Darian King
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Darian King

Darian King
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Darian King at Wimbledon 2016
Full nameDarian King
Country (sports) Barbados
ResidenceBridgetown, Barbados
Born (1992-04-26) 26 April 1992 (age 29)
Bridgetown, Barbados
Height1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Turned pro2010
PlaysRight-handed (two handed-backhand)
CoachChristopher King
Prize moneyUS$634,885
Singles
Career record27-17 (61.4%) (at ATP Tour level, Grand Slam level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 106 (8 May 2017)
Current rankingNo. 330 (30 August 2021)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenQ3 (2018, 2019)
French OpenQ1 (2017, 2018, 2019)
WimbledonQ3 (2017)
US Open1R (2017)
Other tournaments
Olympic Games1R (2016)
Doubles
Career record8-12
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 156 (21 October 2019)
Current rankingNo. 282 (17 May 2021)
Grand Slam Doubles results
WimbledonQ1 (2017)
Davis Cup40-22
Last updated on: 23 May 2021.

Darian King (born 26 April 1992 in Bridgetown) is a Barbadian tennis player.[1] He has a career-high Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) singles ranking of world No. 106 achieved on 8 May 2017, and a career-high ATP doubles ranking of No. 156 achieved on 21 October 2019.[2][3][4] He has represented Barbados at the Davis Cup and at the 2016 Olympics.[5] His first Grand Slam appearance came at the 2017 US Open, where he lost to fourth seed Alexander Zverev in straight sets.[6][7]

Personal life

King was born on April 26, 1992 in Bridgetown, Barbados where he currently resides. His father played field hockey and his mother played net ball and died of pancreatic cancer in 2010.[8] He has 3 siblings; 2 brothers and 1 sister. One of the brothers, Christopher, is King's current head coach. He is good friends with many tennis players Frances Tiafoe, Dustin Brown, Noah Rubin, Taylor Townsend, and Sloane Stephens. His favorite athlete is Usain Bolt.[9]

Career

Junior career

King began playing tennis at the age of 8 and grew up idolizing Gaël Monfils, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, and Dustin Brown (now good friends with King). He played his first junior match in April 2006 at the age of 13 at a grade 4 tournament in Barbados. During his junior career, King made both the singles and doubles draw in 3 of the 4 boys grand slams in 2010 where he failed to make it past the first round once in the singles and made it to the second round twice in the doubles. In one tournament, he defeated future world No. 3 and 2020 US Open champion Dominic Thiem. ended his junior career with a high ranking of 47 in both the singles and the doubles (both attained on January 4, 2010) and a record of 78-47 in the singles and 81-35 in the doubles.[10]

Junior Grand Slam results - Singles:

Australian Open: A (-)
French Open: 1R (2010)
Wimbledon: 1R (2010)
US Open: 1R (2010)

Junior Grand Slam results - Doubles:

Australian Open: A (-)
French Open: 2R (2010)
Wimbledon: 2R (2010)
US Open: 1R (2010)

Professional career

King officially turned pro in 2010 at the age of 17. He was considering on playing college tennis at UCLA but made the decision to turn pro instead. Between 2011-2016, King would go on to make 22 ITF futures finals, winning 13 of them. These results would continuously improve his year-end ranking.

In 2014 at the Charlottesville Challenger, King threw his racket at a lineswoman which got him defaulted. The incident went widespread throughout the tennis community with may speculating that the lineswoman was being dramatic and faking it.[11]

In 2015 at the Citi Open, King became the first Barbadian to qualify for an ATP event. He lost to Go Soeda in the first round in straight sets.

In 2016, King won 3 challenger titles including 2 in 3 weeks. This would also be the year that King played in the 2016 Summer Olympics having been invited to play in the main draw in the singles. He lost to eventual quarterfinalist Steve Johnson in the first round in straight sets.

In 2017, King became the first Barbadian to win an ATP match at the Memphis Open against Bernard Tomic. He would then follow this with back to back second round appearances at Indian Wells and the Miami Open, losing to his idol Gaël Monfils at Indian Wells in three sets and to David Goffin at the Miami Open in straight sets. He reached his career high-ranking of 106 on May 8, 2017. He then went into the 2017 Wimbledon qualifying as 8th send and made it to the qualifying competition before being eliminated by Luká? Rosol in 4 sets. He qualified for the 2017 US Open for his first and only grand slam. He lost to 4th seed Alexander Zverev in very close straight sets.

