Karl Meiler
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Karl Meiler

Karl Meiler
Country (sports) West Germany
ResidenceMunich, Germany
Born(1949-04-30)30 April 1949
Erlangen, Germany
Died17 April 2014(2014-04-17) (aged 64)
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Turned pro1970
Retired1986
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Singles
Career record248-189
Career titles4
Highest rankingNo. 20 (23 August 1973)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenSF (1973)
French Open3R (1977)
Wimbledon3R (1973, 1976, 1977)
US Open4R (1975)
Doubles
Career record188-123
Career titles17
Highest rankingNo. 12[1]
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenQF (1977)
French OpenQF (1977)
WimbledonSF (1973)
US Open3R (1973)
Other doubles tournaments
Tour FinalsW (1976 WCT)

Karl Meiler (30 April 1949 – 17 April 2014) was a tennis player from West Germany who was active in the 1970s and 1980s.

Meiler won four singles (1972, Buenos Aires; 1974, Omaha and Calgary; 1977, Manila) and 17 doubles titles during his professional career. He notably beat top seed Ken Rosewall in the 1973 Australian Open, where he went on to reach the semifinals. Meiler reached his highest singles ATP-ranking on 23 August 1973 when he became world No. 20. He died aged 64 on 17 April 2014 of complications from a head injury sustained in a domestic accident in November 2013.[1]

ATP career finals

Singles: 17 (4 titles, 13 runner-ups)

Result W-L Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Win 1-0 Nov 1972 Buenos Aires, Argentina Clay Argentina Guillermo Vilas 6-7, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4
Loss 1-1 Feb 1973 Salisbury, U.S. Hard (i) United States Jimmy Connors 6-7, 6-7, 3-6
Loss 1-2 Jun 1973 West Berlin Hard West Germany Hans-Jürgen Pohmann 3-6, 6-3, 3-6, 3-6
Loss 1-3 Jun 1973 Hamburg, West Germany Clay United States Eddie Dibbs 1-6, 6-3, 6-7, 3-6
Loss 1-4 Jan 1974 Roanoke, U.S. Indoor United States Jimmy Connors 4-6, 3-6
Win 2-4 Jan 1974 Omaha, U.S. United States Jimmy Connors 6-3, 1-6, 6-1
Loss 2-5 Feb 1974 Little Rock, U.S. Carpet United States Jimmy Connors 2-6, 1-6
Win 3-5 Mar 1974 Calgary, Canada Indoor South Africa Byron Bertram 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
Loss 3-6 Mar 1974 Jackson, U.S. Carpet United States Sandy Mayer 6-7, 5-7
Loss 3-7 Nov 1974 Oslo, Norway Indoor United States Jeff Borowiak 3-6, 2-6
Loss 3-8 1975 Nassau, Bahamas Outdoor United States Jimmy Connors 0-6, 2-6
Loss 3-9 1975 Munich, West Germany Clay Argentina Guillermo Vilas 6-2, 0-6, 2-6, 3-6
Loss 3-10 1975 Gstaad, Switzerland Clay Australia Ken Rosewall 4-6, 4-6, 3-6
Loss 3-11 1976 Munich, West Germany Clay Spain Manuel Orantes 1-6, 4-6, 1-6
Loss 3-12 1977 Brussels, Belgium Clay United States Harold Solomon 5-7, 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 4-6
Win 4-12 1977 Manila, Philippines Clay Spain Manuel Orantes DEF
Loss 4-13 1979 Florence, Italy Clay Mexico Raúl Ramírez 4-6, 6-1, 6-3, 5-7, 0-6

Doubles: 24 (17 titles, 7 runner-ups)

