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An email conversation with Richard Krajicek

nobama
02-20-2007, 11:50 AM
http://sport.independent.co.uk/tennis/article2283978.ece

An email conversation with Richard Krajicek: 'Maybe my serve and volley could give Roger trouble'

Life in tennis after a top playing career; Directing the best to play in your event; Dealing with a streaker at Wimbledon

By Paul Newman
Published: 19 February 2007

You are tournament director of this week's ABN AMRO indoor event in Rotterdam, featuring nine of the world's top 20 male tennis players. Is recruiting players the most important aspect of your job?

Probably, yes. The most important parts are assembling the field, dealing with the media and my relationship with the ATP. If you have a Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal or Andy Roddick in your field, life is much easier. If not, the relationship with the media becomes more important. Once the players have arrived, it's important to make sure they are happy and doing their job off the court as well as on it. My position as an ex-player helps. In a previous year, Lleyton Hewitt did more for the tournament than he was required to do, including making a long appearance with the main sponsor, ABN AMRO, after winning the final. He could not have been more helpful. I think it was partly because it was me asking him.

How many players in the field receive appearance money? And what is your total budget for appearance money?

The players are usually in the top 15 or 20, or maybe big names who are lower in the rankings for whatever reason. I cannot tell you our actual budget, but it is an important part of the tournament.

As well as your role as a tournament director you have a foundation which provides sporting facilities for underprivileged children, you play on the seniors tour and you work for ABN AMRO bank. You have also said you want to be the Netherlands' sports minister. What is the first change you would try to make if you got the job?

Bring sports back into school as a major activity. I would have to work with the schools minister to do that. There should be sports in schools and in the neighbourhoods in inner cities. That's what our foundation has tried to do - build playgrounds with fences around them where the kids can play sports without traffic interrupting them or bigger kids harassing them. These playgrounds are supervised. Kids are becoming more and more overweight, which makes it more difficult for the Health Department. Sports can help.

Your last seniors season ended in disappointment when you pulled out of the BlackRock Masters at the Royal Albert Hall with injury. How did you feel you played before then?

At times I played really well, and at others I realised I'm a bit older and don't practise enough! In my first event, in Paris, I got destroyed by Marcelo Rios and realised I couldn't play matches like that without practising. I still have my pride. So I contacted my old coach to prepare to play Marcelo in Eindhoven. No one had beaten him at that time and I was almost the first one to do so. I won the first set, but then my serve disappeared. And without my serve I am in trouble.

Which of the seniors hates to lose the most?

John McEnroe, no question. I played him at the Royal Albert Hall a couple of years ago and you can imagine how he was behaving when I beat him. I also played Boris Becker and he broke a racket at one point.

How often do you think about your Wimbledon win in 1996?

Subconsciously, every day. I owe a lot to that victory. It made me the biggest player in Holland in 20 years, maybe ever - although Tom Okker was also a big player. Without winning Wimbledon I would not have been able to create my foundation, work for the ABN AMRO Bank, be a tournament director or play on the Merrill Lynch Tour of Champions.

A streaker famously ran on to the court before the start of that Wimbledon final. Could you believe your eyes?

It felt pretty real to me! What did I think? Great! Actually I saw a lot of her - pretty much all of her - but because photographers were taking pictures of me I thought to myself: "Come on, focus, look in her eyes." In the picture I saw I was looking at eye-height and MaliVai Washington, my opponent, was looking down. Actually it was a good way to break the tension. It was the Wimbledon final, I was expected to win and I was very nervous.

If you were at your peak today how would you fare against Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal?

I think I would give Nadal trouble. The clay-courters never liked to play me because I kept the rallies short and they never had any rhythm. Maybe my serve-and-volley game could give Roger trouble. I used to beat Pete Sampras all the time by coming into the net. But the thing with Roger is that he makes Andy Roddick's serve look shitty. He gets all of his serves back. If he can get his serve back, he could get mine back. And if I don't have my serve, I am nothing.

Is it true that you want to play at Wimbledon in the mixed doubles with your sister Michaella, the current world No 66?

I'd like to, but I'm starting to wonder if this will ever happen. We've wanted to play for the last two years, but both times one of us had an injury.

You once described most women players as "fat pigs". Was that what you really believed?

