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Richard Peter Stanislav Krajicek (Czech: Krajíček, born 6 December 1971) is a Dutch former professional tennis player. In 1996 he won the men's singles title at Wimbledon, the only Dutch player to have done so. In the quarterfinals of that tournament, he defeated Pete Sampras in straight sets. This was Sampras' only singles defeat at Wimbledon between 1993 and 2000. Since 2004, Krajicek has been the tournament director of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam. He is also the author of various sports books. Krajicek reached a career-high singles ranking of world No. 4 in March 1999.

Richard Krajicek
Copa Davis '2004 Espanya-Holanda (R.Krajicek).jpg
Country (sports) Netherlands
ResidenceMuiderberg, Netherlands
Born (1971-12-06) 6 December 1971 (age 47)
Rotterdam, Netherlands
Height1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
Turned pro1989
Retired2003
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money$10,077,425
Singles
Career record411–219 (ATP, Grand Prix and Grand Slams, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles17
Highest rankingNo. 4 (29 March 1999)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenSF (1992)
French OpenSF (1993)
WimbledonW (1996)
US OpenQF (1997, 1999, 2000)
Other tournaments
Tour FinalsSF (1996)
Grand Slam CupQF (1992, 1996)
Doubles
Career record77–60 (ATP, Grand Prix and Grand Slams, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles3
Highest rankingNo. 45 (26 July 1993)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenSF (1992)
French Open3R (1991)
Wimbledon2R (1991)
US Open1R (1995)

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Personal lifeEdit

Richard Krajicek is the son of Czech immigrants. In 1999, Krajicek married model, writer and hostess of Holland's Next Top Model and Benelux' Next Top Model, Daphne Deckers. Nicknamed "de Kraai" (Dutch for "the crow") in his home country, Krajicek has, among his siblings, half-sister Michaëlla Krajicek who also is a professional tennis player. His distant cousin is Austin Krajicek.[1] He is a member of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD).[2]

CareerEdit

Richard Krajicek began playing tennis at the age of four. As a youngster he won both the Dutch under-12 and the under-14 National Championships twice. He turned professional in 1989, and in 1991 won his first top-level singles title in Hong Kong and his first tour doubles title in Hilversum.

In 1992, the 1.95 m (6' 5") Dutchman reached his first Grand Slam semifinals at the Australian Open. He had to withdraw from this semifinal match due to a shoulder injury. The following year, he reached the semifinals at the French Open, where he lost in four sets to the defending champion Jim Courier. Also in 1992, Krajicek made a controversial comment regarding equal pay for women in Grand Slam events, saying, "Eighty percent of the top 100 women are fat pigs who don't deserve equal pay." Later, he jokingly clarified his comments, remarking, "What I meant to say was that only 75 percent are fat pigs."[3]

At the 1996 Italian Open, Krajicek reached the final, before losing in four sets to the reigning champion, Thomas Muster. At the 1996 French Open, Krajicek was the only player to take a set off the eventual champion, Yevgeny Kafelnikov, during their quarterfinal match.

Coming into 1996 Wimbledon, Krajicek had never previously progressed beyond the fourth round at the tournament and had lost in the first round in the two previous years. He was seen as a player with potential, having one of the fastest serves at the time, but was not considered to be a strong contender for the title. The clear favourite was Pete Sampras, who had won the title for the past three consecutive years. Despite being ranked within the world's top 16, Krajicek just missed out on the seedings for the tournament, but when seventh seed (and world number 2) Thomas Muster pulled out shortly before the tournament due to an injury, Krajicek was declared the 17th seed and moved to Muster's place in the draw. Opinions differ, therefore, on whether or not he won the tournament as an unseeded player.

He beat former champion Michael Stich in the fourth round and met Sampras in the quarterfinals. By that time, he had managed to turn his notably weak slice backhand into an aggressive top-spin shot. Krajicek shocked the tennis world by defeating Sampras in straight sets, becoming the only player to beat Sampras in a Wimbledon singles match in the eight-year period from 1993 until Sampras' fourth-round loss to Roger Federer in the 2001 tournament. Next, he beat Australia's Jason Stoltenberg in the semifinals, and went on to face American MaliVai Washington in the final. He won the final in straight sets to become the first Dutchman to win Wimbledon.

