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Michael Stich

Michael Stich
Country (sports)  Germany[notes 1]
Residence Elmshorn, Germany
Born (1968-10-18) 18 October 1968
Pinneberg, West Germany
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Turned pro 1988
Retired 1997
Plays Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money US$ 12,592,483
Singles
Career record 385–176
Career titles 18
Highest ranking No. 2 (22 November 1993)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open SF (1993)
French Open F (1996)
Wimbledon W (1991)
US Open F (1994)
Other tournaments
Tour Finals W (1993)
Olympic Games 2R (1992)
Doubles
Career record 165–111
Career titles 10
Highest ranking No. 9 (22 March 1991)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Wimbledon W (1992)
Other doubles tournaments
Olympic Games Gold Medal (1992)
Team competitions
Davis Cup W (1993)
Hopman Cup W (1993)
Olympic medal record
Men's Tennis
1992 Barcelona Men's Doubles

Michael Detlef Stich (born 18 October 1968) is a former professional tennis player from Germany. He won the men's singles title at Wimbledon in 1991, the men's doubles titles at both Wimbledon and the Olympic Games, and was a singles runner-up at the 1994 US Open and the 1996 French Open. Stich won 18 singles titles and 10 doubles titles. His career-high singles ranking was World No. 2 in 1993.

Contents

  • Career 1
  • Major finals 2
    • Grand Slam finals 2.1
      • Singles: 3 (1–2) 2.1.1
      • Doubles: 1 (1–0) 2.1.2
    • Olympic men's doubles final 2.2
    • Masters Series finals 2.3
      • Singles: 3 (2–1) 2.3.1
      • Doubles: 3 (1–2) 2.3.2
  • Career finals 3
    • Singles: 31 (18–13) 3.1
    • Doubles: 16 (10–6) 3.2
    • Singles performance timeline 3.3
  • Notes 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Career

Stich was raised in Elmshorn, Schleswig-Holstein. He turned professional in 1988 and won his first top-level singles title in 1990 at Memphis, Tennessee.

Stich won Wimbledon in 1991. He defeated the defending champion and World No. 1 Stefan Edberg in the semifinals, 4–6, 7–6, 7–6, 7–6, without breaking his service once. Then in the final, he beat his compatriot and three-time Wimbledon champion Boris Becker in straight sets.

In 1992, Stich teamed with John McEnroe to win the men's doubles title at Wimbledon in a five-set and five-hour final that stretched into Monday (the day after the tournament normally ends) and ended with a 19–17 final set. Then at the Summer Olympic Games in Barcelona, Stich teamed with Becker to win the men's doubles gold medal. Stich also won the 1992 Grand Slam Cup, defeating Michael Chang in the final.

A major highlight of 1993 for Stich came at the end-of-year ATP World Championships, where he was the only player in the 1990s history of the Championship tournament to claim the title undefeated, overcoming Pete Sampras in the final.[1] Playing for Germany, Stich also won both the Davis Cup and the Hopman Cup in 1993.

Stich reached his second Grand Slam singles final at the 1994 US Open, where he lost in straight sets to Andre Agassi. Stich also helped Germany win the World Team Cup in 1994.

Stich upset defending champion Thomas Muster in four sets in the fourth round of the 1996 French Open en route to appearing in his third and final Grand Slam singles final, where he was defeated by Yevgeny Kafelnikov in straight sets. He also won his final career singles title that year at Antwerp. His last doubles title came in 1997 at Halle.

Stich's all-round ability, both from the baseline and at the net, allowed him to become one of the few players to win both Singles and Doubles tournaments on all surfaces. He is one of only five players of his generation to have a positive career head-to-head record against Sampras.[2]

Stich announced his retirement from the professional tour in 1997 following Wimbledon. His last run at Wimbledon started with a win over U.S. top-10 player Jim Courier and ended with a five-set loss to Cédric Pioline in the semifinals.

Since his retirement, he has devoted most of his time to his own AIDS foundation. He also works as a tennis commentator for the BBC. Stich was married to the German actress Jessica Stockmann from 1992 to 2003. In 2005, he married Alexandra Rikowski. They live in Hamburg.

Major finals

Grand Slam finals

Singles: 3 (1–2)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1991 Wimbledon Grass Boris Becker 6–4, 7–6(7–4), 6–4
Runner-up 1994 US Open Hard Andre Agassi 1–6, 6–7(5–7), 5–7
Runner-up 1996 French Open Clay Yevgeny Kafelnikov 6–7(4–7), 5–7, 6–7(4–7)

Doubles: 1 (1–0)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1992 Wimbledon Grass John McEnroe Jim Grabb
Richey Reneberg
5–7, 7–6(7–5), 3–6, 7–6(7–5), 19–17

Olympic men's doubles final

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Gold 1992 Summer Olympics Clay Boris Becker Wayne Ferreira
Piet Norval
7–6(7–5), 4–6, 7–6(7–5), 6–3

