Horst Skoff

Horst Skoff (22 August 1968 – 7 June 2008) was a professional tennis player from Austria, who won four tournaments at the top-level.

Horst Skoff
Country (sports) Austria
Born(1968-08-22)22 August 1968
Klagenfurt, Austria
Died7 June 2008(2008-06-07) (aged 39)
Hamburg, Germany
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Turned pro1985
Retired1999
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
CoachGünter Bresnik[1]
Dumitru Hărădău
Prize money$1,651,858
Singles
Career record228–203
Career titles4
Highest rankingNo. 18 (1 January 1990)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open1R (1988, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995)
French Open2R (1987, 1989, 1991)
Wimbledon2R (1991)
US Open2R (1991)
Other tournaments
Olympic Games1R (1988, 1992)
Doubles
Career record48–57
Career titles2
Highest rankingNo. 70 (18 September 1989)
Other doubles tournaments
Olympic Games2R (1988)
Team competitions
Davis CupSF (1990)

Skoff was born in Klagenfurt, Austria, and started playing tennis at age 6.[2] In 1984 he won the singles title at the 16-and-under category of the Orange Bowl.[1] He turned professional in 1985. Skoff won his first top-level singles title in 1988 at Athens. Over the course of his career he won four top-level singles titles and two tour doubles titles. His career-high rankings were world No. 18 in singles and world No. 70 in doubles. His career prize money totalled US$1,651,858.

Skoff played on Austria's Davis Cup team for nine years, compiling a 22–17 win-loss record. He helped the team reach the World Group semi-finals in 1990. Memorable Davis Cup rubbers which Skoff was involved in include a five-set win over world No. 2 Mats Wilander in the 1989 quarterfinal that lasted more than six hours; and a five-set loss to Michael Chang in the 1990 semifinal.[3][4]

Despite Skoff's relative success during his career of winning four top-level tournaments, his memorable Davis Cup moments, and reaching a career high world ranking of 18 in singles competition, he never managed to progress beyond the second round at any Grand Slam event.

Skoff played in his last top-level tournament in August 1995, at the San Marino Open. From 1996–1999, due to his lower world ranking, Skoff played in challenger and futures tournaments. He retired in August 1999, after playing his last match in Sylt, Germany.

Skoff died on 7 June 2008 in Hamburg, Germany, following a heart attack at age 39.[3][5][6]

Career finalsEdit

Singles (4 wins, 7 losses)Edit

Result W/L Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Win 1–0 Jun 1988 Athens, Greece Clay   Bruno Orešar 6–3, 2–6, 6–2
Win 2–0 Oct 1988 Vienna, Austria Carpet (i)   Thomas Muster 4–6, 6–3, 6–4, 6–2
Loss 2–1 May 1989 Hamburg, West Germany Clay   Ivan Lendl 4–6, 1–6, 3–6
Loss 2–2 Aug 1989 Prague, Czechoslovakia Clay   Marcelo Filippini 5–7, 6–7
Loss 2–3 Sep 1989 Barcelona, Spain Clay   Andrés Gómez 4–6, 4–6, 2–6
Win 3–3 Sep 1990 Geneva, Switzerland Clay   Sergi Bruguera 7–6(10–8), 7–6(7–4)
Loss 3–4 Oct 1990 Vienna, Austria Carpet   Anders Järryd 3–6, 3–6, 1–6
Loss 3–5 Jun 1991 Firenze, Italy Clay   Thomas Muster 2–6, 7–6(7–2), 4–6
Loss 3–6 Sep 1991 Geneva, Switzerland Clay   Thomas Muster 2–6, 4–6
Win 4–6 Jul 1993 Båstad, Sweden Clay   Ronald Agénor 7–5, 1–6, 6–0
Loss 4–7 Jul 1994 Båstad, Sweden Clay   Bernd Karbacher 4–6, 3–6

Doubles (2 wins, 4 losses)Edit

Result W/L Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1–0 Nov 1986 Buenos Aires, Argentina Clay   Loïc Courteau   Gustavo Luza
  Gustavo Tiberti
3–6, 6–4, 6–3
Loss 1–1 May 1988 Florence, Italy Clay   Claudio Pistolesi   Javier Frana
  Christian Miniussi
6–7, 4–6
Loss 1–2 Aug 1988 Prague, Czechoslavakia Clay   Thomas Muster   Petr Korda
  Jaroslav Navrátil
5–7, 6–7
Win 2–2 Aug 1989 Prague, Czechoslavakia Clay   Jordi Arrese   Petr Korda
  Tomáš Šmíd
6–4, 6–4
Loss 2–3 Apr 1990 Nice, France Clay   Marcelo Filippini   Alberto Mancini
  Yannick Noah
4–6, 6–7
Loss 2–4 Jul 1990 Kitzbühel, Austria Clay   Francisco Clavet   Javier Sánchez
  Eric Winogradsky
4–6, 6–4, 4–6

