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Richard Krajicek
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Tennis Player
    (December 6, 1971- )
    Born in Mulderberg, Netherlands
    Won the men’s singles title at Wimbledon (1996)
    Highest rank: #4 (March, 1999)
    Married ‘Holland’s Next Top Model’ host Daphne Deckers (1999)
    Last name pronounced ‘KRAH-check’
    He recalled, ‘For the first couple of years I played really bad tennis. It was so bad that they booed me off the court.’
    He went into tax exile in Monaco.
    He said about female tennis players, ‘Eighty percent of the top 100 women are fat pigs who don't deserve equal pay.’ (1992)
    He joked about growing up in Holland, ‘I had to wear wooden shoes on the court until I was seven. Then my father bought me the mahogany 'Air' version. What a relief!’
    He was the only player to defeat Pete Sampras at Wimbledon during an eight-year stretch (1993-2000).
    John McEnroe said he had ‘the best serve I’ve ever seen.’
    He received the ATP Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Award for building sports facilities for children in inner cities in the Netherlands (2000).

Credit: C. Fishel

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