Karel Nováček

Karel Nováček (born 30 March 1965) is a retired Czech former top ten tennis player born in Prostějov, Czechoslovakia (Czech Republic). In his career, Nováček won 13 singles titles and six doubles titles. His highest singles ranking was World No. 8, which he achieved on 18 November 1991.[1]

Karel Nováček
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Country (sports) Czechoslovakia (1984–92)
 Czech Republic (1993–96)
ResidenceBoca Raton, Florida
Born (1965-03-30) 30 March 1965 (age 55)
Prostějov, Czechoslovakia
Height1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Turned pro1984
Retired1996
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money$3,729,540
Singles
Career record300–246
Career titles13
Highest rankingNo. 8 (18 November 1991)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open4R (1995)
French OpenQF (1987, 1993)
Wimbledon4R (1991)
US OpenSF (1994)
Other tournaments
Tour FinalsRR (1991)
Doubles
Career record168–179
Career titles6
Highest rankingNo. 25 (28 February 1994)

His best performance at a Grand Slam came at the 1994 US Open where he defeated Alexander Vladimirovich Volkov, Andriy Medvedev, Todd Woodbridge, Javier Frana and Jaime Yzaga before losing to Michael Stich in the semifinal. In 1997, Novacek was suspended for three months for failing a drug test at the 1995 French Open; he forfeited $185,765, but denied taking cocaine knowingly.[2]

Nováček lived in Boca Raton, Florida, United States for 20 years, and then moved back to Czech Republic. Karel and Maya Nováček married in 1990; as of 2002, they had three children.[3] In 2002, the Boca Raton News reported that their ten-year-old daughter Anika was a promising tennis player, winning several tournaments.[3]

Career finalsEdit

Singles (13 titles, 7 runners-up)Edit

Legend (Singles)
Grand Slam (0–0)
Tennis Masters Cup (0–0)
ATP Masters Series (1–0)
ATP Tour (12–7)
Result No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Win 1. Aug 1986 Washington, U.S. Clay   Thierry Tulasne 6–1, 7–6(7–4)
Loss 1. Oct 1986 Vienna, Austria Hard (i)   Brad Gilbert 6–3, 3–6, 5–7, 0–6
Loss 2. Oct 1987 Palermo, Italy Clay   Martín Jaite 6–7(5–7), 7–6(9–7), 4–6
Win 2. Jul 1989 Hilversum, Netherlands Clay   Emilio Sánchez 6–2, 6–4
Win 3. May 1990 Munich, Germany Clay   Thomas Muster 6–4, 6–2
Loss 3. Aug 1990 Kitzbühel, Austria Clay   Horacio de la Peña 4–6, 6–7, 6–2, 2–6
Win 4. Jan 1991 Auckland, New Zealand Hard   Jean-Philippe Fleurian 7–6(7–5), 7–6(7–4)
Loss 4. Apr 1991 Estoril, Portugal Clay   Sergi Bruguera 6–7(7–9), 1–6
Win 5. May 1991 Hamburg, Germany Clay   Magnus Gustafsson 6–3, 6–3, 5–7, 0–6, 6–1
Win 6. Aug 1991 Kitzbühel, Austria Clay   Magnus Gustafsson 7–6(7–2), 7–6(7–4), 6–2
Win 7. Aug 1991 Prague, Czechoslovakia Clay   Magnus Gustafsson 7–6(7–5), 6–2
Win 8. Jul 1992 Hilversum, Netherlands Clay   Jordi Arrese 6–2, 6–3, 2–6, 7–5
Win 9. Aug 1992 San Marino, San Marino Clay   Francisco Clavet 7–5, 6–2
Win 10. Aug 1992 Prague, Czechoslovakia Clay   Franco Davín 6–1, 6–1
Win 11. Feb 1993 Dubai, U.A.E. Hard   Fabrice Santoro 6–4, 7–5
Loss 5. Feb 1993 Rotterdam, Netherlands Carpet   Anders Järryd 3–6, 5–7
Win 12. Mar 1993 Zaragoza, Spain Clay   Jonas Svensson 3–6, 6–2, 6–1
Loss 6. Apr 1993 Estoril, Portugal Clay   Andriy Medvedev 4–6, 2–6
Loss 7. Jul 1993 Gstaad, Switzerland Clay   Sergi Bruguera 3–6, 4–6
Win 13. Aug 1994 Hilversum, Netherlands Clay   Richard Fromberg 7–5, 6–4, 7–6(9–7)

