- Jarkko Nieminen
Infobox Tennis player
playername= Jarkko Nieminen
datebirth= birth date and age|1981|7|23
height= 185 cm (6 ft 1 in)
weight= 79 kg (172 lbs)
plays= Left-handed; two-handed backhand
careerprizemoney= $ 3,811,532
highestsinglesranking= No. 13 (July 10, 2006)
AustralianOpenresult= QF (2008)
FrenchOpenresult= 4th (2003)
Wimbledonresult= QF (2006)
USOpenresult= QF (2005)
highestdoublesranking= No. 42 (January 28, 2008)
updated= July 14, 2008
Jarkko Nieminen (born
July 23, 1981in Masku, Finland) is a professional tennisplayer from Finland.
Nieminen is ranked World No. 25 in the ATP Rankings published on
June 9, 2008. He has won one ATP singles title and one doubles title in his career so far. His best performances in Grand Slam tournaments have been reaching the quarter-finals of the 2005 U.S. Open, 2006 Wimbledon Championships, and the 2008 Australian Open.
Arguably Finland's best ever player, Nieminen is the highest ranked Finn ever, and is also the first and so far only Finnish player to have won an ATP singles title and to have reached the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam event.
Anu Nieminenis currently Finland's top ranked Badmintonwomen's single player as her husband is in men's tennis.
Kristian Plessof Denmarkto win his first junior Grand Slam, the U.S. Open.
*Finished the year at No. 9 in the world junior rankings.
Davis Cupdebut against Italy, losing to Andrea Gaudenzi.
*Won his first Davis Cup match, beating
Mikael Tillströmof Swedenin a dead-rubber.
*Became the first Finn to reach an ATP final since
Leo Palinin 1981, beating Pless, Younes El Aynaoui, defending champion Thomas Johanssonand three-time winner Thomas Enqvistbefore losing to Sjeng Schalkenin five sets in Stockholm.
*Posted a 38-12 Challenger record, winning 4 titles.
*Finished the year in the Top 100 for the first time.
*Reached clay court finals in Estoril and
Majorca, losing to David Nalbandianand Gastón Gaudiorespectively.
*Became the first Finnish player to end the season in the Top 50.
*Reached his fourth career ATP final in
Munich, losing to Roger Federer.
*Advanced to the fourth round at the
2003 French Open, losing to Fernando González.
*Was at best ranked World No. 27, a career high until 2006.
*Represented Finland at the
2004 Summer Olympicsin Athens, losing to Max Mirnyiin the second round.
*Finished in the Top 100 for the fourth consecutive year, despite missing nearly three months due to injury.
*Defeated World No. 7
Andre Agassiin a first round five-setter at the 2005 French Open.
*Was defeated in five sets by
Lleyton Hewittin the quarter-finals of the 2005 U.S. Open, having become the first Finn to reach a Grand Slam quarter-final.
*Won his first ATP singles title in January by defeating
Mario Ančićin the final in Auckland.
*Recorded his career best
ATP Masters Seriesperformance by reaching the quarter-finals of the Indian Wells Masters, but lost to Paradorn Srichaphan.
*Broke into the Top 20 for the first time in his career in April.
*Reached the quarter-finals of the 2006 Wimbledon Championships, but lost to World No. 2
Rafael Nadalin three straight sets.
*Broke into the Top 15 for the first time in his career in July after his 2006 Wimbledon success.
*Reached the quarter-finals of the
Canada Masters, losing to Andy Murray.
*Reached his sixth career ATP final in Stockholm, losing to
*Finished the season by reaching the quarter-finals of the
Paris Masterswhere he lost to Tommy Robredo.
*Won his first ATP doubles title in September, paired with
Robert Lindstedtthey beat Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshiand Rohan Bopannain Mumbai
*His best singles performance in 2007 came at
Davidoff Swiss Indoorswhere he was beaten in the finals by World no. 1 Roger Federerin straight sets 6–3, 6–4. On route to the finals he had beaten Robby Ginepri, Guillermo Canas, World no. 8 Fernando Gonzalezand Marcos Baghdatis.
Michael Llodrain the Final at the Adelaide International 3–6, 4–6.
*Made the quarter-finals at the Australian Open, losing in straight sets to
*Represented Finland at the
2008 Summer Olympicsin Beijing, losing to Thomas Johanssonin the first round.
ingles finals (15)
Doubles finals (2)
ingles performance timeline
External links and sources
* [http://www.jarkkonieminen.net/ Jarkko Nieminen's official website]
* [http://www.daviscup.com/teams/player.asp?player=10018551 Davis Cup profile]
* [http://2005.usopen.org/en_US/news/playerday/20050906.html Player of the Day-2005 U.S. Open]
* [http://steveghelper.com/MatchResults.php?players=ko+Nieminen&weeks=12 Nieminen Recent Match Results]
* [http://steveghelper.com/RankingHistory.php?player=Ja+Nieminen Nieminen World Ranking History]
* [http://steveghelper.com/MatchResults.php?countries=FIN&weeks=12 Finnish Men Recent Match Results]
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