Michael Stich

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Michael Stich
Michael Stich.jpg
Country (sports) Germany[notes 1]
ResidenceElmshorn, Germany
Born (1968-10-18) 18 October 1968 (age 51)
Pinneberg, West Germany
Height1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Turned pro1988
Retired1997
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money$12,592,483
Int. Tennis HoF2018 (member page)
Singles
Career record385–176
Career titles18
Highest rankingNo. 2 (22 November 1993)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenSF (1993)
French OpenF (1996)
WimbledonW (1991)
US OpenF (1994)
Other tournaments
Tour FinalsW (1993)
Grand Slam CupW (1992)
Olympic Games2R (1992)
Doubles
Career record165–111
Career titles10
Highest rankingNo. 9 (22 March 1991)
Grand Slam Doubles results
WimbledonW (1992)
Team competitions
Davis CupW (1993)

Michael Detlef Stich (born 18 October 1968) is a former professional tennis player from Germany. He won the men's singles title at Wimbledon in 1991, the men's doubles titles at both Wimbledon and the Olympic Games in 1992, and was a singles runner-up at the 1994 US Open and the 1996 French Open. Stich won 18 singles titles and ten doubles titles. His career-high singles ranking was world No. 2 in 1993.

Career[edit]

Stich was raised in Elmshorn, Schleswig-Holstein. He turned professional in 1988 and won his first top-level singles title in 1990 at Memphis, Tennessee.

Stich won Wimbledon in 1991. He defeated the defending champion and world No. 1 Stefan Edberg in the semifinals, 4–6, 7–6, 7–6, 7–6, without breaking his service once. Then in the final, he beat his compatriot and three-time Wimbledon champion Boris Becker in straight sets.

In 1992, Stich teamed with John McEnroe to win the men's doubles title at Wimbledon in a five-set and five-hour final that stretched into Monday (the day after the tournament normally ends) and ended with a 19–17 final set. Then at the Summer Olympic Games in Barcelona, Stich teamed with Becker to win the men's doubles gold medal. Stich also won the 1992 Grand Slam Cup, defeating Michael Chang in the final.

A major highlight of 1993 for Stich came at the end-of-year ATP World Championships, where he was the only player in the 1990s history of the Championship tournament to claim the title undefeated, overcoming Pete Sampras in the final.[1] Playing for Germany, Stich also won both the Davis Cup and the Hopman Cup in 1993.

He reached his second Grand Slam singles final at the 1994 US Open, where he lost in straight sets to Andre Agassi. Stich also helped Germany win the World Team Cup in 1994.

He upset defending champion Thomas Muster in four sets in the fourth round of the 1996 French Open en route to appearing in his third and final Grand Slam singles final, where he was defeated by Yevgeny Kafelnikov in straight sets. He also won his final career singles title that year at Antwerp. His last doubles title came in 1997 at Halle.

Stich's all-round ability, both from the baseline and at the net, allowed him to become one of the few players to win both singles and doubles tournaments on all surfaces. He is one of only five players of his generation[clarification needed] to have a positive career head-to-head record against Sampras.[2]

Stich announced his retirement from the professional tour in 1997, following Wimbledon. His last run at Wimbledon started with a win over US top-ten player Jim Courier and ended with a five-set loss to Cédric Pioline in the semifinals.

Since his retirement, he has devoted most of his time to his own AIDS foundation. He also works as a tennis commentator for the BBC. In 2018, he became an International Tennis Hall of Fame inductee.[3] Stich was married to the German actress Jessica Stockmann from 1992 to 2003. In 2005, he married Alexandra Rikowski. They live in Hamburg.

