- Stefan Koubek
Infobox Tennis player
playername= Stefan Koubek
January 2, 1977
weight= convert|68|kg|lb st|abbr=on|lk=on
plays= Left-handed; two-handed backhand
highestsinglesranking= No.20 (
March 13, 2000)
AustralianOpenresult= QF (2002)
FrenchOpenresult= 4R (1999)
Wimbledonresult= 2R (2000, 2002 - 2004)
USOpenresult= 3R (2004, 2007)
highestdoublesranking= No.94 (
July 23, 2007)
Stefan Koubek (born
January 2, 1977in Klagenfurt) is a tennis playerfrom Austria. Koubek is left-handed, and plays with a two-handed backhand. His idol when growing up was Thomas Muster. Koubek has won three titles, two of which have come on hardcourts; despite this, he says his favorite surface is clay. cite news
title = Stefan Koubek profile
url = http://www.atptennis.com/5/en/players/playerprofiles/highlights.asp?playernumber=K310
publisher = ATP
His nickname is "Cooley" or "Stef". Koubek's hobbies include sports cars, video games, golf and skiing.
Koubek turned professional in 1994, losing his first match in
St Pölten. Between 1994 and 1998, Koubek mostly played in ATP Futures and ATP Challenger Seriesevents.
In 1997 he jumped up 184 positions in the rankings, thanks to good results in Challenger tournaments, reaching finals in
Ulmand Alpirsbach. 1998 saw Koubek win his first Challengerevent in Alpirsbach; later that same year he lost to Younes El Aynaouiin the final of Maia. Koubek compiled a 33-20 record for the year.
Koubek won his first ATP title in 1999 at
Atlantaas a qualifier. He achieved this losing only one set in the whole tournament, overcoming Sebastien Grosjeanin the final 6–1 6–2. Koubek reached the fourth round in his French Opendebut, losing to Alex Corretja; to date this is his best performance at this event. Koubek made the final of Bournemouth, losing to Adrian Voinea, and helped his country Austriaback into the World Group of Davis Cupby defeating Sweden3–2 in a promotion tie. Koubek was second only to Albert Costain wins on clay during the 1999 season, with 28 match victories.
In 2000 Koubek won his second title on the hardcourts at
Delray Beach, defeating Alex Calatrava. He reached the semi finals at Mexico City, losing to Juan Ignacio Chela. He reached his highest singles rank to date on March 13, 2000, when he became the world number 20.
Koubek started off 2002 with his best ever performance at a Grand Slam tournament by making the quarter finals of the
Australian Open. In the first round, Koubek came back from a 0–6 1–6 1–4 15-40 deficit to eventually defeat Cyril Saulnier, 0–6 1–6 7–6(6) 6–4 8–6. In the next round he again came back from two sets to love down against James Blake, winning in 5 sets. Koubek then defeated Kristian Plessin the third round, and Fernando Gonzalezin the fourth, before losing to Jiří Novákin the quarterfinals.
In the remainder of 2002, Koubek’s best result was a quarterfinal appearance at the
Hamburg Masters, losing to Tommy Robredo. Koubek then finished the year with seven consecutive first round losses.
Koubek rebounded in 2003 by winning his third career title in
Doha. Koubek won the tournament without dropping a set, defeating Jan-Michael Gambillin the final, and briefly holding the top spot in the ATP Champions Race. Koubek's form remained inconsistent, again losing seven consecutive first-round matches after his victory in Doha, before making the semi-finals in Munich, where he lost to Roger Federer. In Davis Cup, Koubek defeated the Belgian brothers Christophe and Olivier Rochusto help return Austriato the World Group.
Koubek made the third round at the 2004 French Open before losing to
David Nalbandian. In Thomas Muster’s debut as Davis Cupcaptain, Koubek was instrumental in preserving Austria’s status in the World Group, winning both singles matches over Tim Henmanand Greg Rusedski.
Koubek tested positive for
glucocorticosteroidsat the 2004 French Openafter receiving an injection for an injured wrist; he was subsequently suspended for three months. The ITF rejected Koubek's appeal of the suspension, though acknowledging that Koubek had not used the drugs to enhance performance. cite news
title = Koubek suspended after drugs test
url = http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/4118263.stm
accessdate =] Koubek forfeited his points and prize money from Roland Garros, though his results subsequent to Roland Garros were not disqualified. cite news
title = Decision in the Case of Stefan Koubek
url = http://www.itftennis.com/antidoping/news/newsarticle.asp?id=15948
International Tennis Federation
As a result of injuries and his suspension, Koubek struggled in 2005, and his ranking fell outside the top 100. Koubek spent most of the year playing events on the Challenger circuit. His best results on the tour were a third round in
Kitzbühel, losing to Nicolas Massu, and a semifinal in the HelsinkiChallenger, where he lost to Björn Rehnquist.
At the start of 2006, Koubek was ranked 182nd in the world. Koubek played a mixture of Challengers and ATP events during the year; as a qualifier, Koubek made the final of the ATP event in
Zagreb, losing in straight sets to local favourite Ivan Ljubičić. Koubek reached the third round in Stuttgartand the Generali Open, and the semifinals in Mumbai. He finished the year ranked number 80. In doubles Koubek won his first title at the Generali Openwith Philipp Kohlschreiber.
Koubek finished the 2007 season ranked in the top 50. The year began 2007 by making the final in
Chennai, losing to Xavier Malisse. At the Australian Open, he was knocked out in the first round by Wayne Arthurs, in Arthurs' final Australian Open appearance; Koubek lost the match despite leading two sets to love. He played in Austria's first-round defeat in Davis Cup, losing 4–1 to Argentinain Linz. In SopotKoubek came back from a 6–0 4–0 deficit to defeat Agustin Calleri0–6 7–6 7–5, where Calleri served for the match three times and saved 5 match points in the process, which broke a streak 21 consecutive games lost after losing 6–4 6–0 to Daniel Koellererin Kitzbuhel. Koubek was disqualified in Metzagainst Sebastien Grosjeanwhile leading 5–7 7–6 4–2 after using abusive language to the tournament supervisor Tomas Karlberg while disputing a call. Koubek said he directed the “Fuck you” at the situation and not at Karlsberg personally. cite news
title = Die Disqualifikation war einfach nur lächerlich.
url = http://www.tennisfabrik.at/view.php?id=8924 (German)
Koubek started 2008 by making the third round at the
Australian Openbefore falling to Paul-Henri Mathieuin 5 sets, a match in which he lead a break of serve in each set, but was not able to close the match out. In March Koubek suffered back problems and will have surgery to alleviate bulging discs, which is a potentially career threatening injury. cite news
title = Bandscheiben stoppen Koubek.
url = http://sport.orf.at/080513-5624/?href=http%3A%2F%2Fsport.orf.at%2F080513-5624%2F5625bigstory_txt.html (German)
Kitzbühel, with Philipp Kohlschreiber
* [http://steveghelper.com/MatchResults.php?players=Koubek&weeks=12 Koubek Recent Match Results]
* [http://steveghelper.com/RankingHistory.php?player=Koubek Koubek World Ranking History]
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