Johan Van Herck

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Johan Van Herck
Country (sports)  Belgium
Born (1974-05-24) 24 May 1974 (age 41)
Herentals, Belgium
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Turned pro 1993
Plays Right-handed
Prize money $717,393
Career record 52–76
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 65 (12 May 1997)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 1R (1996, 1997, 1998)
French Open 3R (1998)
Wimbledon 1R (1996, 1997, 1998)
US Open 2R (1997)
Career record 3–9

Johan Van Herck (born 24 May 1974) is a former professional tennis player from Belgium.

Van Herck first broke into the top 100 of the ATP Rankings in 1996, when he made semi-finals at the Copenhagen Open and Italy's Campionati Internazionali di Sicilia. In the later he upset top seed Félix Mantilla Botella in the second round.

In both 1997 and 1998, Van Herck was a semi-finalist at the Coral Springs International Tennis Championships.[1]

He had his best Grand Slam performance at the 1998 French Open, where in the opening round he defeated world number four Greg Rusedski in straight sets. He then beat Spanish qualifier Jordi Mas to reach the third round, but was then eliminated by another qualifier, Jens Knippschild, despite winning the opening two sets, from which he dropped just two games.[2]

Van Herck defeated another top player in the 1999 Grand Prix Hassan II, held in Casablanca, overcoming number one seed Thomas Muster.

He represented the Belgium Davis Cup team in nine ties during his career and had a combined 7-5 win loss record, all of his victories coming in singles rubbers. His biggest wins came against Russian Yevgeny Kafelnikov in 1995, Swede Thomas Enqvist in 1996 and Frenchman Cédric Pioline in 1997.[3]

Challenger Titles[edit]

Singles: (8)[edit]

No. Year Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
1. 1995 Mendoza, Argentina Clay Spain Juan Albert Viloca-Puig 7–6, 6–1
2. 1995 Montauban, France Clay Poland Wojtek Kowalski 6–4, 4–6, 6–3
3. 1995 Ostend, Belgium Clay France Frédéric Fontang 6–3, 6–2
4. 1996 Bromma, Sweden Hard Sweden Jan Apell 6–3, 7–5
5. 1997 Bermuda Clay Armenia Sargis Sargsian 6–1, 4–6, 6–0
6. 1997 Birmingham, United States Clay Germany Tommy Haas 7–6, 6–7, 6–4
7. 1997 Brest, France Hard France Sébastien Grosjean 4–6, 6–2, 6–4
8. 2000 Tampere, Finland Clay France Olivier Mutis 6–3, 6–2