Jan Kodeš

Jan Kodeš
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Country (sports) Czechoslovakia
ResidencePrague, Czech Republic
Born (1946-03-01) 1 March 1946 (age 72)
Prague, Czechoslovakia
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Turned pro1968 (amateur tour from 1966)
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize moneyUS$693,197
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Career record427–250 (63.07%)
Career titles11
Highest rankingNo. 5 (13 September 1973)
Grand Slam Singles results
French OpenW (1970, 1971)
WimbledonW (1973)
US OpenF (1971, 1973)
Other tournaments
Tour FinalsRR (1970, 1971, 1972, 1973)
WCT FinalsSF (1974)
Career record313-183
Career titles17
Highest rankingNo. 12 (21 May 1979)

Jan Kodeš (born 1 March 1946) is a Czech former tennis player who won three Grand Slam singles events in the early 1970s.

Kodeš's greatest success was achieved on the clay courts of the French Open played at the Stade Roland Garros. He won the singles title there in 1970, beating Željko Franulović in the final in straight sets, and again in 1971, this time defeating Ilie Năstase in the final in four sets. He also won Wimbledon on grass in 1973, although 13 of the top 16 players, and 81 players in total, did not play the tournament[1] that year because of a boycott over the banning from Wimbledon of Nikola Pilić by the International Lawn Tennis Federation (ILTF). Kodeš beat home favorite Roger Taylor in the semifinals in five sets and Alex Metreveli in the final in three straight sets.[2][3]

Kodeš never played the Australian Open but he was twice the runner-up at the US Open, in 1971, losing to Stan Smith, and 1973 when he lost in five sets to John Newcombe.[4][3]

Kodeš reached his highest tour ranking of World No. 5 in September 1973.[3] During his career, he won a total of eight top-level singles titles and 17 doubles titles.

He was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1990. In 2013 he received the Czech fair play award from the Czech Olympic Committee. He is an economics graduate of the Prague University.[3]

Career statistics

Grand Slam tournament performance timeline

Tournament 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 SR W–L Win %
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open Absent 0 / 0 0–0
French Open 2R 4R 1R[a] 4R W W QF QF 4R 4R 3R 4R 3R 2 / 13 41–10 80.39
Wimbledon 1R 1R1 1R 2R 1R 1R SF W QF 2R A 1R 1R 1 / 12 18–11 62.07
US Open A A A 2R A F 2R F 4R 4R QF 3R A 0 / 8 26–8 76.47
Win–Loss 1–2 3–2 0–1 5–3 7–1 13–2 9–3 17–2 10–3 7–3 6–2 5–3 2–2 3 / 33 85–29 74.56

1 Start of the Open Era.
a 1968 French Open counts as 0 wins, 0 losses. Fernando Gentil received a walkover in the first round, after Kodeš withdrew, does not count as a Kodeš loss (nor a Gentil win).

Finals: 5 (3 titles, 2 runners-up)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Winner 1970 French Open (1) Clay Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Željko Franulović 6–2, 6–4, 6–0
Winner 1971 French Open (2) Clay Romania Ilie Năstase 8–6, 6–2, 2–6, 7–5
Runner-up 1971 US Open (1) Grass United States Stan Smith 6–3, 3–6, 2–6, 6–7(3–5)
Winner 1973 Wimbledon Grass Soviet Union Alex Metreveli 6–1, 9–8(7–5), 6–3
Runner-up 1973 US Open (2) Grass Australia John Newcombe 4–6, 6–1, 6–4, 2–6, 3–6
Other Languages
العربية: يان كودس
català: Jan Kodes
čeština: Jan Kodeš
Deutsch: Jan Kodeš
Ελληνικά: Γιαν Κόντες
español: Jan Kodeš
فارسی: جان کودش
français: Jan Kodeš
हिन्दी: जान कोड्स
italiano: Jan Kodeš
עברית: יאן קודש
magyar: Jan Kodeš
Nederlands: Jan Kodeš
norsk: Jan Kodeš
Plattdüütsch: Jan Kodeš
polski: Jan Kodeš
português: Jan Kodeš
română: Jan Kodeš
русский: Кодеш, Ян
Scots: Jan Kodeš
slovenčina: Jan Kodeš
slovenščina: Jan Kodeš
српски / srpski: Јан Кодеш
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Jan Kodeš
suomi: Jan Kodeš
svenska: Jan Kodeš
українська: Ян Кодеш
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