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Singles: 3 (1–2)[edit]

Result Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Win 1991 Wimbledon Grass Germany Boris Becker 6–4, 7–6(7–4), 6–4
Loss 1994 US Open Hard United States Andre Agassi 1–6, 6–7(5–7), 5–7
Loss 1996 French Open Clay Russia Yevgeny Kafelnikov 6–7(4–7), 5–7, 6–7(4–7)

Doubles: 1 (1–0)[edit]

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1992 Wimbledon Grass United States John McEnroe United States Jim Grabb
United States Richey Reneberg
5–7, 7–6(7–5), 3–6, 7–6(7–5), 19–17

Other significant finals[edit]

Year-end championships finals[edit]

Singles: 1 (1–0)[edit]

Result Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Win 1993 ATP Tour World Championships Carpet (i) United States Pete Sampras 7–6(7–3), 2–6, 7–6(9–7), 6–2

Grand Slam Cup finals 2 (1–1)[edit]

Result Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Win 1992 Grand Slam Cup Carpet (i) United States Michael Chang 6–2, 6–3, 6–2
Loss 1993 Grand Slam Cup Carpet (i) Czechoslovakia Petr Korda 6–2, 4–6, 6–7(5–7), 6–2, 9–11

Olympic men's doubles final[edit]

Result Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Gold 1992 Barcelona Olympics Clay Germany Boris Becker South Africa Wayne Ferreira
South Africa Piet Norval
7–6(7–5), 4–6, 7–6(7–5), 6–3

Masters Series finals[edit]

Singles: 3 (2–1)[edit]

Result Year Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Loss 1992 Hamburg Clay Sweden Stefan Edberg 7–5, 4–6, 1–6
Win 1993 Hamburg Clay Russia Andrei Chesnokov 6–3, 6–7(1–7), 7–6(9–7), 6–4
Win 1993 Stockholm Hard (i) Croatia Goran Ivanišević 4–6, 7–6(8–6), 7–6(7–3), 6–2

Doubles: 3 (1–2)[edit]

Result Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 1990 Hamburg Clay Germany Udo Riglewski Spain Sergi Bruguera
United States Jim Courier
6–7, 2–6
Win 1992 Monte Carlo Clay Germany Boris Becker Czechoslovakia Petr Korda
Czechoslovakia Karel Nováček
3–6, 6–1, 6–4
Loss 1992 Hamburg Clay Germany Carl-Uwe Steeb Spain Sergio Casal
Spain Emilio Sánchez
7–5, 4–6, 3–6

Career finals[edit]

