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Alexei Popyrin (born 5 August 1999) is an Australian tennis player.

Alexei Popyrin
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Popyrin at the 2019 French Open
Full nameAlexei Popyrin
Country (sports) Australia
ResidenceAustralia
Born (1999-08-05) 5 August 1999 (age 20)
Sydney, Australia
Height1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
Turned pro2017
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize moneyUS$612,916
Singles
Career record9–16 (at ATP Tour level, Grand Slam level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles0
1 Challenger, 1 Futures
Highest rankingNo. 87 (July 29 2019)
Current rankingNo. 87 (July 29 2019)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open3R (2019)
French Open2R (2019)
Wimbledon2R (2019)
US Open3R (2019)
Doubles
Career record2–3 (at ATP Tour level, Grand Slam level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 252 (6 May 2019)
Current rankingNo. 254 (24 June 2019)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open3R (2019)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open1R (2019)
Last updated on: 28 June 2019.

Popyrin has a career-high ATP singles ranking of No. 87 achieved in July 2019. He also has a career-high ATP doubles ranking of No. 252 achieved in May 2019.

Personal lifeEdit

Popyrin was born in Sydney, Australia to Russian parents.[1] He began playing tennis at the Kim Warwick Tennis Academy in Hornsby at the age of four[2][3] and was in attendance for the historic 2008 Australian Open third round match between Lleyton Hewitt and Marcos Baghdatis.[4] At the age of 8, Popyrin relocated to Dubai for two years due to his father's work commitments before moving in Alicante, Spain where fellow Australian Alex de Minaur was his neighbour.[5] Popyrin also spent time living in Nice, France[6] but predominately resides in Marbella, Spain.[7] Popyrin speaks Russian.[8]

Junior careerEdit

In 2011, Popyrin won the Australian u12s Grasscourt Championships and with Chase Ferguson, won the u12s National Claycourt Doubles Championships. In the same year he competed in the Tennis Europe u12 circuit, winning in Stork International 12 & Under in Oetwil Am See (SUI), Torneo U12 - Porto San Giorgio in Porto San Giorgio (ITA),[9] Torneo Citta Di Padova in Padova (ITA). Popyrin lost in Semifinal at Eddie Herr International Junior Tennis Championships - IMG / Bollettieri Sports Academy Bradenton, FL (USA), Passagespoirs Le Passage (FRA), as well as Final of Campionati Internazionali BNL d'Italia U12 - Circolo Canottieri in Roma (ITA).

Popyrin started competing in ITF Junior circuit in 2013 and in 2017, reached the semifinals at the 2017 Australian Open in the junior doubles tournament.[10] He then followed that up by winning 22 consecutive matches winning 4 consecutive tournaments : the Mediterranee Avenir - Club Olympic Casablancais Casablanca (MAR), Trofeo Bonfiglio - Tennis Club Milano Milan (ITA), the 2017 French Open junior singles title in May 2017 and his first ITF Professional tournament in Poland F4 Futures Mragowo (POL). While ranked number 2 in the juniors single rankings, Popyrin decided to focus on the professional circuit.[11]

Professional careerEdit

2017–2018: Start of pro circuitEdit

Popyrin won his first professional ITF title in July 2017 at the Poland F4 in Mragowo, Poland. This victory broke Popyrin into the top 1000 for the first time. Popyrin played some more ITF and Challenger tournaments across 2017 and ended 2017 with a ranking of 622.

Popyrin started the 2018 season ranked No.622, achieving a career-high ranking 25 times over the course of the season peaking at No.147 in November. In January 2018, Popyrin qualified for an ATP World Tour tournament for the first time at the Sydney International beating Nicolas Mahut and Federico Delbonis. He lost in round 1 to John Millman. Later in January, Popyrin made his Grand Slam debut at the 2018 Australian Open after being awarded a wildcard.[12] He lost in round 1 to Tim Smyczek. Popyrin spent the next six months in Europe playing in challenger tournaments, increasing his ranking.

In August 2018, Popyrin qualified for and won the Jinan Challenger in China beating James Ward in the final and becoming the third youngest teenager in 2018 to win a professional title.[13] This was his first Challenger title.[14] Later in August, Popyrin broke into the world's top 200. In October, Popyrin qualified for his second ATP World Tour main draw at the Stockholm Open, where he again lost to John Millman in round 1. The following week, Popyrin again qualified for a main draw, this time at Swiss Indoors beating Benoit Paire and Mackenzie McDonald. He defeated Matthew Ebden in round 1 for his first ATP World Tour win.[15] Popyrin ended 2018 with a singles rank of 147.

2019: First Grand Slam win / ATP Top 100Edit

Popyrin commenced 2019 with wild cards into the Brisbane International and Sydney International, losing in the first round in both. He also received a wild card in the Australian Open, and achieved his first Grand Slam win by defeating Mischa Zverev in straight sets. Popyrin followed this up by beating Dominic Thiem and lost in the third round to Lucas Pouille in closely contested five sets. During the first half of 2019 Popyrin qualified for the main draws of ATP250 in New York and Estoril, ATP500 in Acapulco, ATP1000 in Indian Wells and Monte Carlo. Following his success on the ATP tour, Popyrin was awarded a main draw wild card into French Open. In the first round Popyrin defeated France's Ugo Humbert in four sets winning his first Roland Garros men's main draw match. He lost to Laslo Djere in the second round. In July 2019 Popyrin qualified for the main draw of Wimbledon Popyrin lost to Daniil Medvedev in the second round. This result broke Popyrin into ATP top 100 for the first time. In July, Popyrin received his first direct acceptance into ATP 250 tournament in Atlanta, where he lost in Quarter finals. 2019 was a breakout year for Popyrin. He played at least second round in all four Grand Slams - 3rd round of Australia Open, 2nd Round of Roland Garros, 2nd Round of Wimbledon and 3rd Round in US Open losing in 4 closely contested sets to Matteo Berrettini 4–6, 4–6, 7–6(3), 6–7(2).

