Richard Krajicek

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Richard Krajicek
Copa Davis '2004 Espanya-Holanda (R.Krajicek).jpg
Country (sports) Netherlands
ResidenceMuiderberg, Netherlands
Born (1971-12-06) 6 December 1971 (age 46)
Rotterdam, Netherlands
Height1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
Turned pro1989
Retired2003
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money$10,077,425
Singles
Career record411–219 (ATP, Grand Prix and Grand Slams, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles17
Highest rankingNo. 4 (29 March 1999)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenSF (1992)
French OpenSF (1993)
WimbledonW (1996)
US OpenQF (1997, 1999, 2000)
Other tournaments
Tour FinalsSF (1996)
Grand Slam CupQF (1992, 1996)
Doubles
Career record77–60 (ATP, Grand Prix and Grand Slams, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles3
Highest rankingNo. 45 (26 July 1993)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenSF (1992)
French Open3R (1991)
Wimbledon2R (1991)
US Open1R (1995)

Richard Peter Stanislav Krajicek (Czech: Krajíček, born 6 December 1971) is a Dutch former professional tennis player. In 1996 he won the men's singles title at Wimbledon, the only Dutch player to have done so. In the quarterfinals of that tournament, he defeated Pete Sampras in straight sets. This was Sampras' only singles defeat at Wimbledon between 1993 and 2000. Since 2004, Krajicek has been the tournament director of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam. He is also the author of various sports books. Krajicek reached a career-high singles ranking of world No. 4 in March 1999.

Personal life[edit]

Richard Krajicek is the son of Czech immigrants. In 1999, Krajicek married model, writer and hostess of Holland's Next Top Model and Benelux' Next Top Model, Daphne Deckers. Nicknamed "de Kraai" (Dutch for "the crow") in his home country, Krajicek has, among his siblings, half-sister Michaëlla Krajicek who also is a professional tennis player. He is a member of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD).[1]

Career[edit]

Richard Krajicek began playing tennis at the age of four. As a youngster he won both the Dutch under-12 and the under-14 National Championships twice. He turned professional in 1989, and in 1991 won his first top-level singles title in Hong Kong and his first tour doubles title in Hilversum.

In 1992, the 1.96 m (6' 5") Dutchman reached his first Grand Slam semifinals at the Australian Open. He had to withdraw from this semifinal match due to a shoulder injury. The following year, he reached the semifinals at the French Open, where he lost in four sets to the defending champion Jim Courier. Also in 1992, Krajicek made a controversial comment regarding equal pay for women in Grand Slam events, saying, "Eighty percent of the top 100 women are fat pigs who don't deserve equal pay." Later, he jokingly clarified his comments, remarking, "What I meant to say was that only 75 percent are fat pigs."[2]

At the 1996 Italian Open, Krajicek reached the final, before losing in four sets to the reigning champion, Thomas Muster. At the 1996 French Open, Krajicek was the only player to take a set off the eventual champion, Yevgeny Kafelnikov, during their quarterfinal match.

Coming into 1996 Wimbledon, Krajicek had never previously progressed beyond the fourth round at the tournament and had lost in the first round in the two previous years. He was seen as a player with potential, having one of the fastest serves at the time, but was not considered to be a strong contender for the title. The clear favourite was Pete Sampras, who had won the title for the past three consecutive years. Despite being ranked within the world's top 16, Krajicek just missed out on the seedings for the tournament, but when seventh seed (and world number 2) Thomas Muster pulled out shortly before the tournament due to an injury, Krajicek was declared the 17th seed and moved to Muster's place in the draw. Opinions differ, therefore, on whether or not he won the tournament as an unseeded player.

He beat former champion Michael Stich in the fourth round and met Sampras in the quarterfinals. By that time, he had managed to turn his notably weak slice backhand into an aggressive top-spin shot. Krajicek shocked the tennis world by defeating Sampras in straight sets, becoming the only player to beat Sampras in a Wimbledon singles match in the eight-year period from 1993 until Sampras' fourth-round loss to Roger Federer in the 2001 tournament. Next, he beat Australia's Jason Stoltenberg in the semifinals, and went on to face American MaliVai Washington in the final. He won the final in straight sets to become the first Dutchman to win Wimbledon.

