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Nicklas Kulti

Nicklas Kulti
Country (sports) Sweden
ResidenceStockholm, Sweden
Born (1971-04-22) 22 April 1971 (age 51)
Stockholm, Sweden
Height1.92 m (6 ft 3+12 in)
Turned pro1989
Retired2000
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize moneyUS$3,186,946
Singles
Career record154-182
Career titles3
Highest rankingNo. 32 (3 May 1993)
Grand Slam singles results
Australian Open3R (1989, 1994, 1996)
French OpenQF (1992)
Wimbledon2R (1992, 1997)
US Open2R (1993, 1994)
Doubles
Career record238-145
Career titles13
Highest rankingNo. 11 (29 September 1997)
Grand Slam doubles results
Australian Open3R (1997, 1999, 2000)
French OpenF (1995)
WimbledonSF (2000)
US OpenF (1997)
Grand Slam mixed doubles results
Australian OpenQF (1999)
French Open3R (2000)
Wimbledon2R (2000)
US OpenQF (2000)
Team competitions
Davis CupW (1997, 1998)
Last updated on: 18 December 2021.

Nicklas Kulti (born 22 April 1971) is a former professional tennis player from Sweden. He was born in Stockholm.

Tennis career

Juniors

Kulti was ranked No. 1 in the junior world singles rankings in 1989 after winning the Australian Open and Wimbledon junior titles, and finishing runner-up at the US Open.

Pro tour

In 1990, Kulti won his first top-level singles title at Adelaide. He won a total of three tour singles titles during his professional career. He also won 13 top-level doubles titles, including the Monte Carlo Masters in 1994 (partnering Magnus Larsson) and the Paris Masters in 2000 (partnering Max Mirnyi). Kulti was a men's doubles runner-up at the French Open in 1995 (with Larsson) and the US Open in 1997 (with Jonas Björkman). Kulti's best singles performance at a Grand Slam event came at the 1992 French Open, where he reached the quarter-finals by defeating John McEnroe, Markus Zillner, Michael Chang and Diego Pérez before being knocked-out by Henri Leconte.[1]

Kulti was a member of the Swedish teams which won the Davis Cup in both 1997 and 1998 (partnering Björkman to win doubles rubbers in the final on both occasions). He was also on the team which finished runners-up in the Davis Cup in 1996. In the fifth and deciding match against Frenchman Arnaud Boetsch, Kulti was a late replacement for the injured Stefan Edberg. In a 4-hour and 46-minute thriller, Boetsch saved three matchpoints and finally overcame Kulti, 7-6, 2-6, 4-6, 7-6, 10-8.[2]

Kulti's career-high rankings were World No. 32 in singles (in 1993), and World No. 11 in doubles (in 1997). His career prize-money totalled $3,186,946. He retired from the professional tour in 2000. He runs the Good to Great Tennis Academy together with Magnus Norman and Mikael Tillström.


Junior Grand Slam finals

Singles: 4 (2 titles, 2 runner-ups)

Result Year Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Loss 1988 US Open Hard Venezuela Nicolas Pereira 1-6, 2-6
Win 1989 Australian Open Hard Australia Todd Woodbridge 6-2, 6-3
Win 1989 Wimbledon Grass Australia Todd Woodbridge 6-4, 6-3
Loss 1989 US Open Hard United States Jonathan Stark 4-6, 1-6

ATP career finals

Singles: 7 (3 titles, 4 runner-ups)

Legend
Grand Slam Tournaments (0-0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0-0)
ATP World Tour Masters Series (0-0)
ATP Championship Series (0-0)
ATP World Series (3-4)
Finals by surface
Hard (2-0)
Clay (0-2)
Grass (1-1)
Carpet (0-1)
Finals by setting
Outdoors (3-3)
Indoors (0-1)
Result W-L Date Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0-1 Aug 1990 Prague, Czech Republic World Series Clay Spain Jordi Arrese 6-7(3-7), 6-7(6-8)
Win 1-1 Jan 1991 Adelaide, Australia World Series Hard Germany Michael Stich 6-3, 1-6, 6-2
Win 2-1 Jan 1993 Adelaide, Australia World Series Hard Sweden Christian Bergström 3-6, 7-5, 6-4
Loss 2-2 Mar 1993 Copenhagen, Denmark World Series Carpet Russia Andrei Olhovskiy 5-7, 6-3, 2-6
Loss 2-3 Apr 1996 Atlanta, United States World Series Clay Morocco Karim Alami 3-6, 4-6
Win 3-3 Jun 1996 Halle, Germany World Series Grass Russia Yevgeny Kafelnikov 6-7(5-7), 6-3, 6-4
Loss 3-4 Jun 1999 Halle, Germany World Series Grass Germany Nicolas Kiefer 3-6, 2-6

