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Aaron Krickstein - Biography

Aaron Krickstein (born August 2, 1967), nicknamed "Marathon Man", is a former American professional tennis player, who competed on the ATP Tour from 1983 to 1996. Born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, he currently competes on the Outback Champions Series Over-30 tour.

Krickstein reached his career high ATP ranking of World No. 6, on February 26, 1990. He achieved this ranking on the back of wins in Sydney and Los Angeles, as well as his best ever results at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open.



Krickstein is Jewish, and in the mid-1990s was one of three highly ranked Jewish-American tennis players, along with Jay Berger and Brad Gilbert. His coach Nick Bollettieri remarked as to his personality when he was a teenager: "Aaron was brought up in a Jewish background and babied for 16 years. Now his father wants me to make him Italian."

His sister Kathy won the Big Ten tennis championship in 1998. He is the uncle of LPGA's golfer Morgan Pressel, who is the daughter of his sister Kathy and the youngest winner of an LPGA major.



Krickstein began playing tennis when he was six years old.

He became an active competitor on the high school tennis scene during his teens, and still holds the Michigan record for most consecutive match wins in at this level (56). He played for University Liggett School.

He also won the American National Under 16 championship in 1982. While still only 16, he was the US National Junior Tennis Association Champion, Clay Champion, and USTA National Champion in the 18s in 1983. All in all, he won five consecutive junior championships.


Krickstein set an ATP record for being the youngest player to win a singles title on the ATP Tour (at age 16, 2 months after his 16th birthday, in Tel Aviv. Krickstein also set a record for being the youngest player to ever break the top 10 (at age 17).

His best finishes in a Grand Slam event were at the 1989 US Open, and the 1995 Australian Open, where he reached the semifinals.

In 1984 he won the U.S. Pro Tennis Championship, becoming its youngest winner, and a clay court tournament in Boston. In 1989 he won the Tokyo Indoor Tennis Tournament and a hard court tournament in Sydney, Australia. In 1991, 1992, and 1993 he won the South African Open.

He had a record of 10 career wins from 0–2 set deficits. Krickstein was nicknamed "Marathon Man" because of his ability to come from behind. Krickstein won 27 of his 35 career matches that went into a fifth set.

He had an injury-plagued career, which included stress fractures in both feet, knee and wrist problems in 1985 and 1986, and injuries suffered when he was side-swiped by a New York City taxi in 1987.

He defeated a number of top players when they were at the very top of their game. He beat Ivan Lendl (world #1) in 1990, Michael Stich (world #2 and #4) in 1994 and 1991, Stefan Edberg (world #3) in 1988 and Boris Becker (world #3) in 1992, Mats Wilander (world #4) in 1984, and Jimmy Arias (world #5) in 1984 and Sergi Bruguera (world #5) in 1994. He also amassed wins over Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi.

Davis Cup

He was a member of the United States Davis Cup team from 1985–87, and also was a member of the 1990 squad. He compiled a 6–4 record in singles play during Davis Cup ties. The highlight of Krickstein's Davis Cup career came in 1990 when he scored two hard-fought victories in a World Group Quarterfinal tie against Czechoslovakia, leading his team to a 4–1 win.

ATP Tour titles

Singles (9)

No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in final Score in final
1. October 10, 1983 Tel Aviv, Israel Hard Christoph Zipf 7–6, 6–3
2. July 16, 1984 Boston, United States Clay José-Luis Clerc 7–6(2), 3–6, 6–4
3. September 10, 1984 Tel Aviv, Israel Hard Shahar Perkiss 6–4, 6–1
4. September 17, 1984 Geneva, Switzerland Clay Henrik Sundström 6–7, 6–1, 6–4
5. January 9, 1989 Sydney Outdoor, Australia Hard Andrei Cherkasov 6–4, 6–2
6. September 18, 1989 Los Angeles, United States Hard Michael Chang 2–6, 6–4, 6–2
7. October 17, 1989 Tokyo Indoor, Japan Carpet Carl-Uwe Steeb 6–2, 6–2
8. March 30, 1992 Johannesburg, South Africa Hard Alexander Volkov 6–4, 6–4
9. March 29, 1993 Durban, South Africa Hard Grant Stafford 6–3, 7–6(7)

See also

  • List of select Jewish tennis players

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