Singles performance timelineEdit

Tournament 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 SR W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A NH A 1R A A 1R 1R 1R A 1R Q1 A A A 0 / 5 0–5
French Open A A 2R 1R 2R A 2R 1R 1R Q1 A A Q3 A A 0 / 6 3–6
Wimbledon A A 1R 1R 1R A 2R A 1R A A A A A A 0 / 5 1–5
US Open A 1R A 1R 1R A 2R 1R A A A A A A A 0 / 5 1–5
Win–Loss 0–0 0–1 1–2 0–4 1–3 0–0 3–4 0–3 0–3 0–0 0–1 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0 / 21 5–21
Grand Prix Championship Series / Super 9 tournaments
Indian Wells Not GPCS 1R 1R 2R 3R A 1R A 1R 2R A A A A 0 / 7 4–7
Key Biscayne A A A 1R 3R 3R 3R 2R A A 1R A A A A 0 / 6 4–6
Monte Carlo A A SF 3R SF QF SF 1R A 3R 1R A A A A 0 / 8 18–8
Hamburg A A 2R 3R F 1R 2R 3R A A 1R Q1 A A A 0 / 7 11–7
Rome A A 2R 1R 1R A 2R 2R A A A Q2 A A A 0 / 5 3–5
Stockholm A A A A 3R A 1R A A 1R Not Super 9 0 / 3 1–3
Paris Not Grand Prix Champ. 2R 1R 2R A A A A A A A A 0 / 3 2–3
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 6–4 4–5 13–7 6–5 8–6 3–5 0–0 2–3 1–4 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0 / 39 43–39
National representation
Olympic Games Not Held 1R Not Held 1R Not Held A Not Held 0 / 2 0–2
Davis Cup A Z1 Z1 Z1 QF SF 1R Z1 1R 1R A A A A A 0 / 5 21–13
Career statistics
Titles 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
Finals 0 0 0 2 3 2 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 11
Overall Win–Loss 1–2 16–8 23–23 28–19 38–23 34–25 34–30 22–25 19–19 11–16 2–13 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 228–203
Year-end ranking 299 42 63 45 25 26 33 92 74 47 392 339 199 722 429 53%

Top 10 winsEdit

No. Player Rank Tournament Surface Rd Score Skoff Rank
1987
1.   Yannick Noah 4 Monte Carlo, Monaco Clay 2R 3–6, 7–5, 6–2 48
1989
2.   Mats Wilander 2 Davis Cup, Vienna, Austria Clay (i) QF 6–7, 7–6, 1–6, 6–4, 9–7 35
3.   Boris Becker 2 Hamburg, West Germany Clay SF 7–6, 6–2 31
1990
4.   Andrés Gómez 5 Stuttgart, West Germany Clay 3R 7–5, 0–6, 6–4 31
5.   Thomas Muster 8 Kitzbühel, Austria Clay QF 6–4, 6–2 27
6.   Thomas Muster 7 Vienna, Austria Carpet (i) SF 6–2, 7–6 29
1991
7.   Andre Agassi 4 Monte Carlo, Monaco Clay 2R 6–0, 6–7, 6–3 32
8.   Jonas Svensson 10 Monte Carlo, Monaco Clay QF 6–3, 6–3 32

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b John Barrett, ed. (1991). The International Tennis Federation : World of Tennis 1991. London: Collins Willow. p. 301. ISBN 9780002184038.
  2. ^ Franz Lidz (10 September 1990). "An Austrian not to be scoffed at". Sports Illustrated.
  3. ^ a b Harald Ottawa (7 April 2019). "Tennis: Die sechs Sternstunden des Horst Skoff". Kurier (in German).
  4. ^ "Als Horst Skoff Tennis-Geschichte schrieb". Wiener Zeitung (in German). 7 April 2018.
  5. ^ "Former player Horst Skoff dead". Montreal Gazette. 8 June 2008.
  6. ^ "Former tour player Skoff dies". The New York Times. 9 June 2008.

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