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Jan Hájek (born 7 August 1983) is a retired male professional tennis player from the Czech Republic. He reached the third round of the 2007 French Open and attained a career-high ATP singles ranking of World No. 71 in November 2006.

Jan Hájek
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Country (sports) Czech Republic
ResidenceOlomouc
Born (1983-08-07) 7 August 1983 (age 35)
Olomouc, Czechoslovakia
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Turned pro2000
Retired2015
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize moneyUS$ 1,427,267
Singles
Career record36–78
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 71 (6 November 2006)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open2R (2010)
French Open3R (2007)
Wimbledon1R (2007, 2010, 2013)
US Open2R (2006)
Doubles
Career record14–25
Career titles1
Highest rankingNo. 189 (1 May 2006)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open2R (2011)
French Open1R (2007, 2010, 2013)
Wimbledon1R (2010, 2013)
US Open1R (2006, 2010, 2012)
Team competitions
Davis CupW (2013)
Last updated on: 27 August 2014.

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CareerEdit

 
Hajek, 2013

Hájek turned professional in 2000 and won his first Futures event in Negril of the same year defeating Johan Ortegren in the final. Between 2000 and 2003 Hájek played primarily on the Futures circuit, then after that he played some Challenger events as well as the Futures tournaments.[1] At the end of 2005 he had won 8 Futures titles all on clay, which is his best surface.

2006 was the breakthrough season for Hájek, as he started the year ranked at 352 and then finished the season ranked at 76th in the world.[2] Hájek won his first challenger in Barletta as a qualifier easily defeating Stefano Galvani 6–2 6–1 in the final. In May Hájek qualified for the challenger in Prague before losing to compatriot Robin Vik in the final. Hájek won three more Challengers during the year including two major ones in Prostějov where he got a retirement victory over Tomáš Berdych and Braunschweig defeated Fernando Vicente in straight sets. He won the Poznań Challenger without losing a set. In addition to the three Challenger titles, Hájek made his debut at Grand Slam level where he defeated Lukáš Dlouhý in straight sets before losing to Fernando González.

Hájek was unable to follow up the previously successful year in 2007, but he achieved his best result at Grand Slam level, where he made the third round at Roland Garros where he defeated Thomas Johansson and Bohdan Ulihrach before retiring against Marcos Baghdatis with a shoulder injury. Since then Hájek has had injury problems with the shoulder and problems with his heart.

At the beginning of 2009 Hájek started the year ranked at 474[3] and has been playing on the Challenger circuit and he has been playing qualifications and after qualifying for the main draw in Athens he lost in the semi finals to Rui Machado. Hájek won the Ostrava Challenger after qualifying defeating Ivan Dodig 7–5 6–1. He repeated his 2006 victory in Prostějov this time as a qualifier defeating Belgian Steve Darcis in the final and former top 10 player Ivan Ljubičić in the quarter finals. Hájek won his third challenger of the year in Freudenstadt defeating Laurent Recouderc in the final. He also made his debut in the Czech Davis Cup team in the semi final tie against Croatia where he defeated Roko Karanušić and also played in the final losing to Rafael Nadal. Hájek has a 1–2 record in Davis Cup singles with none of these matches being a live rubber.[4]

After ending the 2009 season ranked No. 103Hájek made a return to the Grand Slam arena at the 2010 Australian Open, defeating Robby Ginepri before losing to Mikhail Youzhny. He also reached his first quarter-final on the ATP tour at Munich losing to Youzhny again. Hájek became the first man to win the Prostějov Challenger three times after Radek Štěpánek had to retire from the final due to illness[5]

