Richard Krajicek ( born December 6, 1971 in Rotterdam ) is a former Dutch tennis player of Czech origin. In 1996 he won the men's singles at Wimbledon. He is the older half-brother of tennis player Michaëlla Krajicek. He is also the author of several sports books.
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Krajiceks greatest achievement of triumph was in 1996 in the men's singles at Wimbledon, where he won as unseeded players the final against MaliVai Washington. During the tournament he turned off and defending champion Pete Sampras.
Due to his height of 1.96 meters and his strong serve, the serve- and -volley players Krajicek felt especially on fast surfaces well. In his career, he was a total of 17 ATP tournaments, including the Masters tournaments of Stuttgart and Miami win. His highest world ranking position he reached in spring 1999 with 4th place He is one of the few players to have won both on sand and on grass, hard court and in the hall at least one tournament. Because of elbow and knee problems, he was forced again and again to injury breaks. In June 2003, after losing to Olivier Mutis in 's- Hertogenbosch, he finally ended his career because of persistent elbow complaints, after he had to pause injured already from October 2000 to June 2002.
In 1993 he founded the Richard Krajicek Foundation, a foundation that underprivileged children better access wants to offer to the sport. To date, he has been engaged there. 2004 Krajicek was the tournament director of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam.
Krajicek retired in 1992 ahead of the Grand Slam tournament at Wimbledon the displeasure of many tennis fans. He had the face of international press expressed 80 % of the playing on the WTA tour women were " fat pigs ". When the nine-time Wimbledon champion Martina Navratilova put it back on to the speech, he corrected the number to 75%. This incident was not without consequences: Richard Krajicek was caricatured by several newspapers with pig nose and pig ears, during the tournament at Wimbledon, he was until his resignation repeatedly booed in the third round of the British public. Later, Krajicek has officially apologized for the remark.
He is a son of Czech immigrants. In 1999 Krajicek married Daphne Deckers, a model and writer. His half-sister Michaëlla Krajicek is also a tennis player by profession. In 2005, he was from a book called fastballs.
He directs the Richard Krajicek Foundation ( Richard Krajicek Foundation ), sports facilities for children builds in inner cities of the Netherlands.
List of books by Krajicek
- Een jaar helped netpost (2003) with Tino Bakker
- Naar de top ( 2005) with Anja de Crom
- Harde bale (2005)
- Honger naar de bal ( 2006)
- All bales verzamelen (2007)