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Kristian Pless
Country (sports) Denmark
Born (1981-02-09) 9 February 1981 (age 40)
Odense, Denmark
Height1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Turned pro1999
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money$1,127,884
Career record55–86 (at ATP Tour level, Grand Slam level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 65 (28 January 2002)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open3R (2002)
French Open2R (2001, 2007)
Wimbledon2R (2001)
US Open2R (2001, 2002, 2004, 2006)
Other tournaments
Olympic Games2R (2000)
Career record6–24 (at ATP Tour level, Grand Slam level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 172 (23 July 2007)
Last updated on: September 2, 2012.

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

Tennis career


Pless 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.[1]

Pro tour

He turned professional in 1999, and on 28 January 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. 2009 was his last year on tour.[2]

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 Score
1. 14 May 2001 Edinburgh Clay Spain Gorka Fraile 6–3, 6–3
2. 3 December 2001 Rio de Janeiro Clay Brazil Ricardo Mello 6–1, 6–1
3. 30 October 2006 Rimouski Hard (i) Taiwan Lu Yen-hsun 6–4, 7–6
4. 26 March 2007 St. Brieuc Clay (i) Uzbekistan 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

See also


  1. ^ "Kristian Pless – Junior". Retrieved 2020-10-24.
  2. ^ "Kristian Pless – ATP Tour Overview". ATP Tour. Retrieved 2020-10-24.
Preceded by
Roger Federer
ITF Junior World Champion
Succeeded by
Andy Roddick