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Julian Knowle

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Julian Knowle
File:Knowle RG13 (5) (9380200314).jpg
Country 23x15px Austria
Residence Hard, Austria
Born (1974-04-29) 29 April 1974 (age 46)
Lauterach, Austria
Height Script error: No such module "convert".
Turned pro 1992
Plays Left-handed (two-handed both sides)
Prize money $2,753,430
Singles
Career record 10–33
Career titles 0
4 Challengers, 5 Futures</td></tr>
Highest ranking No. 86 (15 July 2002)</td></tr>
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 2R (2003)</td></tr>
French Open 1R (2002)</td></tr>
Wimbledon 3R (2002)</td></tr>
US Open 1R (2002)</td></tr>
Doubles
Career record 367-319</td></tr>
Career titles 18</td></tr>
Highest ranking No. 6 (7 January 2008)</td></tr>
Current ranking No. 40 (17 November 2014)</td></tr>
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 3R (2006, 2007)</td></tr>
French Open SF (2010)</td></tr>
Wimbledon F (2004)</td></tr>
US Open W (2007)</td></tr>
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open QF (2007)</td></tr>
French Open F (2010)</td></tr>
Wimbledon QF (2010)</td></tr>
US Open 2R (2006, 2010)</td></tr>

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Julian Knowle (born 29 April 1974) is an Austrian male professional tennis player. Being a born left-hander, Knowle is now one of the few on the ATP Tour who plays his forehand, backhand, and even volleys double-handed. He was Austria's most successful doubles player in history by reaching world no. 6 in the ATP doubles rankings in January 2008, before being matched by Jürgen Melzer, who reached no. 6 in September 2010, and overtaken by Alexander Peya, who reached no. 3 in August 2013.

Tennis career

Knowle was a successful player on the ATP Challenger Series, winning the Challenger tournaments in Kyoto (1999), Caracas (2001), Graz (2001)n and Andrezieux (2002)n and reaching the finals in Yokohama (2000), Bristol (2000), Besançon (2000)n and Graz (2003). He also won several Futures tournaments. Knowle's best ATP singles ranking was world mo. 86 in July 2002. His final appearance in the main draw of a singles tournament was in the Graz Challenger in 2005 where he reached the quarterfinals.

2004

Knowle reached his first of two Grand Slam finals at Wimbledon in 2004 with Nenad Zimonjić of Serbia. Eventually, the team was defeated in four sets by Jonas Björkman and Todd Woodbridge. The only Austrian to reach a final at Wimbledon before was Georg von Metaxa in doubles in 1938, where he too lost.

2005-2006

In 2005 Knowle teamed up with Czech Petr Pála for several months without being able to continue his successful run with Zimonjić. This changed when he formed a team with fellow Austrian player and left-hander Jürgen Melzer, joining him throughout most of 2005 and 2006. Together, they won two tournaments in doubles and reached another five finals.

2007

Following Melzer's hand injury in early 2007, Knowle found a new partner in Simon Aspelin of Sweden.

At the 2007 US Open, seeded tenth with Aspelin, Knowle achieved the greatest triumph of his career by winning the tournament, his first Grand Slam. In the first two rounds, they won over Kubot/Skoch and got a walkover over Calleri/Horna. They went on to upset eighth seeds Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram (who would go on to win the 2008 Australian Open men's doubles) in the third round. In the quarterfinals, they shocked the top seeds Bob and Mike Bryan, having lost to them only weeks before. In the semifinals, they held off unseeded Julien Benneteau and Nicolas Mahut, 7–6(2), 1–6, 6–3, before winning the final 7–5, 6–4 over the ninth seeds, Pavel Vízner and Lukáš Dlouhý. They had previously won three tournaments together. This win put them into the no. 5 position in the ATP Doubles Race, and also gave Knowle his first top-10 ranking in doubles.

Knowle was the second of so-far three Austrian tennis players to win a Grand Slam tournament (the first in doubles). The first Austrian to win a Grand Slam tournament was Thomas Muster at the 1995 French Open; the third was Jürgen Melzer, who won the 2010 Wimbledon Championships – Men's Doubles and later the 2011 US Open – Men's Doubles with his German partner Philipp Petzschner.

Their excellent first year as a team enabled Knowle and Aspelin to participate in the Tennis Masters Cup in Shanghai, China for the first time. They surprisingly made it all the way to the final, beating Pavel Vízner and Lukáš Dlouhý, Arnaud Clément and Michaël Llodra, and finally Martin Damm and Leander Paes, before eventually falling in straight sets to Mark Knowles and Daniel Nestor 2–6, 3–6.

Their first Masters Cup participation put the duo into the no. 3 spot of the ATP Doubles Race for the first time.

In December 2007, Knowle suffered acute hearing loss.

