Werner Zirngibl

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Werner Zirngibl
Full nameWerner Zirngibl
Country (sports) West Germany
Born (1956-09-04) 4 September 1956 (age 63)
Bonn, West Germany
PlaysRight-handed
Singles
Career record43–70
Career titles1
Highest rankingNo. 97 (7 November 1976)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open2R (1977)
French Open2R (1979)
Doubles
Career record22–55
Career titles0
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open2R (1975)

Werner Zirngibl (born 4 September 1956) is a former professional tennis player from Germany.

Biography[edit]

A right-handed player, Zirngibl won his first Grand Slam match at the January edition of the 1977 Australian Open, then had to retire during his second round match against Dick Crealy.[1]

He managed to win the Belgium International Tennis Championships in 1978 as a qualifier.[2] Following an upset win against top seed Adriano Panatta in the semi-finals, he had a four-set win over Ricardo Cano in the final. The tournament, held on outdoor clay courts in Brussels, was part of the Grand Prix tennis circuit. This was the first occasion a qualifier had gone on to win a Grand Prix tournament.[3]

In 1979 he represented West Germany in a Davis Cup tie at home in Augsburg against Israel. His only appearance was in the doubles with Ulrich Pinner, which they won over the Israeli pairing of Shlomo Glickstein and Meir Wertheimer.[4]

At the 1979 French Open he equalled his best performance at a Grand Slam when he made it to the second round.[5]

Zirngibl studied medicine during his tennis career and became an orthopaedic surgeon. Based in Munich, he has performed surgery on top players including Michael Stich and Ivan Lendl.[6]

Grand Prix career finals[edit]

Singles: 1 (1–0)[edit]

Result No. Year Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Win 1. 1978 Brussels, Belgium Clay Argentina Ricardo Cano 1–6, 6–3, 6–4, 6–3

Challenger titles[edit]

Singles: (2)[edit]

Result No. Year Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Win 1. 1981 Berlin, West Germany Clay United States Erick Iskersky 6–3, 7–6
Win 2. 1981 Galatina, Italy Clay Sweden Hans Simonsson 7–6, 7–5

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Scores, draw at Kooyong". The Age. 5 January 1977. p. 18. Retrieved 19 December 2015.
  2. ^ "Belgian tennis". Montreal Gazette. 19 June 1978. p. 34. Retrieved 19 December 2015.
  3. ^ "Estep earns berth in Robinson's semis". Lakeland Ledger. 2 May 1982. p. 5D. Retrieved 19 December 2015.
  4. ^ "Davis Cup - Tie - Details". daviscup.com. Retrieved 19 December 2015.
  5. ^ "Tennis". The Canberra Times. ACT: National Library of Australia. 1 June 1979. p. 23. Retrieved 19 December 2015.
  6. ^ Backmund, Michael (8 April 2011). "Münchens Top-Sportmediziner: Der Tennis-Doktor - Outdoor". Abendzeitung (in German). Retrieved 19 December 2015.

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