In 1997, Krajicek's defence of his Wimbledon title ended in the fourth round, when Tim Henman defeated him in four sets.

In 1998, Krajicek was in the Wimbledon semifinals again, where he lost to Goran Ivanišević in a marathon match, 13-15 in the fifth set, with both players serving a combined 38 aces.[1][2] His final attempt at winning a second Wimbledon title was in 2002, when he lost in the quarterfinals to Xavier Malisse.

At the 1999 U.S. Open, Krajicek lost a quarterfinal matchup to Yevgeny Kafelnikov. Despite the loss, Krajicek set several most aces records that day. In the 2000 U.S. Open, Krajicek met Sampras in the quarterfinals, winning the first set and being up 6-2 during the second-set tiebreaker, but then losing six straight points to lose the match. [3] In 2000, Krajicek was awarded the ATP Arthur Ashe Humanitarian award for his efforts to help youth in his home country.[4] He was named ATP Comeback Player of the Year in 2002.[5]

Krajicek retired from the professional tour in 2003. During his career, he won 17 singles titles and 3 doubles titles. His career-high singles ranking was world no. 4 in 1999. Krajicek's Wimbledon victory over Sampras proved to be no fluke, since he ended his career with a 6–4 record against the American player.[6]

Since retiring from the ATP circuit, Krajicek runs The Richard Krajicek Foundation, which builds sports facilities for children in inner-city areas in the Netherlands.[7] In 2004, Krajicek became the tournament director of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam.

In 2005, he published a book on tennis called Fast Balls (Dutch: 'Harde Ballen').

Major finalsEdit

Grand Slam finalsEdit

Singles: 1 (1–0)Edit

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1996 Wimbledon Grass   MaliVai Washington 6–3, 6–4, 6–3

Masters Series finalsEdit

Singles: 6 (2–4)Edit

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1996 Rome Clay   Thomas Muster 2–6, 4–6, 6–3, 3–6
Runner-up 1997 Stuttgart Carpet   Petr Korda 6–7(6–8), 2–6, 4–6
Runner-up 1998 Canada (Toronto) Hard   Patrick Rafter 6–7(3–7), 4–6
Winner 1998 Stuttgart Carpet   Yevgeny Kafelnikov 6–4, 6–3, 6–3
Winner 1999 Key Biscayne Hard   Sébastien Grosjean 4–6, 6–1, 6–2, 7–5
Runner-up 1999 Stuttgart Carpet   Thomas Enqvist 1–6, 4–6, 7–5, 5–7

