Igor Sijsling

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Igor Sijsling
Igor Sijsling 2, 2015 Wimbledon Qualifying - Diliff.jpg
Country (sports) Netherlands
ResidenceAmsterdam, Netherlands
Born (1987-08-18) 18 August 1987 (age 32)
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Height1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Turned pro2005
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money$2,163,775
Career record50–90
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 52 (17 February 2014)
Current rankingNo. 363 (28 May 2018)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open1R (2013, 2014, 2015)
French Open2R (2013, 2016)
Wimbledon3R (2013)
US Open2R (2012)
Career record27–44
Career titles1
Highest rankingNo. 37 (6 January 2014)
Current rankingNo. 542 (28 May 2018)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenF (2013)
French Open2R (2014)
Wimbledon2R (2014)
US Open1R (2012, 2013)
Last updated on: 6 June 2018.

Igor Sijsling (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈiɡɔr ˈsɛi̯slɪŋ]; born 18 August 1987) is a Dutch professional tennis player.[1] He is coached by Dennis Schenk. Sijsling reached his career-high ATP singles ranking of World No. 52 on 17 February 2014.[2] His biggest accomplishment is reaching the final of Australian Open Doubles with countryman Robin Haase in 2013, where they lost to the Bryan Brothers.[3] In singles, he reached the third round of the 2013 Wimbledon Championships and has victories over top players including Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Milos Raonic and Mikhail Youzhny.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Sijsling grew up in Amsterdam, where his Serbian mother tried to instill her love of sports in her son. He played all kinds of sports as a young child, street football, basketball, and tennis. He even studied ballet.[citation needed]

He started playing tennis at the age of five with his parents, studying at the Amstelpark tennis school. By the time he was 12, tennis was clearly his sport. He was chosen for the Dutch national youth team. He won the Dutch under-18 championship twice and was runner-up at the European under-18 championships in Switzerland.[citation needed]

He received his diploma from the Vossius Gymnasium and began to play on the Futures and Challenger tours in 2006.[5]

Professional career[edit]


Igor Sijsling at the Nice Open 2012.

Sijsling's first success on the ATP tour came in 2011, when he reached the quarterfinals in Metz, losing to Ivan Ljubičić.

In 2012, he again reached the quarterfinals in s-Hertogenbosch, after beating Jarkko Nieminen and Olivier Rochus in the first two rounds. He was beaten by David Ferrer. He qualified for the US Open that year and reached the second round of the main draw, where he again lost to Ferrer. In Kuala Lumpur, he again reached the quarterfinals, falling yet again to Ferrer. He reached the second round in Moscow and Paris-Bercy, falling to Andreas Seppi and Janko Tipsarević, respectively. In doubles, he reached the quarterfinals in Rotterdam, partnering Thomas Schoorel. He also reached the quarterfinals in Moscow, partnered with Roberto Bautista Agut.


Igor Sijsling in 2013.

In 2013, he qualified in Auckland and beat Dutch no. 1 Robin Haase in the first round, only to fall to Tommy Haas in the second. He also reached the second round in Zagreb. At the Australian Open, he teamed with Robin Haase to reach the doubles final, losing to the Bryan brothers. In Rotterdam, Sijsling beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the first round for his first top-10 victory. At Wimbledon, Sijsling had his best showing in the singles tournament of a Grand Slam event by reaching the third round, beating seeded player Grigor Dimitrov in the process.


Igor prepared for the first Grand Slam tournament of the season with two warm-up tournaments, in Brisbane, where he lost in the first round to Nicolas Mahut, followed by the Heineken Open, where he again lost in the first round, this time to eventual finalist Lu Yen-hsun. At the Australian Open, he lost to Australian wildcard Thanasi Kokkinakis in the first round. The following week he played in a Challenger event in Heilbronn, where he made the final, losing to home favourite Peter Gojowczyk in straight sets. In Zagreb he entered the tournament as the eighth seed. He beat Kavčič in the first round, but lost to Russian qualifier Andrey Kuznetsov in the second. Sijsling played his first ATP World Tour 500 series event of the year in Rotterdam, beating seventh seed and world no. 15 Mikhail Youzhny in the first round, losing just four games in the process.[6]

Career finals[edit]

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Doubles: 1 (0–1)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 2013 Australian Open Hard Netherlands Robin Haase United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
3–6, 4–6

ATP Tour finals[edit]

Doubles: 4 (1–3)[edit]

Grand Slam tournaments (0–1)
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 (1–2)
Titles by surface
Hard (1–2)
Clay (0–1)
Grass (0–0)
Titles by setting
Outdoor (1–3)
Indoor (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0–1 Jul 2008 Dutch Open, Netherlands International Clay Netherlands Jesse Huta Galung Czech Republic František Čermák
Netherlands Rogier Wassen
5–7, 5–7
Loss 0–2 Jan 2013 Australian Open, Australia Grand Slam Hard Netherlands Robin Haase United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
3–6, 4–6
Loss 0–3 Jul 2013 Colombia Open, Colombia 250 Series Hard France Édouard Roger-Vasselin India Purav Raja
India Divij Sharan
6–7(4–7), 6–7(3–7)
Win 1–3 Jul 2013 Atlanta Open, US 250 Series Hard France Édouard Roger-Vasselin United Kingdom Colin Fleming
United Kingdom Jonathan Marray
7–6(8–6), 6–3

ATP Challenger finals[edit]