Doubles: 25 (13 titles, 12 runner-ups)

Legend
Grand Slam Tournaments (0-2)
ATP World Tour Finals (0-0)
ATP Masters Series (2-1)
ATP Championship Series (2-2)
ATP World Series (9-7)
Finals by surface
Hard (2-4)
Clay (6-6)
Grass (1-0)
Carpet (4-2)
Finals by setting
Outdoors (8-10)
Indoors (5-2)
Result W-L Date Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1-0 Mar 1992 Copenhagen, Denmark World Series Carpet Sweden Magnus Larsson Netherlands Hendrik Jan Davids
Belgium Libor Pimek
6-3, 6-4
Win 2-0 Aug 1992 San Marino, San Marino World Series Clay Sweden Mikael Tillström Italy Cristian Brandi
Italy Federico Mordegan
6-2, 6-2
Win 3-0 Apr 1994 Monte Carlo, Monaco Masters Series Clay Sweden Magnus Larsson Russia Yevgeny Kafelnikov
Czech Republic Daniel Vacek
3-6, 7-6, 6-4
Loss 3-1 Jan 1994 Båstad, Sweden World Series Clay Sweden Mikael Tillström Sweden Jan Apell
Sweden Jonas Björkman
2-6, 3-6
Loss 3-2 Oct 1994 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia World Series Carpet Sweden Lars-Anders Wahlgren Netherlands Jacco Eltingh
Netherlands Paul Haarhuis
0-6, 5-7
Loss 3-3 Jun 1995 Paris, France Grand Slam Clay Sweden Magnus Larsson Netherlands Jacco Eltingh
Netherlands Paul Haarhuis
7-6, 4-6, 1-6
Win 4-3 Feb 1996 Antwerp, Nelgium Championship Series Carpet Sweden Jonas Björkman Russia Yevgeny Kafelnikov
Netherlands Menno Oosting
6-4, 6-4
Loss 4-4 Mar 1996 St. Petersburg, Russia World Series Carpet Sweden Peter Nyborg Russia Yevgeny Kafelnikov
Russia Andrei Olhovskiy
3-6, 4-6
Win 5-4 Apr 1996 New Delhi, India World Series Hard Sweden Jonas Björkman Zimbabwe Byron Black
Australia Sandon Stolle
4-6, 6-4, 6-4
Loss 5-5 Apr 1996 Monte Carlo, Monaco Masters Series Clay Sweden Jonas Björkman South Africa Ellis Ferreira
Netherlands Jan Siemerink
6-2, 3-6, 2-6
Loss 5-6 Mar 1996 Los Angeles, United States World Series Hard Sweden Jonas Björkman South Africa Marius Barnard
South Africa Piet Norval
5-7, 2-6
Loss 5-7 Aug 1996 New Haven, United States Championship Series Hard Sweden Jonas Björkman Zimbabwe Byron Black
Canada Grant Connell
4-6, 4-6
Win 6-7 May 1997 Atlanta, United States World Series Clay Sweden Jonas Björkman United States Scott Davis
United States Kelly Jones
6-2, 7-6
Win 7-7 May 1997 Båstad, Sweden World Series Clay Sweden Mikael Tillström Sweden Magnus Larsson
Sweden Magnus Gustafsson
6-0, 6-3
Loss 7-8 Aug 1997 Indianapolis, United States Championship Series Hard Sweden Jonas Björkman Australia Michael Tebbutt
Sweden Mikael Tillström
1-6, 1-6
Loss 7-9 Aug 1997 New York, United States Grand Slam Hard Sweden Jonas Björkman Russia Yevgeny Kafelnikov
Czech Republic Daniel Vacek
76-7, 3-6
Win 8-9 Feb 1998 St. Petersburg, Russia World Series Carpet Sweden Mikael Tillström South Africa Marius Barnard
South Africa Brent Haygarth
3-6, 6-3, 7-6
Loss 8-10 May 1998 Prague, Czech Repiblic World Series Clay Sweden Fredrik Bergh Australia Wayne Arthurs
Australia Andrew Kratzmann
1-6, 1-6
Win 9-10 Nov 1998 Stockholm, Sweden International Series Hard Sweden Mikael Tillström South Africa Chris Haggard
Sweden Peter Nyborg
7-5, 3-6, 7-5
Loss 9-11 Jul 1999 Båstad, Sweden World Series Clay Sweden Mikael Tillström South Africa David Adams
United States Jeff Tarango
6-7(6-8), 4-6
Loss 9-12 Sep 1999 Bournemouth, United Kingdom World Series Clay Germany Michael Kohlmann South Africa David Adams
United States Jeff Tarango
3-6, 7-6(7-5), 6-7(5-7)
Win 10-12 Apr 2000 Barcelona, Spain Championship Series Clay Sweden Mikael Tillström Netherlands Paul Haarhuis
Australia Sandon Stolle
6-2, 6-7(2-7), 7-6(7-5)
Win 11-12 Jun 2000 Halle, Germany International Series Grass Sweden Mikael Tillström India Mahesh Bhupathi
Germany David Prinosil
7-6(7-4), 7-6(7-4)
Win 12-12 Jul 2000 Båstad, Sweden International Series Clay Sweden Mikael Tillström Italy Andrea Gaudenzi
Italy Diego Nargiso
4-6, 6-2, 6-3
Win 13-12 Nov 2000 Paris, France Masters Series Carpet Belarus Max Mirnyi Netherlands Paul Haarhuis
Canada Daniel Nestor
6-4, 7-5

