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Michael Stich
Michael Stich
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Country (sports)  Germany[notes 1]
Residence Elmshorn, Germany
Born (1968-10-18) 18 October 1968 (age 49)
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)
Grand Slam Cup W (1992)
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
Team competitions
Davis Cup W (1993)

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 in 1992, 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.

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[clarification needed] 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 Germany Boris Becker 6-4, 7-6(7-4), 6-4
Runner-up 1994 US Open Hard United States Andre Agassi 1-6, 6-7(5-7), 5-7
Runner-up 1996 French Open Clay Russia 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 United States John McEnroe United States Jim Grabb
United States 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 Germany Boris Becker South Africa Wayne Ferreira
South Africa 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 Sweden Stefan Edberg 7-5, 4-6, 1-6
Winner 1993 Hamburg Clay Russia Andrei Chesnokov 6-3, 6-7(1-7), 7-6(9-7), 6-4
Winner 1993 Stockholm Hard (i) Croatia Goran Ivani?evi? 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 Germany Udo Riglewski Spain Sergi Bruguera
United States Jim Courier
6-7, 2-6
Winner 1992 Monte Carlo Clay Germany Boris Becker Czechoslovakia Petr Korda
Czechoslovakia Karel Nová?ek
3-6, 6-1, 6-4
Runner-up 1992 Hamburg Clay Germany Carl-Uwe Steeb Spain Sergio Casal
Spain 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 Australia Wally Masur 6-7(5-7), 6-4, 7-6(7-1)
Runner-up 1. 7 January 1991 Adelaide, Australia Hard Sweden Nicklas Kulti 3-6, 6-1, 2-6
Runner-up 2. 14 January 1991 Sydney, Australia Hard France Guy Forget 3-6, 4-6
Runner-up 3. 25 February 1991 Memphis, US Hard (i) Czech Republic Ivan Lendl 5-7, 3-6
Winner 2. 8 July 1991 Wimbledon, London, UK Grass Germany Boris Becker 6-4, 7-6(7-4), 6-4
Winner 3. 22 July 1991 Stuttgart Outdoor, Germany Clay Argentina Alberto Mancini 1-6, 7-6(11-9), 6-4, 6-2
Winner 4. 26 August 1991 Schenectady, US Hard Spain Emilio Sánchez 6-2, 6-4
Winner 5. 21 October 1991 Vienna, Austria Carpet Netherlands Jan Siemerink 6-4, 6-4, 6-4
Runner-up 4. 11 May 1992 Hamburg, Germany Clay Sweden Stefan Edberg 7-5, 4-6, 1-6
Winner 6. 15 June 1992 Rosmalen, Netherlands Grass United States Jonathan Stark 6-4, 7-5
Winner 7. 14 December 1992 Grand Slam Cup, Munich, Germany Carpet United States Michael Chang 6-2, 6-3, 6-2
Winner 8. 22 February 1993 Stuttgart, Germany Carpet Netherlands Richard Krajicek 4-6, 7-5, 7-6(7-4), 3-6, 7-5
Runner-up 5. 3 May 1993 Munich, Germany Clay United States Ivan Lendl 6-7(2-7), 3-6
Winner 9. 10 May 1993 Hamburg, Germany Clay Russia 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 South Africa Wayne Ferreira 6-3, 6-4
Runner-up 6. 26 July 1993 Stuttgart, Germany Clay Sweden Magnus Gustafsson 3-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 4-6
Winner 11. 12 August 1993 Basel, Switzerland Hard Sweden Stefan Edberg 6-4, 6-7(5-7), 6-3, 6-2
Winner 12. 1 November 1993 Stockholm, Sweden Carpet Croatia Goran Ivani?evi? 4-6, 7-6(8-6), 7-6(7-3), 6-2
Winner 13. 22 November 1993 Tennis Masters Cup, Frankfurt, Germany Carpet United States 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 Czech Republic Petr Korda 6-2, 4-6, 6-7(5-7), 6-2, 9-11
