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Brandon Nakashima

Brandon Nakashima
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Nakashima at the 2022 French Open
Country (sports) United States
ResidenceSan Diego, United States
Born (2001-08-03) 3 August 2001 (age 20)
San Diego, United States
Height6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Turned pro2019
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
CollegeUniversity of Virginia
CoachJavier Pulgar García
Prize moneyUS$ 918,463
Singles
Career record35-27 (56.5% in ATP World Tour and Grand Slam main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 54 (June 13, 2022)
Current rankingNo. 54 (June 13, 2022)
Grand Slam singles results
Australian Open1R (2022)
French Open3R (2022)
Wimbledon4R (2022)
US Open2R (2020, 2021)
Doubles
Career record1-4 (at ATP Tour level, Grand Slam level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 396 (November 1, 2021)
Current rankingNo. 492 (February 21, 2022)
Grand Slam doubles results
US Open1R (2021)
French Open Junior1R (2018)
Wimbledon JuniorQF (2018)
Last updated on: January 31, 2022.

Brandon Nakashima (born August 3, 2001) is an American professional tennis player. He has been ranked as high as world No. 54 in singles by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP), which he achieved in June 2022. He also reached a career-high doubles ranking of No. 396 that same month.

He had enrolled at the University of Virginia to play collegiate tennis, but chose to forgo his remaining years of eligibility after his first year. As a professional, Nakashima broke into the top 100 in August 2021 after reaching his first two ATP Tour finals. His breakout success qualified him for the 2021 Next Generation ATP Finals, the year-end tournament for the top-ranked singles players aged 21 and under, where he made it to the semifinals, and he closed the season at a career-high ranking of No. 62.

Junior career

As a junior, Nakashima was ranked as high as No. 3 in the world. In 2018, he won two titles on the International Tennis Federation (ITF) junior circuit and went on to win that year's ITF Junior Masters, the year-end tournament for the top-ranked junior singles players

Collegiate career

Nakashima at the USTA 18s Nationals in 2018

Nakashima graduated from high school, High Bluff Academy in San Diego, a semester early, before enrolling at the University of Virginia in January 2019 at the age of 17. During his time at UVA, he finished the season with a 17-5 record in singles and 20-3 record in doubles. At the end of the season he received the ACC-Freshman of the Year and All-ACC First Team awards and was also a part of the All-ACC Academic Team.[1] After one semester he decided to forgo his remaining years of eligibility and turn professional.

Professional career

2020: First ATP main draw, Grand Slam debut

In February 2020, Nakashima received a wildcard into the Delray Beach Open (his first ATP main draw event), where he reached the quarterfinals,[2] defeating Ji?í Veselý and Cameron Norrie before falling to Yoshihito Nishioka.[3]

Later in the year at the US Open (his Grand Slam main draw debut as a wildcard), Nakashima defeated Paolo Lorenzi[4] before being beaten by 5th seed and eventual runner-up, Alexander Zverev.[5]

2021: First two tour finals, Next Gen ATP Finals, Top 70 debut

Nakashima at the 2021 Nottingham Open

Nakashima qualified into a Grand Slam main draw for the first time at Wimbledon.[6][7] He lost in the first round to compatriot and 31st seed, Taylor Fritz.[8]

Nakashima reached his first final in Los Cabos, where after beating J.J. Wolf, 4th seed Sam Querrey, 5th seed Jordan Thompson (after saving 3 match points),[9] and 2nd seed John Isner,[10] he lost to 1st seed Cameron Norrie in the final.[11] From this run, the 19-year-old Nakashima became the youngest American to reach an ATP final since a then 18-year-old Taylor Fritz got to the final of the Memphis Open in 2016.

A week later in Atlanta, Nakashima reached his second final in as many weeks but lost to 6th seed John Isner in the championship match.[12] As a result of this good run, Nakashima cracked the top 100 for the first time, coming in at world No. 89 on August 2, 2021, a day before his 20th birthday.[13]


As a qualifier at the 2021 European Open, he reached the quarterfinals where he lost to Diego Schwartzman.[14] As a result he reached a new career-high ranking of No. 70 on October 25, 2021.