It's a long time ago so I don't know if I really believed it or not. It was a bad statement to make. It was disrespectful. I could have said they were unfit, but to compare anyone with pigs is terrible. I should not have said anything of the sort.

You're married to Daphne Deckers, a best-selling Dutch writer who also appeared in the James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies. If people see you out together do they request her autograph or yours?

If we run into women, it is always my wife they want to speak to because she writes books for women and about how to raise kids. She writes them about her own experiences in a funny way. At tennis tournaments I get more attention, but on the street she does.

Britain meet the Netherlands in the Davis Cup in April. Britain have Tim Henman available again, plus Andy Murray. The Dutch have nobody in the world's top 140. Are Britain the hot favourites?

Definitely, but in the Davis Cup you never know. Some players play much better in the Davis Cup, others find it difficult. I found it difficult. We have a couple of good young players, but for sure it will be really tough.

How good is Murray? Can he win a Grand Slam tournament one day?

He is very, very good. I really wanted him in Rotterdam. Unfortunately for us, he wanted to defend his title in San Jose. He certainly has the potential to win a Grand Slam tournament and Brad Gilbert was a good appointment as coach. Will he win Wimbledon? It's impossible to say, but they tell me Wimbledon plays differently to when I played there, so he probably has a better chance now that it is slower.

Klaas_nalbandian
02-20-2007, 11:59 AM
nice article, only nothing about the young dutch who richard is the manager of

Fergie
02-20-2007, 12:09 PM
Now all the retired players could give Roger trouble :lol:

Rogiman
02-20-2007, 12:13 PM
to compare anyone with pigs is terrible.

Really..?? :lol:

stebs
02-20-2007, 12:18 PM
Now all the retired players could give Roger trouble :lol:

Richard doesn't really say that. He says, maybe he could give Roger trouble but then goes on to say that actually, he isn't so sure.

stebs
02-20-2007, 12:19 PM
Really..?? :lol:

Rogiman. Where does that quote in your sig from sawan come from? I'd like to have a glance at the thread and at the responses he got.

Action Jackson
02-20-2007, 12:24 PM
Thanks for the article and good to see Krajicek wasn't shy in coming forward.

Rogiman
02-20-2007, 12:39 PM
Rogiman. Where does that quote in your sig from sawan come from? I'd like to have a glance at the thread and at the responses he got.

There you go...
http://www.menstennisforums.com/showpost.php?p=4779925&postcount=37

Kolya
02-20-2007, 12:49 PM
I guess Krajicek can give Federer trouble. Krajicek has a very difficult serve to read and its fast.

Voo de Mar
02-20-2007, 01:40 PM
Nice interview with my all-time favourite player :banana:

But the thing with Roger is that he makes Andy Roddick's serve look shitty.

:D :devil:


You once described most women players as "fat pigs". Was that what you really believed?

That was said at Wimbledon 1992. Krajicek was young (20 years) and stupid ;)

Sunset of Age
02-20-2007, 03:26 PM
Very nice article - he seems to have remained quite a down-to-earth person, despite all his success in whatever he's been doing.

R.Federer
02-20-2007, 04:21 PM
But the thing with Roger is that he makes Andy Roddick's serve look shitty.

Not shy about using any words, that's for sure!

Sunset of Age
02-20-2007, 04:49 PM
Not shy about using any words, that's for sure!

Just saying the things the way they *are* - it's something we Dutchies are quite well known for, and not always to our advantage! ;)

Burrow
02-20-2007, 05:29 PM
What a man, I remember in 2002 when he lost a narrow match to malisse, probably my favourite match of his was against phillipousis in the quarters of wimbledon in 2002. extremely close.

R.Federer
02-20-2007, 05:50 PM
Just saying the things the way they *are* - it's something we Dutchies are quite well known for, and not always to our advantage! ;)

Lekker Stuk :kiss:

Castafiore
02-20-2007, 06:04 PM
Just saying the things the way they *are* - the way you *think* they are. :p

Sorry, just a bit off topic. Never been a fan of Krajicek. He's part of the "big servers" generation I'm not the biggest fan of.
He's honest about it, though. "And without my serve I am in trouble.'

