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Michael Detlef Stich (born 18 October 1968) is a former professional tennis player from Germany. He won the men's singles title at Wimbledon in 1991, the men's doubles titles at both Wimbledon and the Olympic Games in 1992, and was a singles runner-up at the 1994 US Open and the 1996 French Open. Stich won 18 singles titles and 10 doubles titles. His career-high singles ranking was World No. 2 in 1993.

Michael Stich
Michael Stich.jpg
Country (sports) Germany[notes 1]
ResidenceElmshorn, Germany
Born (1968-10-18) 18 October 1968 (age 51)
Pinneberg, West Germany
Height1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Turned pro1988
Retired1997
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize moneyUS$ 12,592,483
Int. Tennis HoF2018 (member page)
Singles
Career record385–176
Career titles18
Highest rankingNo. 2 (22 November 1993)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenSF (1993)
French OpenF (1996)
WimbledonW (1991)
US OpenF (1994)
Other tournaments
Tour FinalsW (1993)
Grand Slam CupW (1992)
Olympic Games2R (1992)
Doubles
Career record165–111
Career titles10
Highest rankingNo. 9 (22 March 1991)
Grand Slam Doubles results
WimbledonW (1992)
Other doubles tournaments
Team competitions
Davis CupW (1993)

CareerEdit

Stich was raised in Elmshorn, Schleswig-Holstein. He turned professional in 1988 and won his first top-level singles title in 1990 at Memphis, Tennessee.

Stich won Wimbledon in 1991. He defeated the defending champion and World No. 1 Stefan Edberg in the semifinals, 4–6, 7–6, 7–6, 7–6, without breaking his service once. Then in the final, he beat his compatriot and three-time Wimbledon champion Boris Becker in straight sets.

In 1992, Stich teamed with John McEnroe to win the men's doubles title at Wimbledon in a five-set and five-hour final that stretched into Monday (the day after the tournament normally ends) and ended with a 19–17 final set. Then at the Summer Olympic Games in Barcelona, Stich teamed with Becker to win the men's doubles gold medal. Stich also won the 1992 Grand Slam Cup, defeating Michael Chang in the final.

A major highlight of 1993 for Stich came at the end-of-year ATP World Championships, where he was the only player in the 1990s history of the Championship tournament to claim the title undefeated, overcoming Pete Sampras in the final.[1] Playing for Germany, Stich also won both the Davis Cup and the Hopman Cup in 1993.

Stich reached his second Grand Slam singles final at the 1994 US Open, where he lost in straight sets to Andre Agassi. Stich also helped Germany win the World Team Cup in 1994.

Stich upset defending champion Thomas Muster in four sets in the fourth round of the 1996 French Open en route to appearing in his third and final Grand Slam singles final, where he was defeated by Yevgeny Kafelnikov in straight sets. He also won his final career singles title that year at Antwerp. His last doubles title came in 1997 at Halle.

Stich's all-round ability, both from the baseline and at the net, allowed him to become one of the few players to win both Singles and Doubles tournaments on all surfaces. He is one of only five players of his generation[clarification needed] to have a positive career head-to-head record against Sampras.[2]

Stich announced his retirement from the professional tour in 1997 following Wimbledon. His last run at Wimbledon started with a win over U.S. top-10 player Jim Courier and ended with a five-set loss to Cédric Pioline in the semifinals.

Since his retirement, he has devoted most of his time to his own AIDS foundation. He also works as a tennis commentator for the BBC. In 2018, he became an International Tennis Hall of Fame inductee.[3] Stich was married to the German actress Jessica Stockmann from 1992 to 2003. In 2005, he married Alexandra Rikowski. They live in Hamburg.

Grand Slam finalsEdit

Singles: 3 (1–2)Edit

Result Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Win 1991 Wimbledon Grass   Boris Becker 6–4, 7–6(7–4), 6–4
Loss 1994 US Open Hard   Andre Agassi 1–6, 6–7(5–7), 5–7
Loss 1996 French Open Clay   Yevgeny Kafelnikov 6–7(4–7), 5–7, 6–7(4–7)

Doubles: 1 (1–0)Edit

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1992 Wimbledon Grass   John McEnroe   Jim Grabb
  Richey Reneberg
5–7, 7–6(7–5), 3–6, 7–6(7–5), 19–17

Other significant finalsEdit

Year-End Championships finalsEdit

Singles: 1 (1–0)Edit

Result Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1993 ATP Tour World Championships Carpet (i)   Pete Sampras 7–6(7–3), 2–6, 7–6(9–7), 6–2