In 1997, Krajicek's defence of his Wimbledon title ended in the fourth round, when Tim Henman defeated him in four sets.

In 1998, Krajicek was in the Wimbledon semifinals again, where he lost to Goran Ivanišević in a marathon match, 13-15 in the fifth set, with both players serving a combined 38 aces.[1][2] His final attempt at winning a second Wimbledon title was in 2002, when he lost in the quarterfinals to Xavier Malisse.

At the 1999 U.S. Open, Krajicek lost a quarterfinal matchup to Yevgeny Kafelnikov. Despite the loss, Krajicek set several most aces records that day. In the 2000 U.S. Open, Krajicek met Sampras in the quarterfinals, winning the first set and being up 6-2 during the second-set tiebreaker, but then losing six straight points to lose the match. [3] In 2000, Krajicek was awarded the ATP Arthur Ashe Humanitarian award for his efforts to help youth in his home country.[3] He was named ATP Comeback Player of the Year in 2002.[4]

Krajicek retired from the professional tour in 2003. During his career, he won 17 singles titles and 3 doubles titles. His career-high singles ranking was world no. 4 in 1999. Krajicek's Wimbledon victory over Sampras proved to be no fluke, since he ended his career with a 6–4 record against the American player.[5]

Since retiring from the ATP circuit, Krajicek runs The Richard Krajicek Foundation, which builds sports facilities for children in inner-city areas in the Netherlands.[6] In 2004, Krajicek became the tournament director of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam.

In 2005, he published a book on tennis called Fast Balls (Dutch: 'Harde Ballen').

Major finals[edit]

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Singles: 1 (1–0)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1996 Wimbledon Grass United States MaliVai Washington 6–3, 6–4, 6–3

Masters Series finals[edit]

Singles: 6 (2–4)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1996 Rome Clay Austria Thomas Muster 2–6, 4–6, 6–3, 3–6
Runner-up 1997 Stuttgart Carpet Czech Republic Petr Korda 6–7(6–8), 2–6, 4–6
Runner-up 1998 Canada (Toronto) Hard Australia Patrick Rafter 6–7(3–7), 4–6
Winner 1998 Stuttgart Carpet Russia Yevgeny Kafelnikov 6–4, 6–3, 6–3
Winner 1999 Key Biscayne Hard France Sébastien Grosjean 4–6, 6–1, 6–2, 7–5
Runner-up 1999 Stuttgart Carpet Sweden Thomas Enqvist 1–6, 4–6, 7–5, 5–7

Career finals[edit]

