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Kristian Pless

Kristian Pless
Country (sports)  Denmark
Residence Dubai
Born (1981-02-09) February 9, 1981
Odense, Denmark
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Turned pro 1999
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money $1,127,884
Career record 55–86 (at ATP Tour level, Grand Slam level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles 0
4 Challengers, 3 Futures
Highest ranking No. 65 (January 28, 2002)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 3R (2002)
French Open 2R (2001, 2007)
Wimbledon 2R (2001)
US Open 2R (2001, 2002, 2004, 2006)
Other tournaments
Olympic Games 2R (2000)
Career record 6–24 (at ATP Tour level, Grand Slam level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 172 (July 23, 2007)
Last updated on: September 2, 2012.

Kristian Peter Pless (born February 9, 1981 in Odense, Denmark) is a professional male tennis player from Denmark.

He had an excellent junior career, winning the 1999 Australian Open Boys' Singles (defeated Mikhail Youzhny), and reaching the Boys' final at both Wimbledon (lost to Jürgen Melzer), and the US Open (lost to Jarkko Nieminen) the same year. He finished 1999 as the No. 1 ranked junior player in the world.


  • Tennis career 1
    • Juniors 1.1
    • Pro tour 1.2
  • Singles titles (4) 2
  • Grand Slam performance timeline 3
  • External links 4

Tennis career


As a junior Pless compiled a singles win/loss record of 111-40 (and 56-37 in doubles).

Junior Slam results:

Australian Open: W (1999)
French Open: 3R (1998, 1999)
Wimbledon: F (1999)
US Open: F (1999)

Pro tour

He turned professional in 1999, and on January 28, 2002, Kristian Pless reached his career-high ATP singles ranking of World No. 65. He has won tournaments at the Futures and Challenger levels, and has reached three semifinals on the ATP Tour. He suffered a serious shoulder injury in 2003, which after multiple surgery kept him out of competition for almost a year.

After returning from injury in 2004, he had dropped in the rankings to World No. 846 on May 24. Subsequently, he has gradually climbed the rankings, and after successful performances at the Challenger level in the fall of 2006, he entered the Top 100 again. In January 2007, he continued his good performances as he defeated World No. 8 David Nalbandian in three sets in the first round of Chennai Open. This was Pless' first win against a Top-10 ranked player.

In 2007 he also managed to take a set from tennis legend Roger Federer at their meeting in Dubai, but eventually Federer won the tie 7-6(2), 3-6, 6-3. It was first set Federer had lost that year after he had won the Australian Open without losing a single set.

In 2008 he reached two Challenger finals (in Izmir, Turkey and Rimouski, Canada), but ended the year outside of Top 100. In the beginning of 2009, he lost in the first round of most Challenger tournaments, leading to a drop in rankings to World No. 265 as of May 2009.

Singles titles (4)

Legend (Singles)
Grand Slam (0)
Tennis Masters Cup (0)
ATP Masters Series (0)
ATP Tour (0)
Challengers (4)
No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score
1. May 14, 2001 Edinburgh Clay Gorka Fraile 6–3 6–3
2. December 3, 2001 Rio de Janeiro Clay Ricardo Mello 6–1 6–1
3. October 30, 2006 Rimouski Hard Indoors Lu Yen-hsun 6–4 7–6
4. March 26, 2007 St. Brieuc Clay Indoors Farrukh Dustov 6–3 6–1

Grand Slam performance timeline

Tournament 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 Career
Australian Open A 3R 1R A A A 1R A A 2–3
French Open 2R 1R A 1R A 1R 2R A A 2–5
Wimbledon 2R 1R A 1R A 1R 1R A A 1–5
U.S. Open 2R 2R A 2R A 2R 1R A A 4–5
Grand Slam W-L 3–3 3–3 0–1 1–4 0–0 1–3 1–4 0–0 0–0 9-18

External links

Preceded by
Roger Federer
ITF Junior World Champion
Succeeded by
Andy Roddick
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