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Stefan "The Yellow Shorts will never die" Koubek Appreciation Thread

Action Jackson
10-13-2006, 04:18 AM
Since Melzer and Marach have their own thread, it's time for Koubek to have one.

It seems Stefan's decision to skip the Davis Cup playoff to get his ranking back in the top 100 has been successful. After defeating Ancic and making the semis in Mumbai, he has done well in his home event of Vienna is in the quarters defeating Baghdatis and now plays Hrbaty for a place in the semi finals.

10-13-2006, 04:21 AM
Good timing :yeah:
How gorgeous is this photo!? Well not really, but it's amusing. If I find nicer ones, I'll add them. He's definitely deserving of a that he's the freaking #2 in Austria :tape: :),property=original.jpg

Action Jackson
10-13-2006, 04:33 AM

I need to find some with the yellow shorts.

10-13-2006, 04:46 AM
Haha, yep...Yellow shorts pic is a necessary part of this thread :yeah:
To make up for that horrible one I posted earlier :angel:,property=original.jpg,property=original.jpg

Action Jackson
10-13-2006, 05:02 AM
Some older ones.

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10-13-2006, 05:26 AM

Koubek upsets Baghdatis

VIENNA, Austria (AP) - Cyprus' Marcos Baghdatis was upset by Stefan Koubek of Austria, 1-6, 7-6 (3), 6-2 in the second round of the BA-CA Tennis Trophy on Thursday.

Baghdatis outplayed wild card Koubek in the first set, but found himself soon at 1-4 down in the second. The Australian Open finalist, coming back after missing two weeks due to a shoulder injury, got the re-break but lost in the tiebreaker. From 2-2 in the third set, Baghdatis lost four games in row.

"I was just too nervous at the beginning and needed a set to settle down. I was surprised myself that I could turn the match around," Koubek said.

The Austrian will play Dominik Hrbaty of Slovakia in the quarter-finals.

Action Jackson
10-28-2006, 01:30 PM
Stef lost 7-6 7-6 to Tsonga in the 1st round of qualies of Paris, off to the Challengers now mate.

Action Jackson
11-06-2006, 05:59 AM
Stef is playing against Cernak in the first round of the Bratislava challenger.

11-07-2006, 01:08 PM
Melbourne Cup day at work today and they had a fashion parade. I was laughing out loud every time they said fashionista. I think it was more amusing as it was Richard Wilkins saying it.

Action Jackson
11-08-2006, 04:05 PM
Koubek is all style and these idiots who don't know that are just buffoons.

Onto tennis El Fashionista is in the Qfs of the Blava challenger and he plays Kubot the clown for a spot in the semis.

11-08-2006, 06:47 PM
Koubek is all style and these idiots who don't know that are just buffoons.

Onto tennis El Fashionista is in the Qfs of the Blava challenger and he plays Kubot the clown for a spot in the semis.

Koubek stated in his translation diary that "today everything was correct against Carlson". That does not say much since Carlson took him to three sets with Stefan winning 7-6, 2-6, 6-4.

Good luck to Stefan against Kubot.:D

Action Jackson
11-09-2006, 06:24 AM
Koubek stated in his translation diary that "today everything was correct against Carlson". That does not say much since Carlson took him to three sets with Stefan winning 7-6, 2-6, 6-4.

Did he win the match? Then everything is correct as long as he gets the W next to his name and moves through to the next round.

11-09-2006, 01:29 PM
Did he win the match? Then everything is correct as long as he gets the W next to his name and moves through to the next round.

You and I view things differently. To me everything is correct when you win easily. I guess you and Stefan think alike.

Action Jackson
11-10-2006, 09:54 AM
You and I view things differently. To me everything is correct when you win easily. I guess you and Stefan think alike.

W and L are the most important things in pro tennis and players don't get extra points for playing well. Hence Koubek did well enough to win this match and got the correct result.

11-11-2006, 01:30 PM
W and L are the most important things in pro tennis and players don't get extra points for playing well. Hence Koubek did well enough to win this match and got the correct result.

I was sorry to see that Koubek did not play very well against Kubot losing 2-6, 3-6. Both Stefan and Kubot have risen in their rankings this year. I run a contest on and Stefan has improve by 103 places while Kubot has improvedd by 20 places so far this year. In the contest my son picked Stefan and I supported his selection because I knew Stefan can do a lot better than he had. Marty Fish is the leadding player as he has improved 178 places. Hope you will enter the contest next year. It starts in December and I give everyone two weeks to enter. No player may be selected twice.

Action Jackson
11-12-2006, 08:10 PM
Hmmm that is interesting about that contest.

Stef is now in Dnepropetrovsk and plays Economidies in the 1st round.

11-12-2006, 09:02 PM
Hmmm that is interesting about that contest.

Stef is now in Dnepropetrovsk and plays Economidies in the 1st round.

I hope he does well. He should be able to win.

11-13-2006, 10:36 AM
But they play as team in doubles hehe , against Italians Luzzi/Starace

Action Jackson
11-13-2006, 10:41 AM
I hope he does well. He should be able to win.

Don't underestimate the Big Greek, he has done very well this year as well.

Action Jackson
11-14-2006, 06:42 AM
Stef and the Big Greek won their doubles match in straight sets.

Action Jackson
11-15-2006, 07:34 AM
Koubek defeated his doubles partner in straight sets and now has to play against big serving bozo Rusedski for a place in the QFs.

Action Jackson
11-16-2006, 09:17 AM
Stef defeated the big serving bozo in 3 sets and plays the young Ukranian Dologpolov Jr for a place in the semis.

11-17-2006, 04:33 AM
Stef defeated the big serving bozo in 3 sets and plays the young Ukranian Dologpolov Jr for a place in the semis.

This is great for Stefan. Hope he keeps it up. Go Stefan win.

Action Jackson
11-18-2006, 08:22 AM
Come back with the yellow shorts Stefan. He lost to the young Ukranian 6-2 6-4 and the worst thing is that he had 7 break back points when Dolgopolov was serving for the match.

Hope he has done enough to be able to get into Doha in Jan and he will more than likely be at the St Anton event again.

11-18-2006, 01:28 PM
Come back with the yellow shorts Stefan. He lost to the young Ukranian 6-2 6-4 and the worst thing is that he had 7 break back points when Dolgopolov was serving for the match.

Hope he has done enough to be able to get into Doha in Jan and he will more than likely be at the St Anton event again.

According to the S. Anton web site he will be there and so will Jurgen Melzer.

I was sorry to see him lose to Dologopolov. Stefan had been playing so well that I was sure he would win. It was a tough match for lhim to lose.

At least he has had a good year and risen in the rankings. He is better than his ranking shows, but he is slowly climbing up.

Action Jackson
11-30-2006, 03:36 AM
Stef will be playing in Chennai, then he is an alternate on either Sydney or Auckland, then off to the Aus Open.

Of course he is in St Anton, he loves it there.

Action Jackson
12-08-2006, 03:01 AM
Stef won his match against Kohlschreiber who replaced Benji Becker and now plays Melzer today and here are some pics from the party and his match.

12-08-2006, 09:14 PM
he lost 4:6 2:6 to jürgen!

but it was a nice match :)

12-09-2006, 04:09 AM
he lost 4:6 2:6 to jürgen!

but it was a nice match :)

Were you there? I am trying to find pictures from the matches with no water marks on them. I have found ones from the party but need them from the matches also. The site only has from 2005 and none from 2006 yet.

Action Jackson
12-30-2006, 05:12 PM
It will be Stef's birthday very soon and this is his draw for Chennai.

(7)Paradorn Srichapan (THA) vs Q
Stefan Koubek (AUT) vs Bartolome Salva-Vidal (ESP)
Igor Andreev (RUS) vs Q
(4)Julien Benneteau (FRA) vs Teimuraz Gabashvili (RUS)

Action Jackson
01-01-2007, 04:22 PM
Happy 30th birthday Stefan.

01-02-2007, 08:09 AM
Peta sooo has to see the pic of Stefan with the goat/demon thing!
I've been telling a lot of disinterested people that it's his bday :lol:. Cant take me anywhere... Hope he has/had a good one!

Action Jackson
01-02-2007, 08:21 AM
Yes, we know Peta loves goats and he turns the big 30. It's not a bad thing.

01-02-2007, 02:13 PM
stefan won today his match against salva-vidal 2:6 6:3 7:5

congrats stefan :yeah:

01-02-2007, 03:50 PM
great comeback win from Stefan :yeah:

01-02-2007, 11:00 PM
Glad Stefan won today. It makes a nice birthday present to himself.

01-04-2007, 11:30 PM
Stefan won so clear against Sricha :eek:

go for the SF :rocker2:

but he won#t have a chance against Beneteau :sad:

01-05-2007, 01:35 AM
Stefan won so clear against Sricha :eek:

go for the SF :rocker2:

but he won#t have a chance against Beneteau :sad:

I think Julian will win against Stefan, but we have to wait and see.
May the better player win as I support both of them.

Action Jackson
01-05-2007, 01:43 AM
Some pics.

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01-05-2007, 01:47 AM,,-6322307,00.html

Koubek displayed powerful groundstrokes to dominate Paradorn, who is recovering from the wrist injury that forced him out of the singles at last month's Asian Games.

"I played solid tennis," Koubek told a news conference. "It was maybe easy because Paradorn was injured...everything went right for me."
Paradorn, four times a finalist here, said: "It was difficult playing Stefan with the injury because he was playing more to my back hand.
"I thought I was ready for the tournament, guess I wasn't. I don't know about the Australian Open, I've got two weeks to go."
Koubek will next meet fourth-seeded Frenchman Julien Benneteau, who beat Russian Igor Andreev 7-6 6-2.

01-05-2007, 03:17 PM
stefan's match is now on the scoarbord!!
good luck!! you will need it :worship:

01-05-2007, 09:22 PM
congrats stefan :worship:

6:1 6:2 :eek: :yeah:

good luck against moya :bowdown:

01-05-2007, 10:59 PM
In his dairy Stefan said he played the best he has in three years. Good for him. Now he plays Moya and it will be an exciting match. Wish we could see it. Good luck to both.

Action Jackson
01-06-2007, 02:09 PM
Stef is on fire at the moment and he is handling Moya easily, just hope he can keep it up.

Action Jackson
01-06-2007, 02:28 PM
Stef has kept up his excellent work and gave a Moya a good hiding 6-3 6-1 and has a big chance to win his 4th title against Malisse.

Action Jackson
01-06-2007, 04:01 PM

Unseeded Koubek, who beat two seeded players to reach the semi-finals, felled twice winner and fifth seed Moya in 63 minutes.

Koubek broke world number 43 Moya, runner-up last year, in the eighth game to win the first set.

"Everything I did worked. I was on top of him. It was a perfect day," said world number 80 Koubek.

Action Jackson
01-06-2007, 04:02 PM

01-06-2007, 04:32 PM
wow stefan :eek: :worship:
i don't know if you speak german but here's an german article from

Koubek fegt in Chennai über Moya hinweg
Stefan Koubek surft in Chennai weitehin auf einer Erfolgswelle dahin

Chennai - Der Kärntner Stefan Koubek bleibt im neuen Jahr weiter ungeschlagen, diesmal setzte er in Chennai mit dem Spanier Carlos Moya im Ausmaß von 6:3,6:1 das vierte und bisher prominenteste Opfer auf seine Abschussliste.

Der diesmal als Nummer 5 gesetzt gewesene Spanier hatte das Turnier in der indischen Stadt 2004 und 2005 gewonnen und war im Vorjahr erst im Finale am Kroaten Ivan Ljubicic gescheitert.

