1–4)
Titles by Surface
Hard (0–0)
Clay (1–4)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. September 16, 2007 BCR Open Romania, Bucharest, Romania Clay France Gilles Simon 6–4, 3–6, 2–6
Winner 1. July 13, 2008 Allianz Suisse Open Gstaad, Gstaad, Switzerland Clay Russia Igor Andreev 6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 2. July 12, 2009 MercedesCup, Stuttgart, Germany Clay France Jérémy Chardy 6–1, 3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 3. April 11, 2010 Grand Prix Hassan II, Casablanca, Morocco Clay Switzerland Stanislas Wawrinka 2–6, 3–6
Runner-up 4. May 21, 2011 Open de Nice Côte d'Azur, Nice, France Clay Spain Nicolás Almagro 7–6(7–5), 3–6, 3–6

Doubles: 4 (2 titles, 2 runners-up)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (2–0)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (0–2)
Titles by Surface
Hard (0–0)
Clay (2–2)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. September 18, 2005 BCR Open Romania, Bucharest, Romania Clay Romania Andrei Pavel Argentina José Acasuso
Argentina Sebastián Prieto
3–6, 6–4, 3–6
Winner 1. July 14, 2008 Austrian Open, Kitzbühel, Austria Clay United States James Cerretani Argentina Lucas Arnold Ker
Belgium Olivier Rochus
6–3, 7–5
Runner-up 2. July 13, 2009 MercedesCup, Stuttgart, Germany Clay Romania Horia Tecău Czech Republic František Čermák
Slovakia Michal Mertiňák
5–7, 4–6
Winner 2. February 26, 2011 Abierto Mexicano Telcel, Acapulco, Mexico Clay Romania Horia Tecău Brazil Marcelo Melo
Brazil Bruno Soares
6–1, 6–3

Singles performance timeline[edit]

Key
W  F  SF QF R# RR LQ (Q#) A P Z# PO SF-B F-S G NMS NH

Won tournament; or reached Final; Semifinal; Quarter-final; Round 4, 3, 2, 1; competed at a Round Robin stage; lost in Qualification Round; absent from tournament event; played in a Davis Cup Zonal Group (with its number indication) or Play-off; won a bronze, silver (F or S) or gold medal at the Olympics; a downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament (Not a Masters Series); or a tournament that was Not Held in a given year.

To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated either at the conclusion of a tournament, or when the player's participation in the tournament has ended.

Current through 2014 Wimbledon Championships.

Tournament 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open 1R 2R 1R 1R 1R 2R 2R 1R 1R 1R 2R 4–11
French Open 3R 2R QF 1R 2R 4R 3R 2R 1R 3R 1R 16–11
Wimbledon 3R 1R 2R 2R 3R 3R 2R 1R 1R 9–9
US Open 1R 1R 1R 2R 1R 2R 1R 1R 2–8
Win–Loss 0–0 4–3 1–4 6–4 0–1 0–2 3–4 6–4 6–4 2–4 0–2 2–4 1-3 31–39
ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Indian Wells 2R 1R 2R 1R 2R 2R 1R 2R 5–8
Miami 1R 2R 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R 2R 1R 2–9
Monte Carlo 3R 1R 2R 1R 1R 1R 1R 3–7
Rome 2R 2R 1R Q1 Q1 1R 3R 1R Q2 4–6
Madrid 2R 2R 1R 3R 1R 1R 4–6
Canada 3R 3R 4–2
Cincinnati 1R 1R 0–2
Shanghai Not Masters Series 1R 1R 0–2
Paris 2R 2R 1R 1R 2R Q2 2–5
Hamburg 2R Q1 Not Masters Series 1–1
Win–Loss 0–0 2–2 2–4 5–6 0–3 0–0 2–3 3–9 7–7 1–5 0–3 1–4 1–2 24–48

Doubles performance timeline[edit]

Key
W  F  SF QF R# RR LQ (Q#) A P Z# PO SF-B F-S G NMS NH

Won tournament; or reached Final; Semifinal; Quarter-final; Round 4, 3, 2, 1; competed at a Round Robin stage; lost in Qualification Round; absent from tournament event; played in a Davis Cup Zonal Group (with its number indication) or Play-off; won a bronze, silver (F or S) or gold medal at the Olympics; a downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament (Not a Masters Series); or a tournament that was Not Held in a given year.

To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated either at the conclusion of a tournament, or when the player's participation in the tournament has ended.

Current till US Open.

Tournament 2004 2005 2006 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open 1R 1R 1R 1R 2R 2R 2–6
French Open 1R 1R 1R 2R 1R 1–5
Wimbledon 2R 2R 2R 3–3
US Open 2R 1R 1R 2R 1R 1R 2–6
Win–Loss 0–1 2–3 0–1 1–2 1–3 1–2 0–3 2–2 1–3 8–20

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