(born April 17, 1973) is a former Danish
player, who was active between 1992 and 2007. Carlsen played left-handed with a one-handed backhand. His greatest asset was his powerful serve, and his game was therefore best suited to fast surfaces (grass and hardcourt). For most of his long career Carlsen was Denmark's best tennis player, and consistently among the few Danish players playing at the highest international level. He has seven times been awarded best Danish "Tennis Player of the Year" by the Danish Tennis Federation (first time in 1991, last time in 2005). Two times the award went to the Danish Davis Cup
team, of which Kenneth Carlsen until 2003 was a central part (having a 29–13 record in singles).
He began playing tennis at age nine, and became in his teens one of the best juniors in the world. He finished as no. 3 in the world in 1991. He turned full-time professional in 1992, and his breakthrough as senior in a major tournament came at the Copenhagen Open where he beat Alexander Volkov
(then a top-20 player) in the first round. Later that year, he reached the final in Brisbane—-only his fourth ATP
tournament. His debut in the 1993 Australian Open
confirmed his position among the best players in the world as he went to the fourth... Read More