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Johan Kriek (born April 5, 1958) is a retired South African-American tennis player and founder of the Global Water Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to delivering clean water to the world's neediest communities. He won two Australian Open titels and reached the semifinals at the French Open and US Open, as well as the quarterfinals of Wimbledon. Kriek won 14 professional singles and eight doubles titles, reaching a career-high singles ranking of world No. 7. His most memorable wins include victories over Andre Agassi, Jimmy Connors, John McEnroe, Guillermo Vilas, Stefan Edberg, Michael Chang, Vitas Gerulaitis and Björn Borg.

Johan Kriek
Country (sports) South Africa
 United States
ResidenceRoanoke, Virginia, U.S.
Born (1958-04-05) April 5, 1958 (age 61)
Pongola, South Africa
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Turned pro1978
Retired1994
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money$2,383,794
Singles
Career record376–222
Career titles14
Highest rankingNo. 7 (September 10, 1984)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenW (1981, 1982)
French OpenSF (1986)
WimbledonQF (1981, 1982)
US OpenSF (1980)
Other tournaments
Tour FinalsQF (1982, 1983, 1984, 1985)
WCT FinalsF (1981)
Doubles
Career record206–173
Career titles8
Highest rankingNo. 12 (August 15, 1988)

He attended Afrikaanse Hoër Seunskool (Afrikaans High School for Boys, also known as Affies), a popular and renowned public school located in Pretoria.

Kriek became a naturalized American citizen in August 1982.[1]

Grand Slam finalsEdit

Singles: (2 titles)Edit

Result Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Win 1981 Australian Open Grass   Steve Denton 6–2, 7–6(7–1), 6–7(1–7), 6–4
Win 1982 Australian Open (2) Grass   Steve Denton 6–3, 6–3, 6–2

Career finalsEdit

Singles (14 titles, 13 runner-ups)Edit

Result No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Loss 1. 1978 Hartford, U.S. Carpet   John McEnroe 2–6, 4–6
Win 1. 1979 Sarasota, U.S. Carpet   Richard Meyer 7–6, 6–2
Loss 2. 1979 Basel, Switzerland Hard (i)   Brian Gottfried 5–7, 1–6, 6–4, 3–6
Loss 3. 1980 Frankfurt, Germany Carpet (i)   Stan Smith 6–2, 6–7, 2–6
Loss 4. 1980 Stowe, U.S. Hard   Bob Lutz 3–6, 1–6
Win 2. 1981 Monterrey WCT, Mexico Carpet (i)   Vitas Gerulaitis 7–6, 3–6, 7–6
Loss 5. 1981 WCT Finals, Dallas Carpet (i)   John McEnroe 1–6, 2–6, 4–6
Win 3. 1981 Newport, U.S. Grass   Hank Pfister 3–6, 6–3, 7–5
Win 4. 1981 Australian Open, Melbourne Grass   Steve Denton 6–2, 7–6, 6–7, 6–4
Win 5. 1982 Memphis, U.S. Hard (i)   John McEnroe 6–3, 3–6, 6–4
Loss 6. 1982 Monterrey, Mexico Carpet   Jimmy Connors 2–6, 6–3, 3–6
Win 6. 1982 La Costa WCT, U.S. Hard   Roscoe Tanner 6–0, 4–6, 6–0, 6–4
Win 7. 1982 Australian Open, Melbourne Grass   Steve Denton 6–3, 6–3, 6–2
Loss 7. 1983 Los Angeles, U.S. Hard   Gene Mayer 6–7, 1–6
Win 8. 1983 Tampa, U.S. Carpet   Bob Lutz 6–2, 6–4
Win 9. 1983 Bristol, England Grass   Tom Gullikson 7–6, 7–5
Win 10. 1983 Johannesburg, South Africa Hard   Colin Dowdeswell 6–4, 4–6, 1–6, 7–5, 6–3
Loss 8. 1984 Boca West, U.S. Hard   Jimmy Connors 5–7, 4–6
Win 11. 1984 Bristol, England Grass   Brian Teacher 6–7, 7–6, 6–4
Win 12. 1984 Livingston, U.S. Hard   Michael Westphal 6–2, 6–4
Win 13. 1985 Las Vegas, U.S. Hard   Jimmy Arias 4–6, 6–3, 6–4, 6–2
Loss 9. 1985 London Queen's Club, England Grass   Boris Becker 2–6, 3–6
Loss 10. 1985 San Francisco, U.S. Hard (i)   Stefan Edberg 4–6, 2–6
Win 14. 1987 Livingston, U.S. Hard   Christian Saceanu 7–6, 3–6, 6–2
Loss 11. 1988 Schenectady, U.S. Hard   Tim Mayotte 7–5, 3–6, 2–6
Loss 12. 1988 San Francisco, U.S. Hard (i)   Michael Chang 2–6, 3–6
Loss 13. 1989 Memphis, U.S. Hard (i)   Brad Gilbert 2–6, 2–6, ret.

