Radek Štěpánek is well-known as a former Czech professional tennis player. His career-high singles ranking was world No. 8, and his best doubles ranking was world No. 4.
Štěpánek turned professional in 1996. He started on tour as a doubles specialist, winning 12 ATP titles.
Since 2002, Štěpánek has focused on being a better singles player while still playing top-level doubles. He is known for his after-the-shot grunting, his over-the-top celebrations, and his many relationships with WTA players.
In 2017 Stepanek underwent back surgery after the Australian Open. He did not play again and chose to retire in November.
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Štěpánek is 44 years old, born in Karviná, Moravia-Silesia, on November 27, 1978; he began playing tennis at age three with his father, Vlastimil, who was a tennis coach.
Štěpánek’s brother is a policeman, and his mother is a librarian. His cousin is Jaromír Blažek, who represented the Czech Republic as a football goalkeeper.
Štěpánek grew up admiring Czech tennis player Ivan Lendl, particularly noting “he was the one who brought professionalism to the sport with his conditioning.”
Štěpánek was engaged to Swiss tennis star Martina Hingis, but they split up in August 2007. He married former top-ten Czech tennis player Nicole Vaidišová in 2010. They separated in 2013.
For several months, he dated Czech Wimbledon Champion Petra Kvitová. They split in April 2014. In 2018, he married Vaidišová again, and they have a daughter Stella.
Štěpánek was coached by former Australian Open champion Petr Korda. He endorsed ALEA clothing and Nike shoes and was sponsored by Bosworth racquets but later was seen also using Head racquets.
Czech football goalkeeper Jaromír Blažek is his cousin. His (half) brother-in-law is American tennis player Toby Kodat.