Jiří Veselý

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Jiří Veselý
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Jiří Veselý at the 2013 Wimbledon Qualifying
Country (sports)  Czech Republic
Residence Březnice, Czech Republic[1]
Born (1993-07-10) 10 July 1993 (age 23)
Příbram, Czech Republic
Height 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in)
Turned pro 2009 [2]
Plays Left-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money US$2,394,991
Career record 74–88 (45.68% in Grand Slam, ATP Tour and Davis Cup)
Career titles 1
Highest ranking No. 35 (27 April 2015)
Current ranking No. 63 (8 May 2017)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 1R (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)
French Open 2R (2014, 2016)
Wimbledon 4R (2016)
US Open 3R (2015)
Career record 24–33
Career titles 2
Highest ranking No. 94 (8 June 2015)
Current ranking No. 236 (8 May 2017)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 2R (2016)
French Open 2R (2015)
Wimbledon 2R (2014)
US Open 2R (2013, 2014, 2015)
Last updated on: 8 May 2017.
Medal record
Men's tennis
Representing a Olympic flag.svg mixed-NOCs team
Youth Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 2010 Singapore Doubles

Jiří Veselý (born 10 July 1993) is a Czech professional tennis player.

Tennis career[edit]


In 2011, Veselý won the boys' singles title at the Australian Open, defeating Australian Luke Saville in straight sets. He also won the boys' doubles titles at the Australian Open, partnering Filip Horanský of Slovakia; they defeated Ben Wagland and Andrew Whittington of Australia in the final. The same year he reached the finals of the US Open singles and the Wimbledon doubles (as well the final of the US Open doubles in 2010).

Veselý reached the No. 1 junior combined world ranking in January 2011, compiling a singles win/loss record of 125–45.[3]

Pro tour[edit]

Veselý made his Davis Cup debut for Czech Republic in February 2013, and to date has nine singles titles on the ITF Futures circuit to his name and three Challengers.[4]

Veselý qualified into the 2013 French Open for his first appearance into the main draw of a grand slam. Vesely was, at the time, the youngest player in the world's top 100 at 20 years and 3 months old. In 2014, Veselý reached the 3rd round of the BNP Paribas Open where he lost to Andy Murray in three sets.

Veselý won a match at the 2014 French Open, then the following month reached the third round of Wimbledon as a wildcard. He beat Gaël Monfils in five sets in the second round, before being defeated by fellow wildcard Nick Kyrgios in four sets. He also won his first doubles title at ATP World Tour in doubles with countryman František Čermák.

Veselý reached two singles finals at ATP World Tour, winning his first title at Auckland, after defeating Adrian Mannarino. He also reached 3rd round at US Open, after victory over Ivo Karlović.

2016: Two ATP top 10 wins[edit]

Veselý represented the Czech Republic at the 2016 Hopman Cup alongside Karolína Plíšková. He recorded a singles win over Lleyton Hewitt of Australia, however was defeated by Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine and Jack Sock of the United States.

At the Monte Carlo, he beat world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in a stunning second-round upset. It was the first time Djokovic had lost at a Masters tournament prior to the final since the 2014 Shanghai Masters, and his earliest exit from any tournament in three years. However, He lost to Gaël Monfils in straights sets in the third round. Veselý made it to the third round of the 2016 Istanbul Open – Singles before losing to Grigor Dimitrov. At the Nice Open, he lost to Leonardo Mayer in the first round. Veselý made it to the second round of the 2016 French Open by beating Rajeev Ram in the first round. He lost to Nicolás Almagro.

Veselý started his grass court season at 2016 Aegon Championships by losing to Kevin Anderson in qualifying, but earned the Lucky Loser spot. He beat Jérémy Chardy in the first round before falling to Milos Raonic in the second round. He next competed at the 2016 Nottingham Open. He beat Horacio Zeballos, but lost to 8th seeded Gilles Müller in the second. At the 2016 Wimbledon Championships, Jiří pushed through 3 consecutive tie-broken sets, besting world No. 8 Dominic Thiem, to move through to the third round. It was his second top 10 win of his career after beating Novak Djokovic earlier in the season. He defeated the 31st seed João Sousa in the third round. Jiří lost to fellow countryman Tomáš Berdych in a hard fought five set match.[5]

Veselý next competed at the 2016 Davis Cup representing his country. He lost both of his matches to the French.

Jiří was seeded 8th at the 2016 Croatia Open. In the first round, he won in straight sets, but was forced to retire in the second round against Carlos Berlocq due to injury. He next competed at the 2016 Western & Southern Open where he lost in the first round to Marcel Granollers. The 2016 Winston-Salem Open proved dreadful for him as he was forced to retire again during his match in the third round to Andrey Kuznetsov. He was able to Compete at the 2016 US Open. He beat Saketh Myneni in the first round and set up a rematch of Monte Carlo with world number one Novak Djokovic. However, Veselý pulled out before the match was set to begin because of a left arm injury.[6]

His first tournament since the US Open was the 2016 Shenzhen Open, where he was seeded 8th. He won his first two matches in straight sets, but lost to his idol and countryman Tomáš Berdych in three sets. He finished his season by competing at the 2016 Japan Open. Jiří won his first round match against Kevin Anderson in three sets before losing to David Goffin in the second round.


