Jerzy Janowicz at 2014 Wimbledon Championships
13 November 1990 |
|Height||2.03 m (6 ft 8 in)|
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Coach(es)||Kim Tiilikainen and Piotr Grabia|
|Highest ranking||No. 14 (12 August 2013)|
|Current ranking||No. 43 (3 November 2014)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||3R (2013, 2014)|
|French Open||3R (2013, 2014)|
|US Open||2R (2014)|
|Career record||13–15 (46.43%)|
|Highest ranking||No. 47 (19 August 2013)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||2R (2013)|
|French Open||QF (2013)|
|US Open||1R (2013)|
|Last updated on: 20 March 2014.|
Jerzy Janowicz, Jr. (Polish pronunciation: [ˈjɛʐɨ jaˈnɔvit͡ʂ];[a] born 13 November 1990) is a Polish professional tennis player and the current Polish No. 1. Runner-up in two Junior Grand Slam tournaments, Janowicz rose to fame on the pro circuit following his run to the final of the 2012 Paris Masters, during which he defeated five top-20 players, including US Open champion Andy Murray and World No. 9 Janko Tipsarević. The run made him the first man to reach the final of a Masters tournament as a qualifier since Guillermo Cañas in 2007, and the first unseeded man to make the final at the Paris Masters since Andrei Pavel in 2003. He fell in the final to David Ferrer in straight sets. However, the run to the 2012 Paris Masters final enabled Janowicz to become the Polish No. 1 and crack the top 30, later reaching a career-high of World No. 14 in August 2013. In 2013 he was awarded the Gold Cross of Merit by Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski. His current coach is Finnish former tennis player Kim Tiilikainen while his strength and conditioning coach is Piotr Grabia.
- 1 Personal life
- 2 Career
- 3 Playing style
- 4 Major finals
- 5 ATP career finals
- 6 Junior Grand Slam finals
- 7 ITF junior results
- 8 Singles performance timeline
- 9 Record against other top players
- 10 Notes
- 11 References
- 12 External links
Born in Łódź, Poland Janowicz began playing tennis at the age of five after his parents introduced him to the sport. Father, Jerzy, and mother, Anna Szalbot, were both professional volleyball players. Janowicz has named Pete Sampras as his inspiration. Every October Janowicz and his team run the annual Atlas Jerzyk Cup tennis tournament in Lodz, Poland promoting the sport to young children, ages 8 to 12 years old. The event is officially sponsored by Atlas Group.
Janowicz inherits his athleticism and height from his parents, who were both volleyball players. Also his parents were highly aggressive and very susceptible to letting their emotions take control of them, which Janowicz clearly inherits given his many controversial moments on the tennis court. At the age of 10 or 11, his parents sold off their chain of sports stores and apartments to support their son's training, recognizing that he had a future in tennis from a young age. As a junior Janowicz posted a 59–23 win/loss record and reached a combined ranking of No. 5 in the world in 2008. He reached the Boys' Singles final at the 2007 US Open and 2008 French Open, losing in straight sets to Ričardas Berankis and Yang Tsung-Hua, respectively.
|Junior Grand Slam Tournaments|
2012: Top 30 ATP ranking and breakthrough on ATP World Tour
Janowicz ended 2011 ranked 221 in the world. At the start of 2012 he couldn't play in the 2012 Australian Open due to lack of sponsorship. In February he was the runner up in a Challenger tournament in Wolfsburg, Germany. Later in the year he won three Challenger tournament finals. At the 2012 French Open he got as far as the third round of qualifying, but failed to make it into the actual tournament. At the 2012 Wimbledon Championships, he made it through the three rounds of qualifying to be in the main draw of a grand slam tournament for the first time, where he defeated a qualifier, Simone Bolelli, in the first round, Ernests Gulbis in the second, then lost to the 31st seed Florian Mayer in the third. At the 2012 US Open, he made it directly into a Grand Slam without having to compete in the qualifying rounds. He lost to young American wildcard Dennis Novikov.
