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Martin Willem Verkerk (born 31 October 1978) is a retired professional Dutch tennis player. As a relatively unknown player, he reached the final of the French Open in 2003, which he lost to Spaniard Juan Carlos Ferrero. Along the way, he beat Željko Krajan, Luis Horna, Vince Spadea and Rainer Schüttler before beating experienced clay court players Carlos Moyá and Guillermo Coria.[1]

Martin Verkerk
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Country (sports) Netherlands
ResidenceAlphen a/d Rijn, Netherlands
Born (1978-10-31) 31 October 1978 (age 40)
Leiderdorp, Netherlands
Height1.95 m (6 ft 5 in)
Turned pro1996
Retired9 December 2008
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money$1,491,379
Singles
Career record59–66 (at ATP Tour level, Grand Slam level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles2
Highest rankingNo. 14 (15 September 2003)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open1R (2003, 2004)
French OpenF (2003)
Wimbledon2R (2004)
US Open2R (2003)
Doubles
Career record23–34 (at ATP Tour level, Grand Slam level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 63 (3 November 2003)

His unexpected run at the French Open as an underdog and his expressive on-court antics made him popular in the Netherlands. The final was watched by even more households in the Netherlands than when his countryman Richard Krajicek won Wimbledon in 1996. However, plagued by various injuries and mononucleosis, Verkerk did not reproduce similar results during the rest of his career, never advancing beyond the third round in subsequent Grand Slams. During his career, he won two titles and reached the quarter-finals of the 2003 Rome Masters. Verkerk played a close match against Roger Federer at the 2003 Paris Masters, losing in three tiebreak sets after holding multiple matchpoints, 7–6(3), 6–7(12), 6–7(6).[1]

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Grand Slam singles finalsEdit

Runners-up (1)Edit

Year Championship Opponent in final Score in final
2003 French Open   Juan Carlos Ferrero 1–6, 3–6, 2–6

Early lifeEdit

Martin Verkerk started his journey into the game of tennis at the young age of seven, playing in local tournaments and training with his father, Wim Verkerk, and mother, Bep Verkerk. He played in a tennis facility named "Nieuwe Sloot" in his home city of Alphen a/d Rijn, Netherlands, where his talent was discovered by local coaches, and he soon had the opportunity to train with many better players. Many years of practice lead Verkerk to win the "Indoor and Outdoor National Titles for players up to/including 18 years of age".[2] This big win was the beginning to his professional tennis career in the ATP.

Playing styleEdit

Verkerk's game was based on a booming serves and big backhands. He used a single-handed backhand and his favorite surface was clay.[3]

Career singles finalsEdit

Singles: 4 (2 titles, 2 runners-up)Edit

Legend (Singles)
Grand Slam tournaments (0)
Tennis Masters Cup /
ATP World Tour Finals (0)
ATP Masters Series /
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0)
ATP International Series Gold /
ATP World Tour 500 Series (0)
ATP International Series /
ATP World Tour 250 Series (2)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in final Score in final
Winner 1. 27 January 2003 Milan, Italy Carpet (i)   Yevgeny Kafelnikov 6–4, 5–7, 7–5
Runner-up 1. 27 May 2003 French Open, France Clay   Juan Carlos Ferrero 1–6, 3–6, 2–6
Runner-up 2. 1 May 2004 Munich, Germany Clay   Nikolay Davydenko 4–6, 5–7
Winner 2. 12 July 2004 Amersfoort, Netherlands Clay   Fernando González 7–6(7–5), 4–6, 6–4

Singles performance timelineEdit

Tournament 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 SR W-L
Grand Slams
Australian Open A A A A Q1 1R 1R A A A A 0 / 2 0–2
French Open A A A A Q3 F 3R A A 1R A 0 / 3 8–3
Wimbledon A A A A A 1R 2R A A A A 0 / 2 1–2
US Open A A A A 1R 2R A A A A A 0 / 2 1–2
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–1 7–4 3–3 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–0 0 / 9 10–9
ATP Masters Series
Indian Wells Masters A A A A A A 2R A A A A 0 / 1 0–1
Miami Masters A A A A 1R 2R 2R A A 1R A 0 / 4 1–4
Monte Carlo Masters A A A A A 1R 2R A A 1R A 0 / 3 1–3
Rome Masters A A A A A QF 2R A A 1R A 0 / 3 4–3
Hamburg Masters A A A A A A 1R A A 1R A 0 / 2 0–2
Canada Masters A A A A A 2R A A A A A 0 / 1 1–1
Cincinnati Masters A A A A A 1R A A A A A 0 / 1 0–1
Madrid Masters Not Held A 2R A A A A A 0 / 1 0–1
Paris Masters A A A A A 3R A A A A A 0 / 1 1–1
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–1 6–7 2–5 0–0 0–0 0–4 0–0 0 / 17 8–17
Career statistics
Titles / Finals 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 1 / 2 1 / 2 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 2 / 4
Overall Win–Loss 1–1 0–0 0–1 0–1 7–11 25–25 26–19 0–0 0–0 0–9 0–3 59–70
Year-end ranking 416 253 233 161 86 19 55 N/A 1540 678 263

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Martin Verkerk | Overview | ATP World Tour | Tennis". ATP World Tour. Retrieved 22 February 2016.
  2. ^ "Martin Verkerk". www.laurense.com. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 22 February 2016.
  3. ^ "We Are Tennis - We Are Tennis: Get all the news of tennis, players & players, tournaments. ATP & WTA Ranking. Follow the games and the results of tennis live". www.wearetennis.com. Retrieved 22 February 2016.

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