2008

Knowle and Aspelin were not able to continue their successful 2007 run, reaching five semifinals together in the 2008 season and reaching the third round of the French Open as their best Grand Slam result.

With Jürgen Melzer, Knowle participated at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. They defeated the German duo of Nicolas Kiefer and Rainer Schüttler in three sets in the first round, before being knocked out of the tournament by Bob and Mike Bryan, 6-7(2), 4-6.

2009

Starting early 2009, Knowle formed a team with fellow Austrian Jürgen Melzer once more, though occasionally also teaming with other players. Knowle and Melzer enjoyed little success on the tour in the first half of 2009, before their performance improved significantly in the later weeks, winning titles in New Haven and Tokyo and reaching another final in Vienna. Unfortunately, their success came too late in the year for them to qualify for the Masters Cup.

2010

In 2010, Knowle played the first months of the year with Sweden's Robert Lindstedt. Together, they reached the doubles final in Marseille, where they lost in straight sets. Due to little success on the tour together, Knowle and Lindstedt parted ways, with Knowle teaming with Andy Ram from Israel. Their best performance came at the French Open, where they surprisingly reached the semifinals.

2011

Knowle's 2011 season was plagued by numerous injuries. Following a groin injury, he teamed up once more with Simon Aspelin, but they had little success. A torn muscle fascicle in April ended their partnership, forcing Knowle to pause for six weeks. His planned return to the tour failed, when a partially torn tendon prevented his participattion in the French Open to defend his semifinal success from the previous year.

2012

After dropping out of the top 80 of doubles players in late 2011 for the first time in 10 years, Knowle slowly made his way back to the top 50 in 2012, teaming with several different partners, including Michael Kohlmann, Paul Hanley, František Čermák, and Filip Polášek. He reached the doubles final in Estoril with David Marrero and won the Kitzbühel tournament with Cermak, claiming his first title since Tokyo in 2009. He also reached the quarterfinals at Wimbledon with Daniele Bracciali, and did the same at the US Open with Polášek.

At the Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur, Knowle made a surprise return to singles competition, surviving three qualifying rounds (including a first-round bye) to become the oldest player to ever qualify for an ATP tournament at age 38. He lost in the first round to Albert Ramos in straight sets.

2013

In April, Knowle won the Grand Prix Hassan II in Casablanca with Filip Polášek, winning the final over the German team of Dustin Brown and Christopher Kas.

ATP career finals

Doubles: 41 (18–23)

