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Alexander Popp (born 4 November 1976) is a former German professional tennis player.[1] He reached the quarterfinals of Wimbledon in 2000 and 2003.[1]

Alexander Popp
Country (sports) Germany
ResidenceMannheim, Germany
Born (1976-11-04) 4 November 1976 (age 42)
Heidelberg, West Germany
Height2.01 m (6 ft 7 in)
Turned pro1997
Retired2005
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money$976,038
Singles
Career record45–65
Career titles0
6 Challengers, 7 Futures
Highest rankingNo. 74 (10 July 2000)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open2R (2001)
French Open1R (2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005)
WimbledonQF (2000, 2003)
US Open2R (2000, 2002)
Doubles
Career record5–6
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 266 (15 July 2002)

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Personal lifeEdit

Popp was born in Heidelberg to parents Rainer and Jennifer, and started playing tennis at the age of 8. He was coached by Helmut Luthy, from 1994 until retirement.[1]

Tennis careerEdit

Popp turned professional in 1997 at the age of 21.[1]

Popp's career highlights are making the quarterfinals of Wimbledon (by far his most successful tournament) in 2000 (defeating Gustavo Kuerten and Michael Chang en route), and in 2003 (defeating Jiří Novák). He also reached the fourth round in 2004, losing to the eventual runner-up in each of these three runs (Patrick Rafter, Mark Philippoussis and Andy Roddick respectively), and the third round in 2005. Popp also reached the final of Newport in 2004 and achieved a career-high singles ranking of World No. 74.

In doubles, Popp made the final of Newport in 2002 (partnering Jürgen Melzer) and the semifinals of the Ho Chi Minh City championships in 2005 (partnering Jiří Vaněk).

Singles titlesEdit

Legend (Singles)
Grand Slam (0)
Tennis Masters Cup (0)
ATP Masters Series (0)
ATP Tour (0)
Challengers (6)
No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
1. 1999 Oberstaufen Clay   Francisco Costa 7–6, 6–3
2. 1999 Bronx Hard   Sébastien de Chaunac 6–7, 7–6, 6–0
3. 2000 Hamburg Carpet   Andy Fahlke 6–3, 6–2
4. 2001 Aachen Carpet   Axel Pretzsch 6–3, 1–6, 6–2
5. 2001 Eckental Carpet   Peter Wessels 6–4, 5–7, 6–2
6. 2002 Heilbronn Carpet   Jürgen Melzer 3–6, 6–3, 6–4

Top 10 wins per seasonEdit

Season 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 Total
Wins 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 2

Wins over top 10 players per seasonEdit

# Player Rank Event Surface Rd Score
2000
1.   Gustavo Kuerten 4 Wimbledon, England Grass 3R 7–6(8–6), 6–2, 6–1
2003
2.   Jiří Novák 10 Wimbledon, England Grass 3R 6–3, 6–4, 7–6(7–3)

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