Yūichi Sugita

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Yūichi Sugita
Yuichi Sugita 3, 2015 Wimbledon Qualifying - Diliff.jpg
Yūichi Sugita at the 2015 Wimbledon Qualifying
Country (sports)  Japan
Residence Sendai, Japan
Born (1988-09-18) 18 September 1988 (age 28)
Sendai, Japan
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Turned pro 2006
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money $1,028,808[1]
Career record 21–34
Career titles 1
Highest ranking No. 43 (July 17, 2017)
Current ranking No. 46 (August 14, 2017)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 1R (2016)
French Open 1R (2017)
Wimbledon 2R (2017)
US Open Q3 (2010, 2014)
Other tournaments
Olympic Games 2R (2016)
Career record 2–7
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 363 (August 25, 2014)
Current ranking No. 380 (April 24, 2017)
Last updated on: April 24, 2017.

Yūichi Sugita (杉田 祐一, Sugita Yūichi, born 18 September 1988) is a Japanese tennis player who plays primarily on the ATP Challenger Tour. He has won nine challenger singles titles, and achieved a career-high singles ranking of world No. 43 on 17 July 2017.



As a junior Sugita compiled a win/loss record of 34–19 (and 26–18 in doubles), reaching as high as No. 73 in the combined world rankings in February 2006.[2] He competed in singles and doubles at the Australian Open in both 2005 and 2006, reaching the singles second round of the latter.


Sugita had won eight ITF Futures titles in Japan and Indonesia. From 2009, he started to play mainly in ATP Challenger Tour. Sugita was received wildcard for the 2008 Japan Open to make his first ATP main draw. He finished 2009 as ranked world no.299.


After reaching semifinal in Bernie Challenger, Sugita claimed his first challenger title in Kyoto. He defeated Australian Matthew Ebden in final, and he break him into world top 200 for the first time as ranked no.186. Sugita advanced to final round of qualifying in the 2010 US Open, losing to Lukáš Rosol in two sets. In November, Sugita won back-to-back Futures titles in Thailand, and reached final in the Toyota Challenger, but lost to fellow Japanese Tatsuma Ito in straight sets.


Sugita started the season by playing the Chennai Open as qualifier, and recorded his first ATP main draw win against Dustin Brown in three sets. He lost to eighth seed Robin Haase in the second round. He represented Japan at 2011 Davis Cup World Group Play-offs against India, winning over Somdev Devvarman in the singles rubber,[3] and Japan promoted to 2012 Davis Cup World Group.


Yūichi started his 2012 campaign by making it to the quarterfinals of the Chennai Open before falling to Nicolás Almagro in three close sets, knocking out eighth seed Oliver Rochus and Lu Yen-hsun on the way.[4] After competing in ATP World Tour events in Asian swing, Sugita became the runners-up of the Bangkok Challenger and Seoul Challenger. He achieved his career-high ranking of world no.116 in November.

In Grand Slam qualifying, Sugita had reached the third round twice in 2012 at Australian Open and Wimbledon, but he lost in both matches.


Sugita won through the opening round in the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, against Canadian Jesse Levine in straight sets. The Next round, he was defeated by third seed Igor Sijsling. In Asian Challenger events, Sugita won the Shanghai Challenger, winning over his countryman Hiroki Moriya, and reached the final in Toyota.


Yūichi qualified for 2014 Wimbledon Championships by defeating Marco Chiudinelli of Switzerland, 6-4, 6-2, 7-5. It marked the first time he qualified for a Grand Slam after 17 failed qualifying campaigns dating back to 2009. He had previously reached the final round of qualifying at Slams four times, and he dropped decisive sets in three of those matches.[5] He lost to 19th seed Feliciano López in the first round with three tiebrekers.

In later season, Sugita earned men's singles bronze medal in the 2014 Asian Games at Incheon, where he beat Temur Ismailov of Uzbekistan in the quarterfinal. He also earned bronze medals of men's team and mixed doubles.[6] Afterwards, He won his third challenger title in Pune by beating Adrián Menéndez-Maceiras in the final.


Sugita won through the qualifying at the 2015 Wimbledon Championships for the second consecutive year in this tournament, losing to Blaž Kavčič in the first round. After this event, he reached the second rounds in Newport and Bogota, defeating Ryan Harrison and Nicolás Barrientos. At Thai's challenger circuit, he won his fourth challenger title in Bangkok, and fifth in Hua Hin.

2016: Top 100[edit]

Sugita qualified for the 2016 Australian Open main draw for the first time,[7] but he lost to 23rd seed Gaël Monfils in the first round. In February, he claimed his second Kyoto challenger title by beating Zhang Ze in the final. This result launched him into the world top 100 for the first time in his career, climbing No. 99.[8]

In June, he reached the second round of the Halle Open after beating Taylor Fritz in three sets. He then lost to last year's runner-up Andreas Seppi in straight sets.