Doch der persönliche Chennai-Rekord Moyas mit 18 Siegen bei nur 2 Niederlagen kümmerte Koubek kaum, ebenso wenig wie das 1:3 vor dieser Partie im Head-to-Head mit dem früheren Weltranglisten-Leader.
Offenes Match im ersten Satz

Zunächst vereitelte der French-Open-Sieger 1998 noch vier Breakchancen Koubeks und vergab selbst deren zwei.

Doch mit dem Service-Verlust Moyas zur 5:3-Führung für den ÖTV-Daviscupper war die Vorentscheidung gefallen.

Koubek servierte im ersten Satz aus und ließ seinem Gegner dann noch Game eins des zweiten Durchgangs.
Koubek im zweiten Set ohne Gnade

Doch die restlichen sechs Spiele gehörten dem Österreicher, mit einer 63-minütigen Spielzeit brauchte er nur zwei Minuten länger als am Vortag beim 6:1,6:2-Viertelfinalsieg gegen den als Nummer vier gereihten Franzosen Julien Benneteau.

Mit diesem Ergebnis hatte Koubek auch im Achtelfinale gegen den Thailänder Paradorn Srichaphan (7) gewonnen.

"Es ist unglaublich. Es ist alles aufgegangen, was ich mir vorgenommen habe", so Koubek nach seinem 2. Erfolg gegen Moya^.
Mut zum Risiko

In seinen jüngsten drei Partien zum Final-Einzug durchwegs gegen Gesetzte gab der Wahl-Wiener damit nur 10 Games ab.

Gegen Moya spielte Koubek mit viel Risiko, schlug wieder gut auf, verzeichnete 5 Asse und machte mit seinem ersten Aufschlag auch 80 Prozent der Punkte.

Zumindest Ähnliches wird auch im Finale nötig sein, da trifft er mit Xavier Malisse auf die Nummer 3 des Turniers. Der Belgier ließ mit einem 6:4,7:6 (4) gegen den topgesetzten Rafael Nadal aufhorchen.
Koubek nähert sich Top-50

Während der Spanier nun weiter auf seinen ersten Titel seit den vorjährigen French Open wartet, geht Malisse auf seinen zweiten nach Delray Beach 2005 los.

Im Head-to-Head mit Koubek führt Malisse mit 3:0, das bisher letzte Duell ist aber schon mehr als dreieinhalb Jahre her.

Der 26-Jährige ist aktueller Weltranglisten-37., Koubek rangiert auf Position 80. Mit in Indien nun schon 120 geholten Zählern bewegt er sich aber am Montag stark in Richtung der Top 50.

Action Jackson
01-06-2007, 05:25 PM
Not everyone speaks German, but basically he is delighted with how everything is going.

He didn't care about Moya's Chennai record or his 1-3 H2H and played riskier shots than usual and improved his service.

"It's unbelievebable. All I had imagined for myself just worked out perfectly", said Koubek after his 2nd sucess over Moya.

He is 0-3 in H2H against Malisse, though they haven't played for a while and he is close to the top 50 now with this result.

01-06-2007, 05:34 PM
sorry i just thought i post this german article ;)

i wish him all the best for tomorrow!! a tournament win at the beginning of the season would give him a lot of confidence

Action Jackson
01-06-2007, 05:39 PM
Nah, it was a good article I just had to get friends to translate it for me.

01-06-2007, 05:40 PM
Nah, it was a good article I just had to get friends to translate it for me.

ok :D

01-07-2007, 12:04 PM
Sometimes I loathe tennis. More so, when someone I like, loses to someone who has the ability to consistently irritate me.

Still, Koubek has points, and match practice. He may not have won, but it was a good week.

Action Jackson
01-07-2007, 12:10 PM
He will be on a plane very soon and you will see him before me Kristen, so booooooooooooo to that.

He had a great week and hope he can do well in the AO, here are some more pics I found of him.

Action Jackson
01-07-2007, 01:12 PM
Runner up pics with Malisse.

01-09-2007, 09:38 AM
I ws hopilng Stefan would keep on winning but after a long flight and no preparation time he lost in sydney to Healy 3-6, 5-7. Better luck in the AO.

01-09-2007, 11:31 AM
I don't know what Stefan was doing on court today, but I wouldn't call it tennis :rolls:

He was hardly moving at all. I don't know if he was tight, but he put in hardly any effort and it was HILARIOUS. He kept smiling through it all, laughing when the umpire overruled a line call, moving his ass so it would hit a dodgy first serve of Nathans. Playing futsal with the tennis ball...using his feet and chest. It would have been awful to watch but he made it fun. Even though Healey won, I was waving my Austrian flag at the end :rolls:

01-24-2007, 05:07 PM
Stefan is playing in Durban, South Africa this week and is seeded #1 in this challenger. He won his first match over Whitehouse (RSA) 6-4, 6-2. Next he will play Cipolla (ITA).
Stefan want to raise his ranking and this is the way for him to do it.

Action Jackson
01-31-2007, 01:36 PM
Stef is fine and has covered his points from Zagreb and he defeated LaLo in 3 sets and now will play Ljubo likely.

02-02-2007, 01:09 PM
Stef is fine and has covered his points from Zagreb and he defeated LaLo in 3 sets and now will play Ljubo likely.

I do not undstand what you mean he covered his points from last year. Last year Stefan reached the finals and yesterday he lost to Ljubicic so he will lose a great many points. That is a shame.

Meanwhile another Austrian, Alex Peya, is doing very well. Today Alex defeated Llodra in the Quater finals and will play either Clement or Baghdatis in the semis.

I wonder who will pay the second singles for the DC with Alex doing so well, he should be considered to have a chance. Of course Jurgen will play number one on the DC team.

02-02-2007, 04:20 PM
i think he meant that stefan saved his zagreb points by reaching the final from chennai ;)

and the austrian davis cup trainer thought about it to put alex in the team!

i'm really impressed.. he's in the semifinal (as a qualifier) :worship:

Action Jackson
02-02-2007, 04:26 PM
You are right Nadl. I doubt Peya will play in the DC tie.

02-03-2007, 12:23 PM
I think I get it now. My question is will his ranking drop because he did not reach the finals this week? He was up to 50 in the rankings.

I agree that Peya will most likely not get to play unless it is a dead match. The Austrians stick with Stefan no matter whether he is playing well or not. If they gave the younger players a chance, they would have experience and I feel Austria would do better. At times both Marach and Peya have been playing well and they did not get a chance to play for their country.

What upsets me is the fact that the one time Stefan was not chosen to play singles because his ranking had dropped so low, he chose to play in a tournament to help his ranking and was not there to support his team and country. I am sure you feel this is fine, but I think it shows the type of person he is. Always thinking of himself first.

Action Jackson
02-12-2007, 08:31 AM
I think I get it now. My question is will his ranking drop because he did not reach the finals this week? He was up to 50 in the rankings..

He is ranked 71 at the moment, but that isn't too important.

I agree that Peya will most likely not get to play unless it is a dead match. The Austrians stick with Stefan no matter whether he is playing well or not. If they gave the younger players a chance, they would have experience and I feel Austria would do better. At times both Marach and Peya have been playing well and they did not get a chance to play for their country.

So if Stefan is playing well, then he shouldn't play, cause they need to give younger players a chance? If he is in form, then he should be picked, if not, then he shouldn't.

What upsets me is the fact that the one time Stefan was not chosen to play singles because his ranking had dropped so low, he chose to play in a tournament to help his ranking and was not there to support his team and country. I am sure you feel this is fine, but I think it shows the type of person he is. Always thinking of himself first.

So what should he have gone to the Mexican tie and been head cheerleader or something? Here is the thing you complain about him playing a tournament in the week when he wasn't selected for the team. He wasn't playing well enough to be there and these players have to look after their rankings as well, there is a balance there, especially since Stef is not a top player.

If he was injured and couldn't play then it would be the perfect time to go there and support them and actually that challenger result helped him move back up the rankings. Actually it doesn't show anything about him as a person at all.

Action Jackson
02-12-2007, 08:36 AM
Disappointing effort from Stefan against Chucho. This was hard for me as I wanted Argentina to win the tie, but Koubek to play well. One part of that happened and the other didn't sadly.

Acasuso didn't face any break points in the first set, but served poorly in the tiebreaker and Koubek had 2 set points and couldn't convert on either.

Chucho broke early and held the momentum to give his team the 1-0 lead. After a tough set, it became easier for Chucho who served well, but had some help from El Fashionista with 44 unforced errors.

Action Jackson
02-25-2007, 06:11 AM
Stef lost to Murray in the QFs of Memphis, but that's not a surprise really.

Action Jackson
02-25-2007, 06:13 AM
Stefan is playing in this stupid RR format in Viva Las Vegas.

(3) SAFIN, Marat (RUS)
KOUBEK, Stefan (AUT)

Action Jackson
04-09-2007, 03:27 PM
No more RR and that's good and here are some pics of Stef in the Sunrise Challenger.

El Fashionista was too good for the King 7-6 6-4 coming back from 1-4 down in the 2nd set.

04-11-2007, 02:15 PM
Koubek retired in Valencia in the 2nd Round against Volandri 4:6,0:1 due to injury - left foot. hopefully nothing serious. probably he withdraws from monte carlo.

Action Jackson
04-13-2007, 06:20 AM
Stef has withdrawn from Monte Carlo.

Action Jackson
04-27-2007, 01:42 PM
El Fashionista will be back playing in Munich.

Action Jackson
05-30-2007, 05:36 AM
This is the great Koubek in Sopot 2005 with Nathii and this is why the yellow shorts rule.

Good win for Stef over the "gimp" Rochus and now he plays Ferrero and they have some good matches and Koubek can take him down again.

Action Jackson
07-03-2007, 12:01 PM
Here are some pics that Princess Adam took at Wimbledon of Koubek. ( (

Action Jackson
07-03-2007, 12:03 PM
Stef will be in Gstaad, Stuttgart and Kitzi.

07-21-2007, 05:07 PM
Those are pics I took of Stefan when I was in Stuttgart:

Action Jackson
07-28-2007, 07:37 AM
Great pics Choupi and good to see El Fashionista looking radiant as always.

Action Jackson
08-29-2007, 11:40 AM
Stef pulled off one of the great comebacks in Sopot against Calleri down 0-6 0-4 and won 0-6 7-6 7-5 and he saved 4 match points.

Then he blew it against Boredo after leading a set and 3-0, here are the Sopot pics.

Action Jackson
08-29-2007, 11:44 AM
Stef laid the smackdown on Querrey 7-6 6-1 6-1 and hope he can do the same to Llodra and the outfit is just too good.

08-29-2007, 01:33 PM
Stefan must be very happy with that win over Querry. Sam just could not serve yesterday so was at a great disadvantage against Stefan who gets everything back and places them well. I wish Stefan luck, but I also like Llorda so it is a probllem for me. Play great Stefan and you should win.

08-31-2007, 06:34 AM
Great win by Stsefan over Llorda. He is playing great in NYC.

Next up is James Blake a favorite in NY. I think James will win but it will be a battle if Stefan keeps playing well.

I hope they both play great. I am big fan of James and also Stefan so it is hard to chose.

Action Jackson
08-31-2007, 06:40 AM
MightyJurgenfan, since when did you like Stefan?

Anyway, Stef won easily again and you never know what can happen with him and he has played Blake once before and won that match in 5 and I remember it clearly. He can do it again and a good result here will keep him in the top 100 for a year.

08-31-2007, 01:45 PM
I am a fan of all Austrian players and have been for many years.

I do hope Stefan continues to play well at the Open. After the match last night Blake will be very tired dand Stefan does have a good chance to win.

