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Horst Skoff

Full name: Horst Skoff
Gender: Male
Height: 14-7 (175 cm)
Weight: 159 lbs (72 kg)
Born: August 22, 1968 in Klagenfurt, Kärnten, Austria
Died: June 7, 2008 in Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
Country: AUT Austria
Sport: Tennis

Biography

After Thomas Muster, Horst Skoff was the best Austrian tennis player of the 1980s and 1990s. He won four ATP singles titles (Athina, Wien, Genève and Båstad), and two doubles titles. He achieved his top ranking in 1990, when he was placed 18th on the ATP list. He was close to leading the Austrian Davis Cup side to the final in 1990, but he lost the deciding single againt Michael Chang of the United States after taking a two set lead. One year earlier, another of his Davis Cup matches was also notable, as he needed 6 hours to defeat Mats Wilander of Sweden - a record for a Davis Cup match with tie-breaks. In 1997, Skoff was suspended for life by the ATP after allegedly switching urine samples. However, Skoff appealed the decision successfully, and the ATP paid him a settlement fee in 2008. Skoff, who was also known in Austria for a fling with former Miss World Ulla Weigerstorfer, set up his own tennis academy in Klagenfurt. In June 2008, he was found unconscious in the German city of Hamburg, and died later of cardiac arrest.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1988 Summer 20 Seoul Tennis Men's Singles Austria AUT 33T
1988 Summer 20 Seoul Tennis Men's Doubles Austria AUT 9T
1992 Summer 23 Barcelona Tennis Men's Singles Austria AUT 33T

Men's Singles

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result SW
1988 Summer 20 Seoul Tennis Austria AUT Round One Match #1 2 Edberg (SWE) 3, Skoff (AUT) 0 0
1992 Summer 23 Barcelona Tennis Austria AUT Round One Match #7 2 Larsson (SWE) 3, Skoff (AUT) 0 0

Men's Doubles

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Partner Phase Unit Rank Date Result SW
1988 Summer 20 Seoul Tennis Austria AUT Alex Antonitsch Round Two Match #8 2 1988-09-25 ESP 3, AUT 0 0
1988 Summer 20 Seoul Tennis Austria AUT Alex Antonitsch Round One Match #15 AC 1988-09-23 AUT walkover
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