Aleksandar Vukic

Aleksandar Vukic (Serbo-Croatian Latin: Aleksandar Vukić, Serbo-Croatian Cyrillic: Александар Вукић, pronounced [aleksǎːndar ʋǔːkitɕ, alěksaːn-]; born 6 April 1996) is an Australian professional tennis player.

Aleksandar Vukic
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Vukic at the 2022 French Open
Country (sports) Australia
ResidenceSydney, New South Wales, Australia
Born (1996-04-06) 6 April 1996 (age 26)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Height1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Turned pro2018
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
CollegeIllinois Fighting Illini
Prize moneyUS$746,801
Singles
Career record8–12 (40.0% in ATP Tour and Grand Slam main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 117 (28 February 2022)
Current rankingNo. 155 (31 January 2023)
Grand Slam singles results
Australian Open2R (2022)
French Open1R (2020)
WimbledonQ1 (2021)
US OpenQ1 (2022)
Doubles
Career record2–3 (40.0% in ATP Tour and Grand Slam main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 394 (28 February 2022)
Current rankingNo. 699 (3 October 2022)
Grand Slam doubles results
Australian Open1R (2022, 2023)
Grand Slam mixed doubles results
Australian Open1R (2021)
Last updated on: 3 October 2022.

Vukic has a career high ATP singles ranking of World No. 117 achieved on 28 February 2022. He also has a career high ATP doubles ranking of World No. 394 achieved on the same date. Vukic has won one ITF Futures singles title. Vukic made his main draw ATP singles debut at the 2018 Sydney International and his Grand Slam debut at the 2020 French Open, after qualifying for both.

Early lifeEdit

Vukic was born in Sydney, Australia. His parents and older brother left Montenegro during the breakup of Yugoslavia in the early 1990s and settled in Sydney before Vukic was born.[1] Vukic began playing tennis at the age of 6 and later attended the University of Illinois between 2015 and 2018 where he was named three-time All-American in tennis.[2]

Professional careerEdit

2014–2019: ITF and ATP debutEdit

Vukic made his ITF Tour debut in Spain in May 2014.

Vukic made his main draw ATP singles debut at the 2018 Sydney International, where he qualified for the main draw by defeating Dušan Lajović and Ričardas Berankis. He came within two points of defeating Feliciano Lopez, ranked 36 in the world. He lost the match 6–4, 6–7(5–7), 3–6.

In May 2019, Vukic reached the semi-final of the 2019 Savannah Challenger, his best performance at the ATP Challenger Tour level. Following a quarter-final appearance at 2019 Internazionali di Tennis Città dell'Aquila, Vukic reached a career high singles ranking of 258.

2020: Grand Slam and top 200 debutEdit

In January 2020, Vukic reached the final round of 2020 Australian Open – Men's singles qualifying. In March 2020, Vukic reached his first ATP Challenger Tour final in Monterrey Challenger.[3]

In September, Vukic qualified for the 2020 French Open main draw, where he made his Grand Slam singles debut. He lost in round one to Pedro Martínez.[4]

Vukic ended 2020 with a singles ranking of World No. 196.

2021: First ATP Tour and Masters winsEdit

Vukic commenced the 2021 season at the 2021 Great Ocean Road Open, where he defeated Yen-Hsun Lu for his first ATP main draw win.[5] Vukic was defeated by Jannik Sinner in the second round.[6]

At the 2021 Australian Open, Vukic entered into the main draw as a wildcard and lost to 19th seed Karen Khachanov in the first round.

Vukic returned the ATP Challenger tour, achieving quarterfinal appearances in April at Split and Split II.

Vukic lost in the third and final round of qualifying for the French Open and in the first round of qualifying for Wimbledon Championships.

In August 2021, Vukic tested positive for COVID-19 and had to skip the US Open.[7]

On 20 September 2021, and following a semifinal result at the Cary Challenger, Vukic improved his ranking back to No. 214.[8]

At the 2021 BNP Paribas Open he recorded his first main draw win at a Masters 1000 level as a qualifier defeating Pablo Andujar.[9][10] He followed this by a final also in singles at the 2021 Charlottesville Men's Pro Challenger where he lost to Stefan Kozlov. He reached a career-high singles ranking of No. 156 on 22 November 2021.

2022: First ATP quarterfinal & Major win, top 150 debutEdit

At the Adelaide International 2, Vukic achieved his first top 50 win against Alexander Bublik[11] and reached his first ATP Tour-level quarterfinal, before losing to Thanasi Kokkinakis.[12] As a result, he made his top 150 debut at World No. 144 on 17 January 2022.

Vukic was awarded a second wildcard into the 2022 Australian Open.[13] He defeated 30th seed Lloyd Harris in 4 sets for his first Grand Slam victory. He lost to qualifier Radu Albot in the second round.

