Kohlschreiber Honored In Kitzbühel Farewell Ceremony

Philipp Kohlschreiber (photo: Generali Open / Alexander Scheuber)

KITZBÜHEL/WASHINGTON, July 28, 2022 (by Michael Dickens)

Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber, who recently retired from the ATP Tour following his loss in the second round of Wimbledon qualifying, was honored in a farewell ceremony on Centre Court at the Generali Open Tuesday evening.

During his career, Kohlschreiber went 19-11 in Kitzbühel and won the ATP 250 event twice – in 2015 and 2017. The 38-year-old German right-hander with the graceful one-fisted backhand was born in Augsburg but made his home in Kitzbühel. It’s where he and his wife Lena were married in 2018, after Kohlschreiber lost in the second round of the Generali Open to Denis Istomin.

The 5-foot-10, 154-pound Kohlschreiber won 478 tour-level matches during his career and was ranked in the Top 10 from March 2006 until February 2021. At the time of his retirement, he was ranked 231st.

Kohlschreiber earned a career-high ranking of World No. 16 in July 2012, compiled 25 victories against Top 10 opponents and won eight tour-level titles (six on clay, one on grass and one on hard court), the last one coming in 2017 in the Austrian Alps. Three of his ATP Tour titles were won in Munich – in 2007, 2012 and 2016.

In a recent interview with the ATP Tour website, Kohlschreiber was asked to describe his greatest memories. He replied:

“Winning at home [three times] in Munich, playing Andy Roddick in a night match on Rod Laver Arena, and also playing in maybe the most competitive era in tennis so far with the big names of Rafa [Nadal], Roger [Federer], Novak [Djokovic], Andy [Murray]. 

“I was very fortunate to play in that time. Maybe I would have achieved a little bit more if three or four guys weren’t there, but it was also a great honor to play with them.”