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08-25-2002, 03:40 PM
wohooow Kristof Vliegen won the challenger in Geneve $37 500
I think he is one to watch :p;):D

08-26-2002, 10:14 AM
I just posted my congrats in the Challenger thread, but I 'll do it again here! :)

He won the final with 6-2,6-2 against Galo Blanco! Great result, Kristof!
Give us more of that in the future! :bounce: :D :p

08-26-2002, 05:52 PM
Way to go :bounce:

08-27-2002, 01:28 PM
He moved up 36! :eek: spots to number 170 in the Entry-system! :bounce:
Congrats, Kristof! :D

He now is the 5th Belgian after Xavier, Olivier, Christophe and Dick!

I read in the newspaper that he would very soon try to play some ATP-tournaments instead of Chalengers! :) His coach believes he should become a steady top100 player and possibly better!

Good luck with your career, Kristof! I'll be watching you! :p

The new Belgiangirl
10-03-2002, 09:23 AM
Another great esult from Kristof: he beat Luis Horna (ATP78) in 2 sets! :D
According to the newspaper it was his first win over a top100 player!

Congrats, Kristof!! Keep going! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

The new Belgiangirl
10-05-2002, 08:55 AM
He lost his semi-final in Sevilla! :sad:
Congrats on a good tournament, Kristof! :bounce:

10-05-2002, 01:05 PM
Congratulations Kristof on a good tournament.

Hopefully he will beat a top-100 player again very soon.

12-02-2002, 06:18 PM
what do you think of him?? will he be next year a top 100 player?? I hope so :) does anyone have a picture of him please?

12-06-2002, 03:38 PM
wow :eek: so many reactions :eek: (:p) anyone a picture of him?

12-09-2002, 11:44 AM
Volg de tennismannen op de voet via

It's in Dutch because the site is only availeble in dutch :)

The new Belgiangirl
12-20-2002, 03:18 PM
I hope he plays some ATP-qualies next year and maybe reach the maindraw! I never saw him play, but according to his results he has some potential. I don't know about the top100, (because I never saw him play!) but I really hope he can!
Good luck in 2003, Kristof!! :bounce: :bounce:

Does anyone know if he can play qualies for the australian open?

12-31-2002, 09:17 PM
ow yes!!! well done!
reaching the maindraw and beating Enqvist :D

01-01-2003, 10:18 AM
I still can't believe he defeated Enquist.

The new Belgiangirl
01-01-2003, 11:57 AM
What a great start of the season for him!! :D
Good luck against Parmar now!! :bounce: :bounce:

Naw-T moi
01-01-2003, 07:41 PM
Go Kristof :bounce:

01-01-2003, 09:00 PM
Knappe overwinning Kristof!!!!

Straks nog ne keer!

ooops nice victory Kristof!! Go go goooo ;)

The new Belgiangirl
01-02-2003, 11:17 AM
He's in the quarterfinals!!! :bounce: :D :bounce:
Well done, Kristof! :D And good luck against Martin! (I think he plays him next)

01-02-2003, 11:19 AM
Well done Kristof!!!

Good luck against Martin!!

01-02-2003, 02:05 PM
Well done!!
Good luck in your next match.

01-02-2003, 03:38 PM
GoOd LuCk KrIsToF!!!!!!!!!

01-02-2003, 04:08 PM
I got a picture of Kristof now ;)

01-02-2003, 05:04 PM
there was one of him in the newspaper ! he looks so young on that pne in the newspaper

01-02-2003, 05:07 PM
He looks hot in the pic :drool:

01-03-2003, 09:34 AM
Pfff at Elke!!

Who is hot here? not Kristof!!!

The new Belgiangirl
01-03-2003, 09:39 AM
Hasn't he played yet?! It seems to take ages for that tournament to play their matches!

The new Belgiangirl
01-03-2003, 11:41 AM
He beat Martin too!!! :D :eek:
He's in the semi's now!!
Good luck against Kraijcek, Kristof! :bounce: :bounce:

If he keeps winning, maybe he'll even reach the maindraw of the Australian open! That would be great! And it would maybe give us a chance to see him on tv here in Belgium! :)

01-03-2003, 11:53 AM
No, he cannot reach the maindraw at the AO, all the players who are in the maindraw are already set, I think.

But he will move up now to more or less #130 :) :) :)

01-03-2003, 11:54 AM
Wow, it's really good he defeated Martin.
And now against Krajicek.
Who will I support??? I would like it if both win.

The new Belgiangirl
01-03-2003, 12:14 PM
Originally posted by arn
No, he cannot reach the maindraw at the AO, all the players who are in the maindraw are already set, I think.

But he will move up now to more or less #130 :) :) :)

Thanks for the info! :)
So Xavier, Olivier and Dick are already in the maindraw? :)
Do you know which Belgians will play qualies? I guess Christophe, Kristof and maybe Gilles?

The new Belgiangirl
01-03-2003, 12:18 PM
Originally posted by Legolas
Wow, it's really good he defeated Martin.
And now against Krajicek.
Who will I support??? I would like it if both win.

If you can't choose: support Kristof!!! :D
He'll need it more, he's still young, it's his first ATPsemi,... and Kraijcek is more famous and will have more supporters anyway! :p

01-03-2003, 12:32 PM
I'm so happy for him!!

that's so long that I was waiting for him to be known!! He's won some challengers last year, and he's a good player!! I hope he'l win the tournament but Krajicek is tough!!!

The new Belgiangirl
01-03-2003, 12:56 PM
Was this pic already posted? It's not that big though.

01-03-2003, 02:14 PM
ADELAIDE, Australia (Ticker) - The last two seeds of the AAPT Championships lost Friday as Belgian qualifier Kristof Vliegen advanced to the semifinals of the $322,000 hardcourt event.

Vliegen ousted sixth-seeded Alberto Martin of Spain, 6-3, 6-4. He had not won a main draw ATP match before this week, but now is guaranteed of winning at least $16,800. His career prize money before this week stood at $22,696.

The 20-year-old Belgian reached the quarterfinals of the French and Wimbledon junior singles championships in 2000, when he also captured the Wimbledon junior doubles crown.

"I'm not thinking every point what I'm doing, I'm just letting go of my instinct and hitting every ball as hard as I can," Vliegen said. "I'm just letting go of my instinct and hitting every ball as hard as I can. When I'm serving well, everything is going great after, so today is a great day."

Next up for Vliegen is former Wimbledon champion Richard Krajicek of the Netherlands, who continued to close in on his first title in more than three seasons with a 7-6 (7-3), 6-1 victory over American Brian Vahaly

01-03-2003, 02:18 PM
Vliegen: "I'm not thinking every point what I'm doing, I'm just letting go of my instinct and hitting every ball as hard as I can. And tactics I'm playing well. When I'm serving well, everything is going great after, so today is a great day. I'm playing Krajicek, I've got nothing to lose. He's playing really well, serving really well. I saw him playing today; he's playing fantastic.

On Krajicek's serve: "I'm not the only person on earth with the big problem with that one. But tomorrow we'll see what happens."

The person who made the biggest impact on his career: "The manager of Justin Henin. Two years ago, I signed with him after my junior career and he did a great job for me; he found sponsors for me to travel. He took me from the Federation in Antwerp and I'm working privately now with my coach.
"For sure I've got a real passion for tennis and every day it's a great day for me when I can play tennis."

01-03-2003, 02:27 PM
Ooooops he did it again!! :bounce:

01-03-2003, 05:22 PM
Way to go Kristof :bounce:

I'm so happy for him!

Now beat Richard :D

You can do it Kristof :bounce:

The new Belgiangirl
01-03-2003, 10:16 PM
I didn't know he broke up with the VTV last year and that he won junior doubles with Coene in Wimbledon 2 years ago! That was on Teletext.

Come on, Kristof: beat him and play that final!!! :bounce: :bounce:

01-03-2003, 10:21 PM
It's nice to see he kept his good form from last year, let's hope he will continue to play good this year so that we can expect some great things from him this year.

It's already great he got to the semi-final, but wouldn't it be amazing if he could win this tournemant:eek:

01-04-2003, 05:30 AM
He won against Krajicek in three sets

He played really well he has a great forhand and first serve. John Fitzgerald (Aussie Davis Cup captain) was doing the commentary and he said that he thinks Vliegen is a player of the future and also that he wants to know what is in the Belgian water with all the succesful and good players coming out of Belgium over the last few years:)

01-04-2003, 07:13 AM
OMG!! So happy for him!!!

Didn't Lleyton won his first tournament in Adelaïde and wasn't it also his first ever main draw??

01-04-2003, 08:05 AM
Here's a pic of him!

