|Residence||Kongens Lyngby, Denmark|
|Born||21 December 2002|
Gentofte Hospital, Copenhagen
|Height||1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Prize money||US$ 433,659|
|Career record||114-29 (79.7%)|
|Career titles||1 WTA, 9 ITF|
|Highest ranking||No. 90 (17 May 2021)|
|Current ranking||No. 96 (12 July 2021)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||Q1 (2021)|
|French Open||2R (2020, 2021)|
|Career record||6-4 (60.0%)|
|Highest ranking||No. 501 (10 May 2021)|
|Current ranking||No. 502 (17 May 2021)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|French Open Junior||SF (2018)|
|Wimbledon Junior||1R (2018)|
|Fed Cup||5-5 (50.0%)|
|Last updated on: 12 July 2021.|
Clara Tauson (born 21 December 2002) is a professional Danish tennis player.
In 2016, at age 13, she became the youngest Danish champion in tennis.[n 1] She has been a full time professional since 2019. Her career-high rankings are world No. 90 in singles, achieved on 17 May 2021, and No. 501 in doubles, reached on 10 May 2021. Former tennis player Michael Tauson is her uncle.
As an amateur junior she became European Youth Olympic champion in 2017 and European Junior champion in 2018. Between 2016 and 2019, she won nine singles titles on the ITF Junior Circuit with the 2019 Australian Open title the greatest. The same year she became the first Danish girl to top the junior world ranking.[n 2]
Her debut on the entry level professional ITF Women's Circuit came in September 2017.[n 3] Here, she has won nine titles, the first age 14. Her WTA Tour debut came in April 2019 and her debut in a senior level Grand Slam came at the 2020 French Open, in September 2020.[n 4] She won her first WTA singles title at the 2021 Lyon Open and at the same time broke into top 100 on the WTA rankings at a career-high of No. 96, on 8 March 2021.
As a player for Denmark Fed Cup team, Tauson has a win/loss record of 5-5.
Tauson is right-handed and hits a double backhand. According to herself, her best weapon is her forehand while her favorite shot is the drop shot and her favorite surface is clay. In a comparison to Caroline Wozniacki she considers herself more aggressive. Wozniacki, who has trained with her, agrees that she is strong and aggressive.
Clara Tauson started playing amateur junior tennis in 2013 age 10 on the European tour and from age 13 on the ITF Junior Circuit, the highest level for juniors. From 2017, she started playing professional tournaments as well, first on entry level, ITF, and later on the highest level, WTA. In 2019, she reached the top of the junior ranking and the same year she became a full time professional. In 2021, her first year as a senior, she entered top 100 on the WTA ranking. She focuses on singles but has also played doubles tournaments and Fed Cup.
|2008||N/A||Started tennis at age 6|
|2013||Aug||Amateur debut in Tennis Europe Junior Tour age 10|
|2016||Feb||Debut in ITF Junior Circuit|
|Aug||Danish Champion in singles age 13 (Danish record)|
|Nov||First ITF Junior Circuit title|
|2017||Jul||European Youth Olympic champion|
|Sep||Debut in the professional ITF Women's World Tennis Tour and debut in Junior Grand Slam|
|Oct||First WTA points|
|Nov||First ITF Women's World Tennis Tour title at age 14|
|2018||Jul||European Junior champion|
|Oct||First junior Grade-A title|
|2019||Jan||Junior Australian Open title and No. 1 on junior ranking|
|Apr||WTA Tour tournament debut at age 16 (on a wildcard)|
|May||Last amateur tournament.|
|2020||Sep||Top 200 on WTA ranking and senior level Grand Slam debut|
|2021||Mar||First WTA title and top 100 in the WTA rankings age 18|
|Jul||First Wimbledon appearance (entered main draw in both singles and double)|
At age 6, Tauson started playing foam tennis in Nærum Tennis Club and changed one year later to real tennis. Earlier on she had practiced swimming. She played for some years in Lyngby Tennis Club, where she in 2011 won the U9 tournament at the Zealand championships and the club championship for the U10. She changed club to Gentofte Tennis Club and in 2014, she became three times Danish U12 champion, winning girls' singles, girls' doubles and mixed doubles.[n 5]
She debuted on the Tennis Europe junior tour (competitions in Europe for players aged under 17) on 26 August 2013 when she participated in KB Tennis' U12 tournament, with a defeat in the first round. On the European Junior Tour, she played six U12 and three U14 tournaments with two semifinals as best results. In 2015, she played nine U14 tournaments on the Tennis Europe Junior Tour. First final and tournament victory came when she won the KB Tennis' tournament in June. During the rest of the year, she made three more finals with one win.
