Raemon Sluiter
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Raemon Sluiter
Raemon Sluiter
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Country (sports) Netherlands
ResidenceRotterdam, Netherlands
Born (1978-04-13) 13 April 1978 (age 44)
Rotterdam, Netherlands
Height1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Turned pro1996
Retired2010
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed both sides)
Prize money$1,726,539
Singles
Career record90-131 (at ATP Tour level, Grand Slam level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 46 (24 February 2003)
Grand Slam singles results
Australian Open2R (2000, 2006)
French Open3R (2004, 2006)
Wimbledon3R (2001)
US Open2R (2002, 2006)
Doubles
Career record25-41 (at ATP Tour level, Grand Slam level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 97 (8 September 2003)
Grand Slam doubles results
Australian Open1R (2004)
French Open2R (2003, 2004)
Wimbledon2R (2004)
US Open2R (2003)
Last updated on: 23 January 2022.

Raemon Sluiter (born 13 April 1978) is a Dutch former professional tennis player and current coach. His career-high ATP singles ranking is World No. 46, achieved in February 2003. Though he achieved only limited success during his professional career, Sluiter reached four ATP finals in his native Netherlands, and also reached the semi-finals of the Davis Cup with the Dutch team in 2001.

He announced his retirement in February 2008, which took effect after he played his home event in Rotterdam. In April 2009 he returned to professional tennis, reaching the final of an ITF Futures tournament in Albufeira, Portugal having entered the tournament in the qualifying rounds. In June 2009 he reached the final of the Ordina Open, becoming the lowest ranked professional player (866th) in history to reach an ATP final.

Sluiter's best performance in Grand Slam tournaments was the third round, which he reached at Wimbledon in 2001 and in the French Open in 2004 and 2006. In the first round of the 2003 Wimbledon Championships, Sluiter stunned 20th seed and former World #1 Yevgeny Kafelnikov in five sets for one of the biggest wins of his career.

Junior career

Sluiter excelled as a junior and won the Boys' Doubles title at the 1995 French Open, alongside compatriot Peter Wessels. The pair also reached the final of the 1995 US Open Junior.[1]

Professional career

Sluiter turned professional in 1996,[2] and broke into the ATP top 100 for the first time in 2000. In the same year, Sluiter qualified for his first Grand Slam tournament at the 2000 Australian Open, where he defeated Andrea Gaudenzi in five sets in the first round for his first Grand Slam victory. In the second round, he was defeated by 16th seed Mark Philippoussis in four sets. At the 2000 Energis Dutch Open, Sluiter reached his first ATP final on home soil, where he was defeated by the veteran Magnus Gustafsson.[3]

In 2001, Sluiter achieved his best result at a Grand Slam tournament, by reaching the third round at Wimbledon, where he lost to Arnaud Clément in a closely contested four-set match. He equalled this achievement at the French Open in 2004 and 2006, losing to Carlos Moyá and Martín Vassallo Argüello, respectively.

Sluiter was part of the Netherlands team which reached the semi-finals of the 2001 Davis Cup. In his only rubber of the tie, Sluiter faced a rematch against Arnaud Clément, who had defeated him at that year's Wimbledon, but was forced to retire while leading 2-1 in the third set. The Dutch team went on to lose the tie 3-2.[4]

Sluiter's greatest scalp at a Grand Slam tournament came at the 2003 Wimbledon Championships, where he defeated former world No. 1 Yevgeny Kafelnikov in five sets in the first round. In the following round, he lost to Alexander Popp in another five-set match. That year also saw Sluiter reach his career high singles ranking of world No. 46.[5]

On 20 November 2006, Sluiter dropped out of the top 100 for the last time,[5] but continued to be ranked in the top 200 until his retirement in 2008. Sluiter's final tournament was to be the 2008 ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in his hometown of Rotterdam. Having received a wild card into the main draw of the tournament, Sluiter was defeated by eventual champion Michaël Llodra in the first round.[6]

In 2009, Sluiter made a comeback to professional tennis. In June, he received a wild card to the 2009 Ordina Open in Rosmalen. Despite being ranked 866th in the world at the time, Sluiter reached the final of the tournament,[7] where he was defeated by Benjamin Becker. This made him the lowest ranked player ever to reach an ATP tour final. Sluiter announced his second retirement in 2010.