Masters Series finals

Singles: 3 (2–1)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1992 Hamburg Clay Stefan Edberg 7–5, 4–6, 1–6
Winner 1993 Hamburg Clay Andrei Chesnokov 6–3, 6–7(1–7), 7–6(9–7), 6–4
Winner 1993 Stockholm Hard (i) Goran Ivanišević 4–6, 7–6(8–6), 7–6(7–3), 6–2

Doubles: 3 (1–2)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1990 Hamburg Clay Udo Riglewski Sergi Bruguera
Jim Courier
6–7, 2–6
Winner 1992 Monte Carlo Clay Boris Becker Petr Korda
Karel Nováček
3–6, 6–1, 6–4
Runner-up 1992 Hamburg Clay Carl-Uwe Steeb Sergio Casal
Emilio Sánchez
7–5, 4–6, 3–6

Career finals

Singles: 31 (18–13)

Legend
Grand Slam (1–2)
Tennis Masters Cup (1–0)
Grand Slam Cup (1–1)
ATP Masters Series (2–1)
ATP Championship Series (3–3)
ATP World Series (10–6)
Titles by Surface
Hard (4–4)
Grass (4–1)
Clay (3–5)
Carpet (7–3)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 5 March 1990 Memphis, US Hard Wally Masur 6–7(5–7), 6–4, 7–6(7–1)
Runner-up 1. 7 January 1991 Adelaide, Australia Hard Nicklas Kulti 3–6, 6–1, 2–6
Runner-up 2. 14 January 1991 Sydney, Australia Hard Guy Forget 3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 3. 25 February 1991 Memphis, US Hard (i) Ivan Lendl 5–7, 3–6
Winner 2. 8 July 1991 Wimbledon, London, UK Grass Boris Becker 6–4, 7–6(7–4), 6–4
Winner 3. 22 July 1991 Stuttgart Outdoor, Germany Clay Alberto Mancini 1–6, 7–6(11–9), 6–4, 6–2
Winner 4. 26 August 1991 Schenectady, US Hard Emilio Sánchez 6–2, 6–4
Winner 5. 21 October 1991 Vienna, Austria Carpet Jan Siemerink 6–4, 6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 4. 11 May 1992 Hamburg, Germany Clay Stefan Edberg 7–5, 4–6, 1–6
Winner 6. 15 June 1992 Rosmalen, Netherlands Grass Jonathan Stark 6–4, 7–5
Winner 7. 14 December 1992 Grand Slam Cup, Munich, Germany Carpet Michael Chang 6–2, 6–3, 6–2
Winner 8. 22 February 1993 Stuttgart, Germany Carpet Richard Krajicek 4–6, 7–5, 7–6(7–4), 3–6, 7–5
Runner-up 5. 3 May 1993 Munich, Germany Clay Ivan Lendl 6–7(2–7), 3–6
Winner 9. 10 May 1993 Hamburg, Germany Clay Andrei Chesnokov 6–3, 6–7(1–7), 7–6(9–7), 6–4
Winner 10. 14 June 1993 London (Queen's Club), UK Grass Wayne Ferreira 6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 6. 26 July 1993 Stuttgart, Germany Clay Magnus Gustafsson 3–6, 4–6, 6–3, 6–4, 4–6
Winner 11. 12 August 1993 Basel, Switzerland Hard Stefan Edberg 6–4, 6–7(5–7), 6–3, 6–2
Winner 12. 1 November 1993 Stockholm, Sweden Carpet Goran Ivanišević 4–6, 7–6(8–6), 7–6(7–3), 6–2
Winner 13. 22 November 1993 Tennis Masters Cup, Frankfurt, Germany Carpet Pete Sampras 7–6(7–3), 2–6, 7–6(9–7), 6–2
Runner-up 7. 13 December 1993 Grand Slam Cup, Munich, Germany Carpet Petr Korda 6–2, 4–6, 6–7(5–7), 6–2, 9–11
Winner 14. 28 February 1994 Rotterdam, Netherlands Carpet Wayne Ferreira 4–6, 6–3, 6–0
Winner 15. 2 May 1994 Munich, Germany Clay Petr Korda 6–2, 2–6, 6–3
Winner 16. 20 June 1994 Halle, Germany Grass Magnus Larsson 6–4, 4–6, 6–3
Runner-up 8. 12 September 1994 US Open, New York City Hard Andre Agassi 1–6, 6–7(5–7), 5–7
Runner-up 9. 24 October 1994 Vienna, Austria Carpet Andre Agassi 6–7(4–7), 6–4, 2–6, 3–6
Runner-up 10. 27 February 1995 Stuttgart, Germany Carpet Richard Krajicek 6–7(4–7), 3–6, 7–6(8–6), 6–1, 3–6
Runner-up 11. 8 May 1995 Munich, Germany Clay Wayne Ferreira 5–7, 6–7(6–8)
Runner-up 12. 26 June 1995 Halle, Germany Grass Marc Rosset 6–3, 6–7(11–13), 6–7(8–10)
Winner 17. 7 August 1995 Los Angeles, US Hard Thomas Enqvist 6–7(7–9), 7–6(7–4), 6–2
Winner 18. 26 February 1996 Antwerp, Belgium Carpet Goran Ivanišević 6–3, 6–2, 7–6(7–5)
Runner-up 13. 10 June 1996 French Open, Paris, France Clay Yevgeny Kafelnikov 6–7(4–7), 5–7, 6–7(4–7)