Congrats boy, go and catch the title!!!!!! :bounce: :bounce:

01-04-2003, 08:17 AM
thanks nomes for telling us that :kiss:

01-04-2003, 08:19 AM
thanks for the pic :kiss:
kristof :bounce:

Knockers LaBroad
01-04-2003, 09:09 AM
Wow! Well done! :bounce:

Is he gonna play quallys in Melbourne? :confused:

01-04-2003, 09:39 AM
Well done Kristof!!!
Now win the final!!!!

The new Belgiangirl
01-04-2003, 10:32 AM
Well done, Kristof!!! :D
Now take that title!!! :bounce: :bounce:

In the newspaper there was an interview with him before the semi's. He was really self-confident after his wins. He was asked if he was intimidated to play Kraijcek next he said "no! I know he won wimbledon and a lot of titles, but Enqvist also won about 18 titles they told me. How much did Kraijcek won?" The reporter said 17 (I think) and Kristof said: "Ok, but he's just a human being like me. He only has two arms, two legs and a head between his shoulders! So it's not impossible."

It's great to see he's so motivated, I hope he will do well the rest of the year! :)

The new Belgiangirl
01-04-2003, 10:38 AM
ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) -- Qualifier Kristof Vliegen of Belgium upset former Wimbledon champion Richard Krajicek of the Netherlands 7-6 (1), 4-6, 6-3 Saturday to advance to the final of the AAPT tennis championships.

Vliegen will play Russian Nikolay Davydenko in Sunday's final. Davydenko beat Adrian Voinea of Romania 6-2, 6-1 in the other semifinal Saturday.

Krajicek was making a return to the circuit after two lengthy injury layoffs.

Before the Adelaide tournament, Vliegen had not won a match in a main draw event on the ATP tour.

His only previous meeting with Krajicek was hitting with him for five minutes as a 12-year-old when the Dutchman visited Antwerp in 1996, the year of Krajicek's Wimbledon triumph.

"I don't think he remembers me," Vliegen said.

Vliegen said his confidence grew as the match went on, especially when he realized Krajicek was struggling to break his serve.

Krajicek came back in the second set after a service break in the third game when Vliegen lost concentration.

"I was already thinking of the final," Vliegen said. "That's the moment you have to be careful."

Vliegen took an early service break in the decider to lead 3-0 and closed out the match, despite needing three match points.

Krajicek had 24 aces, seven double faults and 40 unforced errors.

01-04-2003, 10:44 AM
Congratulations Kristof.

Good luck in the final, I still can't believe he is doing so well.

01-04-2003, 11:04 AM

01-04-2003, 11:05 AM

01-04-2003, 12:29 PM
Wow, the belgians really like Australia!!

The last few years every year a belgian player got to the finals! (Justine 2 times, Kim 1 time, and now Kristof!)

01-04-2003, 03:05 PM
This is absolutely great and stunning!!! :eek: Unbelievable actually ...

Good luck in the final!!!! ofte wel, Geeft ter een lap op!!!!

01-04-2003, 08:31 PM
OMG he keeps on going there :bounce: Hup hup Kristof you still doesn't have anything to lose :bounce:

01-05-2003, 04:42 AM
I watched the final today and unfortunately he lost but something Fitzgerald said that was interesting was that Kim Clijsters had rung Vliegen last night to conngratulate him on his great tournament and wins and also to wish him luck for the final I thought that was really nice of Kim to do that. They also apparently live only 5 km apart in Belgium

01-05-2003, 08:55 AM
Kimmy :D
congrats Kristof great tournament !! :) too bad he couldn't win it, but hey it's only his first ATP tournament he..

The new Belgiangirl
01-05-2003, 01:14 PM
Great tournament anyway!! :bounce: :D
I hope he breaks into the top100 soon! :D

01-05-2003, 01:55 PM
Good job Stoffie :bounce:

The new Belgiangirl
01-05-2003, 03:53 PM
I read it on Wtaworld that Kim had called him! That's really sweet of her! :angel:

01-05-2003, 05:19 PM
that's our Kimmie :angel:

Wow this has been a great tourney for Kristof :bounce:
Too bad he lost the final tho

Does anyone know what his ranking will be?

btw I heard he'll be playing quallies for the Aussie Open on Tuesday :)
Good Luck Kristof :bounce:

The new Belgiangirl
01-05-2003, 05:24 PM
His ranking will be +/-110! :D
He wants to get to the AO maindraw now and that should bring him near the top100!

That would be great: 4 Belgians in the top100 and if Christophe Rochus gets some good results agains he belongs there too! :bounce: :bounce:

01-05-2003, 07:03 PM
I thought he'll be 115 tomorrow :D

The new Belgiangirl
01-14-2003, 10:45 PM
He looks really ambitious: on teletext I read he wants to get into the top100 as soon as possible, than top 50 and than try to get closer to Xavier! :eek:
I hope he can achieve all this really soon! :bounce:

02-15-2003, 08:36 AM
where is he playing next??
can't find him on any entry lists :sad:!

02-15-2003, 09:07 AM
ok just found he'll be playing in a challenger in Andrézieux

The new Belgiangirl
02-15-2003, 08:14 PM
Good luck, Kristof!!! :D :bounce: :D

02-16-2003, 07:16 AM
(1)Anthony Dupuis (FRA) vs (SE)Ivo Karlovic (CRO)
(WC)Rodolphe Cadart (FRA) vs (q)
George Bastl (SUI) vs (WC)Sebastien de Chaunac (FRA)
(7)Julian Knowle (AUT) vs (WC)Julien Benneteau (FRA)
(4)Arnaud di Pasquale (FRA) vs (q)
Tuomas Ketola (FIN) vs (q)
Robin Soderling (SWE) vs Tomas Behrend (GER)
(6)Kristof Vliegen (BEL) vs Nicolas Thomann (FRA)
(5)Marc Rosset (SUI) vs (WC)Nicolas Mahut (FRA)
Noam Okun (ISR) vs Tomas Zib (CZE)
Ivo Heuberger (SUI) vs Bjorn Rehnquist (SWE)
(3)Jurgen Melzer (AUT) vs Cyril Saulnier (FRA)
(8)Andreas Vinciguerra (SWE) vs Stefano Galvani (ITA)
Lovro Zovko (CRO) vs Victor Hanescu (ROM)
Igor Kunitcin (RUS) vs Vasilis Mazarakis (GRE)
(2)Karol Beck (SVK) vs (q)

02-22-2003, 08:22 PM
he lost in the second round.. but he had 5 matchpoints :eek::sad:! and Soderling just needed one :mad:

02-22-2003, 10:31 PM
Originally posted by freakske
he lost in the second round.. but he had 5 matchpoints :eek::sad:! and Soderling just needed one :mad:

Oh that's a shame. :(

Good luck Vliegen in Copenhagen.

The new Belgiangirl
02-23-2003, 08:33 PM
So Copenhagen is his second ATP maindraw tournament?
If he reached the final at his first, maybe he'll go on and win his second! :p

Bad draw: Kucera (3) in the first round! :mad:
Good luck, Kristof!! :bounce: Some good wins and the top100 comes closer! :D

03-04-2003, 08:17 PM
Kristof Vliegen won 75 64 in Besancon :D

03-05-2003, 01:38 PM
pff he lost in the second round 61 46 46
:sad::sad: what's wrogn with him lately?:(

The new Belgiangirl
03-06-2003, 03:46 PM
I hope he finds his good form back really soon! :bounce:

08-10-2003, 06:59 PM
What's his next tournament? US Open?

08-11-2003, 08:29 AM
The VTV-site says he's playing San Benetto in Italy (Challenger 25.000$) on clay!
Why doesn't he play on hardcourt yet? I hope he will be prepared for the USopen

08-11-2003, 08:40 AM
I checked the draw and he isn't in it! :confused:
At the bottom there's : "replaces : Kristof Vliegen" I wonder why he isn't in the main draw (the last direct entry is number 303)

08-11-2003, 02:44 PM
yeh why oh why! ;)

08-27-2003, 04:03 PM
Dit stond op teletext vandaag :

Kristof Vliegen gaat in december trai-
nen met tenniscoach Nick Bollettieri.
De Amerikaan ontfermt zich sinds kort
ook opnieuw over Xavier Malisse.

"Ik ben er al eens gaan trainen. Mijn
trainer Philippe Dehaes is de vertegen-
woordiger van zijn tennisschool in
België, maar ik denk dat vooral Xavier
Malisse het over mij heeft gehad", zegt
Vliegen in La Dernière Heure. "Het is
leuk uit de mond van Bollettieri te ho-
ren dat je een goede speler kan worden"

De tennisschool van Nick Bollettieri in
Florida is wereldberoemd. Toppers als
Agassi en Capriati trainden er al.