During his lengthy career, Sluiter reached four ATP World Tour finals, all in his native Netherlands. In addition to his final appearances in Amsterdam and Rosmalen, Sleuter reached finals in Rotterdam and Amersfoort in 2003, losing on both occasions. Despite his limited success on the main ATP circuit, Sluiter won 10 ATP Challenger Tour titles during his career.

Though a singles specialist, Sluiter was also an occasional doubles player. Partnering Martin Verkerk, he reached two doubles finals during his career, in Tashkent in 2002 and Delray Beach in 2003, losing both finals.[8] In 2003 he reached his career high doubles ranking of world No. 97.[5]

Coaching career

After retiring from his playing career, Sluiter became a coach. Since 2015, he has been coaching Dutch player Kiki Bertens.[9] In 2016, Bertens reached the semi-final of the French Open.[10]

Junior Grand Slam finals

Doubles: 2 (1 title, 1 runner-up)

Result Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1995 French Open Clay Netherlands Peter Wessels United States Justin Gimelstob
United States Ryan Wolters
7-6, 7-5
Loss 1995 US Open Hard Netherlands Peter Wessels South Korea Lee Jong-Min
Canada Jocelyn Robichaud
6-7, 2-6

ATP career finals

Singles: 4 (4 runner-ups)

Legend
Grand Slam Tournaments (0-0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0-0)
ATP Masters Series (0-0)
ATP Championship Series (0-1)
ATP World Series (0-3)
Finals by surface
Hard (0-1)
Clay (0-2)
Grass (0-1)
Carpet (0-0)
Finals by setting
Outdoors (0-3)
Indoors (0-1)
Result W-L Date Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0-1 Jul 2000 Amsterdam, Netherlands International Series Clay Sweden Magnus Gustafsson 7-6(7-4), 3-6, 6-7(5-7), 1-6
Loss 0-2 Feb 2003 Rotterdam, Netherlands Championship Series Hard Belarus Max Mirnyi 6-7(3-7), 4-6
Loss 0-3 Jul 2003 Amersfoort, Netherlands International Series Clay Chile Nicolás Massú 4-6, 6-7(3-7), 2-6
Loss 0-4 Jun 2009 Rosmalen, Netherlands International Series Grass Germany Benjamin Becker 5-7, 3-6

Doubles: 2 (2 runner-ups)

Legend
Grand Slam Tournaments (0-0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0-0)
ATP Masters Series (0-0)
ATP Championship Series (0-0)
ATP World Series (0-2)
Finals by surface
Hard (0-2)
Clay (0-0)
Grass (0-0)
Carpet (0-0)
Finals by setting
Outdoors (0-2)
Indoors (0-0)
Result W-L Date Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0-1 Sep 2002 Tashkent, Uzbekistan International Series Hard Netherlands Martin Verkerk South Africa David Adams
South Africa Robbie Koenig
2-6, 5-7
Loss 0-2 Mar 2003 Delray Beach, United States International Series Hard Netherlands Martin Verkerk Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Nenad Zimonji?
India Leander Paes
5-7, 6-3, 5-7

ATP Challenger and ITF Futures finals

Singles: 17 (10-7)