At Indian Wells, I spoke to Stefan and wished him well. I wanted him to beat Spadea, but it ws not to be. Stefan did not play well that day and I was so disappointed. Now I hope he turns it around and plays well against Blake. If they both play their best it will be a great match to watch. I am sure we should get to see it here in the states on TV.

Action Jackson
09-01-2007, 10:45 AM
Stef got what we wanted a night match on centre court and he said in his diary while he is satisfied with the performances against Querrey and Llodra, he knows he will have to increase the level of his play.

Action Jackson
09-02-2007, 06:58 AM
Stef blew a huge opportunity against Blake or one could say he murdered the match. Up 4-2 in the 1st set and loses 6-4, wins the 2nd and then serves for the 3rd at 5-4 and loses to love and led in the breaker.

Good that he made the 3rd round, but what a shit ending.

Action Jackson
09-02-2007, 07:00 AM _uso258.jpg

09-02-2007, 01:46 PM
Actually I thouoght he played hard and was just up against a better player.
I have seen Stefan play at least six times and this was the first time he impressed
me with his effort.
Watching him lose to Andy Murray in Memphis and Spadea at Indian Wells had me
doubting his abilitly to play well. Last night he put out a lot of effort in
running down shots and then making winners. I was glad to see him finally
truly trying to win. At one point the announcres said "He looks like he really
thinks he can win". That is when James turned it around and started to play
Give Stefan credit for giving his all out on the court. He certainly fell
enough in trying to get to balls and that split made me hurt, yet he bounced
right up from it and still played well. I bet he is sore today.

Good luck to him and Austria in the Davis Cup.

09-03-2007, 05:58 PM
My Pics of Stefan from the US Open ( ( (

Just saw him practicing, didnt watch a match of him. I just saw the match against Blake on TV and thought he had the wrong gameplan going into this match. He went for duells his FH against Blake's BH and I dont know whether that was the right decision as his FH is his weakest shot.

Action Jackson
09-04-2007, 11:26 AM
Thanks for the pics and hope you had a good time in New York. I actually don't think the plan was that bad, just the execution and changing direction of the ball when he wasn't in position to do so.

Action Jackson
09-04-2007, 11:28 AM
Last night he put out a lot of effort in
running down shots and then making winners. I was glad to see him finally
truly trying to win. At one point the announcres said "He looks like he really
thinks he can win". That is when James turned it around and started to play
Give Stefan credit for giving his all out on the court. He certainly fell
enough in trying to get to balls and that split made me hurt, yet he bounced
right up from it and still played well. I bet he is sore today.

Good luck to him and Austria in the Davis Cup.

I have followed Koubek for years and years and I think I can back my judgement on this match, that it was an opportunity blown by him. It's the 3rd round of the US Open and not some MM event, so of course he is going to try to win it.

Koubek blew lots of chances to win this in 3 sets and the last set was one as soon as Blake won the breaker. Best thing that Koubek did was soften up Blake for Haas to finish him.

Action Jackson
10-02-2007, 05:44 PM
Here are some pics from DC where Stef helped the Austrians back into the World Group and he made the quarter finals in Mumbai before losing to Gasquet who won the event without losing a set.

Action Jackson
10-02-2007, 05:46 PM
Great performance in Metz with Stef giving Gilles Simon a 6-2 6-1 pounding. He had 5-0 in the 1st set too bad he couldn't give him the bagel.

Action Jackson
10-04-2007, 05:04 AM
Stef is up against Grosjean in the next round and they haven't played for years. Just hope he can turn around the recent results against Seb and take revenge on Boredo.

Action Jackson
10-04-2007, 04:17 PM
Stefan you bad bad bad man.


Austrian Koubek Disqualified In Metz

Austrian Stefan Koubek was disqualified from the Metz Open for comments he made to the tournament supervisor.


Austrian Stefan Koubek was disqualified from the Metz Open for comments he made to the tournament supervisor during Thursday's match with Sebastien Grosjean of France.

Koubek was leading the second-round encounter 5-7 7-6 4-2 when supervisor Thomas Karlberg ordered the umpire to disqualify him.

"On the first point of the seventh game, on Grosjean's serve, a Koubek forehand close to the baseline gave a 0-15 advantage to Koubek," Karlberg told a news conference.

"But the umpire realised Grosjean was in the way of the line judge, who was therefore unable to judge the point. In this case, the rule is to replay the point.

"Koubek disagreed and asked for the supervisor's intervention. He did not want to accept the rules and used strong language. I told him the match was over and asked the umpire to announce it."

Koubek was also disqualified in the second round of the French Open in 2000 and during qualification for the Paris Open in 2003.

Grosjean next faces top seed Tommy Robredo of Spain in the quarter-finals.

10-04-2007, 06:51 PM
What a shame Stefan lost his cool. I understand both Jurgen Melzer and Julian Knowle were at the match.

I have seen Stefan play many times and have never seen him lose his temper. He lost at the wrong time and place. Remember he was playing a Frenchmen and beating him when he was disqualified.:-(

Action Jackson
10-04-2007, 06:58 PM
He loses his cool now and then, but not to that level. I wonder what he said that got him D'qed.

He will be able to play in Vienna though.

10-04-2007, 09:16 PM
I read he will be fined but not banned from any tournaments. I also wonder what he said that got him disqualified.

I have seen many players swear at officials and not get disqualified. Curious?

10-05-2007, 04:50 AM
Bloody hell!
I might be 'growing up' but I still like to see the players(Grosjean) who beat my guys(Marach), end up losing. I so wanted Stefan to whoop Grosjeans arse!

10-05-2007, 09:05 PM
In his diary Stefan explains what happened. I have seen many players use that language and not get suspended. Was the Supervisor French?

This is a translated version that is a little hard to understand but you will know what he means.

Short discussion, Karl mountain says: The point is repeated. I do not want to accept however naturally further. I do not understand simply that I must pay for, if the official ones to one here shit build - however I was not loud in the whole discussion totally normally, no malicious word. Then Karl mountain instructed me to further-pass on. Nothing else remained natural for me over to make as what he instructs me - even if I felt extremely unfairly treated. And thus I when rising the bank a “Fuck you” pinch did not can yourself. It was said not even to the Karl mountain, but to the situation.

He understood that obviously differently and got and disqualifiziert me immediately from the place back. I find that an extremely unsportliche decision was - even if I naturally with the “Fuck you” necessarily a particularly smart statement did not make. But as said: It was from the situation and not against the Karl mountain personal. (Although er's for his behavior would have somehow earned itself

Action Jackson
10-14-2007, 01:15 PM
One of the German posters translated it in full.

Here is a translation of what Koubek said about the incident. He should have been playing there on the weekend.

A quick translation:

First, I’m sorry I didn’t write a blog entry sooner, but yesterday was a bit turbulent. And maybe I would have used some not so pretty words yesterday … because the disqualification was ridiculous, unfair.

Well, in order: A really good match that was going my way more and more, I was up two breaks in the third set, he broke back, then I broke his serve again. I’m leading 4:2, he serves, first or second point: I play the ball long and fast to the baseline, he makes an error. The line judge indicates he didn’t see the ball. Grosjean protests, the umpire doesn’t to anything.

I walk to the other side and want to serve – if nobody saw the ball out, it has to have been my point after all. Grosjean protests, the crowd whistles … and suddenly the umpire says we should replay the point. A ridiculous decision: That’s just impossible. A point is replayed when a player is hindered, but not if a judge is not sure …

Of course I wouldn't accept this, I went to the umpire and requested to talk to the supervisor. Thomas Karlsberg was in the crowd directly next to the court – but at first he didn’t want to come onto the court, dismissed it. Then he dained to come onto the court … if you saw him do that, you might understand why Karlberg has a reputation of being a vain, arrogant, rather unpopular guy amongst some players.

Short discussion, Karlberg says, The point will be replayed. Of course I still don’t want to accept that. I just don’t understand why I should be punished for the officials fuck something up – however, I was totally normal during the whole discussion, not loud, not one bad word. Then Karlberg ordered me to continue playing. Of course I had no choice but to do what he tells me – even though I felt extremely unfairly treated. And so I couldn’t I refrain from saying “Fuck you” when I got off the bench. It wasn’t even directed at Karlberg but at the situation.

Apprently, he saw it differently and immediately called me back off the court and disqualified me. I think that was an extremely unfair decision – although of couse saying “Fuck you” wasn’t especially clever of me to say. But like I said: It was situational and not directed at Karlberg personally. (Even though he would have deserved it for his behaviour.)

Of course I’m still very angry about the whole thing even the day after. But I can’t change anything any more: We players are at the mercy of the supervisors no matter what. According to the rules they can do to us whatever they like. – Well, enough of that. I played another good match yesterday and would very probably have won it. My form is alright … and I have a lot of reasons to be looking forward to playing in the Stadthalle.

Action Jackson
10-14-2007, 01:17 PM
Stef played well against Moya and won in 3 sets and then lost a tight one to Lopez which was heartbreaking.

Had no problems on serve and at 4-5 he went down 0-40 got it back to deuce, but couldn't hold on.

He is now in the Madrid qualies.

Action Jackson
10-18-2007, 01:29 AM
Stef qualified for Madrid defeating Navarro and Massu in straight sets.

Then he took out Nieminen who he has never defeated before in 3 sets after almost losing it and then taking out Ljubo 7-5 in the 3rd.

Now it's time for revenge against LaLo.

10-18-2007, 02:24 AM
Now it's time for revenge against LaLo.[/QUOTE]

Stefan did it. He beat him in 3 sets.:woohoo: Keep it up Stefan

10-19-2007, 02:21 PM
Stefan fans can be very happy because on Monday he will once again be ranked #1 in Austria. Jurgen's losing in the first round lost him many points and with the points Stefan gained he replaces Jurgen.

Action Jackson
10-19-2007, 02:32 PM
LaLo Lopez was too good for Stefan 7-6 6-1 and LaLo served huge on the set points down with aces.

Good finish to the year so far.

Action Jackson
10-23-2007, 01:32 PM
Stef continues the solid form defeating Chela 6-3 6-4 and he lead 5-1 in the 2nd and managed to hold out which was vital.

Now he plays the winner of Kiefer and Berlocq.

10-25-2007, 07:59 PM
Stefan has been playing so well I expected him to do well against Kiefer. Sad to say he lost 3-6, 2-6. I hope he is not ill or sick.

11-09-2007, 01:39 PM
In Slovakia, Stefan has reached the semi-finals. He defeated Hanescu 6-7, 6-3, 6-2. This win will have Stefan ranked in the top 50 for the first time since Jan. 2003. Way to go Stefan.

He has a very good chance to win it all.

11-11-2007, 12:03 PM
Stefan lost in the semis in Slovakia to Falla 3-6, 6-4, 1-6.
He will be ranked in the top 50 after his good playing this week.

Action Jackson
12-10-2007, 03:41 PM
As usual Stef will be in St.Anton playing in the exho, maybe do some skiing and having fun there as usual.


12-12-2007, 12:29 PM
Not necessarily in that order though, I presume.

Stefan Koubek is what makes the Sydney tournament interesting.

Action Jackson
12-14-2007, 03:26 PM
Not necessarily in that order though, I presume.

Stefan Koubek is what makes the Sydney tournament interesting.

Koubek is all class, he is just hanging around and partying in St.Anton, not giving a shit about results in this event.

12-15-2007, 08:29 AM
That's the way. St Anton = party time.

PS The dude in your avatar is stunning. Take-home-to-mum material.

Action Jackson
12-29-2007, 03:32 PM
Stef is back in Doha and taking on baldy Ljubo.