Singles: 31 (18–13)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam (1–2)
Year-end championships (1–0)
Grand Slam Cup (1–1)
ATP Masters Series (2–1)
ATP Championship Series (3–3)
ATP World Series (10–6)
Finals by surface
Hard (4–4)
Grass (4–1)
Clay (3–5)
Carpet (7–3)
Result No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Win 1. Mar 1990 Memphis, US Hard Australia Wally Masur 6–7(5–7), 6–4, 7–6(7–1)
Loss 1. Jan 1991 Adelaide, Australia Hard Sweden Nicklas Kulti 3–6, 6–1, 2–6
Loss 2. Jan 1991 Sydney, Australia Hard France Guy Forget 3–6, 4–6
Loss 3. Feb 1991 Memphis, US Hard (i) Czech Republic Ivan Lendl 5–7, 3–6
Win 2. Jul 1991 Wimbledon, UK Grass Germany Boris Becker 6–4, 7–6(7–4), 6–4
Win 3. Jul 1991 Stuttgart Outdoor, Germany Clay Argentina Alberto Mancini 1–6, 7–6(11–9), 6–4, 6–2
Win 4. Aug 1991 Schenectady, US Hard Spain Emilio Sánchez 6–2, 6–4
Win 5. Oct 1991 Vienna, Austria Carpet (i) Netherlands Jan Siemerink 6–4, 6–4, 6–4
Loss 4. May 1992 Hamburg, Germany Clay Sweden Stefan Edberg 7–5, 4–6, 1–6
Win 6. Jun 1992 Rosmalen, Netherlands Grass United States Jonathan Stark 6–4, 7–5
Win 7. Dec 1992 Grand Slam Cup, Munich Carpet (i) United States Michael Chang 6–2, 6–3, 6–2
Win 8. Feb 1993 Stuttgart, Germany Carpet (i) Netherlands Richard Krajicek 4–6, 7–5, 7–6(7–4), 3–6, 7–5
Loss 5. May 1993 Munich, Germany Clay United States Ivan Lendl 6–7(2–7), 3–6
Win 9. May 1993 Hamburg, Germany Clay Russia Andrei Chesnokov 6–3, 6–7(1–7), 7–6(9–7), 6–4
Win 10. Jun 1993 London (Queen's Club), UK Grass South Africa Wayne Ferreira 6–3, 6–4
Loss 6. Jul 1993 Stuttgart, Germany Clay Sweden Magnus Gustafsson 3–6, 4–6, 6–3, 6–4, 4–6
Win 11. Aug 1993 Basel, Switzerland Hard (i) Sweden Stefan Edberg 6–4, 6–7(5–7), 6–3, 6–2
Win 12. Nov 1993 Stockholm, Sweden Carpet (i) Croatia Goran Ivanišević 4–6, 7–6(8–6), 7–6(7–3), 6–2
Win 13. Nov 1993 ATP Tour World Championships, Frankfurt Carpet (i) United States Pete Sampras 7–6(7–3), 2–6, 7–6(9–7), 6–2
Loss 7. Dec 1993 Grand Slam Cup, Munich Carpet (i) Czech Republic Petr Korda 6–2, 4–6, 6–7(5–7), 6–2, 9–11
Win 14. Feb 1994 Rotterdam, Netherlands Carpet (i) South Africa Wayne Ferreira 4–6, 6–3, 6–0
Win 15. May 1994 Munich, Germany Clay Czech Republic Petr Korda 6–2, 2–6, 6–3
Win 16. Jun 1994 Halle, Germany Grass Sweden Magnus Larsson 6–4, 4–6, 6–3
Loss 8. Sep 1994 US Open, New York Hard United States Andre Agassi 1–6, 6–7(5–7), 5–7
Loss 9. Oct 1994 Vienna, Austria Carpet (i) United States Andre Agassi 6–7(4–7), 6–4, 2–6, 3–6
Loss 10. Feb 1995 Stuttgart, Germany Carpet (i) Netherlands Richard Krajicek 6–7(4–7), 3–6, 7–6(8–6), 6–1, 3–6
Loss 11. May 1995 Munich, Germany Clay South Africa Wayne Ferreira 5–7, 6–7(6–8)
Loss 12. Jun 1995 Halle, Germany Grass Switzerland Marc Rosset 6–3, 6–7(11–13), 6–7(8–10)
Win 17. Aug 1995 Los Angeles, US Hard Sweden Thomas Enqvist 6–7(7–9), 7–6(7–4), 6–2
Win 18. Feb 1996 Antwerp, Belgium Carpet (i) Croatia Goran Ivanišević 6–3, 6–2, 7–6(7–5)
Loss 13. Jun 1996 French Open, Paris Clay Russia Yevgeny Kafelnikov 6–7(4–7), 5–7, 6–7(4–7)