In November 2012 Janowicz qualified for the main draw of the 2012 BNP Paribas Masters, an ATP 1000 tournament. He defeated the World No. 19, Philipp Kohlschreiber, in the first round, the World No. 14, Marin Čilić, in the second, and the World No. 3 and Olympic Gold medalist and US Open Champion, Andy Murray, in the third. He defeated Murray in three sets, saving one match point en route. He said afterwards, "This was the most unbelievable day in my life." In the quarterfinals he defeated World No. 9, Janko Tipsarević, to go on to play in the semifinals where he beat Frenchman and World No. 20 Gilles Simon to reach his first ATP tour-level final. He was the first qualifier to do this since Andrei Pavel in 2003 and the first player to reach the final on his ATP World Tour Masters 1000 debut since Harel Levy in 2000. In the final he was defeated by fourth seed David Ferrer, but afterwards said "I've got a lot of confidence right now. I learned if you have big heart and you want to do something amazing and you're going to fight for this, you have a big chance to make it." His run led him to the world's top 30 for the first time in his career, and he finished the year ranked number 24, almost 200 places higher than the previous year.
2013: Ascent to No. 14 and First Grand Slam Semifinal
Janowicz began his season at the Heineken Open in Auckland, New Zealand where he was seeded fifth; however, was knocked out in his opening match against American Brian Baker. He then competed for the first time in the main draw of the Australian Open, where he was the 24th seed, the first time he had been seeded at a Grand Slam tournament. He won his first two matches against Italian Simone Bolelli in straight sets, and Somdev Devvarman of India, against whom he had to recover from a two-set deficit to win in five. In his third round match, he lost to 10th seed Nicolás Almagro in straight sets.
He played the Indian Wells Masters, where he reached the third round and was eventually eliminated by Richard Gasquet. He then played at the Miami Masters, where he was seeded 21st, but lost his first match in the second round to Brazilian, Thomaz Bellucci. At the Monte Carlo Masters, he again lost his first match in the first round to South African, Kevin Anderson. He continued to play at the Madrid Masters, where he won his first-round match against Sam Querrey, but was eliminated in the second round by eventual semifinalist, Tomáš Berdych. He then played at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia, where he reached the quarterfinals with consecutive wins over two top-10 players, Richard Gasquet and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. He lost to Roger Federer in the quarterfinal. Federer said: "He obviously has a big game, unconventional shot selection at times, but really fun to watch... I’ve got to be careful."
At the French Open, he reached the third round, where he was eliminated in four sets by Stanislas Wawrinka.
At Wimbledon, he defeated Nicolás Almagro for a spot in the round of 16 and Jürgen Melzer for a spot in his first career Grand Slam quarterfinal. He then beat fellow Pole Łukasz Kubot in straight sets, becoming the first Polish man to reach a Grand Slam semifinal. There, he was beaten by World No. 2 and eventual champion Andy Murray in four sets.
He did not reach quarterfinals in his next few tournaments, falling to Fernando Verdasco by retirement in Hamburg Open and Rafael Nadal in tight two sets to eventual champion in Rogers Cup. Janowicz actually served for the first set. Next result was a straight set loss to James Blake in Cincinnati Open first round.
Jerzy performed disappointingly in US Open, falling to world No.247 Maximo Gonzalez in straight sets, suffering from a back injury. His back injury caused him to withdraw from next few tournaments. He returned in October to reach quarterfinal at Stockholm Open, where he lost to Ernests Gulbis in three sets, a player he had won with in previous year's Wimbledon in a long five set match. Then he traveled to Valencia Open reaching quarterfinals as well, where he lost to eventual runner-up David Ferrer.
Janowicz's last tournament of the year was Paris Masters, where he made a breakthrough last year. He won his opening meeting with Santiago Giraldo, but did not defend points due to his loss to No.1 seed Rafael Nadal. Janowicz finished the season at No.21.
2014: Foot injury, struggles with form & out of top 50
Janowicz was to partner Agnieszka Radwanska in Hopman Cup, the annual international mixed team tournament in Perth, Australia but was unable to do so due to a foot injury. He was replaced in the draw by Davis Cup team-mate Grzegorz Panfil. Janowicz started his season at Sydney International, where he was seeded No.2, but lost his first match in the second round to Alexandr Dolgopolov. At the Australian Open he beat Jordan Thompson in the first round and Pablo Andujar in the second round before losing to Florian Mayer in the third round. After the match, Janowicz revealed he’d been managing an injury – doctors in Poland advised him not to compete at the tournament due to a broken bone in his foot, which was diagnosed during the offseason. Janowicz continued at Open Sud de France in Montpellier where he won his second round match against Adrian Mannarino, and quarter final match against Edouard Roger-Vasselin. He then lost the semifinal against Richard Gasquet in a tight match, 6–7(6) 6–7(4).
At ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament, in Rotterdam, Janowicz beat last year's finalist Julien Benneteau in the first round and Tommy Haas in the second round. He was defeated by Tomas Berdych in the quarter final. Janowicz was due to play at Open 13 in Marseille, where he made it to last year's quarter final, but withdrew from the event to recover from a case of sinusitis. Next Janowicz played at BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, where he lost to Alejandro Falla in the second round. Similarly he was defeated by Roberto Bautista Agut in the second round at Sony Open Tennis, ATP World Tour Masters 1000 in Miami. Additionally, he made an early exit at the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters, where he failed to make it past the first round going down in straight sets against the French veteran Michael Llodra. After early losses in Barcelona, Madrid, and Rome Janowicz concentrated on getting ready for the French Open. At Roland Garros Janowicz defeated Victor Estrella Burgos and Jarkko Nieminen before losing to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the third round.
Prior to Wimbledon Janowicz played at Halle Open in Germany and at the Boodles Challenge in Buckinghamshire, England. At Wimbledon he defeated Somdev Devvarman and Lleyton Hewitt before losing to Tommy Robredo in five sets. This third round loss to Robredo would mean a loss of 610 ranking points, and a significant drop in ranking, bringing him down to World No. 51. Following Wimbledon Janowicz competed at the Swedish Open in Bastad, where he was forced to retire in the first round due to a left foot injury. Subsequently, he entered German Open Tennis Championships in Hamburg, where he was defeated by Alexandr Dolgopolov in the second round.
Janowicz began his US Open Series campaign at the Rogers Cup in Toronto, where he fell to Canadian wildcard Peter Polansky. At the 2014 Western & Southern Open he defeated qualifier Teymuraz Gabashvili and Grigor Dimitrov before losing to Julien Benneteau in the third round. After Cincinnati Janowicz continued at Winston-Salem Open, where he defeated Carlos Berlocq, Joao Sousa, Edouard Roger-Vasselin, David Goffin and Sam Querrey, before losing to Lukas Rosol in the final, despite having two championship points in the third set. After a second round loss at the US Open Janowicz participated at Moselle Open in France, where he defeated Adrian Mannarino and Jarkko Nieminen before losing to Gael Monfils in the quarterfinal. He continued at the China Open, where he was defeated by Andy Murray in the first round. At Shanghai Rolex Masters he defeated Edouard Roger-Vasselin before losing to Andy Murray in the second round. Janowicz ended the season at Paris Masters where he lost a 3 set match against Sam Querrey. He is next scheduled to appear at the 2015 Hopman Cup playing mixed doubles with Agnieszka Radwanska.
In 2009 Janowicz played a major role in Poland's 3–2 Davis Cup win over Great Britain at Liverpool's Echo Arena. Janowicz defeated Daniel Evans but lost to World No. 4 Andy Murray. In 2013 Jerzy Janowicz won the decisive fourth rubber for Poland with Slovenia to secure a Europe/Africa Zone Group I second round tie against South Africa. Janowicz fended off early resistance to defeat Grega Žemlja in straight sets at Centennial Hall in Wrocław. Earlier Janowicz won with Blaž Kavčič, with the final tie result at 3–2 to Poland.
Janowicz is one of the fastest servers in game, hitting a first serve generally between 130 and 140 mph and often hitting a second serve from 115 to 120 mph. His ball toss is extremely high, even for a man who is 6 ft 8, producing a high trajectory. Janowicz also moves remarkably well considering how big he is, and hits powerful groundstrokes from the back of the court and has an excellent drop shot. He has a double handed backhand, and is known to hit hard and constantly mix up his game by hitting numerous drop shots, slices and spins.
