Peter Wessels

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Peter Wessels
Country (sports)  Netherlands
Residence Amsterdam, Netherlands
Born (1978-05-07) 7 May 1978 (age 39)
Zwolle, Netherlands
Height 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in)
Turned pro 1996
Retired 2009
Plays Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money $928,863
Career record 45–60 (ATP Tour and Grand Slam level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles 1
Highest ranking No. 72 (27 February 2005)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 2R (2005)
French Open 2R (2005)
Wimbledon 1R (1999, 2001, 2005)
US Open 3R (1999)
Career record 12–21 (ATP Tour and Grand Slam level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 111 (26 October 1998)

Peter Wessels (born 7 May 1978) is a presently inactive tour professional male tennis player from the Netherlands. He achieved his career-high singles ranking of World No. 72 in February 2005.


Wessels had an excellent junior career, finishing No. 5 in singles and No. 18 in doubles in the 1995 world junior rankings. In that year he reached the singles semifinals at Wimbledon and U.S. Open juniors and captured Roland Garros junior doubles title with fellow countryman Raemon Sluiter.

His best result on the professional tour was winning the 2000 ATP tournament in Newport beating German Jens Knippschild in the final 7–6 6–3.

He started 2006 by qualifying for the Hopman Cup tournament in Perth with Michaëlla Krajicek where the Dutch went all the way to the final only to be beaten in a very close mixed doubles by the American team of Taylor Dent and Lisa Raymond. Despite this, Wessels and Krajicek proved that they were a force to be reckoned with. At the Hopman Cup, he won 4 out of his 5 singles matches (def. Peng Sun, Gastón Gaudio, Todd Reid and Nicolas Kiefer; lost to Taylor Dent). In Mixed Doubles, they had a 3–2 record (def. Reid/Stosur, Peng/Sun, Grönefeld/Kiefer; lost to Raymond/Dent, Dulko/Gaudio).

In June 2007 Wessels qualified for the Ordina Open grass tournament in 's-Hertogenbosch. Ranked 488 he caused an upset in the quarterfinals by beating the number one seeded Spaniard Tommy Robredo, in two sets: 6–3 6–3. He subsequently reached the final but narrowly lost against Croat Ivan Ljubičić 6–7 (5), 6–3, 6–7 (4).

Career finals[edit]

Singles (1 title – 1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 17 July 2000 Newport, United States Grass Germany Jens Knippschild 7–6(7-3), 6–3
Runner-up 2. 18 June 2007 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands Grass Croatia Ivan Ljubičić 6–7(5-7), 6–4, 6–7(4-7)

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