SEPPI, Andreas ITA vs SANTORO, Fabrice FRA

[3]MURRAY, Andy GBR vs ROCHUS, Olivier BEL
HAJI, Abdulla QAT vs BERRER, Michael GER


MIRNYI, Max BLR vs LEE, Hyung-Taik KOR
CALLERI, Agustin ARG vs [2]ROBREDO, Tommy ESP

Action Jackson
01-02-2008, 01:01 AM
Stef lost to Ljubo 6-4 6-4.

Happy 31st birthday Stef.

01-05-2008, 03:02 AM
Stefan is not having any breaks in the draws this year. First Ljubo and in Sydney he faces Moya in the first round. Good luck Stefan.

01-05-2008, 06:48 AM
looked the part today, training in bright orange, and a light, bright blue. In the rain too. I prefer it when my favourites don't practice in the rain :)

01-09-2008, 11:43 AM
In Sydney Stefan lost to Moya in a battle 6-1, 4-6, 2-6.

Stefan needs to win after he gets out to such a good start.

01-11-2008, 03:29 AM
Stefan isreally having tough luck with the draws.

At the AO he plays Moya in the first round. They just played a very close match so we will have to wait and see how the new surface affects them

01-23-2008, 09:51 AM
I don't think it matters what the current Nike range is, bright is best. Koubek should be aware of this, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with this training shirt from Sydney. :shrug: Better than the white/grey shirt, for sure. Better on Stef anyway.

01-23-2008, 11:24 AM
vs Carlos Moya, Sydney 2008.

01-28-2008, 10:06 AM
Konstantinos Economidis has a pierced navel :D Now, the photos...
Calleri match, Melbourne 2008.

Action Jackson
01-28-2008, 02:18 PM
Stef needs the bright colours, thanks for the photos.

01-30-2008, 12:08 PM
Final photos from Calleri match. So...must mean I have more to come from Mathieu. But excess photos of this man are always a good thing.

EDIT: The first photo...Don't know why mama and papa Hewitt were there, don't care. All I get out of this picture, is how hilarious it is to see:
Dad's eSwap hat.
Mum's Yonex hat.

Small things...

Action Jackson
01-30-2008, 12:10 PM
It makes up for me not taking photos of the fashionable one.

01-30-2008, 12:25 PM
When it comes to Austrians, I am always happy to do the fangirl thing. ;)

02-05-2008, 04:56 AM
YAY! [Sydney 2008]

Action Jackson
02-05-2008, 05:49 AM
Cool photo, two of my favourite people together.

02-15-2008, 10:15 PM
lol Kristen, it looks like you are a couple.

As for El Fashionista, he plays East London challenger, reached the semifinal there and more than likely will take our Federico Gil. He says he prepared for this outdoors hard event on clay and also whined at the wind that is stronger he would wish.

02-16-2008, 01:58 AM
lol Kristen, it looks like you are a couple.

As for El Fashionista, he plays East London challenger, reached the semifinal there and more than likely will take our Federico Gil. He says he prepared for this outdoors hard event on clay and also whined at the wind that is stronger he would wish.You mean with the back touching, and putting my boob on his arm and such? :angel: He is lucky there wasn't a younger, more shaggable looking Austrian there. I am so dead if Marach* ever browses MTF :lol:

I'm happy with the semi-finals at this challenger. My guys should play crap tournaments more often, it does wonders for my faith in them.

[*Disclaimer: Marach is handsome. End of story. But, I can separate the looks from the personality (unless we are talking about Massu or Verdasco and then I am just a blob of hormones at a tennis court)].

02-16-2008, 02:14 AM
Stefan should win the semi final agaisnt F. Gill (POR), but watch out in the finals. Strong players in the other semi-final.

Kristen, I love the picture of you with Stefan. He has a great smile.

02-16-2008, 02:24 PM
Yeah 6-4 6-3 for Stefan. Gil isn't a hardcourt player, that semi was an overachievement, at least once he beat on clay Tursunov, and this is something that Stefan failed doing :lol:.

Action Jackson
02-16-2008, 02:27 PM
Good points for Koubek, too bad he didn't use his brains in Vienna.

02-16-2008, 02:44 PM
Stefan is in the finals of both singles (his opponent is not known yet) and doubles (the opponent is not determined yet). Even though it is a challenger, Stefan should get good points and rise in the ranking.

02-17-2008, 10:48 AM
He lost 6-7 4-6 :sad:. I thought he could beat Ljuba... but Ljuba didn't fuck around.

02-17-2008, 12:12 PM
Stefan did great to reach the finals. He earned 60+ points and should move up in the rankings that come out tomorrow. He can feel good about this week.

02-17-2008, 02:59 PM
telering explains a lot. But...all white?

From Eyyk78's album, no idea who that is but credit is always nice.

02-17-2008, 05:08 PM
gosh great pic but Stefan should be on top, and why all white?

02-19-2008, 02:08 AM
Yes, everything about the photo is just so wrong :shrug:

Full article is here (
Koubek — one of only a handful of southpaws in the top echelon of men’s tennis — produced some fine touches against Gil, the sixth seed (138 in the world). It was the first time the pair had played each other and Koubek made sure on Friday that he watched Gil play in the last quarterfinal match.

He soon picked up that his opponent had a major weakness. “His backhand is not good. For me, as a lefty, it was perfect. My forehand cross-court went to his backhand.”

The windless conditions also allowed Koubek to play a more expansive game for the first time this week.

“With no wind you can play your shots, go for the line and you can play your angles ... I really enjoyed today. I was focused from the beginning and I just wanted to take it to him, which I did,” said Koubek, who broke Gil as early as the third game .

In spite of the rivalry between the players on court, Koubek said there was a relaxed atmosphere back at the hotel. “We’re having fun, having dinner and telling stories. We’re like a family.”

Added the Austrian, who went on a game drive yesterday with Johansson, his doubles partner here: “Top seeds sitting around doesn’t happen all the time. Roger Federer and I used to be friends, going out for dinner.

“He’s a great guy, but he’s just doing his own thing now. He stays in different hotels to us. But he’s still crazy in the dressing room.”

Action Jackson
02-19-2008, 03:10 AM
Stef needs to get back wearing the bright colours and interesting things he says about Federer.

He will be back in Zagreb.

03-05-2008, 01:47 AM
I jsust read on an Anstrian site that Stefan is having disc problems. He has been in the hospital and is now out.

I will try and post the translated article but sometimes it does not come out right. I think ilt shows the German and then the translation. If you take your time you can undetstand it.

Stefan Koubek is still struggling with his disc problems. Der Kärntner, der sich seit Sonntag früh in einer Wiener Privatklinik befindet, klagt weiterhin über arge Schmerzen im unteren Rückenbereich. The Carinthian, since Sunday morning in a Vienna private clinic is located, still complains about arge pain in the lower back area. Es wurde eine Bandscheibenvorwölbung in der Lendenwirbelsäule festgestellt. It was a Bandscheibenvorwölbung in the lumbar spine. Nach über zwei Tagen in Spitalbehandlung geht es ihm noch nicht viel besser. After more than two days of hospital treatment, he still is not much better. Wann er die Klinik wird verlassen können bzw. er wieder Tennisspielen kann, ist derzeit noch nicht klar. When he left the hospital, or he can play tennis again, is not yet clear. Am Freitag wollte Koubek ursprünglich zum Masters Series nach Indian Wells fliegen. On Friday Koubek originally wanted to Masters Series Indian Wells after fly. Dies erscheint im Moment illusorisch. This seems at the moment illusory

Action Jackson
03-05-2008, 01:55 AM

Koubek weiter in Wiener Privatklinik
Noch keine wesentliche Besserung ist im Gesundheitszustand von Stefan Koubek eingetreten. Der 31-jährige Kärntner befindet sich seit Sonntag früh in der Wiener Privatklinik.

Bei Österreichs Nummer 1, der über arge Schmerzen im unteren Rückenbereich geklagt hatte, wurde eine Bandscheibenvorwölbung in der Lendenwirbelsäule festgestellt.

"Ich bin gerade infiltriert worden und liege im Bett", berichtete Koubek Dienstagnachmittag gegenüber der APA. Nach über zwei Tagen in Spitalbehandlung geht es ihm noch nicht viel besser. Wann er die Klinik wird verlassen können bzw. er wieder Tennisspielen kann, ist derzeit noch nicht klar.

"Ich bin auf jeden Fall am Mittwoch noch hier. Ich bin zur Zeit sehr skeptisch, ob sich Indian Wells ausgeht", meinte Koubek, der freilich seinem Körper genügend Zeit zur Regeneration geben wird. Sein Freitag-Flug in die USA scheint illusorisch.

Hallenbelag schuld an den Beschwerden?
Als Ursache sieht er den stumpfen Hallenbelag in Zagreb, wo er vergangene Woche gespielt hat und wo erstmals diese Schmerzen aufgetreten sind. "Ich bin eigentlich überrascht, weil ich gut drauf war und keinerlei Wehwehchen gehabt habe", sagte Koubek, der täglich eine sogenannte CD-Infiltration und außerdem zwei Injektionen pro Tag gegen die Schmerzen bekommt.

Der Weltranglisten-56. hofft aber dennoch, bald wieder seinem Beruf nachgehen zu können. "Ich hoffe, dass sich zumindest Miami ausgeht, da habe ich ja noch zwei Wochen mehr Zeit." Das Masters-Series-Turnier in Florida beginnt am 27. März.


He is having back problems, he did it in Zagreb. Not feeling any better after the treatment and Indian Wells looks very unlikely, hoping for Miami which is a further 2 weeks away.

05-14-2008, 02:24 PM
Today I read a very sad report on Stefan. As you know he has not played tennis for weeks because of a bad back. He had been trying alternative therapy and was without pain so tried to play tennis again. With in 5 minutes he was in great pain, the worst he had ever had. Now he will be having surgery on a disc and he does not know if he will be able to play tennis again. It must be terrible for him. He said he is scared (nervous) about the surgery. It can be a dangerous operation any time the work on disc's of the spine.

Say a pray that it all works out for Stefan.

05-15-2008, 08:05 PM

:awww: I hope it turns out good for him

05-16-2008, 04:49 PM
I agree. I hope this is the solution to his problems.

05-17-2008, 09:56 AM
the surgery was yesterday and fortunately everything went without problems. the doctor said that stefan's condition was "surprisingly good". now he has to wait some weeks before he can practice again.

Action Jackson
05-17-2008, 09:58 AM
Great news, that the surgery went well and hope he can recover and take his time and use his protected ranking.

05-17-2008, 10:25 AM
:yeah: First step in the good direction! Now let the rehab go smoothly too please.

05-17-2008, 12:27 PM
It was great to learn that his surgery went well. Hopefully with correct therapy he will be able to return to tennis and that will be good for tennis.

06-11-2008, 07:56 AM

Eintrag 463: Freitag, 6. Juni, Wien
Es geht mir mittlerweile sehr gut, ich bin voll happy, wie sich alles entwickelt. Die Hälfte der Zwangspause nach der Operation ist heute vorbei!

Absolut gute Nachrichten: Ich bin auch ohne Schmerzmittel völlig schmerzfrei. Ich kann wieder wie ein normaler Mensch leben, inklusive Autofahren, sitzen, liegen, gehen ... und nichts tut weh. Heute ist genau Halbzeit der 6-Wochen-Pause zwischen Operation und Trainingsbeginn. Das heißt, in drei Wochen kann ich zum ersten Mal wieder auf einem Tennisplatz stehen.

Ich freu mich darauf, mach mir aber natürlich auch ein bisschen Gedanken. Diese Drehbewegungen beim Tennis sind eine ganz andere Belastung ... und die wird natürlich ein Härtetest für den Rücken.

