Tommy Paul (tennis)

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Tommy Paul
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Country (sports) United States
ResidenceGreenville, North Carolina, United States
Born (1997-05-17) May 17, 1997 (age 23)
Voorhees Township, New Jersey, United States
Height1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Turned pro2015
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
CoachBrad Stine
Prize money$945,176
Singles
Career record20–21
Career titles0
4 Challenger, 6 Futures
Highest rankingNo. 57 (March 2, 2020)
Current rankingNo. 57 (March 2, 2020)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open3R (2020)
French Open2R (2020)
WimbledonQ3 (2019)
US Open1R (2015, 2017, 2020)
Doubles
Career record3–9
Career titles0
2 Challenger
Highest rankingNo. 284 (December 24, 2018)
Current rankingNo. 410 (16 March 2020)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open1R (2020)
French OpenQF (2020)
US Open2R (2016)
Last updated on: 23 August 2020.

Tommy Paul (born May 17, 1997 in Voorhees Township, New Jersey) is an American professional tennis player. Paul won the 2015 French Open boys' singles title by defeating fellow American Taylor Fritz in the final in three sets. He also reached the boys' singles final at the 2015 US Open, this time losing to Fritz in three sets. Paul was a quarterfinalist at the 2017 Citi Open, an ATP 500 tournament, before losing to Kei Nishikori.

Junior career[edit]

Tommy Paul has always been one of the highest ranked juniors of his class. Paul reached a career-high ITF junior rank of No. 3 on December 9, 2015.

Paul reached two junior Grand Slam finals in 2015, winning against Taylor Fritz at the French Open, and losing to him at the U.S. Open.

Professional[edit]

Paul turned pro in 2015. He has a career-high ATP singles ranking of No. 57 achieved on March 2, 2020. Unusually for an American, Paul has shown a preference for playing on clay, having won the Junior French Open and his first four ITF Futures singles titles on clay. He qualified for the main draw of a Grand Slam for the first time at the 2015 US Open, losing to Andreas Seppi in the first round.

In March 2016, Paul cracked the Top 200 for the first time by qualifying for the Miami Masters. In April, Paul was awarded a wild card into the 2016 U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships at Houston, and defeated 53rd-ranked Paolo Lorenzi in the 1st round for his first career ATP level win.

Paul would then mainly compete on the ATP Challenger circuit and ITF circuit for the remainder of 2016 and early 2017.

In July 2017, after going through qualifying at the Atlanta Open, he defeated seventh seed and 53rd-ranked Chung Hyeon in three sets. He then went on to defeat Malek Jaziri in three sets to advance to his first ATP tour-level quarterfinal. Then he was defeated by third seed Gilles Müller. Following his performance in Atlanta, Tommy was awarded a wildcard into the ATP 500 Washington Open. Paul defeated Casper Ruud to advance to the second round. He then played Lucas Pouille and achieved the biggest win of his career, defeating the Frenchman in straight sets. In the next round, he faced Gilles Müller again, but this time came out on top in three sets to reach his first ATP 500 quarterfinal. There he faced Kei Nishikori and lost in three sets.

In September 2019, Paul broke into the top 100 for the first time in his career having won his second ATP Challenger title of the year in New Haven, after winning in Sarasota earlier in the season.

Playing style[edit]

Paul possesses a strong attacking forehand and solid footwork along the baseline and speed coming into net, attributes that have allowed him success on clay surfaces.[1]

Paul is currently coached by Brad Stine.[2]

Junior Grand Slam finals[edit]

Singles: 2 (1–1)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Winner 2015 French Open Clay United States Taylor Fritz 7–6(7–4), 2–6, 6–2
Runner-up 2015 US Open Hard United States Taylor Fritz 2–6, 7–6(7–4), 2–6

Doubles: 1 (0–1)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponent Score
Runner-up 2015 French Open Clay United States William Blumberg Spain Álvaro López San Martín
Spain Jaume Munar
4–6, 2–6

Challenger and Futures finals[edit]

Singles: 15 (10–5)[edit]