Doubles: 16 (10–6)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam (1–0)
Tennis Masters Cup (0–0)
Olympic Gold Medal (1–0)
ATP Masters Series (1–2)
ATP Championship Series (1–1)
ATP World Series (6–3)
Finals by surface
Hard (3–2)
Grass (3–1)
Clay (3–2)
Carpet (1–1)
Result No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1. 9 October 1989 Basel, Switzerland Hard (i) Germany Udo Riglewski Italy Omar Camporese
Switzerland Claudio Mezzadri
6–3, 4–6, 6–0
Loss 1. 26 February 1990 Memphis, US Hard (i) Germany Udo Riglewski Australia Darren Cahill
Australia Mark Kratzmann
5–7, 2–6
Loss 2. 7 May 1990 Hamburg, Germany Clay Germany Udo Riglewski Spain Sergi Bruguera
United States Jim Courier
6–7, 2–6
Win 2. 17 May 1990 Munich, Germany Clay Germany Udo Riglewski Czech Republic Petr Korda
Czech Republic Tomáš Šmíd
6–1, 6–4
Win 3. 18 June 1990 Rosmalen, Netherlands Grass Switzerland Jakob Hlasek United States Jim Grabb
United States John McEnroe
7–6, 6–3
Loss 3. 20 August 1990 Long Island, US Hard Germany Udo Riglewski France Guy Forget
Switzerland Jakob Hlasek
6–2, 3–6, 4–6
Win 4. 22 October 1990 Vienna, Austria Carpet (i) Germany Udo Riglewski Mexico Jorge Lozano
United States Todd Witsken
6–4, 6–4
Win 5. 9 January 1991 Memphis, US Hard (i) Germany Udo Riglewski Australia John Fitzgerald
Australia Laurie Warder
7–5, 6–3
Loss 4. 11 February 1991 Philadelphia, US Carpet (i) Germany Udo Riglewski United States Rick Leach
United States Jim Pugh
4–6, 4–6
Win 6. 27 April 1992 Monte Carlo, Monaco Clay Germany Boris Becker Czech Republic Petr Korda
Czech Republic Karel Nováček
6–4, 6–4
Loss 5. 4 May 1992 Hamburg, Germany Clay Germany Carl-Uwe Steeb Spain Sergio Casal
Spain Emilio Sánchez
7–5, 4–6, 3–6
Loss 6. 8 June 1992 Rosmalen, Netherlands Grass United States John McEnroe United States Jim Grabb
United States Richey Reneberg
4–6, 7–6, 4–6
Win 7. 6 July 1992 Wimbledon, London Grass United States John McEnroe United States Jim Grabb
United States Richey Reneberg
5–7, 7–6, 3–6, 7–6, 19–17
Win 8. 3 August 1992 Summer Olympics, Barcelona Clay Germany Boris Becker South Africa Wayne Ferreira
South Africa Piet Norval
7–6, 4–6, 7–6, 6–3
Win 9. 9 August 1993 Los Angeles, US Hard South Africa Wayne Ferreira Canada Grant Connell
United States Scott Davis
7–6, 7–6
Win 10. 16 June 1997 Halle, Germany Grass Germany Karsten Braasch South Africa David Adams
South Africa Marius Barnard
7–6, 6–3

Singles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 SR W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A 3R 3R QF SF 1R 3R A 2R 0 / 7 16–7
French Open A 2R 2R SF 3R 4R 2R 4R F A 0 / 8 22–8
Wimbledon A 1R 3R W QF QF 1R 1R 4R SF 1 / 9 25–8
US Open A 1R 2R QF 2R 1R F 4R 2R A 0 / 8 15–8
Win–Loss 0–0 1–3 6–4 17–3 11–4 12–4 7–4 8–4 10–3 6–2 1 / 32 78–31
Year-end championship
ATP Finals Did Not Qualify RR DNQ W Did Not Qualify 1 / 2 5–3
ATP Masters Series
Indian Wells NMS A SF SF 2R A 3R A A 0 / 4 8–4
Miami NMS 2R 4R A 4R A 2R A A 0 / 4 5–4
Monte Carlo NMS 1R A QF 2R 3R 2R A 2R 0 / 6 5–6
Rome NMS A 1R 1R A QF A 2R A 0 / 4 4–3
Hamburg NMS 1R SF F W SF 3R A 2R 1 / 7 18–6
Canada NMS 2R A A A A QF A A 0 / 2 3–2
Cincinnati NMS A A A QF SF SF A A 0 / 3 8–3
Stockholm / Stuttgart NMS A 2R 3R W QF A 2R A 1 / 5 9–4
Paris NMS QF A 3R QF 2R A 1R A 0 / 5 6–5
Win–Loss N/A 5–5 10–5 11–6 16–5 13–5 7–6 2–3 2–2 2 / 40 66–37
Career statistics
Titles 0 0 1 4 2 6 3 1 1 0 18
Finals 0 0 1 7 3 9 5 4 2 0 31
Year-end ranking 269 100 42 4 15 2 9 12 16 64

