Johan Kriek

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Johan Kriek
Country (sports) South Africa
 United States
ResidenceRoanoke, Virginia, U.S.
Born (1958-04-05) April 5, 1958 (age 62)
Pongola, South Africa
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Turned pro1978
Retired1994
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money$2,383,794
Singles
Career record376–222
Career titles14
Highest rankingNo. 7 (September 10, 1984)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenW (1981, 1982)
French OpenSF (1986)
WimbledonQF (1981, 1982)
US OpenSF (1980)
Other tournaments
Tour FinalsQF (1982, 1983, 1984, 1985)
WCT FinalsF (1981)
Doubles
Career record206–173
Career titles8
Highest rankingNo. 12 (August 15, 1988)

Johan Kriek (born April 5, 1958) is a retired South African-American tennis player and founder of the Global Water Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to delivering clean water to the world's neediest communities. He won two Australian Open titles and reached the semifinals at the French Open and US Open, as well as the quarterfinals of Wimbledon. Kriek won 14 professional singles and eight doubles titles, reaching a career-high singles ranking of world No. 7. His most memorable wins include victories over Andre Agassi, Jimmy Connors, John McEnroe, Guillermo Vilas, Stefan Edberg, Michael Chang, Vitas Gerulaitis and Björn Borg.

He attended Afrikaanse Hoër Seunskool (Afrikaans High School for Boys, also known as Affies), a public school located in Pretoria.

Kriek became a naturalized American citizen in August 1982.[1]

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Singles: (2 titles)[edit]

Result Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Win 1981 Australian Open Grass United States Steve Denton 6–2, 7–6(7–1), 6–7(1–7), 6–4
Win 1982 Australian Open (2) Grass United States Steve Denton 6–3, 6–3, 6–2

Career finals[edit]

Singles (14 titles, 13 runner-ups)[edit]

Result No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Loss 1. 1978 Hartford, U.S. Carpet United States John McEnroe 2–6, 4–6
Win 1. 1979 Sarasota, U.S. Carpet United States Richard Meyer 7–6, 6–2
Loss 2. 1979 Basel, Switzerland Hard (i) United States Brian Gottfried 5–7, 1–6, 6–4, 3–6
Loss 3. 1980 Frankfurt, Germany Carpet (i) United States Stan Smith 6–2, 6–7, 2–6
Loss 4. 1980 Stowe, U.S. Hard United States Bob Lutz 3–6, 1–6
Win 2. 1981 Monterrey WCT, Mexico Carpet (i) United States Vitas Gerulaitis 7–6, 3–6, 7–6
Loss 5. 1981 WCT Finals, Dallas Carpet (i) United States John McEnroe 1–6, 2–6, 4–6
Win 3. 1981 Newport, U.S. Grass United States Hank Pfister 3–6, 6–3, 7–5
Win 4. 1981 Australian Open, Melbourne Grass United States Steve Denton 6–2, 7–6, 6–7, 6–4
Win 5. 1982 Memphis, U.S. Hard (i) United States John McEnroe 6–3, 3–6, 6–4
Loss 6. 1982 Monterrey, Mexico Carpet United States Jimmy Connors 2–6, 6–3, 3–6
Win 6. 1982 La Costa WCT, U.S. Hard United States Roscoe Tanner 6–0, 4–6, 6–0, 6–4
Win 7. 1982 Australian Open, Melbourne Grass United States Steve Denton 6–3, 6–3, 6–2
Loss 7. 1983 Los Angeles, U.S. Hard United States Gene Mayer 6–7, 1–6
Win 8. 1983 Tampa, U.S. Carpet United States Bob Lutz 6–2, 6–4
Win 9. 1983 Bristol, England Grass United States Tom Gullikson 7–6, 7–5
Win 10. 1983 Johannesburg, South Africa Hard United Kingdom Colin Dowdeswell 6–4, 4–6, 1–6, 7–5, 6–3
Loss 8. 1984 Boca West, U.S. Hard United States Jimmy Connors 5–7, 4–6
Win 11. 1984 Bristol, England Grass United States Brian Teacher 6–7, 7–6, 6–4
Win 12. 1984 Livingston, U.S. Hard West Germany Michael Westphal 6–2, 6–4
Win 13. 1985 Las Vegas, U.S. Hard United States Jimmy Arias 4–6, 6–3, 6–4, 6–2
Loss 9. 1985 London Queen's Club, England Grass West Germany Boris Becker 2–6, 3–6
Loss 10. 1985 San Francisco, U.S. Hard (i) Sweden Stefan Edberg 4–6, 2–6
Win 14. 1987 Livingston, U.S. Hard West Germany Christian Saceanu 7–6, 3–6, 6–2
Loss 11. 1988 Schenectady, U.S. Hard United States Tim Mayotte 7–5, 3–6, 2–6
Loss 12. 1988 San Francisco, U.S. Hard (i) United States Michael Chang 2–6, 3–6
Loss 13. 1989 Memphis, U.S. Hard (i) United States Brad Gilbert 2–6, 2–6, ret.