ATP Challenger and ITF Futures Finals

Singles: 1 (0-1)

Legend
ATP Challenger (0-1)
ITF Futures (0-0)
Finals by surface
Hard (0-0)
Clay (0-0)
Grass (0-0)
Carpet (0-1)
Result W-L Date Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0-1 Feb 1993 Rennes, France Challenger Carpet France Stephane Simian 4-6, 6-7

Doubles: 7 (6-1)

Legend
ATP Challenger (6-1)
ITF Futures (0-0)
Finals by surface
Hard (2-0)
Clay (3-1)
Grass (0-0)
Carpet (1-0)
Result W-L Date Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0-1 Aug 1989 Pescara, Italy Challenger Clay Sweden Magnus Larsson Sweden Fredrik Nilsson
Sweden David Engel
2-6, 6-4, 6-7
Win 1-1 Nov 1989 Copenhagen, Denmark Challenger Carpet Sweden Magnus Larsson Austria Alex Antonitsch
Sweden Ronnie Båthman
6-3, 6-2
Win 2-1 Mar 1995 Indian Wells, United States Challenger Hard Sweden Mikael Tillstrom Sweden Jan Apell
United States Mike Bauer
7-6, 6-4
Win 3-1 Apr 1995 Monte Carlo, Monaco Challenger Clay Sweden Mikael Tillstrom Germany Nicolas Kiefer
Germany Michael Stich
7-5, 7-5
Win 4-1 May 1995 Ljubljana, Slovenia Challenger Clay Sweden Mikael Tillstrom United States Shelby Cannon
South Africa Stefan Kruger
6-4, 6-4
Win 5-1 Jul 1995 Braunschweig, Germany Challenger Clay Sweden Mikael Tillstrom United States Bill Behrens
South Africa Brendan Curry
7-6, 6-4
Win 6-1 Mar 1997 Indian Wells, United States Challenger Hard Australia Michael Tebbutt United States Scott Davis
United States Kelly Jones
6-2, 4-6, 6-3

Performance timelines

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# DNQ A NH
(W) winner; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (DNQ) did not qualify; (A) absent; (NH) not held; (SR) strike rate (events won / competed); (W-L) win-loss record.