National representationEdit

Davis CupEdit

Popyrin made his Davis Cup debut for Australia in February 2019, at the age of 19, winning his first rubber against Bosnia and Herzegovina in Adelaide.[16]

Tour finalsEdit

ATP Challengers and ITF FuturesEdit

Singles: 3 (2 titles, 1 runner-up)Edit

Legend
ATP Challengers (1–0)
ITF Futures (1–1)
Titles by Surface
Hard (1–1)
Clay (1–0)
Grass (0–0)
Outcome W-L Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Win 1–0 Jul 2017 Poland F4, Mragowo Clay   Laurynas Grigelis 6–3, 3–6, 6–3
Loss 1–1 Nov 2017 Indonesia F7, Jakarta Hard   Renta Tokuda 7–6(7–4), 2–6, 5–7
Win 2–1 Aug 2018 Jinan Challenger, China Hard   James Ward 3–6, 6–1, 7–5

Junior Grand Slam finalsEdit

Boys' SinglesEdit

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponents Score
Winner 2017 French Open Clay   Nicola Kuhn 7–6(7–5), 6–3

Performance timelineEdit

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A P Z# PO G F-S SF-B NMS NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (Z#) Davis/Fed Cup Zonal Group (with number indication) or (PO) play-off; (G) gold, (F-S) silver or (SF-B) bronze Olympic medal; a (NMS) downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament; (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.

SinglesEdit

Current through the 2019 Western & Southern Open.

Tournament 2018 2019 SR W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open 1R 3R 0 / 2 2–2
French Open A 2R 0 / 1 1–1
Wimbledon A 2R 0 / 1 1–1
US Open A 0 / 0 0–0
Win–Loss 0–1 4–3 0 / 4 4–4
ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Indian Wells Masters A 2R 0 / 1 1–1
Miami Open A Q1 0 / 0 0–0
Monte-Carlo Masters A 1R 0 / 1 0–1
Madrid Open A A 0 / 0 0–0
Italian Open A A 0 / 0 0–0
Canadian Open A Q1 0 / 0 0–0
Cincinnati Masters A Q2 0 / 0 0–0
Shanghai Masters A 0 / 0 0–0
Paris Masters A 0 / 0 0–0
Win–Loss 0–0 1–2 0 / 2 1–2
National representation
Summer Olympics Not Held 0 / 0 0–0
Davis Cup A 0 / 0 0–0
Career statistics
2018 2019 Career
Tournaments 4 6 10
Titles 0 0 0
Finals 0 0 0
Overall Win–Loss 1–4 4–6 5–10
Win % 20% 40% 33%
Year-end ranking 147

Record against top 10 playersEdit

Popyrin's match record against those who have been ranked in the top 10, with those who have been No. 1 in boldface

* Statistics correct as of 12 March 2019.

Wins over top 10 playersEdit

# Player Rank Event Surface Rd Score AP Rank
2019
1.   Dominic Thiem No. 8 Australian Open, Melbourne, Australia Hard 2R 7–5, 6–4, 2–0 ret. No. 149

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "No more junior tournaments for Aussie teen star". Sunshine Coast Daily. 18 June 2017.
  2. ^ "New Aussie emerges". The Australian. 11 June 2017.
  3. ^ "Tennis Australia Player Profiles: Alexei Popyrin". Tennis Australia. Retrieved 18 January 2019.
  4. ^ "Popyrin on the brink of Open breakthrough". Newcastle Herald. 18 January 2019.
  5. ^ "Aussie French Open junior champion Alexei Popyrin ready to take talents to professional ranks". Herald Sun. 18 June 2017.
  6. ^ "Australian Open 2019: Teen star Alexei Popyrin keen to add to historic achievement". nine.com.au. 17 January 2019.
  7. ^ "Local Teens Highlight Marbella's Challenger Return". ATP Tour. 30 March 2018.
  8. ^ "Australian Alexey Popyrin wins French Open junior". SBS. 11 June 2017. Retrieved 3 July 2019.
  9. ^ "UNDER 12 PORTO SAN GIORGIO A segno Arianna Capogrosso ed Alexi Popyrin". Federazione Italiana Tennis. 11 July 2011. Retrieved 29 December 2018.
  10. ^ "ENORME. Duarte Vale está na FINAL de pares juniores do Australian Open 2017". 26 January 2017. Archived from the original on 6 September 2017. Retrieved 6 June 2017.
  11. ^ "POPYRIN CONTINUES RISE WITH POLISH TITLE". Tennis Australia. 10 July 2017. Retrieved 16 October 2018.
  12. ^ "Alexei Popyrin and Jason Kubler secure Australian Open wildcards". Herald Sun. 6 January 2018. Retrieved 7 January 2018.
  13. ^ "Aussie Teen Popyrin Reflects On First Challenger Title". ATP. 18 August 2018. Retrieved 29 December 2018.
  14. ^ "POPYRIN CLAIMS FIRST ATP CHALLENGER TITLE". Tennis Australia. 13 August 2018. Retrieved 16 October 2018.
  15. ^ "BASEL: POPYRIN STUNS EBDEN, MILLMAN BEATEN". Tennis Australia. 24 October 2018. Retrieved 26 October 2018.
  16. ^ "Bound for Madrid: Aussies win Davis Cup tie against Bosnia and Herzegovina". The Age. 2 February 2019.

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