Result No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 1. 1972 London/Queen's Club, England Grass West Germany Jürgen Fassbender United States Jim McManus
United States Jim Osborne
6-4, 3-6, 5-7
Win 1. 1974 Omaha, U.S. Hard West Germany Jürgen Fassbender Australia Ian Fletcher
Australia Kim Warwick
6-2, 6-4
Win 2. 1974 Baltimore, U.S. Carpet West Germany Jürgen Fassbender Australia Owen Davidson
United States Clark Graebner
7-6, 7-5
Win 3. 1974 Little Rock, U.S. Carpet West Germany Jürgen Fassbender United States Vitas Gerulaitis
South Africa Bob Hewitt
6-0, 6-2
Win 4. 1974 Calgary, Canada Indoor West Germany Jürgen Fassbender Colombia Iván Molina
Colombia Jairo Velasco, Sr.
6-4, 6-4
Win 5. 1974 Tempe, U.S. Hard West Germany Jürgen Fassbender Australia Ian Fletcher
Australia Kim Warwick
4-6, 6-4, 7-5
Win 6. 1974 Oslo, Norway Indoor Pakistan Haroon Rahim United States Jeff Borowiak
United States Vitas Gerulaitis
6-3, 6-2
Win 7. 1975 Birmingham, U.S. Carpet West Germany Jürgen Fassbender Rhodesia Colin Dowdeswell
South Africa John Yuill
6-1, 3-6, 7-6
Loss 2. 1975 Hampton, U.S. Carpet Czechoslovakia Jan Písecký New Zealand Ian Crookenden
Australia Ian Fletcher
2-6, 7-6, 4-6
Loss 3. 1975 Munich, West Germany Clay Czechoslovakia Milan Hole?ek Poland Wojtek Fibak
Czechoslovakia Jan Kode?
5-7, 3-6
Loss 4. 1975 Barcelona, Spain Clay Poland Wojtek Fibak Sweden Björn Borg
Argentina Guillermo Vilas
6-3, 4-6, 3-6
Win 8. 1975 Paris Indoor, France Hard (i) Poland Wojtek Fibak Romania Ilie N?stase
Netherlands Tom Okker
6-4, 7-6
Win 9. 1975 London, England Carpet Poland Wojtek Fibak United States Jimmy Connors
Romania Ilie N?stase
6-1, 7-5
Loss 5. 1976 Atlanta WCT, U.S. Carpet Poland Wojtek Fibak Australia John Alexander
Australia Phil Dent
3-6, 4-6
Loss 6. 1976 Barcelona WCT, Spain Clay Poland Wojtek Fibak United States Robert Lutz
United States Ramsey Smith
3-6, 3-6
Win 10. 1976 Nuremberg, West Germany Carpet South Africa Frew McMillan Rhodesia Colin Dowdeswell
Australia Paul Kronk
7-6, 6-4
Loss 7. 1976 Nice, France Clay Poland Wojtek Fibak France Patrice Dominguez
France François Jauffret
4-6, 6-3, 3-6
Win 11. 1976 Monte Carlo WCT, Monaco Clay Poland Wojtek Fibak Sweden Björn Borg
Argentina Guillermo Vilas
7-6, 6-1
Win 12. 1976 WCT World Doubles, Kansas City Carpet Poland Wojtek Fibak United States Robert Lutz
United States Ramsey Smith
6-3, 2-6, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
Win 13. 1976 Düsseldorf, West Germany Clay Poland Wojtek Fibak Australia Bob Carmichael
South Africa Raymond Moore
6-4, 4-6, 6-4
Win 14. 1977 Hamburg, West Germany Clay South Africa Bob Hewitt Australia Phil Dent
Australia Kim Warwick
3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4
Win 15. 1977 Düsseldorf, West Germany Clay West Germany Jürgen Fassbender Australia Paul Kronk
Australia Cliff Letcher
6-3, 6-3
Win 16. 1977 Gstaad, Switzerland Clay West Germany Jürgen Fassbender Switzerland Colin Dowdeswell
South Africa Bob Hewitt
6-4, 7-6
Win 17. 1979 Nancy, France Hard (i) West Germany Klaus Eberhard United Kingdom Robin Drysdale
United Kingdom Andrew Jarrett
4-6, 7-6, 6-3

References

  1. ^ a b "Ex-Davis-Cup-Spieler Meiler ist tot". Spiegel Online (in German). 20 April 2014.

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