Winner 14. 28 February 1994 Rotterdam, Netherlands Carpet South Africa Wayne Ferreira 4-6, 6-3, 6-0
Winner 15. 2 May 1994 Munich, Germany Clay Czech Republic Petr Korda 6-2, 2-6, 6-3
Winner 16. 20 June 1994 Halle, Germany Grass Sweden Magnus Larsson 6-4, 4-6, 6-3
Runner-up 8. 12 September 1994 US Open, New York City Hard United States Andre Agassi 1-6, 6-7(5-7), 5-7
Runner-up 9. 24 October 1994 Vienna, Austria Carpet United States Andre Agassi 6-7(4-7), 6-4, 2-6, 3-6
Runner-up 10. 27 February 1995 Stuttgart, Germany Carpet Netherlands 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 South Africa Wayne Ferreira 5-7, 6-7(6-8)
Runner-up 12. 26 June 1995 Halle, Germany Grass Switzerland Marc Rosset 6-3, 6-7(11-13), 6-7(8-10)
Winner 17. 7 August 1995 Los Angeles, US Hard Sweden Thomas Enqvist 6-7(7-9), 7-6(7-4), 6-2
Winner 18. 26 February 1996 Antwerp, Belgium Carpet Croatia Goran Ivani?evi? 6-3, 6-2, 7-6(7-5)
Runner-up 13. 10 June 1996 French Open, Paris, France Clay Russia 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) Germany Udo Riglewski Italy Omar Camporese
Switzerland Claudio Mezzadri
6-3, 4-6, 6-0
Runner-up 1. 26 February 1990 Memphis, US Hard (i) Germany Udo Riglewski Australia Darren Cahill
Australia Mark Kratzmann
5-7, 2-6
Runner-up 2. 7 May 1990 Hamburg, Germany Clay Germany Udo Riglewski Spain Sergi Bruguera
United States Jim Courier
6-7, 2-6
Winner 2. 17 May 1990 Munich, Germany Clay Germany Udo Riglewski Czech Republic Petr Korda
Czech Republic Tomá? ?míd
6-1, 6-4
Winner 3. 18 June 1990 Rosmalen, Netherlands Grass Switzerland Jakob Hlasek United States Jim Grabb
United States John McEnroe
7-6, 6-3
Runner-up 3. 20 August 1990 Long Island, US Hard Germany Udo Riglewski France Guy Forget
Switzerland Jakob Hlasek
6-2, 3-6, 4-6
Winner 4. 22 October 1990 Vienna, Austria Carpet Germany Udo Riglewski Mexico Jorge Lozano
United States Todd Witsken
6-4, 6-4
Winner 5. 9 January 1991 Memphis, US Hard (i) Germany Udo Riglewski Australia John Fitzgerald
Australia Laurie Warder
7-5, 6-3
Runner-up 4. 11 February 1991 Philadelphia, US Carpet Germany Udo Riglewski United States Rick Leach
United States Jim Pugh
4-6, 4-6
Winner 6. 27 April 1992 Monte Carlo, Monaco Clay Germany Boris Becker Czech Republic Petr Korda
Czech Republic Karel Nová?ek
6-4, 6-4
Runner-up 5. 4 May 1992 Hamburg, Germany Clay Germany Carl-Uwe Steeb Spain Sergio Casal
Spain Emilio Sánchez
7-5, 4-6, 3-6
Runner-up 6. 8 June 1992 Rosmalen, Netherlands Grass United States John McEnroe United States Jim Grabb
United States Richey Reneberg
4-6, 7-6, 4-6
Winner 7. 6 July 1992 Wimbledon, London Grass United States John McEnroe United States Jim Grabb
United States Richey Reneberg
5-7, 7-6, 3-6, 7-6, 19-17
Winner 8. 3 August 1992 Summer Olympics, Barcelona Clay Germany Boris Becker South Africa Wayne Ferreira
South Africa Piet Norval
7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 6-3
Winner 9. 9 August 1993 Los Angeles, US Hard South Africa Wayne Ferreira Canada Grant Connell
United States Scott Davis
7-6, 7-6
Winner 10. 16 June 1997 Halle, Germany Grass Germany Karsten Braasch South Africa David Adams
South Africa 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
Year-End Championship
ATP Finals Did Not Qualify RR DNQ W Did Not Qualify 1 / 2 5-3
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