Grand Slam Cup finals 2 (1–1)Edit

Result Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Win 1992 Grand Slam Cup Carpet (i)   Michael Chang 6–2, 6–3, 6–2
Loss 1993 Grand Slam Cup Carpet (i)   Petr Korda 6–2, 4–6, 6–7(5–7), 6–2, 9–11

Olympic men's doubles finalEdit

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Gold 1992 Summer Olympics Clay   Boris Becker   Wayne Ferreira
  Piet Norval
7–6(7–5), 4–6, 7–6(7–5), 6–3

Masters Series finalsEdit

Singles: 3 (2–1)Edit

Result Year Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Loss 1992 Hamburg Clay   Stefan Edberg 7–5, 4–6, 1–6
Win 1993 Hamburg Clay   Andrei Chesnokov 6–3, 6–7(1–7), 7–6(9–7), 6–4
Win 1993 Stockholm Hard (i)   Goran Ivanišević 4–6, 7–6(8–6), 7–6(7–3), 6–2

Doubles: 3 (1–2)Edit

Result Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 1990 Hamburg Clay   Udo Riglewski   Sergi Bruguera
  Jim Courier
6–7, 2–6
Win 1992 Monte Carlo Clay   Boris Becker   Petr Korda
  Karel Nováček
3–6, 6–1, 6–4
Loss 1992 Hamburg Clay   Carl-Uwe Steeb   Sergio Casal
  Emilio Sánchez
7–5, 4–6, 3–6

Career finalsEdit

Singles: 31 (18–13)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam (1–2)
Year-End Championships (1–0)
Grand Slam Cup (1–1)
ATP Masters Series (2–1)
ATP Championship Series (3–3)
ATP World Series (10–6)
Titles by surface
Hard (4–4)
Grass (4–1)
Clay (3–5)
Carpet (7–3)
Result No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Win 1. Mar 1990 Memphis, US Hard   Wally Masur 6–7(5–7), 6–4, 7–6(7–1)
Loss 1. Jan 1991 Adelaide, Australia Hard   Nicklas Kulti 3–6, 6–1, 2–6
Loss 2. Jan 1991 Sydney, Australia Hard   Guy Forget 3–6, 4–6
Loss 3. Feb 1991 Memphis, US Hard (i)   Ivan Lendl 5–7, 3–6
Win 2. Jul 1991 Wimbledon, London, UK Grass   Boris Becker 6–4, 7–6(7–4), 6–4
Win 3. Jul 1991 Stuttgart Outdoor, Germany Clay   Alberto Mancini 1–6, 7–6(11–9), 6–4, 6–2
Win 4. Aug 1991 Schenectady, US Hard   Emilio Sánchez 6–2, 6–4
Win 5. Oct 1991 Vienna, Austria Carpet   Jan Siemerink 6–4, 6–4, 6–4
Loss 4. May 1992 Hamburg, Germany Clay   Stefan Edberg 7–5, 4–6, 1–6
Win 6. Jun 1992 Rosmalen, Netherlands Grass   Jonathan Stark 6–4, 7–5
Win 7. Dec 1992 Grand Slam Cup, Munich, Germany Carpet   Michael Chang 6–2, 6–3, 6–2
Win 8. Feb 1993 Stuttgart, Germany Carpet   Richard Krajicek 4–6, 7–5, 7–6(7–4), 3–6, 7–5
Loss 5. May 1993 Munich, Germany Clay   Ivan Lendl 6–7(2–7), 3–6
Win 9. May 1993 Hamburg, Germany Clay   Andrei Chesnokov 6–3, 6–7(1–7), 7–6(9–7), 6–4
Win 10. Jun 1993 London (Queen's Club), UK Grass   Wayne Ferreira 6–3, 6–4
Loss 6. Jul 1993 Stuttgart, Germany Clay   Magnus Gustafsson 3–6, 4–6, 6–3, 6–4, 4–6
Win 11. Aug 1993 Basel, Switzerland Hard   Stefan Edberg 6–4, 6–7(5–7), 6–3, 6–2
Win 12. Nov 1993 Stockholm, Sweden Carpet   Goran Ivanišević 4–6, 7–6(8–6), 7–6(7–3), 6–2
Win 13. Nov 1993 ATP Tour World Championships, Germany Carpet   Pete Sampras 7–6(7–3), 2–6, 7–6(9–7), 6–2
Loss 7. Dec 1993 Grand Slam Cup, Munich, Germany Carpet   Petr Korda 6–2, 4–6, 6–7(5–7), 6–2, 9–11
Win 14. Feb 1994 Rotterdam, Netherlands Carpet   Wayne Ferreira 4–6, 6–3, 6–0
Win 15. May 1994 Munich, Germany Clay   Petr Korda 6–2, 2–6, 6–3
Win 16. Jun 1994 Halle, Germany Grass   Magnus Larsson 6–4, 4–6, 6–3
Loss 8. Sep 1994 US Open, New York City Hard   Andre Agassi 1–6, 6–7(5–7), 5–7
Loss 9. Oct 1994 Vienna, Austria Carpet   Andre Agassi 6–7(4–7), 6–4, 2–6, 3–6
Loss 10. Feb 1995 Stuttgart, Germany Carpet   Richard Krajicek 6–7(4–7), 3–6, 7–6(8–6), 6–1, 3–6
Loss 11. May 1995 Munich, Germany Clay   Wayne Ferreira 5–7, 6–7(6–8)
Loss 12. Jun 1995 Halle, Germany Grass   Marc Rosset 6–3, 6–7(11–13), 6–7(8–10)
Win 17. Aug 1995 Los Angeles, US Hard   Thomas Enqvist 6–7(7–9), 7–6(7–4), 6–2
Win 18. Feb 1996 Antwerp, Belgium Carpet   Goran Ivanišević 6–3, 6–2, 7–6(7–5)
Loss 13. Jun 1996 French Open, Paris, France Clay   Yevgeny Kafelnikov 6–7(4–7), 5–7, 6–7(4–7)

