Taro Daniel
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Taro Daniel

Taro Daniel
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Country (sports) Japan
ResidenceBradenton, Florida, U.S.
Born (1993-01-27) 27 January 1993 (age 30)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Height1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Turned pro2010[1][2]
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
CoachJackie Reardon[]
Prize moneyUS $2,974,260
Career record69-110 (38.5% in ATP World Tour and Grand Slam main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles1
Highest rankingNo. 64 (27 August 2018)
Current rankingNo. 92 (26 December 2022)
Grand Slam singles results
Australian Open3R (2022)
French Open2R (2016, 2017)
Wimbledon1R (2016, 2017, 2018, 2022)
US Open2R (2017)
Other tournaments
Olympic Games3R (2016)
Career record2-21 (8.7% in ATP World Tour and Grand Slam main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 351 (27 May 2019)
Current rankingNo. 1281T (10 October 2022)
Grand Slam doubles results
Australian Open1R (2019)
Wimbledon1R (2018)
Last updated on: 10 October 2022.

Taro Daniel (? , Danieru Tar?, born 27 January 1993) is a Japanese-American professional tennis player. He has won one ATP Tour singles title at the 2018 Istanbul Open, seven ATP Challenger Tour singles titles and achieved a career-high singles ranking of world No. 64 on 27 August 2018.[1] He is currently the No. 2 Japanese player.[3]

Personal life

Taro's mother, Yasue, is Japanese and his father, Paul Daniel, is American. He grew up in various places throughout the world. He spent most of his elementary school days in Saitama, Japan. He went to Nagoya International School. Taro and his family moved to Spain when he was 14 years old. He speaks English, Spanish and Japanese. He has one younger sister, Kana.[1]

Tennis career

Early Age

Taro started playing tennis when he was 7 years old. He practiced at the Shinrin Longwood Tennis Club in Nagoya City during his years in Japan. He got third place for under 12 in the All Japan Junior Tennis Tournament.


Daniel had won a couple of ITF Futures events in Spain and Portugal. On the ATP Challenger Tour, he made the semifinals at the Yokohama in November 2012, and reached his first Challenger final at the Yeongwol in November 2013, where he lost to fourth seed Bradley Klahn in the final. In 2011-2013, Daniel had raised his ATP ranking from world no. 978 to 241.

2014: Grand Slam debut

Daniel reached the third qualifying round of the 2014 Australian Open, losing to Thomaz Bellucci. Qualifying for his first ATP tournament, he made the quarterfinals of the Chile Open, after gaining revenge over Bellucci and defeating eighth seed Federico Delbonis. His run was ended by third seed Nicolas Almagro.

At the 2014 Davis Cup World Group quarterfinal against the Czech Republic, Daniel was nominated for the first time for the Japan Davis Cup team.[4] He played the singles rubber, but lost to Luká? Rosol in a five-setter and Ji?í Veselý.

Daniel qualified for the 2014 US Open to make his Grand Slam main-draw debut, losing to fifth seed Milos Raonic in the first round.[5] The next week, he reached the final at the Seville Challenger, where he was defeated by top seed Pablo Carreño Busta.

2015: Top 100

After competing in the ATP events of Montpellier and Casablanca, Daniel defeated Filippo Volandri to claim his first ATP Challenger Tour title in Vercelli. He qualified for the 2015 French Open, losing to 32nd seed Fernando Verdasco in the first round. In July, Daniel won the Fürth Challenger, defeating top seeds Bla? Rola and Albert Montañés.[6]

At 2015 Davis Cup World Group Play-offs against Colombia, Daniel won the first Davis Cup match of his career, beating Alejandro Falla in the last tie. His victory completed a come-from-behind victory against Colombia to remain in the World Group for 2016.[7] In October, he qualified for the Valencia Open, and reached the second round, before losing to sixth seed Guillermo García-López. He completed the 2015 season with his third Challenger title in Yokohama, winning over his countryman Go Soeda in the final. He entered the top 100 in the ATP rankings for the first time at world no. 93.[8]

2016: Masters debut and win, Major first win

Daniel received direct entry to the main draw of the 2016 Australian Open, losing in the first round to Luká? Rosol in five sets. In February, he reached the second round of the Open Sud de France before losing to eighth seed Marcos Baghdatis in straight sets. At 2016 Davis Cup World Group first round in Birmingham, Japan faced defending champion Great Britain. He was defeated by world No. 2 Andy Murray in straight sets; Japan lost 1-3.

