Stefan Kozlov
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Stefan Kozlov

Stefan Kozlov
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Country (sports) United States
ResidencePembroke Pines, Florida, United States
Born (1998-02-01) 1 February 1998 (age 24)
Skopje, Republic of Macedonia
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Turned pro2013
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money$784,467
Singles
Career record9-24 (27.3%)
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 103 (July 18, 2022)
Current rankingNo. 103 (July 18, 2022)
Grand Slam singles results
Australian Open2R (2022)
French OpenQ2 (2017)
Wimbledon1R (2022)
US OpenQ2 (2014)
Doubles
Career record0-5
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 180 (June 19, 2017)
Current rankingNo. 302 (June 20, 2022)
Grand Slam doubles results
US Open1R (2014)
Last updated on: June 20, 2022.

Stefan Kozlov (Russian: , STEF-ahn KOZ-lov;[1][2] born February 1, 1998) is an American professional tennis player of Russian descent. He has a career-high ATP ranking of World No. 103 achieved on 18 July 2022 and doubles ranking of World No. 180 on 19 June 2017.

Kozlov made his ATP World Tour debut as a wildcard in 2013 Hall of Fame Tennis Championships at the age of 15. He reached two junior Grand Slam finals in 2014 and finished the year at World No. 3 in the ITF Junior Combined rankings.

Personal life

He is the son of Russian parents and his father Andrei is a tennis coach.[3][4]

Junior career

In 2014, Kozlov reached two junior grand slam finals, where he lost to Alexander Zverev at the Australian Open and Noah Rubin at Wimbledon. This success led him to a career high junior ranking of No. 2.[5] Kozlov also competed at the U18 National Championships, finishing in third place in the singles tournament and winning the doubles tournament with Noah Rubin. With this victory, they earned a wild card into the main draw of the 2014 US Open. He ended the year by winning the Orange Bowl junior tournament.[6]

In 2015, Kozlov reached the final of the U18 National Championships, where he lost to Frances Tiafoe in five sets.

Professional career

Early years

Kozlov in 2016

In 2013, Kozlov made his ATP World Tour debut as a wildcard at the Newport tournament and lost in the first round. At the age of 16, he defeated his first Top 100 player in Tim Smyczek to reach his first ATP Challenger final in 2014 in Sacramento, where he lost to Sam Querrey. He also reached seven career ITF Futures finals and won four of these finals.

2016-17: First ATP win and quarterfinal, Two Challenger titles

In April, Kozlov reached the final at the Open de Guadeloupe. In June, he won his first career ATP level match as a wildcard at the 2016 Ricoh Open in Den Bosch. He reached his first career quarterfinal by defeating Steve Johnson in the second round. Toward the end of the season, Kozlov reached a second Challenger final on the year at Suzhou. He won his first career Challenger event in Columbus. He won his second title at the 2017 Las Vegas Challenger.

2021: First three Challenger titles since 2017, return to top 200 since 2018

In September, at the 2021 Columbus Challenger, Kozlov won his first title in four years, defeating Max Purcell in the final in three sets.[7] At the same tournament he won also in doubles partnering Canadian Peter Polansky. He followed this by a final at the 2021 Las Vegas Challenger and a second Challenger title for the season at the 2021 Charlottesville Men's Pro Challenger, defeating another Australian Aleksandar Vukic. As a result, he returned to the top 200 in more than three years at No. 188 on November 8, 2021.[8] He ended the year with winning his third Challenger in Champaign, US. As a result he finished the year ranked World No. 159 on 22 November 2021.

2022: Grand Slam debut & first win, second ATP quarterfinal & career-high ranking

At the 2022 Australian Open he made his debut as a wildcard and won his first Grand Slam match against Ji?í Veselý. He lost in the second round to 7th seed Matteo Berrettini.[9]

As a qualifier at the 2022 Delray Beach Open, he reached his second career quarterfinal after defeating Emilio Gómez[10] and Steve Johnson.[11]

Ranked No. 130 at the 2022 Abierto Mexicano Telcel in Acapulco, he reached the main draw as lucky loser and defeated Grigor Dimitrov in a stunning upset in three sets after fighting cramps, in the longest match in Acapulco history. It was the biggest win in his career.[12][13]

At the 2022 Wimbledon Championships, he made his debut at this Major[14] when he entered the main draw as a lucky loser after the late withdrawal of Borna ?ori?.[15] Kozlov lost in straight sets to 12th seed Diego Schwartzman. He reached a new career high ranking of No. 103 on 18 July 2022.