Doubles: 16 (10–6)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam (1–0)
Tennis Masters Cup (0–0)
Olympic Gold Medal (1–0)
ATP Masters Series (1–2)
ATP Championship Series (1–1)
ATP World Series (6–3)
Titles by surface
Hard (3–2)
Grass (3–1)
Clay (3–2)
Carpet (1–1)
Result No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1. 9 October 1989 Basel, Switzerland Hard (i)   Udo Riglewski   Omar Camporese
  Claudio Mezzadri
6–3, 4–6, 6–0
Loss 1. 26 February 1990 Memphis, US Hard (i)   Udo Riglewski   Darren Cahill
  Mark Kratzmann
5–7, 2–6
Loss 2. 7 May 1990 Hamburg, Germany Clay   Udo Riglewski   Sergi Bruguera
  Jim Courier
6–7, 2–6
Win 2. 17 May 1990 Munich, Germany Clay   Udo Riglewski   Petr Korda
  Tomáš Šmíd
6–1, 6–4
Win 3. 18 June 1990 Rosmalen, Netherlands Grass   Jakob Hlasek   Jim Grabb
  John McEnroe
7–6, 6–3
Loss 3. 20 August 1990 Long Island, US Hard   Udo Riglewski   Guy Forget
  Jakob Hlasek
6–2, 3–6, 4–6
Win 4. 22 October 1990 Vienna, Austria Carpet   Udo Riglewski   Jorge Lozano
  Todd Witsken
6–4, 6–4
Win 5. 9 January 1991 Memphis, US Hard (i)   Udo Riglewski   John Fitzgerald
  Laurie Warder
7–5, 6–3
Loss 4. 11 February 1991 Philadelphia, US Carpet   Udo Riglewski   Rick Leach
  Jim Pugh
4–6, 4–6
Win 6. 27 April 1992 Monte Carlo, Monaco Clay   Boris Becker   Petr Korda
  Karel Nováček
6–4, 6–4
Loss 5. 4 May 1992 Hamburg, Germany Clay   Carl-Uwe Steeb   Sergio Casal
  Emilio Sánchez
7–5, 4–6, 3–6
Loss 6. 8 June 1992 Rosmalen, Netherlands Grass   John McEnroe   Jim Grabb
  Richey Reneberg
4–6, 7–6, 4–6
Win 7. 6 July 1992 Wimbledon, London Grass   John McEnroe   Jim Grabb
  Richey Reneberg
5–7, 7–6, 3–6, 7–6, 19–17
Win 8. 3 August 1992 Summer Olympics, Barcelona Clay   Boris Becker   Wayne Ferreira
  Piet Norval
7–6, 4–6, 7–6, 6–3
Win 9. 9 August 1993 Los Angeles, US Hard   Wayne Ferreira   Grant Connell
  Scott Davis
7–6, 7–6
Win 10. 16 June 1997 Halle, Germany Grass   Karsten Braasch   David Adams
  Marius Barnard
7–6, 6–3

