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.
|Born||6 December 1971|
|Height||1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)|
|Plays||Right-handed (one-handed backhand)|
|Career record||411–219 (ATP, Grand Prix and Grand Slams, and in Davis Cup)|
|Highest ranking||No. 4 (29 March 1999)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||SF (1992)|
|French Open||SF (1993)|
|US Open||QF (1997, 1999, 2000)|
|Tour Finals||SF (1996)|
|Grand Slam Cup||QF (1992, 1996)|
|Career record||77–60 (ATP, Grand Prix and Grand Slams, and in Davis Cup)|
|Highest ranking||No. 45 (26 July 1993)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||SF (1992)|
|French Open||3R (1991)|
|US Open||1R (1995)|
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. He is a member of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD).
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. His biggest achievement as a youngster was winning the Wiltshire Open in the UK after beating Steven White in straight sets in the final. 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."
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. 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.  In 2000, Krajicek was awarded the ATP Arthur Ashe Humanitarian award for his efforts to help youth in his home country. He was named ATP Comeback Player of the Year in 2002.
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.
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. 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').
Grand Slam finalsEdit
Singles: 1 (1–0)Edit
|Winner||1996||Wimbledon||Grass||MaliVai Washington||6–3, 6–4, 6–3|
Masters Series finalsEdit
Singles: 6 (2–4)Edit
|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|
Singles: 26 (17–9)Edit
|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|
|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|
|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|
|Year End Ranking||392||129||45||10||15||17||11||7||11||10||10||36||–||112||147||N/A|
Top 10 winsEdit
|1.||Stefan Edberg||2||New Haven, United States||Hard||3R||4–6, 6–3, 6–3||37|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
List of books written by Richard Krajicek:
- 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)
- (in Dutch) Krajicek schrijft mee aan VVD-verkiezingsprogramma Archived 8 September 2014 at the Wayback Machine, Elsevier, 17 November 2012
- Mcginty, Stephen (10 January 2006). "Crowd's racket over Murray's 'sexist' quip". The Scotsman. Edinburgh.
- "Award seals Kuerten's dream year". BBC News. 11 March 2001. Retrieved 22 May 2010.
- Richard Krajicek. "Tennis – CBSSports.com Scoreboard, Schedules, Players". Sportsline.com. Retrieved 2 June 2012.
- "Players – Head to Head". www.atpworldtour.com. ATP.
- "Q&A: Richard Krajicek". BBC News. 1 November 2004. Retrieved 22 May 2010.
- "Richard Krajicek". bol.com. Retrieved 29 June 2009.
- Richard Krajicek at the Association of Tennis Professionals
- Richard Krajicek at the International Tennis Federation
- Richard Krajicek at the Davis Cup
- Richard Krajicek Foundation
- Sunday Times article 14 February 2010
|Awards and achievements|
| Dutch Sportsman of the Year
| ATP Arthur Ashe Humanitarian of the Year