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Karsten Braasch

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Bio He is a German former professional tennis player. His highest ATP singles ranking was World No. 38, which he reached in June 1994. His career-high in doubles was World No. 36, achieved in November 1997. He won six ATP doubles titles and made one ATP singles final in 1994. He was well-noted for his service motion and his habit of smoking during changeovers.

Braasch began playing tennis at the age of 6.
As a junior, Braasch only played one tournament which was 1985 Junior Wimbledon. He reached the second round before losing to 9th seed Brett Custer in straight sets.

Braasch turned pro in 1987 but his first ATP ranking dates back to 1986. He played solely on the ATP Challenger Tour for the beginning of his career with moderate results. He made his ATP main draw debut in 1989 at the BMW Open after qualifying for the main draw where he lost in the first round to Andrei Cherkasov in straight sets. He recorded his first ATP main draw win two months later in his second tournament at the Hall of Fame Open where he defeated Luiz Mattar in the first round in straight sets.

Braasch broke into the top 100 in March 1992 after winning a challenger tournament. Soon after, he made his Grand Slam debut at the 1992 French Open where he lost in the first round to world No. 10 Carlos Costa in four sets. He won his first Grand Slam match at 1992 Wimbledon where he defeated Diego Nargiso in five sets.

Braasch reached the third round 1993 US Open which is tied as his best result at a Grand Slam. He lost in the third round to world No. 8 Andrei Medvedev in straight sets.

At the 1994 Ordina Open. Braasch reached the first and only ATP singles final of his career. He lost in the final to top seed Richard Krajicek in straight sets. The result would push his ranking to a career-high of No. 38 on June 13, 1994.

Braasch played world No. 1 Andre Agassi in the first round of the 1995 French Open whom he lost to in straight sets. He then played world No. 2 Pete Sampras in the first round of 1995 Wimbledon whom he also lost to in four sets.

Braasch's ranking began to slip in late 1995 and he dropped to a low of 496 in September 1996. He then qualified for the 1997 Australian Open and reached the third round to match his best result at a Grand Slam and defeating 12th seed Magnus Gustafsson en route. He lost in the third round to Jonas Björkman in straight sets. As a result, his ranking jumped 257 spots from 488 to 231.

In 1997, Braasch began to focus more on doubles than on singles. He made his first ATP doubles final at the 1997 Hong Kong Open partnering Jeff Tarango and followed the result up by making the 1997 French Open quarterfinals partnering Jens Knippschild. One month later, he won his first ATP doubles title and first ATP title at the 1997 Gerry Weber Open partnering former Wimbledon champion Michael Stich. Braasch would go on to make six more doubles finals and win two more titles. He reach a career-high doubles ranking of 36 on November 10, 1997.

Braasch started to become very inactive in singles and dropped out of the singles rankings in 2002 for a brief period and then permanently in 2004. However, he was still experiencing doubles success which included his last doubles title at the 2003 BCR Open Romania and another Grand Slam quarterfinal at the 2004 French Open. He partnered Sargis Sargsian for both tournament.

Braasch retired from tennis in 2005 after his doubles ranking started to slip. However, he returned for a brief doubles stint in 2007.

Braasch played senior tennis and reached a high ranking of No. 3 in 2017.
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