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Karl Meiler (30 April 1949 – 17 April 2014) was a tennis player from West Germany who was active in the 1970s and 80s.

Karl Meiler
Country (sports) West Germany
ResidenceMunich, Germany
Born(1949-04-30)30 April 1949
Erlangen, Germany
Died17 April 2014(2014-04-17) (aged 64)
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Turned pro1970
Retired1986
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Singles
Career record243–183
Career titles4
Highest rankingNo. 20 (23 August 1973)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenSF (1973)
French Open3R (1977)
Wimbledon3R (1973, 1976, 1977)
US Open4R (1975)
Doubles
Career record191–122
Career titles17
Highest rankingNo. 12[1]

Meiler won four singles (1972, Buenos Aires; 1974, Omaha and Calgary; 1977, Manila) and seventeen doubles titles during his professional career. He notably beat top seed Ken Rosewall in the 1973 Australian Open, where he went on to reach the semifinal. Meiler reached his highest singles ATP-ranking on 23 August 1973, when he became world No. 20. He died aged 64 on 17 April 2014, of complications from a head injury sustained in a domestic accident in November 2013.[1]

ATP career finalsEdit

Singles: 18 (4 titles, 14 runner-ups)Edit

Result No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Win 1. 1972 Buenos Aires, Argentina Clay   Guillermo Vilas 6–7, 2–6, 6–4, 6–4, 6–4
Loss 1. 1973 Salisbury, U.S. Hard (i)   Jimmy Connors 6–7, 6–7, 3–6
Loss 2. 1973 West Berlin Hard   Hans-Jürgen Pohmann 3–6, 6–3, 3–6, 3–6
Loss 3. 1973 Hamburg, West Germany Clay   Eddie Dibbs 1–6, 6–3, 6–7, 3–6
Loss 4. 1974 Roanoke, U.S. Indoor   Jimmy Connors 4–6, 3–6
Win 2. 1974 Omaha, U.S.   Jimmy Connors 6–3, 1–6, 6–1
Loss 5. 1974 Little Rock, U.S. Carpet   Jimmy Connors 2–6, 1–6
Win 3. 1974 Calgary, Canada Indoor   Byron Bertram 6–4, 3–6, 6–3
Loss 6. 1974 Jackson, U.S. Carpet   Sandy Mayer 6–7, 5–7
Loss 7. 1974 Washington D.C., U.S.   Vijay Amritraj 4–6, 3–6
Loss 8. 1974 Oslo, Norway Indoor   Jeff Borowiak 3–6, 2–6
Loss 9. 1975 Nassau, Bahamas Outdoor   Jimmy Connors 0–6, 2–6
Loss 10. 1975 Munich, West Germany Clay   Guillermo Vilas 6–2, 0–6, 2–6, 3–6
Loss 11. 1975 Gstaad, Switzerland Clay   Ken Rosewall 4–6, 4–6, 3–6
Loss 12. 1976 Munich, West Germany Clay   Manuel Orantes 1–6, 4–6, 1–6
Loss 13. 1977 Brussels, Belgium Clay   Harold Solomon 5–7, 6–3, 6–2, 3–6, 4–6
Win 4. 1977 Manila, Philippines Clay   Manuel Orantes DEF
Loss 14. 1979 Florence, Italy Clay   Raúl Ramírez 4–6, 6–1, 6–3, 5–7, 0–6

Doubles: 25 (17 titles, 8 runner-ups)Edit

Result No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 1. 1972 London/Queen's Club, England Grass   Jürgen Fassbender   Jim McManus
  Jim Osborne
6–4, 3–6, 5–7
Win 1. 1974 Omaha, U.S. Hard   Jürgen Fassbender   Ian Fletcher
  Kim Warwick
6–2, 6–4
Win 2. 1974 Baltimore, U.S. Carpet   Jürgen Fassbender   Owen Davidson
  Clark Graebner
7–6, 7–5
Win 3. 1974 Little Rock, U.S. Carpet   Jürgen Fassbender   Vitas Gerulaitis
  Bob Hewitt
6–0, 6–2
Win 4. 1974 Calgary, Canada Indoor   Jürgen Fassbender   Iván Molina
  Jairo Velasco, Sr.
6–4, 6–4
Win 5. 1974 Tempe, U.S. Hard   Jürgen Fassbender   Ian Fletcher
  Kim Warwick
4–6, 6–4, 7–5
Win 6. 1974 Oslo, Norway Indoor   Haroon Rahim   Jeff Borowiak
  Vitas Gerulaitis
6–3, 6–2
Win 7. 1975 Birmingham, U.S. Carpet   Jürgen Fassbender   Colin Dowdeswell
  John Yuill
6–1, 3–6, 7–6
Loss 2. 1975 Hampton, U.S. Carpet   Jan Písecký   Ian Crookenden
  Ian Fletcher
2–6, 7–6, 4–6
Loss 3. 1975 Munich, West Germany Clay   Milan Holeček   Wojtek Fibak
  Jan Kodeš
5–7, 3–6
Loss 4. 1975 Barcelona, Spain Clay   Wojtek Fibak   Björn Borg
  Guillermo Vilas
6–3, 4–6, 3–6
Win 8. 1975 Paris Indoor, France Hard (i)   Wojtek Fibak   Ilie Năstase
  Tom Okker
6–4, 7–6
Win 9. 1975 London, England Carpet   Wojtek Fibak   Jimmy Connors
  Ilie Năstase
6–1, 7–5
Loss 5. 1976 Atlanta WCT, U.S. Carpet   Wojtek Fibak   John Alexander
  Phil Dent
3–6, 4–6
Loss 6. 1976 Barcelona WCT, Spain Clay   Wojtek Fibak   Robert Lutz
  Ramsey Smith
3–6, 3–6
Win 10. 1976 Nuremberg, West Germany Carpet   Frew McMillan   Colin Dowdeswell
  Paul Kronk
7–6, 6–4
Loss 7. 1976 Nice, France Clay   Wojtek Fibak   Patrice Dominguez
  François Jauffret
4–6, 6–3, 3–6
Win 11. 1976 Monte Carlo WCT, Monaco Clay   Wojtek Fibak   Björn Borg
  Guillermo Vilas
7–6, 6–1
Win 12. 1976 World Doubles WCT, Kansas City Carpet   Wojtek Fibak   Robert Lutz
  Ramsey Smith
6–3, 2–6, 3–6, 6–3, 6–4
Win 13. 1976 Düsseldorf, West Germany Clay   Wojtek Fibak   Bob Carmichael
  Raymond Moore
6–4, 4–6, 6–4
Win 14. 1977 Hamburg, West Germany Clay   Bob Hewitt   Phil Dent
  Kim Warwick
3–6, 6–3, 6–4, 6–4
Win 15. 1977 Düsseldorf, West Germany Clay   Jürgen Fassbender   Paul Kronk
  Cliff Letcher
6–3, 6–3
Win 16. 1977 Gstaad, Switzerland Clay   Jürgen Fassbender   Colin Dowdeswell
  Bob Hewitt
6–4, 7–6
Loss 8. 1978 Auckland, New Zealand Hard   Rod Frawley   Chris Lewis
  Russell Simpson
1–6, 6–7
Win 17. 1979 Nancy, France Hard (i)   Klaus Eberhard   Robin Drysdale
  Andrew Jarrett
4–6, 7–6, 6–3

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Ex-Davis-Cup-Spieler Meiler ist tot". Spiegel Online (in German). 20 April 2014.

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