Maximilian Abel (born 28 February 1982) is a professional tennis player from Germany.[1] In 2008, Abel received a two-year suspension by the International Tennis Federation, for testing positive for cocaine.

Maximilian Abel
Country (sports)Germany Germany
Born (1982-02-28) 28 February 1982 (age 42)
Frankfurt, West Germany
Prize money$130,828
Career record2–7
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 183 (21 July 2003)
Grand Slam singles results
US Open1R (2003)
Highest rankingNo. 470 (10 February 2003)

Junior career


Abel was runner-up to Andy Roddick at the 1999 Orange Bowl, in the 18 and under category.[2] En route to the final he had wins over Feliciano López and Mardy Fish.

Professional career


Abel reached the final of the Campos do Jordão Challenger tournament in 2002, which he lost to Ricardo Mello.[3]

He lost to Bohdan Ulihrach in four sets at the 2003 US Open, which would be his only Grand Slam main draw appearance.[3]

In 2003 he advanced to the second round of the Dubai Tennis Championships, where he lost to Roger Federer, and the MercedesCup, where he defeated Antony Dupuis before being eliminated by Rainer Schüttler.[3]



In April 2008, Abel received a two-year suspension by the International Tennis Federation, for testing positive for a metabolite of cocaine. The sample had come from the 2007 Open de Moselle, where Abel participated in the qualifying rounds.[4][5]

Abel was arrested in 2008 and in March 2009 was sentenced to three years in prison, convicted of credit card fraud.[5][6] In September 2012, Abel made his comeback at a Challenger tournament in Istanbul.[3] In February 2014, a conditional discharge of one year was the sentence after having been convicted of the same type of crime like in 2009.[7] After another conviction of multiple fraud and theft related to his problem gambling, he was sentenced to prison until March 2018. In June 2017 this sentence was extended by another two years and ten months.[8] Shortly before July 2022, Abel was sentenced to another 4 years and 10 months plus one year and 11 months in prison for credit card fraud.[9]


  1. ^ ITF Pro Circuit Profile
  2. ^ ITF Junior Profile
  3. ^ a b c d ATP World Tour Profile
  4. ^ ITF Press Release: Decision is the case of Maximilian Abel
  5. ^ a b Chakraborty, Sugato (11 March 2016). "Tennis Hall of Shame : Maria Sharapova and the other faces of 'doping'". Retrieved 30 April 2016.
  6. ^ Sport1, "Ex-Meister Abel glückt Comeback", 11 September 2012 (in German)
  7. ^ "Maximilian Abel wieder wegen Betrugs vor Gericht".
  8. ^ "Urkundenfälschung, Betrug, Diebstahl - Richter schickt Ex-Tennis-Star Abel in den Knast".
  9. ^ "Verurteilt! (69): Maxi Abel - Spiel, Satz und Knast".