08-29-2003, 01:24 PM

09-07-2003, 08:55 AM

12-15-2003, 02:50 PM
Some pictures of Kristof

12-18-2003, 09:58 PM
I hope that Kristof can defend his points in Adelaide next season, otherwise he will lose a lot of points

12-19-2003, 01:29 PM
I hope that Kristof can defend his points in Adelaide next season, otherwise he will lose a lot of points

Yeah...but that's a hard task... Otherwise he has to go back to the challengers I think...

12-19-2003, 04:07 PM
Well we only can wish him the best :D

12-28-2003, 02:49 PM
Can you tell me any infos about him? Hobbies, interests, music interests, family...

01-04-2004, 08:37 AM
If my calculations are right, Kristof will drop in the rankings to number 163 :( :sad:
For the following tournaments he can still can get an entry based on his former and higher place; hopefully he can pick one of these tournaments to climb again enormously in the rankings!
Go Kristof! :bounce:

01-04-2004, 09:24 AM
How does this stuff working? I mean, why does he have problems now with starting on tournaments? i'm sorry, but I'm not very well on such stuff.

01-04-2004, 10:39 AM
I will try to explain, but don't shoot me if there are some mistakes in the following explanation ;)

Every player can commit to a tournament where he wants to play, but only the highest ranked players will get a chance to get into the main draw. Than there's a bunch of players who can still play qualifications to get into the main draw. The rest won't get a chance to play in this tournament, except if a qualifier withdraws before the tournament starts and a lower ranked player can replace him as being an alternate. An other way to get into such a tournament without having a high enough ranking is to get a wild card from the organisation of the tournament.

Now to get back to the case of Kristof:
He has already committed to some tournaments in the near future, when he was still having his good ranking. His result in Adelaide won't affect this ranking, it will stay the same as when he committed to these tournaments. So for a little while he can still play some bigger tournaments and will get easier into the main draw of an event. This will only be for 3 or 4 weeks I guess... When we are that far he will enter a commitment list with his new - lower - ranking. That means he can't play the bigger tournaments anymore, he'll probably has the play again challengers, where one can't win as much points as at ATP-tournaments.

Well, actually it is harder to explain than I thought it would be. Hope you'll understand. :angel:

01-04-2004, 04:07 PM
Yes, I understood. Thank you very much. I hope he will earn a lot of points. He's a very good and nice player, isn't he? I saw him last year in Adelaide when he almost won the tournament.

01-04-2004, 05:52 PM
Is Xavier Malisse your fave player?

01-04-2004, 06:13 PM
And till which rankings can a player play the qualies in a atp tournament?

01-06-2004, 08:01 PM
Any personal infos bout him?

01-06-2004, 09:40 PM
Hi! :wavey: I'm new in this thread!!! I like Kristoff, I think he is a really nice person. I saw him twice. In the final of a challenger in Zagreb (Croatia) where he was loosing so I started to support him very loudly(with my cousin).It was very funny, he was really funny so everyone started to support him! He started to play well and he won... :bounce:
I saw him again at the ATP in Umag (Croatia) and I bought a ticket for his match but he was injured :sad:
He has a new fan!!! :)

01-06-2004, 09:49 PM
hi msimunic, u must be the girl with the blond hair or with dark hair.or your cousin must have blond hair.right??did u get to know kristof better?kristof gut injured against gonzales right? so your a big fan of him?

01-07-2004, 06:38 PM
Pfff, I'm a Belgian myself and I didn't even get the chance to see Kristof play yet! :p You're lucky! :)

01-16-2004, 04:10 PM
Tweede ronde:

VLIEGEN - Dancevic (Can)
3-6, 6-3, 7-5

Kristof Vliegen (ATP-163) speelt in de
de derde ronde tegen Sébastien De
Chaunac. De Fransman met de ronkende
naam staat 183e op de wereldranglijst.
Als Vliegen deze wedstrijd wint,
plaatst hij zich voor de eindtabel op
de Australian Open. Het zou na de US
Open van vorig jaar zijn tweede grand-
slamtoernooi zijn.

01-16-2004, 04:56 PM
Go Kristof!!! :bounce:

01-17-2004, 11:04 AM
He lost :-(

01-23-2004, 07:27 PM
Any new pictures of Kristof?

01-23-2004, 09:09 PM
No, I posted one of the AO in the pics thread. But you probably already saw that... :p

01-25-2004, 05:34 PM
When he hits his raquet? Or when he wanted to:-)

02-11-2004, 10:37 AM
He won against Popp 6-1/6-3!!! :-)

02-11-2004, 02:50 PM
Go Kristof :bounce:

02-13-2004, 08:12 AM
He lost :-((

02-13-2004, 09:09 AM
What sort of raquet and clothes and shoes does he have?

02-13-2004, 12:09 PM
Kristof :sad: But we can't really blame him for this loss :p

Better luck next time, and I hope you'll have a better draw then... :bounce:

02-13-2004, 12:29 PM
What sort of raquet and clothes and shoes does he have?

clothes and shoes from Le Coq Sportif I think.

I have no idea about his raquet. I don't know anything about raquets... :p

02-13-2004, 01:42 PM
ït's alright. thanks a lot

02-13-2004, 01:44 PM
i think yonex, no?

02-13-2004, 01:47 PM
Who waers the same as he does?

02-14-2004, 01:52 PM
What will Kristof do after Memphis? Can you give me a schedule?

02-14-2004, 09:52 PM
He won! 7-6/6-3!!!! I looked at 3-3 then mad a cup of tea and when i came back it was finished!

02-15-2004, 10:23 PM
He lost:( 1-6/6-2/4-6

02-16-2004, 09:48 AM
hello, well he is playing with major rackets.and clothes of le coq sportif.also shoes.but i dont know what he will play next.if i know something i will let u know ok? :)

02-16-2004, 05:08 PM
thank you. will he change?

03-09-2004, 02:37 PM
anything new about him?

03-12-2004, 05:54 PM
Does Kristof have brothers or sisters?

03-14-2004, 06:09 PM
I know, I'm nerving you all, but does Kristof Vliegen have any brothers or sisters? and what about his parents?

03-14-2004, 06:45 PM
don't know exactly... I'll look it up for you

03-16-2004, 11:28 AM
thank you.

03-18-2004, 07:37 PM
AntennA, got the information? Where do you search it?

03-20-2004, 05:55 PM

03-20-2004, 05:56 PM

03-20-2004, 05:56 PM

03-20-2004, 05:57 PM
nice pics, i think. just info: please attach any new picture you have:-)

03-26-2004, 05:04 PM
where is kris playing next week

03-27-2004, 08:53 PM
does Kristof Vliegen have any brothers or sisters?

Kristof has one brother, 25 years old, and works for Hamburg-Mannheim.

03-28-2004, 09:58 AM
Hmmm.thanks. what do you mean with works for? and what's his name

03-28-2004, 10:06 AM
where do you get this information from?

03-28-2004, 11:50 AM
Not sure if these have been posted :scratch:

03-28-2004, 01:26 PM
is hamburg-mannheimer an assurance or something like that? i mean here in germany it is one *lol*

03-28-2004, 01:47 PM
i guess it's football or so.-)

03-28-2004, 01:48 PM
esquimaux, thanks for the pictures!!!

03-28-2004, 01:54 PM
more of that:-)

03-28-2004, 02:40 PM
i guess it's football or so.-)
but the cities hamburg and mannheim are quite far away from eachother. and here is not football-club which is called hamburg-mannheim i think. so please, who can help us???????? what is hamburg-mannheim

03-29-2004, 08:54 AM
You were right, it's the assurance company which he works for. Probably it's a Belgian affiliate (is this right?) from the German company.

03-29-2004, 11:14 AM
aha:-) and what's his name? I dont expect a picture :-(

04-04-2004, 08:47 AM
He are 21 years old, is young...

Last year he wins Richard Krajicek, Thomas Enqvist, Alberto Martín, Rafale Nadal, Francisco Clavet, Rubén Ramírez-Hidalgo, Fernando Verdasco, Richard Gasquet and Joachim Johansson.

Is a good player?

04-04-2004, 06:17 PM
yes, he is! he will be some day in the top 50 (at least)!!

04-05-2004, 12:26 AM
You were right, it's the assurance company which he works for. Probably it's a Belgian affiliate (is this right?) from the German company.
haha. i´m so smart *lol* yes, its right (affiliate) :)

04-06-2004, 04:55 PM
oh, yes you are:-)

04-06-2004, 06:46 PM
oh, yes you are:-)
oh thanks. good day today :worship:

04-07-2004, 02:45 PM
is that kristof:-)

04-07-2004, 04:22 PM
hihi. how sweet. did they practise together? and where was it?