Daniel qualified for the Monte-Carlo Masters to make his ATP World Tour Masters 1000 main-draw debut. He beat Adrian Mannarino in straight sets to reach the second round, where he lost to 12th seed Dominic Thiem in three sets. He then competed at Bucharest and Estoril, reaching the second rounds in both tournaments. In the 2016 French Open, he advanced to the second round of Major tournaments for the first time in his career when his opponent Martin Kli?an had to retire from injury in the fifth set. He lost to third seed and defending champion Stan Wawrinka in straight sets despite having two set points in the first set and being up a break in the third. He next competed in the 2016 Wimbledon Championships, losing in the first round to Juan Mónaco in four sets.

Daniel competed in the Olympics, where he defeated the no.14 seed Jack Sock in straight sets in the 1st Round. Daniel then beat Kyle Edmund of Great Britain before losing to Juan Martín del Potro, despite having won the first set.

2017-18: First ATP final, Top 65 career-high ranking

Daniel reached second round of the US Open where he lost to Rafael Nadal in four sets.[9]

In March at the Indian Wells Masters, Daniel defeated Cameron Norrie[10] and then former world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in three sets.[11]

In May, he made his first ATP final at the 2018 Istanbul Open, where he played Tunisian Malek Jaziri, also in his first final. Daniel beat Jaziri 7-6 6-4 to win his first ATP Tournament. Daniel climbed to his career high ranking of No. 64 on 27 August 2018.

2019-20: Out of top 100

2021-22: Grand Slam third round, back to top 100

Daniel, as a lucky loser, reached the semifinals in 2021 Serbia Open in Belgrade, where he beat João Sousa, 7th seed John Millman and Federico Delbonis, but lost to second seed Matteo Berrettini.

After winning through 2022 Australian Open qualifying, Daniel made it to the third round of a Grand Slam for the first time in his career, beating Tomás Barrios and former finalist Andy Murray in the process. He lost to 10th seed Jannik Sinner in the third round.[12]

At the 2022 BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells in March, having beaten him at Melbourne, Daniel lost to Andy Murray, gifting the Scot the 700th match win of his career on the ATP Tour.[13]

Daniel reached the quarterfinals in 2022 Serbia Open in Belgrade, beating Du?an Lajovi? and Holger Rune. He lost to 2nd seed Andrey Rublev in straight sets.

ATP career finals

Singles: 1 (1 title)

Grand Slam tournaments (0-0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0-0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0-0)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (0-0)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (1-0)
Finals by surface
Hard (0-0)
Clay (1-0)
Grass (0-0)
Result W-L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent
Win 1-0 May 2018 Istanbul Open, Turkey 250 Series Clay Tunisia Malek Jaziri 7-6(7-4), 6-4

Challenger and ITF Finals

Singles 25 (11-14)

Legend (singles)
ATP Challenger Tour (7-9)
ITF Futures Tour (4-5)
Titles by surface
Hard (4-5)
Clay (7-9)
Grass (0-0)
Carpet (0-0)
Result W-L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0-1 May 2011 Spain F14, Balaguer Futures Clay Portugal Joao Sousa 3-6, 1-6
Loss 0-2 Sep 2011 Spain F32, Oviedo Futures Clay Russia Andrey Kuznetsov 5-7, 1-6
Loss 0-3 May 2012 Spain F12, Valldoreix Futures Clay Spain Jordi Samper-Montana 6-4, 6-7(2-7), 5-7
Win 1-3 Jun 2012 Spain F15, Santa Margarida de Montbui Futures Clay Russia Alexander Lobkov 7-5, 7-5
Win 2-3 Jul 2012 Spain F20, Gandia Futures Clay Spain Marc Giner 6-3, 6-4
Loss 2-4 Aug 2012 Spain F22, Xativa Futures Clay Spain Ivan Navarro 3-6, 3-6
Loss 2-5 Feb 2013 Spain F2, Mallorca Futures Clay Spain Pablo Carreño Busta 3-6, 7-5, 1-6
Win 3-5 May 2013 Spain F14, Valldoreix Futures Clay Canada Steven Diez 6-3, 6-2
Win 4-5 Oct 2013 Portugal F9, Porto Futures Clay Spain Ricardo Ojeda Lara 6-0, 6-3
Loss 4-6 Nov 2013 Yeongwol, South Korea Challenger Hard United States Bradley Klahn 6-7(5-7), 2-6
Loss 4-7 Sep 2014 Seville, Spain Challenger Clay Spain Pablo Carreño Busta 4-6, 1-6
Win 5-7 Apr 2015 Vercelli, Italy Challenger Clay Italy Filippo Volandri 6-3, 1-6, 6-4
Win 6-7 Jun 2015 Fürth, Germany Challenger Clay Spain Albert Montañés 6-3, 6-0
Loss 6-8 Nov 2015 Kobe, Japan Challenger Hard (i) Australia John Millman 1-6, 3-6
Win 7-8 Nov 2015 Yokohama, Japan Challenger Hard Japan Go Soeda 4-6, 6-3, 6-3
Win 8-8 Aug 2016 Cordenons, Italy Challenger Clay Spain Daniel Gimeno-Traver 6-3, 6-4
Loss 8-9 Sep 2016 Seville, Spain Challenger Clay Norway Casper Ruud 3-6, 4-6
Loss 8-10 Jan 2017 Maui, USA Challenger Hard South Korea Chung Hyeon 6-7(3-7), 1-6
Win 9-10 Mar 2017 Tigre, Argentina Challenger Hard Argentina Leonardo Mayer 5-7, 6-3, 6-4
Loss 9-11 Jun 2017 Lisbon, Portugal Challenger Clay Germany Oscar Otte 6-4, 1-6, 3-6
Loss 9-12 Oct 2017 Ningbo, China Challenger Hard Russia Mikhail Youzhny 1-6, 1-6
Loss 9-13 Nov 2017 Canberra, Australia Challenger Hard Australia Matthew Ebden 6-7(4-7), 4-6
Loss 9-14 Jun 2018 Pozna?, Poland Challenger Clay Poland Hubert Hurkacz 1-6, 1-6
Win 10-14 Jan 2020 Burnie, Australia Challenger Hard Germany Yannick Hanfmann 6-2, 6-2
Win 11-14 Nov 2020 Hamburg, Germany Challenger Hard (i) Austria Sebastian Ofner 6-1, 6-2