Throughout 2018-2021 his ranking would slowly start to decline. He made 3 more challenger finals, but would lose every single one. He also made 3 more qualifying competitions at grand slams. Twice at the Australian Open (2018), (2019) and once at the US Open (2019). He would once again lose every single one. He did have some success in doubles, however. In the doubles, he would make 26 ITF futures finals and win 18 of them. In the challenger tour, he made 7 challenger finals and won 4 of them. He's also known for partnering with Peter Polansky on numerous occasions.

Davis Cup

King made his Davis Cup debut in 2009 at the age of 16. During his time with the Barbadian Davis Cup team, he posted a win-loss record of 29-11 in singles, 11-11 in doubles, and 40-22 overall.

Challenger and Futures finals

Darian King at Wimbledon

Singles: 28 (16-12)

Legend (Singles)
ATP Challenger Tour (3-3)
ITF Futures Tour (13-9)
Titles by Surface
Hard (10-12)
Clay (6-0)
Grass (0-0)
Carpet (0-0)
Result W-L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0-1 Sep 2011 USA F23, Claremont Futures Hard United States Steve Johnson 2-6, 3-6
Loss 0-2 Jul 2012 USA F20, Joplin Futures Hard France Sébastien Boltz 3-6, 3-6
Win 1-2 Sep 2012 Mexico F9, Manzanillo Futures Hard Brazil Alexandre Schnitman 6-4, 5-0 ret.
Win 2-2 Sep 2012 Mexico F11, Manzanillo Futures Hard Japan Yoshihito Nishioka 6-0, 6-1
Loss 2-3 May 2013 Mexico F6, Puebla Futures Hard Mexico Miguel Gallardo Valles 6-3, 3-6, 2-6
Win 3-3 Jul 2013 USA F20, Joplin Futures Hard United States Alexander Sarkissian 6-3, 7-6(7-3)
Loss 3-4 Oct 2013 Mexico F16, Quintana Roo Futures Hard Venezuela David Souto 6-4, 4-6, 1-6
Loss 3-5 Nov 2013 Mexico F17, Quintana Roo Futures Hard Colombia Michael Quintero 5-7, 6-0, 2-6
Win 4-5 Mar 2014 USA F7, Sunrise Futures Clay Austria Marc Rath 6-7(2-7), 7-5, 6-1
Win 5-5 Aug 2014 Romania F11, Ia?i Futures Clay Slovakia Filip Horanský 7-6(10-8), 6-0
Win 6-5 Aug 2014 Netherlands F6, Rotterdam Futures Clay France Julien Obry 2-6, 6-3, 6-2
Loss 6-6 Nov 2014 Mexico F12, Huatulco Futures Hard Argentina Agustín Velotti 1-6, 6-4, 5-7
Win 7-6 Feb 2015 Panama F1, Panama City Futures Clay Austria Bastian Trinker 6-2, 6-2
Loss 7-7 Apr 2015 USA F13, Little Rock Futures Hard United States Jason Jung 3-6, 6-4, 4-6
Win 8-7 May 2015 USA F15, Orange Park Futures Clay United States Stefan Kozlov 6-2, 3-6, 6-0
Win 9-7 May 2015 Mexico F4, Córdoba Futures Hard United States Ernesto Escobedo 7-5, 5-7, 6-4
Win 10-7 Jun 2015 USA F19, Tulsa Futures Hard United States Noah Rubin 2-6, 7-5, 6-0
Win 11-7 Nov 2015 Venezuela F3, Margarita Island Futures Hard Serbia Pe?a Krstin 6-3, 1-0 ret.
Win 12-7 Nov 2015 El Salvador F2, La Libertad Futures Hard El Salvador Marcelo Arévalo 7-6(8-6), 6-4
Win 13-7 May 2016 Mexico F1, Córdoba Futures Hard United States Adam El Mihdawy 6-1, 6-4
Loss 13-8 May 2016 Mexico F2, Pachuca Futures Hard Chile Marcelo Tomás Barrios Vera 1-6, 6-7(3-7)
Loss 13-9 Jun 2016 USA F18, Winston-Salem Futures Hard United States Sekou Bangoura 3-6, 2-6
Win 14-9 Jul 2016 Cali, Colombia Challenger Clay Dominican Republic Víctor Estrella Burgos 5-7, 6-4, 7-5
Win 15-9 Jul 2016 Binghamton, USA Challenger Hard United States Mitchell Krueger 6-2, 6-3
Win 16-9 Oct 2016 Tiburon, USA Challenger Hard United States Michael Mmoh 7-6(7-2), 6-2
Loss 16-10 Oct 2017 Stockton, USA Challenger Hard United Kingdom Cameron Norrie 1-6, 3-6
Loss 16-11 Mar 2018 Indian Wells, USA Challenger Hard Slovakia Martin Kli?an 3-6, 3-6
Loss 16-12 Jan 2019 Orlando, USA Challenger Hard United States Marcos Giron 4-6, 4-6

