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

Michiel Schapers
Internationaal tennis op Melkhuisje in Hilversum Michiel Schapers in actie, Bestanddeelnr 933-3837.jpg
Country (sports) Netherlands
ResidenceEemnes, the Netherlands
Born (1959-10-11) 11 October 1959 (age 60)
Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Height2.01 m (6 ft 7 in)
Turned pro1982
Retired2005
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money$1,124,730
Singles
Career record159–182
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 25 (25 April 1988)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenQF (1985, 1988)
French Open3R (1988, 1987, 1992)
Wimbledon3R (1987, 1988, 1989)
US Open2R (1991)
Other tournaments
Olympic GamesQF (1988)
Doubles
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 quarter-finals, 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 at the French Open together with Brenda Schultz-McCarthy in which they lost to Lori McNeil and Jorge Lozano.

The right-hander 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

Legend
Grand Slam (0)
Tennis Masters Cup (0)
ATP Masters Series (0)
Championship Series (0)
ATP Tour (4)
Result No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Loss 1. 11 January 1987 Auckland, New Zealand Hard   Miloslav Mečíř 2–6, 3–6, 4–6
Loss 2. 28 February 1988 Metz, France Carpet (i)   Jonas Svensson 2–6, 4–6
Loss 3. 6 March 1989 Nancy, France Hard (i)   Guy Forget 3–6, 6–7
Loss 4. 16 June 1991 Rosmalen, the Netherlands Grass   Christian Saceanu 1–6, 6–3, 5–7

Doubles (3–6)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam (0)
Tennis Masters Cup (0)
ATP Masters Series (0)
ATP Tour (9)
Result No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 1. 28 April 1985 Marbella, Spain Clay   Loïc Courteau   Andrés Gómez
  Cássio Motta
1–6, 1–6
Win 1. 27 October 1985 Cologne, Germany Hard (i)   Alex Antonitsch   Jan Gunnarsson
  Peter Lundgren
6–4, 7–5
Loss 2. 16 March 1986 Metz, France Carpet (i)   Francisco González   Wojtek Fibak
  Guy Forget
6–2, 2–6, 4–6
Win 2. 18 October 1987 Toulouse, France Hard (i)   Wojtek Fibak   Kelly Jones
  Patrik Kühnen
6–2, 6–4
Loss 3. 7 January 1990 Adelaide, Australia Hard   Alexander Mronz   Andrew Castle
  Nduka Odizor
6–7, 2–6
Loss 4. 7 October 1990 Toulouse, France Hard   Michael Mortensen   Neil Broad
  Gary Muller
6–7, 4–6
Loss 5. 17 February 1991 Brussels, Belgium Carpet (i)   Libor Pimek   Mark Woodforde
  Todd Woodbridge
3–6, 0–6
Win 3. 13 October 1991 Tel Aviv, Israel Hard   David Rikl   Javier Frana
  Leonardo Lavalle
6–2, 6–7, 6–3
Loss 6. 6 January 1992 Wellington, New Zealand Hard   Daniel Vacek   Jared Palmer
  Jonathan Stark
3–6, 3–6

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