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Alexei Popyrin

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 23)
Sydney, Australia
Height1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
Turned pro2017
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize moneyUS$2,425,910
Singles
Career record41-64 (39.0% in ATP World Tour and Grand Slam main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles1
Highest rankingNo. 59 (8 November 2021)
Current rankingNo. 76 (15 August 2022)
Grand Slam singles results
Australian Open3R (2019, 2020)
French Open2R (2019)
Wimbledon2R (2019)
US Open3R (2019, 2021)
Doubles
Career record8-15 (at ATP Tour level, Grand Slam level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 235 (27 June 2022)
Current rankingNo. 439 (15 August 2022)
Grand Slam doubles results
Australian Open3R (2019)
French Open1R (2021)
Wimbledon2R (2021)
US Open1R (2021)
Grand Slam mixed doubles results
Australian Open1R (2019)
Last updated on: 15 August 2022.

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

Popyrin has a career-high ATP singles ranking of No. 59 achieved on 8 November 2021. He also has a career-high ATP doubles ranking of No. 235 achieved in June 2022. He turned professional in 2017 and has won one singles title on the ATP Tour.

Personal life

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 to Alicante, Spain where fellow Australian Alex de Minaur was his neighbour.[5] Popyrin also spends time training in Nice, France,[6] Marbella, Spain and Dubai.[7] He has trained at the Mouratoglou Academy since April 2017.[8]

Popyrin is multilingual in English, Russian and Spanish.[9] Popyrin is a supporter of Everton F.C.[10]

Junior career

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 the Stork International 12 & Under in Oetwil Am See (SUI), Torneo U12 - Porto San Giorgio in Porto San Giorgio (ITA),[11] 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.[12] 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.[13]

Professional career

2017-2018: Start of pro circuit, First Challenger title, top 150 debut

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.[14] 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.[15] This was his first Challenger title.[16]

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.[17] Popyrin ended 2018 with a singles rank of World No. 147.

2019-2020: First Grand Slam win, Top 100 debut

Popyrin commenced 2019 with wildcards into the Brisbane International and Sydney International, losing in the first round in both. He also received a wildcard 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 the ATP 250 tournaments in New York and Estoril, ATP 500 in Acapulco and Masters 1000 in Indian Wells and Monte Carlo. Following his success on the ATP tour, Popyrin was awarded a main draw wildcard 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. He broke into ATP top 100 for the first time at World No. 99 on 24 June 2019.

In July 2019 Popyrin qualified for the main draw of the 2019 Wimbledon Championships Popyrin lost to Daniil Medvedev in the second round. In the same month, Popyrin received his first direct acceptance into ATP 250 tournament in Atlanta, where he lost in the quarterfinals.

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). In 2019 Popyrin qualified for 10 Professional tournaments tying the record set by Mischa Zverev in 2016.[18]

He ended 2019 with an ATP singles rank of World No. 97.

Popyrin ended 2020 with an ATP singles rank of World No. 113.

2021: First ATP title, top 60 debut

Popyrin received a third wildcard into the main draw of the 2021 Australian Open similar to every year since 2018, with the exception of the 2020 Australian Open where he entered the main draw as direct entry. In the first round he defeated 13 seed David Goffin after saving four match points 3-6, 6-4, 6-7(4-7), 7-6(8-6), 6-3 in 3 hours 43 minutes. He then lost in the second round to Lloyd Harris.

In February, Popyrin entered the Singapore Open and defeated Marin ?ili? in the semifinal and Alexander Bublik in the final to win his first ATP title and achieved a career high singles ranking of 82.[19]

At the 2021 French Open, Popyrin lost to Rafael Nadal in the first round.

At the US Open, Popyrin matched his career-best result, progressing through to the third round, which included a win over Grigor Dimitrov, Popyrin's fourth career top-20 win and third achieved in 2021.[20]

Popyrin ended 2021 with an ATP singles ranking of World No. 61.

2022: Loss of form, drop in rankings, second Challenger title

Ranked No. 127 on 9 May 2022, after several exits from early rounds at the start of the year at the 2022 Australian Open (first round), 2022 BNP Paribas Open (first round), and 2022 Miami (second round), Popyrin gained back his form and clinched the Challenger title at the 2022 BNP Paribas Primrose Bordeaux over Quentin Halys in three sets.

National representation

Davis Cup

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.[21]

ATP career finals

Singles: 1 (1 title)

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0-0)
ATP Tour Finals (0-0)
ATP Tour Masters 1000 (0-0)
ATP Tour 500 Series (0-0)
ATP Tour 250 Series (1-0)
Finals by surface
Hard (1-0)
Clay (0-0)
Grass (0-0)
Finals by setting
Outdoor (0-0)
Indoor (1-0)
Result W-L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Win 1-0 Feb 2021 Singapore Open, Singapore Hard (i) Kazakhstan Alexander Bublik 4-6, 6-0, 6-2

Performance timeline

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# P# DNQ A Z# PO G S B NMS 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; (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.

Singles

Current through the 2022 Miami Open.

