Kristian Pless
Kristian Pless
Kristian Pless
Kristian Pless
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  • 2007 IN REVIEW

    The No. 1 Dane compiled his best results on Challenger level, putting together a 28-19 match record and one title...Began season in impressive fashion with win over No. 8 Nalbandian in Chennai (l. to Karlovic in 2nd RD)...Also reached 2nd RD in San Jose, Memphis, Poertschach and Roland Garros...Nearly half of his losses (seven of 16) came to Top 20 opponents on ATP circuit during year...In April, won Challenger title at St. Brieuc, France (d. Dustov)...Did not win back-to-back matches again until September when he reached QF at Donetsk Challenger...Followed with SF at Orleans (l. to O. Rochus) and finalist at Grenoble (l. to N. Lapentti) Challengers...Closed season by reaching QF or better in four of seven tournaments, including SF at Helsinki (l. to Darcis).


    1999-Made first appearance on ATP debut in Copenhagen (l. to B. Black in 1st RD)...Made Davis Cup debut against Senegal, winning both singles matches...Won first ATP match in Washington, defeating Voinea in 1st RD before losing to T. Martin...2000-Won three Futures events...2001 - Finished as No. 1 Dane and broke into Top 100 for first time after winning a career-best 18 matches, six coming in Davis Cup…Reached first ever ATP SF in Chennai after qualifying before retiring against Tabara with tendinitis in right shoulder…Captured first Challenger title in Edinburgh (d. Fraile)…Made Grand Slam debut at Roland Garros defeating Gambill in 1st RD but retired against Malisse in 2nd RD with thumb injury at 0-4 in first set…On US Open debut, reached 2nd RD (l. to No. 1 Kuerten)…Advanced to QF in Tashkent but lost to eventual champion Safin…2002 – Advanced to 3rd RD in first appearance at Australian Open…Reached Houston QF (l. to Agassi)…Entered main draw at TMS Toronto as a lucky loser and defeated Nestor in 1st RD before losing to Santoro in third set tie-break after having two match points…Had QF showing in Tashkent (d. Schuettler, d. Burgsmuller, l. to Sanguinetti) and qualified for Lyon before reaching SF (l. to Mathieu)…Had one match point in second set to reach first career final…In doubles, reached SF at Nottingham (w/Labadze)…Went 8-10 on hard courts, 3-2 on carpet, 3-8 on clay and 1-2 on grass…Earned a career-high $221,755…2003 – Played just five ATP events and was inactive after March…Reached 2nd RD in Milan and Copenhagen…2004 – Played just three events before losing 1st RD at Roland Garros…Reached Polish Futures Final…Late in the year, reached 2nd RD at four ATP events, including US Open…2005 – Play was limited to Challengers until September…Did reach Belo Horizonte final (l. to Fruttero) and a pair of SF…Made ATP appearances in Beijing and Ho Chi Minh City…Finalist at Southampton Challenger (l. to Haehnel)…Won Campos Do Jordao Challenger doubles title (w/Vlaski)...2006 -- Finished as No. 1 Dane and in Top 100 for first time since 2002...Opened year with QF at Doha Challenger (l. to Kloer)...Later in spring, reached SF at Challengers in Joplin (l. to Becker) and Kyoto (l. to Mahut)...Played February ATP stops in Memphis and Las Vegas...Returned to Grand Slam play at Roland Garros (l. to Volandri) and Wimbledon (l. to Blake)...Reached final at Dublin Challenger (l. to Zverev) on carpet...The following week, reached QF at ATP stop in Newport with wins over Russell and Capdeville (l. to Gimelstob)...One week later, reached SF on hard courts at Istanbul Challenger (l. to Peya)...Reached 2nd RD at US Open (d. Martin, l. to Roddick)...In four-week stretch late in season, reached Nottingham Challenger final (l. to Waske), won Rimouski title in Canada (d. Lu), reached Nashville final (l. to Hasse) and reached SF in Helsinki (l. to Berrer)...In doubles, reached Beijing SF (w/Udomchoke).


    Began playing tennis at age 7 with his brother, Thomas (28), who is in Denmark studying to be a psychologist...Parents, Peter, is a doctor and Gitte, is a teacher, and they reside in Dubai...He has lived there since 2004...Hobbies include golf, computers, listening to music, and reading books ...Favorite soccer team is Odense (a Danish club)...Compiled an incredible junior career, becoming first Dane to finish as No. 1 junior in world in singles in 1999 (No. 3 in doubles)...Captured Australian Open juniors singles (d. Youzhny) and doubles title (w/Melzer), won Italian Open and reached final at Wimbledon (l. to Melzer) and US Open (l. to Nieminen) in ‘99...Ranked No. 7 in ‘98...Trained at Saddlebrook Academy in Tampa from 1997-2000 before moving to Monte-Carlo in 2001...Used to practice with Pete Sampras and Jennifer Capriati at Saddlebrook...Prefers to play on fast surfaces, and his favorite shots are serve and forehand...Played in 2000 Sydney Olympics and lost to Philippoussis in 2nd RD...Member of Danish Davis Cup team and has a 12-6 career record (11-2 in singles) in seven ties...Coached by countryman Lars Elvstrom (since Dec. 2006).


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