Top 10 wins[edit]

Season 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 Total
Wins 0 0 0 1 7 6 14 3 6 2 0 39
# Player Rank Event Surface Rd Score
1990
1. United States Brad Gilbert 9 Paris, France Carpet (i) 3R 6–4, 6–4
1991
2. Sweden Stefan Edberg 1 Hamburg, Germany Clay QF 6–2, 7–6(7–4)
3. Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Goran Ivanišević 8 World Team Cup, Düsseldorf Clay RR 6–3, 6–4
4. United States Jim Courier 4 Wimbledon, United Kingdom Grass QF 6–3, 7–6(7–2), 6–2
5. Sweden Stefan Edberg 1 Wimbledon, United Kingdom Grass SF 4–6, 7–6(7–5), 7–6(7–5), 7–6(7–2)
6. Germany Boris Becker 2 Wimbledon, United Kingdom Grass F 6–4, 7–6(7–4), 6–4
7. United States Jim Courier 3 Davis Cup, Kansas City Clay (i) RR 6–4, 7–5, 6–4
8. France Guy Forget 7 Grand Slam Cup, Munich Carpet (i) QF 7–6(10–8), 6–4
1992
9. Germany Boris Becker 4 Hamburg, Germany Clay SF 6–1, 6–1
10. United States Pete Sampras 3 World Team Cup, Düsseldorf Clay RR 6–7(6–8), 6–2, 6–4
11. Sweden Stefan Edberg 2 Grand Slam Cup, Munich Carpet (i) 1R 7–6(7–4), 6–7(4–7), 8–6
12. Netherlands Richard Krajicek 10 Grand Slam Cup, Munich Carpet (i) QF 7–6(7–4), 7–5
13. United States Pete Sampras 3 Grand Slam Cup, Munich Carpet (i) SF 7–6(7–3), 7–6(7–5), 3–6, 7–6(7–2)
14. United States Michael Chang 6 Grand Slam Cup, Munich Carpet (i) F 6–2, 6–3, 6–2
1993
15. United States Ivan Lendl 7 Hamburg, Germany Clay QF 6–3, 6–2
16. Sweden Stefan Edberg 3 World Team Cup, Düsseldorf Clay RR 6–2, 6–0
17. Germany Boris Becker 4 Queen's Club, United Kingdom Grass QF 6–4, 7–6(7–2)
18. Czechoslovakia Petr Korda 10 Wimbledon, United Kingdom Grass 4R 7–6(7–4), 6–4, 7–6(7–3)
19. Sweden Stefan Edberg 5 Davis Cup, Borlänge Clay (i) RR 6–1, 6–1
20. Sweden Stefan Edberg 5 Basel, Switzerland Hard (i) F 6–4, 6–7(5–7), 6–3, 6–2
21. Sweden Stefan Edberg 6 Stockholm, Sweden Carpet (i) QF 1–6, 6–2, 6–4
22. Croatia Goran Ivanišević 10 Stockholm, Sweden Carpet (i) F 4–6, 7–6(8–6), 7–6(7–3), 6–2
23. Ukraine Andriy Medvedev 6 ATP Tour World Championships, Frankfurt Carpet (i) RR 6–3, 6–4
24. United States Michael Chang 7 ATP Tour World Championships, Frankfurt Carpet (i) RR 4–6, 7–6(7–3), 6–2
25. United States Jim Courier 2 ATP Tour World Championships, Frankfurt Carpet (i) RR 7–5, 6–4
26. Croatia Goran Ivanišević 8 ATP Tour World Championships, Frankfurt Carpet (i) SF 7–6(7–2), 7–6(12–10)
27. United States Pete Sampras 1 ATP Tour World Championships, Frankfurt Carpet (i) F 7–6(7–3), 2–6, 7–6(9–7), 6–2
28. Sweden Stefan Edberg 5 Grand Slam Cup, Munich Carpet (i) SF 2–6, 3–6, 6–3, 6–3, 6–1
1994
29. United States Pete Sampras 1 World Team Cup, Düsseldorf Clay RR 3–6, 7–6(9–7), 6–2
30. Spain Sergi Bruguera 6 World Team Cup, Düsseldorf Clay F 2–6, 6–4, 6–3
31. Spain Sergi Bruguera 4 Davis Cup, Halle Grass RR 7–6(7–4), 5–7, 7–5, 6–2
1995
32. Croatia Goran Ivanišević 5 Davis Cup, Karlsruhe Hard (i) RR 7–6(7–3), 4–6, 6–1, 6–4
33. Germany Boris Becker 3 Stuttgart, Germany Carpet (i) SF 6–0, 6–3
34. Netherlands Richard Krajicek 10 Davis Cup, Utrecht Hard (i) RR 3–6, 6–4, 6–4, 6–4
35. Sweden Magnus Larsson 10 World Team Cup, Düsseldorf Clay RR 7–5, 7–6(7–5)
36. United States Pete Sampras 2 Cincinnati, United States Hard QF 6–7(5–7), 7–6(7–3), 6–1
37. Russia Yevgeny Kafelnikov 6 Davis Cup, Moscow Clay (i) RR 6–1, 4–6, 6–3, 6–4
1996
38. Croatia Goran Ivanišević 9 Antwerp, Belgium Carpet (i) F 6–3, 6–2, 7–6(7–5)
39. Austria Thomas Muster 2 French Open, Paris Clay 4R 4–6, 6–4, 6–1, 7–6(7–1)