Nakashima qualified for the 2021 Next Generation ATP Finals as the fourth seed in recognition for his breakout success in the year among players aged 21 and under.[15] In his group, he notched wins against Juan Manuel Cerúndolo[16] and Holger Rune,[17] taking him to the semifinals, before he lost to eventual finalist Sebastian Korda in five sets.[18] He ended the year at a career-high of No. 62 and was nominated ATP Newcomer of the Year.[19]

2022: First Grand Slam fourth round

At the 2022 French Open, Nakashima reached the third round of a Grand Slam for the first time, where he lost to 3rd seed Alexander Zverev.[20]

At the 2022 Wimbledon Championships, he reached the fourth round for the first time in his career defeating Daniel Elahi Galán.[21]

World TeamTennis

Nakashima made his World TeamTennis debut in 2020 with the Chicago Smash for their inaugural season.[22]

Nakashima excelled in singles play for the Smash and also paired up with Rajeev Ram throughout the season in men's doubles to help Chicago earn a No. 2 seed in WTT Playoffs. The Smash defeated the Orlando Storm to earn a spot in the final, but ultimately fell to the New York Empire in a Supertiebreaker.

Personal life

Nakashima is of Japanese and Vietnamese descent.[23]

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 Eastbourne International.

Tournament 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 SR W-L Win%
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A A Q1 1R 0 / 1 0-1 0%
French Open A A Q1 Q1 3R 0 / 1 2-1 67%
Wimbledon A A NH 1R 0 / 1 0-1 0%
US Open Q2 A 2R 2R 0 / 2 2-2 50%
Win-loss 0-0 0-0 1-1 1-2 2-2 0 / 5 4-5 44%
ATP Tour Masters 1000
Indian Wells Masters Q1 A NH 2R 2R 0 / 2 2-2 50%
Miami Open A A NH Q2 2R 0 / 1 1-1 50%
Monte-Carlo Masters A A NH A A 0 / 0 0-0  - 
Madrid Open A A NH A Q1 0 / 0 0-0  - 
Italian Open A A A A 1R 0 / 1 0-1 0%
Canadian Open A A NH A 0 / 0 0-0  - 
Cincinnati Masters A A Q1 1R 0 / 1 0-1 0%
Shanghai Masters A A NH 0 / 0 0-0  - 
Paris Masters A A A A 0 / 0 0-0  - 
Win-loss 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-2 2-3 0 / 5 3-5 38%
Career statistics
2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 Career
Tournaments 0 0 2 10 13 Career total: 25
Titles 0 0 0 0 0 Career total: 0
Finals 0 0 0 2 0 Career total: 2
Overall win-loss 0-0 0-0 3-2 17-12 12-13 0 / 25 32-27 54%
Year-end ranking 790 371 166 68

ATP career finals

Singles: 2 (2 runner-ups)

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 (0-2)
Finals by surface
Hard (0-2)
Clay (0-0)
Grass (0-0)
Finals by setting
Outdoor (0-2)
Indoor (0-0)
Result W-L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0-1 Jul 2021 Los Cabos Open, Mexico 250 Series Hard United Kingdom Cameron Norrie 2-6, 2-6
Loss 0-2 Jul 2021 Atlanta Open, United States 250 Series Hard United States John Isner 6-7(8-10), 5-7

ATP Challenger and ITF Futures finals

Singles: 5 (5-0)

Legend
ATP Challenger (3-0)
ITF Futures (2-0)
Finals by surface
Hard (5-0)
Clay (0-0)
Grass (0-0)
Carpet (0-0)
Result W-L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Win 1-0 Sep 2018 USA F25, Laguna Niguel Futures Hard France Maxime Cressy 6-4, 6-4
Win 2-0 Jan 2020 M25 Rancho Santa Fe, USA World Tennis Tour Hard France Geoffrey Blancaneaux 6-3, 6-3
Win 3-0 Nov 2020 Orlando, United States Challenger Hard India Prajnesh Gunneswaran 6-3, 6-4
Win 4-0 Feb 2021 Quimper, France Challenger Hard (i) Spain Bernabé Zapata Miralles 6-3, 6-4
Win 5-0 Oct 2021 Brest, France Challenger Hard (i) Portugal João Sousa 6-3, 6-3