Legend
Grand Slam (1–1)
Tennis Masters Cup (0–1)
ATP Masters Series (0–0)
ATP International Series Gold (1–3)
ATP Tour (16–18)
Titles by Surface
Hard (8–14)
Clay (7–6)
Grass (2–2)
Carpet (1–1)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 18 February 2002 Copenhagen, Denmark Hard (i) 23x15px Michael Kohlmann 23x15px Jiří Novák
23x15px Radek Štěpánek
7–6(10–8), 7–5
Runner-up 1. 6 May 2002 Mallorca, Spain Clay 23x15px Michael Kohlmann Template:Country data IND Mahesh Bhupathi
Template:Country data IND Leander Paes
2–6, 4–6
Winner 2. 22 July 2002 Umag, Croatia Clay 23x15px František Čermák 23x15px Albert Portas
23x15px Fernando Vicente
6–4, 6–4
Winner 3. 6 January 2003 Chennai, India Hard 23x15px Michael Kohlmann 23x15px František Čermák
23x15px Leoš Friedl
7–6(7–1), 7–6(7–3)
Runner-up 2. 3 March 2003 Copenhagen, Denmark Hard (i) 23x15px Michael Kohlmann 23x15px Tomáš Cibulec
23x15px Pavel Vízner
5–7, 7–5, 2–6
Runner-up 3. 14 July 2003 Newport, United States Grass 23x15px Jürgen Melzer 23x15px Jordan Kerr
23x15px David Macpherson
6–7(4–7), 3–6
Winner 4. 27 October 2003 St. Petersburg, Russia Hard (i) 23x15px Nenad Zimonjić 23x15px Michael Kohlmann
23x15px Rainer Schüttler
7–6(7–1), 6–3
Runner-up 4. 3 May 2004 Munich, Germany Clay 23x15px Nenad Zimonjić 23x15px James Blake
23x15px Mark Merklein
2–6, 4–6
Runner-up 5. 5 July 2004 London, Great Britain Grass 23x15px Nenad Zimonjić 23x15px Jonas Björkman
23x15px Todd Woodbridge
1–6, 4–6, 6–4, 4–6
Winner 5. 2 May 2005 Munich, Germany Clay 23x15px Mario Ančić 23x15px Florian Mayer
23x15px Alexander Waske
6–3, 1–6, 6–3
Winner 6. 31 October 2005 St. Petersburg, Russia Carpet 23x15px Jürgen Melzer 23x15px Jonas Björkman
23x15px Max Mirnyi
4–6, 7–5, 7–5
Runner-up 6. 17 April 2006 Houston, United States Clay 23x15px Jürgen Melzer 23x15px Michael Kohlmann
23x15px Alexander Waske
7–5, 4–6, [5–10]
Winner 7. 1 May 2006 Casablanca, Morocco Clay 23x15px Jürgen Melzer 23x15px Michael Kohlmann
23x15px Alexander Waske
6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 7. 9 October 2006 Metz, France Hard (i) 23x15px Jürgen Melzer 23x15px Richard Gasquet
23x15px Fabrice Santoro
6–3, 1–6, [9–11]
Runner-up 8. 16 October 2006 Vienna, Austria Hard (i) 23x15px Jürgen Melzer 23x15px Petr Pála
23x15px Pavel Vízner
4–6, 6–3, [10–12]
Runner-up 9. 30 October 2006 St. Petersburg, Russia Carpet 23x15px Jürgen Melzer 23x15px Simon Aspelin
23x15px Todd Perry
1–6, 6–7(3–7)
Runner-up 10. 26 February 2007 Memphis, United States Hard (i) 23x15px Jürgen Melzer 23x15px Eric Butorac
23x15px Jamie Murray
5–7, 3–6
Winner 8. 28 May 2007 Pörtschach, Austria Clay 23x15px Simon Aspelin 23x15px Leoš Friedl
23x15px David Škoch
7–6(8–6), 5–7, [10–5]
Winner 9. 17 June 2007 Halle, Germany Grass 23x15px Simon Aspelin 23x15px Fabrice Santoro
23x15px Nenad Zimonjić
6–4, 7–6(7–5)
Winner 10. 15 July 2007 Båstad, Sweden Clay 23x15px Simon Aspelin 23x15px Martín García
23x15px Sebastián Prieto
6–2, 6–4
Winner 11. 7 September 2007 New York, United States Hard 23x15px Simon Aspelin 23x15px Lukáš Dlouhý
23x15px Pavel Vízner
7–5, 6–4
Runner-up 11. 18 November 2007 Shanghai, China Hard (i) 23x15px Simon Aspelin 23x15px Mark Knowles
23x15px Daniel Nestor
2–6, 3–6
Runner-up 12. 24 May 2008 Pörtschach, Austria Clay 23x15px Jürgen Melzer 23x15px Marcelo Melo
23x15px André Sá
7–5, 6–7(3–7), [11–13]
Runner-up 13. 22 February 2009 Marseille, France Hard (i) Template:Country data ISR Andy Ram 23x15px Arnaud Clément
23x15px Michaël Llodra
6–3, 3–6, [8–10]
Winner 12. 29 August 2009 New Haven, United States Hard 23x15px Jürgen Melzer 23x15px Bruno Soares
23x15px Kevin Ullyett
6–4, 7–6(7–3)
Winner 13. 11 October 2009 Tokyo, Japan Hard 23x15px Jürgen Melzer 23x15px Ross Hutchins
23x15px Jordan Kerr
6–2, 5–7, [10–8]
Runner-up 14. 1 November 2009 Vienna, Austria Hard (i) 23x15px Jürgen Melzer 23x15px Oliver Marach
23x15px Łukasz Kubot
6–2, 4–6, [9–11]
Runner-up 15. 21 February 2010 Marseille, France Hard (i) 23x15px Robert Lindstedt 23x15px Julien Benneteau
23x15px Michaël Llodra
4–6, 3–6
Runner-up 16. 24 September 2011 Bucarest, Romania Clay 23x15px David Marrero 23x15px Daniele Bracciali
23x15px Potito Starace
6–3, 4–6, [8–10]
Runner-up 17. 6 May 2012 Estoril, Portugal Clay 23x15px David Marrero 23x15px Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi
23x15px Jean-Julien Rojer
5–7, 5–7
Winner 14. 28 July 2012 Kitzbühel, Austria Clay 23x15px František Čermák 23x15px Dustin Brown
23x15px Paul Hanley
7–6(7–4), 3–6, [12–10]
Runner-up 18. 21 October 2012 Vienna, Austria Hard (i) 23x15px Filip Polášek 23x15px Andre Begemann
23x15px Martin Emmrich
4-6, 6-3, [10-4]
Runner-up 19. 4 January 2013 Doha, Qatar Hard 23x15px Filip Polášek 23x15px Christopher Kas
23x15px Philipp Kohlschreiber
5-7, 4-6
Winner 15. 10 February 2013 Zagreb, Croatia Hard (i) 23x15px Filip Polášek 23x15px Ivan Dodig
23x15px Mate Pavić
6-3, 6-3
Winner 16. 14 April 2013 Casablanca, Morocco Clay 23x15px Filip Polášek 23x15px Dustin Brown
23x15px Christopher Kas
6-3, 6-2
Runner-up 20. 20 October 2013 Vienna, Austria Hard (i) 23x15px Daniel Nestor 23x15px Florin Mergea
23x15px Lukáš Rosol
5–7, 4–6
Runner-up 21. 27 October 2013 Basel, Switzerland Hard (i) 23x15px Oliver Marach 23x15px Treat Conrad Huey
23x15px Dominic Inglot
3-6, 6-3, [4-10]
Winner 17. 11 January 2014 Auckland, New Zealand Hard 23x15px Marcelo Melo 23x15px Alexander Peya
23x15px Bruno Soares
4–6, 6–3, [10–5]
Winner 18. 15 June 2014 Gerry Weber Open, Halle, Germany Grass 23x15px Andre Begemann 23x16px Marco Chiudinelli
23x16px Roger Federer
1–6, 7–5, [12–10]
Runner-up 22. 19 October 2014 Erste Bank Open, Vienna, Austria Hard (i) 23x15px Andre Begemann 23x15px Jürgen Melzer
23x15px Philipp Petzschner
6–7(6-8), 6–4, [7-10]
Runner-up 23. 9 January 2015 Qatar Open, Doha, Qatar Hard 23x15px Philipp Oswald 23x15px Juan Mónaco
23x15px Rafael Nadal
3-6, 4-6