Apemant
02-20-2007, 09:09 PM
Richard doesn't really say that. He says, maybe he could give Roger trouble but then goes on to say that actually, he isn't so sure.

Actually, when you read it again, it's obvious he thinks he wouldn't stand a fat chance, but doesn't want to give the impression he's kissing Fed's ass.

Premises:
1. He admits that he = serve, mostly (very fair, very humble, perhaps Sampras could learn from him)
2. He acknowledges the fact that Fed delights in returning big serves with interest
---
Conclusion: Fed would quite obviously smoke him. In fact he did. :devil:


One thing always made me wonder about Krajicek. He used to own Sampras, but lose big time to Ivanisevic. Pete, on the other hand, owned Goran. Since all 3 of them were in fact big servers, I just don't understand what made them such a rock-paper-scissors combination? :eek:

Sunset of Age
02-20-2007, 09:19 PM
Lekker Stuk :kiss:

Ha ha ha - Lekker Dier!

:drool: :hearts: :lol: :bowdown:

Sunset of Age
02-20-2007, 09:21 PM
He's honest about it, though. "And without my serve I am in trouble.'

And that's precisely what I hinted at.
I've never been a fan of his either, BTW. ;)

Voo de Mar
02-20-2007, 09:23 PM
One thing always made me wonder about Krajicek. He used to own Sampras, but lose big time to Ivanisevic. Pete, on the other hand, owned Goran. Since all 3 of them were in fact big servers, I just don't understand what made them such a rock-paper-scissors combination? :eek:

One of the possibilities: Krajicek didn't find rythym when he played against left-handers. He has/had negative H2H against a lots of lefties: Ivanisevic, Rusedski, Korda, Rios, Nieminen (more than 1 defeat)... 2-2 against Muster.

World Beater
02-20-2007, 10:39 PM
Actually, when you read it again, it's obvious he thinks he wouldn't stand a fat chance, but doesn't want to give the impression he's kissing Fed's ass.

Premises:
1. He admits that he = serve, mostly (very fair, very humble, perhaps Sampras could learn from him)
2. He acknowledges the fact that Fed delights in returning big serves with interest
---
Conclusion: Fed would quite obviously smoke him. In fact he did. :devil:


One thing always made me wonder about Krajicek. He used to own Sampras, but lose big time to Ivanisevic. Pete, on the other hand, owned Goran. Since all 3 of them were in fact big servers, I just don't understand what made them such a rock-paper-scissors combination? :eek:

its the bermuda triangle..as someone already alluded to richard always had trouble with lefties. richard was a much more talented shot maker than goran and rusedski, and thats why he bothered pete so much.

in fact sampras and agassi respected richard greatly, they commented once that he had enough talent to be #1...even though he was hampered by injuries and mentally was not as sound.

richard has easily one of the best service motions in history...better and smoother than sampras imo.

richard was my first favorite player in history and i always liked how he gave pete a serious run for his money.

oh yeah federer would smoke krajicek and did when he was like 18 years old. richard would have had no chance. APEMANT was exactly correct.

Voo de Mar
02-20-2007, 10:49 PM
in fact sampras and agassi respected richard greatly, they commented once that he had enough talent to be #1...even though he was hampered by injuries and mentally was not as sound.


Richard had one chance in his career to became the No. 1 - Hamburg 1999 - he just had to win the tournament. But he was defeated by another lefty - Hicham Arazi in te second round :sad:

World Beater
02-20-2007, 10:54 PM
Richard had one chance in his career to became the No. 1 - Hamburg 1999 - he just had to win the tournament. But he was defeated by another lefty - Hicham Arazi in te second round :sad:

in his press conference, richard said that was his only regret when he retired from tennis...not reaching #1 when he had the chance.

unfortuately richard didnt show up on the big stage many times. losing to henman when up a break in the 3rd at wimbledon...losing to sampras at usopen after having 4 sp's in the second...losing to edberg after a break up in the 5th...and many more.

Snowwy
02-20-2007, 11:05 PM
He was my first favorite tennis player..its nice to see that hes still around a lot and he hasnt gone away from the sport.

Corey Feldman
02-21-2007, 12:36 AM
What a player he was...
on his best day, unstopable.
completely demolished Sampras at Wimbledon in the only match he lost there in that 8 year stretch.
he also did play federer twice, and lost.