Singles: 17 (7–10)[edit]

ATP Challengers (7-10)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 31 June 2006 Saransk, Russia Clay Uzbekistan Farrukh Dustov 7–6(10–8), 6–4
Runner-up 2. 19 November 2007 Shrewsbury, UK Hard(i) Russia Igor Kunitsyn 2–6, 4–6
Runner-up 3. 13 July 2009 Manchester, UK Grass Belgium Olivier Rochus 3–6, 6–4, 2–6
Runner-up 4. 2 November 2009 Chuncheon, South Korea Hard Taiwan Lu Yen-hsun 2–6, 3–6
Winner 5. 1 November 2010 Eckental, Germany Carpet(i) Belgium Ruben Bemelmans 3–6, 6–2, 6–3
Runner-up 6. 8 November 2010 Aachen, Germany Carpet(i) Germany Dustin Brown 3–6, 6–7(3–7)
Winner 7. 11 September 2011 Alphen, Netherlands Clay Germany Jan-Lennard Struff 7–6(7–2), 6–3
Winner 8. 12 February 2012 Quimper, France Hard(i) Tunisia Malek Jaziri 6–3, 6–4
Winner 9. 26 February 2012 Wolfsburg, Germany Carpet(i) Poland Jerzy Janowicz 4–6, 6–3, 7–6(11–9)
Runner-up 10. 30 July 2012 Granby, Canada Hard Canada Vasek Pospisil 6–7(2–7), 4–6
Winner 11. 5 August 2012 Vancouver, Canada Hard Ukraine Sergei Bubka 6–1, 7–5
Runner-up 12. 30 September 2013 Mons, Belgium Hard(i) Czech Republic Radek Štěpánek 3–6, 5–7
Runner-up 13. 20 January 2014 Heilbronn, Germany Hard(i) Germany Peter Gojowczyk 4–6, 5–7
Runner-up 14. 13 September 2015 Alphen, Netherlands Clay Bosnia and Herzegovina Damir Džumhur 1–6, 6–2, 1–6
Runner-up 15. 18 October 2015 Rennes, France Hard (i) Tunisia Malek Jaziri 7–5, 5–7, 4–6
Winner 16. 21 November 2015 Brescia, Italy Hard (i) Bosnia and Herzegovina Mirza Bašić 6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 17. 3 April 2016 Saint Brieuc, France Hard (i) France Alexandre Sidorenko 6–2, 3–6, 6–7(3–7)

Doubles: 6 (3–3)[edit]

ATP Challenger Tour (3–3)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponent Score
Winner 1. 30 November 2006 Louisville, United States Hard (i) Netherlands Robin Haase United States Amer Delic
United States Robert Kendrick
Runner-up 2. 11 August 2007 Vigo, Spain Clay Spain Pablo Santos Italy Leonardo Azzaro
Algeria Lamine Ouahab
6–2, 4–6, [7–10]
Runner-up 3. 25 April 2010 Athens, Greece Hard Netherlands Robin Haase South Africa Rik de Voest
Chinese Taipei Lu Yen-hsun
3–6, 4–6
Winner 4. 14 November 2010 Aachen, Germany Carpet Belgium Ruben Bemelmans United Kingdom Jamie Delgado
United Kingdom Jonathan Marray
6–4, 3–6, [11–9]
Runner-up 5. 11 September 2011 Alphen, Netherlands Clay Netherlands Matwé Middelkoop Netherlands Thiemo de Bakker
Netherlands Antal van der Duim
4–6, 7–6(7–4), [6–10]
Winner 6. 6 October 2013 Mons, Belgium Hard (i) Netherlands Jesse Huta Galung United States Eric Butorac
South Africa Raven Klaasen
4–6, 7–6(7–2), [10–7]

Grand Slam performance timelines[edit]


(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (P) postponed; (Z#) Davis/Fed Cup Zonal Group (with number indication) or (PO) play-off; (G) gold, (F-S) silver or (SF-B) bronze Olympic medal; a (NMS) downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.
Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 SR W–L Win %
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open Q2 Q1 Q3 1R 1R 1R Q2 0 / 3 0–3 0.00
French Open Q1 Q1 1R 2R 1R 1R 2R 0 / 5 2–5 28.57
Wimbledon A 1R A 3R 1R 1R 0 / 4 2–4 33.33
US Open Q3 Q2 2R 1R 1R Q1 0 / 3 1–3 25.00
Win–Loss 0–0 0–1 1–2 3–4 0–4 0–3 1–1 0 / 15 5–15 25.00


Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 SR W–L Win %
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A A F 1R 0 / 2 5–2 71.43
French Open A A A 1R 2R 0 / 2 1–2 33.33
Wimbledon A A A 1R 0 / 1 0–1 0.00
US Open A A 1R 1R 0 / 2 0–2 0.00
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–1 5–4 1–2 0 / 7 6–7 46.15


  1. ^ "Official Website" (in Dutch). Retrieved 20 June 2012.
  2. ^ "ATP Player Profile Igor Sijsling". ATP. Retrieved 11 February 2014.
  3. ^ "Australian Open 2013: Bryan brothers capture title in straight sets". SBNation. Retrieved 11 February 2014.
  4. ^ "Wild card Igor Sijsling advances". ESPN. Retrieved 11 February 2014.
  5. ^ Biography on his personal website
  6. ^ "Wild card Igor Sijsling advances". ESPN. Retrieved 11 February 2014.

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