Tournament 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 SR W-L Win %
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open 1R 3R 3R 2R 1R 0 / 5 5-5 50%
French Open A 2R 1R 1R 1R 0 / 4 1-4 20%
Wimbledon A 2R NH 1R 1R 0 / 3 1-3 25%
US Open A 3R A 3R 0 / 2 4-2 67%
Win-loss 0-1 6-4 2-2 3-4 0-3 0 / 14 11-14 44%
National representation
Summer Olympics Not Held A 0 / 0 0-0  - 
Davis Cup A QF RR 0 / 2 1-1 50%
ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Indian Wells Masters A 2R NH 2R 1R 0 / 3 2-3 40%
Miami Open A Q1 3R 2R 0 / 2 3-2 60%
Monte-Carlo Masters A 1R 2R A 0 / 2 1-2 33%
Madrid Open A A 3R A 0 / 1 2-1 67%
Italian Open A A Q2 Q1 A 0 / 0 0-0  - 
Canadian Open Q1 NH Q1 Q2 0 / 0 0-0  - 
Cincinnati Masters A Q2 A Q2 Q1 0 / 0 0-0  - 
Shanghai Masters A Q1 NH 0 / 0 0-0  - 
Paris Masters A A A 3R 0 / 1 2-1 67%
Win-loss 0-0 1-2 0-0 8-5 1-2 0 / 9 10-9 53%
Career statistics
Tournaments 4 19 5 22 14 Career total: 64
Titles 0 0 0 1 0 Career total: 1
Finals 0 0 0 1 0 Career total: 1
Overall win-loss 1-4 12-19 2-5 22-22 4-14 41-64
Win % 20% 39% 29% 50% 22% 39%
Year-end ranking 147 97 113 61

Doubles

Current through the 2022 Atlanta Open.

Tournament 2019 2020 2021 2022 SR W-L Win %
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open 3R 1R 1R 1R 0 / 4 2-4 33%
French Open A A 1R A 0 / 1 0-1 0%
Wimbledon A NH 2R A 0 / 1 1-1 50%
US Open A A 1R 0 / 1 0-1 0%
Win-loss 2-1 0-1 1-4 0-1 0 / 7 3-7 30%
Career statistics
Tournaments 3 3 6 4 Career total: 16
Titles 0 0 0 0 Career total: 0
Finals 0 0 0 0 Career total: 0
Overall win-loss 2-3 0-3 3-6 3-4 8-16
Win % 40% 0% 33% 43% 33%
Year-end ranking 278 1192 344


Record against top 10 players

Popyrin's record against players who have been ranked in the top 10, with those who are active in boldface. Only ATP Tour main draw matches are considered:

Record against players ranked No. 11-20

Active players are in boldface.

*As of 15 August 2022

Top 10 wins

  • He has a 2-9 (18.2%) record against players who were, at the time the match was played, ranked in the top 10.
Season 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 Total
Wins 0 0 1 0 1 2
# Player Rank Event Surface Rd Score APR
2019
1. Austria Dominic Thiem 8 Australian Open, Australia Hard 2R 7-5, 6-4, 2-0 ret. 149
2021
2. Greece Stefanos Tsitsipas 3 Paris Masters, France Hard (i) 2R 4-2 ret. 71
:* As of 3 November 2021

ATP Challenger and ITF Futures finals

Singles: 4 (3 titles, 1 runner-up)

Legend
ATP Challengers (2-0)
ITF Futures (1-1)
Titles by surface
Hard (1-1)
Clay (2-0)
Grass (0-0)
Result W-L Date Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Win 1-0 Jul 2017 Poland F4, Mragowo Futures Clay Lithuania Laurynas Grigelis 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
Loss 1-1 Nov 2017 Indonesia F7, Jakarta Futures Hard Japan Renta Tokuda 7-6(7-4), 2-6, 5-7
Win 2-1 Aug 2018 Jinan, China Challenger Hard United Kingdom James Ward 3-6, 6-1, 7-5
Win 3-1 May 2022 Bordeaux, France Challenger Clay France Quentin Halys 2-6, 7-6(7-5), 7-6(7-4)

Junior Grand Slam finals

Boys' Singles: 1 (1 title)

Result Year Tournament Surface Opponents Score
Win 2017 French Open Clay Spain Nicola Kuhn 7-6(7-5), 6-3

References

  1. ^ "No more junior tournaments for Aussie teen star". The Courier Mail. 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 2019.
  4. ^ "Popyrin on the brink of Open breakthrough". Newcastle Herald. 18 January 2019.
  5. ^ London, Leo Schlink in (18 June 2017). "Aussie French Open junior champion Alexei Popyrin ready to take talents to professional ranks". Herald Sun.
  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. ^ "Alexei Popyrin, «un sacré potentiel»".
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  10. ^ "10 questions about Alexei Popyrin - Russia, ball-boy, De Minaur". tennismajors.com. 6 April 2020. Retrieved 2021.
  11. ^ "UNDER 12 PORTO SAN GIORGIO A segno Arianna Capogrosso ed Alexi Popyrin". Federazione Italiana Tennis. 11 July 2011. Retrieved 2018.
  12. ^ "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 2017.
  13. ^ "POPYRIN CONTINUES RISE WITH POLISH TITLE". Tennis Australia. 10 July 2017. Retrieved 2018.
  14. ^ Schlink, Leo (6 January 2018). "Alexei Popyrin and Jason Kubler secure Australian Open wildcards". Herald Sun. Retrieved 2018.
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  17. ^ "BASEL: POPYRIN STUNS EBDEN, MILLMAN BEATEN". Tennis Australia. 24 October 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  18. ^ "Eight #NextGenATP Stars Nominated for Newcomer of the Year in 2019 ATP Awards | ATP Tour | Tennis".
  19. ^ ""I've Always Had the Belief". Tennis Australia. 1 March 2021. Retrieved 2021.
  20. ^ "Popyrin Advances to US Open Third Round". TennisAustralia. 2 September 2021. Retrieved 2021.
  21. ^ "Bound for Madrid: Aussies win Davis Cup tie against Bosnia and Herzegovina". The Age. 2 February 2019.

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