Vorläufig läuft alles nach Plan, ganz perfekt. Ich kann fünf Tage in der Woche trainieren, wobei "trainieren" eigentlich eine Art Reha ist: Aquajoggen, Schwimmen ohne die Beine einzusetzen, jeden Tag eine halbe, dreiviertel Stunde. Etwa ebenso lang Reha-Gymnastik wie zum Beispiel Stehen auf einem Bein, abends darf ich mittlerweile eine Stunde Kardiotraining machen: 20 Minuten auf dem Rad, 20 Minuten auf dem Stepper, wieder 20 Minuten auf dem Rad.

Tennis fehlt mir schrecklich. Vor allem, wenn man Paris im Fernsehen sieht, ist das ein ganz komisches Gefühl. Ich freu mich sehr über die gute Leistung vom Gulbis, den ich ja ein bisschen näher kenne, vor meiner Verletzung öfter mit ihm trainiert hab. Und ich drücke natürlich dem Roger die Daumen. Ich glaube, dass er - soweit man das übers Fernsehen beurteilen kann - jetzt sein Spiel wirklich ein bisschen umgestellt hat, auf der Vorhand ein bissl mehr Topspin spielt. Nadal spielt natürlich unmenschlich, aber ich glaube fast, dass es Roger diesmal packen kann.

Good news!

Everything is going fine and he started the rehab with good results (swimming, cycling, stepper).
The pain is gone and within 3 weeks he'll slowly start training again. He misses tennis a lot.
He's a bit worried about how his back will respond to the movement in tennis (the turns) but his attitude is positive. :yeah:

09-01-2008, 11:48 AM

Good news!! :banana:

Koubek is getting stronger every day.
He's training again (a little bit more every day) and now got the green light for serving again.
This permission is very important for him as the serve is very hard on the back, so this is a very important step in the recovery :)

His physio worked out a program to enforce the stomach and back muscles as a protection shield for his back.

So good to see him this optimistic :D

Action Jackson
09-01-2008, 12:06 PM
Great news, hope he makes it to Australia next year, though if he could play Vienna it would be good, at the same time just hope his back can hold up.

09-17-2008, 02:01 PM
Great news, hope he makes it to Australia next year, though if he could play Vienna it would be good, at the same time just hope his back can hold up.

yay, Koubek was given a WC in Vienna :)

Action Jackson
09-26-2008, 08:21 AM
Stef is playing in Mons and then he will be back in Vienna.

Action Jackson
09-30-2008, 08:38 AM
Koubek lost 6-1 7-5 to Chris Rochus in his first match back, but that counts for shit really, just happy he is back on court.

09-30-2008, 08:43 AM
Well, the 2nd set was close so I guess he's ok physically and that's what counts

10-03-2008, 12:17 PM
There was a very interesting interview with Stefan in the Austrian press and I translated it:

"I could not even pull on socks"

After a spine operation Stefan Koubek was forced out of the game for half a year. At he speaks about his comeback, the socks loose time, contact with Roger Federer and the home tournament in the Stadthalle. You've lost your first match after a more than six months forced break with 1:6, 5:7 against Christophe Rochus at the Challenger in Mons in Belgium. How have you seen your comeback?

Stefan Koubek: "I was over motivated, too aggressive. I wanted what I've played in the training matches 1:1 to implement, which unfortunately has not quite worked. Not until the end of the first set I started to play tennis properly and was able to put the balls in the field. In the second set, I already played great and even had two SPs at 5:4. From the playful position it was already very good, just the instinct must come back and the change from the defensive to the offensive fold better . But anyway the most important thing was that the back has held. "

How has it been to listen to your name get announced at the players presentation?

"It was just a great feeling. Already the five minutes warm-up was exciting. I had a huge joy just to be back at a tournament."

What was the reaction of the other players?

"Some colleagues have asked me about my state of health. Some were surprised when I told them about my comeback. Many players do not even notice it when a player is forced to stay out of the game. You don’t see each other that regular and you play different tournaments. Beside this my operation was a major theme mainly in Austria. "

You were forced to stay at home for a long while and couldn’t do anything for six weeks You must have known the TV program really well, right?

I really knew well what was going on on TV and the internet after a while (laughs) I could actually do for six weeks only things which didn’t strained the body. The first three weeks were particularly stressful, because also driving was prohibited. But the whole whining brings nothing in the end, I could not change the situation anyway. At first I could not even pull on socks because the movement would have been to painful for my spinal disc. I was just able to lift a bottle of mineral water. I wasn’t allowed to move a table and had to ask my guests to do it. Even if I had been able to do some things: It was much a question of discipline. "

If one would have to find something positive about your situation then perhaps the fact that you had more time for friends and family.

"That’s true. I went into the theatre and cinema, I met friends for dinner. These are all things I normally don’t have so much time for."

How was your tennis reference in this tough stage?

"Tennis has always been my life. I've viewed everything what to watch on television and followed the results on the teletext. I was pleased about the results for my friend Rainer Schüttler. Roger (Federer, editor’s note), I try always to keep an eye on. Contact with him is still there, although that after Rogers successes has become a little less. He just has a lot to do, but he contacted me and asked about my wellbeing. We text each other and speak on the phone.
That I have been at the Davis Cup in Britain as a viewer and newspaper columnist was a great experience anyway. "

You have always considered one of the most fittest player on the tour, but with 31 years you now belong to the "oldies" on the tour. How old does Stefan Koubek really feels?

"Mental much younger, only the body speaks more often now. The important thing is that I'm pain-free now, even if through my buildup of muscles aching muscles are imminent."

In the ranking you slip from week to week. At the moment you are only ranked 139th. What is your ranking plan?

"I will play as many matches as possible this year. After Vienna I asked for for the qualifications in Madrid and Basel, then there are three or four Challenger tournaments. I want to progress slowly and fully attack next year. First the top 100, my major goal remain the top 50th "

Next week you are playing a real home tournament in the Stadthalle of Vienna. Your expectations?

" I already felt really good when I drove to Mons. I wasn’t that far away from a victory. If a button comes up, it can go quickly, but you can’t expect a quarter-or semifinal by me. The field is very dense, there won’t be an easy lot . "

You are celebrating your tenth anniversary at this tournament Your highlight was probably 2001, right?

"Definitely. At that time I reached the SF after a victory over Roger. Federer was the number one a year afterwards and on ascending branch. Vienna has one of the most beautiful center courts of the world, the tournament has always been a great one in my eyes. One can be truly proud on this event. "

In Vienna, you also enjoy the luxury, to be able to sleep at home.

"It is always nice to stay in your own four walls, but this time I’m envious on the hotel mycolleagues are staying at (laughs)" The Ring "is really a sensational fine hotel, I was there at Christmas for a night.. During the tournament no other guest are staying there except the players no other guests, the situation in the first area of Vienna is perfect.
The colleagues will have their joy. "

You have already been able to test the surface in the hall. Is it really faster than the last few years?

"A little bit. Last year it was really disastrous slow, you could almost run out every ball. Whether the surface suits for me I can say after my first match (laughs). There will always be pros and cons . The player who will win the tournament will be satisfied with the surface. "

Original article:

"Ich konnte mir nicht mal Socken anziehen"

Nach einer Bandscheiben-Operation war Stefan Koubek ein halbes Jahr außer Gefecht gesetzt. Bei spricht der Kärntner über sein Comeback, die sockenlose Zeit, den Kontakt zu Roger Federer und das Heimturnier in der Stadthalle. Du hast beim Challenger im belgischen Mons dein erstes Match nach über sechs Monaten Zwangspause mit 1:6, 5:7 gegen Christophe Rochus verloren. Wie hast du dein Comeback erlebt?

Stefan Koubek: "Ich war übermotiviert, zu aggressiv. Ich wollte das, was ich im Training gespielt habe 1:1 ins Match umsetzen, was leider nicht ganz funktioniert hat. Erst Ende des ersten Satzes habe ich angefangen, richtig Tennis zu spielen und die Bälle im Feld zu platzieren. Im zweiten Satz habe ich dann schon super mitgespielt, bei 5:4 sogar zwei Satzbälle gehabt. Vom spielerischen Standpunkt war das schon sehr gut, nur der Instinkt muss wiederkommen und der Wechsel aus der Defensive in die Offensive besser klappen. Aber das Wichtigste war ohnehin, dass der Rücken gehalten hat. "

Wie war es, nach so langer Zeit wieder seinen Namen bei der Spielervorstellung gehört zu haben?

"Es war einfach ein super Gefühl. Alleine das fünfminütige Einschlagen war schon spannend. Ich hatte eine riesige Freude, einfach wieder bei einem Turnier dabei zu sein."

Wie war die Reaktion der anderen Spieler?

"Einige Kollegen sind auf mich zugekommen und haben mich nach meinem Befinden gefragt. Einige wiederum waren überrascht, als ich ihnen von meinem Comeback erzählt habe. Viele Spieler bekommen es gar nicht mit, wenn ein anderer längere Zeit ausfällt. Man sieht sich ja nicht wirklich regelmäßig, spielt unterschiedliche Turniere. Zudem war meine Operation nur in Österreich so ein großes Thema."

Du hast nach deiner OP gezwungenermaßen viel Zeit in deinen eigenen vier Wänden verbracht und konntest sechs Wochen nichts machen. Das TV-Programm kanntest du wohl schon auswendig, oder?

"Im Fernsehen und Internet habe ich mich nach einer Weile schon ganz gut ausgekannt (lacht). Ich konnte tatsächlich sechs Wochen nur Dinge machen, bei denen man herumhängt und den Körper nicht beansprucht. Die ersten drei Wochen waren besonders anstrengend, da mir auch das Autofahren untersagt war. Aber das ganze Jammern bringt im Endeffekt nichts, ich konnte die Situation ohnehin nicht ändern. Selbst Socken konnte ich mir zunächst nicht anziehen, da die Bewegung die Bandscheiben zu sehr beansprucht hätte. Gerade einmal eine Mineralwasserflasche durfte ich heben. Selbst einen Tisch sollte ich nicht selbst verrücken. Da musste ich meine Gäste schon einmal darum bitten, es zu machen. Auch wenn ich einiges schon machen hätte können: Es war vieles eine Frage der Disziplin."

Wenn man deiner Situation etwas Positives abgewinnen kann, dann vielleicht den Umstand, dass du mehr Zeit für Freunde und Familie hattest.

"So ist es. Ich bin ins Theater und ins Kino gegangen, habe mich abends mit Freunden zum Essen getroffen. Das sind alles Dinge, zu denen ich sonst nicht so viel Zeit habe."

Wie war dein Tennis-Bezug in dieser harten Phase?

"Tennis war immer mein Leben. Ich habe mir alles angesehen, was es im Fernsehen zum Ansehen gibt. Im Teletext habe ich die Ergebnisse verfolgt. Ich habe mich für meinen Freund Rainer Schüttler gefreut, dass es bei ihm wieder so aufwärts gegangen ist. Roger (Federer, Anm.) versuche ich sowieso immer im Auge zu behalten. Der Kontakt zu ihm ist nach wie vor da, wobei dieser nach Rogers Erfolgen doch weniger geworden ist. Er hat einfach viel um die Ohren, hat sich aber dennoch bei mir um mein Wohlbefinden erkundigt. Wir SMSen und telefonieren immer wieder. Und dass ich beim Daviscup in Großbritannien als Zuschauer und Zeitungskolumnist mit dabei war, war ohnehin eine super Erfahrung."