Singles: 26 (17–9)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam (1–0)
Tennis Masters Cup (0–0)
ATP Super 9 (2–4)
ATP Championship Series (5–3)
ATP World Series (9–2)
Titles by surface
Hard (7–5)
Clay (1–1)
Grass (3–1)
Carpet (6–2)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Category Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 8 April 1991 Hong Kong, UK World Series Hard Australia Wally Masur 6–2, 3–6, 6–3
Runner-up 1. 13 April 1992 Tokyo, Japan Championships Series Hard United States Jim Courier 4–6, 4–6, 6–7(3–7)
Winner 2. 10 August 1992 Los Angeles, USA World Series Hard Australia Mark Woodforde 6–4, 2–6, 6–4
Winner 3. 16 November 1992 Antwerp, Belgium World Series Carpet (i) Australia Mark Woodforde 6–2, 6–2
Runner-up 2. 22 February 1993 Stuttgart, Germany Championships Series Carpet (i) Germany Michael Stich 6–4, 5–7, 6–7(4–7), 6–3, 5–7
Winner 4. 9 August 1993 Los Angeles, USA World Series Hard United States Michael Chang 0–6, 7–6(7–3), 7–6(7–5)
Winner 5. 11 April 1994 Barcelona, Spain Championships Series Clay Spain Carlos Costa 6–4, 7–6(8–6), 6–2
Winner 6. 13 June 1994 Rosmalen, Netherlands World Series Grass Germany Karsten Braasch 6–3, 6–4
Winner 7. 10 October 1994 Sydney, Australia Championships Series Hard (i) Germany Boris Becker 7–6(7–5), 7–6(9–7), 2–6, 6–3
Winner 8. 27 February 1995 Stuttgart, Germany Championships Series Carpet (i) Germany Michael Stich 7–6(7–4), 6–3, 6–7(6–8), 1–6, 6–3
Winner 9. 6 March 1995 Rotterdam, Netherlands World Series Carpet (i) Netherlands Paul Haarhuis 7–6(7–5), 6–4
Runner-up 3. 21 August 1995 New Haven, USA Championships Series Hard United States Andre Agassi 6–3, 6–7(2–7), 3–6
Runner-up 4. 20 May 1996 Rome, Italy Super 9 Clay Austria Thomas Muster 2–6, 4–6, 6–3, 3–6
Winner 10. 8 July 1996 Wimbledon, London, UK Grand Slam Grass United States MaliVai Washington 6–3, 6–4, 6–3
Runner-up 5. 5 August 1996 Los Angeles, USA World Series Hard United States Michael Chang 4–6, 3–6
Winner 11. 10 March 1997 Rotterdam, Netherlands World Series Carpet (i) Czech Republic Daniel Vacek 7–6(7–4), 7–6(7–5)
Winner 12. 21 April 1997 Tokyo, Japan Championships Series Hard France Lionel Roux 6–2, 3–6, 6–1
Winner 13. 23 June 1997 Rosmalen, Netherlands World Series Grass France Guillaume Raoux 6–4, 7–6(9–7)
Runner-up 6. 27 October 1997 Stuttgart, Germany Super 9 Carpet (i) Czech Republic Petr Korda 6–7(6–8), 2–6, 4–6
Winner 14. 16 February 1998 St. Petersburg, Russia World Series Carpet (i) Switzerland Marc Rosset 6–4, 7–6(7–5)
Runner-up 7. 10 August 1998 Toronto, Canada Super 9 Hard Australia Patrick Rafter 6–7(3–7), 4–6
Winner 15. 2 November 1998 Stuttgart, Germany Super 9 Hard (i) Russia Yevgeny Kafelnikov 6–4, 6–3, 6–3
Winner 16. 1 March 1999 London, UK Championships Series Carpet (i) United Kingdom Greg Rusedski 7–6(8–6), 6–7(5–7), 7–5
Winner 17. 29 March 1999 Miami, USA Super 9 Hard France Sébastien Grosjean 4–6, 6–1, 6–2, 7–5
Runner-up 8. 1 November 1999 Stuttgart, Germany Super 9 Hard (i) Sweden Thomas Enqvist 1–6, 4–6, 7–5, 5–7
Runner-up 9. 19 June 2000 Halle, Germany International Series Grass Germany David Prinosil 3–6, 2–6

Performance timelines[edit]

Singles

Tournament 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 Career SR Career Win-Loss
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A A 4R SF 2R A 2R 3R A A 3R 2R A A 2R 0 / 8 16–7
French Open A A 2R 3R SF 3R 2R QF 3R 3R 2R 3R A A A 0 / 10 22–10
Wimbledon A A 3R 3R 4R 1R 1R W 4R SF 3R 2R A QF A 1 / 11 29–10
U.S. Open A A 1R 4R 4R 2R 3R 1R QF 3R QF QF A 1R A 0 / 11 22–11
Grand Slam SR 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 4 1 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 0 0 / 2 0 / 1 1 / 40 N/A
Annual Win-Loss 0–0 0–0 6–4 12–3 12–4 3–3 4–4 13–3 8–3 9–3 9–3 8–4 0–0 4–2 1–1 N/A 89–38
ATP Masters Series
Indian Wells A A A 3R A A A A A A QF A A A 1R 0 / 3 4–3
Miami A A 1R QF QF A 2R 4R 4R A W A A A 1R 1 / 8 16–7
Monte Carlo A A A 1R 3R 2R QF 3R QF SF A 3R A A A 0 / 8 15–8
Rome A A 1R 1R 1R 3R A F 2R QF 2R 1R A A A 0 / 9 12–9
Hamburg A A A QF QF QF 3R 3R 2R 3R 2R A A A A 0 / 8 13–8
Montreal/Toronto A A A A A A 2R A QF F 2R 3R A 1R A 0 / 6 9–6
Cincinnati A A A 3R 2R 1R 1R 3R 2R 3R QF 1R A 3R A 0 / 10 9–10
Madrid (Stuttgart) A A A A A 2R QF 3R F W F 2R A A A 1 / 7 17–6
Paris A A 1R 3R 2R 3R QF 2R QF 2R 2R A A A A 0 / 9 6–9
Masters Series SR 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 3 0 / 7 0 / 6 0 / 6 0 / 7 0 / 7 0 / 8 1 / 7 1 / 8 0 / 5 0 / 0 0 / 2 0 / 2 2 / 68 N/A
Annual Win-Loss 0–0 0–0 0–3 11–7 7–6 7–6 10–7 13–7 14–8 17–6 15–7 5–5 0–0 2–2 0–2 N/A 101–66
Year End Ranking 392 129 45 10 15 17 11 7 11 10 10 36 112 147 N/A

