Karsten Braasch
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Karsten Braasch

Karsten Braasch
Braasch 1987.jpg
Karsten Braasch in 1987
Country (sports) Germany
ResidenceRatingen, Germany
Born (1967-07-14) 14 July 1967 (age 53)
Marl, Germany
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Turned pro1987
PlaysLeft-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money$1,497,244
Career record68-96 (at ATP Tour-level, Grand Slam-level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 38 (13 June 1994)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open3R (1997)
French Open1R (1992, 1994, 1995)
Wimbledon2R (1992, 1994)
US Open3R (1993)
Career record103-128 (at ATP Tour-level, Grand Slam-level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles6
Highest rankingNo. 36 (10 November 1997)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open3R (2001, 2004)
French OpenQF (1997, 2004)
Wimbledon2R (1998, 1999, 2002)
US Open2R (1998)
Mixed doubles
Career record7-7
Career titles0
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
French Open3R (1997)
Wimbledon3R (1997, 2001)

Karsten Braasch (born 14 July 1967) is a German former professional tennis player. His highest ATP singles ranking was World No. 38, which he reached in June 1994. His career-high in doubles was World No. 36, achieved in November 1997.[1] He was well-noted for his service motion and his habit of smoking during changeovers.

Braasch competed in a "Battle of the Sexes" contest against the Williams sisters (Venus and Serena) at the 1998 Australian Open when he was ranked 203. Braasch was described by one journalist as "a man whose training regime centred around a pack of cigarettes and more than a couple bottles of ice cold lager".[2] He nonetheless defeated both sisters, playing a single set against each, beating Serena 6-1 and Venus 6-2.[3] Braasch was thirty years old at the time, while Venus and Serena were seventeen and sixteen, respectively.

Career finals

Singles: 1 (1 loss)

Legend (Singles)
Grand Slam (0)
Tennis Masters Cup (0)
ATP Masters Series (0)
ATP Tour (1)
Result W/L Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0-1 Jun 1994 Rosmalen, Netherlands Grass Netherlands Richard Krajicek 3-6, 4-6

Doubles: 9 (6 wins, 3 losses)

Result W/L Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1. Jun 1997 Gerry Weber Open Grass Germany Michael Stich South Africa David Adams
South Africa Marius Barnard
7-6, 6-3
Win 2. Jul 2001 Catella Swedish Open Clay Germany Jens Knippschild Sweden Simon Aspelin
Australia Andrew Kratzmann
7-6(7-3), 4-6, 7-6(7-5)
Win 3. Sep 2001 Salem Open Hard Brazil André Sá Czech Republic Petr Luxa
Czech Republic Radek ?tepánek
6-0, 7-5
Win 4. Feb 2002 Milan Indoor Carpet Russia Andrei Olhovskiy France Julien Boutter
Belarus Max Mirnyi
3-6, 7-6(7-5), [12-10]
Win 5. Apr 2002 Estoril Open Clay Russia Andrei Olhovskiy Sweden Simon Aspelin
Australia Andrew Kratzmann
6-3, 6-3
Win 6. Sep 2003 BCR Open Romania Clay Armenia Sargis Sargsian Sweden Simon Aspelin
South Africa Jeff Coetzee
7-6(9-7), 6-2
Loss 1. Apr 1997 Salem Open Hard United States Jeff Tarango Czech Republic Martin Damm
Czech Republic Daniel Vacek
3-6, 4-6
Loss 2. May 1997 BMW Open Clay Germany Jens Knippschild Argentina Pablo Albano
Spain Àlex Corretja
6-3, 5-7, 2-6
Loss 3. Oct 1997 Basel Carpet (i) United States Jim Grabb United Kingdom Tim Henman
Switzerland Marc Rosset
6-7, 7-6, 6-7


  1. ^ "Karsten Braasch ATP Rankings History", ATPWorldTour.com
  2. ^ "Serena Williams still savouring Andy Roddick 'win' 16 years on", OnTennis.com, posted 22 January 2009
  3. ^ "Sister act falls in Battle of Sexes, The Free Lance-Star - 27 January 1998

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