Performance timeline

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# DNQ A NH
(W) winner; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (DNQ) did not qualify; (A) absent; (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 Citi Open.

Tournament 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 SR W-L Win %
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A A A Q1 Q3 A A A 2R 0 / 1 1-1 50%
French Open A A A A Q2 Q1 A A A Q1 0 / 0 0-0  - 
Wimbledon A A A Q1 Q2 Q2 A NH A 1R 0 / 1 0-1 0%
US Open A Q2 Q1 Q1 Q1 A Q1 A Q1 0 / 0 0-0  - 
Win-loss 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-2 0 / 2 1-2 33%
ATP Tour Masters 1000
Indian Wells Masters A Q1 A A 1R Q1 A NH Q2 Q2 0 / 1 0-1 0%
Miami Open A A A A Q2 Q1 A NH A Q1 0 / 0 0-0  - 
Cincinnati Masters A A Q1 Q2 1R A A A A Q1 0 / 1 0-1 0%
Win-loss 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 / 2 0-2 0%
Career statistics
Tournaments 1 1 2 2 9 1 0 1 1 6 Career total: 24
Overall win-loss 0-1 0-1 0-2 3-2 2-9 0-1 0-0 0-1 0-1 4-6 0 / 24 9-24 27%
Year-end ranking 1083 467 351 116 167 316 422 371 159

ATP Challenger and ITF Futures finals

Singles: 17 (9-8)

Legend (singles)
ATP Challenger Tour (5-4)
ITF Futures Tour (4-4)
Titles by surface
Hard (9-8)
Clay (0-0)
Grass (0-0)
Result W-L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0-1 Oct 2014 Sacramento, USA Challenger Hard United States Sam Querrey 3-6, 4-6
Loss 0-2 May 2015 USA F15, Orange Park Futures Hard Barbados Darian King 2-6, 6-3, 0-6
Loss 0-3 May 2015 Mexico F3, Mexico City Futures Hard Ecuador Iván Endara 1-6, 6-7(3-7)
Loss 0-4 Oct 2015 Belarus F3, Minsk Futures Hard (i) Belarus Dzmitry Zhyrmont 1-6, 4-6
Win 1-4 Oct 2015 Belarus F4, Minsk Futures Hard (i) Belarus Dzmitry Zhyrmont 6-1, 7-6(7-1)
Win 2-4 Jan 2016 USA F1, Los Angeles Futures Hard Canada Philip Bester 7-6(9-7), 6-7(3-7), 6-3
Win 3-4 Mar 2016 Canada F2, Sherbrooke Futures Hard (i) United Kingdom Lloyd Glasspool 4-6, 6-4, 6-4
Loss 3-5 Apr 2016 Le Gosier, Guadeloupe Challenger Hard Tunisia Malek Jaziri 2-6, 4-6
Win 4-5 Apr 2016 USA F13, Little Rock Futures Hard United States Eric Quigley 6-7(3-7), 6-3, 7-6(12-10)
Loss 4-6 Oct 2016 Suzhou, China Challenger Hard Chinese Taipei Lu Yen-hsun 0-6, 1-6
Win 5-6 Nov 2016 Columbus, USA Challenger Hard (i) United States Tennys Sandgren 6-1, 2-6, 6-2
Win 6-6 Oct 2017 Las Vegas, USA Challenger Hard United Kingdom Liam Broady 3-6, 7-5, 6-4
Loss 6-7 Mar 2019 M25 Calabasas, USA World Tennis Tour Hard United States Alexander Ritschard 2-6, 6-0, 6-7(5-7)
Win 7-7 Sep 2021 Columbus, USA Challenger Hard (i) Australia Max Purcell 4-6, 6-2, 6-4
Loss 7-8 Oct 2021 Las Vegas, USA Challenger Hard United States J. J. Wolf 4-6, 4-6
Win 8-8 Nov 2021 Charlottesville, USA Challenger Hard (i) Australia Aleksandar Vukic 6-2, 6-3
Win 9-8 Nov 2021 Champaign, USA Challenger Hard (i) Australia Aleksandar Vukic 5-7, 6-3, 6-4

Doubles: 12 (6-6)