On 15 February, Tauson debuted on the ITF Junior Circuit (the premier level for worldwide competition among U18 tennis players) when she participated in DISPUK Copenhagen Winter Cup 2016. During the year she took part in ten singles ITF Junior Circuit-tournaments. She reached five finals winning one. In addition, she played eight tournaments in girls' doubles. Of these she reached four finals winning one. Both victories came in November at the Grade-4 tournament ITF Junior Championships in Dubai where she was top seeded.
Tauson ended 230th on ITF's junior ranking. She was awarded Danish Junior Tennis Player of the Year for her overall performance. At club level, Tauson became Danish champion for teams with Gentofte Tennisklub's ladies. In August she became the youngest female Danish champion in singles at age 13. She thereby beat Caroline Wozniacki's record of age 14. She changed club from Gentofte Tennisklub to Hellerup Tennis Club (HIK Tennis) in September. Her coaches in Hellerup were among others Kenneth Carlsen and Tine Scheuer-Larsen.
She played 12 singles and 8 doubles tournaments on the ITF Junior Circuit winning one of each. She was awarded Danish Junior Tennis Player second year in a row. On 20 April, Tauson made her debut for the Denmark Fed Cup team at a group B match against Egypt. Tauson lost her doubles with partner Mai Grage but Denmark won the match 2-1.
At the European Youth Olympic Festival held in Hungary in July, she was top seeded in the tennis tournament and won without losing a set. In September she made her Grand Slam debut by entering the qualification for the junior competition of US Open. However, she lost the first match and did not make it to the main round.
Still 14 years old, she debuted on the ITF Women's Circuit in September. She played three tournaments, reaching two finals with one win. The first tournament was in Antalya, Turkey in which she got to a semifinal. On 31 October Tauson entered the WTA world-ranking, when she unseeded reached the final in the ITF tournament Djursholm Ladies in Stockholm. Next week she took the first senior title by winning Stockholm Ladies advancing to 743 on the WTA world ranking as the youngest on the list.
Tauson played 13 tournaments on the ITF Junior Circuit, reaching six finals in singles with five wins. In doubles she won two finals and lost two. Her best junior Grand Slam was French Open, which was also her first main round appearance. She reached third round in singles and a semi final in doubles. At the end of the year she won bronze at the ITF Junior Masters a parallel tournament to WTA Finals.[n 6]
Her biggest victories were the European Junior Championship in girls' singles in Switzerland and Osaka Mayor's Cup her first Grade-A tournament win.[n 7] At Fed Cup in Athens in April, she and the rest of the Danish team secured advancement to the third highest level for national teams in competition with Egypt, Greece and Israel.
Tauson was for the third year in a row awarded Danish Junior Tennis Player, for the second in a row C WorldWide Talentprisen and for the first time Danish Olympic Hope.[n 8] She received 165,000 DKK (c. $24,000) for travel expenditure from ITF.[n 9]
She played her first Junior Grand Slam event at the Australian Open where she was top-seeded in girls' singles, and won this title as the first Danish girl.[n 10] The next week, she also became the first Dane to top the girls' singles world ranking. In February, she represented Denmark in Fed Cup in matches against Russia and Poland in Group I Europe/Africa. She lost her singles matches and Denmark was over-all relegated to Group II.
In April, she entered her first WTA Tour tournament on a qualifier's wildcard at the Ladies Open Lugano in Switzerland. She made it to the main draw and lost her first-round match. Later that year, she entered her first WTA tournament not on a wildcard at the Swedish Open. She ended the year as No. 267 in the WTA rankings.