Legend (Singles)
ATP Challenger Tour (4–2)
ITF Futures Tour (6–3)
Titles by Surface
Hard (4–3)
Clay (6–2)
Grass (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Win 1–0 May 2015 Spain F13, Valldoreix Futures Clay Spain Albert Alcaraz Ivorra 2–6, 6–4, 6–4
Win 2–0 May 2015 Italy F11, Lecco Futures Clay Italy Lorenzo Sonego 6–1, 6–4
Loss 2–1 Nov 2015 Charlottesville, USA Challenger Hard (i) United States Noah Rubin 6–3, 6–7(7–9), 3–6
Win 3–1 Jan 2016 USA F3, Plantation Futures Clay France Adrien Puget 7–6(7–4), 6–0
Win 4–1 Jan 2016 USA F4, Sunrise Futures Clay France Adrien Puget 6–4, 3–6, 6–3
Win 5–1 Feb 2017 USA F6, Palm Coast Futures Clay Japan Renta Tokuda 6–3, 4–6, 6–3
Loss 5–2 Mar 2017 USA F9, Orlando Futures Clay Germany Dominik Köpfer 6–4, 3–6, 5–7
Win 6–2 Jun 2017 USA F19, Winston-Salem Futures Hard United States Christopher Eubanks 6–4, 6–4
Loss 6–3 Jul 2017 USA F21, Tulsa Futures Hard United States Christian Harrison 6–3, 2–6, 1–6
Loss 6–4 Jun 2018 USA F15, Winston-Salem Futures Hard United States Michael Redlicki 3–6, 6–3, 1–6
Win 7–4 Nov 2018 Charlottesville, USA Challenger Hard (i) Canada Peter Polansky 6–2, 6–2
Win 8–4 Apr 2019 Sarasota, USA Challenger Clay United States Tennys Sandgren 6–3, 6–4
Loss 8–5 Apr 2019 Tallahassee, USA Challenger Clay Ecuador Emilio Gomez 2–6, 2–6
Win 9–5 Sep 2019 New Haven, USA Challenger Hard United States Marcos Giron 6–3, 6–3
Win 10–5 Sep 2019 Tiburon, USA Challenger Hard Australia Thanasi Kokkinakis 7–5, 6–7(3–7), 6–4

Doubles: 3 (2–1)[edit]

Legend (Doubles)
ATP Challenger Tour (2–0)
ITF Futures Tour (0–1)
Titles by Surface
Hard (2–1)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0–1 Jul 2017 USA F21, Tulsa Futures Hard United States Nathan Ponwith United States Austin Krajicek
United States Jackson Withrow
4–6, 2–6
Win 1–1 Jan 2018 Playford, Australia Challenger Hard United States Mackenzie McDonald Australia Maverick Banes
Australia Jason Kubler
7–6(7–4), 6–4
Win 2–1 Sep 2018 Columbus, USA Challenger Hard (i) Canada Peter Polansky Ecuador Gonzalo Escobar
Ecuador Roberto Quiroz
6–3, 6–3

Singles performance timeline[edit]

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.

Current through the 2020 European Open.

Tournament 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 SR W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A A Q2 Q2 3R 0 / 1 2–1
French Open A Q2 A A 1R 2R 0 / 2 0–2
Wimbledon A Q1 A A Q3 NH 0 / 0 0–0
US Open 1R Q1 1R A Q2 1R 0 / 3 0–3
Win–Loss 0–1 0–0 0–1 0–0 0–1 3–3 0 / 6 3–6
ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Indian Wells Masters A Q2 A A A NH 0 / 0 0–0
Miami Open A 1R A A A NH 0 / 1 0–1
Monte-Carlo Masters A A A A A NH 0 / 0 0–0
Madrid Open A A A A A NH 0 / 0 0–0
Italian Open A A A A A Q1 0 / 0 0–0
Canadian Open A A A A 2R NH 0 / 1 1–1
Cincinnati Masters Q1 A 2R A A 1R 0 / 2 1–2
Shanghai Masters A A A A A NH 0 / 0 0–0
Paris Masters A A A A A 0 / 0 0–0
Win–Loss 0–0 0–1 1–1 0–0 1–1 0–1 0 / 4 2–4
Career statistics
Overall Win–Loss 0–1 1–4 6–4 2–2 2–4 13–11 23–26
Year-end ranking 276 282 152 202 90 47%

Wins over top-10 players[edit]

Season 2020 Total
Wins 1 1
# Player Rank Event Surface Rd Score TP Rank
2020
1. Germany Alexander Zverev 7 Acapulco, Mexico Hard 2nd round 6–3, 6–4 66

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Four years after junior title, Tommy Paul is returning to Roland Garros". May 21, 2019.
  2. ^ "Tommy Paul | Overview | ATP Tour | Tennis".

External links[edit]