Singles Performance Timeline

Tournament 2001 2002 2003 2004 SR W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
23x15px Australian Open 2R 0 / 1 1–1
23x15px French Open 1R 0 / 1 0–1
23x15px Wimbledon 1R 3R 1R 0 / 3 2–3
23x15px US Open 1R 0 / 1 0–1
Win–Loss 0–1 2–3 1–1 0–1 0 / 6 3–6

Doubles performance timeline

Key
W  F  SF QF R# RR LQ (Q#) A P Z# PO SF-B F-S G NMS NH

Won tournament; or reached Final; Semifinal; Quarter-final; Round 4, 3, 2, 1; competed at a Round Robin stage; lost in Qualification Round; absent from tournament event; played in a Davis Cup Zonal Group (with its number indication) or Play-off; won a bronze, silver (F or S) or gold medal at the Olympics; a downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament (Not a Masters Series); or a tournament that was Not Held in a given year.

To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated either at the conclusion of a tournament, or when the player's participation in the tournament has ended.

Tournament 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 SR W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A 1R 1R 2R 1R 3R 3R 1R 1R 1R A 2R 1R 1R 2R 0 / 13 7–13
French Open 3R 1R 2R 2R QF 3R 3R 3R 2R SF A 1R 1R 1R 0 / 13 17–12
Wimbledon 1R 2R 1R F 3R A 1R 1R 1R 3R 3R QF QF QF 0 / 13 21–13
US Open 1R 1R 2R 2R 2R 2R W 2R 3R 1R 2R QF 1R 1R 1 / 13 16–13
Win–Loss 2–3 1–4 2–4 8–4 5–4 5–2 9–4 3–4 3–4 6–4 3–2 7–4 3–4 3–4 1–1 1 / 52 61–51
Year-End Championship
Tour Finals A A A A A A F A A A A A A A 0 / 1 3–2
ATP Masters Series
Indian Wells A A A 1R 1R QF SF 1R 1R 1R 1R A A A 0 / 8 5–8
Miami A 3R A 1R 1R 1R 2R QF SF 1R 1R A 1R 1R 0 / 11 8–11
Monte Carlo A A A A 1R 2R SF QF QF 1R A A 1R 1R 0 / 8 4–8
Rome A A A A 1R 2R 1R 2R 2R 1R A A 1R A 0 / 7 2–7
Hamburg A A A 2R 2R 2R SF QF Held as Madrid 0 / 5 6–5
Madrid (Clay) Held as Hamburg 1R QF A A 2R A 0 / 3 3–3
Canada A A A 2R A 1R 2R 2R A 2R A A A A 0 / 5 1–5
Cincinnati A A A 1R A 1R QF A A QF A A A A 0 / 4 2–4
Madrid (Hard) A A A 1R A A QF QF Held as Shanghai 0 / 3 2–3
Shanghai Not Held SF 1R A A A A 0 / 2 3–2
Paris A A A A A 1R SF QF 2R A A 1R A A 0 / 5 3–5
Win–Loss 0–0 2–1 0–0 2–6 1–5 4–8 12–9 6–8 8–7 3–8 0–2 0–1 1–4 0–2 0 / 61 39–61
Year End Ranking 84 58 38 28 32 23 7 24 21 32 81 37 34 40

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