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Rainer Schüttler

Rainer Schüttler

German tennis player and coach
Rainer Schüttler
The basics

Quick Facts

Intro German tennis player and coach
A.K.A. Rainer Schuttler, Rainer Shuttler
Is Athlete Tennis player Sports coach Tennis coach
From Germany
Type Sports
Gender male
Birth 25 April 1976, Korbach, Germany
Age: 44 years
Star sign TaurusTaurus
Stats
Height: 180 cm
Weight: 75 kg
The details

Biography

Rainer Schüttler ([ˈraɪnɐ ˈʃʏtlɐ]; born 25 April 1976) is a retired German professional tennis player. As of 2019, he is the most recent male German player to reach the singles final of a Grand Slam tournament, finishing as runner-up at the 2003 Australian Open. Schüttler also won a silver medal in doubles at the 2004 Summer Olympics and achieved a career-high ranking of world No. 5 in April 2004.

Personal life

He began playing tennis at the age of nine. He resides in Switzerland.

Career

2003

In 2003, Schüttler became the first German since Boris Becker in 1989 to advance to the fourth round at all Grand Slams. He became the first German to reach a Grand Slam final, at the Australian Open, since Michael Stich was the runner-up at Roland Garros in 1996. En route to the final, which he lost in straight sets to Andre Agassi, he defeated Andy Roddick who would end the season as world No 1.

2004

In 2004, Schüttler reached his first career ATP Masters Series final in Monte Carlo by beating Gustavo Kuerten in the first round, Lleyton Hewitt in the third round, Tim Henman in the quarterfinal and Carlos Moyá in the semifinal. In the final, he lost to Guillermo Coria. That week, he would reach a career-high ranking of No. 5. Schüttler won a silver medal for Germany in men's doubles with partner Nicolas Kiefer at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. 2004 was the sixth straight year in which he finished in the ATP top 50.

2008

Schüttler reached his first career semifinal at Wimbledon by beating Santiago Ventura, James Blake, Guillermo García-López, Janko Tipsarević, and Arnaud Clément 6–3, 5–7, 7–6, 6–7, 8–6. His match with Clément was over five hours, completed in two days to reach the semifinals, in which Schuettler saved a match point at 6–5 down in the fifth set. He was defeated by eventual champion Rafael Nadal 1–6, 6–7, 4–6. His achievement was a big surprise, since he entered the tournament ranked 94th and with a streak of 13 consecutive Grand Slam tournaments without making it past the second round.

2009

His 2009 season Schüttler started off at the Chennai Open, beating Prakash Amritraj 6–2, 4–6, 6–1. In the second round, he beat Simon Greul 6–4, 6–2, and in the quarterfinals Björn Phau, 6–2, 7–5. Unfortunately Schuettler had to withdraw from his semifinal match against Somdev Devvarman because of a wrist injury. He also withdrew from the tournament in Sydney. At the Australian Open, he was seeded 30th but lost in the first round to Israeli Dudi Sela 1–6, 6–2, 6–4, 6–4. He also participated in the doubles with Lu Yen-hsun, but they were defeated by Łukasz Kubot and Oliver Marach. In the first round in Rotterdam, he lost to Mario Ančić. He played the Open 13 in Marseille, defeating Laurent Recouderc in the first round 6–1, 6–4.

He competed at the ARAG World Team Cup in Germany, helping his country reach the final, where they lost to Serbia.

In the second round at Wimbledon, though seeded 18th, he was upset by Dudi Sela, 7–6, 6–3, 6–2.[1]

Schüttler at the 2011 French Open

2010

He reached the second round of the Australian Open defeating Sam Querrey in four sets. However he lost to Feliciano López in four sets, too. At the French Open, he again suffered a first-round exit, this time against Guillermo García-López in straight sets. He reached the semifinal of the Aegon Championships at the Queens Club in London but lost to Sam Querrey in three sets 7–6, 5–7, 3–6. Despite his good form he was defeated by Denis Istomin in the second round of Wimbledon in five sets. At the quarterfinal of the Countrywide Classic in Los Angeles, Schüttler could not manage to close out the match against Querrey despite serving for it at 5–4 and 6–5 in the deciding set. He was knocked out in the first round of the US Open losing to Benoît Paire. At the Thailand Open in Bangkok, Schüttler beat Ricardo Mello in round one for a second round berth against Ernests Gulbis. He lost 6–7, 7–6, 4–6 in a close match.

In 2010, Schüttler and his former Davis Cup companion Alexander Waske founded the Schüttler Waske Tennis-University, a tennis academy for professional tennis players.

2011

Schüttler started the tour at the Qatar Open where he confronted Teymuraz Gabashvili in the singles, but lost 3–5, 6–7. He also played doubles with Guillermo García-López confronting Marco Chiudinelli and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, to whom they lost 1–6, 2–6.

