Rainer Schuttler life and biography

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Rainer Schuttler biography

Date of birth : 1976-04-25
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Korbach, Hesse
Nationality : German
Category : Sports
Last modified : 2011-05-26
Credited as : Professional Tennis player, ATP tour, Australian Open

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Rainer Schüttler is a German professional tennis player, ranked World No. 84 in the ATP rankings. He is the oldest player in the top 100 and the last German player who reached a final in a grand slam tournament.

CAREER:

He began playing tennis at the age of nine. He resides in Switzerland.

Singles Titles
2003: Lyon, Tokyo
2001: Shanghai
1999: Doha

Doubles Titles

2008: Munich, Houston
2005: Chennai
2001: Stuttgart

2010:
He reached the second round of the 2010 Australian Open defeating Sam Querrey in four sets. However he lost to Feliciano López in four sets, too. At the 2010 French Open he again suffered a first round exit. This time against Guillermo García López of Spain in straight sets. He reached the semifinal of the 2010 Aegon Championships at the Queens Club in London. He lost to Sam Querrey in three sets (7–6, 5–7, 3–6). Despite his good form he was defeated by Denis Istomin in the second round of Wimbledon in five sets. At the quarterfinal of the Countrywide Classic in Los Angeles Schüttler could not manage to close out the match against Sam Querrey despite serving for it at 5–4 and 6–5 in the deciding set. He was knocked out in the first round of the 2010 US Open after losing to Benoît Paire. At the PTT Thailand Open in Bangkok Schüttler beat Ricardo Mello in round one for a second round berth against Ernests Gulbis. He lost 6–7, 7–6, 4–6 in a close match.

2011:
Schüttler starts the tour at 2011 Qatar ExxonMobil Open where he will confront Teymuraz Gabashvili in the singles. He also plays doubles with Guillermo García-López confronting Marco Chiudinelli and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. He lost his single match 4–6 6–7 and his double match 1–6 2–6. His next tournament he plays is the 2011 Australian Open. There he plays against the ninth seed Fernando Verdasco.

PERSONAL:
Began playing tennis at age nine
Parents Karl and Klara; sister, Marita
His most memorable tennis moment came when he was nine years old watching countryman Boris Becker capture Wimbledon in 1985
Enjoys computers, soccer, basketball, watching movies and hanging out with friends
Big fan of Michael Jordan
Enjoys reading John Grisham novels and lists “There’s Something About Mary” as his favorite film
Considers return and backhand as strengths and hard courts as favorite surface
Is the only active German player to have reached a Grand Slam final (2003 Australian Open)
Has a 9-8 career Davis Cup record (9-5 in singles) in 10 ties since 1999
Voted ATP Most Improved Player of Year in 2003
President of ATP Player Council through 2006
Coached by Dirk Hordorff (since 1992).

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