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David Rikl (born 27 February 1971) is a former professional tennis player from the Czech Republic. His success came mostly in doubles, winning 30 titles and finishing runner-up at the 2004 US Open and 2001 Wimbledon Championships Men's Doubles. However, the left-hander did achieve a Top 100 singles ranking, reaching as high as World No. 41 on 2 May 1994.

David Rikl
Country (sports) Czech Republic
 Czechoslovakia
ResidenceLondon, England
Born (1971-02-27) 27 February 1971 (age 48)
Brandýs, Czech Republic
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Turned pro1989
Retired2005
PlaysLeft-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money$3,063,257
Singles
Career record54–94
Career titles0
5 Challengers
Highest rankingNo. 41 (2 May 1994)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open2R (1994)
French Open2R (1994, 1995, 1996)
Wimbledon3R (1997)
US Open2R (1996)
Doubles
Career record390–232
Career titles30
Highest rankingNo. 4 (20 August 2001)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenQF (2000, 2003)
French OpenSF (2003)
WimbledonF (2001)
US OpenF (2004)

Tennis careerEdit

JuniorsEdit

As a junior Rikl excelled at doubles, reaching the semi-finals of the French Open and Australian Open and the final of Wimbledon.

Junior Grand Slam results - Singles:

Australian Open: 3R (1989)
French Open: 2R (1989)
Wimbledon: 2R (1989)
US Open: 1R (1988)

Junior Grand Slam results - Doubles:

Australian Open: SF (1989)
French Open: SF (1984)
Wimbledon: F (1983)
US Open: 1R (1988)

Pro tourEdit

Rikl turned professional in 1989.

In singles, he won 5 Challenger tournaments and achieved his greatest slam performance in 1997, reaching the third round of Wimbledon.

Rikl retired from the professional tour in 2005 and currently resides in London.

Partnership with Jiří NovákEdit

Rikl won most of his titles in the early 2000s and late 1990s with compatriot Jiří Novák. He and Novák made a run to the 2001 Wimbledon Championships finals, losing to Donald Johnson and Jared Palmer in four sets. Rikl won 14 of his titles with Novák, the pair winning 9 of Rikl's titles consecutively.

Last yearsEdit

David`s son - Patrik - also plays tennis.[1][2]

Grand Slam doubles finalsEdit

Wins (0)Edit

Runners-up (2)Edit

Year Championship Partner Opponents in Final Score in Final
2001 Wimbledon   Jiří Novák   Donald Johnson
  Jared Palmer
4–6, 6–4, 3–6, 6–7
2004 US Open   Leander Paes   Mark Knowles
  Daniel Nestor
3–6, 3–6