Voo de Mar
02-21-2007, 12:51 AM
What a player he was...
on his best day, unstopable.
completely demolished Sampras at Wimbledon in the only match he lost there in that 8 year stretch.


That one of this rain-interrupted matches with suddenly change.
In the first two Krajicek's service games, Sampras had 6 break points (5 & 1). Krajicek looked shitty and then at 2:2 started raining :) After "a long break" Krajicek turned around and played probably the best tennis of his life. At 2:1 in the second set rain dropped once again. Third and last time at 1:1 in the third and match was postopned for a next day.

Corey Feldman
02-21-2007, 01:01 AM
Still remember that FH return winner Richie hit at set point to win that 1st set :worship:
Pete knew krajicek owned him.

Voo de Mar
02-21-2007, 01:03 AM
A streaker famously ran on to the court before the start of that Wimbledon final. Could you believe your eyes?

It felt pretty real to me! What did I think? Great! Actually I saw a lot of her - pretty much all of her - but because photographers were taking pictures of me I thought to myself: "Come on, focus, look in her eyes." In the picture I saw I was looking at eye-height and MaliVai Washington, my opponent, was looking down. Actually it was a good way to break the tension. It was the Wimbledon final, I was expected to win and I was very nervous.


That was in 1996 so I don't know if there are photos in Internet about this unusual incident...
This is a photo from my tennis notebook :)

Sunset of Age
02-21-2007, 01:06 AM
^^ There are a LOT of photo's around on the internet of this incident.
I watched that match live, and I well remember Richard being highly amused....!

Voo de Mar
02-21-2007, 01:09 AM
^^ There are a LOT of photo's around on the internet of this incident.


Is there any with pussy of this girl? :devil:

Corey Feldman
02-21-2007, 01:11 AM
i seen that streaker...
my young eyes
:o:o:o

Sunset of Age
02-21-2007, 01:12 AM
Is there any with pussy of this girl? :devil:

Ehm, not that I know. Only the lady's backside. Sorry 'bout that, eh? ;)

Apemant
02-21-2007, 12:58 PM
oh yeah federer would smoke krajicek and did when he was like 18 years old. richard would have had no chance. APEMANT was exactly correct.

No no, it wasn't MY opinion; I didn't see enough of Richard's game to compare him to Fed. I was just trying to read into his own words, and it does strike me as if he feels Fed would own him quite easily, but doesn't want to be TOO modest, you know, as being too modest often sounds sleazy etc, and he doesn't want that. Nice fellow, all in all.

marcRD
02-21-2007, 01:22 PM
krajicek says what Sampras would never be able to say, Federer makes big servers look shitty, if he would do that to my serve I would be nothing. If Federer would do that against Sampras, I dont see Sampras winning a set on any surface.

Krajicek was a great returner of 1st serve, he was quite acrobatic and had nice reflexes and an amazing reach. This is the reason he owned Sampras I think.

spencercarlos
02-21-2007, 02:42 PM
krajicek says what Sampras would never be able to say, Federer makes big servers look shitty, if he would do that to my serve I would be nothing. If Federer would do that against Sampras, I dont see Sampras winning a set on any surface.

Krajicek was a great returner of 1st serve, he was quite acrobatic and had nice reflexes and an amazing reach. This is the reason he owned Sampras I think.
Sorry but Krajicek was not acrobatic.

He had tremendous tecnique, if he got to the ball she would rip winners from anywhere but he was not a great mover.

TheBoiledEgg
02-21-2007, 05:23 PM
Actually, when you read it again, it's obvious he thinks he wouldn't stand a fat chance, but doesn't want to give the impression he's kissing Fed's ass.

Premises:
1. He admits that he = serve, mostly (very fair, very humble, perhaps Sampras could learn from him)
2. He acknowledges the fact that Fed delights in returning big serves with interest
---
Conclusion: Fed would quite obviously smoke him. In fact he did. :devil:


One thing always made me wonder about Krajicek. He used to own Sampras, but lose big time to Ivanisevic. Pete, on the other hand, owned Goran. Since all 3 of them were in fact big servers, I just don't understand what made them such a rock-paper-scissors combination? :eek:


main diff between Krajicek and Roddick

when Krajicek serves, and comes forward, he knows what he's doing and he knows how to cover the net.
Roddick has no idea when he comes forward, and he cant volley.