Legend (doubles)
ATP Challenger Tour (4-4)
ITF Futures Tour (2-2)
Titles by surface
Hard (5-3)
Clay (1-3)
Grass (0-0)
Result W-L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1-0 Nov 2013 USA F31, Bradenton Futures Clay United States Sekou Bangoura United States Devin McCarthy
Canada Tommy Mylnikov
6-2, 6-4
Loss 1-1 May 2014 Spain F10, Vic Futures Clay United States Noah Rubin Spain Sergio Martos Gornés
Spain Pol Toledo Bagué
2-6, 5-7
Win 2-1 Jan 2015 Maui, USA Challenger Hard United States Jared Donaldson United States Chase Buchanan
United States Rhyne Williams
6-3, 6-4
Loss 2-2 Oct 2015 Croatia F18, Solin Futures Clay Croatia Nino Serdaru?i? Czech Republic Zden?k Kolá?
Czech Republic Tomas Toman
4-6, 6-2, [6-10]
Win 3-2 Mar 2016 Canada F1, Gatineau Futures Hard (i) Japan Kaichi Uchida Germany Sebastian Fanselow
Slovakia Adrian Sikora
7-6(7-5), 6-3
Win 4-2 Jul 2016 Winnetka, USA Challenger Hard Australia John-Patrick Smith United States Sekou Bangoura
Republic of Ireland David O'Hare
6-3, 6-3
Loss 4-3 Sep 2016 Cary, USA Challenger Hard United States Austin Krajicek Canada Philip Bester
Canada Peter Polansky
2-6, 2-6
Loss 4-4 Oct 2016 Ningbo, China Challenger Hard Japan Akira Santillan France Jonathan Eysseric
Ukraine Sergiy Stakhovsky
4-6, 6-7(4-7)
Loss 4-5 Apr 2017 Sarasota, USA Challenger Clay Canada Peter Polansky United States Scott Lipsky
Austria Jürgen Melzer
2-6, 4-6
Win 5-5 Jul 2021 Lexington, USA Challenger Hard Canada Liam Draxl United States Alex Rybakov
United States Reese Stalder
6-2, 6-7(5-7), [10-7]
Loss 5-6 Sep 2021 Cary, USA Challenger Hard Canada Peter Polansky United States William Blumberg
United States Max Schnur
4-6, 6-1, [4-10]
Win 6-6 Sep 2021 Columbus, USA Challenger Hard (i) Canada Peter Polansky United States Andrew Lutschaunig
Japan James Trotter
7-5, 7-6(7-5)

Junior Grand Slam finals

Singles: 2 (2 runner-ups)

Result Year Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Loss 2014 Australian Open Hard Germany Alexander Zverev 3-6, 0-6
Loss 2014 Wimbledon Grass United States Noah Rubin 6-4, 4-6, 3-6

Doubles: 1 (1 runner-up)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 2014 Wimbledon Grass Russia Andrey Rublev Brazil Orlando Luz
Brazil Marcelo Zormann
4-6, 6-3, 6-8

References

  1. ^ "The pronunciation by Stefan Kozlov himself". ATPWorldTour.com. Retrieved 2018.
  2. ^ RacquetComedy (January 27, 2015). "AFULL INTERVIEW: Stefan Kozlov". YouTube. Retrieved 2018.
  3. ^ Michelle Kaufman (July 9, 2013). "Floridian Kozlov on the rise". Miami Herald. Retrieved 2017.
  4. ^ Konigsberg, Eric (August 22, 2014). "Can U.S. Men's Tennis Rise Again?". The New York Times.
  5. ^ "Stefan Kozlov junior profile". Retrieved 2017.
  6. ^ Michelle Kaufman (December 14, 2014). "Kozlov wins long-awaited Orange Bowl". Miami Herald. Retrieved 2017.
  7. ^ "Kozlov Returns to Winners' Circle in Columbus". September 27, 2021.
  8. ^ "Challenger Chat: Inside Kozlov's Journey Back to Titletown | ATP Tour | Tennis".
  9. ^ "Matteo Berrettini Sinks Stefan Kozlov, Sets Carlos Alcaraz Clash in Melbourne | ATP Tour | Tennis".
  10. ^ "Sebastian Korda Defeats Thanasi Kokkinakis in Delray Opener | ATP Tour | Tennis".
  11. ^ "Stefan Kozlov hopes to break out of American tennis hopefuls".
  12. ^ "Stefan Kozlov Beats Grigor Dimitrov in Acapulco Marathon | ATP Tour | Tennis".
  13. ^ "Kozlov's Acapulco Odyssey: Jet Ski Rescue, Borrowed Clothes & Standing up Rafa | ATP Tour | Tennis".
  14. ^ "Stefan Kozlov Advances to Final Day of Wimbledon Qualifying | ATP Tour | Tennis".
  15. ^ "Coric withdraws from Wimbledon with shoulder injury". Reuters. June 25, 2022.

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