Karol Beck (born 3 April 1982) is a male former tennis player from Slovakia, who turned professional in 2001. His career-high singles ranking is World No. 36, achieved in August 2005. Beck reached the fourth round of the 2004 US Open and the quarterfinals of the 2005 Montreal Masters, defeating Nikolay Davydenko en route to both runs.

Karol Beck
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Country (sports) Slovakia
ResidenceZvolen, Slovakia
Born (1982-04-03) 3 April 1982 (age 40)
Zvolen, Czechoslovakia
Turned pro2001
Retired2018 (last match in 2020)
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money$2,110,846
Singles
Career record65–116
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 36 (22 August 2005)
Grand Slam singles results
Australian Open3R (2005)
French Open1R (2003, 2004, 2005, 2010, 2012)
Wimbledon3R (2004, 2011)
US Open4R (2004)
Doubles
Career record33–51
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 62 (17 October 2010)
Last updated on: 22 October 2018.

CareerEdit

On 25 October 2004, Beck lost in the final of the St. Petersburg Open to Mikhail Youzhny 6–2, 6–2.

On 13 February 2006 the International Tennis Federation (ITF) announced Beck had tested positive for the beta agonist clenbuterol during the 2005 Davis Cup semifinal for Slovakia against Argentina, which Slovakia won 4–1. As a consequence, the ITF suspended him from the game for two years until 31 October 2007.[1]

2007Edit

Beck finished serving his suspension and began playing again in November as an unranked player. He had to go through qualifying rounds in every tournament.

Without a ranking, he chose the Tunis challenger as his first tournament to qualify in. He qualified and won his first round match to get his first ranking points. The next week, he had a wild card entry into qualifying for the Dnepropetrovsk challenger, and qualified to pick up some more points.

He qualified a couple more times at challengers and futures tournaments before winning his final tournament of 2007, the Czech F6 Futures, to finish up the year at No. 581, after playing in just 5 tournaments.

2008Edit

He began 2008 from where he left off in 2007, qualifying into and winning his first tournament, Germany's F1 Futures, to get into the top-500.

2009Edit

Beck took part in the 2009 Wimbledon Championships ranked as 143rd in the world. He was a lucky loser due to the withdrawal of then-World No. 1, Rafael Nadal. He was drawn against 21st seed Feliciano López in the first round and won a thrilling five set encounter 1–6, 7–5, 6–3, 4–6, 10–8 to reach the second round of a grand slam tournament for the first time since the 2005 Australian Open. In the second round, he would meet another Spaniard, this being Nicolás Almagro. He played another 5-setter, but, this time, he lost 4–6, 6–7, 6–3, 6–3, 5–7.

ATP career finalsEdit

Singles: 1 (0–1)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam (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 (0–1)
Result No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Loss 1. Oct 2004 St. Petersburg, Russia Carpet (i)   Mikhail Youzhny 2–6, 2–6

Doubles: 2 (0–2)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam (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 (0–2)
Result No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 1. Feb 2010 Johannesburg, South Africa Hard   Harel Levy   Rohan Bopanna
  Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi
2–6, 6–3, [10–5]
Loss 2. Jun 2010 London, United Kingdom Grass   David Škoch   Novak Djokovic
  Jonathan Erlich
6–7(8), 6–2, [10–3]