Career finalsEdit

Singles: 26 (17–9)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam (1–0)
Tennis Masters Cup (0–0)
ATP Super 9 (2–4)
ATP Championship Series (5–3)
ATP World Series (9–2)
Titles by surface
Hard (7–5)
Clay (1–1)
Grass (3–1)
Carpet (6–2)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Category Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 8 April 1991 Hong Kong, UK World Series Hard   Wally Masur 6–2, 3–6, 6–3
Runner-up 1. 13 April 1992 Tokyo, Japan Championships Series Hard   Jim Courier 4–6, 4–6, 6–7(3–7)
Winner 2. 10 August 1992 Los Angeles, USA World Series Hard   Mark Woodforde 6–4, 2–6, 6–4
Winner 3. 16 November 1992 Antwerp, Belgium World Series Carpet (i)   Mark Woodforde 6–2, 6–2
Runner-up 2. 22 February 1993 Stuttgart, Germany Championships Series Carpet (i)   Michael Stich 6–4, 5–7, 6–7(4–7), 6–3, 5–7
Winner 4. 9 August 1993 Los Angeles, USA World Series Hard   Michael Chang 0–6, 7–6(7–3), 7–6(7–5)
Winner 5. 11 April 1994 Barcelona, Spain Championships Series Clay   Carlos Costa 6–4, 7–6(8–6), 6–2
Winner 6. 13 June 1994 Rosmalen, Netherlands World Series Grass   Karsten Braasch 6–3, 6–4
Winner 7. 10 October 1994 Sydney, Australia Championships Series Hard (i)   Boris Becker 7–6(7–5), 7–6(9–7), 2–6, 6–3
Winner 8. 27 February 1995 Stuttgart, Germany Championships Series Carpet (i)   Michael Stich 7–6(7–4), 6–3, 6–7(6–8), 1–6, 6–3
Winner 9. 6 March 1995 Rotterdam, Netherlands World Series Carpet (i)   Paul Haarhuis 7–6(7–5), 6–4
Runner-up 3. 21 August 1995 New Haven, USA Championships Series Hard   Andre Agassi 6–3, 6–7(2–7), 3–6
Runner-up 4. 20 May 1996 Rome, Italy Super 9 Clay   Thomas Muster 2–6, 4–6, 6–3, 3–6
Winner 10. 8 July 1996 Wimbledon, London, UK Grand Slam Grass   MaliVai Washington 6–3, 6–4, 6–3
Runner-up 5. 5 August 1996 Los Angeles, USA World Series Hard   Michael Chang 4–6, 3–6
Winner 11. 10 March 1997 Rotterdam, Netherlands World Series Carpet (i)   Daniel Vacek 7–6(7–4), 7–6(7–5)
Winner 12. 21 April 1997 Tokyo, Japan Championships Series Hard   Lionel Roux 6–2, 3–6, 6–1
Winner 13. 23 June 1997 Rosmalen, Netherlands World Series Grass   Guillaume Raoux 6–4, 7–6(9–7)
Runner-up 6. 27 October 1997 Stuttgart, Germany Super 9 Carpet (i)   Petr Korda 6–7(6–8), 2–6, 4–6
Winner 14. 16 February 1998 St. Petersburg, Russia World Series Carpet (i)   Marc Rosset 6–4, 7–6(7–5)
Runner-up 7. 10 August 1998 Toronto, Canada Super 9 Hard   Patrick Rafter 6–7(3–7), 4–6
Winner 15. 2 November 1998 Stuttgart, Germany Super 9 Hard (i)   Yevgeny Kafelnikov 6–4, 6–3, 6–3
Winner 16. 1 March 1999 London, UK Championships Series Carpet (i)   Greg Rusedski 7–6(8–6), 6–7(5–7), 7–5
Winner 17. 29 March 1999 Miami, USA Super 9 Hard   Sébastien Grosjean 4–6, 6–1, 6–2, 7–5
Runner-up 8. 1 November 1999 Stuttgart, Germany Super 9 Hard (i)   Thomas Enqvist 1–6, 4–6, 7–5, 5–7
Runner-up 9. 19 June 2000 Halle, Germany International Series Grass   David Prinosil 3–6, 2–6

Performance timelinesEdit

Singles

Tournament 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 Career SR Career Win-Loss
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A A 4R SF 2R A 2R 3R A A 3R 2R A A 2R 0 / 8 16–7
French Open A A 2R 3R SF 3R 2R QF 3R 3R 2R 3R A A A 0 / 10 22–10
Wimbledon A A 3R 3R 4R 1R 1R W 4R SF 3R 2R A QF A 1 / 11 29–10
U.S. Open A A 1R 4R 4R 2R 3R 1R QF 3R QF QF A 1R A 0 / 11 22–11
Grand Slam SR 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 4 1 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 0 0 / 2 0 / 1 1 / 40 N/A
Annual Win-Loss 0–0 0–0 6–4 12–3 12–4 3–3 4–4 13–3 8–3 9–3 9–3 8–4 0–0 4–2 1–1 N/A 89–38
Year-End Championships
Tennis Masters Cup Did Not Qualify RR DNQ SF Did Not Qualify 0 / 2 3–4
Grand Slam Cup NH DNQ QF DNQ 1R DNQ QF Not Held 0 / 3 2–3
ATP Masters Series
Indian Wells A A A 3R A A A A A A QF A A A 1R 0 / 3 4–3
Miami A A 1R QF QF A 2R 4R 4R A W A A A 1R 1 / 8 16–7
Monte Carlo A A A 1R 3R 2R QF 3R QF SF A 3R A A A 0 / 8 15–8
Rome A A 1R 1R 1R 3R A F 2R QF 2R 1R A A A 0 / 9 12–9
Hamburg A A A QF QF QF 3R 3R 2R 3R 2R A A A A 0 / 8 13–8
Montreal/Toronto A A A A A A 2R A QF F 2R 3R A 1R A 0 / 6 9–6
Cincinnati A A A 3R 2R 1R 1R 3R 2R 3R QF 1R A 3R A 0 / 10 9–10
Madrid (Stuttgart) A A A A A 2R QF 3R F W F 2R A A A 1 / 7 17–6
Paris A A 1R 3R 2R 3R QF 2R QF 2R 2R A A A A 0 / 9 6–9
Masters Series SR 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 3 0 / 7 0 / 6 0 / 6 0 / 7 0 / 7 0 / 8 1 / 7 1 / 8 0 / 5 0 / 0 0 / 2 0 / 2 2 / 68 N/A
Annual Win-Loss 0–0 0–0 0–3 11–7 7–6 7–6 10–7 13–7 14–8 17–6 15–7 5–5 0–0 2–2 0–2 N/A 101–66
Year End Ranking 392 129 45 10 15 17 11 7 11 10 10 36 112 147 N/A