Singles

Tournament 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 SR W-L Win %
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open 3R 1R 1R 2R 2R 3R 2R 3R 2R Q1 Q1 1R 0 / 10 10-10 50%
French Open 1R 3R 2R QF 1R 2R Q3 1R 1R Q1 A A 0 / 8 8-8 50%
Wimbledon Q3 A 1R 2R 1R 1R A 1R 2R Q2 A Q2 0 / 6 2-6 25%
US Open A A 1R 1R 2R 2R 1R 1R Q1 A 1R A 0 / 7 2-7 22%
Win-loss 2-2 2-2 1-4 6-4 2-4 4-4 1-2 2-4 2-3 0-0 0-1 0-1 0 / 31 22-31 42%
Year-end Championships
Grand Slam Cup NH DNQ 1R Did Not Qualify NH 0 / 1 0-1 0%
ATP Masters Series
Indian Wells A A A A A 1R Q2 A 2R A A A 0 / 2 1-2 33%
Miami 1R A A A 4R 2R Q3 A 4R A A A 0 / 4 6-4 60%
Monte Carlo A A 1R A 1R 1R Q2 Q3 1R Q2 A A 0 / 4 0-4 0%
Hamburg A A 1R A A 1R A A A A A A 0 / 2 0-2 0%
Rome A A 2R 1R 2R 1R A A A Q1 A Q1 0 / 4 2-4 33%
Canada A A A A A A A 1R A A A A 0 / 1 0-1 0%
Cincinnati A A A A A 1R A 1R Q2 A A A 0 / 2 0-2 0%
Paris A A 3R 1R Q1 Q1 A Q3 Q1 A A A 0 / 2 2-2 50%
Win-loss 0-1 0-0 3-4 0-2 3-3 1-6 0-0 0-2 4-3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 / 21 11-21 34%

Doubles

Tournament 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 SR W-L Win %
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A A A A A 1R 1R 3R 1R 3R 3R 2R 0 / 7 7-7 50%
French Open A A 1R A A 2R F QF 2R 1R SF 3R QF 0 / 9 19-9 68%
Wimbledon Q1 A Q1 A A 2R A QF QF QF 1R SF A 0 / 6 14-6 70%
US Open A A A A A SF 3R 1R F 3R 1R 3R A 0 / 7 15-7 68%
Win-loss 0-0 0-0 0-1 0-0 0-0 6-3 7-3 6-4 11-4 5-4 6-4 10-4 4-2 0 / 29 55-29 65%
National Representation
Olympic Games Not Held A Not Held 1R Not Held 1R NH 0 / 2 0-2 0%
Year-end Championships
ATP Finals Did Not Qualify RR Did Not Qualify 0 / 1 1-2 33%
ATP Masters Series
Indian Wells A A A A A Q1 2R A QF A A A A 0 / 2 3-2 60%
Miami A A A A A A 2R A 3R A SF A 3R 0 / 4 7-4 64%
Monte Carlo A A A A A W 2R F SF 1R A QF A 1 / 6 13-5 72%
Hamburg A A A A A QF A A A A A A A 0 / 1 2-1 67%
Rome A A A A A A A A A 2R A 2R A 0 / 2 2-2 50%
Canada A A A A A A A SF A A A A A 0 / 1 3-1 75%
Cincinnati A A A A A 1R A QF A A A A A 0 / 2 2-2 50%
Stuttgart A A A A A A A A A 1R 1R 1R A 0 / 3 0-3 0%
Paris A A A A A 2R A 1R 2R QF A W A 1 / 5 7-4 64%
Win-loss 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 8-3 1-3 8-4 6-4 3-4 4-2 7-3 1-1 2 / 26 39-24 62%

Mixed doubles

Tournament 1998 1999 2000 2001 SR W-L Win %
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A QF A 1R 0 / 2 2-2 50%
French Open A 2R 3R 2R 0 / 3 3-3 50%
Wimbledon A A 2R A 0 / 1 1-1 50%
US Open 1R A QF A 0 / 2 2-2 50%
Win-loss 0-1 3-2 4-3 1-2 0 / 8 8-8 50%


References

  1. ^ Sally Jenkins (15 June 1992). "Down And Dirty". Sports Illustrated. Vol. 76, no. 23. pp. 24-29.
  2. ^ "Tennis: Boetsch thrills France". The Independent. 2 December 1996. Archived from the original on 20 June 2022. Retrieved 2012.

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