Doubles (8 titles, 7 runner-ups)Edit

Result No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1. 1980 Richmond WCT, U.S. Carpet (i)   Fritz Buehning   Brian Gottfried
  Frew McMillan
3–6, 6–3, 7–6
Loss 1. 1980 Sydney Indoor, Australia Hard (i)   Tim Gullikson   Peter Fleming
  John McEnroe
6–4, 1–6, 2–6
Loss 2. 1981 Monterrey WCT, Mexico Carpet   Russell Simpson   Kevin Curren
  Steve Denton
6–7, 2–6
Loss 3. 1981 Bristol, England Grass   John Austin   Billy Martin
  Russell Simpson
6–3, 3–6, 10–12
Win 2. 1981 Stowe, U.S. Hard   Larry Stefanki   Brian Gottfried
  Bob Lutz
2–6, 6–1, 6–2
Win 3. 1982 Forest Hills WCT, U.S. Clay   Tracy Delatte   Dick Stockton
  Erik van Dillen
6–3, 7–6
Win 4. 1982 La Costa WCT, U.S. Hard   Fritz Buehning   Bob Lutz
  Raúl Ramírez
3–6, 7–6, 6–3
Loss 4. 1983 Delray Beach WCT, U.S. Clay   Anand Amritraj   Pavel Složil
  Tomáš Šmíd
6–7, 4–6
Loss 5. 1983 Las Vegas, U.S. Hard   Tracy Delatte   Kevin Curren
  Steve Denton
3–6, 5–7
Win 5. 1983 Forest Hills WCT, U.S. Clay   Tracy Delatte   Kevin Curren
  Steve Denton
7–6, 1–6, 6–1
Loss 6. 1983 Bristol, England Grass   Tom Gullikson   John Alexander
  John Fitzgerald
5–7, 4–6
Loss 7. 1983 Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i)   Peter Fleming   Anders Järryd
  Hans Simonsson
6–7, 5–7
Win 6. 1985 Chicago, U.S. Carpet (i)   Yannick Noah   Ken Flach
  Robert Seguso
3–6, 4–6, 7–5, 6–1, 6–4
Win 7. 1988 Philadelphia, U.S. Carpet (i)   Kelly Evernden   Kevin Curren
  Danie Visser
7–6, 6–3
Win 8. 1988 Tokyo Outdoor, Japan Hard   John Fitzgerald   Steve Denton
  David Pate
6–4, 6–4

Grand Slam singles performance timelineEdit

Tournament 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 SR W–L
Australian Open A A A A W W QF SF QF A 2R 2R 3R A A A A A 2 / 8 25–6
French Open A A 1R A A A A A A SF 1R A A A A A A A 0 / 3 4–3
Wimbledon A 2R 3R 3R QF QF 3R 4R 3R 2R 4R 1R 1R A 1R A A A 0 / 13 24–13
US Open A QF QF SF 3R 3R 4R 3R 2R 3R 3R 3R 1R A A A A A 0 / 12 29–12
Win–Loss 0–0 5–2 6–3 7–2 12–2 12–2 8–3 9–3 6–3 7–3 5–4 3–3 2–3 0–0 0–1 0–0 0–0 0–0 2 / 36 82–34
Year-end ranking 278 27 35 18 13 12 15 13 14 23 48 39 52 413 274 1097 1178 861

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Kriek Tops Gullikson". The New York Times. Retrieved September 21, 2013.

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