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Richard Krajicek

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Richard Peter Stanislav Krajicek (b. December 6, 1971), in Rotterdam, Netherlands) is a former professional tennis player from the Netherlands. He is best remembered for winning the men's singles title at Wimbledon in 1996.

The son of Czech immigrants in Holland, Krajicek began playing tennis at the age of four. As a youngster he won the Dutch 12-under and 14-under National Championships twice each.

Krajicek turned professional in 1989. In 1991, he won his first top-level singles title at Hong Kong and his first tour doubles title in Hilversum.

In 1992, he reached his first Grand Slam semi-final at the Australian Open, but then had to withdraw from his semi-final match due to a shoulder injury. The following year, he reached the semi-finals at the French Open where he lost in four sets to the defending-champion Jim Courier.

Coming into Wimbeldon in 1996, Krajicek had never previous progressed beyond the fouth round at the championships (and had lost in the first round in the two previous years). He was a player with undoubted potential, but was not considered to be one of the strongest contenders to win the title. The clear favourite was Pete Sampras, who had won the title for the past three consecutive years. Krajicek met Sampras in the quarter-finals and shocked the tennis world by defeating him in straight sets 7-5, 7-6, 6-4. (Krajicek was the only player to beat Sampras in a Wimbledon singles match in the eight-year period from 1993-2000.) Krajicek then beat Australia's Jason Stoltenberg in the semi-finals, and went on to face American MaliVai Washington in the final. He won the final in straight sets 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 to become the first Dutchman to win Wimbledon.

In 1998, Krajicek was in the Wimbdledon semi-finals again, where he lost to Goran Ivanisevic in a marathon match 6-3, 6-4, 5-7, 6-7, 15-13.

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.

In 1999, Krajicek married Daphne Deckers, a Dutch fashion model, writer and actress who appeared in the James Bond movie Tomorrow Never Dies.

His younger sister Michaella Krajicek was a no.1 junior and has won several Grand Slam tournaments on the junior tour. Now she has entered the top-100 for the first time (June 6, 2005) in the career at the age of only 16.

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