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Hans-Joachim "Hajo" Plötz (born 26 February 1944) is a former professional tennis player from Germany.

Hans-Joachim Plötz
Full nameHans-Joachim Plötz
Country (sports) West Germany
Born (1944-02-26) 26 February 1944 (age 75)
Berlin, Germany
Singles
Career record39–70
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 65 (8 April 1975)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open2R (1973)
French Open2R (1970, 1974, 1976)
Wimbledon4R (1967)
Doubles
Career record20–44
Career titles0
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open2R (1973)
French Open4R (1969, 1970)
Wimbledon2R (1970, 1973, 1974)

BiographyEdit

Plötz, known as "Hajo", competed on the professional tennis circuit in the late 1960s and 1970s. He made the West German Davis Cup squad during his career but never featured in a tie.[1]

He was one of only two Germans to make the fourth round of the 1967 Wimbledon Championships, with wins over John Pickens, Onny Parun and Giordano Maioli.[2]

The following year he won the 1968 German National Singles Championships.[3] His opponent in the final, Hans-Jürgen Pohmann, partnered with Plötz at the 1969 French Open, to reach the fourth round of the men's doubles. He also made the fourth round of the doubles at the 1970 French Open, this time with another countryman, Ingo Buding.

Plötz won the Stuttgart Open in 1974, with a win over France's Jacques Thamin in the final. He was a finalist at the 1974 German Open in Hamburg, a clay court tournament on the Grand Prix circuit. In the quarter-finals he came from two sets down to defeat Patrick Proisy then upset Guillermo Vilas in the semi-finals, also in five sets, before a straight sets loss in the final to American Eddie Dibbs.[4]

In 1975 he started the year well by making the quarter-finals in Basel and semi-final in Cairo, for which he was rewarded in April with his highest ranking, 65 in the world. In the Canadian Open that year in Toronto he played as a qualifier and had a win over Björn Borg, en route to the quarter-finals.[5]

He opened up a sports store in 1976, on Hohenzollerndamm in Berlin, a family business that is now run by his son.[6]

Grand Prix career finalsEdit

Singles: 1 (0–1)Edit

Outcome No. Year Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 1974 Hamburg, West Germany Clay   Eddie Dibbs 2–6, 2–6, 3–6

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "West German Team". The Tuscaloosa News. 14 July 1968. p. 13. Retrieved 23 January 2016.
  2. ^ Barclay, Simon (2015). Wimbledon Singles Championships - Complete Open Era Results. ISBN 9781326385958.
  3. ^ "Siegerliste Herren - Deutscher Tennis Bund" (in German). dtb-tennis.de. Retrieved 23 January 2016.
  4. ^ "Tennis". Daytona Beach Morning Journal. 27 May 1974. p. 9B. Retrieved 23 January 2016.
  5. ^ "Borg Is Upset Victim in Canadian Open". The Naples Daily News. 15 August 1975. p. 17. Retrieved 23 January 2016.
  6. ^ "Günstige Sportkleidung" (in German). hajoploetz.de. Retrieved 23 January 2016.

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