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Johan Kriek

Johan Kriek South African-US tennis player

South African-US tennis player
The basics
Quick Facts
Intro South African-US tennis player
A.K.A. Deadbeat Dad, Cheater, Groper
Is Athlete Tennis player
From South Africa United States of America
Type Sports
Gender male
Birth 5 April 1958, Pongola, South Africa
Age: 62 years
Star sign AriesAries
Residence Roanoke, USA
Stats
Height: 175 cm
Weight: 76 kg
The details
Biography

Johan Kriek (born April 5, 1958) is a retired South African-American tennis player and founder of the Global Water Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to delivering clean water to the world's neediest communities. He won two Australian Open titles and reached the semifinals at the French Open and US Open, as well as the quarterfinals of Wimbledon. Kriek won 14 professional singles and eight doubles titles, reaching a career-high singles ranking of world No. 7. His most memorable wins include victories over Andre Agassi, Jimmy Connors, John McEnroe, Guillermo Vilas, Stefan Edberg, Michael Chang, Vitas Gerulaitis and Björn Borg.

He attended Afrikaanse Hoër Seunskool (Afrikaans High School for Boys, also known as Affies), a public school located in Pretoria.

Kriek became a naturalized American citizen in August 1982.

Grand Slam finals

Singles: (2 titles)

Result Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Win 1981 Australian Open Grass Steve Denton 6–2, 7–6, 6–7, 6–4
Win 1982 Australian Open Grass Steve Denton 6–3, 6–3, 6–2

Career finals

Singles (14 titles, 13 runner-ups)

Result No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Loss 1. 1978 Hartford, U.S. Carpet John McEnroe 2–6, 4–6
Win 1. 1979 Sarasota, U.S. Carpet Richard Meyer 7–6, 6–2
Loss 2. 1979 Basel, Switzerland Hard (i) Brian Gottfried 5–7, 1–6, 6–4, 3–6
Loss 3. 1980 Frankfurt, Germany Carpet (i) Stan Smith 6–2, 6–7, 2–6
Loss 4. 1980 Stowe, U.S. Hard Bob Lutz 3–6, 1–6
Win 2. 1981 Monterrey WCT, Mexico Carpet (i) Vitas Gerulaitis 7–6, 3–6, 7–6
Loss 5. 1981 WCT Finals, Dallas Carpet (i) John McEnroe 1–6, 2–6, 4–6
Win 3. 1981 Newport, U.S. Grass Hank Pfister 3–6, 6–3, 7–5
Win 4. 1981 Australian Open, Melbourne Grass Steve Denton 6–2, 7–6, 6–7, 6–4
Win 5. 1982 Memphis, U.S. Hard (i) John McEnroe 6–3, 3–6, 6–4
Loss 6. 1982 Monterrey, Mexico Carpet Jimmy Connors 2–6, 6–3, 3–6
Win 6. 1982 La Costa WCT, U.S. Hard Roscoe Tanner 6–0, 4–6, 6–0, 6–4
Win 7. 1982 Australian Open, Melbourne Grass Steve Denton 6–3, 6–3, 6–2
Loss 7. 1983 Los Angeles, U.S. Hard Gene Mayer 6–7, 1–6
Win 8. 1983 Tampa, U.S. Carpet Bob Lutz 6–2, 6–4
Win 9. 1983 Bristol, England Grass Tom Gullikson 7–6, 7–5
Win 10. 1983 Johannesburg, South Africa Hard Colin Dowdeswell 6–4, 4–6, 1–6, 7–5, 6–3
Loss 8. 1984 Boca West, U.S. Hard Jimmy Connors 5–7, 4–6
Win 11. 1984 Bristol, England Grass Brian Teacher 6–7, 7–6, 6–4
Win 12. 1984 Livingston, U.S. Hard Michael Westphal 6–2, 6–4
Win 13. 1985 Las Vegas, U.S. Hard Jimmy Arias 4–6, 6–3, 6–4, 6–2
Loss 9. 1985 London Queen's Club, England Grass Boris Becker 2–6, 3–6
Loss 10. 1985 San Francisco, U.S. Hard (i) Stefan Edberg 4–6, 2–6
Win 14. 1987 Livingston, U.S. Hard Christian Saceanu 7–6, 3–6, 6–2
Loss 11. 1988 Schenectady, U.S. Hard Tim Mayotte 7–5, 3–6, 2–6
Loss 12. 1988 San Francisco, U.S. Hard (i) Michael Chang 2–6, 3–6
Loss 13. 1989 Memphis, U.S. Hard (i) Brad Gilbert 2–6, 2–6, ret.

