Nicolas Kiefer Bio

  • Began playing tennis at age six
  • Nicknamed “Kiwi”
  • His father, Wolfgang, is a teacher
  • Mother, Nicole, is French
  • Had excellent junior career, winning the 1995 Australian Open (d. J.-M. Lee) and US Open juniors (d. Seetzen)
  • Reached final at Wimbledon juniors (l. to Mutis) and SF at Roland Garros Juniors
  • Finished as No. 2 junior in world in ‘95 (behind Zabaleta of Argentina)
  • Also 1993 German junior champion
  • Considers hard and grass courts as favorite surfaces
  • Passed his high school oral exam on June 16, 1997 in German and French subjects
  • His priority was to finish school before turning pro full-time
  • Enjoyed playing in front of hometown crowd in his first ATP Tour World Championship in 1999 and more than 200 friends and family members attended each of his matches in Hannover
  • Has worked out with Olympic pole vaulter Sergei Bubka
  • Big fan of Hannover soccer team
  • Made an appearance for his favorite soccer team on July 1, 2005, scoring a goal in 14-0 victory in a friendly match
  • ”It was like a dream come through,” he said
  • Enjoys golf, soccer and basketball
  • Favorite move is Rocky and favorite actors are Julia Roberts and Will Smith
  • Has a 10-13 career Davis Cup record (9-11 in singles) in 13 ties since 1998
  • Fitness trainer is Ralf Nonnemann and coached by Sascha Nensel (since December 2005).
Biographical information from ATP. Unless noted otherwise all data as of year-end 2013.

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