Du hast immer als einer der fittesten Spieler auf der Tour gegolten, gehörst mit 31 Jahren mittlerweile aber zu den "Oldies" auf der Tour. Wenn Stefan Koubek in sich hineinhört, wie alt fühlt er sich wirklich?

"Mental um einiges jünger, nur der Körper meldet sich die letzten Jahre schon öfters zu Wort. Wichtig ist, dass ich jetzt schmerzfrei bin, auch wenn mir durch den Muskelaufbau noch so mancher Muskelkater bevorsteht."

In der Rangliste rutscht du von Woche zu Woche um einige Plätze ab, stehst nur noch auf Platz 139. Wie sieht dein Ranking-Plan aus?

"Ich werde heuer noch so viele Matches wie möglich spielen. Nach Wien habe ich für die Qualifikationen in Madrid und Basel genannt, danach stehen noch drei oder vier Challenger-Turniere an. Ich will mich langsam wieder nach oben arbeiten und nächstes Jahr voll angreifen. Zuerst die Top 100, mein großes Ziel bleiben aber die Top 50."

Nächste Woche steht für dich als Wiener in der Stadthalle ein echtes Heimturnier an. Deine Erwartungen?

"Schon als ich nach Mons gefahren bin, habe ich mich richtig gut gefühlt. Letztlich hat ja auch nicht viel auf einen Sieg gefehlt. Wenn der Knopf aufgeht, kann es schnell gehen. Ein Viertel- oder Semifinale darf man von mir aber bestimmt nicht erwarten. Das Feld ist sehr dicht, es wird kein leichtes Los geben."

Du feierst heuer dein zehnjähriges Stadthallen-Jubiläum. Dein Highlight dürfest du 2001 erlebt haben, oder?

"Ganz bestimmt. Damals habe ich nach einem Sieg über Roger Federer das Halbfinale erreicht. Federer war ein Jahr danach die Nummer eins der Welt und bereits am aufsteigenden Ast. Wien hat einen der schönsten Centercourts der Welt, das Turnier hat mir schon immer getaugt. Auf diesen Event kann man echt stolz sein."

In Wien genießt du ja auch den Luxus, zu Hause schlafen zu können.

"Es ist natürlich immer schön, in den eigenen vier Wänden zu übernachten, wobei ich den Kollegen heuer das Spielerhotel doch etwas neidig bin (lacht). Das "The Ring" ist wirklich ein sensationell feines Hotel, ich habe dort zu Weihnachten eine Nacht probe-geschlafen. Während des Turniers logieren dort außer den Spielern keine anderen Gäste, die Lage im ersten Bezirkt ist perfekt. Die Kollegen werden ihre Freude haben."

Du hast bereits selbst den Belag in der Halle getestet. Ist er tatsächlich schneller als die letzten Jahre?

"Ein bisschen. Voriges Jahr war es wirklich katastrophal langsam, man konnte fast jeden Ball herauslaufen. Ob der Belag für mich passt, kann ich nach meinem ersten Match sagen (lacht). Es wird immer Für und Wider geben. Derjenige, der das Turnier gewinnt, wird mit dem Belag zufrieden sein."

ms. double fault
10-03-2008, 08:30 PM
he's awesome. what a fighter!

Action Jackson
10-04-2008, 09:46 AM
Thanks for the interview and he will be playing Boredo in Round 1.

10-07-2008, 02:32 PM
In Vienna Koubek will play Giraldo not Robredo as scheduled. I could not find the reason Robredo withdrew. He played doubles with Melzer yesterday and won.

10-07-2008, 06:21 PM
Stefan lost to Giraldo LL 1-6, 2-6.

10-08-2008, 11:41 AM
this might seem a pretty harsh defeat, but koubek said it was somehow expected. he is disappointed of course, but he knows what he has to work on and he knows that he needs much more time.

he plans to play another 6 tournaments this year.

Action Jackson
11-04-2008, 05:11 AM
Stefan won his first match back defeating Meffert in 3 sets.

11-05-2008, 05:42 PM
Koubek into the next round def. Ager 6-3 6-4, saved a couple of bps in the 2nd set and held on to win

Action Jackson
11-05-2008, 10:16 PM
Small steps for Stef, but glad he has been able to win two matches in a row and plays big serving Waske in the quarter finals.

11-06-2008, 10:39 AM
Good news :yeah:

Action Jackson
11-13-2008, 12:48 AM
Stef is in the quarter finals of the big Dnepropetrovsk challenger. He defeated Dudi Sela in straight sets, it helps that these two have trained together quite a lot.

He will play Istomin or Kunitsyn in the quarters, just happy he is winning some matches again.

Action Jackson
11-14-2008, 12:20 PM
Great work Stefan beating up on Istomin and he is in the semis.

11-14-2008, 02:16 PM
convincing stuff from Stefan

62 60

ms. double fault
11-14-2008, 07:57 PM
yea hes on winning track again :cool:

Action Jackson
11-15-2008, 11:46 AM
Stef lost to Lurch Hanescu 7-5 6-2, but he had a great week.

Now, he is onto Helsinki for another big challenger, hope he can continue on the way back.

12-04-2008, 08:17 PM
Stefan will be playing in the St. Anton exhibition on Dec 10th. Also playing are Novak Djokovic, and Marat Safin. Missing will be Jurgen Melzer which surprises me. Jurgen is in Florida training for next year.

12-12-2008, 12:12 AM
Stefan won his match in St. Anton over Nieminen 6-7(6),7-5, 10-3. That is a very good win for him and shows he is on the track to back up in the rankings.

12-13-2008, 01:16 AM
Stefan has reached the finals at St. Anton by defeating Soderling 7-6 ($), 6-3.
He will play Kohlschreiber in the finals.

12-13-2008, 11:15 PM
Stefan has reached the finals at St. Anton by defeating Soderling 7-6 ($), 6-3.
He will play Kohlschreiber in the finals.

Stefan lost inthe finals to Kohlschreiber 4-6, 1-6. Although he lost I feel Stefan should get a lot of confidence from how well he played this week.

Welcome Back Stefan Koubek.:worship:

12-14-2008, 01:15 AM
Ooh some decent players there.
By decent, I guess I mean...people I like and think of as competent. Yeah even Robin. Shhh.... ;)

12-14-2008, 09:49 AM
Stefan will start the new season in Noumea (challenger), then Auckland and AO.,3457---,0,2.html

Action Jackson
01-04-2009, 11:00 AM
Stef is playing Bohli in the 1st round of Noumea.

ms. double fault
01-04-2009, 11:41 AM
kick his ass, koubi!!

01-07-2009, 04:15 PM
Koubek df Bohli 4-6, 6-3, 6-4

Keep on winning Stefan.

01-20-2009, 05:10 PM
El Fashionista took Youzhny out today in AO!!! :banana: :banana:
Soooo nice to see him back!

02-15-2009, 07:06 PM
Memphis draw

GULBIS, Ernests LAT vs DENT, Taylor USA
CANAS, Guillermo ARG vs [2] DEL POTRO, Juan Martin ARG

Good luck!!! :rocker2:

02-24-2009, 01:32 AM
Here is news about Stefan in Delray from the ATP site
Austrian Stefan Koubek made a winning return in his first appearance at the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships in six years, converting all three of his break points against American Bobby Reynolds to post the 6-4, 6-3 victory in one hour Monday. It marked Koubek’s first match win at the ATP World Tour 250 tennis tournament since winning the hard-court title in 2000 (d. Calatrava). He had lost in first-round action the following three years

Action Jackson
02-24-2009, 01:35 AM
Good to see Stef take out that no talent clown Reynolds out.

02-26-2009, 03:14 PM
Stefan continues to win at Delray. Here is news from the ATP site.
Koubek, the 2000 Delray Beach champion, won 86 per cent of his first serve points and capitalised on three of his eight break point chances to defeat No. 8 seed Yen-Hsun Lu 6-4, 6-3. Lu had knocked out two-time ATP World Tour champion and 1999 winner Lleyton Hewitt in the first round.

The 32 year old is making a comeback from a back injury that sidelined him for six months last season, and advances to his first ATP World Tour quarter-final since September 2007 at Mumbai. Prior to this week, Koubek’s last win in Delray Beach had come in the 2000 final (d. Calatrava). He had lost in the first round the following three years.

02-28-2009, 12:16 AM
The end of Delray came today for Stefan.

From the ATP site:
World No. 60 Christophe Rochus reached his first ATP World Tour semi-final since February 2006 by defeating Austrian Stefan Koubek 6-3, 7-6(7) on Friday at the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships, an ATP World Tour 250 tennis tournament.
The unseeded Rochus converted three of five break points to snap a four-match losing-streak against Koubek in 91 minutes

03-02-2009, 10:30 AM
pics from Delray Beach

03-02-2009, 09:52 PM
Thanks for the pictures. He played well there and impoved in the ranking 255. He has to continue to win to back under 100 in the rankings.

04-13-2009, 09:17 AM
does ne1 know who the coach is working with him

04-17-2009, 02:10 PM
Stefan has been invited to a whole practice week to Rome by Roger. Stefan mentioned this in a blog on a website. He said he would be there with his coach, Roger and Severin Lüthi. This practice week would have already been planned for a while, but after Roger's loss in Monte Carlo they arranged everything. Stefan said it's a huge honour for him and that he is really looking forward to it.

04-28-2009, 08:50 PM
There is an interview with Stefan Koubek about his practice week with Roger in the press which I translated for the Federer fans. Maybe you would like to read it as well - if not, just ignore this post or switch to the later part of the interview ;)


Interview by Christian Frühwald

"Wife and children won't burden Roger"

Stefan Koubek is keeping his fingers crossed for Federer at the French Open


Last week many tennis fans would have loved to swap places with Stefan Koubek

The 32years old guy from Kärten had the honour to train a whole week with superstar Roger Federer on Sardinia.

As sparring partner the Austrian Daviscupplayer should partake in helping Federer finding his form on clay, in order to start once again a run to get the first French Open title.

"The training was extremely strong", Koubek tells in an interview with LAOLA1 after his home running from Italy. "It was impressive, how good and how much Roger is training."

Beside this Koubek is revealing what he can take away from this trainingsweek, why he wasn't present at the Federer wedding and how he is assessing the chances of Federer in Paris.

LAOLA1: Last week you were allowed to spend a trainingsweek with Roger Federer and his team on Sardinia. How did the training with such a superstar went?

Stefan Koubek: It was really great. The traning was extremely strong and good. I was lucky to be able to work with Roger's physiotherapist as well, otherwise I don't know if I would have bore the week. I had lots of fun and was impressed how good and how much he is training. Before I thought he wouldn't do that much.

LAOLA1: How exactly did the training run?

Koubek: It's a combination of a lot of things, not just on the court. Before the tennistraining he always did a fitness training. Afterwards he took a massage and so on. It's a long procedure. To get up early in the morning, training, to loosen. During the lunchbreak we had something to eat and then went back to practicing. One day in the week we had the half day off, but were on court from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Of course there was the fitness training before again.

LAOLA1: Did you practice anything special?

Koubek: We started with drills and played a few points afterwards. At bottom this is nothing diffent which I would usually do in practice. The level is of course totally different and this time I was the sparringspartner. I did all the practices like Roger. It was a common practice of. We both benefit from it.

LAOLA1: How did this whole trainingsweek arise?

Koubek: His coach asked me at the start of the season what I would be doing at this time of the yearand respectively in the summer. He wanted to know whether I would like to practice with Roger. No question I was interested in it. I told him he should say me a date. When I don't play a tournament at that time I would be available.

LAOLA1: You are a friend of Federer for several years. How is your relationship to him these days?