Top 10 wins[edit]

Season 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 Total
Wins 0 0 1 10 4 4 5 3 4 8 3 2 0 0 0 44
# Player Rank Event Surface Rd Score KR
1991
1. Sweden Stefan Edberg 2 New Haven, United States Hard 3R 4–6, 6–3, 6–3 37
1992
2. Czechoslovakia Ivan Lendl 5 Sydney, Australia Hard 1R 5–7, 6–3, 6–3 44
3. Germany Michael Stich 5 Australian Open, Melbourne, Australia Hard QF 5–7, 7–6(7–2), 6–7(1–7), 6–4, 6–4 45
4. Croatia Goran Ivanišević 7 Indian Wells, United States Hard 2R 6–0, 6–3 27
5. Germany Michael Stich 5 Tokyo, Japan Hard QF 7–6(7–5), 6–4 30
6. Sweden Stefan Edberg 1 Tokyo, Japan Hard SF 6–3, 7–5 30
7. Croatia Goran Ivanišević 8 Hamburg, Germany Clay 3R 7–5, 6–2 16
8. United States Ivan Lendl 9 Sydney, Australia Hard (i) QF 7–6(7–1), 7–5 15
9. Czechoslovakia Petr Korda 7 Antwerp, Belgium Carpet (i) QF 3–6, 6–1, 7–6(9–7) 13
10. United States Jim Courier 1 Antwerp, Belgium Carpet (i) SF 4–6, 6–4, 7–5 13
11. United States Michael Chang 5 ATP Tour World Championships, Frankfurt, Germany Carpet (i) RR 2–6, 6–3, 7–6(7–4) 10
1993
12. Spain Sergi Bruguera 10 Stuttgart, Germany Carpet (i) 1R 6–2, 6–3 13
13. United States Andre Agassi 8 Miami, United States Hard 4R 6–2, 7–5 11
14. United States Pete Sampras 1 Los Angeles, United States Hard SF 6–4, 3–6, 7–6(7–3) 10
15. United States Michael Chang 9 Los Angeles, United States Hard F 0–6, 7–6(7–3), 7–6(7–5) 10
1994
16. Spain Sergi Bruguera 4 Barcelona, Spain Clay QF 7–5, 6–3 24
17. Austria Thomas Muster 10 Hamburg, Germany Clay 3R 6–4, 6–4 20
18. United States Pete Sampras 1 Davis Cup, Rotterdam, Netherlands Hard RR 2–6, 7–5, 7–6(7–5), 7–5 26
19. Germany Boris Becker 7 Sydney, Australia Hard (i) F 7–6(7–5), 7–6(9–7), 2–6, 6–3 32
1995
20. South Africa Wayne Ferreira 10 Stuttgart, Germany Carpet (i) 2R 6–3, 7–6(7–0) 16
21. Germany Michael Stich 9 Stuttgart, Germany Carpet (i) F 7–6(7–4), 6–3, 6–7(6–8), 1–6, 6–3 16
22. Germany Boris Becker 4 New Haven, United States Hard QF 7–6(7–5), 3–6, 7–6(7–5) 14
23. Russia Yevgeny Kafelnikov 6 New Haven, United States Hard SF 6–4, 6–4 14
24. Germany Boris Becker 4 Essen, Germany Carpet (i) 3R 6–4, 6–7(4–7), 6–3 15
1996
25. United States Pete Sampras 1 Wimbledon, London, United Kingdom Grass QF 7–5, 7–6(7–3), 6–4 13
26. United States Michael Chang 2 ATP Tour World Championships, Frankfurt, Germany Carpet (i) RR 6–4, 6–4 8
27. Austria Thomas Muster 5 ATP Tour World Championships, Frankfurt, Germany Carpet (i) RR 7–6(7–4), 6–7(5–7), 6–3 8
1997
28. Sweden Thomas Enqvist 8 Rotterdam, Netherlands Carpet (i) SF 6–7(5–7), 6–3, 6–4 7
29. United States Michael Chang 2 Rosmalen, Netherlands Grass SF 6–7(5–7), 6–3, 6–4 6
30. United States Pete Sampras 1 Stuttgart, Germany Carpet (i) 3R 6–4, 6–4 15
31. Australia Pat Rafter 3 Paris, France Carpet (i) 3R 7–5, 6–2 11
1998
32. United Kingdom Greg Rusedski 6 Rotterdam, Netherlands Carpet (i) QF 3–6, 7–6(7–2), 7–6(7–3) 10
33. Czech Republic Petr Korda 3 Monte-Carlo, Monaco Clay QF 4–6, 7–6(7–1), 6–1 13
34. Russia Yevgeny Kafelnikov 6 Rome, Italy Clay 3R 6–2, 3–6, 7–6(8–6) 11
35. Russia Yevgeny Kafelnikov 8 Toronto, Canada Hard QF 6–4, 6–4 9
36. United Kingdom Tim Henman 10 New Haven, United States Hard QF 5–7, 6–2, 7–6(18–16) 6
37. United States Andre Agassi 5 Stuttgart, Germany Hard (i) 3R 6–3, 6–4 11
38. United States Pete Sampras 1 Stuttgart, Germany Hard (i) SF 6–7(2–7), 6–4, 7–6(7–5) 11
39. Russia Yevgeny Kafelnikov 8 Stuttgart, Germany Hard (i) F 6–4, 6–3, 6–3 11
1999
40. United Kingdom Greg Rusedski 10 London, United Kingdom Carpet (i) F 7–6(8–6), 6–7(5–7), 7–5 9
41. United States Pete Sampras 2 Miami, United States Hard QF 6–2, 7–6(8–6) 7
42. United Kingdom Greg Rusedski 6 Stuttgart, Germany Hard (i) SF 6–4, 6–4 8
2000
43. Sweden Thomas Enqvist 9 Monte-Carlo, Monaco Clay 2R 7–5, 6–1 43
44. Sweden Magnus Norman 3 Toronto, Canada Hard 1R 7–5, 7–6(9–7) 24