Top 10 winsEdit

Season 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 Total
Wins 0 0 1 10 4 4 5 3 4 8 3 2 0 0 0 44
# Player Rank Event Surface Rd Score KR
1991
1.   Stefan Edberg 2 New Haven, United States Hard 3R 4–6, 6–3, 6–3 37
1992
2.   Ivan Lendl 5 Sydney, Australia Hard 1R 5–7, 6–3, 6–3 44
3.   Michael Stich 5 Australian Open, Melbourne, Australia Hard QF 5–7, 7–6(7–2), 6–7(1–7), 6–4, 6–4 45
4.   Goran Ivanišević 7 Indian Wells, United States Hard 2R 6–0, 6–3 27
5.   Michael Stich 5 Tokyo, Japan Hard QF 7–6(7–5), 6–4 30
6.   Stefan Edberg 1 Tokyo, Japan Hard SF 6–3, 7–5 30
7.   Goran Ivanišević 8 Hamburg, Germany Clay 3R 7–5, 6–2 16
8.   Ivan Lendl 9 Sydney, Australia Hard (i) QF 7–6(7–1), 7–5 15
9.   Petr Korda 7 Antwerp, Belgium Carpet (i) QF 3–6, 6–1, 7–6(9–7) 13
10.   Jim Courier 1 Antwerp, Belgium Carpet (i) SF 4–6, 6–4, 7–5 13
11.   Michael Chang 5 ATP Tour World Championships, Frankfurt, Germany Carpet (i) RR 2–6, 6–3, 7–6(7–4) 10
1993
12.   Sergi Bruguera 10 Stuttgart, Germany Carpet (i) 1R 6–2, 6–3 13
13.   Andre Agassi 8 Miami, United States Hard 4R 6–2, 7–5 11
14.   Pete Sampras 1 Los Angeles, United States Hard SF 6–4, 3–6, 7–6(7–3) 10
15.   Michael Chang 9 Los Angeles, United States Hard F 0–6, 7–6(7–3), 7–6(7–5) 10
1994
16.   Sergi Bruguera 4 Barcelona, Spain Clay QF 7–5, 6–3 24
17.   Thomas Muster 10 Hamburg, Germany Clay 3R 6–4, 6–4 20
18.   Pete Sampras 1 Davis Cup, Rotterdam, Netherlands Hard RR 2–6, 7–5, 7–6(7–5), 7–5 26
19.   Boris Becker 7 Sydney, Australia Hard (i) F 7–6(7–5), 7–6(9–7), 2–6, 6–3 32
1995
20.   Wayne Ferreira 10 Stuttgart, Germany Carpet (i) 2R 6–3, 7–6(7–0) 16
21.   Michael Stich 9 Stuttgart, Germany Carpet (i) F 7–6(7–4), 6–3, 6–7(6–8), 1–6, 6–3 16
22.   Boris Becker 4 New Haven, United States Hard QF 7–6(7–5), 3–6, 7–6(7–5) 14
23.   Yevgeny Kafelnikov 6 New Haven, United States Hard SF 6–4, 6–4 14
24.   Boris Becker 4 Essen, Germany Carpet (i) 3R 6–4, 6–7(4–7), 6–3 15
1996
25.   Pete Sampras 1 Wimbledon, London, United Kingdom Grass QF 7–5, 7–6(7–3), 6–4 13
26.   Michael Chang 2 ATP Tour World Championships, Frankfurt, Germany Carpet (i) RR 6–4, 6–4 8
27.   Thomas Muster 5 ATP Tour World Championships, Frankfurt, Germany Carpet (i) RR 7–6(7–4), 6–7(5–7), 6–3 8
1997
28.   Thomas Enqvist 8 Rotterdam, Netherlands Carpet (i) SF 6–7(5–7), 6–3, 6–4 7
29.   Michael Chang 2 Rosmalen, Netherlands Grass SF 6–7(5–7), 6–3, 6–4 6
30.   Pete Sampras 1 Stuttgart, Germany Carpet (i) 3R 6–4, 6–4 15
31.   Pat Rafter 3 Paris, France Carpet (i) 3R 7–5, 6–2 11
1998
32.   Greg Rusedski 6 Rotterdam, Netherlands Carpet (i) QF 3–6, 7–6(7–2), 7–6(7–3) 10
33.   Petr Korda 3 Monte-Carlo, Monaco Clay QF 4–6, 7–6(7–1), 6–1 13
34.   Yevgeny Kafelnikov 6 Rome, Italy Clay 3R 6–2, 3–6, 7–6(8–6) 11
35.   Yevgeny Kafelnikov 8 Toronto, Canada Hard QF 6–4, 6–4 9
36.   Tim Henman 10 New Haven, United States Hard QF 5–7, 6–2, 7–6(18–16) 6
37.   Andre Agassi 5 Stuttgart, Germany Hard (i) 3R 6–3, 6–4 11
38.   Pete Sampras 1 Stuttgart, Germany Hard (i) SF 6–7(2–7), 6–4, 7–6(7–5) 11
39.   Yevgeny Kafelnikov 8 Stuttgart, Germany Hard (i) F 6–4, 6–3, 6–3 11
1999
40.   Greg Rusedski 10 London, United Kingdom Carpet (i) F 7–6(8–6), 6–7(5–7), 7–5 9
41.   Pete Sampras 2 Miami, United States Hard QF 6–2, 7–6(8–6) 7
42.   Greg Rusedski 6 Stuttgart, Germany Hard (i) SF 6–4, 6–4 8
2000
43.   Thomas Enqvist 9 Monte-Carlo, Monaco Clay 2R 7–5, 6–1 43
44.   Magnus Norman 3 Toronto, Canada Hard 1R 7–5, 7–6(9–7) 24