Koubek: We are still good friends, but of course we didn't have that much contact in the last years as before because he has a lot of things to do. We still get along really well and had a blast on Sardinia. We always joked in the training.

LAOLA1: You weren't present at the wedding, right?

Koubek: No, I was already in Southafrica at that time. Roger's wedding took place in a really small group. Allegro and Chiudinelli were the only tennisplayers who were there. They know each other since their boyhood. .

LAOLA1: Do you think that Federer has changed because of the wedding? Is he more loose or relaxed or do you think it could even have a negative impact?

Koubek: I don't think his wedding has any impact on his tennis. It will be something different when his child is born. This can go in both directions. I think he is still really motivated and is going to play tennis for a couple of years. He can afford it to take his child with him on the tour. I'm not worried that it will stress him.

LAOLA1: You are on the tour for many years and an experienced player. What can you take with you from such a practice with Roger Federer?

Koubek: You can adopt several things, although there are a couple which would be helpful, but I can't realise them. For example no "normal" player can afford to have a masseur, a tennis coach, a fitnesscoach and someone to restring the rackets. But you can really adopt many things from Roger, who is the best player in the world for me. His physical state is really impressive. He is moving very well and is extremely fit.

LAOLA1: How do you rate his chances at the French Open this year?

Koubek: Nadal is in a class of it's own on clay for sure, but Roger can tame him on a good day. The opportunities are there. I wish for Roger that he is going to get the title in Paris. For me he is the best tennisplayer of all time and a victory in Roland Garros would only prove it.

LAOLA1: You are practicing this week in Vienna. What is your schedule afterwards?

Koubek: On Thursday or Friday I'm going to Munich, where I'm playing in the mainfield. Afterwards I have a week practice before Kitzbühel and Roland Garros.

LAOLA1: What are your aims for the next weeks?

Koubek: I'm playing in the mainfield in 5 Grand Prix tournaments and it is very important for me to make as many points as possible there. The closer I get to the Top100 the better for me. The Top 100 are of course the main aim in the long run for me, but I know from my last comeback that that's not that easy. You have to be patient.

LAOLA1: How do you feel physically?

Koubek: I'm feeling great and topfit. After the week with Federer I have seen that there's still potential in the fitness.


04-28-2009, 11:19 PM
Thanks for the great report. I had read on the internet about him practicing with Roger.

I hope the practice helped Stefan as well as Roger. Stefan has a long way to go to come back and be ranked where he wants.

05-04-2009, 10:53 AM
Thanks for the report Doris :D

Stefan in the main draw in Munich and facing Brands in 1st Round.

Good luck!! :banana:

Action Jackson
05-04-2009, 10:59 AM
does ne1 know who the coach is working with him

Thomas Strengberger.

05-05-2009, 05:23 PM
:awww: it didn't work out...
But well, he didn't have match practice yet. Next time better ;)

05-20-2009, 06:41 AM
Stefan def Petzchner in Kitzi 7-6 6-4 and faces Youzhny in R2. Good luck!!! :banana:

Action Jackson
06-21-2009, 04:56 PM
Stef will be playing challengers after Wimbelscum, where he plays Roger-Vasselin.

Action Jackson
06-23-2009, 04:16 PM
Good stuff from Stef winning in 5 sets over Roger-Vasselin, hope he can take out Boredo in the next round.

Action Jackson
07-08-2009, 05:58 PM
Stefan now has to get back into the top 100 by playing challengers.

He is in the 2nd round of the challenger in Germany.

Rogério Dutra da Silva BRA vs. Iñigo Cervantes-Huegun ESP
Kamil Capkovic SVK vs. Jan Minar CZE
Denis Gremelmayr GER [3] vs. Simone Vagnozzi ITA
Pavol Cervenak SVK vs. Stefan Koubek AUT [6, WC]

07-09-2009, 06:29 AM
Good luck!! :banana:

07-30-2009, 08:13 PM
Stefan is currently practicing with Roger again.

Some translated parts of the blog which he posted here :

Tomorrow I'm leaving for another practicing week with Roger. I'm panting for the hardcourt-season.

I have the best practice partner in the world to prepare for the next extremely important weeks: Tomorrow, Tuesday, I'm leaving for a practice week with Roger Federer in Switzerland. The week on Sardinia was apparently as useful to him as for me, even though he has made a bit more out of it as myself, which I have to confess... ;-)

We were talking about this second common practice week for about three weeks, but it was a bit uncertain due to the date of delivery of Mirka. But since the twins are there everything was clear. Tomorrow I'm going over and we practice until Saturday.

Action Jackson
08-21-2009, 02:24 PM
Stef is playing the US Open qualies, hope he can make the MD.

08-25-2009, 01:11 PM
Stef is playing the US Open qualies, hope he can make the MD.

He really needs to make the main draw and show everyone he is back playing like himself again. I had hoped he would be playing tennis in Cincy while I was there.

Action Jackson
08-26-2009, 01:01 AM
Koubek won 6-3 6-4 and plays Daniel Silva in the next round.

Snoo Foo
08-27-2009, 03:38 AM
don't know if it's ok to post pix here, if not i'm sure the moderator will take swift and appriate action :yeah:

crappy pix from match yesterday (shirt) and practice w/ chiudinelli today (no shirt) ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( (

Action Jackson
08-28-2009, 12:34 AM
Thanks for the pics and Koubek won in straight sets against Silva and now plays Zeballos for a place in the MD.

08-29-2009, 02:16 AM
I only stayed for the first set and half, and Stef wasn't playing well at all. DFs, FH errors and he got pretty frustrated. Dunno if the match got done before it started raining again.

09-16-2009, 02:49 PM
Stefan is married. Read about it here.

Action Jackson
11-21-2009, 02:36 PM
Stefan has 2 more events in Helsinki and Salzburg to try and finish in the top 100, but it won't be easy for him.

11-21-2009, 07:53 PM
Stefan has 2 more events in Helsinki and Salzburg to try and finish in the top 100, but it won't be easy for him.

he cannot finish in top-100, except if he won the two tournaments :shrug:

12-05-2009, 05:15 PM
Stefan is going to fly to Dubai on December 14th in order to practice with Roger there.

Action Jackson
12-21-2009, 12:11 PM
Stef is always training with Federer, it doesn't help him at the moment in his career.

Action Jackson
01-04-2010, 09:06 AM
Stef is in the last round of qualies for Doha.

01-04-2010, 01:00 PM
Stefan lost his match today. I was hoping he would make it into the main draw.

Action Jackson
01-12-2010, 10:23 AM
Stefan is first match on tomorrow against deHeart.

Filo V.
01-12-2010, 02:50 PM
His draw is not very easy, but I am confident in his abilities. Hopefully he finds some form and can make it happen. He has a second round to defend, so there is quite a bit on the line here.

Filo V.
01-13-2010, 12:14 AM
Stefan beat DeHeart 7-5 6-4. 2nd round opponent:Kyu Tae Im.

Filo V.
01-14-2010, 07:32 AM
Stefan defeated Im 6-3 7-5. He could have made it much easier on himself, but he got through at the end.

Round 3 opponent: Ryan Sweeting. All I can say about this is, I wish him the best of luck, cause I think he may well need it.

Filo V.
01-16-2010, 01:08 AM
He is in a very tight match at the moment. 6-5 on serve in the 3rd. He has blown so many opportunities, I hope he guts this out.

Filo V.
01-16-2010, 01:36 AM
Got it done 9-7 in the 3rd vs. Sweeting. He served for the match at 7-6 and also was a break up in the 3rd earlier as well, but what counts is he got the victory and made the main draw!

01-24-2010, 04:57 AM
Stefan went on to reach R3 in a main draw but then retired during his match vs Verdasco. It has been the 1st time he reached R3 at a slam since AO 2008 :D
I hope Stefan can have at least 2 more nice seasons on tour. :)

02-22-2010, 12:22 PM
Stefan seems to be back playing very well. Today in DDubai he defeated Feliciano Lopez (ESP) 7-6 (4), 6-4.

02-22-2010, 01:08 PM
Stefan seems to be back playing very well. Today in DDubai he defeated Feliciano Lopez (ESP) 7-6 (4), 6-4.
Stefan had to qualify there as well. :D
Bad he has to play Cilic next.
Hopefully Stefan will have some more great tournaments to get his ranking back to top 100. :bounce:

Action Jackson
02-22-2010, 01:10 PM
Not a bad week for Stef so far.

02-24-2010, 12:19 PM
Stefan played well to give Cilic such trouble. Sorry Stefan lost the tie break.

Koubek lost Cilic 2-6, 6-7 (6)

Action Jackson
03-10-2010, 10:41 AM
Stef won in straight sets against de Chaunac and will play Devvarman for a place in the MD.

03-10-2010, 12:34 PM
If Stefan win against Devvarman I will be happy to see him in the main draw.
I was surprised he did not play DC for Austria. They won the tie without him.

03-11-2010, 05:14 AM
Stefan won 6-3 6-1! Must have played very well. :)
He will face Nalbandian in IW R1! Very interesting match.

Action Jackson
03-16-2010, 01:13 PM
Stefan is playing at Sunrise.

Radek Stepanek CZE [1, WC] vs. Sergiy Stakhovsky UKR
Arnaud Clement FRA vs. Leonardo Mayer ARG
Mischa Zverev GER vs. Marcos Daniel BRA
Michael Berrer GER [7] vs. Qualifier

Jeremy Chardy FRA [4] vs. Qualifier
Stefan Koubek AUT [WC] vs. Qualifier
Rainer Schüttler GER vs. Juan Ignacio Chela ARG
Florian Mayer GER [8] vs. Alejandro Falla COL

Andreas Beck GER [6] vs. Daniel Brands GER
Ryan Harrison USA [WC] vs. Santiago Giraldo COL
Nicolas Massu CHI vs. Andrey Golubev KAZ
Benjamin Becker GER [3] vs. Florent Serra FRA

Andreas Seppi ITA [5] vs. Lukas Lacko SVK
Sebastien Grosjean FRA [WC] vs. Jan Hajek CZE
Potito Statace ITA vs. Qualifier
Gilles Simon FRA [2] vs. Richard Gasquet FRA

Action Jackson
03-18-2010, 11:39 PM
Stefan is in the QFs at Sunrise beating Phau and Chardy, will play either Chela or Schuettler.

03-20-2010, 04:40 AM
Stefan did great in this tournament. Today sadly he lost to Mayer 4-6, 2-6.

Action Jackson
04-03-2010, 12:19 PM
Stef is playing the Casachallenger quals, he won 6-0 6-4 and will play Prodon in the next round.

Action Jackson
04-05-2010, 01:32 PM
Stef has qualified for Caschallenger defeating Veic 6-7 6-3 6-4.

Filo V.
05-08-2010, 02:57 AM
Stefan eventually lost to Robert in R1 of Casablanca 3-6 7-5 5-7 after leading in the 3rd set, and then lost in Monte Carlo to Luczak 7-6 (3) 4-6 4-6 in R1 of qualifying. After a 3 week break he returned for the challenger event in Ramat Hasharon, Israel, where he lost to Gremelmayr 3-6 5-7 in the QF.

Stefan has little to defend through the rest of the season outside of a second round at Wimbledon, so the time is now for him to start winning matches, and not blow opportunities, and get in the top 100 where he belongs.

He is playing in Bordeaux next week, good luck to him and hopefully he has a great tournament!

Filo V.
05-10-2010, 04:16 AM
Stef is in France, here is the draw for Bordeaux:

Stefan is playing #1 seed Michael Llodra in R1. That will be a very difficult match for Stefan to win as Llodra tends to play better in France. Stefan overall should be better on clay so that is a good advantage for him, and their last match-up was clear in Stefan's favor. If he can get the win, his draw to the SFs looks pretty good. But one step at a time, he will need to get past this difficult early challenge before looking deeper through the draw for his potential matches in the rest of the tournament.

