Radek Štěpánek

Radek Štěpánek
Radek Stepanek 2009 US Open.jpg
Country (sports) Czech Republic
ResidenceMonte Carlo, Monaco
Born(1978-11-27) 27 November 1978 (age 39)
Karviná, Czechoslovakia
(now Czech Republic)
Height1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Turned pro1996
Retired2017
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize moneyUS$11,343,464
Singles
Career record384–302 (55.98%) (ATP and Grand Slam level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles5
Highest rankingNo. 8 (10 July 2006)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open3R (2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2013)
French Open4R (2008)
WimbledonQF (2006)
US Open4R (2009)
Other tournaments
Tour FinalsRR (2008)
Olympic Games1R (2008, 2012)
Doubles
Career record313–197 (61.37%) (ATP and Grand Slam level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles18
Highest rankingNo. 4 (12 November 2012)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenW (2012)
French OpenSF (2007)
WimbledonSF (2013, 2014)
US OpenW (2013)
Other doubles tournaments
Tour FinalsSF (2012)
Mixed doubles
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open1R (2017)
Wimbledon3R (2016)
Team competitions
Davis CupW (2012, 2013)
Coaching career (2018–)
Last updated on: 27 November 2017.

Radek Štěpánek (Czech pronunciation: [ˈradɛk ˈʃcɛpaːnɛk]; born 27 November 1978) is a retired professional tennis player from the Czech Republic. His career-high singles ranking was world No. 8 and best doubles ranking was world No. 4. Štěpánek's biggest achievements are reaching two Masters 1000 event finals and the quarterfinals of Wimbledon in 2006, as well as winning the deciding match for Czech Republic's Davis Cup winning team in 2012 and again in 2013. In doubles, he won his first Grand Slam title at the 2012 Australian Open, along with Indian partner Leander Paes, defeating the Bryan Brothers in the final. Paes and Štěpánek also won the men's doubles title at the 2013 US Open, defeating Bruno Soares and Alexander Peya in the final. He became a coach of Novak Djokovic in November 2017.

Early life

Born in Karviná, Moravia-Silesia, Štěpánek began playing tennis at age three with his father Vlastimil, who was a tennis coach.[1] Štěpánek's brother is a policeman and his mother a librarian.[2] His cousin is Jaromír Blažek, who represented the Czech Republic as a football goalkeeper.[3] Štěpánek grew up admiring Czech tennis player Ivan Lendl, particularly noting "he was the one who brought professionalism to the sport with his conditioning."[4]

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