Masters 1000 finals
Singles: 1 (0–1)
|Runner-up||2012||Paris||Hard (i)||David Ferrer||4–6, 3–6|
Doubles: 1 (0–1)
|Runner-up||2013||Indian Wells||Hard||Treat Conrad Huey|| Bob Bryan
|3–6, 6–3, [6–10]|
ATP career finals
Singles: 2 (0–2)
|Runner-up||1.||4 November 2012||BNP Paribas Masters, Paris, France||Hard (i)||David Ferrer||4–6, 3–6|
|Runner-up||2.||23 August 2014||Winston-Salem Open, Winston-Salem, United States||Hard||Lukáš Rosol||6–3, 6–7(3–7), 5–7|
Doubles: 1 (0–1)
|Runner-up||1.||16 March 2013||Indian Wells Masters, Indian Wells, United States||Hard||Treat Conrad Huey|| Bob Bryan
|3–6, 6–3, [6–10]|
Junior Grand Slam finals
Singles 0 (0–2)
|Runner-up||1.||9 September 2007||US Open||Hard||Ričardas Berankis||3–6, 4–6|
|Runner-up||2.||8 June 2008||French Open||Clay||Tsung-hua Yang||3–6, 6–7(5–7)|
ITF junior results
Singles: 7 (3–4)
|Grand Slam (0–2)|
|Grade A (0–0)|
|Grade B (0–0)|
|Winner||1.||17 November 2006||Riyadh, Saudi Arabia||Hard||David Nguyen||6–4, 6–3|
|Runner-up||1.||24 November 2006||Riyadh, Saudi Arabia||Hard||Martin Trueva||6–3, 3–6, 5–7|
|Winner||2.||13 January 2007||New Delhi, India||Hard||Kittiphong Wachiramanowong||3–6, 6–4, 6–3|
|Winner||3.||26 May 2007||Sankt Pölten, Austria||Clay||Mark Verryth||6–2, 6–1|
|Runner-up||2.||15 July 2007||Essen, Germany||Clay||César Ramírez||6–4, 1–6, 1–2 ret.|
|Runner-up||3.||9 September 2007||US Open||Hard||Ričardas Berankis||3–6, 4–6|
|Runner-up||4.||8 June 2008||French Open||Clay||Tsung-hua Yang||3–6, 6–7(5–7)|
Doubles: 1 (1–0)
|Grand Slam (0–0)|
|Grade A (0–0)|
|Grade B (0–0)|
|Winner||1.||23 June 2007||Halle, Germany||Grass||Mateusz Szmigiel|| Patricio Alvarado
Singles performance timeline
Won tournament; or reached Final; Semifinal; Quarter-final; Round 4, 3, 2, 1; competed at a Round Robin stage; lost in Qualification Round; absent from tournament event; played in a Davis Cup Zonal Group (with its number indication) or Play-off; won a bronze, silver (F or S) or gold medal at the Olympics; a downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament (Not a Masters Series); or a tournament that was Not Held in a given year.
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated either at the conclusion of a tournament, or when the player's participation in the tournament has ended.
Current through 2014 Australian Open.
|Grand Slam Tournaments|
|Australian Open||A||A||A||Q2||A||3R||3R||0 / 2||4–2||66.67|
|French Open||A||A||A||Q2||Q3||3R||3R||0 / 2||4–2||66.67|
|Wimbledon||A||A||A||Q3||3R||SF||3R||0 / 3||9–3||75.00|
|US Open||A||Q3||Q2||Q1||1R||1R||2R||0 / 3||1–3||25.00|
|Win–Loss||0–0||0–0||0–0||0–0||2–2||9–4||7–4||0 / 10||18–10||64.29|
|ATP World Tour Masters 1000|
|Indian Wells Masters||A||A||A||A||A||3R||2R||0 / 2||1–2||33.33|
|Miami Masters||A||A||A||A||A||2R||2R||0 / 2||0–2||00.00|
|Monte-Carlo Masters||A||A||A||A||A||1R||1R||0 / 2||0–2||00.00|
|Madrid Masters||A||A||A||A||A||2R||1R||0 / 2||1–2||33.33|
|Rome Masters||A||A||A||A||A||QF||1R||0 / 2||3–2||60.00|