Doubles: 33 (22-11)

Legend (Doubles)
ATP Challenger Tour (4-3)
ITF Futures Tour (18-8)
Titles by Surface
Hard (17-8)
Clay (5-3)
Grass (0-0)
Carpet (0-0)
Result W-L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1-0 Mar 2011 Canada F1, Montreal Futures Hard (i) Barbados Haydn Lewis Belgium Maxime Authom
Switzerland Adrien Bossel
6-4, 2-6, [10-5]
Loss 1-1 May 2011 Venezuela F3, Caracas Futures Hard Argentina Armando Javier Boschetti Venezuela Piero Luisi
Venezuela Román Recarte
6-3, 2-6, [8-10]
Win 2-1 May 2011 Mexico F3, Mexico City Futures Hard Barbados Haydn Lewis Guatemala Christopher Díaz Figueroa
Mexico Miguel Gallardo Valles
6-3, 6-4
Loss 2-2 May 2011 Mexico F4, Guadalajara Futures Hard Barbados Haydn Lewis Mexico Luis Díaz Barriga
Mexico Antonio Ruiz-Rosales
6-7(7-9), 4-6
Loss 2-3 Sep 2011 Canada F5, Toronto Futures Clay United States Sekou Bangoura United States Maciek Sykut
United States Denis Zivkovic
2-6, 1-6
Win 3-3 May 2012 Mexico F5, Celaya Futures Hard United States Devin Britton Australia Ben Wagland
Australia Marious Zelba
2-6, 6-4, [10-4]
Win 4-3 May 2012 Mexico F6, Guadalajara Futures Hard United States Devin Britton Mexico Miguel Ángel Reyes-Varela
Mexico Bruno Rodríguez
6-3, 5-7, [10-4]
Win 5-3 Jun 2012 USA F16, Indian Harbour Beach Futures Clay Philippines Ruben Gonzales United States Kevin King
Colombia Juan Carlos Spir
6-2, 3-6, [10-4]
Loss 5-4 Jul 2012 USA F20, Joplin Futures Hard Australia Yuri Bezeruk United States Harrison Adams
United States Shane Vinsant
3-6, 6-2, [11-13]
Loss 5-5 Sep 2012 Mexico F10, Manzanillo Futures Hard Guatemala Christopher Díaz Figueroa El Salvador Marcelo Arévalo
Mexico Miguel Ángel Reyes-Varela
1-6, 5-7
Win 6-5 Nov 2012 Mexico F14, Mérida Futures Hard Australia Yuri Bezeruk Mexico Mauricio Astorga
New Zealand Marvin Barker
6-3, 6-1
Win 7-5 Jan 2013 Mexico F1, Ixtapa Futures Hard Australia Chris Letcher Greece Theodoros Angelinos
France Antoine Benneteau
6-3, 6-1
Loss 7-6 May 2013 Mexico F6, Puebla Futures Hard Puerto Rico Alex Llompart Mexico Miguel Gallardo Valles
Mexico Alan Núñez Aguilera
4-6, 1-6
Loss 7-7 Jun 2013 Greece F9, Thessaloniki Futures Clay Germany Dominik Schulz Greece Konstantinos Economidis
Greece Alexandros Jakupovic
1-6, 2-6
Win 8-7 Oct 2013 Mexico F14, Pachuca Futures Hard Guatemala Christopher Díaz Figueroa South Africa Dean O'Brien
Colombia Juan Carlos Spir
6-4, 2-6, [10-8]
Loss 8-8 Feb 2014 USA F6, Boynton Beach Futures Clay Mexico Daniel Garza United States Collin Altamirano
United States Deiton Baughman
4-6, 4-6
Win 9-8 Feb 2015 USA F7, Sunrise Futures Clay United States Catalin Gard China Li Yuanfeng
United States Wil Spencer
6-2, 6-1
Win 10-8 Feb 2015 USA F8, Plantation Futures Clay United States Catalin Gard Argentina Juan Ignacio Galarza
Argentina Patricio Heras
6-2, 6-4
Win 11-8 Feb 2015 Panama F1, Panama City Futures Clay Chile Julio Peralta Ecuador Iván Endara
Argentina Eduardo Agustín Torre
w/o
Win 12-8 Mar 2015 USA F10, Bakersfield Futures Hard United States Sekou Bangoura United States Mitchell Krueger
United States Connor Smith
6-4, 4-6, [10-7]
Win 13-8 Jul 2015 USA F21, Wichita Futures Hard India Sanam Singh United States Gonzales Austin
United States Max Schnur
6-3, 6-3
Win 14-8 Nov 2015 Venezuela F3, Margarita Island Futures Hard Venezuela Luis Fernando Ramírez Guatemala Christopher Díaz Figueroa
Argentina Franco Feitt
6-2, 3-6, [10-7]
Win 15-8 Nov 2015 El Salvador F2, La Libertad Futures Hard Ecuador Emilio Gómez El Salvador Marcelo Arévalo
Guatemala Christopher Díaz Figueroa
6-3, 7-6(12-10)
Win 16-8 Apr 2016 Greece F3, Heraklion Futures Hard Venezuela Ricardo Rodríguez Sweden Daniel Appelgren
Sweden Christian Samuelsson
7-6(8-6), 6-1
Win 17-8 May 2016 Mexico F2, Pachuca Futures Hard Philippines Ruben Gonzales Colombia José Daniel Bendeck
Mexico Alejandro Moreno Figueroa
6-7(2-7), 7-6(7-3), [10-4]
Win 18-8 Jul 2016 USA F23, Wichita Futures Hard United States Sekou Bangoura United States Nicolas Meister
United States Eric Quigley
6-2, 6-3
Win 1-0 Jul 2017 Medellín, Colombia Challenger Clay Mexico Miguel Ángel
Reyes-Varela
Chile Nicolás Jarry
Ecuador Roberto Quiroz
6-4, 6-4
Loss 1-1 Jul 2018 Gatineau, Canada Challenger Hard Canada Peter Polansky United States Robert Galloway
United States Bradley Klahn
6-7(4-7), 6-4, [8-10]
Win 2-1 Oct 2018 Stockton, USA Challenger Hard United States Noah Rubin Thailand Sanchai Ratiwatana
Indonesia Christopher Rungkat
6-3, 6-4
Loss 2-2 Mar 2019 Indian Wells, USA Challenger Hard United States Hunter Reese United States JC Aragone
United States Marcos Giron
4-6, 4-6
Win 3-2 July 2019 Winnipeg, Canada Challenger Hard Canada Peter Polansky Canada Adil Shamasdin
United States Hunter Reese
7-6(10-8), 6-3
Loss 3-3 Sep 2019 Tiburon, USA Challenger Hard United States JC Aragone United States Robert Galloway
Venezuela Roberto Maytin
2-6, 5-7
Win 4-3 Oct 2019 Fairfield, Canada Challenger Hard Canada Peter Polansky Netherlands Sem Verbeek
Sweden Andre Goransson
6-4, 3-6, [12-10]