In February, she helped bringing Denmark back to Europe/Africa Group I in Fed Cup. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, her career was put on a hold until August. In September 2020, she broke in to the WTA Top 200 for the first time in her career. This allowed her to enter the French Open qualifications. The French Open, which was postponed due to the pandemic, was her first senior level Grand Slam appearance.
In the first round of qualification, Tauson beat Gabriela Talab? in three sets. In the second round of qualifying, she defeated the sixth seeded Elisabetta Cocciaretto, in straight sets before making it to the final round of qualifications where she met Serbian Ivana Jorovic for a place in the main draw. After multiple rain delays, and saving six set points in the first set, Tauson managed to win the match in what was, despite all appearances on paper, not a comfortable affair.
In her first main-draw Grand Slam match, Tauson went up against world No. 25, and recent US Open semifinalist, Jennifer Brady from the United States. In a nearly three hour match, Tauson defeated the American 9-7 in the deciding set to advance to the second round where she lost to Danielle Collins, another American.
Tauson entered WTA 250 Lyon Open as a qualifier at the end of February. In this event, she made her first WTA final beating the top seed Ekaterina Alexandrova en route. In the final, she beat a fellow qualifier Viktorija Golubic, whom she also defeated at the Fujairah International Women Tennis Open in January. With the win, Tauson entered the top 100, being the second youngest, after American Coco Gauff. The next week she qualified for her first WTA 500 tournament in St. Petersburg Throphy. Here she lost to eighth seed and eventual winner Daria Kasatkina in the first round.
At the opening of the clay-court season in April, she was seeded for the first time on the WTA Tour at the Copa Colsanitas. However, she lost to qualifier Daniela Seguel, also in the first round. Her next competition was the MUSC Health Open in Charlston. She reached the quarterfinals but had to retire against Maria Camila Osorio Serrano, the winner of the tournament in Colombia, because of a knee injury she got in the first round. The injury prevented her from participating in the WTA 1000 Madrid Open. Instead, she participated in the $125k Open de Saint-Malo four days later, this time in both singles and double. While she again was eliminated early on in the singles, she managed to reach the semifinals in doubles with her partner Aliaksandra Sasnovich from Belarus.
Despite early exits in WTA tournaments, including Emilia-Romagna Open, she managed to stay in top 100. In late May, she entered the main draw of the French Open, which this year was only postponed one week. Her first grass tournament this season was the new Bad Homburg Open and in July she entered her first Wimbledon tournament in both singles and double.
Win/loss: Only main-draw results in WTA Tour, Grand Slam tournaments, Fed Cup/Billie Jean King Cup and Olympic Games are included.
Current after the 2021 Wimbledon Championships.
|Grand Slam tournaments|
|Australian Open||A||A||Q1||0 / 0||0-0||-|
|French Open||A||2R||2R||0 / 2||2-2||50%|
|Wimbledon||A||NH||1R||0 / 1||0-1||0%|
|US Open||A||A||0 / 0||0-0||-|
|Win-loss||0-0||1-1||1-2||0 / 3||2-3||40%|
|Dubai / Qatar Open||A||A||A||0 / 0||0-0||-|
|Indian Wells Open||A||NH||0 / 0||0-0||-|
|Miami Open||A||NH||A||0 / 0||0-0||-|
|Madrid Open||A||NH||A||0 / 0||0-0||-|
|Italian Open||A||A||A||0 / 0||0-0||-|
|Canadian Open||A||NH||0 / 0||0-0||-|
|Cincinnati Open||A||A||0 / 0||0-0||-|
|Wuhan Open||Q1||NH||0 / 0||0-0||-|
|China Open||A||NH||0 / 0||0-0||-|
|Tournaments||1||1||8||Career total: 9|
|Titles||0||0||1||Career total: 1|
|Finals||0||0||2||Career total: 2|
|Overall win-loss||0-1||1-1||8-7||1 / 10||9-9||50%|
|Win %||0%||50%||53%||Career total: 50%|
|Grand Slam tournaments|
|WTA 250 (1-0)|
|Win||1-0||Mar 2021||Lyon Open, France||WTA 250||Hard (i)||Viktorija Golubic||6-4, 6-1|
Tauson has participated in 28 ITF Women's Circuit (now ITF Women's World Tennis Tour) tournaments since September 2017. She has been in 13 finals (9 wins). Her biggest wins came at the $60k tournaments in Pingshan, China and Meitar, Israel both in 2019.
