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Nicklas Kulti (born 22 April 1971) is a former professional tennis player from Sweden. He was born in Stockholm.

Nicklas Kulti
Country (sports) Sweden
ResidenceStockholm, Sweden
Born (1971-04-22) 22 April 1971 (age 48)
Stockholm, Sweden
Height1.92 m (6 ft 3 12 in)
Turned pro1989
Retired2000
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize moneyUS$ 3,186,946
Singles
Career record154–182
Career titles3
Highest rankingNo. 32 (3 May 1993)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open3R (1989, 1994, 1996)
French OpenQF (1992)
Wimbledon2R (1992, 1997)
US Open2R (1993, 1994)
Doubles
Career record238–145
Career titles13
Highest rankingNo. 11 (29 September 1997)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open3R (1997, 1999, 2000)
French OpenF (1995)
WimbledonSF (2000)
US OpenF (1997)
Mixed doubles
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open1R (2001)
French Open3R (2000)
Wimbledon2R (2000)
US OpenQF (2000)
Team competitions
Davis CupW (1997, 1998)

Tennis careerEdit

JuniorsEdit

Kulti was ranked No. 1 in the junior world singles rankings in 1989 after winning the Australian Open and Wimbledon junior titles, and finishing runner-up at the US Open.

Pro tourEdit

In 1990, Kulti won his first top-level singles title at Adelaide. He won a total of three tour singles titles during his professional career. He also won 13 top-level doubles titles, including the Monte Carlo Masters in 1994 (partnering Magnus Larsson) and the Paris Masters in 2000 (partnering Max Mirnyi). Kulti was a men's doubles runner-up at the French Open in 1995 (with Larsson) and the US Open in 1997 (with Jonas Björkman). Kulti's best singles performance at a Grand Slam event came at the 1992 French Open, where he reached the quarter-finals by defeating John McEnroe, Markus Zillner, Michael Chang and Diego Pérez before being knocked-out by Henri Leconte.[1]

Kulti was a member of the Swedish teams which won the Davis Cup in both 1997 and 1998 (partnering Björkman to win doubles rubbers in the final on both occasions). He was also on the team which finished runners-up in the Davis Cup in 1996. In the fifth and deciding match against Frenchman Arnaud Boetsch, Kulti was a late replacement for the injured Stefan Edberg. In a 4-hour and 46 minute thriller, Boetsch saved three matchpoints and finally overcame Kulti, 7–6, 2–6, 4–6, 7–6, 10–8.[2]

Kulti's career-high rankings were World No. 32 in singles (in 1993), and World No. 11 in doubles (in 1997). His career prize-money totalled $3,186,946. He retired from the professional tour in 2000. He runs the Good to Great Tennis Academy together with Magnus Norman and Mikael Tillström.