At the Australian Open, he played ninth seed Fernando Verdasco in the first round, but lost 1–6, 3–6, 2–6. He then played several Challenger series tournaments.

At Wimbledon, he defeated Thomaz Bellucci in the first round, but lost to Feliciano López in the second 6–7, 7–6, 2–6, 2–6.

Retirement

Schüttler retired in October 2012 and has coached Sergiy Stakhovsky and Vasek Pospisil.

Since November 2018, he coached former world No. 1, Angelique Kerber. In July 2019, Kerber announced they had split on social media.

Major finals

Olympic final

Doubles: 1 silver medal

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Silver 2004 Athens Olympics Hard Nicolas Kiefer Fernando González
Nicolás Massú
2–6, 6–4, 6–3, 6–7, 4–6

Grand Slam finals

Singles: 1 runner-up

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 2003 Australian Open Hard Andre Agassi 2–6, 2–6, 1–6

Masters Series finals

Singles: 1 runner-up

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 2004 Monte Carlo Clay Guillermo Coria 2–6, 1–6, 3–6

ATP Career finals

Singles: 12 (4 titles, 8 runner-ups)

Legend
Grand Slam (0)
Tennis Masters Cup (0)
ATP Masters Series (0)
ATP International Series Gold (1)
ATP Tour (3)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 4 January 1999 Doha, Qatar Hard Tim Henman 6–4, 5–7, 6–1
Runner-up 1. 5 April 1999 Chennai, India Hard Byron Black 4–6, 6–1, 3–6
Runner-up 2. 3 January 2000 Doha, Qatar Hard Fabrice Santoro 6–3, 5–7, 0–3 ret.
Winner 2. 17 September 2001 Shanghai, China Hard Michel Kratochvil 6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 3. 24 September 2001 Hong Kong, China Hard Marcelo Ríos 6–7, 2–6
Runner-up 4. 22 October 2001 St. Petersburg, Russia Hard (i) Marat Safin 6–3, 3–6, 3–6
Runner-up 5. 29 April 2002 Munich, Germany Clay Younes El Aynaoui 4–6, 4–6
Runner-up 6. 13 January 2003 Australian Open, Melbourne Hard Andre Agassi 2–6, 2–6, 1–6
Runner-up 7. 8 September 2003 Costa do Sauipe, Brazil Hard Sjeng Schalken 2–6, 4–6
Winner 3. 29 September 2003 Tokyo, Japan Hard Sébastien Grosjean 7–6, 6–2
Winner 4. 6 October 2003 Lyon, France Carpet (i) Arnaud Clément 7–5, 6–3
Runner-up 8. 19 April 2004 Monte Carlo, Monaco Clay Guillermo Coria 2–6, 1–6, 3–6

Doubles: 6 (4–2)

Wins (4)
No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponent Score
1. 16 July 2001 Stuttgart, Germany Clay Guillermo Cañas Michael Hill
Jeff Tarango
4–6, 7–6, 6–4
2. 3 January 2005 Chennai, India Hard Lu Yen-hsun Mahesh Bhupathi
Jonas Björkman
7–5, 4–6, 7–6
3. 14 April 2008 Houston, United States Clay Ernests Gulbis Pablo Cuevas
Marcel Granollers Pujol
7–5, 7–6
4. 4 May 2008 Munich, Germany Clay Michael Berrer Scott Lipsky
David Martin
7–5, 3–6, [10–8]
Runner-ups (2)
No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
1. 20 October 2003 St. Petersburg, Russia Hard (i) Michael Kohlmann Julian Knowle
Nenad Zimonjić
6–7, 3–6
2. 4 July 2005 Gstaad, Switzerland Clay Michael Kohlmann František Čermák
Leoš Friedl
6–7, 6–7