CooCooCachoo
02-21-2007, 05:28 PM
main diff between Krajicek and Roddick

when Krajicek serves, and comes forward, he knows what he's doing and he knows how to cover the net.
Roddick has no idea when he comes forward, and he cant volley.

But Roddick is still, by far, the better player.

R.Federer
02-21-2007, 07:07 PM
That was in 1996 so I don't know if there are photos in Internet about this unusual incident...
This is a photo from my tennis notebook :)

Yes, Malivai is indeed looking down. Shame on him! :lol:

marcRD
02-21-2007, 07:40 PM
Sorry but Krajicek was not acrobatic.

He had tremendous tecnique, if he got to the ball she would rip winners from anywhere but he was not a great mover.

Acrobatic is the wrong word, but he had a good reach and was very good reading serves. Specialy Samrpas serve.

World Beater
02-21-2007, 08:03 PM
No no, it wasn't MY opinion; I didn't see enough of Richard's game to compare him to Fed. I was just trying to read into his own words, and it does strike me as if he feels Fed would own him quite easily, but doesn't want to be TOO modest, you know, as being too modest often sounds sleazy etc, and he doesn't want that. Nice fellow, all in all.

i'm just confirming your analysis. ive seen MANY krajicek matches and have been a fan of his game.

while krajicek was heavily dependent on his serve, he was really more than that. injuries and mental inconsistencies were his main problems, not his game.

for the person that said roddick is far better...i would disagree. roddick is better but not by much and its more of a consistency issue. roddick plays at a high level consistently while krajicek had that problem. krajicek on his best day was superior to andy imo.

i would like to see andy reach the rg semi's once...and beat arguably the greatest of all time on grass and win wimbledon. andy has to his credit won the usopen and done well in australia. but richard is superior at the french and on grass imo

krajicek wasn't bad from the baseline... he only started serve-volleying all the time later in his career.

ancic = poor man's krajicek.

jazar
02-21-2007, 08:12 PM
richard :yeah:

World Beater
02-21-2007, 10:12 PM
Sorry but Krajicek was not acrobatic.

He had tremendous tecnique, if he got to the ball she would rip winners from anywhere but he was not a great mover.

he was a good mover for a guy 6-5 esp before his knee surgeries...after those happened it was clear he couldnt stay with guys at the baseline and had to get to net far more consistently.

look at this video and see how well krajicek moves on clay...compare that to say roddick.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z77RqWGgKWc

Voo de Mar
02-21-2007, 10:55 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z77RqWGgKWc

Off topic -> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eb7DZChVHwg
This is better :haha: :haha:

World Beater
02-22-2007, 12:13 AM
Off topic -> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eb7DZChVHwg
This is better :haha: :haha:

yep its a great vid...krajicek was wiping the floor with pete as usual until he choked.

World Beater
02-22-2007, 12:16 AM
a lot of people will complain about nadal, the way he celebrates an opponents error or hewitts celebrations...but its pretty clear that many so called good mannered individuals like sampras did the same...when krajicek double faulted, pete pumped his fist in krajicek's face.

Action Jackson
02-24-2007, 08:15 AM
Good old Krajicek, he must be happy that they will get a more high profile winner of the event this time around.

Eden
03-04-2007, 02:00 PM
Marco van Basten and Richard Krajicek talk about Roger

http://www.goroger.net/video/video/bastenkrajicek070212talk.html

(it's in Dutch with English subtitle)

Allez
03-04-2007, 03:56 PM
Sampras' sidekick :rolleyes:

almouchie
03-04-2007, 07:30 PM
krajicek was one of those with a witty sense of humor on the tour
he wasnt one of the more outspoken player
but he held his own, despit his shyness

his half sister is doing well in WTA, Michella

KC13
03-04-2007, 10:42 PM
Marco van Basten and Richard Krajicek talk about Roger

http://www.goroger.net/video/video/bastenkrajicek070212talk.html

(it's in Dutch with English subtitle)


Thx for the video

Van Basten himself was one of those artists with a ball