04-08-2004, 10:11 PM
i dont know. i just searched some pics of lleyton and found it and was very surprised. very sweet. kris is soooooooooo big against lleyton... lol:-) and they look in the camera sooo sweeeeeeeet!!!!!! like this pic. i made it big and printed it and put it on my pinwand:-)

04-08-2004, 10:59 PM
:) really sweet. lleyton was sooooo nice in rotterdam. he got some pluspoints from me :)

04-09-2004, 09:43 AM
you don't like him actually? he's the reason i love tennis!

04-12-2004, 12:36 PM
I met him for the first time in Doornik friday and he was really nice. He really seemed to be waiting for people who asked his authograph! Quite funny! :D
He was always having a good time watching Ollie and Xavier play. :)

04-12-2004, 01:21 PM
he's great. the best player, the best fighter, a nice man

04-12-2004, 08:26 PM
you don't like him actually? he's the reason i love tennis!
you love tennis because of lleyton??????????????? but he is soooooo unkind...mostly. but now i know that he can be the other way round :)

04-13-2004, 11:17 AM
ich interessierte mich fürs tennis als ich marat safin mal gesehen habe im tv. fand ihn damals noch schon. dann mochte ich agassi sehr und sampras. und mit der zeit entdeckte ich lleyton. sooooo guter spieler, mag ihn wirklich. und sooooo süss:-) pass auf kim:-) nein nein:-) ich mochte auch capriati und nach und nach mochte ich die spieler die ich jetzt mag... ich mag safin nicht mehr, seine interviews sind manchmal.... zu mann eben:-)

04-14-2004, 02:22 PM
hehe. ach, marat ist eben marat. schon irgendwie knuffig. aber lleyton...ich weiss nicht. mal sehen, wie er in hh ist. da verliert er sicherlich wieder die pluspunkte, die er grad bei mir erhalten hat *lol*

04-16-2004, 02:17 PM
marat ist eine schlafmütze, der pennt gleich ein, gegen tommy....

04-19-2004, 09:43 PM
hehe. schlafmütze....

04-20-2004, 05:16 PM
stimmt ja... glaub seine blutzirkulation ist nicht so sehr in ordnung (meine es ernst). und das ist nicht soooo gut..

04-28-2004, 05:47 PM

04-29-2004, 08:04 AM
thanks for the pictures

04-29-2004, 03:57 PM
Vliggy! :D

04-30-2004, 03:04 AM

04-30-2004, 05:56 AM
cool!is that in barcelona?

04-30-2004, 02:33 PM
WOW! Kristof has just beaten Nalbandian!

04-30-2004, 07:28 PM
I just read it on Teletext! Great!!! :banana:

I posted some pics in the pics thread btw.
For the one's with Eurosport : saturday evening at 00.00 they show Barcelona semi's so it might be Kristof's match :)

04-30-2004, 09:40 PM
some articles :)

Belgian qualifier slides into semis in Barcelona
Sports Illustrated

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -- Belgian qualifier Kristof Vliegen upset third-seeded David Nalbandian of Argentina 7-6 (1), 6-4 on Friday to advance to the Open Seat Godo semifinals.

Vliegen, world ranked 136th, is the first qualifier to reach the semifinals since 1997. He'll meet Tommy Robredo of Spain, who defeated fifth-seeded Fernando Gonzalez of Chile 4-6, 7-5, 7-6 (2). Nalbandian rallied from two breaks down to forced the first-set tiebreaker against Vliegen, who won it comfortably. In the second set, Vliegen broke in the fifth game, missed serving for the match at 5-3, but broke serve again to reach his first semifinals in 15 months.

"Today I was under no pressure and had nothing to lose, until I realized at 5-3 that I could win the match," Vliegen said.

Nalbandian falls in Barcelona quarter-finals

BARCELONA, April 30 (Reuters) - Argentine third seed David Nalbandian tumbled out of the Barcelona Open quarter-finals on Friday with a 7-6 (7-1) 6-4 defeat to tenacious Belgian qualifier Kristof Vliegen.

Vliegen set the pace for the match by pulling 5-3 ahead in the first set, and although a determined Nalbandian then shrugged off two set points to level at 6-6, he was unable to hold his concentration and handed his opponent the tie-break. The two players seemed almost equally matched in the second set of the two-hour struggle, with many of the games stuck at deuce for several minutes. But the 21-year-old Belgian was not to be denied and, at 5-4 up, broke Nalbandian's serve to claim his place in the last eight.

05-01-2004, 07:28 AM
and one more ;)


Kristof Vliegen became the first-ever Belgian to reach the semi-finals at the Open Seat Godo on Friday with a 7-6 (7-1) 6-4 victory over third seed David Nalbandian of Argentina.

The 21-year-old Vliegen advanced to his first ATP-level semi since he was runner-up at Adelaide in January 2003. He was a finalist at the Barcelona Challenger last week.
"It's definitely my best result but I hope there are more to come," Vliegen said. "I had nothing to lose and played a great match."
"I've reached a milestone here too as I'll enter the top 100 now. I had match points to enter the top 100 last year but couldn't make it."

Playing in only his second ATP event of the season, Vliegen is the first qualifier to reach the last four of the clay court event since 1997, when Albert Portas appeared in the final.
Eighth seed Tommy Robredo will take on Vliegen on Saturday after overcoming fifth seed Fernando Gonzalez of Chile 4-6 7-5 7-6 (7-2) in a rain-interrupted battle that lasted two hours, 36 minutes.

Comment of Nalbandian:
"He serves well and is solid on both sides," Nalbandian said. "He's very complete. Every match is tough. I had chances in the second set but couldn't take them."

05-01-2004, 09:36 AM
Thanks :)

05-02-2004, 05:13 PM

05-09-2004, 09:58 AM
sooooo sweeeeeet!!!!

05-09-2004, 09:58 AM
with "long" hair:-)

06-22-2004, 07:40 AM
Happy Birthday Kristof! :kiss: :yippee:

06-22-2004, 06:50 PM
Happy birthday!

07-03-2004, 09:08 AM
what is he playing next?

07-05-2004, 12:06 PM
He's playing an atptournament in Sweden
Arnaud di Pasquale (FRA) vs Kristof Vliegen (BEL)

07-07-2004, 08:48 AM
he won the first round...he's winning only when i'm abroad... terrible:)

07-14-2004, 09:55 PM
what's his brother's name?

07-16-2004, 02:57 PM
no idea :confused:

07-20-2004, 02:58 PM
pitty... maybe Theo:) lol

07-20-2004, 03:20 PM
hmmm... des anybody have a picture of kristof not too big for my av?

07-22-2004, 10:29 AM
Kristof will play at the challenger in Groningen Holland later this year.

07-23-2004, 09:27 AM
Will he? and you will go watching? cool

07-25-2004, 10:25 AM
You bet i am!
Great stuff there!
It's sure that Schalken and Hemmes will play, and Joachim Johansson, so that's enough for me, i like them all.

07-25-2004, 08:13 PM jealous:) i wanna be a dutchie too... :)

07-25-2004, 09:07 PM jealous:) i wanna be a dutchie too... :)
and not a belgian :p ???

07-25-2004, 11:56 PM
well, close to... but yeah, why not (didnt think of that)...:)

07-30-2004, 01:03 PM
hmmm... des anybody have a picture of kristof not too big for my av?

07-30-2004, 05:30 PM
I hope it's not too big.

07-30-2004, 06:32 PM
Ah, cute picture! He looks a bit daft but he is so funny :lol: :)
He's nice.

@misyou25 - you want to be a dutchie? Guess you have more tournements and things then us!

07-30-2004, 06:58 PM
no, i dont...switzerland is broing.... thanks for the pics!

07-30-2004, 07:03 PM
nice av, i know:)

08-01-2004, 09:59 AM
I'm just wondering - where did you hear of Kristof?
He's not really famous and i can imagine tyhe swiss media won't write or show much about him?

08-01-2004, 11:16 AM
not really...hmmm. i dont remember clearly, but i read about him once becaus of rochus and i donno, then i saw him playing and hes just good... just he has too less weight and thats why his game suffers... if he would gain some weight he would beat everyone...and you (ok, youre from netherlands..)

08-01-2004, 06:33 PM
Yeah, well, being from Holland doesn't make it easier - he's not wellknown over here. I first saw him when he played in a callenger in Groningen and he played against Joachim Johansson (who blew me away with his serve) and that was in the final and he won, and his speech was really funny and sweet. So that's when i knew who he was. And last june he played in rosmalen and i saw his match against martin verkerk and it was really funny and he made one classic point, a true beauty. And the whole match was weird, with funny things going on like a bird who was on the court but as it was very hot he couldn't make enough speed to fly out so the players had to wait for it to fly over and it took ages, hha, so funny! :lol:
We also saw him practising with raemon sluiter and that was hysterical, i laughed my ass off, so since then i really like him, he is so funny :worship:

08-02-2004, 12:23 PM
lol...sure he is...what did he say in his speech? cool you like him. he is not well known, maybe just in belgium like another tennis player (maybe like chris rochus) and i think he is a special player, the atp needs such players!