Doubles: 16 (10–6)

Legend
Grand Slam (1–0)
Tennis Masters Cup (0–0)
Olympic Gold Medal (1–0)
ATP Masters Series (1–2)
ATP Championship Series (1–1)
ATP World Series (6–3)
Titles by Surface
Hard (3–2)
Grass (3–1)
Clay (3–2)
Carpet (1–1)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 9 October 1989 Basel, Switzerland Hard (i) Udo Riglewski Omar Camporese
Claudio Mezzadri
6–3, 4–6, 6–0
Runner-up 1. 26 February 1990 Memphis, US Hard (i) Udo Riglewski Darren Cahill
Mark Kratzmann
5–7, 2–6
Runner-up 2. 7 May 1990 Hamburg, Germany Clay Udo Riglewski Sergi Bruguera
Jim Courier
6–7, 2–6
Winner 2. 17 May 1990 Munich, Germany Clay Udo Riglewski Petr Korda
Tomáš Šmíd
6–1, 6–4
Winner 3. 18 June 1990 Rosmalen, Netherlands Grass Jakob Hlasek Jim Grabb
John McEnroe
7–6, 6–3
Runner-up 3. 20 August 1990 Long Island, US Hard Udo Riglewski Guy Forget
Jakob Hlasek
6–2, 3–6, 4–6
Winner 4. 22 October 1990 Vienna, Austria Carpet Udo Riglewski Jorge Lozano
Todd Witsken
6–4, 6–4
Winner 5. 9 January 1991 Memphis, US Hard (i) Udo Riglewski John Fitzgerald
Laurie Warder
7–5, 6–3
Runner-up 4. 11 February 1991 Philadelphia, US Carpet Udo Riglewski Rick Leach
Jim Pugh
4–6, 4–6
Winner 6. 27 April 1992 Monte Carlo, Monaco Clay Boris Becker Petr Korda
Karel Nováček
6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 5. 4 May 1992 Hamburg, Germany Clay Carl-Uwe Steeb Sergio Casal
Emilio Sánchez
7–5, 4–6, 3–6
Runner-up 6. 8 June 1992 Rosmalen, Netherlands Grass John McEnroe Jim Grabb
Richey Reneberg
4–6, 7–6, 4–6
Winner 7. 6 July 1992 Wimbledon, London Grass John McEnroe Jim Grabb
Richey Reneberg
5–7, 7–6, 3–6, 7–6, 19–17
Winner 8. 3 August 1992 Summer Olympics, Barcelona Clay Boris Becker Wayne Ferreira
Piet Norval
7–6, 4–6, 7–6, 6–3
Winner 9. 9 August 1993 Los Angeles, US Hard Wayne Ferreira Grant Connell
Scott Davis
7–6, 7–6
Winner 10. 16 June 1997 Halle, Germany Grass Karsten Braasch David Adams
Marius Barnard
7–6, 6–3

Singles performance timeline

Tournament 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 SR W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A A A 3R 3R QF SF 1R 3R A 2R 0 / 7 16–7
French Open A A 2R 2R SF 3R 4R 2R 4R F A 0 / 8 22–8
Wimbledon A A 1R 3R W QF QF 1R 1R 4R SF 1 / 9 25–8
US Open A A 1R 2R QF 2R 1R F 4R 2R A 0 / 8 15–8
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 1–3 6–4 17–3 11–4 12–4 7–4 8–4 10–3 6–2 1 / 32 78–31
ATP Masters Series
Indian Wells NME A SF SF 2R A 3R A A 0 / 4 8–4
Miami NME 2R 4R A 4R A 2R A A 0 / 4 5–4
Monte Carlo NME 1R A QF 2R 3R 2R A 2R 0 / 6 5–6
Rome NME A 1R 1R A QF A 2R A 0 / 4 4–3
Hamburg NME 1R SF F W SF 3R A 2R 1 / 7 18–6
Canada NME 2R A A A A QF A A 0 / 2 3–2
Cincinnati NME A A A QF SF SF A A 0 / 3 8–3
Stuttgart (Stockholm) NME A 2R 3R W QF A 2R A 1 / 5 9–4
Paris NME QF A 3R QF 2R A 1R A 0 / 5 6–5
Win–Loss N/A 5–5 10–5 11–6 16–5 13–5 7–6 2–3 2–2 2 / 40 66–37
Ranking 564 269 100 42 4 15 2 9 12 16 64

Notes

  1. ^ West Germany prior to 1990.

References

  1. ^ ATP World Tour Finals#Records
  2. ^ http://www.atpworldtour.com/Players/Head-To-Head.aspx?pId=S351&oId=S402

External links

Awards
Preceded by
Boris Becker
German Sportsman of the Year
1991
Succeeded by
Dieter Baumann
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