Robbie Koenig

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Robbie Koenig
Country (sports)  South Africa
Residence Durban, South Africa
Born (1971-07-05) 5 July 1971 (age 46)
Durban, South Africa
Turned pro 1992 (first senior event 1989)
Retired 2005
Plays Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money US$ 944,191
Singles
Career record 3–11
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 262 (9 November 1992)
Grand Slam Singles results
French Open Q1 (1996, 1997)
Wimbledon Q3 (1992)
US Open Q1 (1992, 1996, 1997)
Doubles
Career record 176–210
Career titles 5
Highest ranking No. 28 (19 May 2003)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 3R (1998, 2004)
French Open 2R (1998, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005)
Wimbledon 3R (1998, 1999)
US Open SF (1998)
Mixed doubles
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open SF (2001)
French Open 1R (1998, 1999, 2003)
Wimbledon SF (2001)
US Open SF (2002)

Robbie Koenig (born 5 July 1971) is a retired professional tennis player from South Africa who is now a tennis commentator and analyst. He won five doubles titles and reached the semifinals of the 1998 US Open men's doubles competition. Koenig works as a tennis broadcaster for a host of TV channels around the world, most notably the ATP Masters 1000 events, the Australian Open, US Open and Wimbledon (Radio) as well as the premier online tennis channel of TennisTV.com

Playing career[edit]

Koenig achieved a career-high singles ranking of World No. 262, notably reaching the third round of Washington in 1992. He had wins early on in his singles career over the likes of Tim Henman, Pat Rafter, Yevgeny Kafelnikov and Felix Mantilla. Most of his success, however, came in doubles. He won 5 titles (with 6 further finals), reaching a career-high doubles ranking of World No. 28 in May 2003. As well as his US Open doubles semi-finals appearance in 1998, Koenig reached the round-of-16 twice at Wimbledon in 1998 and 1999. He was also a quarter-finalist on 3 other occasions at the US Open in 1997, 2001 and 2004. In Mixed Doubles he reached the semi-finals of the Australian Open and Wimbledon in 2001 and the US Open in 2002. He also represented South Africa in Davis Cup on 4 occasions and was captained by 2005 Wimbledon finalist, Kevin Curren.

Commentating career[edit]

Koenig is very well known for his commentary on the ATP World Tour at their Masters 1000 events matches broadcast on Tennis Channel as well as the premier online tennis broadcast site TennisTV, often as part of a commentating duo alongside Jason Goodall. Now also the lead commentator for the Australian Open and US Open he has established himself as "The Voice of Tennis." He can also be heard on Fox Sports in Australia, Star Sports in Asia, ESPN International as well as SuperSport in South Africa where he co-hosts during the Grand Slam events. He is regarded as one of the best tennis analysts and commentators with an in-depth knowledge of the modern game and the players. He brings this all to light with great enthusiasm, passion and one-liners that draw the audience in. Many tennis fans regard Koenig as one of the top commentators in the sport.

ATP Tour finals[edit]

Doubles (5 titles, 6 runners-up)[edit]

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1. 17 May 1999 St. Pölten, Austria Clay South Africa Brent Haygarth Australia Andrew Florent
Russia Andrei Olhovskiy
7–5, 4–6, 5–7
Runner-up 2. 7 February 2000 Dubai, UAE Hard Australia Peter Tramacchi Czech Republic Jiří Novák
Czech Republic David Rikl
2–6, 5–7
Runner-up 3. 11 September 2000 Tashkent, Uzbekistan Hard South Africa Marius Barnard United States Justin Gimelstob
United States Scott Humphries
3–6, 2–6
Runner-up 4. 17 September 2001 Shanghai, China Hard South Africa John-Laffnie de Jager Zimbabwe Byron Black
Japan Thomas Shimada
2–6, 6–3, 5–7
Runner-up 5. 25 February 2002 San Jose, U.S. Hard South Africa John-Laffnie de Jager Zimbabwe Wayne Black
Zimbabwe Kevin Ullyett
3–6, 6–4, [5–10]
Winner 1. 22 July 2002 Kitzbühel, Austria Clay Japan Thomas Shimada Argentina Lucas Arnold Ker
Spain Álex Corretja
7–6(3), 6–4
Winner 2. 9 September 2002 Tashkent, Uzbekistan Hard South Africa David Adams Netherlands Raemon Sluiter
Netherlands Martin Verkerk
6–2, 7–5
Winner 3. 6 January 2003 Auckland, New Zealand Hard South Africa David Adams Czech Republic Tomáš Cibulec
Czech Republic Leoš Friedl
7–6(5), 3–6, 6–3
Runner-up 6. 21 April 2003 Barcelona, Spain Clay South Africa Chris Haggard United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
4–6, 3–6
Winner 4. 18 August 2003 Long Island, U.S. Hard Argentina Martín Rodríguez Czech Republic Martin Damm
Czech Republic Cyril Suk
6–3, 7–6(4)
Winner 5. 16 August 2004 Washington, U.S. Hard South Africa Chris Haggard United States Travis Parrott
Russia Dmitry Tursunov
7–6(3), 6–1

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