Challenger and Futures FinalsEdit

Singles: 32 (17–15)Edit

Legend (singles)
ATP Challenger Tour (10–11)
ITF Futures Tour (7–4)
Titles by surface
Hard (9–9)
Clay (2–1)
Grass (2–2)
Carpet (4–3)
Result W–L Date Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0–1 Feb 2001 Croatia F2, Zagreb Futures Hard   Lovro Zovko 5–7, 4–6
Loss 0–2 Aug 2001 Togliatti, Russia Challenger Hard   Alexander Peya 2–6, 2–6
Win 1–2 Aug 2001 Russia F3, Balashikha Futures Clay   Orest Tereshchuk 6–2, 6–3
Win 2–2 Apr 2002 Greece F2, Kalamata Futures Hard   Janko Tipsarevic 6–1, 6–4
Win 3–2 Jul 2002 Bristol, England Challenger Grass   Alexander Peya 6–0, 6–3
Loss 3–3 Jul 2002 Manchester, England Challenger Grass   Vladimir Voltchkov 4–6, 6–7(2–7)
Loss 3–4 Nov 2002 Bratislava, Slovakia Challenger Carpet   Antony Dupuis 6–4, 4–6, 6–7(1–7)
Win 4–4 Jan 2003 Heilbronn, Germany Challenger Carpet   Jürgen Melzer 6–2, 5–7, 7–6(7–5)
Loss 4–5 Feb 2003 Andrezieux, France Challenger Hard (i)   Thierry Ascione 4–6, 2–6
Win 5–5 Feb 2004 Wrocław, Poland Challenger Hard (i)   Jan Hernych 6–7(4–7), 6–2, 6–2
Win 6–5 Jun 2004 Surbiton, England Challenger Grass   Wesley Moodie 6–4, 6–4
Win 7–5 Mar 2005 Sunrise, United States Challenger Hard   Davide Sanguinetti 6–2, 6–2
Win 8–5 Dec 2007 Czech Republic F6, Opava Futures Carpet   Lukas Rosol 2–6, 7–5, 7-5
Win 9–5 Jan 2008 Germany F1, Nussloch Futures Carpet   Sebastien de Chaunac 6–4, 6–4
Loss 9–6 Oct 2008 Kolding, Denmark Challenger Hard (i)   Roko Karanušić 4–6, 4–6
Loss 9–7 Nov 2008 Helsinki, Finland Challenger Hard (i)   Dmitry Tursunov 4–6, 3–6
Loss 9–8 Jan 2009 Heilbronn, Germany Challenger Hard (i)   Benjamin Becker 4–6, 4–6
Win 10–8 Jul 2009 Pozoblanco, Spain Challenger Hard   Thiago Alves 6–4, 6–3
Win 11–8 Feb 2010 Bergamo, Italy Challenger Hard (i)   Gilles Müller 6–4, 6–4
Win 12–8 Feb 2010 Belgrade, Serbia Challenger Carpet   Ilija Bozoljac 7–5, 7–6(7–4)
Loss 12–9 Mar 2010 Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina Challenger Hard (i)   Édouard Roger-Vasselin 7–6(7–5), 3–6, 0–1 ret.
Win 13–9 Oct 2010 Tashkent, Uzbekistan Challenger Hard   Gilles Müller 6–7(4–7), 6–4, 7–5
Loss 13–10 Mar 2011 Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina Challenger Hard (I)   Amer Delić walkover
Win 14–10 Aug 2011 Segovia, Spain Challenger Hard   Grégoire Burquier 6–4, 7–6(7–4)
Loss 14–11 Nov 2011 Eckental, Germany Challenger Carpet   Rajeev Ram 4–6, 2–6
Loss 14–12 Jun 2012 Nottingham, Great Britain Challenger Grass   Grega Žemlja 6–7(3–7), 6–4, 4–6
Loss 14–13 Nov 2013 Czech Republic F6, Jablonec Nad Nisou Futures Carpet   Uladzimir Ignatik 2–6, 3–6
Loss 14–14 Jan 2014 Germany F2, Stuttgart Futures Hard   Uladzimir Ignatik 6–4, 3–6, 6-7(3-7)
Win 15–14 March 2014 France F7, Saint-Raphaël Futures Hard   Maxime Authom 7-6(11-9), 6-4
Win 16–14 Apr 2014 Turkey F10, Antalya Futures Hard   Mate Delic 6-7(5-7), 6-3, 6-3
Loss 16–15 Jul 2014 Austria F5, Bad Waltersdorf Futures Clay   Dusan Lojda 3–6, 7–5, 4-6
Win 17–15 Aug 2014 Slovakia F3, Piestany Futures Clay   Ivo Klec 6-4, 7-6(7-4)

Doubles: 43 (27–16)Edit

Legend (singles)
ATP Challenger Tour (19–9)
ITF Futures Tour (8–7)
Titles by surface
Hard (16–11)
Clay (8–5)
Grass (1–0)
Carpet (2–0)
Result W–L Date Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1–0 Sep 2000 Slovak Republic Masters, Piestany Satellites Clay   Igor Zelenay   Branislav Sekac
  Martin Štěpánek
6-3, 2-6, 7-6(7-3)
Win 2–0 Oct 2000 Finland F2, Helsinki Futures Carpet   Igor Zelenay   Jarkko Nieminen
  Tero Vilen
6-2, 6-4
Loss 2–1 Nov 2000 United States F28, Malibu Futures Hard   Igor Zelenay   Lassi Ketola
  Kim Tiilikainen
4-6, 6-7(3-7)
Win 3–1 Dec 2000 United States F29, Laguna Niguel Futures Hard   Cedric Kauffmann   Kelly Gullett
  Djalmar Sistermans
6-2, 6-3
Win 4–1 Jun 2001 Czech Republic F2, Jablonec Nad Nisou Futures Clay   Branislav Sekac   Martin Hromec
  Martin Štěpánek
6-3, 3-6, 6-2
Loss 4–2 Jun 2001 Slovenia F3, Kranj Futures Clay   Branislav Sekac   Igor Brukner
  Josef Nesticky
4-6, 5-7
Win 5–2 Jul 2001 Oberstaufen, Germany Challenger Clay   Branislav Sekac   Thomas Strengberger
  Clemens Trimmel
2-6, 6-1, 6-0
Win 6–2 Aug 2001 Togliatti, Russia Challenger Hard   Igor Zelenay   Abdul Hamid Makhkamov
  Dmitriy Tomashevich
7-5, 4-6, 6-3
Win 7–2 Aug 2001 Russia F1, Balashikha Futures Clay   Igor Zelenay   Alexey Kedryuk
  Orest Tereshchuk
0-6, 6-3, 6-4
Loss 7–3 Sep 2001 Zabrze, Poland Challenger Clay   Igor Zelenay   Julian Knowle
  Michael Kohlmann
1-6, 6-7(5-7)
Loss 7–4 Nov 2001 Prague, Czech Republic Challenger Hard   Igor Zelenay   Lukas Dlouhy
  David Miketa
1-6, 6-4, 3-6
Loss 7–5 Jan 2002 United States F2, Delray Beach Futures Hard   Ladislav Svarc   Graydon Oliver
  Travis Rettenmaier
2-6, 4-6
Win 8–5 Mar 2002 Osaka, Japan Challenger Hard   Cedric Kauffmann   Laurence Tieleman
  JohnVan Lottum
7-5, 6-1
Loss 8–6 Apr 2002 Greece F1, Syros Futures Hard   Michal Mertinak   Thierry Ascione
  Florent Serra
6-3, 4-6, 2-6
Win 9–6 Apr 2002 Greece F2, Kalamata Futures Hard   Michal Mertinak   Tapio Nurminen
  Marko Tkalec
6-1, 6-2
Win 10–6 May 2002 Budapest, Hungary Challenger Clay   Jaroslav Levinsky   Mariano Hood
  Sebastian Prieto
3-6, 6-4, 6-1
Win 11–6 Jul 2002 Manchester, Great Britain Challenger Grass   Aisam Qureshi   John Hui
  Anthony Ross
6-3, 7-6(7-2)
Loss 11–7 Aug 2002 Segovia, Spain Challenger Hard   Sander Groen   Tim Crichton
  Todd Perry
7-5, 6-7(3-7), 4-6
Loss 11–8 Aug 2002 Bronx, United States Challenger Hard   Tomas Zib   Jamie Delgado
  Arvind Parmar
6-7(6-8), 1-6
Win 12–8 Nov 2002 Prague, Czech Republic Challenger Hard   Jaroslav Levinsky   Aleksandar Kitinov
  Lovro Zovko
7-5, 6-2
Win 13–8 May 2004 Zagreb, Croatia Challenger Clay   Jaroslav Levinsky   Jordan Kerr
  Tom Vanhoudt
6-2, 7-6(7-4)
Win 14–8 Nov 2004 Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine Challenger Hard   Jaroslav Levinsky   Andrei Pavel
  Gabriel Trifu
6-7(4-7), 7-6(7-4), 7-6(7-2)
Win 15–8 Feb 2009 Heilbronn, Germany Challenger Hard   Jaroslav Levinsky   Benedikt Dorsch
  Philipp Petzschner
6-3, 6-2
Win 16–8 Mar 2009 Besancon, France Challenger Hard   Jaroslav Levinsky   David Skoch
  Igor Zelenay
2-6, 7-5, [10-7]
Win 17–8 Mar 2009 Bergamo, Italy Challenger Hard   Jaroslav Levinsky   Chris Haggard
  Pavel Vizner
7-6(8-6), 6-4
Win 18–8 May 2009 Rhodes, Greece Challenger Hard   Jaroslav Levinsky   Rajeev Ram