Legend
ATP Challenger (10-5)
ITF Futures (0-2)
Finals by surface
Hard (0-4)
Clay (4-2)
Grass (1-0)
Carpet (5-1)
Result W-L Date Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Win 1-0 Jul 1999 Bristol, United Kingdom Challenger Grass United Kingdom Chris Wilkinson 6-3, 6-7, 7-6
Win 2-0 Nov 1999 Aachen, Germany Challenger Carpet Germany David Prinosil 2-6, 6-4, 7-6
Loss 2-1 Oct 2000 Tulsa, United States Challenger Hard Venezuela Jimy Szymanski 6-7(5-7), 7-6(7-5), 6-7(3-7)
Win 3-1 Jul 2001 Scheveningen, Netherlands Challenger Clqy France Paul-Henri Mathieu 6-3, 6-4
Win 4-1 Feb 2002 Lübeck, Germany Challenger Carpet Germany Alexander Popp 6-2, 3-0 ret.
Win 5-1 Mar 2002 Hamburg, Germany Challenger Carpet South Africa Neville Godwin 6-1, 6-3
Win 6-1 Apr 2002 Tunis, Tunisia Challenger Clay Croatia Mario Radic 6-2, 7-5
Win 7-1 Jul 2002 Scheveningen, Netherlands Challenger Clqy Spain Salvador Navarro 7-6(8-6), 6-7(3-7), 7-6(7-4)
Loss 7-2 Jul 2004 Scheveningen, Netherlands Challenger Clqy Netherlands Peter Wessels 5-7, 6-7(7-9)
Win 8-2 Feb 2005 Lübeck, Germany Challenger Carpet Germany Alexander Waske 7-6(7-2), 7-6(12-10)
Loss 8-3 Nov 2005 Aachen, Germany Challenger Carpet Russia Evgeny Korolev 3-6, 6-7(7-9)
Loss 8-4 Nov 2005 Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine Challenger Hard Belgium Dick Norman 6-7(2-7), 7-6(7-2), 3-6
Win 9-4 Nov 2005 Prague, Czech Republic Challenger Carpet France Nicolas Thomann 6-3, 7-5
Loss 9-5 Oct 2006 Kolding, Denmark Challenger Hard France Michaël Llodra 4-6, 4-6
Win 10-5 Jul 2007 Pozna?, Poland Challenger Clay Brazil Júlio Silva 6-4, 6-3
Loss 10-6 Mar 2009 Portugal F3, Albufeira Futures Hard Portugal Leonardo Tavares 3-6, 4-6
Loss 10-7 May 2009 Czech Republic F3, Jablonec nad Nisou Futures Clay Hungary Ádám Kellner 6-7(7-9), 6-4, 3-6

Doubles: 10 (6-4)

Legend
ATP Challenger (5-4)
ITF Futures (1-0)
Finals by surface
Hard (1-2)
Clay (4-1)
Grass (0-0)
Carpet (1-1)
Result W-L Date Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0-1 Jul 1997 Scheveningen, Netherlands Challenger Clay Netherlands Peter Wessels Spain Álex Calatrava
Belgium Tom Vanhoudt
7-6, 2-6, 6-7
Loss 0-2 Feb 1998 Lippstadt, Germany Challenger Carpet Netherlands Peter Wessels United Kingdom Andrew Richardson
South Africa Myles Wakefield
6-4, 6-7, 4-6
Win 1-2 May 1998 China F1, Beijing Futures Hard South Korea Kim Dong-Hyun Japan Hiroki Ishii
Japan Hideki Kaneko
6-1, 6-7, 6-2
Win 2-2 Sep 1998 Belgrade, Serbia Challenger Clay Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Nenad Zimonji? Lebanon Ali Hamadeh
Sweden Johan Landsberg
6-4, 6-4
Win 3-2 Oct 1998 Eckental, Germany Challenger Carpet Czech Republic Tomá? Cibulec United Kingdom Barry Cowan
Switzerland Filippo Veglio
7-6, 6-3
Loss 3-3 Oct 2000 Austin, United States Challenger Hard Netherlands Dennis Van Scheppingen Australia Tim Crichton
Australia Ashley Fisher
1-6, 7-6(8-6), 0-6
Loss 3-4 Oct 2003 Groningen, Netherlands Challenger Hard Netherlands Fred Hemmes Israel Amir Hadad
Israel Harel Levy
4-6, 4-6
Win 4-4 Jul 2004 Scheveningen, Netherlands Challenger Clay Netherlands Paul Logtens Italy Enzo Artoni
Argentina Juan Pablo Brzezicki
6-2, 7-5
Win 5-4 Jul 2007 Scheveningen, Netherlands Challenger Clay Netherlands Peter Wessels India Rohan Bopanna
Uruguay Pablo Cuevas
7-6(8-6), 7-5
Win 6-4 Aug 2009 Vigo, Spain Challenger Clay Netherlands Thiemo de Bakker Spain Albert Ramos Viñolas
Spain Pedro Clar-Rossello
7-6(7-5), 6-2

