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Johan Van Herck (born 24 May 1974) is a Belgian tennis coach and former professional player.

Johan Van Herck
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Johan Van Herck at the 2017 Davis Cup Quarterfinals
Country (sports) Belgium
Born (1974-05-24) 24 May 1974 (age 45)
Herentals, Belgium
Height1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Turned pro1993
PlaysRight-handed
Prize money$717,393
Singles
Career record52–76
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 65 (12 May 1997)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open1R (1996, 1997, 1998)
French Open3R (1998)
Wimbledon1R (1996, 1997, 1998)
US Open2R (1997)
Doubles
Career record3–9

Van Herck first broke into the top 100 of the ATP Rankings in 1996, when he made semi-finals at the Copenhagen Open and Italy's Campionati Internazionali di Sicilia. In the later he upset top seed Félix Mantilla Botella in the second round.

In both 1997 and 1998, Van Herck was a semi-finalist at the Coral Springs International Tennis Championships.[1]

He had his best Grand Slam performance at the 1998 French Open, where in the opening round he defeated world number four Greg Rusedski in straight sets. He then beat Spanish qualifier Jordi Mas to reach the third round, but was then eliminated by another qualifier, Jens Knippschild, despite winning the opening two sets, from which he dropped just two games.[2]

Van Herck defeated another top player in the 1999 Grand Prix Hassan II, held in Casablanca, overcoming number one seed Thomas Muster.

He represented the Belgium Davis Cup team in nine ties during his career and had a combined 7-5 win loss record, all of his victories coming in singles rubbers. His biggest wins came against Russian Yevgeny Kafelnikov in 1995, Swede Thomas Enqvist in 1996 and Frenchman Cédric Pioline in 1997.[3]

Since 2011 he has been the captain of the Belgian Davis Cup team. During his tenure, the team reached the final of the Davis Cup twice.

Since 2019 he has been the captain of the Belgian Fed Cup team as well.[4]

Challenger TitlesEdit

Singles: (8)Edit

No. Year Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
1. 1995 Mendoza, Argentina Clay   Juan Albert Viloca-Puig 7–6, 6–1
2. 1995 Montauban, France Clay   Wojciech Kowalski 6–4, 4–6, 6–3
3. 1995 Ostend, Belgium Clay   Frédéric Fontang 6–3, 6–2
4. 1996 Bromma, Sweden Hard   Jan Apell 6–3, 7–5
5. 1997 Bermuda Clay   Sargis Sargsian 6–1, 4–6, 6–0
6. 1997 Birmingham, United States Clay   Tommy Haas 7–6, 6–7, 6–4
7. 1997 Brest, France Hard   Sébastien Grosjean 4–6, 6–2, 6–4
8. 2000 Tampere, Finland Clay   Olivier Mutis 6–3, 6–2

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ ATP World Tour Profile
  2. ^ ITF Tennis Profile
  3. ^ Davis Cup Profile
  4. ^ "Van Herck to take charge of Belgian team". www.fedcup.com. International Tennis Federation. 18 December 2018. Archived from the original on 6 February 2019.