Josef Čihák

Josef Čihák
Country (sports) Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia
Born (1963-03-19) 19 March 1963
Plzeň, Czechoslovakia
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Turned pro 1985
Plays Right-handed
Prize money $241,359
Career record 18–28
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 72 (19 October 1987)
Grand Slam Singles results
French Open 1R (1988, 1989)
Wimbledon 1R (1988, 1989)
Career record 49–58
Career titles 1
Highest ranking No. 57 (20 March 1989)
Grand Slam Doubles results
French Open 2R (1988, 1989, 1990)
Wimbledon 2R (1989)

Josef Čihák (born 19 March 1963) is a former professional tennis player from the Czech Republic who competed for Czechoslovakia. He now works as a tennis coach at TK Sparta Praha.[1]


Čihák was most successful as a doubles player, reaching two doubles finals in the 1989 Grand Prix, at Båstad and Saint-Vincent, winning the latter. He had previously made doubles semi-finals at Prague and Palermo in 1987 and also Prague and Munich in 1988. As well reaching those two finals in 1989, Čihák was also a semi-finalist at the Athens Open, in the singles.[2]

At Grand Slam level he lost all of his four singles matches. The toughest opponent he came up against was Mats Wilander in the 1988 French Open, the number three seed who went on to win the tournament. He lost two five setters in 1989, at Roland Garros and Wimbledon. In doubles he won four of his 10 matches, but never made it past the second round, which he reached on four occasions, three times with countryman Cyril Suk as his partner.[3]

Grand Prix career finals

Doubles: 2 (1–1)

Outcome No. Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1. 1989 Båstad, Sweden Clay Czechoslovakia Karel Nováček Sweden Per Henricsson
Sweden Nicklas Utgren
5–7, 2–6
Winner 1. 1989 Saint-Vincent, Italy Clay Czechoslovakia Cyril Suk Italy Massimo Cierro
Italy Alessandro de Minicis
6–4, 6–2

Challenger titles

Singles: (3)

No. Year Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
1. 1984 Bielefeld, West Germany Clay West Germany Peter Elter 6–2, 7–5
2. 1988 Pescara, Italy Clay Chile Gerardo Vacarezza 6–4, 6–3
3. 1988 Casablanca, Morocco Clay Spain David de Miguel 6–4, 6–2

Doubles: (11)

No. Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
1. 1985 Bahia, Brazil Hard Netherlands Tom Nijssen Spain Emilio Sánchez
Paraguay Víctor Pecci
6–4, 6–3
2. 1987 Budapest, Hungary Clay Czechoslovakia Cyril Suk Sweden Christer Allgardh
Sweden David Engel
6–2, 7–6
3. 1988 Cairo, Egypt Clay Czechoslovakia Cyril Suk Argentina Roberto Argüello
Argentina Marcelo Ingaramo
6–3, 6–2
4. 1988 Agadir, Morocco Clay Czechoslovakia Cyril Suk Spain José López-Maeso
Spain Alberto Tous
6–2, 6–2
5. 1988 San Marino Clay Sweden Christer Allgardh Portugal João Cunha e Silva
Sweden Jörgen Windahl
6–4, 6–2
6. 1988 Casablanca, Morocco Clay Czechoslovakia Cyril Suk France Arnaud Boetsch
Belgium Denis Langaskens
6–2, 6–0
7. 1989 Casablanca, Morocco Clay Netherlands Mark Koevermans Argentina Marcelo Ingaramo
Argentina Christian Miniussi
6–4, 6–4
8. 1989 Agadir, Morocco Clay Czechoslovakia Cyril Suk United States Brett Dickinson
Sweden Jörgen Windahl
6–3, 6–3
9. 1990 Agadir, Morocco Clay Czechoslovakia Cyril Suk Italy Omar Camporese
Italy Diego Nargiso
10. 1991 Porto, Portugal Clay Czechoslovakia Tomáš Anzari Spain Juan Carlos Báguena
Ecuador Andrés Gómez
7–5, 6–2
11. 1991 Pescara, Italy Clay Czechoslovakia Tomáš Anzari Sweden Johan Donar
United States John Sobel
6–3, 6–4


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