ATP career finalsEdit

Doubles: 2 (1–1)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam Tournaments (0–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (0–0)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (1–1)
Titles by Surface
Hard (1/0)
Clay (0/1)
Grass (0/0)
Carpet (0/0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partnering Opponent in the final Score
Runner-up 1. 30 April 2007 BMW Open, Munich, Germany Clay   Jaroslav Levinský   Philipp Kohlschreiber
  Mikhail Youzhny
1–6, 4–6
Winner 1. 3 January 2014 Qatar ExxonMobil Open, Doha, Qatar Hard   Tomáš Berdych   Alexander Peya
  Bruno Soares
6-2, 6-4

Singles titlesEdit

Legend (Singles)
Grand Slam (0)
Tennis Masters Cup (0)
ATP Masters Series (0)
ATP Tour (0)
Challengers (9)
Futures (9)
No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
1. 23 October 2000 Negril Clay   Johan Ortegren 6–3, 6–1
2. 16 June 2001 Spišská Nová Ves Clay   Juraj Hasko 6–4, 6–7(2–7), 7–5
3. 10 June 2002 Sopot Clay   Mariusz Fyrstenberg 6–3, 1–6, 6–2
4. 15 July 2002 Nové Zámky Clay   Ladislav Švarc 6–1, 6–2
5. 12 August 2002 Poprad Clay   David Novak 6–1, 6–4
6. 6 January 2003 Cala Ratjada Clay   Mariano Albert-Ferrando 4–2, RET
7. 23 May 2005 Jablonec nad Nisou Clay   Tomas Jecminek 6–4, 6–2
8. 31 October 2005 Frýdlant nad Ostravicí Indoor Hard   Lukáš Lacko 1–6, 7–5, 6–4
9. 23 March 2006 Barletta Clay   Stefano Galvani 6–2, 6–1
10. 5 June 2006 Prostějov Clay   Dominik Hrbatý 6–3, 5–7, 6–2
11. 19 June 2006 Braunschweig Clay   Fernando Vicente 6–1, 6–3
12. 10 July 2006 Poznań Clay   Ilija Bozoljac 6–4, 6–3
13. 29 September 2008 Porto Clay   Dušan Lojda 6–0, 7–6(7–2)
14. 27 April 2009 Ostrava Clay   Ivan Dodig 7–5, 6–1
15. 1 June 2009 Prostějov Clay   Steve Darcis 6–2, 1–6, 6–4
16. 31 October 2009 Freudenstadt Clay   Laurent Recouderc 2–6, 6–3, 7–6(7–5)
17. 31 May 2010 Prostějov Clay   Radek Štěpánek 6–0 RET
18. 1 July 2012 Marburg Clay   Andreas Haider-Maurer 6–2, 6–2

Grand Slam Singles performance timelineEdit

Tournament 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 SR W–L
Australian Open A 1R A A 2R 1R Q1 1R 1R 0 / 5 1–5
French Open A 3R A A 1R 1R Q3 2R 0 / 4 2–4
Wimbledon A 1R A A 1R A A 1R 0 / 3 0–3
US Open 2R A A A 1R A 1R 0 / 3 1–3
Win–Loss 1–1 2–3 0–0 0–0 1–4 0–2 0–1 1–3 0–1 0 / 15 4–15
Year End Ranking 76 240 479 103 95 141 105 108

Grand Slam Doubles performance timelineEdit

Tournament 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 SR W–L
Australian Open 2R 0 / 1 1–1
French Open 1R 1R 1R 0 / 2 0–2
Wimbledon 1R 1R 0 / 2 0–2
US Open 1R 1R 1R 0 / 3 0–3
Win–Loss 0–1 0–1 0–0 0–0 0–3 1–1 0–1 0–2 0 / 9 1–9

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Jan Hajek Playing Activity". ITF. 4 December 2009.
  2. ^ "Jan Hajek Ranking History". ATP. 4 December 2009.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Jan Hajek Ranking History". ATP. 7 September 2009.
  4. ^ "Davis Cup Record". Davis Cup. 18 May 2010.
  5. ^ "Health complications prevented Stepanek to fight till the end". Czech Open. 5 June 2010.

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