|Residence||Alphen a/d Rijn, Netherlands|
|Born||31 October 1978|
|Height||1.95 m (6 ft 5 in)|
|Retired||9 December 2008|
|Plays||Right-handed (one-handed backhand)|
|Highest ranking||No. 14 (15 September 2003)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||1R (2003, 2004)|
|French Open||F (2003)|
|US Open||2R (2003)|
|Highest ranking||No. 63 (3 November 2003)|
Verkerk started playing tennis at the age of seven, playing in local tournaments and training with his parents. He played in a tennis facility in his home city of Alphen aan den Rijn, Netherlands, where his talent was discovered by local coaches, and he soon had the opportunity to train with many better players. He later won the 18 and Under Dutch title in 1995.
In 2003, playing in only his third Grand Slam event and ranked 46, Verkerk reached the final of the French Open. Along the way, he beat Željko Krajan, Luis Horna, Vince Spadea and Rainer Schüttler before overcoming experienced clay court players Carlos Moyá (seeded 4th) and Guillermo Coria (seeded 7th). In the final, he lost to Spaniard Juan Carlos Ferrero in straight sets.
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, hampered by various injuries and mononucleosis, Verkerk was unable to reproduce similar results during the rest of his career, never advancing beyond the third round in any 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 four match points.
Grand Slam finalsEdit
Singles (1 runner-up)Edit
|Loss||2003||French Open||Clay||Juan Carlos Ferrero||1–6, 3–6, 2–6|
Singles: 4 (2 wins, 2 losses)Edit
|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)
|Win||1–0||Jan 2003||Milan, Italy||Carpet (i)||Yevgeny Kafelnikov||6–4, 5–7, 7–5|
|Loss||1–1||May 2003||French Open, France||Clay||Juan Carlos Ferrero||1–6, 3–6, 2–6|
|Loss||1–2||May 2004||Munich, Germany||Clay||Nikolay Davydenko||4–6, 5–7|
|Win||2–2||Jul 2004||Amersfoort, Netherlands||Clay||Fernando González||7–6(7–5), 4–6, 6–4|
Singles performance timelineEdit
|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|
|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|
- "Martin Verkerk". www.laurense.com. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 22 February 2016.
- "Martin Verkerk | Overview | ATP World Tour | Tennis". ATP World Tour. Retrieved 22 February 2016.
- "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.