|Canada Masters||A||A||A||A||A||3R||1R||0 / 2||2–2||50.00|
|Cincinnati Masters||A||A||A||A||Q2||1R||3R||0 / 2||2–2||50.00|
|Shanghai Masters||A||A||A||A||A||A||2R||0 / 1||1–1||50.00|
|Paris Masters||A||A||A||A||F||3R||1R||0 / 3||6–3||66.67|
|Win–Loss||0–0||0–0||0–0||0–0||5–1||8–8||3–9||0 / 18||16–18||47.06|
|Titles–Finals||0–0||0–0||0–0||0–0||0–1||0–0||0–1||0 / 54||0–2||00.00%|
|Overall Win–Loss||1–2||2–4||1–3||2–3||14–4||27–20||24–26||0 / 54||71–62||53.38%|
|Year End Ranking||339||319||161||221||26||21||43|
Record against other top players
Head-to-head vs. top 10 ranked players
|Roger Federer||1||0–1||0%||0–0||0–1||0–0||0–0||Lost (4–6, 6–7(2–7)) at 2013 Rome|
|Rafael Nadal||1||0–2||0%||0–2||0–0||0–0||0–0||Lost (5–7, 4–6) at 2013 Paris|
|Tommy Haas||2||1–0||100%||1–0||0–0||0–0||0–0||Won (6–4, 6–4) at 2014 Rotterdam|
|Andy Murray||2||1–3||25%||1–2||0–0||0–1||0–0||Lost (5-7, 2-6) at 2014 Shanghai Rolex Masters|
|David Nalbandian||3||1–0||100%||1–0||0–0||0–0||0–0||Won (7–6(7–4), 4–6, 6–3) at 2013 Indian Wells|
|David Ferrer||3||0–2||0%||0–2||0–0||0–0||0–0||Lost (4–6, 6–4, 0–6) at 2013 Valencia|
|Stanislas Wawrinka||3||0–1||0%||0–0||0–1||0–0||0–0||Lost (3–6, 7–6(7–2), 3–6, 3–6) at 2013 French Open|
|James Blake||4||0–1||0%||0–1||0–0||0–0||0–0||Lost (1–6, 5–7) at 2013 Cincinnati|
|Jo-Wilfried Tsonga||5||1–0||100%||0–0||1–0||0–0||0–0||Won (6–4, 7–6(7–5)) at 2013 Rome|
|Tomáš Berdych||5||0–3||0%||0–2||0–1||0–0||0–0||Lost (7–6(11–9), 2–6, 4–6) at 2014 Rotterdam|
|Gilles Simon||6||1–0||100%||1–0||0–0||0–0||0–0||Won (6–4, 7–5) at 2012 Paris|
|Richard Gasquet||7||1–2||33%||0–2||1–0||0–0||0–0||Lost (6–7(6–8), 6–7(4–7)) at 2014 Montpellier|
|Fernando Verdasco||7||0–1||0%||0–0||0–1||0–0||0–0||Lost (5–7, 0–4 ret.) at 2013 Hamburg|
|Grigor Dimitrov||8||1–0||100%||1–0||0–0||0–0||0–0||Won (6–4, 3–6, 6–3) at 2014 Cincinnati|
|Radek Štěpánek||8||1–0||100%||0–0||0–0||1–0||0–0||Won (6–2, 5–3 ret.) at 2013 Wimbledon Championships|
|Janko Tipsarević||8||1–0||100%||1–0||0–0||0–0||0–0||Won (3–6, 6–1, 4–1 ret.) at 2012 Paris|
|Jürgen Melzer||8||1–1||50%||0–0||0–1||1–0||0–0||Lost (4–6, 6–7(1–7)) at 2014 Barcelona|
|Marin Čilić||9||1–1||50%||1–1||0–0||0–0||0–0||Lost (6–2, 7–6(7–5), 4–6, 1–6, 3–6) at 2014 Davis Cup|
|Nicolás Almagro||9||1–1||50%||0–1||0–0||1–0||0–0||Won (7–6(8–6), 6–3, 6–4) at 2013 Wimbledon Championships|
|Ernests Gulbis||9||1–3||25%||0–1||0–1||1–0||0–1||Lost (6–7(7–5), 6–3, 6–2) at 2014 Madrid|
Wins over top-10 players per season
|1.||Andy Murray||No. 3||Paris, France||Hard (i)||3rd Round||5–7, 7–6(7–4), 6–2|
|2.||Janko Tipsarević||No. 9||Paris, France||Hard (i)||Quarterfinals||3–6, 6–1, 4–1 ret.|
|3.||Jo-Wilfried Tsonga||No. 8||Rome, Italy||Clay||2nd Round||6–4, 7–6(7–5)|
|4.||Richard Gasquet||No. 9||Rome, Italy||Clay||3rd Round||3–6, 7–6(7–2), 6–4|
|5.||Grigor Dimitrov||No. 8||Cincinnati, United States||Hard||2nd Round||6–4, 3–6, 6–3|
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