|Loss||0-1||Oct 2017||ITF Stockholm, Sweden||15,000||Hard (i)||Jacqueline Awad||4-6, 0-6|
|Win||1-1||Nov 2017||ITF Stockholm, Sweden||15,000||Hard (i)||Ekaterina Yashina||6-3, 6-2|
|Win||2-1||Mar 2019||ITF Monastir, Tunisia||15,000||Hard||Arianne Hartono||6-2, 6-1|
|Win||3-1||Mar 2019||Pingshan Open, China||60,000||Hard||Fangzhou Liu||6-4, 6-3|
|Win||4-1||Mar 2019||ITF Xiamen, China||15,000||Hard||Guo Meiqi||2-6, 6-3, 6-2|
|Loss||4-2||Jun 2019||ITF Kaltenkirchen, Germany||15,000||Clay||Yuki Naito||6-4, 4-6, 0-6|
|Loss||4-3||Jun 2019||ITF Darmstadt, Germany||25,000||Clay||Olga Govortsova||1-6, 6-7(3)|
|Win||5-3||Sep 2019||Meitar Open, Israel||60,000||Hard||Katharina Hobgarski||4-6, 6-3, 6-1|
|Win||6-3||Feb 2020||ITF Glasgow, UK||25,000||Hard (i)||Viktoriya Tomova||6-4, 6-0|
|Win||7-3||Aug 2020||ITF Oeiras, Portugal||15,000||Clay||María Gutiérrez Carrasco||6-3, 6-2|
|Win||8-3||Jan 2021||ITF Fujairah, UAE||25,000||Hard||Viktorija Golubic||6-0, 4-6, 6-3|
|Win||9-3||Feb 2021||ITF Altenkirchen, Germany||25,000||Carpet (i)||Simona Waltert||3-6, 6-1, 6-3|
|Loss||0-1||Feb 2020||ITF Glasgow, UK||25,000||Hard||Lara Salden|| Myrtille Georges
Clara Tauson has played five Junior Grand Slam tournaments in which she has played singles in all of them and doubles in three.
|Win||2019||Australian Open||Hard||Leylah Annie Fernandez||6-4, 6-3|
|Results for Tauson representing Denmark in Fed Cup.|
|Result||Date and place||Round||Surface||Partner||Against||Opponent||Score|
|Loss||2017, 20 Apr., ?iauliai, Lithuania||Europe/Africa Group II||Hard (i)||Mai Grage||Egypt||Ola Zekry, Rana Ahmed||6-7(5-7), 4-6|
|Win||2018, 18-21 Apr., Athens, Greece||Europe/Africa Group II||Clay||(Single)||Egypt||Lamis Aziz||6-4, 6-2|
|Loss||Greece||Valentini Grammatikopoulou||7-6(7-3), 6-7(4-7), 0-6|
|Win||Promotional Play-off||Israel||Vlada Ekshibarova||6-2, 6-1|
|Loss||2019, 6-9 Feb., Zielona Gora, Poland||Europe/Africa Group I||Hard (i)||(Single)||Russia||Natalia Vikhlyantseva||6-7(3-7), 1-6|
|Loss||Poland||Iga ?wi?tek||3-6, 6-7(7-9)|
|Win||2020, 4-7 Feb., Helsinki, Finland||Europe/Africa Group II||Hard (i)||(Single)||Finland||Oona Orpana||6-4, 6-2|
|Win||Portugal||Francisca Jorge||6-1, 6-1|
|Win||Egypt||Mayar Sherif||6-1, 6-1|
|Loss||Promotional Play-off||Tunisia||Ons Jabeur||4-6, 4-6|