Singles performance timelineEdit

Tournament 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 SR W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A 3R 3R QF SF 1R 3R A 2R 0 / 7 16–7
French Open A 2R 2R SF 3R 4R 2R 4R F A 0 / 8 22–8
Wimbledon A 1R 3R W QF QF 1R 1R 4R SF 1 / 9 25–8
US Open A 1R 2R QF 2R 1R F 4R 2R A 0 / 8 15–8
Win–Loss 0–0 1–3 6–4 17–3 11–4 12–4 7–4 8–4 10–3 6–2 1 / 32 78–31
Year-end championship
ATP Finals Did Not Qualify RR DNQ W Did Not Qualify 1 / 2 5–3
ATP Masters Series
Indian Wells NMS A SF SF 2R A 3R A A 0 / 4 8–4
Miami NMS 2R 4R A 4R A 2R A A 0 / 4 5–4
Monte Carlo NMS 1R A QF 2R 3R 2R A 2R 0 / 6 5–6
Rome NMS A 1R 1R A QF A 2R A 0 / 4 4–3
Hamburg NMS 1R SF F W SF 3R A 2R 1 / 7 18–6
Canada NMS 2R A A A A QF A A 0 / 2 3–2
Cincinnati NMS A A A QF SF SF A A 0 / 3 8–3
Stockholm / Stuttgart NMS A 2R 3R W QF A 2R A 1 / 5 9–4
Paris NMS QF A 3R QF 2R A 1R A 0 / 5 6–5
Win–Loss N/A 5–5 10–5 11–6 16–5 13–5 7–6 2–3 2–2 2 / 40 66–37
Career statistics
Titles 0 0 1 4 2 6 3 1 1 0 18
Finals 0 0 1 7 3 9 5 4 2 0 31
Year-end ranking 269 100 42 4 15 2 9 12 16 64