BibliographyEdit

List of books written by Richard Krajicek:[8]

  • Een half jaar netpost (2003) with Tino Bakker
  • Naar de top (2005) with Anja de Crom
  • Harde ballen (2005)
  • Honger naar de bal (2006)
  • Alle ballen verzamelen (2007)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://www.theintelligencer.com/sports/article/NCAA-champs-storm-E-ville-Futures-event-10434489.php
  2. ^ ‹See Tfd›(in Dutch) Krajicek schrijft mee aan VVD-verkiezingsprogramma Archived 8 September 2014 at the Wayback Machine, Elsevier, 17 November 2012
  3. ^ Mcginty, Stephen (10 January 2006). "Crowd's racket over Murray's 'sexist' quip". The Scotsman. Edinburgh.
  4. ^ "Award seals Kuerten's dream year". BBC News. 11 March 2001. Retrieved 22 May 2010.
  5. ^ Richard Krajicek. "Tennis – CBSSports.com Scoreboard, Schedules, Players". Sportsline.com. Retrieved 2 June 2012.
  6. ^ "Players – Head to Head". www.atpworldtour.com. ATP.
  7. ^ "Q&A: Richard Krajicek". BBC News. 1 November 2004. Retrieved 22 May 2010.
  8. ^ "Richard Krajicek". bol.com. Retrieved 29 June 2009.

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