Doubles: 1 (0-1)

Legend
ATP Challenger (0-1)
ITF Futures (0-0)
Finals by surface
Hard (0-1)
Clay (0-0)
Grass (0-0)
Carpet (0-0)
Result W-L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0-1 Feb 2021 Quimper, France Challenger Hard (i) United States Hunter Reese Belgium Ruben Bemelmans
Germany Daniel Masur
2-6, 1-6

Record against other players

Record against top 10 players

Nakashima'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:

References

  1. ^ https://virginiasports.com/player/brandon-nakashima/
  2. ^ "Nakashima, 18, Reaches Delray Beach Quarter-finals In ATP Tour Debut". ATP Tour. February 19, 2020.
  3. ^ "Nishioka Holds off Nakashima in Delray Beach to Reach Semis". tennisnow.com. February 21, 2020.
  4. ^ "Brandon Nakashima upsets Paolo Lorenzi at the 2020 US Open". US Open. August 31, 2020.
  5. ^ "BRANDON NAKASHIMA IMPRESSES IN FOUR-SET LOSS TO ALEXANDER ZVEREV". Tennis Magazine. September 2, 2020.
  6. ^ "Nakashima On Cusp Of Wimbledon Main Draw". ATP Tour. June 23, 2021.
  7. ^ "19-Year-Old Nakashima Completes Impressive Qualifying Run at Wimbledon". tennisnow.com. June 24, 2021.
  8. ^ "Fritz's Road From A Wheelchair In Paris To The Wimbledon Second Round". ATP Tour. June 30, 2021.
  9. ^ "Isner Growing In Confidence, Reaches Los Cabos Semi-finals". ATP Tour. July 23, 2021.
  10. ^ "19 Y.O. Nakashima Or Norrie To Become First-Time ATP Tour Titlist In Los Cabos". ATP Tour. July 24, 2021.
  11. ^ "Fifth Time's The Charm: Norrie Wins First ATP Tour Title In Los Cabos". ATP Tour. July 25, 2021.
  12. ^ "Isner Serves Revenge Against Nakashima, Wins Sixth Atlanta Title". ATP Tour. August 2, 2021.
  13. ^ "Nakashima: 'I Want To Show That I Belong With The Top Guys'". ATP Tour. August 2, 2021.
  14. ^ "Schwartzman Seals SF Spot In Antwerp". ATP Tour. October 22, 2021.
  15. ^ "Nakashima Stamps Ticket for Milan". Next Generation ATP Finals. October 30, 2021. Archived from the original on October 30, 2021. Retrieved 2021.
  16. ^ "Brandon Nakashima dominates first match of Next Gen Finals". NBC Sports. Associated Press. November 9, 2021. Retrieved 2022.
  17. ^ "Nakashima Earns Rune Victory To Reach Milan SFs". Association of Tennis Professionals. November 11, 2021. Archived from the original on November 11, 2021. Retrieved 2022.
  18. ^ "Korda beats Nakashima in semifinal at Next Gen finals". The Sports Network. The Canadian Press. November 12, 2021. Retrieved 2022.
  19. ^ "Five #NextGenATP Stars Nominated For Newcomer Of The Year In 2021 Awards". Association of Tennis Professionals. December 3, 2021. Archived from the original on January 2, 2022. Retrieved 2022.
  20. ^ "FRENCH OPEN 2022: ALEXANDER ZVEREV INTO FOURTH ROUND AFTER TOPSY-TURVY WIN OVER BRANDON NAKASHIMA". Eurosport. May 27, 2022.
  21. ^ "Brandon Nakashima, Taylor Fritz Continue Historic Wimbledon For American Men | ATP Tour | Tennis". ATP Tour.
  22. ^ "World TeamTennis Adds Stars Tiafoe, Puig, Roanic, Bouchard, & Sock As Rosters Set For 2020". WTT.com. June 16, 2020.
  23. ^ "Brandon Nakashima: 'I Want To Show That I Belong With The Top Guys' | ATP Tour | Tennis". ATP Tour.

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