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Austin Krajicek earns doubles year-end No. 1 honors

Arthur Kapetanakis | November 20, 2023


Austin Krajicek capped a career year in which he won his maiden Grand Slam title by finishing the 2023 season as doubles world No. 1.

 

The 33-year-old American, who first rose to the No. 1 ranking after winning Roland Garros in June, reclaimed the position for good after reaching the US Open semifinals with Croatian partner Ivan Dodig. Krajicek and Dodig will also finish the season as the ATP Tour's No. 1 doubles team.

“It's an amazing feeling for sure," Krajicek said. "It really was a special year, the whole year.

 

"It's a cool feeling. It's hard to put into words. It's pretty cool to be able to finish as the No. 1 team and know that the hard work you put in all year, all the ups and downs and tough losses and really special wins we've had this year came together at the end there. It's pretty cool to be able to finish the year No. 1. It's something that we can always be proud of and look back on, so we're super excited about that.”

 

Krajicek and Dodig won five titles this season, with the two biggest coming at Roland Garros and the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters. They also lifted trophies at Rotterdam, Queen's Club and Beijing, their five doubles crowns tied for most in 2023.

 

They finish the year with a 39-15 record, having reached three additional finals in Miami, Adelaide and Eastbourne along with their US Open semifinal showing.

Austin Krajicek and Ivan Dodig (left) at the 2023 ATP Finals. Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images.

"We couldn't do it without our team. I think we've got a special group of people around us," Krajicek added. "Both of our families at home, wives that put up with us traveling like maniacs all year long and then coaches, my coach Philip Farmer, our physio, Tom, and and then Ivan's brother. Just a special group of people that all year keeps us level-headed and being able to push through the hard times.

 

"I think without them it's not possible. So I also just would say that it comes with a special group to make it possible."

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