Doubles finals (25)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 1992 Copenhagen, Denmark Carpet   Magnus Larsson   Hendrik Jan Davids
  Libor Pimek
6–3, 6–4
Winner 2. 1992 San Marino Clay   Mikael Tillström   Cristian Brandi
  Federico Mordegan
6–2, 6–2
Winner 3. 1994 Monte Carlo, Monaco Clay   Magnus Larsson   Yevgeny Kafelnikov
  Daniel Vacek
3–6, 7–6, 6–4
Runner-up 1. 1994 Båstad, Sweden Clay   Mikael Tillström   Jan Apell
  Jonas Björkman
2–6, 3–6
Runner-up 2. 1994 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Carpet   Lars-Anders Wahlgren   Jacco Eltingh
  Paul Haarhuis
0–6, 5–7
Runner-up 3. 1995 French Open, Paris Clay   Magnus Larsson   Jacco Eltingh
  Paul Haarhuis
7–6, 4–6, 1–6
Winner 4. 1996 Antwerp, Belgium Carpet   Jonas Björkman   Yevgeny Kafelnikov
  Menno Oosting
6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 4. 1996 St. Petersburg, Russia Carpet   Peter Nyborg   Yevgeny Kafelnikov
  Andrei Olhovskiy
3–6, 4–6
Winner 5. 1996 New Delhi, India Hard   Jonas Björkman   Byron Black
  Sandon Stolle
4–6, 6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 5. 1996 Monte Carlo, Monaco Clay   Jonas Björkman   Ellis Ferreira
  Jan Siemerink
6–2, 3–6, 2–6
Runner-up 6. 1996 Los Angeles, U.S. Hard   Jonas Björkman   Marius Barnard
  Piet Norval
5–7, 2–6
Runner-up 7. 1996 New Haven, U.S. Hard   Jonas Björkman   Byron Black
  Grant Connell
4–6, 4–6
Winner 6. 1997 Atlanta, U.S. Clay   Jonas Björkman   Scott Davis
  Kelly Jones
6–2, 7–6
Winner 7. 1997 Båstad, Sweden Clay   Mikael Tillström   Magnus Gustafsson
  Magnus Larsson
6–0, 6–3
Runner-up 8. 1997 Indianapolis, U.S. Hard   Jonas Björkman   Michael Tebbutt
  Mikael Tillström
3–6, 2–6
Runner-up 9. 1997 U.S. Open, New York Hard   Jonas Björkman   Yevgeny Kafelnikov
  Daniel Vacek
6–7, 3–6
Winner 8. 1998 St. Petersburg, Russia Carpet   Mikael Tillström   Marius Barnard
  Brent Haygarth
3–6, 6–3, 7–6
Runner-up 10. 1998 Prague, Czech Republic Clay   Fredrik Bergh   Wayne Arthurs
  Andrew Kratzmann
1–6, 1–6
Winner 9. 1998 Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i)   Mikael Tillström   Chris Haggard
  Peter Nyborg
7–5, 3–6, 7–5
Runner-up 11. 1999 Båstad, Sweden Clay   Mikael Tillström   David Adams
  Jeff Tarango
6–7, 4–6
Runner-up 12. 1999 Bournemouth, England Clay   Michael Kohlmann   David Adams
  Jeff Tarango
3–6, 7–6, 6–7
Winner 10. 2000 Barcelona, Spain Clay   Mikael Tillström   Paul Haarhuis
  Sandon Stolle
6–2, 6–7, 7–6
Winner 11. 2000 Halle, Germany Grass   Mikael Tillström   Mahesh Bhupathi
  David Prinosil
7–6, 7–6
Winner 12. 2000 Båstad, Sweden Clay   Mikael Tillström   Andrea Gaudenzi
  Diego Nargiso
4–6, 6–2, 6–3
Winner 13. 2000 Paris Indoor, France Carpet   Max Mirnyi   Paul Haarhuis
  Daniel Nestor
6–4, 7–5

Doubles performance timelineEdit

Tournament 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 Career SR Career Win-Loss
Grand Slams
Australian Open A A A A A A A 1R 1R 3R 1R 3R 3R 2R 0 / 7 7–7
French Open A A A 1R A A 2R F QF 2R 1R SF 3R QF 0 / 9 19–9
Wimbledon A A A A A A 2R A QF QF QF 1R SF A 0 / 6 14–6
U.S. Open A A A A A A SF 3R 2R F 3R 1R 3R A 0 / 7 15–7
Grand Slam SR 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 1 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 2 0 / 29 N/A
Annual Win-Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–0 0–0 6–3 7–3 6–4 11–4 5–4 6–4 10–4 4–2 N/A 55–29
ATP Masters Series
Indian Wells NME A A A A A 2R A QF A A A A 0 / 2 3–2
Miami NME A A A A A 2R A 3R A SF A 3R 0 / 4 6–4
Monte Carlo NME A A A A W 2R F SF 1R A QF A 1 / 6 13–5
Rome NME A A A A A A A A 2R A 2R A 0 / 2 2–2
Hamburg NME A A A A QF A A A A A A A 0 / 1 2–1
Canada NME A A A A A A SF A A A A A 0 / 1 3–1
Cincinnati NME A A A A 1R A QF A A A A A 0 / 2 2–2
Stuttgart (Stockholm) NME A A 1R 1R QF A A A 1R 1R 1R A 0 / 6 2–6
Paris NME A A A A 2R A 1R 2R QF A W A 1 / 5 6–4
Masters Series SR N/A 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 1 0 / 1 1 / 5 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 2 1 / 4 0 / 1 2 / 29 N/A
Annual Win-Loss N/A 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–1 10–4 1–3 8–4 6–4 3–4 4–2 5–3 1–1 N/A 39–27
Year End Ranking 484 271 206 592 213 489 23 50 16 16 38 37 15 155 N/A

A = did not attend tournament

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Sally Jenkins (15 June 1992). "Down And Dirty". Sports Illustrated. Vol. 76 no. 23. pp. 24–29.
  2. ^ "Tennis: Boetsch thrills France". The Independent. 2 December 1996. Retrieved 29 March 2012.

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