Doubles: 1 (1 runner-up)

ATP Challenger Tour (0-1)
Outcome W-L Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0-1 Sep 2013 Kenitra, Morocco Clay Russia Alexander Rumyantsev SpainGerard Granollers
SpainJordi Samper-Montana
4-6, 4-6

Performance timelines

(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; (NTI) not a Tier I 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.


Current through the 2023 Australian Open.

Tournament 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 W-L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open Q3 Q1 1R Q2 1R 2R Q1 1R 3R 2R 4-6
French Open Q1 1R 2R 2R Q2 A Q2 1R 1R 2-5
Wimbledon Q1 Q1 1R 1R 1R A NH A 1R 0-4
US Open 1R Q3 A 2R 1R Q1 1R 1R 1R 1-6
Win-loss 0-1 0-1 1-3 2-3 0-3 1-1 0-1 0-3 2-4 1-1 7-22
Career statistics
2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 Career
Tournaments 5 5 15 9 18 18 4 11 6 91
Titles-Finals 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 1 / 1 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 1 / 1
Overall win-loss 2-7 2-6 10-16 4-10 17-18 13-18 1-4 5-11 13-19 68-110
Year-end ranking 177 96 127 99 77 110 117 125 92 38.2%

Record against top-10 players

Daniel's match record against those who have been ranked in the top 10, with those who have been No. 1 in boldface

:* As of 26 March 2022


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  2. ^ "? " (in Japanese). JTA. Retrieved 2018.
  3. ^ "ATP Rankings | Pepperstone ATP Rankings (Singles) | ATP Tour | Tennis | ATP Tour | Tennis".
  4. ^ "Ito to lead Japanese charge". Davis Cup. Retrieved 2015.
  5. ^ "U.S. Open: Milos Raonic disposes of Japan's Taro Daniel". CBCsports. Retrieved 2015.
  6. ^ "ATP Challenger Fürth 2015 - Day 7". TENNIS TOURTALK. Retrieved 2015.
  7. ^ "Daniel seals World Group status for Japan". Davis Cup. Retrieved 2015.
  8. ^ "Daniel Cracks Top 100 With Yokohama Crown". ATP World Tour. Retrieved 2015.
  9. ^ US Open second round: Rafael Nadal v Taro Daniel - as it happened
  10. ^ "Indian Wells: Cameron Norrie loses main draw debut to Taro Daniel | Tennis News". Sky Sports. 12 March 2018. Retrieved 2022.
  11. ^ "Indian Wells: Novak Djokovic beaten by world number 109 Taro Daniel". BBC Sport. 11 March 2018. Retrieved 2022.
  12. ^ "2022 Australian Open - Men's singles", Wikipedia, 9 March 2022, retrieved 2022
  13. ^ "Andy Murray's Milestone: Briton Reaches 700 Career Wins | ATP Tour | Tennis". ATP Tour. Retrieved 2022.

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