Performance timeline

Tournament 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 SR W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A Q3 Q1 Q2 1R 2R 4R 3R F 1R 2R 1R 1R 2R 1R 2R 1R Q2 0 / 13 14–13
French Open A A Q1 Q2 1R 1R 1R 2R 4R 1R 1R 1R Q3 1R 1R 1R 1R A 0 / 12 4–12
Wimbledon A Q1 Q1 1R 2R 3R 2R 3R 4R 3R 1R 1R A SF 2R 2R 2R A 0 / 13 19–13
US Open A A Q2 Q2 1R 3R 2R 1R 4R 1R 2R 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R A A 0 / 12 7–12
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–1 1–4 5–4 5–4 5–4 14–4 2–4 2–4 0–4 0–2 6–4 1–4 2–4 1–3 0–0 0 / 50 44–50
Year-end championship
Masters Cup Did Not Qualify SF Did Not Qualify 0 / 1 2–2
ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Indian Wells Masters A A A A A A 1R QF SF 2R 2R 2R 1R 1R 2R 2R 2R A 0 / 11 11–11
Miami Masters A Q1 Q1 A 1R 1R 2R 1R 2R 2R 2R Q1 Q1 1R 3R 1R 2R A 0 / 11 5–11
Monte Carlo Masters A A A A A 1R 1R 1R 2R F 1R A A A 1R A A A 0 / 7 6–7
Rome Masters A A A Q2 A A 1R 1R QF 1R 1R A A A A A A A 0 / 5 3–5
Hamburg Masters Q1 A Q1 Q2 3R 2R 1R 2R 3R 1R 1R 2R 1R 1R NMS 0 / 10 7–10
Canada Masters A A A A 1R A A 1R SF 1R A A A A 2R A A A 0 / 5 5–5
Cincinnati Masters A A A A 3R A A QF SF 1R A A A A Q2 A A A 0 / 4 9–4
Stuttgart Masters A Q2 A Q1 1R 1R 1R Discontinued 0 / 3 0–3
Madrid Masters Not Held 1R 1R 2R A A A 1R 1R A A A 0 / 5 0–5
Shanghai Masters Not ATP Masters Series 3R A A A 0 / 1 2–1
Paris Masters A A A A 1R A A 1R QF 1R A A A 1R A A A A 0 / 5 2–5
National representation
Summer Olympics NH Not Held 2R Not Held 1R Not Held 2R Not Held A 0 / 3 2–3
Career statistics
1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 Career
Titles 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
Finals 0 0 0 0 2 1 3 1 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 12
Year-end ranking 446 332 117 109 47 45 43 33 6 42 88 97 99 33 85 84 132 855

Third-round match at the 2003 Australian Open was a walkover (so does not count as a win)

Top 10 wins

Season 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 Total
Wins 0 0 1 0 2 0 2 3 7 2 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 19
# Player Rank Event Surface Rd Score SR
1997
1. Thomas Enqvist 7 Chennai, India Hard 1R 6–6 ret. 229
1999
2. Tim Henman 7 Doha, Qatar Hard F 6–4, 5–7, 6–1 124
3. Carlos Moyá 2 Chennai, India Hard QF 6–1, 3–0 ret. 71
2001
4. Juan Carlos Ferrero 5 Hong Kong Hard QF 6–3, 7–6 44
5. Juan Carlos Ferrero 5 St. Petersburg, Russia Hard (i) 1R 7–6, 6–4 46
2002
6. Yevgeny Kafelnikov 4 Doha, Qatar Hard QF 7–5, 6–4 43
7. Thomas Johansson 8 Munich, Germany Clay 1R 7–5, 6–3 29
8. Yevgeny Kafelnikov 5 Cincinnati, United States Hard 1R 6–3, 6–2 26
2003
9. Andy Roddick 10 Australian Open, Melbourne Hard SF 7–5, 2–6, 6–3, 6–3 36
10. Andy Roddick 6 Indian Wells, United States Hard QF 6–3, 6–2 15
11. Jiří Novák 9 Rome, Italy Clay 3R 6–4, 7–6 13
12. Andre Agassi 1 Montreal, Canada Hard QF 2–6, 6–2, 6–3 8
13. Sébastien Grosjean 10 Tokyo, Japan Hard F 7–6, 6–2 8
14. Guillermo Coria 4 Tennis Masters Cup, Houston Hard RR 6–3, 4–6, 6–2 6
15. Andy Roddick 1 Tennis Masters Cup, Houston Hard RR 4–6, 7–6, 7–6 6
2004
16. Tim Henman 7 Monte Carlo, Monaco Clay QF 6–3, 6–1 6
17. Carlos Moyá 8 Monte Carlo, Monaco Clay SF 7–6, 6–4 6
2008
18. James Blake 8 Wimbledon, London Grass 2R 6–3, 6–7, 4–6, 6–4, 6–4 94
2009
19. Gilles Simon 7 World Team Cup, Düsseldorf Clay RR 6–4, 6–4 29
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http://www.wtatennis.com/news/coaching-carousel-wimbledon-champ-kerber-hires-former-atp-pro-rainer-schuettler
http://fr.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1245184892769&pagename=JPost/JPArticle/ShowFull
https://web.archive.org/web/20060820074420/http://www.rainer-schuettler.de/
https://www.atpworldtour.com/en/players/-/S636/overview
https://www.itftennis.com/procircuit/players/player/profile.aspx?playerid=10008938
https://www.daviscup.com/en/players/player.aspx?id=800184253
http://steveghelper.com/RankingHistory.php?player=Schuett
http://www.angelique-kerber.de
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