Veselý's coaches are Jaroslav Navrátil and Michal Navrátil. In December 2015 Veselý began to work with Tomáš Krupa, formerly the longtime coach of Tomas Berdych.[7]

ATP career finals[edit]

Singles: 2 (1 title, 1 runner-up)[edit]

Legend (Singles)
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (0–0)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (1–1)
Titles by Surface
Hard (1–0)
Clay (0–1)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result No Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 17 January 2015 Heineken Open, Auckland, New Zealand Hard France Adrian Mannarino 6–3, 6–2
Runner-up 1. 26 April 2015 Romanian Open, Bucharest, Romania Clay Spain Guillermo García-López 6–7(5–7), 6–7(11–13)

Doubles: 2 (2 titles)[edit]

Grand Slam Tournaments (0–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (0–0)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (2–0)
Finals by Surface
Hard (1–0)
Clay (1–0)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 19 October 2014 Kremlin Cup, Moscow, Russia Hard (i) Czech Republic František Čermák Australia Sam Groth
Australia Chris Guccione
7–6(7–2), 7–5
Winner 2. 7 May 2017 Istanbul Open, Istanbul, Turkey Clay Czech Republic Roman Jebavý Turkey Tuna Altuna
Italy Alessandro Motti
6–0, 6–0

Other career statistics[edit]

ATP Challenger Tour[edit]

Singles finals: 8 (5–3)[edit]

Outcome No. Date Category Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 14 April 2013 Challenger Mersin Cup, Mersin, Turkey Clay Germany Simon Greul 6–1, 6–1
Winner 2. 5 May 2013 Challenger Prosperita Open, Ostrava, Czech Republic Clay Belgium Steve Darcis 6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 1. 9 June 2013 Challenger Czech Open, Prostějov, Czech Republic Clay Czech Republic Radek Štěpánek 4–6, 2–6
Runner-up 2. 7 July 2013 Challenger Sparkassen Open, Braunschweig, Germany Clay Germany Florian Mayer 6–4, 2–6, 1–6
Winner 3. 4 August 2013 Challenger Svijany Open, Liberec, Czech Republic Clay Argentina Federico Delbonis 6–7(2–7), 7–6(9–7), 6–4
Winner 4. 7 June 2014 Challenger Czech Open, Prostějov, Czech Republic Clay Slovakia Norbert Gomboš 6–2, 6–2
Runner-up 3. 15 June 2014 Challenger Prague Open, Prague, Czech Republic Clay Czech Republic Lukáš Rosol 6–3, 4–6, 4–6
Winner 5. 6 June 2015 Challenger Czech Open, Prostějov, Czech Republic Clay Serbia Laslo Djere 6–4, 6–2

Doubles finals: 2 (1–1)[edit]

Outcome No. Date Category Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 6 May 2012 Challenger Prosperita Open, Ostrava, Czech Republic Clay Czech Republic Adam Pavlásek Moldova Radu Albot
Russia Teymuraz Gabashvili
5–7, 7–5, [8–10]
Winner 1. 15 June 2014 Challenger Prague Open, Prague, Czech Republic Clay Czech Republic Roman Jebavý Chinese Taipei Lee Hsin-han
China Zhang Ze
6–1, 6–3

ITF circuit[edit]

Singles finals: 10 (9–1)[edit]
Doubles finals: 6 (5–1)[edit]

Singles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open Q1 A 1R 1R 1R 1R 0–4
French Open A 1R 2R 1R 2R 2–4
Wimbledon A Q2 3R 2R 4R 6–3
US Open A 1R 1R 3R 2R[a] 3–3
Win–Loss 0–0 0–2 3–4 3–4 5–3 0–1 11–14
ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Indian Wells Masters A A 3R 1R 1R 2R 3–4
Miami Masters A A 2R 1R 1R 3R 3–4
Monte Carlo Masters A A A 1R 3R 2R 3–3
Madrid Masters A A A 1R A A 1–2
Rome Masters A A A 2R A 2R 2–2
Canada Masters A A A A A 0–0
Cincinnati Masters A A A 1R 1R 0–2
Shanghai Masters A A A A A 0–0
Paris Masters A A A 1R A 0–1
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 3–2 1–7 2–4 5–4 11–17
Career statistics
2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 Career
Titles / Finals 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 1 / 2 0 / 0 0 / 0 1 / 2
Overall Win–Loss 0–0 0–7 16–17 25–30 20–22 14–13 75–89
Year-end Ranking 263 85 66 41 55
  1. ^ Veselý's 2016 US Open withdrawal does not count in his performance record.

Doubles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 2013 2014 2015 2016 W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A 1R 2R 1–2
French Open A A 2R 1–1
Wimbledon Q2 2R 1R 1–2
US Open 2R 2R 2R 3–3
Win–Loss 1–1 2–2 2–3 1–1 6–7

Wins over top-10 players[edit]

Season 2016 Total
Wins 2 2
# Player Rank Event Surface Rd Score Veselý Rank
1. Serbia Novak Djokovic 1 Monte Carlo, Monaco Clay 2R 6–4, 2–6, 6–4 55
2. Austria Dominic Thiem 8 Wimbledon, London, England Grass 2R 7–6(7–4), 7–6(7–5), 7–6(7–3) 64


External links[edit]

Preceded by
Colombia Juan Sebastián Gómez
ITF Junior World Champion
Succeeded by
Canada Filip Peliwo
Preceded by
Slovakia Martin Kližan
(Newcomer of the Year)
ATP Star of Tomorrow
Succeeded by
Croatia Borna Ćorić