08-05-2004, 07:04 PM
I'm sorry, i can't remember what he said in groningen! He was just very happy he had won and said some personal things to his family there. But i can't give you quotes, as i can't remember it! (come on, it's nearly been a year, don't get all mad at me!) :crying2: (;))

08-05-2004, 08:58 PM
no prob, im happy he won:) and im happy for you youve seen it and im sad i didnt... about his family? sweet

08-26-2004, 05:14 PM
Kristof won the 2nd round of qualification, but i can't find the score yet...
The live scoring at the US Open page is soooo slow!

But well done Kristof!!!!!!! :bigclap:

08-26-2004, 05:16 PM
Oh, found it:

So Kristof against K Economidis (never heard of him)

6-7 (6) 6-3 6-3

08-26-2004, 05:22 PM open are close

08-27-2004, 09:31 PM
oh no...he lost against heuberger :crying2:

08-29-2004, 09:52 AM
INDESIT ATP Entry Ranking 101-150 As of Monday, 8/23/2004
Vliegen, Kristof (BEL )

just imaging where hell be after us open:)

09-01-2004, 02:09 AM
Kristof lost to Canas in 4 set @ the US open.

09-01-2004, 01:18 PM
Kristof lost to Canas in 4 set @ the US open.

09-01-2004, 04:59 PM
:tears: kristof:(

10-03-2004, 09:52 AM
I found some new pictures of kristof when he was in Holland last year.

There are some more on

You can also watch a little video from last year's challenger.

10-05-2004, 07:05 PM
sooooo sweet:)

10-05-2004, 07:07 PM

10-05-2004, 07:07 PM
thanks a lot:) dont u think its a shame that he cuts his hair now soooooo short?

10-06-2004, 06:13 PM
sooooo sweet:)

Thought you would like it :p

Short hair? Like extremely short hair? :eek:
Haven't seen that, i think...

Pics plz... ;)

10-06-2004, 11:22 PM
in palermo.....

10-06-2004, 11:25 PM

10-06-2004, 11:26 PM

10-07-2004, 04:53 PM
Okay, now i remember what his hair looked like :lol:

(where do i need to sign your pettition...:lol:)

10-09-2004, 06:41 PM
:) lets do 1...hes so cute in zagreb!

12-06-2004, 07:50 PM
how sweet....well done kristof:) you've been a good boy...

12-06-2004, 07:58 PM
has anyone an interview (audio) of vliegen?

12-22-2004, 05:13 PM
Kristof Vliegen

aan de kruising der wegen

Van San Marin thuisgekomen, waar hij zich heeft gekwetst, heeft Kristof Vliegen ons een onderhoud toegestaan, getekend door zijn spontaneïteit en fantasie. Buiten opname, heeft hij over zijn beroep gesproken waarvoor hij gepassioneerd is en over zijn objectieven. Hij is geen man die zijn verlangens voor werkelijkheid neemt, zoals zijn antwoord op onze eerste vraagt het trouwens aantoont:

- U bent de tweede Belgische speler in het ATP klassement geworden, gebruik makend van het tornooi van Umag en, u bent in de top 100 in het « entry system » getreden. Welke gevoelens roept dat bij u op?

- Ik heb niet nagedacht over het feit dat ik de tweede Belgische speler ben geworden; mijn eerste objectief herleidde zich tot het in de top 100 treden. Zeker, ik ben Gilles Elseneer en Olivier Rochus voorbijgestoken; maar ik zou mij binnenkort opnieuw achter kunnen bevinden… Iedere speler werkt ervoor om goed geklasseerd te zijn. Eigenlijk, wat vandaag voor mij van belang is, beperkt zich tot het feit dat ik mij in vertrouwen voel om verder te gaan…

- Maar hoe, in deze condities, uw nederlaag veklaren in de eerste ronde te San Marin?

- Het is heel eenvoudig. In de eerste ronde, leidde ik met 6/1 (mijn tegenspeler speelde heel slecht…) en, ik heb een lichte verzwikking opgelopen. Ik heb de kine geroepen, heb de match zo goed ik kon afgemaakt want, op het verkeerde been, ondervond ik moeilijkheden. Maar, deze nederlaag valt mij niet zo slecht uit. Ik had, mentaal en fysiek, wat rust nodig. Het was trouwens in mijn agenda voorzien dat ik nu verlof zou nemen. Mijn kwetsuur heeft mij een bijkomende week rust opgeleverd.

- Zal u, na deze vakantie, op tournee in de Verenigde Staten vertrekken?

- Neen. Ik zal eerst naar Geneve gaan. Ik heb er, twee jaren geleden, een challenger gewonnen. Ik heb beslist hem opnieuw te spelen omdat ik, met mijn klassement, een van de eerste reekshoofden zal zijn. Ik hoop het ver te maken in het tornooi: dat zou mij toestaan mijn plaats in de top 100 te verzekeren. Twee maanden geleden had ik deze drempel al overschreden; maar vervolgens had ik zestig punten te verdedigen en ik heb ze niet opnieuw kunnen veroveren. Tegenwoordig, zal ik eveneens een zestigtal punten te verdedigen hebben voor het einde van het jaar, die die ik vorig jaar had behaald tijdens een challenger (die ik te Groningen gewonnen heb) en een kwartfinale in een 125.000$ (te Bratislava). Maar vooral zal ik, van januari tot april van volgend jaar, slechts twintig punten te verdedigen hebben… Anderzijds, blijf ik hopen er op het US Open te behalen; indien niets verandert, zal ik de kwalificaties moeten doorstaan want ik ben tiende op de kandidatenlijst voor een directe toegang in de eindtabel. Maar, vermitst er op het ogenblik veel gewonden zijn, zal ik misschien aan deze verplichting ontkomen. Kortom, ik heb nu nog twee maanden om in het klassement te stijgen.

- U hebt lange tijd met Philippe Dehaes gewerkt. Vandaag, werkt u alleen. Overweegt u opnieuw een coach te nemen?

- Voor het ogenblik, train ik samen met Christophe Rochus in de Parival onder de leiding van Ananda Vandendooren. Hij zal ons te Geneve en op het US Open vergezellen, wat hij niet altijd de mogelijkheid heeft te doen wanneer wij naar het buitenland vertrekken, want hij houdt zich eveneens bezig met andere spelers die professionals willen worden. Ik denk niet van politiek te veranderen want de laatste resultaten die ik heb behaald, is in afwezigheid van een coach. Ik voel mij heel goed alleen en ik weet wat ik moet doen op een tennisterrein en niet moet doen erbuiten… Het behoort mij toe me te gedragen als een professional ten einde de weg die nu de mijne is te vervolgen.

- Maar is het niet moeilijk constant alleen te zijn op het circuit? Een speler in moeilijkheden kan kostbare steun vinden bij zijn coach…

- Zeker. Inderdaad, te Wimbledon zou ik iemand nodig hebben gehad. Maar dat is afhankelijk van de ene speler tot de andere. Ik denk over een sterk karakter te beschikken. Onrechtstreeks voel ik, op een terrein, de druk die een coach uitstraalt die zich op de banken van de tribune bevindt. Alleen, bespaar ik me die druk en concentreer ik me beter. In elk geval, ben ik het die moet spelen. Het voorbeeld van Federer, die eind vorig jaar zijn coach heeft ontslaan, toont aan dat het mogelijk is zich tot deze houding te beperken. Ik heb niet hetzelfde talent als hem, maar wij hebben min of meer hetzelfde karakter, zoals Christophe Rochus. Wij zijn overtuigd dat wat wij doen goed is. Zeker, er zijn mensen die dat niet denken en het is daarom dat wij, bij gelegenheid, met hen in conflict kunnen zijn. Maar, voor het ogenblik, heb ik in het buitenland niemand nodig. Dat gezegd zijnde, tijdens de training, heb ik natuurlijk de bijstand van iemand nodig op technisch, tactisch en fysisch vlak. Voor de rest, zal ik mij tevreden stellen mij een tiental weken per jaar, in Australië, te laten vergezellen. De langdurigheid van de reis rechtvaardigt het. Daartegen, de tornooien die zich in Europa afspelen leggen mij niet identieke schikkingen op, want ik kan heel regelmatig langs Brussel komen.

- Welke logische verklaring (indien mogelijk) geeft u voor het feit dat uw resultaten een duidelijk idee geven van wat een roetsjbaan is. Een dag, bent u in staat Nalbandian te verslaan en de volgende dag u te laten uitschakelen door een onbekende...