Top 10 wins

Season 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 Total
Wins 0 0 0 1 7 6 14 3 6 2 0 39
# Player Rank Event Surface Rd Score
1990
1. United States Brad Gilbert 9 Paris, France Carpet (i) 3R 6-4, 6-4
1991
2. Sweden Stefan Edberg 1 Hamburg, Germany Clay QF 6-2, 7-6(7-4)
3. Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Goran Ivani?evi? 8 World Team Cup, Düsseldorf, Germany Clay RR 6-3, 6-4
4. United States Jim Courier 4 Wimbledon, London, United Kingdom Grass QF 6-3, 7-6(7-2), 6-2
5. Sweden Stefan Edberg 1 Wimbledon, London, United Kingdom Grass SF 4-6, 7-6(7-5), 7-6(7-5), 7-6(7-2)
6. Germany Boris Becker 2 Wimbledon, London, United Kingdom Grass F 6-4, 7-6(7-4), 6-4
7. United States Jim Courier 3 Davis Cup, Kansas City, United States Clay (i) RR 6-4, 7-5, 6-4
8. France Guy Forget 7 Grand Slam Cup, Munich, Germany Carpet (i) QF 7-6(10-8), 6-4
1992
9. Germany Boris Becker 4 Hamburg, Germany Clay SF 6-1, 6-1
10. United States Pete Sampras 3 World Team Cup, Düsseldorf, Germany Clay RR 6-7(6-8), 6-2, 6-4
11. Sweden Stefan Edberg 2 Grand Slam Cup, Munich, Germany Carpet (i) 1R 7-6(7-4), 6-7(4-7), 8-6
12. Netherlands Richard Krajicek 10 Grand Slam Cup, Munich, Germany Carpet (i) QF 7-6(7-4), 7-5
13. United States Pete Sampras 3 Grand Slam Cup, Munich, Germany Carpet (i) SF 7-6(7-3), 7-6(7-5), 3-6, 7-6(7-2)
14. United States Michael Chang 6 Grand Slam Cup, Munich, Germany Carpet (i) F 6-2, 6-3, 6-2
1993
15. United States Ivan Lendl 7 Hamburg, Germany Clay QF 6-3, 6-2
16. Sweden Stefan Edberg 3 World Team Cup, Düsseldorf, Germany Clay RR 6-2, 6-0
17. Germany Boris Becker 4 Queen's Club, London, United Kingdom Grass QF 6-4, 7-6(7-2)
18. Czechoslovakia Petr Korda 10 Wimbledon, London, United Kingdom Grass 4R 7-6(7-4), 6-4, 7-6(7-3)
19. Sweden Stefan Edberg 5 Davis Cup, Borlänge, Sweden Clay (i) RR 6-1, 6-1
20. Sweden Stefan Edberg 5 Basel, Switzerland Hard (i) F 6-4, 6-7(5-7), 6-3, 6-2
21. Sweden Stefan Edberg 6 Stockholm, Sweden Carpet (i) QF 1-6, 6-2, 6-4
22. Croatia Goran Ivani?evi? 10 Stockholm, Sweden Carpet (i) F 4-6, 7-6(8-6), 7-6(7-3), 6-2
23. Ukraine Andriy Medvedev 6 Carpet (i) RR 6-3, 6-4
24. United States Michael Chang 7 Carpet (i) RR 4-6, 7-6(7-3), 6-2
25. United States Jim Courier 2 Carpet (i) RR 7-5, 6-4
26. Croatia Goran Ivani?evi? 8 Carpet (i) SF 7-6(7-2), 7-6(12-10)
27. United States Pete Sampras 1 Carpet (i) F 7-6(7-3), 2-6, 7-6(9-7), 6-2
28. Sweden Stefan Edberg 5 Grand Slam Cup, Munich, Germany Carpet (i) SF 2-6, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3, 6-1
1994
29. United States Pete Sampras 1 World Team Cup, Düsseldorf, Germany Clay RR 3-6, 7-6(9-7), 6-2
30. Spain Sergi Bruguera 6 World Team Cup, Düsseldorf, Germany Clay F 2-6, 6-4, 6-3
31. Spain Sergi Bruguera 4 Davis Cup, Halle, Germany Grass RR 7-6(7-4), 5-7, 7-5, 6-2
1995
32. Croatia Goran Ivani?evi? 5 Davis Cup, Karlsruhe, Germany Hard (i) RR 7-6(7-3), 4-6, 6-1, 6-4
33. Germany Boris Becker 3 Stuttgart, Germany Carpet (i) SF 6-0, 6-3
34. Netherlands Richard Krajicek 10 Davis Cup, Utrecht, Netherlands Hard (i) RR 3-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4
35. Sweden Magnus Larsson 10 World Team Cup, Düsseldorf, Germany Clay RR 7-5, 7-6(7-5)
36. United States Pete Sampras 2 Cincinnati, United States Hard QF 6-7(5-7), 7-6(7-3), 6-1
37. Russia Yevgeny Kafelnikov 6 Davis Cup, Moscow, Russia Clay (i) RR 6-1, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
1996
38. Croatia Goran Ivani?evi? 9 Antwerp, Belgium Carpet (i) F 6-3, 6-2, 7-6(7-5)
39. Austria Thomas Muster 2 French Open, Paris, France Clay 4R 4-6, 6-4, 6-1, 7-6(7-1)

Notes

  1. ^ West Germany prior to 1990.

References

  1. ^ ATP World Tour Finals#Records
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on February 27, 2015. Retrieved . 

External links

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

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