Record against No. 1 players[edit]

Stich's match record against players who have been ranked world No. 1.

Player Years Matches Record Win % Hard Clay Grass Carpet
Australia Patrick Rafter 1994–1995 2 2–0 100% 2–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
Chile Marcelo Rios 1994 1 1–0 100% 1–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
Sweden Mats Wilander 1991 1 1–0 100% 1–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
United States Jimmy Connors 1990–1992 4 3–1 75% 2–1 1–0 0–0 0–0
Sweden Stefan Edberg 1991–1996 16 10–6 63% 1–3 5–1 1–0 3–2
Austria Thomas Muster 1992–1996 5 3–2 60% 0–0 2–2 0–0 1–0
United States Jim Courier 1990–1997 12 7–5 58% 2–2 1–2 2–0 2–1
United States Pete Sampras 1991–1995 9 5–4 56% 1–1 2–1 0–1 2–1
United States John McEnroe 1990–1992 2 1–1 50% 0–1 0–0 1–0 0–0
Germany Boris Becker 1990–1996 12 4–8 33% 0–1 1–0 2–1 1–6
Russia Yevgeny Kafelnikov 1993–1997 11 3–8 27% 1–1 1–4 0–1 1–2
Czech Republic/United States Ivan Lendl 1989–1993 7 1–6 14% 0–3 1–1 0–1 0–1
United States Andre Agassi 1990–1994 6 0–6 0% 0–3 0–1 0–0 0–2
Total 1989–1997 88 41–47 47% 11–16 14–12 6–4 10–15

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ West Germany prior to 1990

References[edit]

  1. ^ ATP World Tour Finals#Records
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on February 27, 2015. Retrieved November 21, 2009.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ www.tennisfame.com Retrieved 17 April 2019

External links[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
Germany Boris Becker
German Sportsman of the Year
1991
Succeeded by
Germany Dieter Baumann