At the 2022 Sofia Open he defeated Fabio Fognini and Fernando Verdasco to reach only his second ATP quarterfinal.[14]

ATP Challenger and ITF Futures/World Tennis Tour finalsEdit

Singles: 11 (2–9)Edit

Legend
ATP Challenger (1–4)
ITF Futures (1–4)
Finals by surface
Hard (2–8)
Clay (0–1)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0–1 Aug 2015 Canada F6, Saskatoon Futures Hard   Matt Reid 6–7(12–14), 1–6
Win 1–1 Jul 2017 USA F25, Champaign Futures Hard   Deiton Baughman 7–5, 4–6, 6–2
Loss 1–2 Aug 2017 Poland F9, Bydgoszcz Futures Clay   Mats Moraing 2–6, 5–7
Loss 1–3 Jul 2018 USA F19, Wichita Futures Hard   Evgeny Karlovskiy 4–6, 4–6
Loss 1–4 Mar 2019 M25 Bakersfield, USA World Tennis Tour Hard   Jenson Brooksby 3–6, 1–6
Loss 1–5 Mar 2020 Monterrey, Mexico Challenger Hard   Adrian Mannarino 1–6, 3–6
Loss 1–6 Nov 2021 Charlottesville, USA Challenger Hard (i)   Stefan Kozlov 2–6, 3–6
Loss 1–7 Nov 2021 Champaign, USA Challenger Hard (i)   Stefan Kozlov 7–5, 3–6, 4–6
Win 2–7 Feb 2022 Bangalore, India Challenger Hard   Dimitar Kuzmanov 6–4, 6–4
Loss 2–8 Nov 2022 Calgary, Canada Challenger Hard (i)   Dominik Koepfer 2–6, 4–6
Loss 2–9 Nov 2022 Champaign, USA Challenger Hard (i)   Ben Shelton 6–0, 3–6, 2–6

Doubles: 2 (0–2)Edit

Legend
ATP Challenger (0–1)
ITF Futures (0–1)
Finals by surface
Hard (0–0)
Clay (0–2)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0–1 Jun 2015 Serbia F2, Valjevo Futures Clay   Antoine Bellier   Danilo Petrovic
  Libor Salaba
6–7(7–9), 4–6
Loss 0–2 Jul 2021 Poznań, Poland Challenger Clay   Karol Drzewiecki   Zdeněk Kolář
  Jiří Lehečka
4–6, 6–3, [5–10]

Performance timelinesEdit

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# P# DNQ A Z# PO G S B NMS NTI P NH
(W) winner; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (P#) preliminary round; (DNQ) did not qualify; (A) absent; (Z#) Davis/Fed Cup Zonal Group (with number indication) or (PO) play-off; (G) gold, (S) silver or (B) bronze Olympic/Paralympic medal; (NMS) not a Masters tournament; (NTI) not a Tier I tournament; (P) postponed; (NH) not held; (SR) strike rate (events won / competed); (W–L) win–loss record.
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.

SinglesEdit

Current through the 2023 Australian Open.

Tournament 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 SR W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open Q1 Q3 1R 2R 1R 0 / 3 1–3
French Open A 1R Q3 Q2 0 / 1 0–1
Wimbledon A NH Q1 A 0 / 0 0–0
US Open A A A Q1 0 / 0 0–0
Win–loss 0–0 0–1 0–1 1–1 0–1 0 / 4 1–4
Year-end ranking 273 196 156 140

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "GETTING TO KNOW: ALEKSANDAR VUKIC". Tennis Australia. 17 January 2022. Retrieved 18 January 2022.
  2. ^ "ABOUT ALEKSANDAR VUKIC". W SPORTS AND MEDIA. 1 November 2021. Retrieved 1 November 2021.
  3. ^ "Biggest Mover Vukic Vaults into Top 200". Tennis Australia. 10 March 2020. Retrieved 13 February 2021.
  4. ^ "Vukic's Winning Run Ends at Roland Garros". Tennis Australia. 29 September 2020. Retrieved 13 February 2021.
  5. ^ "Australians Chris O'Connell, Aleksander Vukic and Max Purcell achieved new milestones". Tennis Australia. 1 February 2021. Retrieved 2 February 2021.
  6. ^ "Thompson Advances at Great Ocean Road". Tennis Australia. 3 February 2021. Retrieved 3 February 2021.
  7. ^ "Qualifyig Draw Revealed for US Open". Tennis Australia. 24 August 2021. Retrieved 24 August 2021.
  8. ^ Leigh Rogers (20 September 2021). "Ranking Movers". Tennis Australia. Retrieved 20 September 2021.
  9. ^ "Aleksandar Vukic qualifies at Indian Wells".
  10. ^ "Vukic sets all-Aussie second round at Indian Wells".
  11. ^ "Vukic Scores First Top Win 50 in Adelaide". Tennis Australia. 10 January 2022. Retrieved 14 January 2022.
  12. ^ "Kokkinakis Sets All Aussie QuarterFinal". Tennis Australia. 12 January 2022. Retrieved 14 January 2022.
  13. ^ "AUSTRALIAN OPEN 2022 MEN'S SINGLES WILDCARDS REVEALED". Tennis Australia. 8 January 2022. Retrieved 8 January 2022.
  14. ^ "Ivashka Upsets Dimitrov, Sonego Races Through in Sofia | ATP Tour | Tennis".

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