Doubles (8 titles, 7 runner-ups)[edit]

Result No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1. 1980 Richmond WCT, U.S. Carpet (i) United States Fritz Buehning United States Brian Gottfried
South Africa Frew McMillan
3–6, 6–3, 7–6
Loss 1. 1980 Sydney Indoor, Australia Hard (i) United States Tim Gullikson United States Peter Fleming
United States John McEnroe
6–4, 1–6, 2–6
Loss 2. 1981 Monterrey WCT, Mexico Carpet New Zealand Russell Simpson South Africa Kevin Curren
United States Steve Denton
6–7, 2–6
Loss 3. 1981 Bristol, England Grass United States John Austin United States Billy Martin
New Zealand Russell Simpson
6–3, 3–6, 10–12
Win 2. 1981 Stowe, U.S. Hard United States Larry Stefanki United States Brian Gottfried
United States Bob Lutz
2–6, 6–1, 6–2
Win 3. 1982 Forest Hills WCT, U.S. Clay United States Tracy Delatte United States Dick Stockton
United States Erik van Dillen
6–3, 7–6
Win 4. 1982 La Costa WCT, U.S. Hard United States Fritz Buehning United States Bob Lutz
Mexico Raúl Ramírez
3–6, 7–6, 6–3
Loss 4. 1983 Delray Beach WCT, U.S. Clay India Anand Amritraj Czechoslovakia Pavel Složil
Czechoslovakia Tomáš Šmíd
6–7, 4–6
Loss 5. 1983 Las Vegas, U.S. Hard United States Tracy Delatte South Africa Kevin Curren
United States Steve Denton
3–6, 5–7
Win 5. 1983 Forest Hills WCT, U.S. Clay United States Tracy Delatte South Africa Kevin Curren
United States Steve Denton
7–6, 1–6, 6–1
Loss 6. 1983 Bristol, England Grass United States Tom Gullikson Australia John Alexander
Australia John Fitzgerald
5–7, 4–6
Loss 7. 1983 Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i) United States Peter Fleming Sweden Anders Järryd
Sweden Hans Simonsson
6–7, 5–7
Win 6. 1985 Chicago, U.S. Carpet (i) France Yannick Noah United States Ken Flach
United States Robert Seguso
3–6, 4–6, 7–5, 6–1, 6–4
Win 7. 1988 Philadelphia, U.S. Carpet (i) New Zealand Kelly Evernden South Africa Kevin Curren
South Africa Danie Visser
7–6, 6–3
Win 8. 1988 Tokyo Outdoor, Japan Hard Australia John Fitzgerald United States Steve Denton
United States David Pate
6–4, 6–4

Grand Slam singles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 SR W–L
Australian Open A A A A W W QF SF QF A 2R 2R 3R A A A A A 2 / 8 25–6
French Open A A 1R A A A A A A SF 1R A A A A A A A 0 / 3 4–3
Wimbledon A 2R 3R 3R QF QF 3R 4R 3R 2R 4R 1R 1R A 1R A A A 0 / 13 24–13
US Open A QF QF SF 3R 3R 4R 3R 2R 3R 3R 3R 1R A A A A A 0 / 12 29–12
Win–Loss 0–0 5–2 6–3 7–2 12–2 12–2 8–3 9–3 6–3 7–3 5–4 3–3 2–3 0–0 0–1 0–0 0–0 0–0 2 / 36 82–34
Year-end ranking 278 27 35 18 13 12 15 13 14 23 48 39 52 413 274 1097 1178 861

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kriek Tops Gullikson". The New York Times. Retrieved September 21, 2013.

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