Bibliography[edit]

List of books written by Richard Krajicek:[7]

  • Een half jaar netpost (2003) with Tino Bakker
  • Naar de top (2005) with Anja de Crom
  • Harde ballen (2005)
  • Honger naar de bal (2006)
  • Alle ballen verzamelen (2007)

References[edit]

  1. ^ (in Dutch) Krajicek schrijft mee aan VVD-verkiezingsprogramma Archived 8 September 2014 at the Wayback Machine., Elsevier, 17 November 2012
  2. ^ Mcginty, Stephen (10 January 2006). "Crowd's racket over Murray's 'sexist' quip". The Scotsman. Edinburgh.
  3. ^ "Award seals Kuerten's dream year". BBC News. 11 March 2001. Retrieved 22 May 2010.
  4. ^ Richard Krajicek. "Tennis – CBSSports.com Scoreboard, Schedules, Players". Sportsline.com. Retrieved 2 June 2012.
  5. ^ "Players – Head to Head". www.atpworldtour.com. ATP.
  6. ^ "Q&A: Richard Krajicek". BBC News. 1 November 2004. Retrieved 22 May 2010.
  7. ^ "Richard Krajicek". bol.com. Retrieved 29 June 2009.

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Danny Nelissen
Dutch Sportsman of the Year
1996
Succeeded by
Marcel Wouda
Preceded by
Mac Winker
ATP Arthur Ashe Humanitarian of the Year
2000
Succeeded by
Andre Agassi