- Vooreerst, een speler die op de ATP 150ste geklasseerd staat, speelt heel goed tennis. Het verschil tussen hem en de 5e speler ter wereld is niet enorm en is dikwijls afhankelijk van de mentale ingesteldheid. Op sommige dagen verlies ik tegen spelers van wie ik bij mezelf zeg dat ze mij niet kunnen verslaan vermitst ik me op tennisvlak sterker voel dan zij: het is voldoende geen vertrouwen in zijn middelen te hebben om in de problemen te worden gebracht. Daartegen, wanneer ik Nalbandian versla, is dat heel anders. Ik ben op het terrein gekomen met de overtuiging dat ik niets te verliezen had – wat natuurlijk niet het geval is wanneer ik tegenstanders trotseer, minder goed geklasseerd dan ik, en waarvan ik bij mezelf zeg dat, gezien mijn reputatie en image, ik verplicht ben te winnen. Onlangs heb ik tegen Massu opgenomen. Ik vind hem niet zo sterk om 13e geklasseerd te staan. Het is iemand die vecht, die loopt, die goed opslaat, die niets mist. Ik heb met 6/3 6/4 verloren, maar ik heb in de loop van de match kansen gekregen. Indien ik hem had overwonnen, zou men van een topprestatie hebben gesproken; maar, ik beschouw dat op tennisvlak, ik beter ben dan hem…

- Het mentale aspect waarover u het heeft, zou dat niet rechtvaardigen dat u met een sportpsycholoog zou samenwerken?

- Ik heb geen psy nodig. Ik moet proberen mezelf niet te veel onder druk te zetten. Maar de druk is niet alleen een negatief element. Als men zich geen druk oplegt, zal er op het terrein niets gebeuren: ik weet het, ik zal niet behoorlijk spelen. Het is in de belangrijke momenten van een match dat men de goede spelers opmerkt.

- Wat het hoofdstuk over de druk betreft, bestaat er voor u een verschil tussen een Davis cup match en een tornooi enkelspel op het circuit?

- Ik heb nog geen enkelspel van vijf sets in Davis cup gespeeld. Ik heb slechts een ware ervaring in dubbel, aan de zijde van Olivier Rochus die een heel goede dubbelspeler is, zoals iedereen het moet weten sinds de laatste Roland-Garros. Maar men moet niet vergeten dat in Davis cup, telkens men gaat zitten bij verandering van kamp, er een coach is die wacht om zijn speler te motiveren of te kalmeren. Op tornooi, is men alleen op zijn bank… Het is op dat ogenblik dat de speler alleen de oplossingen voor zijn problemen moet vinden – zelfs al zit zijn coach in de tribunes.

- U bent een opmerkelijke dubbelspeler, zoals u het in Davis cup heeft bewezen. Waarom beoefent u zo weinig deze discipline op het circuit?

- Dat hangt spijtig genoeg niet van mij af. Mijn klassement staat mij niet toe in de dubbeltabellen te geraken. Ik beschik slechts over een vijftiental punten, wat mij min of meer op de 1025ste plaats klasseert… En mijn klassement in enkel is nog niet goed genoeg om mij toegang te verlenen tot de tabellen van het circuit. Te Rosmalen, stond ik als eerste op de wachtlijst samen met Robredo. Te Umag, bevond ik mij in dezelfde situatie. Men moet dus een beetje geluk hebben wat dit hoofdstuk betreft. Het is zeker dat ik meer in dubbel zou willen spelen, vooral dat dat de beste training zou vormen die bestaat voor mijn service-volley aaneenschakelingen. Ik zou een heel goed geklasseerde partner moeten hebben om een belangrijke plaats te verkrijgen. Met andere woorden, hoort het mij toe in enkel te stijgen.

Michel NESTOR, 18 augustus 2004

Krystof Vliegen

à la croisée des chemins

Rentré de San Marin, où il s’est blessé, Krystof Vliegen nous a accordé un entretien marqué par sa spontanéité et sa fantaisie. Hors enregistrement, il a parlé de son métier pour lequel il éprouve de la passion et de ses objectifs. Il est n’est pas homme à prendre ses désirs pour la réalité, comme le démontre d’ailleurs sa réponse à notre première question :

- Vous êtes devenu le deuxième joueur belge au classement ATP à la faveur du tournoi d’Umag et vous êtes rentré dans le top 100 à « l’entry system ». Quels sentiments cela vous inspire-t-il ?

- Je n’ai pas réfléchi au fait que je suis devenu le deuxième joueur belge ; mon premier objectif se résumait à entre dans le top 100. Bien sûr, j’ai dépassé Gilles Elseneer et Olivier Rochus ; mais je pourrais à nouveau me retrouver derrière eux, sous peu… Chaque joueur travaille pour être bien classé. En fait, aujourd’hui, l’important pour moi se résume au fait que je me sens en confiance pour continuer… (NDLR : Il est redescendu à la 102ème place au classement publié le 2 août par l’ATP, tandis qu’Olivier Rochus remontait à la 99ème.

- Mais comment expliquer dans ces conditions votre défaite au premier tour à San Marin ?

- C’est très simple. Au premier tour, je menais 6/1 (mon adversaire jouait très mal…) et je me suis fait une légère entorse. J’ai appelé le kiné, j’ai achevé le match tant bien que mal car, sur les contre-pieds, je me suis trouvé en difficulté. Mais cette défaite ne tombe pas si mal que ça pour moi. J’avais besoin mentalement et physiquement d’un peu de repos. Il était d’ailleurs prévu à mon agenda que je prenne maintenant des vacances. Ma blessure m’a offert une semaine de répit supplémentaire.

- Après ces vacances, vous partirez en tournée aux Etats-Unis ?

- Non. J’irai d’abord à Genève. J’y ai gagné un challenger il y a deux ans. J’ai décidé de le rejouer parce que, avec mon classement, je serai une des premières têtes de série. J’espère aller loin dans le tournoi : cela me permettrait d’assurer ma place dans le top 100. Il y a deux mois, j’avais déjà passé ce seuil ; mais j’avais soixante points à défendre par la suite et je n’ai pu les reconquérir. A présent, j’aurai également une soixantaine de points à défendre avant à la fin de l’année, ceux que j’avais pris l’année dernière lors d’un challenger (que j’ai gagné à Groningen) et d’un quart de finale dans un 125.000 $ (à Bratislava). Mais, surtout, de janvier jusqu’à avril de l’année prochaine, je n’aurai que vingt points à défendre… D’autre part, je ne désespère pas d’en obtenir à l’US Open ; si rien ne change, je devrai passer par les qualifications car je suis le dixième sur la liste des aspirants à une entrée directe dans le tableau final. Mais, comme il y a beaucoup de blessés pour l’instant, j’éviterai peut-être cette obligation. Bref, il me reste maintenant deux mois pour monter dans le classement.

- Vous avez travaillé longuement avec Philippe Dehaes. Aujourd’hui, vous travaillez seul. Envisagez-vous de reprendre un coach ?

- Pour l’instant, je m’entraîne au Parival avec Christophe Rochus sous la direction d’Ananda Vandendooren. Il va nous accompagner à Genève et à l’US Open, ce qu’il n’a pas toujours la possibilité de faire quand nous partons à l’étranger car il s’occupe aussi d’autres joueurs qui veulent devenir professionnels. Je ne pense pas changer de politique car les derniers résultats que j’ai faits, c’est en l’absence d’un coach. Je me sens très bien seul et je sais ce que je dois faire sur un terrain de tennis et ne pas faire en dehors… C’est à moi de me comporter comme un professionnel afin de poursuivre sur la voie qui est la mienne maintenant.

- Mais n’est-ce pas difficile d’être constamment seul sur le circuit ? Un joueur en difficulté peut trouver un appui précieux chez son coach…

- Bien sûr. Effectivement, à Wimbledon, j’aurais eu besoin de quelqu’un. Mais cela dépend d’un joueur à l’autre. J’estime posséder un caractère solide. Indirectement, sur un terrain, je sens la pression que dégage un coach qui se trouve sur les gradins. Seul, je m’épargne cette pression-là et je me concentre mieux. De toute manière, c’est moi qui dois jouer. L’exemple de Federer, qui s’est séparé de son coach à la fin de l’année dernière, montre qu’il est possible de s’en tenir à cette attitude. Je n’ai pas le même talent que lui, mais nous avons plus ou moins le même caractère, comme Christophe Rochus. Nous sommes persuadés que ce que nous faisons est bien. Certes, il y a des gens qui ne le pensent pas et c’est pour cela que nous pouvons avoir, à l’occasion, un conflit avec eux. Mais, pour l’instant, je n’ai besoin de personne à l’étranger. Cela dit, à l’entraînement, le concours de quelqu’un m’est évidemment nécessaire sur le plan technique, tactique et physique. Pour le reste, je me contenterai de me faire accompagner une dizaine de semaines par an, en Australie. La longueur du voyage le justifie. En revanche, les tournois qui se jouent en Europe ne m’imposent pas des dispositions identiques car je peux repasser très régulièrement par Bruxelles.