Sugita finished the year ranked at #112.

2017: First ATP world tour title[edit]

In March, Sugita re-entered the ATP top 100 after winning ATP Challenger Tour titles in Yokohama, Japan and Shenzhen, China. In April he made it into the main draw of the Barcelona Masters as a "Lucky Loser", and went on to defeat Tommy Robredo, Richard Gasquet and Pablo Carreno Busta before losing to Dominic Thiem in the quarter-finals. Following this success, he reached #73 on the ATP rankings.

In June-July, he reached his maiden ATP World Tour level final in Antalya, Turkey. In the final Sugita defeated Adrian Mannarino 6-1, 7-6, becoming the third Japanese man to win an ATP title, preceded by Shuzo Matsuoka and Kei Nishikori.

He beat Brydan Klein in Wimbledon, marking the first time he'd reached the second round of a Grand Slam tournament, where he lost to Mannarino. In August, Sugita won two rounds in the Masters 1000 tournament at Cincinnati before losing to eventual champion Grigor Dimitrov.

ATP finals[edit]

Singles: 1 (1 title)[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 (1–0)
Titles by Surface
Hard (0–0)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (1–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result No Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 1 July 2017 Antalya Open, Antalya, Turkey Grass France Adrian Mannarino 6–1, 7–6(7–4)

Challenger finals[edit]

Singles: 15 (9 titles, 6 runners-up)[edit]

ATP Challenger Tour (9–6)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 14 March 2010 Kyoto, Japan Carpet (i) Australia Matthew Ebden 4–6, 6–4, 6–1
Runner-up 1. 28 November 2010 Toyota, Japan Carpet (i) Japan Tatsuma Ito 4–6, 2–6
Runner-up 2. 2 September 2012 Bangkok, Thailand Hard Israel Dudi Sela 1–6, 5–7
Runner-up 3. 28 October 2012 Seoul, South Korea Hard Chinese Taipei Lu Yen-hsun 3–6, 6–7(4–7)
Winner 2. 8 September 2013 Shanghai, China Hard Japan Hiroki Moriya 6–3, 6–3
Runner-up 4. 24 November 2013 Toyota, Japan (2) Carpet (i) Australia Matthew Ebden 3–6, 2–6
Runner-up 5. 2 March 2014 Guangzhou, China Hard Slovenia Blaž Rola 7–6(7–4), 4–6, 3–6
Winner 3. 25 October 2014 Pune, India Hard Spain Adrián Menéndez-Maceiras 6–7(1–7), 6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 6. 12 April 2015 Saint-Brieuc, France Hard (i) France Nicolas Mahut 6–3, 6–7(3–7), 4–6
Winner 4. 6 September 2015 Bangkok, Thailand Hard Argentina Marco Trungelliti 6–4, 6–2
Winner 5. 8 November 2015 Hua Hin, Thailand Hard France Stéphane Robert 6–2, 1–6, 6–3
Winner 6. 28 February 2016 Kyoto, Japan (2) Carpet (i) China Zhang Ze 5–7, 6–3, 6–4
Winner 7. 5 March 2017 Yokohama, Japan Hard South Korea Soon Woo Kwon 6–4, 2–6, 7–6(7–2)
Winner 8. 19 March 2017 Shenzhen, China Hard Slovenia Blaz Kavcic 7–6(8–6), 6–4
Winner 9. 11 June 2017 Surbiton, United Kingdom Grass Australia Jordan Thompson 7–6(9–7), 7–6(10–8)

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

ATP Challenger Tour (0–1)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 26 September 2010 Bangkok, Thailand Hard Denmark Frederik Nielsen ThailandSanchai Ratiwatana
ThailandSonchat Ratiwatana
3–6, 5–7


  1. ^ ATP World Tour Profile
  2. ^ ITF Juniors Profile
  3. ^ "Japan take commanding lead in Tokyo". Davis Cup. Retrieved 14 September 2015. 
  4. ^ "Japan's Yuichi Sugita shines at Chennai Open". The Times of India. Retrieved 26 January 2012. 
  5. ^ "Japan’s Yuichi Sugita Qualifies for Wimbledon on 18th Attempt at Major". Tennis Now. Retrieved 21 June 2014. 
  6. ^ Incheon 2014 profile Archived September 26, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ "Sugita, Ito make Aussie main draw". The Japan News. 16 January 2016. 
  8. ^ "Thompson Triumphs In Cherbourg For Maiden Title". ATP World Tour. 28 February 2016. 

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