Taro Daniel

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Taro Daniel
Taro Daniel 1, 2015 Wimbledon Qualifying - Diliff.jpg
Country (sports)  Japan
Residence Valencia, Spain
Born (1993-01-27) 27 January 1993 (age 23)
New York, New York, U.S.
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Turned pro 2010
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Coach(es) José Francisco Altur
Prize money $ 350,234
Career record 4–15 (at ATP Tour level, Grand Slam level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 93 (23 November 2015)
Current ranking No. 97 (1 February 2016)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 1R (2016)
French Open 1R (2015)
Wimbledon Q1 (2014, 2015)
US Open 1R (2014)
Career record 0–1 (at ATP Tour level, Grand Slam level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 566 (23 September 2013)
Current ranking No. 964 (1 February 2016)
Last updated on: 1 February 2016.

Taro Daniel (ダニエル 太郎 Danieru Tarō?, born 27 January 1993) is an American-born Japanese professional tennis player. He trains in Valencia, Spain with coach José Francisco Altur and prefers clay courts. He has won three ATP Challenger Tour singles titles, and achieved a career-high singles ranking of world no.93 on 23 November 2015.[1]

Personal life[edit]

His father, Paul Daniel, is an American, and his mother, Yasue, Japanese. He grew up in various places in the world. He spent most of his elementary school days in Saitama, Japan. He went to the Nagoya International School. He and his family moved to Spain when he was fourteen. He speaks English, Japanese, and Spanish. He has one sister, Kana.[1]

Tennis career[edit]

Early Age[edit]

Taro started playing tennis when he was 7, He practiced at the Shinrin Longwood Tennis Club in Nagoya City during his years in Japan. He got third place for under 12 in the All Japan Junior Tennis Tournament.

2011 - 13[edit]

Daniel had won a couple of ITF Futures events in Spain and Portugal. In ATP Challenger Tour, He made the semifinal at the Yokohama in November 2012, and reached his first Challenger final at the Yeongwol in November 2013, where he lost to fourth seed Bradley Klahn in the final. In 2011-2013, Daniel had raise his ATP ranking from world no. 978 to 241.


Daniel reached the third qualifying round of the 2014 Australian Open, losing to Thomaz Bellucci. Qualifying for his first ATP tournament, he made the quarterfinals of the Chile Open, after gaining revenge over Bellucci and defeating eighth seed Federico Delbonis. His run was ended by third seed Nicolas Almagro.

At the 2014 Davis Cup World Group Quarterfinal against Czech Republic, Daniel was nominated first time for Japan Davis Cup team.[2] He played the singles rubber, but lost to Lukáš Rosol with five-setter and Jiří Veselý. Daniel qualified for the 2014 US Open to make his Grand Slam main draw debut, losing to fifth seed Milos Raonic in the first round.[3] The next week, he reached the final at the Seville Challenger, where he was defeated by top seed Pablo Carreño.

2015: Top 100[edit]

After competing in the ATP events of Montpellier and Casablanca, Daniel defeated Filippo Volandri to claim his first ATP Challenger Tour title in Vercelli. He qualified for the 2015 Frech Open, losing to 32nd seed Fernando Verdasco in the first round. In July, Daniel won the Fürth Challenger, defeating top seeds Blaž Rola and Albert Montañés.[4]

At 2015 Davis Cup World Group Play-offs against Colombia, Daniel won the first Davis Cup match of his career, beating Alejandro Falla in the last tie. His victory completed 1-2 come-from-behind victory against Colombia to remain in the World Group for 2016.[5] In October, He qualified for the Valencia Open, and reached second round before losing to sixth seed Guillermo García-López. He completed 2015 season with his third challenger title in Yokohama, winning over his countryman Go Soeda in the final. He entered top 100 of the ATP ranking for the first time at world no.93.[6]


Daniel entered directly to main draw of the 2016 Australian Open, falling in the first rounds to Lukáš Rosol with five sets.

Challenger finals[edit]

Singles: 6 (3 titles, 3 runners-up)[edit]

ATP Challenger Tour (3–3)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 5 November 2013 Yeongwol, South Korea Hard United States Bradley Klahn 6–7(5–7), 2–6
Runner-up 2. 8 September 2014 Seville, Spain Clay Spain Pablo Carreño Busta 4–6, 1–6
Winner 1. 20 April 2015 Vercelly, Italy Clay Italy Filippo Volandri 6–3, 1–6, 6–4
Winner 2. 1 June 2015 Fürth, Germany Clay Spain Albert Montañés 6–3, 6–0
Runner-up 3. 15 November 2015 Kobe, Japan Hard (i) Australia John Millman 1–6, 3-6
Winner 3. 22 November 2015 Yokohama, Japan Hard Japan Go Soeda 4-6, 6-3, 6-3

Doubles: 1 (1 runner-up)[edit]

ATP Challenger Tour (0–1)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 22 September 2013 Kenitra, Morocco Clay Russia Alexander Rumyantsev SpainGerard Granollers
SpainJordi Samper-Montana
4–6, 4–6

Singles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 2014 2015 2016 W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open Q3 Q1 1R 0–1
French Open Q1 1R 0–1
Wimbledon Q1 Q1 0–0
US Open 1R Q3 0–1
Win–Loss 0–1 0–1 0-1 0–3
Career statistics
Titles–Finals 0–0 0–0 0-0 0-0
Year End Ranking 177 96


  1. ^ a b ATP World Tour Profile
  2. ^ "Ito to lead Japanese charge". Davis Cup. Retrieved 14 September 2015. 
  3. ^ "U.S. Open: Milos Raonic disposes of Japan’s Taro Daniel". CBCsports. Retrieved 3 September 2015. 
  4. ^ "ATP Challenger Fürth 2015 – Day 7". TENNIS TOURTALK. Retrieved 3 September 2015. 
  5. ^ "Daniel seals World Group status for Japan". Davis Cup. Retrieved 22 September 2015. 
  6. ^ "Daniel Cracks Top 100 With Yokohama Crown". ATP World Tour. Retrieved 23 November 2015. 

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