- Quelle explication rationnelle (si elle est possible) donnez-vous au fait que vos résultats donnent une idée précise de ce que sont les montagnes russes. Un jour, vous êtes capable de battre Nalbandian et le lendemain de vous faire éliminer par un anonyme…

- En premier lieu, un joueur classé 150ème à l’ATP joue très bien au tennis. La différence entre lui et le 5ème joueur du monde n’est pas énorme et relève souvent du domaine mental. Il y a des jours où je perds contre des adversaires dont je me dis qu’ils ne peuvent pas me battre car je me sens plus fort qu’eux sur le plan tennistique : il suffit de ne pas avoir confiance en ses moyens pour être mis en difficulté. Par contre, lorsque je bats Nalbandian, c’est tout différent. Je suis monté sur le terrain avec la conviction que je n’avais rien à perdre – ce qui n’est évidemment pas le cas lorsque j’affronte des adversaires moins bien classés que moi et dont je me dis qu’avec la réputation et l’image que j’ai, obligation m’est faite de gagner. J’ai joué Massu récemment. Je ne le trouve pas si fort au point d’être 13ème au classement. C’est quelqu’un qui se bat, qui court, qui sert bien, qui ne rate rien. J’ai perdu 6/3 6/4, mais j’ai eu des occasions en cours de match. Si je l’avais battu, on aurait parlé d’un exploit ; mais, je considère que sur le plan tennistique, je suis meilleur que lui…

- L’aspect mental dont vous parlez ne justifierait-il pas que vous travailliez avec un psychologue du sport ?

- Je n’ai pas besoin d’un psy. Je dois essayer de ne pas mettre trop de pression sur moi. Mais la pression n’est pas qu’un élément négatif. Si l’on ne se met pas de la pression, il ne se passera rien sur le terrain : je le sais, je ne jouerai pas convenablement. C’est dans les moments importants d’un match que l’on remarque les bons joueurs.

- Pour vous, existe-t-il une différence sur le chapitre de la pression entre un match de coupe Davis et un simple en tournoi sur le circuit ?

- Je n’ai pas encore joué un simple de cinq sets en coupe Davis. Je n’ai d’expérience véritable qu’en double, aux côtés d’Olivier Rochus qui est un très bon joueur de double, comme tout le monde doit le savoir depuis le dernier Roland-Garros. Mais il ne faut pas oublier qu’en coupe Davis, chaque fois que l’on va s’asseoir au changement de camp, il y a un coach qui attend pour motiver ou calmer son joueur. En tournoi, on est seul sur son banc… C’est à ce moment que le joueur doit trouver tout seul les solutions à ses problèmes –même s’il a son coach dans les tribunes.

- Vous êtes un remarquable joueur de double, comme vous l’avez prouvé en coupe Davis. Pourquoi pratiquez-vous si peu cette discipline sur le circuit ?

- Cela ne dépend malheureusement pas de moi. Mon classement ne me permet pas de rentrer dans les tableaux de double. Je possède seulement une quinzaine de points, ce qui me classe plus ou moins à la 1025ème place… Et mon classement en simple n’est pas encore assez bon pour me donner accès aux tableaux du circuit. A Rosmalen, j’étais premier sur la liste d’attente avec Robredo. A Umag, je me suis trouvé dans la même situation. Il faut donc avoir un peu de chance sur ce chapitre. C’est sûr que j’aimerais jouer davantage en double, surtout que cela constituerait le meilleur entraînement qui soit pour mes enchaînements service-volée. Il faudrait que j’aie un partenaire très bien classé pour me faire une place au soleil. Autant dire que c’est à moi de grimper en simple.

Michel NESTOR , le 2 août 2004

01-07-2005, 08:15 AM
Hi I've never posted here before but I'm a fan of Kristof and found this article :)
Good Luck to Kristof in his next match :D

Kim’s pal enjoying his game

Posted online: Friday, January 07, 2005 at 0014 hours IST

CHENNAI, JANUARY 6: He’s slugged it out with Kim Clijsters, and remembers it well. “But that was then,” says Belgian Kristof Vliegen, who admits “she’s been an inspiration.”

With boyish looks, 22-year old Vliegen is the new-generation of Belgian players behind Xavier Malisse and Oliver Rochus, apart from veteran Christophe Rochus, in terms of age and rankings.

Vliegen talks highly of Kim, and not just because he’s attended the same school as she did — which he says is a “longish name to write,” but is based in Antwerp — and has just one aim: to make a name as big as Kim’s.

He’s a long way from that, but explains that every time she has played in Belgium, “he’s made it a point...if around, to go cheer her.” His reasoning is simple: “she needs that’’ and quickly points out Belgium’s pride. Ranked 106 on the ATP, Vliegen, just four years old on the circuit, calls 2004 as his toughest. With an impish smile he says, “somewhat unlucky,” and explains “that was just with the draws...the game was just fine.”

“What can you do when you are up against Roddick, Agassi, Canas...all who are good,” he says and adds, “then at the French Open it was The Man,” refering to Roger Federer. “Playing Federer is like playing against somebody who is ten times better than anybody.”

Cool and composed as he is while talking to, Vliegen likes to enjoy his time on court. During his match against Yen-Hsun Lu after losing a point, he turned to stick his finger in his mouth, and passes off the act saying “I like to enjoy.”

With U2 and David Gray his favourites, Vliegen, a resident of Maaseik, likes Manchester United and admires Boris Becker. On his maiden visit to India, Vliegen says, he “liked the place,” and feels it’s just another country...our business is play and that’s what I’ve come for.”

01-07-2005, 09:11 AM
Thanks! :)

01-30-2005, 12:49 PM
hey i went to the chennai open well because i stay in chennai and i like fell in love with kristof!!..he plays well and i think he is one of the next rising stars!!...i saw all his matches and i took tons of pictures of him!! if anyone wants..tell me!

01-31-2005, 06:30 AM
I'd love to see your pics, if you want to share them if not that is ok :)

Where is Kristof playing next?

01-31-2005, 09:12 AM
hey zara, that is cool! so are you in love!!!!!!!! yeah send some pics so we can see them! so did you talk to him??

02-20-2005, 06:06 AM
hey guys sorry to have not posted..been having some troubles..i will send the pics asap and yeah i think i am in didnt get the chance to meet him tho!! very sad!

02-21-2005, 04:24 AM
Kristof is playing Scottsdale :)

(1)Tommy Haas vs. (WC)Donald Young
(Q)vs. Davide Sanguinetti
Jeff Morrison vs. Christophe Rochus
(Q) vs. (5)Kevin Kim
(4)Taylor Dent vs. Wayne Arthurs
Justin Gimelstob vs. Kristof Vliegen
(Q) vs. Glenn Weiner
Yen-Hsun Lu vs. (8)Lars Burgsmuller

(6)Irakli Labadze vs. (WC)Alex Kuznetsov
Wesley Moodie vs. Giovanni Lapentti
Tomas Behrend vs. Mark Philippoussis
(WC)Brendan Evans vs. (3)Mario Ancic
(7)Kenneth Carlsen vs. James Blake
ALEX BOGOMOLOV, JR. vs. Jeff Salzenstein
Janko Tipsarevic vs. Jan-Michael Gambill
(Q) vs. (2)Vince Spadea

06-26-2005, 12:39 PM
belated Happy Birthday :D

08-27-2005, 10:01 PM
what is he doing this season :( he's not much on the major events!

10-30-2005, 07:14 PM

I saw Kristof in Basel this week (not literally, just on the tv!), what a week for him!

Does anyone know who his management company is?

10-30-2005, 07:52 PM
Does anyone know who his management company is?

as far as I know it's still Vincent Stavaux who is managing everything involved with Kristof Vliegen. He became manager of Justine Henin in 2003, but he than admitted to continue doin' the management of Kristof.
Here's the address:

TEL: 32 2 3875135
FAX: 32 2 3875135

10-31-2005, 05:13 PM
Yes! Vliegen has gained already 50 ATP-points in Paris (15 for qualifying + 35 for 2nd round), which means he's getting ranked in the top-100!!!! :yeah:

The Fly is on a roll!!! :D

11-01-2005, 09:05 AM
Thanks JuanRodriguez! :)

12-31-2005, 08:36 AM
Kristof will be playing in the Chennai Open this scoming week. I wish him the best of luck and I hope he has a great tourney! :bounce:

01-02-2006, 03:51 PM
Kristof def Yeu-Tzuoo Wang 6-3 6-2 :bounce: Great way to start '06 Kristof! :bigclap: He next plays Vicente or Schuettler, which are both winnable matches. He hasen't met either on the tour so this could be interesting.

