Richard Peter Stanislav Krajicek was born on December 6, 1971. He is a former Dutch professional tennis player who is known for being the only Dutch player to have won the men’s singles title at Wimbledon and for being the only tennis player to defeat Pete Sampras at Wimbledon from the years 1993 to 2000.
Krajicek began playing tennis at the young age of four. He also has a half-sister who is also a professional tennis player. Before Krajicek turned pro, he had a colorful amateur career. As a young tennis player, he managed to win the Dutch under-12 and under-14 National Championships twice each.
Krajicek’s professional career began in 1989 when he turned pro. His first top-level win in singles was in 1991 at Hong Kong. His first top-level win in doubles was also in the same year in Hilversum.
In 1992, Krajicek came close to reaching the final round of various Grand Slam tournaments but always came up short. At the Australian Open, he had to withdraw from his semifinals match due to a shoulder injury and his French Open debut was not so successful.
It was not until 1996 that Krajicek became a household name in tennis. Krajicek has never had any experience beyond the fourth round in Wimbledon. However, during that year, he managed to meet Sampras in the quarterfinals and to the shock of many, managed to win. It was Sampras’ first defeat at Wimbledon since his loss to Roger Federer in 2001. Winning the Wimbledon gave the Dutchman such an honor, because he was the only player from his country to ever accomplish such a feat. However, Krajicek never managed to win a second Wimbledon title again later in his career.