Jan Kukal

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Jan Kukal
Jan Kukal 2013.JPG
Jan Kukal in 2013
Country (sports)Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia
Born (1942-09-13) 13 September 1942 (age 78)
Prague, Czechoslovakia
Career record32–54
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 115 (23 Aug 1973)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open2R (1970, 1976)
French Open3R (1969)
Wimbledon2R (1969, 1970, 1972)
US Open2R (1972)
Career record46–46
Career titles1
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open2R (1970)
French OpenSF (1972)
WimbledonQF (1973)
US Open3R (1969)

Jan Kukal (born 13 September 1942) is a former professional tennis player who competed for Czechoslovakia.[1]


Kukal won the Czechoslovakian National Championships in 1968, the same year that he played his first Davis Cup tie for his country. He went on to appear in a total of 16 Davis Cup ties and finished with a 13-11 career record, which included five singles wins.[2] In 1969 he was a member of the Czechoslovak team that won Europe's King's Cup.[3]

He reached four Grand Prix/WCT doubles finals during his career, for one win, at Des Moines in 1973.[3]

At Grand Slam level his best performance was a semi-final appearance in the men's doubles at the 1972 French Open, with Jan Kodeš.[4]


Kukal began his coaching career while he was still playing. In 1972 he was coach of the Romania Davis Cup team and he coached the Dutch team the following year. From 1981 to 1983, he coached Czechoslovakia in the Davis Cup. During that time he was also Czechoslovak Fed Cup captain and led them to the 1983 Federation Cup title. He then coached the Austria Davis Cup team, from 1984 to 1990, and captained the Czech Republic Davis Cup team from 1999 until 2003.

Grand Prix/WCT career finals[edit]

Doubles: 4 (1–3)[edit]

Result No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 1. 1972 Montreal, Canada Clay Czechoslovakia Jan Kodeš Romania Ilie Năstase
Romania Ion Țiriac
6–7, 3–6
Loss 2. 1971 Catania, Italy Clay Czechoslovakia Jan Kodeš France Pierre Barthès
France François Jauffret
4–6, 6–3, 3–6
Win 3. 1973 Des Moines, United States Hard Czechoslovakia Jiří Hřebec Spain Juan Gisbert
Romania Ion Țiriac
4–6, 7–6, 6–1
Loss 4. 1973 Salt Lake City, United States Hard Czechoslovakia Jiří Hřebec United States Mike Estep
Mexico Raúl Ramírez
4–6, 6–7