Top 10 winsEdit

Season 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 Total
Wins 0 0 0 1 7 6 14 3 6 2 0 39
# Player Rank Event Surface Rd Score
1990
1.   Brad Gilbert 9 Paris, France Carpet (i) 3R 6–4, 6–4
1991
2.   Stefan Edberg 1 Hamburg, Germany Clay QF 6–2, 7–6(7–4)
3.   Goran Ivanišević 8 World Team Cup, Düsseldorf, Germany Clay RR 6–3, 6–4
4.   Jim Courier 4 Wimbledon, London, United Kingdom Grass QF 6–3, 7–6(7–2), 6–2
5.   Stefan Edberg 1 Wimbledon, London, United Kingdom Grass SF 4–6, 7–6(7–5), 7–6(7–5), 7–6(7–2)
6.   Boris Becker 2 Wimbledon, London, United Kingdom Grass F 6–4, 7–6(7–4), 6–4
7.   Jim Courier 3 Davis Cup, Kansas City, United States Clay (i) RR 6–4, 7–5, 6–4
8.   Guy Forget 7 Grand Slam Cup, Munich, Germany Carpet (i) QF 7–6(10–8), 6–4
1992
9.   Boris Becker 4 Hamburg, Germany Clay SF 6–1, 6–1
10.   Pete Sampras 3 World Team Cup, Düsseldorf, Germany Clay RR 6–7(6–8), 6–2, 6–4
11.   Stefan Edberg 2 Grand Slam Cup, Munich, Germany Carpet (i) 1R 7–6(7–4), 6–7(4–7), 8–6
12.   Richard Krajicek 10 Grand Slam Cup, Munich, Germany Carpet (i) QF 7–6(7–4), 7–5
13.   Pete Sampras 3 Grand Slam Cup, Munich, Germany Carpet (i) SF 7–6(7–3), 7–6(7–5), 3–6, 7–6(7–2)
14.   Michael Chang 6 Grand Slam Cup, Munich, Germany Carpet (i) F 6–2, 6–3, 6–2
1993
15.   Ivan Lendl 7 Hamburg, Germany Clay QF 6–3, 6–2
16.   Stefan Edberg 3 World Team Cup, Düsseldorf, Germany Clay RR 6–2, 6–0
17.   Boris Becker 4 Queen's Club, London, United Kingdom Grass QF 6–4, 7–6(7–2)
18.   Petr Korda 10 Wimbledon, London, United Kingdom Grass 4R 7–6(7–4), 6–4, 7–6(7–3)
19.   Stefan Edberg 5 Davis Cup, Borlänge, Sweden Clay (i) RR 6–1, 6–1
20.   Stefan Edberg 5 Basel, Switzerland Hard (i) F 6–4, 6–7(5–7), 6–3, 6–2
21.   Stefan Edberg 6 Stockholm, Sweden Carpet (i) QF 1–6, 6–2, 6–4
22.   Goran Ivanišević 10 Stockholm, Sweden Carpet (i) F 4–6, 7–6(8–6), 7–6(7–3), 6–2
23.   Andriy Medvedev 6 ATP Tour World Championships, Frankfurt, Germany Carpet (i) RR 6–3, 6–4
24.   Michael Chang 7 ATP Tour World Championships, Frankfurt, Germany Carpet (i) RR 4–6, 7–6(7–3), 6–2
25.   Jim Courier 2 ATP Tour World Championships, Frankfurt, Germany Carpet (i) RR 7–5, 6–4
26.   Goran Ivanišević 8 ATP Tour World Championships, Frankfurt, Germany Carpet (i) SF 7–6(7–2), 7–6(12–10)
27.   Pete Sampras 1 ATP Tour World Championships, Frankfurt, Germany Carpet (i) F 7–6(7–3), 2–6, 7–6(9–7), 6–2
28.   Stefan Edberg 5 Grand Slam Cup, Munich, Germany Carpet (i) SF 2–6, 3–6, 6–3, 6–3, 6–1
1994
29.   Pete Sampras 1 World Team Cup, Düsseldorf, Germany Clay RR 3–6, 7–6(9–7), 6–2
30.   Sergi Bruguera 6 World Team Cup, Düsseldorf, Germany Clay F 2–6, 6–4, 6–3
31.   Sergi Bruguera 4 Davis Cup, Halle, Germany Grass RR 7–6(7–4), 5–7, 7–5, 6–2
1995
32.   Goran Ivanišević 5 Davis Cup, Karlsruhe, Germany Hard (i) RR 7–6(7–3), 4–6, 6–1, 6–4
33.   Boris Becker 3 Stuttgart, Germany Carpet (i) SF 6–0, 6–3
34.   Richard Krajicek 10 Davis Cup, Utrecht, Netherlands Hard (i) RR 3–6, 6–4, 6–4, 6–4
35.   Magnus Larsson 10 World Team Cup, Düsseldorf, Germany Clay RR 7–5, 7–6(7–5)
36.   Pete Sampras 2 Cincinnati, United States Hard QF 6–7(5–7), 7–6(7–3), 6–1
37.   Yevgeny Kafelnikov 6 Davis Cup, Moscow, Russia Clay (i) RR 6–1, 4–6, 6–3, 6–4
1996
38.   Goran Ivanišević 9 Antwerp, Belgium Carpet (i) F 6–3, 6–2, 7–6(7–5)
39.   Thomas Muster 2 French Open, Paris, France Clay 4R 4–6, 6–4, 6–1, 7–6(7–1)

Record against No. 1 playersEdit

Stich's match record against players who have been ranked world No. 1.

Player Years Matches Record Win % Hard Clay Grass Carpet
  Patrick Rafter 1994–1995 2 2–0 100% 2–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
  Marcelo Rios 1994 1 1–0 100% 1–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
  Mats Wilander 1991 1 1–0 100% 1–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
  Jimmy Connors 1990–1992 4 3–1 75% 2–1 1–0 0–0 0–0
  Stefan Edberg 1991–1996 16 10–6 63% 1–3 5–1 1–0 3–2
  Thomas Muster 1992–1996 5 3–2 60% 0–0 2–2 0–0 1–0
  Jim Courier 1990–1997 12 7–5 58% 2–2 1–2 2–0 2–1
  Pete Sampras 1991–1995 9 5–4 56% 1–1 2–1 0–1 2–1
  John McEnroe 1990–1992 2 1–1 50% 0–1 0–0 1–0 0–0
  Boris Becker 1990–1996 12 4–8 33% 0–1 1–0 2–1 1–6
  Yevgeny Kafelnikov 1993–1997 11 3–8 27% 1–1 1–4 0–1 1–2
 /  Ivan Lendl 1989–1993 7 1–6 14% 0–3 1–1 0–1 0–1
  Andre Agassi 1990–1994 6 0–6 0% 0–3 0–1 0–0 0–2
Total 1989–1997 88 41–47 47% 11–16 14–12 6–4 10–15

NotesEdit

  1. ^ West Germany prior to 1990.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ ATP World Tour Finals#Records
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on February 27, 2015. Retrieved November 21, 2009.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ www.tennisfame.com Retrieved 17 April 2019

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