Performance timeline

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 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 SR W-L Win%
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A A A 2R 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R 2R Q3 0 / 7 2-7 22%
French Open A A A Q1 Q2 1R 1R 1R 3R 1R 3R Q2 0 / 6 4-6 40%
Wimbledon Q1 A A A A 3R 2R 2R 1R 1R A A 0 / 5 4-5 44%
US Open A A A Q1 A 1R 2R 1R 1R A 2R Q1 0 / 5 2-5 29%
Win-loss 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-1 2-4 2-4 1-4 2-4 0-3 4-3 0-0 0 / 23 12-23 34%
ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Indian Wells A A A A A Q1 A A 3R A A A 0 / 1 2-1 67%
Miami A A A A Q1 Q1 1R 1R 1R A 1R 2R 0 / 5 1-5 17%
Monte Carlo A A A A A A A 1R A A A A 0 / 1 0-1 0%
Hamburg A A A A A A A 1R A A A A 0 / 1 0-1 0%
Rome A A A A A A A 2R Q1 A A A 0 / 1 1-1 50%
Madrid Not Held A Q2 A A A A 0 / 0 0-0  - 
Canada A A A A A A A 1R A A A A 0 / 1 0-1 0%
Win-loss 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-1 1-5 2-2 0-0 0-1 1-1 0 / 10 4-10 29%

Personal life

Sluiter was born in Rotterdam. His father, Fred, was a caretaker at his former school and his mother, Cisca, worked as a part-time cleaner.[1] He is a supporter of his local football team, Feyenoord, and during the 2003-04 season he was the club's official ambassador.[11] He also enjoys snooker and is a fan of the band Pearl Jam.[1] His girlfriend is former field hockey player Fatima Moreira de Melo.[12]

References

  1. ^ a b c "Raemon Sluiter | Bio | ATP World Tour | Tennis". ATP. Retrieved 2016.
  2. ^ "Raemon Sluiter | Overview | ATP World Tour | Tennis". ATP. Retrieved 2016.
  3. ^ "Raemon Sluiter | Player Activity | ATP World Tour | Tennis". ATP. Retrieved 2016.
  4. ^ "Davis Cup - Tie - Details". Davis Cup. Retrieved 2016.
  5. ^ a b c "Raemon Sluiter | Rankings History | ATP World Tour | Tennis". ATP. Retrieved 2016.
  6. ^ "Dutch tennis player Raemon Sluiter ends his career in Rotterdam tournament - Wikinews, the free news source". en.wikinews.org. Retrieved .
  7. ^ "Raemon Sluiter in finale Rosmalen". NU (in Dutch). Retrieved .
  8. ^ "Raemon Sluiter | Titles and Finals | ATP World Tour | Tennis". ATP. Retrieved 2016.
  9. ^ "Bertens stelt Sluiter aan als nieuwe coach". NU (in Dutch). Retrieved .
  10. ^ "Serena Williams beats Bertens to make French Open final". Eurosport. 3 June 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  11. ^ "New Ambassador for Feyenoord". Feyenoord Rotterdam. 31 July 2003. Retrieved 2016.
  12. ^ "Raemon Sluiter, Fatima Moreira de Melo én Autohaag Zeeuw: een uitstekende match (in Dutch)". Delft op zondag. 16 April 2016. Retrieved 2016.

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Awards
Preceded by Rotterdam Sportsman of the Year
2000–2002
Succeeded by

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