01-05-2006, 02:21 PM (

:woohoo: The Vliegen def Rainer 6-2 6-4 :woohoo: He's starting '06 off really well. Kristof hasen't dropped a set and has only given up 11 games so far :eek:

Next up is either Pdorn or Gicquel. Kristof hasen't played Gicquel but his only match and lose to Pdorn was last year at this same tourney in the Q's 6-3 6-4 :mad: If Pdorn makes it through I'm sure The Vliegen wants revenge. :devil:

01-05-2006, 05:16 PM
Srichaphan made it through is 3 tough sets against Gicquel. But with Vliegen in excellent form it could be a tight match: give it everything you got Kristof !!! :worship:

01-05-2006, 07:03 PM
great job Kristof! :D

Here's a report from Vliegen's match against Schuettler from

VLIEGEN d. (6) SCHUETTLER 6-2, 6-4

A year may have gone by but the script remained the same for Kristof Vliegen of Belgium as last year as he yet again stunned a sixth seed -- this time Rainer Schuettler of Germany -- in a second round match to book a quarterfinal berth at the Chennai Open ATP Tennis Championship here today.

Unseeded Vliegen, who last year accounted for sixth seeded Yen-Hsun Lu in the second round before losing to Paradorn Srichaphan (Thailand) in the quarterfinals, finished in the top 100 in ATP entry ranking for the first time in 2005 and keeping in line with the feat he blew away the German veteran 6-2 6-4 in just over an hour.

There is every chance of 23-year-old Belgian meeting Srichaphan (who plays Marc Gicquel of France) in the quarterfinals like last year.

Schuettler, a regular here, was just nine when his country's tennis idol Boris Becker captured the Wimbledon title in 1985 and his age seemed to have caught up with him as he was found wanting on most occasions.

Vliegen captialised on his weaknesses and kept attacking. Though the German did fight back in the second set, the latter half of which was closely contested, breaking the rival in the fourth game to take a 3-1 lead, he received the compliment in the very next game.

However, it was too late for the off-colour German as Vliegen held his serve before breaking Schuettler again in the ninth and closed out the match in the next with an ace. The tall and lean Belgian was agile in his movements and unleashed powerful shots from the baseline, making his rival run from end to end. His first serves were good and returned well to keep up the pressure.

On the other hand, Schuettler, the winner of the doubles title here last year with Yen-Hsun Lu, just could not get his shots going and was struggling to reach to the ball. He tried a different game plan in the second set going for lobs and drop volleys but the winners were far and few.

Vliegen, who likes the hard surface, surprised Shuettler in the first game of the match with a break even before the latter could settle down and followed up with another in the fifth.

The second set was fought closely but Schuettler just could not win the big points and lost.

01-06-2006, 06:51 AM
Thanks for the artical Juan. :) I know Kristof can take Pdorn, he's playing so much better then him. Let's keep our fingers crossed for Kristof best of Luck! :D

01-06-2006, 02:46 PM
:woohoo: Kristof killed Pdorn 6-1 6-2!!!! :worship: Sweet revenge for last year. :devil: He's still only given up 14 games and hasen't dropped a set, Kristof is playing amazingly well.

Next up is either Muller or Ivan. Kristof hasen't played either of them yet but the way he's playing I'm sure he could beat both players. Good Luck next round Kristof!!!! :bounce:

Articale about the match:;_ylc=X3oDMTBpNDU1cml1BF9TAzk1ODYyNTg0BHNlYwN0 aA--?slug=ap-madras&prov=ap&type=lgns

Vliegen shocks fourth-seeded Paradorn to enter semifinals, second-seeded Stepanek advances

MADRAS, India (AP) -- Kristof Vliegen of Belgium upset fourth-seeded Paradorn Srichaphan of Thailand 6-1, 6-2 Friday to reach the semifinals of the Chennai Open. Second-seeded Radek Stepanek of Czech Republic stayed on course, defeating Thierry Ascione of France 6-3, 6-4 to make the semifinals.
Former champion Paradorn failed to make the title round here for the first time in five years. Making the final every year since he first played here in 2002, Paradorn won in 2003 after being runner-up in 2002. In the past two years, he lost successive finals to Carlos Moya.

Vliegen's aggression and accurate service helped him avenge the loss to Paradorn in the quarterfinals here last year.

"I had one thing on my mind before today's match, that Paradorn had broken my first service in each set," said Vliegen, ranked 93rd in the world. "I wanted to make sure it didn't happen this time."

Vliegen's biggest advantage was the high proportion of first-serve points clinched by him -- 22 out of 23 -- while the 42nd-ranked Paradorn committed many unforced errors.

"I'm looking to break into the top 80 first, and then aspire to finish the year among the first 50," Vliegen said.

Broken three times in the first set and twice in the second, Paradorn was never in the contest.

01-06-2006, 02:50 PM
Pics from the match:

Nice Slice! (

I love his hair short the most I think :hearts: (

Rockin' the Forehand! (

01-08-2006, 08:42 AM
Well Kristof lost to Ivan 6-3 3-6 7-6(8-6) :bigcry: It was a tough match and Kristof fought till the end. He had a great week beating Pdorn and making the semis. The Vliegen will get some nice ranking points for all this. :)

Some Pics from the match: (

Strapped left thigh :sad: (

Kristof will be playing in Medibank International this week. His first round opponent is Seppi. Seppi leads their head to head 3-0 :unsure: but the last time they met in Napoli '05 6-7 7-5 6-4, very close. The Vliegen seem to be on a good run and Seppi had a win against Blake last week. I'm pretty sure Kris can win this one. :D

01-08-2006, 08:57 AM
So close :sad: But great he played at the same level as a top-10 player :bounce:

01-08-2006, 09:20 AM
Kristof had matchpoint :eek:
Next time he will take revenge on Ljubicic and he has a good chance to beat seppi next week.

01-11-2006, 03:40 AM
Yet again Kris loses to Seppi. This is his 4th straight lose to him. :banghead: He must have some mental block when it comes to playing Seppi. Cause Kris has the game to beat him. At least it went to a 3rd. This will give him some time to rest and get ready for the AO.

Good Luck in the AO Kristof!!!!! :hug:

01-11-2006, 04:44 AM
If Kristof wants to make it to the next level he needs to win matches like these. He had a great week in Cheenai nearly beating Ivan. He can't follow it up the next week with a first round lose. Top players don't do that. Kristof needs to have good results week in and week out. Granted he's never beaten Seppi but it was a winable match. Hopefully his right thigh wasen't bothering him.

01-13-2006, 02:14 AM
eeeeeppppp Kris has Christophe in the first round. Kristof did beat him the last time they played and he's playing so well this year. This match is very winnable. His draw doesn't get much easier. He might have to play Verdasco in the 2nd round.

Good Luck Kris in the AO!!!!! :bounce:

01-15-2006, 04:05 AM
come on kris! make this your year at the AO!!!

01-17-2006, 05:19 AM
Kristof def Chris 6-3 6-1 6-4 :bounce: He's continuing his great play into the AO. It sucks he had to beat a fellow Belgian.

:) Good Luck in the next round Kris. :)

01-17-2006, 07:27 AM
yes indeed....great he won though!

01-18-2006, 05:10 AM
Kristof & Yves Allegro def Lars Burgsmuller/Bjorn Phau 6-3 6-2 :bounce:

Kris is winning all over the place it's great! :D

01-19-2006, 02:49 AM
:banana: Kristof def Fernando :banana: Frenando is such a good player and its a great win for Kris :bounce: I'm just sooooo happy for him.

Next up is Hewitt or Chela. The way Hewitt played in the first rd if he gets through Chela Kris has a really good shot.

01-19-2006, 04:01 AM
keep it coming kris! this is amazing!!!!

01-19-2006, 07:04 AM
Great stuff from Kristof!!! :D :yeah:

Chela seems to be playin' pretty good, outlasting Andy Murray in three short sets. And though I'm not a Hewitt-fan, I hope he wins today, but it ain't gonna be easy... But if he does, than it's time for Vliegen to show the world what he's abilities are :) With his blistering form I think he can beat Hewitt. Would be awesome!

01-20-2006, 12:12 PM
Kristof & Allegro lost in str8 set to the # two seeds. It suck he lost in the dubs but the one good thing is it was in str8's so he can save his energy for Chela. Chela played well vs Hewitt but Kris is having a good start to this year.

Best wish's Kris u can do it!! :D

01-20-2006, 03:23 PM
Fantastisch wat Kristof gedaan heeft! Verdasco is absoluut geen slechte speler!


It's fantastic what Kristof has done! Verdasco isn't a bad player at all!