Carl-Uwe Steeb

Carl -Uwe "Charly" Steeb ( born September 1, 1967 in Aalen ) is a former German tennis player.

Career as a player

The left-hander Carl -Uwe Steeb, called "Charly", began his professional career in 1986. Three years earlier, he won the German U-16 Championship. In the ATP world ranking he achieved his best result in 1990 with the 14th Place. He won three individual titles in Gstaad (1989 ), Geneva (1991 ) and Moscow ( 1995).

Known Steeb made ​​especially its bets as the second single-player of the German Davis Cup team. In 1988 he beat in the final in Gothenburg, Sweden, the former world number one Mats Wilander after 0-2 sets down with 8:10, 1:6, 6:2, 6:4, 8:6 ( until the following year was also in the Davis Cup for the first four sets of the tiebreaker introduced ). Boris Becker defeated in the subsequent second single and Stefan Edberg won the double on the side of Eric Jelen against Stefan Edberg and Anders Järryd, whereby Germany secured for the first time in the history of the competition the Davis Cup. The following year, Charly Steeb again reached the Davis Cup final with the German team. The opponent in the Hanns -Martin- Schleyer-Halle in Stuttgart was again and again brought Sweden Germany the title. Although Steeb lost both his singles match against Mats Wilander and Stefan Edberg, Boris Becker, however, defeated Stefan Edberg, won by Eric Jelen against the Swedish double Anders Järryd and Jan Gunnarsson and finally struck gold with a win over Wilander the decisive third point. Also in the third and so far last German Davis Cup triumph was Carl -Uwe Steeb in the German team, but only as a substitute for the two single player Michael Stich and Marc -Kevin Goellner and Patrik Kuhnen, which for on the side of stitch in the double use came.

In 1989 he won the World Team Championship as a player and he could repeat as captain of the winning team from 1998 this success. He was also a participant. At the Summer Olympic Games in Seoul in 1988 in singles and doubles as well as a single player at the Olympics in Barcelona in 1992

Charly Steeb felt particularly at home on clay courts. In particular, his outstanding physique he benefited. In terms of speed, endurance, strength and fighting spirit Steeb always belonged to the best of his profession. Greater success prevented the fact that Steebs game was something variantenarm and strongly depended on his good forehand. His serve was average, his backhand for the world-class level rather below average. The net play was not one of his strengths.

After ten years as a professional Steeb 1996 ended his playing career. From 1999 to 2001 he was captain of the German Davis Cup team, replacing Boris Becker.

Career as a functionary

In the summer of 2007, he took over the function of the Tournament Director at the tennis tournament at Hamburg Rothbaum. After the 2009 tournament lost his master status, has been working with the DTB, who had taken the financial risk for this, terminated prematurely. His successor was then Michael Stich.

In May 2010, Steeb called together with the Austrian ex -top player Alexander Antonitsch the site to life. In August of the same year he was tournament director at the 66th Austrian Open in Kitzbühel, which took place as part of the ATP Challenger Tour this year.

In 2009 he founded the marketing and management agency CHARLYSTEEB GmbH. It organizes sporting events and markets sports such as Jan Ullrich. End of August 2013 the company had, among other things because mistakes in organizing the BMW Open 2013 bankruptcy.

Steeb is occasionally seen in tennis broadcasts on port 1 on the side of Sascha Bandermann and Elmar Paulke as an expert and co-host. Previously, he held that activity of the ZDF.

As a result of the insolvency of Steebs company, the Federal Committee of the DTB early November 2013 unanimously decided to gain prompt separate Steeb as Vice President. In early December declared himself Steeb his resignation, which should take place after the next Davis Cup match on February 2, 2014. Despite the Federal Committee Decision dated November DTB - president Karl -Georg Altenburg said he regretted leaving very Steebs.


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