Michiel Schapers

Michiel Schapers (born 11 October 1959) is a former tennis player from the Netherlands.

Michiel Schapers
Michiel Schapers (1986).jpg
Schapers in Hilversum, 1985
Country (sports) Netherlands
Born (1959-10-11) 11 October 1959 (age 62)
Rotterdam, Netherlands
Height2.01 m (6 ft 7 in)
Turned pro1982
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money$1,124,730
Career record160–183
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 25 (25 April 1988)
Grand Slam singles results
Australian OpenQF (1985, 1988)
French Open3R (1984, 1987, 1992)
Wimbledon3R (1987, 1988, 1989)
US Open2R (1991)
Other tournaments
Olympic GamesQF (1988)
Career record135–174
Career titles3
Highest rankingNo. 37 (25 February 1991)

Tennis careerEdit

Turning professional in 1982, Schapers represented his native country at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, where he was defeated in quarterfinals by eventual winner Miloslav Mečíř of Czechoslovakia.

In 1987 at Wimbledon, he was the only player to take a set against eventual champion Pat Cash in their third-round match. His most famous victory was over reigning Wimbledon champion Boris Becker in the second round of the 1985 Australian Open. Schapers went on to reach the quarterfinals, his best singles result at a Grand Slam, and later equaled that result at the 1988 Australian Open. In 1988, he reached the final of the mixed-doubles draw at the French Open together with Brenda Schultz-McCarthy in which they lost to Lori McNeil and Jorge Lozano.

Schapers reached his highest singles ATP-ranking on 25 April 1988 when he became world No. 25. After his playing career, he became a coach. From 1998 until 2000, he was the captain of the Dutch Davis Cup team.

Career finalsEdit

Singles (0–4)Edit

Grand Slam (0)
ATP Masters Series (0)
ATP Tour (4)
Result No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Loss 1. Jan 1987 Auckland, New Zealand Hard   Miloslav Mečíř 2–6, 3–6, 4–6
Loss 2. Feb 1988 Metz, France Carpet (i)   Jonas Svensson 2–6, 4–6
Loss 3. Mar 1989 Nancy, France Hard (i)   Guy Forget 3–6, 6–7
Loss 4. Jun 1991 Rosmalen, Netherlands Grass   Christian Saceanu 1–6, 6–3, 5–7

Doubles (3–6)Edit

Grand Slam (0)
ATP Masters Series (0)
ATP Tour (9)
Result No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 1. Apr 1985 Marbella, Spain Clay   Loïc Courteau   Andrés Gómez
  Cássio Motta
1–6, 1–6
Win 1. Oct 1985 Cologne, Germany Carpet (i)   Alex Antonitsch   Jan Gunnarsson
  Peter Lundgren
6–4, 7–5
Loss 2. Mar 1986 Metz, France Carpet (i)   Francisco González   Wojtek Fibak
  Guy Forget
6–2, 2–6, 4–6
Win 2. Oct 1987 Toulouse, France Carpet (i)   Wojtek Fibak   Kelly Jones
  Patrik Kühnen
6–2, 6–4
Loss 3. Jan 1990 Adelaide, Australia Hard   Alexander Mronz   Andrew Castle
  Nduka Odizor
6–7, 2–6
Loss 4. Oct 1990 Toulouse, France Carpet (i)   Michael Mortensen   Neil Broad
  Gary Muller
6–7, 4–6
Loss 5. Feb 1991 Brussels, Belgium Carpet (i)   Libor Pimek   Mark Woodforde
  Todd Woodbridge
3–6, 0–6
Win 3. Oct 1991 Tel Aviv, Israel Hard   David Rikl   Javier Frana
  Leonardo Lavalle
6–2, 6–7, 6–3
Loss 6. Jan 1992 Wellington, New Zealand Hard   Daniel Vacek   Jared Palmer
  Jonathan Stark
3–6, 3–6

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