Career finalsEdit

Doubles wins (30)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam (0)
Tennis Masters Cup (0)
ATP Masters Series (4)
ATP International Series Gold (4)
ATP International Series (22)
Titles by Surface
Hard (8)
Clay (17)
Grass (3)
Carpet (2)
No. Date Tournament Surface Partnering Opponent in the final Score
1. 7 February 1991 Tel Aviv, Israel Hard   Michiel Schapers   Javier Frana
  Leonardo Lavalle
6–2, 6–7, 6–3
2. 6 July 1992 Newport, Rhode Island Grass   Royce Deppe   Paul Annacone
  David Wheaton
6–4, 6–4
3. 25 October 1993 Santiago, Chile Clay   Mike Bauer   Christer Allgårdh
  Brian Devening
7–6, 6–4
4. 4 April 1994 Barcelona, Spain Clay   Yevgeny Kafelnikov   Jim Courier
  Javier Sánchez
5–7, 6–1, 6–4
5. 25 April 1994 Munich, Germany Clay   Yevgeny Kafelnikov   Boris Becker
  Petr Korda
7–6, 7–5
6. 9 May 1994 Rome, Italy Clay   Yevgeny Kafelnikov   Wayne Ferreira
  Javier Sánchez
6–1, 7–5
7. 17 October 1994 Vienna, Austria Carpet   Mike Bauer   Alex Antonitsch
  Greg Rusedski
7–6, 6–4
8. 11 September 1995 Bogotá, Colombia Clay   Jiří Novák   Steve Campbell
  MaliVai Washington
7–6, 6–2
9. 23 October 1995 Santiago, Chile Clay   Jiří Novák   Shelby Cannon
  Francisco Montana
6–4, 4–6, 6–1
10. 25 March 1996 Casablanca, Morocco Clay   Jiří Novák   Tomás Carbonell
  Francisco Roig
7–6, 6–3
11. 9 September 1996 Bogotá, Colombia Clay   Nicolas Pereira   Pablo Campana
  Nicolás Lapentti
6–3, 7–6
12. 13 October 1997 Ostrava, Czech Republic Carpet   Jiří Novák   Donald Johnson
  Francisco Montana
6–2, 6–4
13. 10 August 1998 San Marino Clay   Jiří Novák   Mariano Hood
  Sebastián Prieto
6–4, 7–6
14. 17 August 1998 Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S. Hard   Jiří Novák   Mark Knowles
  Daniel Nestor
6–2, 7–6
15. 26 October 1998 Mexico City, Mexico Clay   Jiří Novák   Daniel Orsanic
  David Roditi
6–4, 6–2
16. 7 February 2000 Dubai, United Arab Emirates Hard   Jiří Novák   Robbie Koenig
  Peter Tramacchi
6–2, 7–5
17. 10 July 2000 Gstaad, Switzerland Hard   Jiří Novák   Jérôme Golmard
  Michael Kohlmann
3–6, 6–3, 6–4
18. 17 July 2000 Stuttgart Outdoor, Germany Clay   Jiří Novák   Lucas Arnold
  Donald Johnson
5–7, 6–2, 6–3
19. 30 October 2000 Stuttgart Indoor, Germany Hard   Jiří Novák   Donald Johnson
  Piet Norval
3–6, 6–3, 6–4
20. 19 March 2001 Miami, Florida, U.S. Hard   Jiří Novák   Jonas Björkman
  Todd Woodbridge
7–5, 7–6
21. 21 May 2001 Saint Poelten, Austria Clay   Petr Pála   Jaime Oncins
  Daniel Orsanic
6–3, 5–7, 7–5
22. 30 July 2001 Montreal, Canada Hard   Jiří Novák   Donald Johnson
  Jared Palmer
6–4, 3–6, 6–3
23. 20 May 2002 Saint Poelten, Austria Clay   Petr Pála   Mike Bryan
  Michael Hill
7–5, 6–4
24. 10 June 2002 Gstaad, Switzerland Clay   Joshua Eagle   Massimo Bertolini
  Cristian Brandi
7–6, 6–4
25. 25 June 2002 Halle, Germany Grass   David Prinosil   Jonas Björkman
  Todd Woodbridge
4–6, 7–6, 7–5
26. 15 July 2002 Stuttgart Outdoor, Germany Clay   Joshua Eagle   David Adams
  Gastón Etlis
6–3, 6–4
27. 24 February 2003 Dubai, United Arab Emirates Hard   Leander Paes   Wayne Black
  Kevin Ullyett
6–3, 6–0
28. 7 July 2003 Gstaad, Switzerland Clay   Leander Paes   František Čermák
  Leoš Friedl
6–3, 6–3
29. 7 June 2004 Halle, Germany Grass   Leander Paes   Tomáš Cibulec
  Petr Pála
6–2, 7–5
30. 5 July 2004 Gstaad, Switzerland Clay   Leander Paes   Marc Rosset
  Stanislas Wawrinka
6–4, 6–2

Doubles performance timelineEdit

Tournament 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 SR W–L
Grand Slams
Australian Open A A A A A A A 1R 1R A A A 2R QF 2R 2R QF A A 0 / 7 9–7
French Open A A A 3R A 1R 2R 2R 2R 1R 1R 2R 3R QF 3R 3R SF 2R 1R 0 / 15 20–15
Wimbledon A A A 1R A 1R A 3R A 2R 2R 1R 2R 3R F QF SF 2R 1R 0 / 13 20–13
US Open A A A A A A 1R 1R 2R 1R QF 2R 3R 1R 3R 2R 1R F A 0 / 12 15–12
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 2–2 0–0 0–2 1–2 3–4 2–3 1–3 4–3 2–3 6–4 8–4 10–4 7–4 11–4 7–3 0–2 0 / 47 64–47
Masters Series
Indian Wells NME A A A A A A A A A QF 1R 1R 2R SF 1R A 0 / 6 5–6
Miami NME A A A A 1R 3R A 3R A 2R QF W 2R F QF 1R 1 / 10 15–9
Monte Carlo NME 1R A A A 1R QF 2R A A F QF QF 2R 2R A A 0 / 9 12–9
Rome NME 1R A A A W A A A A 1R 1R 2R 1R 2R 2R A 1 / 8 7–7
Hamburg NME 1R A A A A A QF A A QF QF 1R 1R SF SF A 0 / 8 11–8
Canada NME A A A A 1R A A A A 1R 1R W SF QF 2R A 1 / 7 10–6
Cincinnati NME A A A A 1R A A A A 1R SF QF 2R 2R A A 0 / 6 6–6
Madrid (Stuttgart) NME A A A A A A A A A 2R W SF 2R SF 1R A 1 / 6 10–5
Paris NME A A A A A A A A A 1R 2R 2R 1R 1R 1R A 0 / 6 0–6
Win–Loss N/A 0–3 0–0 0–0 0–0 5–4 4–2 3–2 1–1 0–0 9–9 13–8 16–7 7–9 11–9 7–7 0–1 4 / 66 76–62
Year End Ranking 894 676 220 122 109 71 99 27 49 53 54 43 29 11 7 20 14 23 499

External links and sourcesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 24 March 2016. Retrieved 29 January 2016.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ http://www.itftennis.com/juniors/players/player/profile.aspx?playerid=100174880