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Happy 75th birthday, Hans Kari!

Happy 75th birthday, Hans Kari!

The Carinthian tennis legend shaped Austrian tennis history in the 1970s and early 1980s.

When the ATP World Rankings debuted in their current form on 23 August 1973, Hans Carey was the only Austrian (and therefore the first) in the top 100. In the following years, the ATP World Rankings were established on 23 February 1949 in Spittal. Curry, born in Der Drau, plays in international tournaments. In 1979, he celebrated his only Grand Prix win, as the ATP tournament category was called at the time, in Lagos – a final victory over Peter Weigl, the second-greatest Austrian player of the time.

Al-Karinthi achieved great achievements for Austrian tennis in the Davis Cup tournament, in which he played no less than 58 singles and doubles matches, winning 33 of them. Over the course of his career, the Austrian tennis pioneer defeated world-class players such as Stan Smith, Ilie Nastase, Manuel Orantes, Wojtek Viback, Adriano Panatta and Paolo Bertolucci and reached his highest ATP ranking of No. 54 in May 1976.

According to ATP data, by the end of his professional career in 1984, the left-hander had played 658 singles and doubles matches on the tour and won eight Austrian championship titles. On his 40th birthday, Carrey received the ÖTV Gold Medal of Honor for his exceptional achievements. Since the end of his active career, Carey has continued to be a presence on Austrian tennis courts, both as a spectator at major tournaments such as the Erste Bank Open in the Wiener Stadthalle, which Carey describes as “my living room”, at Davis Cup matches and state tournaments as well. She is a well-booked tennis star for events Customers.

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ÖTV President Martin Ohneberg: “The history of Austrian tennis is inconceivable without the class of Hans Karri. On behalf of the Austrian Tennis Federation, I wish the tennis legend all the best, happiness and health on his 75th birthday and look forward to more clashes at Austrian tennis events.”