Doubles (6 titles, 10 runners-up)Edit

Result No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 1. Jun 1988 Athens, Greece Clay   Pablo Arraya   Rikard Bergh
  Per Henricsson
4–6, 5–7
Loss 2. Aug 1989 Båstad, Swedish Clay   Josef Čihák   Per Henricsson
  Nicklas Utgren
5–7, 2–6
Win 1. Oct 1991 Berlin, Germany Carpet   Petr Korda   Jan Siemerink
  Daniel Vacek
3–6, 7–5, 7–5
Loss 3. Apr 1992 Barcelona, Spain Clay   Ivan Lendl   Andrés Gómez
  Javier Sánchez
4–6, 4–6
Loss 4. Apr 1992 Monte Carlo, Monaco Clay   Petr Korda   Boris Becker
  Michael Stich
4–6, 4–6
Win 2. Aug 1992 Prague, Czechoslovakia Clay   Branislav Stankovič   Jonas Björkman
  Jon Ireland
7–5, 6–1
Loss 5. Oct 1992 Basel, Switzerland Hard (i)   David Rikl   Tom Nijssen
  Cyril Suk
3–6, 4–6
Win 3. Mar 1993 Zaragoza, Spain Carpet   Martin Damm   Mike Bauer
  David Rikl
2–6, 6–4, 7–5
Loss 6. May 1993 Munich, Germany Clay   Carl-Uwe Steeb   Martin Damm
  Henrik Holm
0–6, 6–3, 5–7
Loss 7. Sep 1993 U.S. Open, New York Hard   Martin Damm   Ken Flach
  Rick Leach
7–6, 4–6, 2–6
Loss 8. Mar 1994 Zaragoza, Spain Carpet   Martin Damm   Henrik Holm
  Anders Järryd
5–7, 2–6
Win 4. Aug 1994 Prague, Czech Republic Clay   Mats Wilander   Tomáš Krupa
  Pavel Vízner
W/O
Win 5. Oct 1994 Ostrava, Czech Republic Carpet   Martin Damm   Gary Muller
  Piet Norval
6–4, 1–6, 6–3
Win 6. Oct 1994 Santiago, Chile Clay   Mats Wilander   Tomás Carbonell
  Francisco Roig
4–6, 7–6, 7–6
Loss 9. Feb 1995 Milan, Italy Carpet   Petr Korda   Boris Becker
  Guy Forget
2–6, 4–6
Loss 10. Feb 1996 Dubai, UAE Hard   Jiří Novák   Byron Black
  Grant Connell
0–6, 1–6

Singles performance timelineEdit

Tournament 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 Career SR
Grand Slams
Australian Open A A NH A A A 3R 1R 2R A 3R 4R A 0 / 5
French Open 3R 1R 1R QF 1R 3R 4R 1R 1R QF 1R 1R A 0 / 12
Wimbledon A A 1R 1R 2R 2R 3R 4R 1R 1R 1R 1R A 0 / 10
US Open A A 1R 1R A A 1R 3R A 3R SF 1R A 0 / 7
Grand Slam SR 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 2 0 / 2 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 0 0 / 34
ATP Masters Series
Indian Wells Not MS1

Before 1990
1R A 3R A A 1R A 0 / 3
Key Biscayne 2R 2R 2R A A 2R 1R 0 / 5
Monte Carlo 2R 1R 3R 1R 1R 2R A 0 / 6
Rome 2R 1R 1R 3R 1R 1R A 0 / 6
Hamburg 1R W QF 3R 1R A A 1 / 5
Canada A A A A A A A 0 / 0
Cincinnati 1R A A A 1R A A 0 / 2
Stuttgart (Stockholm) 2R 3R 3R A A A A 0 / 3
Paris 1R QF 1R 3R A A A 0 / 4
Masters Series SR N/A 0 / 8 1 / 6 0 / 7 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 1 1 / 34
Year End Ranking 138 159 33 76 127 74 34 8 23 17 28 121 409 N/A

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Karel Nováček at the International Tennis Federation
  2. ^ "Wilander and Novacek are banned". The New York Times. 15 May 1997. Retrieved 29 October 2015.
  3. ^ a b Tom Glucksmann (25 December 2002). "There's a new Novacek in town". Boca Raton News.

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