Doubles (8 titles, 7 runner-ups)

Result No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1. 1980 Richmond WCT, U.S. Carpet (i) Fritz Buehning Brian Gottfried
Frew McMillan
3–6, 6–3, 7–6
Loss 1. 1980 Sydney Indoor, Australia Hard (i) Tim Gullikson Peter Fleming
John McEnroe
6–4, 1–6, 2–6
Loss 2. 1981 Monterrey WCT, Mexico Carpet Russell Simpson Kevin Curren
Steve Denton
6–7, 2–6
Loss 3. 1981 Bristol, England Grass John Austin Billy Martin
Russell Simpson
6–3, 3–6, 10–12
Win 2. 1981 Stowe, U.S. Hard Larry Stefanki Brian Gottfried
Bob Lutz
2–6, 6–1, 6–2
Win 3. 1982 Forest Hills WCT, U.S. Clay Tracy Delatte Dick Stockton
Erik van Dillen
6–3, 7–6
Win 4. 1982 La Costa WCT, U.S. Hard Fritz Buehning Bob Lutz
Raúl Ramírez
3–6, 7–6, 6–3
Loss 4. 1983 Delray Beach WCT, U.S. Clay Anand Amritraj Pavel Složil
Tomáš Šmíd
6–7, 4–6
Loss 5. 1983 Las Vegas, U.S. Hard Tracy Delatte Kevin Curren
Steve Denton
3–6, 5–7
Win 5. 1983 Forest Hills WCT, U.S. Clay Tracy Delatte Kevin Curren
Steve Denton
7–6, 1–6, 6–1
Loss 6. 1983 Bristol, England Grass Tom Gullikson John Alexander
John Fitzgerald
5–7, 4–6
Loss 7. 1983 Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i) Peter Fleming Anders Järryd
Hans Simonsson
6–7, 5–7
Win 6. 1985 Chicago, U.S. Carpet (i) Yannick Noah Ken Flach
Robert Seguso
3–6, 4–6, 7–5, 6–1, 6–4
Win 7. 1988 Philadelphia, U.S. Carpet (i) Kelly Evernden Kevin Curren
Danie Visser
7–6, 6–3
Win 8. 1988 Tokyo Outdoor, Japan Hard John Fitzgerald Steve Denton
David Pate
6–4, 6–4

Grand Slam singles performance timeline

Tournament 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 SR W–L
Australian Open A A A A W W QF SF QF A 2R 2R 3R A A A A A 2 / 8 25–6
French Open A A 1R A A A A A A SF 1R A A A A A A A 0 / 3 4–3
Wimbledon A 2R 3R 3R QF QF 3R 4R 3R 2R 4R 1R 1R A 1R A A A 0 / 13 24–13
US Open A QF QF SF 3R 3R 4R 3R 2R 3R 3R 3R 1R A A A A A 0 / 12 29–12
Win–Loss 0–0 5–2 6–3 7–2 12–2 12–2 8–3 9–3 6–3 7–3 5–4 3–3 2–3 0–0 0–1 0–0 0–0 0–0 2 / 36 82–34
Year-end ranking 278 27 35 18 13 12 15 13 14 23 48 39 52 413 274 1097 1178 861
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https://www.nytimes.com/1983/06/20/sports/kriek-tops-gullikson.html
https://www.atpworldtour.com/en/players/-/K022/overview
https://www.itftennis.com/procircuit/players/player/profile.aspx?playerid=10000734
http://www.globalwaterfoundation.org
http://tennis-prose.com/articles/classic-biofile-with-johan-kriek/
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