Good luck Stefan, it will be hard but I know you can do it!

Action Jackson
05-18-2010, 01:49 AM
RG qualie draw

KOUBEK, Stefan AUT [11] v PAIRE, Benoit FRA
BERTA, Daniel SWE (W) v GONZALEZ, Santiago MEX
BALAZS, Attila HUN v BREZAC, Charles-Antoine FRA (W)
KINDLMANN, Dieter GER v OUAHAB, Lamine ALG [32]

Filo V.
05-18-2010, 02:00 AM
I'm a bit scared for him with this draw. Tough players. I can see him winning the section or losing R1. We'll see what happens, hope Stefan makes it.

07-27-2010, 05:56 PM
According to Austrian news Stefan is currently practicing with Roger in Zürich. Roger has invited Stefan and former icehockey player Peter Znenahlik for a week to Switzerland and pays their hotel. Roger and Stefan practice 2 hours twice a day until Friday. On the question why Roger would invite Stefan to practice with him Znenahlik said that Roger and Stefan would get along really well since many years and that Stefan would do exactly in practice what Roger and his coach would suggest.
Even though they would work really hard Roger and Stefan would have a lot of fun together. Both would make nonsense all the time and lough a lot.

Source of the Austrian article:

Action Jackson
09-24-2010, 01:46 PM
Koubek makes the semis in Trnava, first time he has won 3 matches in a row for a long time.

Action Jackson
11-01-2010, 10:01 PM
Stef back on tour after an injury break, he will be up against Kindlmann in Eckental.

11-20-2010, 07:51 PM
Koubek is in Final in Bratislava. After that week he will be in Rankings about 120.

12-11-2010, 10:47 PM
Translation of a German interview with Stefan:

„Practicing with Roger is like an Advent calendar”

Stefan Koubek in a interview from Dubai practice camp with Roger Federer.

Stefan Koubek is going to be 34 years old on January 2nd. His aim to reach the top 100 “one more time in my life” he didn’t manage this year but he had a positive ending of a difficult year when he reached the final of highly remunerated Challengers in Bratislava.
He prepares for the year 2011 on invitation of Roger Federer together with the Swiss superstar in Dubai. Koubek is already for the third time a practice guest of Federer. caught the guy from Carinthia after his first blog before his first practice with the superstar.

Stefan Koubek, are you already nervous before the first practice with Federer?

No, I’m not nervous, but of course you are tighter as when you practice with Björn Propst or Dominic Thiem. And of course you are more motivated.

Apropos motivation: Before we are going to talk about the upcoming days let’s talk about the next year. Do you want to make a new start again or want to finish it loosely?

I think I give up on speculating about my future. Before Bratislava I lost every close match because I put myself under so much pressure because of the top-100-thing. In Bratislave I just took everything easy.

… like one could read in your diaries on Was really everything true? With breakfast at Mc Donald’s, without playing warm before a match and so on?

1:1, absolutely. I wouldn’t have believed it myself if it would have happened anyone else.

Back to 2011: What is possible? What is your aim?

I’m no magician. To be honest: The top 100 will be very difficult. I have a lot of points to defend at the Australian Open and one month later in Dubai. You can’t expect with being 34 years old to defend these kinds of points easily. But we will see…

You arrived yesterday in Dubai and today the practice is going to start. Are you well rested?

Of course I have a bit of jetlag. It’s three hours later in Dubai and it’s difficult at the beginning to fall asleep. Beside this I was in the hotel only at 12.30 p.m.

You wrote in your diary that you arranged the practice camp with Roger Federer which sounds quite uncomplicated. Did it went like you called him and say: “Hey Roger, are we going to play again?”

Of course not. You are going to talk first with Severin Lüthi, his coach, and then send a textmessage and call each other on the phone. Then you ask how things look like. It has been a few months ago actually. Roger then planned his preparations for 2011, called me and said that I would be with him again and that he had time between December 10th to 21st.

You also wrote that beside Paul Annacone and Pierre Paganini there would also be a second sparring partner, Michael Lammer. You are alone?

My wife Dalia will arrive on Monday. But I think I will be able to defend myself against those 4 (laughs). They are all extremely nice, not only Roger but also Paul. I got to know him better the last time in Zürich when Roger was just starting to work with him. You can’t imagine it how friendly and normal they all are. There are 20years old players, who reached their first Challenger QF, who have more airs and graces.

You write that it doesn’t bother you that there will be a second player with Lammer. Is the practice with Roger Federer so much tougher as with anyone else?

Yes. Not because he is such a critter as Thomas Muster but because he just plays so well, so quick, so precise.
It’s already difficult to keep up with him during the warm-up. To say it a bit overdone: He still jokes around whilst you are already sweating. I’m going to be 34 years old and so the body is going to notice the practice.

Is there a practice plan? Do you have to especially prepare for a practice camp with Roger Federer?

A practice plan might have Paul, Pierre and Roger, but I’m getting to know just when I’m at the court what we are going to do. It’s like an Advent calendar: You are going to open every day a little door and get surprised what is in it.

And how did your preparation for the preparation look like?


Yes, please.

Really relaxed lately. I think under my T-shirt you are going to see a tiny little pot but I’m sure it won’t survive the next days. It was nice to have a party the day before yesterday in Mannheim were we celebrated the German championship in the club. Members got honoured for being a part of the club for 25 years, some even for 50 years. You could feel why Mannheim has a strong team: We are a band of blood brothers. I’m happy that Martin Fischer is going to play the next year for us. Even more Austrian quality for the German champion. (Laughs)

Do you live in Dubai in the apartment of the Federer family, in a guestroom or the like?

No, I’m living in the hotel. I’m not someone who piles into something. And we all know that Roger attaches great importance to his private life and that it really stays private.

Were you proud when you saw Federer’s triumph in London? In terms of: The guy, who just beats Nadal, is my practice partner?

I think there’s no one who wouldn’t be proud to be invited from Roger Federer to a practice camp. And when you watch him in the final of the ATP Masters when he beats Nadal it’s of course a special feeling. It was really awesome tennis…

Do you have a kind of responsibility as a practice partner? In terms of: The better you work as a practice partner the better prepared Federer is going to go into the new season.

In a way it is like this. The invitation isn’t just an honor but also a task. And you want to show that you are up to this task.

German source:

Filo V.
12-12-2010, 03:46 PM
Great interview. Nice to see he and Roger get along so well. Stefan really has a good head on his shoulders. And these preparations should definitely help for the 2011 season.

Action Jackson
01-01-2011, 09:38 AM
Stef won his 1st qualie match in Brisbane over Cabal 6-0 6-3

Filo V.
01-02-2011, 02:32 AM
Good start, Stefan.

05-25-2011, 02:17 PM
Austrias press is reporting that Stefan could replace Gilbert Schaller as captain of Austrias DC team next year.

Stefan is in Paris right now and said it would be an interesting job and that he knows the players well. He wouldn't impose himself but that it would be fun to work with the team. He wouldn't want to do the job alone though and thought that it would be a good solution to do it together with Joakim Nyström who would have the experience.

Stefan mentioned that the decision would depend on Jürgen Melzer. Jürgen said that he didn't wanted to comment on this yet as he would be in Paris to concentrate on the tournament but that they would sit together afterwards to discuss about it.

07-30-2011, 07:38 PM
I translated an interview with Stefan from Austrian media:

„You notice in the do-it-yourself store that the people look at you“


Stefan Koubek ends his career is Kitzbühel. The 34 years old one can’t and doesn’t want to continue anymore. He makes up the balance, talks about his childhood dreams and his friendship with Roger Federer.

How difficult was it for you to put an end to your career? Was it deciding for you not being able to keep up with the opponents anymore?

Koubek: It got easier with the time to say: Ok, that was it. I lost so many points at the start of the season and dropped out of the Top 200. Then I knew: You are not going to be able to fight back once more, your body and soul won’t endure it.

Are you afraid of the retirement and the void?

Koubek: I’m relaxed, even though I don’t have concrete offers yet. I’m going to play a bit in the national league, but this is only for fun and not a life task. I don’t know if I’m going to fall into a hole. I heard from players who spent the days after their retirement to sit on the sofa and not being able to fill the day. I hope it won’t be that bad for me.

An alternative would be to party, to feast, to drink alcohol. Even Thomas Muster nearly duplicated his weight for a little while.

Koubek: I’m not really a party-goer, don’t drink, already had those expeirences. I’m looking forward to have an own family, that is a huge task and the real responsibleness.

What remains of Koubek?

Koubek: The career which I had. I can’t form an opinion though how long the people will remember it.

Were you able to satisfy your own claims?

Koubek: When I was a kid I wanted to reach the Top 100. I managed to go to #20 and fullfilled my childhood dream more as I could have hoped for.

Did you actually love tennis?

Koubek: I had to learn to love it. At the beginning I thought I would bury my rackets when I would retire one day and never take them again. But now I want to go out on the court on every occasion – with friends, to have fun. Don’t forget that tennis is a lot of work. Nobody likes to go to the office every day. Just now I’m able to appreaciate what I was allowed to experience. I travelled around the world a few times. Even in Australia people are waiting for me. Friends, acquaintances, who I can visit whenever I want. They would be happy about it.

They say that top athletes have to be egoists, nearly pigs. Have you just been a piglet?

Koubek: Maybe. They said about me that I would be arrogant as well. Sometimes you just don’t look beside you and have a tunnel view. You can’t please everyone, especially in times of success. Then it is difficult to judge people correctly. Who is backslapping you? Who is honest?

The name Thomas Muster has followed you in your career and you got compared to him. Was his success stimilus or skid?

Koubek: Both. You couldn’t live up to his achievements, he was an exception.

Have you made it financially?

Koubek: No. Everyone can look it up that I won 3.4 Mil. $ prize money in 10 to 15 years. 30 % of it are taxes, which you don’t see and which get discounted from the tournaments. Then you have to pay taxes at home and pay for your coach, advisors, charges. That are about 100 000 € a year. Then you have to live somewhere. I have an appartment in Vienna. But I don’t complain. I can’t build castles in the air. Bollocks. Everyone can build castles in the air. I can’t afford a real castle. I have paid off for a row home and have money in reverse. But I need and want to work.

What are you going to miss?

Koubek: The excitement, the competition, the moments of success. When you have won the last point in Davis Cup your teammates carry you on their shoulders. From now on nobody is going to carry me off the court.

You are good friends with Roger Federer. What characterize this man?

Koubek: He is like he appears. There is no facade. He is extremely friendly and respects everyone. He plays incredible tennis. Roger is the proof that a top athlete doesn’t have to be a pig. He is a world star but then you go to him, he sits on the ground and plays with his twins. I can tease him. He is just more successful as me and has a bit more money.

Has Federer opened the eyes for you?

Koubek: Roger taught me realism at every common practice. I never belonged to the league of the Top 10. I was talented but that goes for many players. Maybe it could have been 5 tournament victories instead of 3.

Is Jürgen Melzer better than Koubek?

Of course.

You never made your way into the gossip columns. How known and popular have you been or still are?

Koubek: That depends if I have been on TV the day before. In the town centre of Vienna not even this is enough because there are a lot of tourists. No Japanese knows this Koubek. But you can notice in the do-it-yourself store that the people look at you. Is it him or not? But I have always been respectfully recognized.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Koubek: Somewhere in tennis. And as a father who likes to go to the Parent-Teacher-Evening.

Original article can be found here: