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Martin Štěpánek (tennis)

Martin Štěpánek (born 13 December 1979) is a tennis coach and former professional player from the Czech Republic.

Martin Štěpánek
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Full nameMartin Štěpánek
Country (sports) Czech Republic
ResidencePrague, Czech Republic
Born (1979-12-13) 13 December 1979 (age 39)
Havana, Cuba
Prize money$82,685
Singles
Highest rankingNo. 248 (25 August 2003)
Grand Slam Singles results
WimbledonQ1 (1999, 2004)
Doubles
Highest rankingNo. 102 (26 September 2005)
Coaching career

BiographyEdit

The son of teachers, Blanka and Ludek Štěpánek, he was born in Havana, Cuba. He also lived in Mexico growing up in the 1980s.[1]

Štěpánek, who is not related to Radek Stepanek, has one brother.[2]

Playing careerEdit

At a ITF Futures event in the Czech Republic in 2001, Štěpánek had a win over Tomáš Berdych in what was the future world number four's first appearance on tour.[3]

In 2003 he won the Mordovia Cup, a tournament on the ATP Challenger circuit.[4]

He won eight Challenger doubles titles, five of them in 2005, a year he reached a career high 102 in the world.

CoachingEdit

A shoulder injury ended his career at the end of the 2005 season and he made the move into coaching.[2]

Based in Prague, he is best known as the coach of Croatian player Ivan Dodig. During their time together, Dodig made it to 29 in the world in singles and 4 in doubles.[5]

He has also coached Lukáš Dlouhý to two Grand Slam doubles titles and worked with Frederico Gil when he was a coach at the Break Point Academy in Halle, Germany.[2]

Since 2018 he has been the coach of Tomáš Berdych.

Challenger titlesEdit

Singles: (1)Edit

Year Tournament Surface Opponent Score
2003 Mordovia, Russia Clay   Michal Mertiňák 6–1, 6–1

Doubles: (8)Edit

Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
2003 Mordovia, Russia Clay   Kornél Bardóczky   Łukasz Kubot
  Orest Tereshchuk
7–6(3), 6–3
2003 Prague, Czech Republic Carpet   Igor Zelenay   Karsten Braasch
  Jean-Claude Scherrer
6–4, 4–6, 6–4
2004 Manerbio, Italy Clay   Petr Luxa   Johan Landsberg
  Rogier Wassen
6–4, 6–2
2005 Wrocław, Poland Hard   Lukáš Dlouhý   Jason Marshall
  Huntley Montgomery
6–2, 5–7, 6–4
2005 Lübeck, Germany Carpet   Pavel Šnobel   Philipp Petzschner
  Lars Übel
7–6(5), 5–7, 7–5
2005 Ostrava, Czech Republic Clay   Pavel Šnobel   Tomáš Cibulec
  Mariusz Fyrstenberg
7–6(1), 2–6, 7–6(4)
2005 Rimini, Italy Clay   David Škoch   Christopher Kas
  Philipp Petzschner
6–3, 6–7(1), 6–1
2005 Freudenstadt, Germany Clay   Pavel Šnobel   Sebastian Fitz
  Simon Greul
6–2, 6–4

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Coaches - Martin Stepanek - Personal". ATP World Tour. Retrieved 1 April 2016.
  2. ^ a b c "Martin Štěpánek: Z dříče Dodiga dělá hvězdu" (in Czech). TenisPortal.cz. Retrieved 1 April 2016.
  3. ^ Clarey, Christopher (14 November 2015). "One Small Rankings Point Feels Like a Giant Leap, When It Is the First". The New York Times. Retrieved 1 April 2016.
  4. ^ "ITF Tennis - Pro Circuit - Saransk Challenger - 05 August - 10 August 2003". International Tennis Federation. Retrieved 1 April 2016.
  5. ^ Borkowski, Pete (3 December 2015). "Ivan Dodig Parts with Long-Time Coach". Vavel.com. Retrieved 1 April 2016.

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