  Bobby Reynolds
6-3, 6-3
Win 19–8 Jul 2009 Pozoblanco, Spain Challenger Hard   Jaroslav Levinsky   Colin Fleming
  Ken Skupski
2-6, 7-6(7-5), [10-7]
Loss 19–9 Feb 2010 Bergamo, Italy Challenger Hard   Jiri Krkoska   Jonathan Marray
  Jamie Murray
1-6, 7-6(7-2), [8-10]
Loss 19–10 May 2010 Bordeaux, France Challenger Clay   Leos Friedl   Nicolas Mahut
  Edouard Roger-Vasselin
7-5, 3-6, [7-10]
Win 20–10 Sep 2010 Trnava, Slovakie Challenger Clay   Lukas Rosol   Alexander Peya
  Martin Slanar
4-6, 7-6(7-3), [10-8]
Loss 20–11 Oct 2010 Tashkent, Uzbekistan Challenger Hard   Filip Polasek   Ross Hutchins
  Jamie Murray
6-2, 4-6, [8-10]
Win 21–11 Jul 2011 Granby, Canada Challenger Hard   Edouard Roger-Vasselin   Matthias Bachinger
  Frank Moser
6-1, 6-3
Loss 21–12 Jul 2012 Astana, Kazakhstan Challenger Hard   Kamil Capkovic   Konstantin Kravchuk
  Denys Molchanov
4-6, 3-6
Win 22–12 Sep 2012 Istanbul, Turkey Challenger Hard   Lukas Dlouhy   Adrian Menendez-Maceiras
  John Peers
3-6, 6-2, [10-6]
Win 23–12 Nov 2012 Ortisei, Italy Challenger Carpet   Rik De Voest   Rameez Junaid
  Michael Kohlmann
6-3, 6-4
Win 24–12 Feb 2013 Bergamo, Italy Challenger Hard   Andrej Martin   Claudio Grassi
  Amir Weintraub
6-3, 3-6, [10-8]
Loss 24–13 Mar 2013 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina Challenger Hard   Mirza Basic   Konstantin Kravchuk
  Tomislav Brkic
3-6, 5-7
Win 25–13 Feb 2014 Bergamo, Italy Challenger Hard   Michal Mertinak   Konstantin Kravchuk
  Denys Molchanov
4-6, 7-5, [10-6]
Win 26–13 Apr 2014 Turkey F10, Antalya Futures Hard   Maximilian Neuchrist   George Coupland
  Andreas Mies
6-2, 6-3
Win 27–13 Aug 2014 Slovakia F3, Piestany Futures Clay   Filipp Kekercheni   Danylo Kalenichenko
  Goncalo Oliveira
6-2, 2-6, [10-8]
Loss 27–14 Aug 2014 Slovakia F4, Trnava Futures Clay   Filipp Kekercheni   Jakub Filipsky
  Jan Satral
3-6, 2-6
Loss 27–15 Jul 2016 Slovakia F1, Trnava Futures Clay   Artem Dubrivnyy   Danylo Kalenichenko
  Filipp Kekercheni
0-6, 1-6
Loss 27–16 Nov 2016 Estonia F3, Tallinn Futures Hard   Artem Dubrivnyy   Niels Lootsma
  BoticVan de Zandschulp

Performance timelinesEdit

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# DNQ A NH
(W) winner; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (DNQ) did not qualify; (A) absent; (NH) not held; (SR) strike rate (events won / competed); (W–L) win–loss record.

SinglesEdit

Tournament 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A 1R 2R 3R A A A Q2 Q1 1R 1R A 3–5
French Open A 1R 1R 1R A A A Q1 1R A 1R A 0–5
Wimbledon 2R 1R 3R 1R A A Q1 2R 2R 3R 1R Q2 7–8
US Open A 1R 4R 1R A A Q2 1R Q1 1R 1R Q1 3–6
Win–loss 1–1 0–4 6–4 2–4 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–2 1–2 2–3 0–4 0–0 13–24
Career statistics
Titles–Finals 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–0 0–0 0–2 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–1
Year-end ranking 117 66 44 57 N/A 582 145 114 103 101 141 360

DoublesEdit

Tournament 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A 1R 3R A A A A A A 2–2
French Open A 1R 2R 2R A A A A A A 2–3
Wimbledon 1R 2R A 3R A A A 1R 1R 1R 3–6
US Open A A 2R 2R A A A A A A 2–2
Win–loss 0–1 1–2 2–3 6–4 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 12–13

See alsoEdit

External linksEdit