Tommy Paul (tennis)

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Tommy Paul
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Country (sports)  United States
Residence Boca Raton, Florida, United States
Born (1997-05-17) 17 May 1997 (age 21)
Voorhees Township, New Jersey, United States
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Turned pro 2015
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Coach Diego Moyano
Prize money $375,015
Career record 7–9
Career titles 0
6 Futures
Highest ranking No. 149 (29 January 2018)
Current ranking No. 214 (16 July 2018)
Grand Slam Singles results
French Open Q2 (2016)
Wimbledon Q1 (2016)
US Open 1R (2015, 2017)
Career record 2–4
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 288 (31 October 2016)
Current ranking No. 472 (25 June 2018)
Grand Slam Doubles results
US Open 2R (2016)
Last updated on: 25 June 2018.

Tommy Paul (born 17 May 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.

Cited as one of North Carolina Tennis' greatest rivalries, Paul played Will Baird a total of 14 times (Paul holding a 10–4 record) throughout their junior careers. In those matches, four took place in quarterfinal rounds, five in semifinal rounds, and two in finals. Ten of their fourteen matches ended in third sets.[1]

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.


Paul turned pro in 2015. He has a career-high ATP singles ranking of No. 191 achieved on 11 April 2016. 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.

Tommy 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 achieveed 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.

Paul holds a record of 16 consecutive water bottle flips, taking place during the Playford Challenger of Early 2018.

Playing style[edit]

Paul is currently coached by Diego Moyano, a USTA Player Development coach.

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: 10 (6–4)[edit]

Legend (Singles)
ATP Challenger Tour (0–1)
ITF Futures Tour (6–3)
Titles by Surface
Hard (1–3)
Clay (5–1)
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, US 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

Doubles: 2 (1–1)[edit]

Legend (Doubles)
ATP Challenger Tour (1–0)
ITF Futures Tour (0–1)
Titles by Surface
Hard (1–1)
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, AUS Challenger Hard United States Mackenzie McDonald Australia Maverick Banes
Australia Jason Kubler
7-6(7-4), 6–4

Singles performance timeline[edit]

(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 2017 US Open.

Tournament 2015 2016 2017 SR W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A A 0 / 0 0–0
French Open A Q2 A 0 / 0 0–0
Wimbledon A Q2 A 0 / 0 0–0
US Open 1R Q1 1R 0 / 2 0–2
Win–Loss 0–1 0–0 0–1 0 / 2 0–2
ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Indian Wells Masters A Q2 A 0 / 0 0–0
Miami Open A 1R A 0 / 1 0–1
Cincinnati Masters Q1 A 2R 0 / 1 1–1
Win–Loss 0–0 0–1 1–1 0 / 2 1–2
Career statistics
Overall Win–Loss 0–1 1–4 6–4 7–9
Year-end ranking 276 282 44%


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