Performance timelines

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# P# DNQ A Z# PO G F-S SF-B NMS P NH
(W) Won; (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, (F-S) silver or (SF-B) bronze Olympic/Paralympic medal; a (NMS) downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament; (P) postponed; (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.

Singles

Current through the 2021 Winston-Salem Open.

Record against other players

Record against top 10 players

King's match record against those who have been ranked in the top 10, with those who have been ranked No. 1 in boldface. ATP Tour matches and qualifying matches, ATP Challenger Tour matches and qualifying matches, ITF Tour matches and qualifying matches, and Davis Cup all count on record.

* As of 21 August 2021.

References

  1. ^ "Darian King | Overview | ATP World Tour | Tennis". ATP World Tour. Retrieved 2017.
  2. ^ s.r.o., LiveSport. "Darian King - Tennis Explorer". www.tennisexplorer.com. Retrieved 2017.
  3. ^ "Darian King profile". ATP. Retrieved 2017.
  4. ^ "Darian King Player Profile". www.wimbledon.com. Retrieved 2017.
  5. ^ "Darian King profile". Davis Cup. Retrieved 2017.
  6. ^ "LIVE Darian King - Alexander Zverev - US Open men - 29 August 2017". Eurosport. 29 August 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  7. ^ "After long struggle, Darian King is Barbados' newest sensation". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2017.
  8. ^ "Darian King -- Behind The Racquet". behindtheracquet.com. Retrieved 2021.
  9. ^ "Darian King bio". atptour.com. Retrieved 2021.
  10. ^ "Darian King ITF junior profile". itftennis.com. Retrieved 2021.
  11. ^ "Darian King disqualified after frightening lineswoman by slamming his racket". bleacherreport.com. Retrieved 2021.

External links


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