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Thai-Son Kwiatkowski

Thai-Son Kwiatkowski
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Kwiatkowski at the 2022 Wimbledon Championships
Country (sports)United States United States
ResidenceCharlottesville, Virginia
Born (1995-02-13) February 13, 1995 (age 27)
Charlotte, North Carolina
Height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Turned pro2017
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
CollegeUniversity of Virginia
CoachCarlos Benatzsky
Prize money$433,905
Singles
Career record0-6 (0%) (Grand Slam, ATP Tour level, and Davis Cup)
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 181 (3 February 2020)
Current rankingNo. 556 (20 June 2022)
Grand Slam singles results
Australian OpenQ1 (2020, 2021)
French OpenQ2 (2021)
WimbledonQ1 (2021, 2022)
US Open1R (2017, 2020)
Doubles
Career record0-1 (0%)
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 232 (July 29, 2019)
Current rankingNo. 820 (20 June 2022)
Grand Slam doubles results
US Open1R (2019)
Last updated on: 20 June 2022.

Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (born February 13, 1995) is a Vietnamese American tennis player. He played collegiately for the Virginia Cavaliers. On May 29, 2017, Kwiatkowski won the NCAA Men's Singles Championship.[1] This victory earned him a wildcard into the main draw of the 2017 US Open.[2]

College career

Coming out of high school, he was the nation's top recruit.[3] Kwiatkowski was on three national championship teams during his time at Virginia. As a sophomore, he tied the school's single season wins record, going 44-8 during the season. On September 11, 2016, Kwiatkowski won the American Collegiate Invitational, which earned him a wild card into the qualifying tournament for the 2017 US Open.[4] After his senior season, he was named first-team all-ACC.[5] Kwiatkowski won the singles title at the 2017 NCAA Men's Singles Championship, defeating William Blumberg in the final.[6]

Professional career

Kwiatkowski in 2018

After winning the NCAA singles championship, Kwiatkowski was awarded a wildcard into the main draw of the 2017 US Open.[1] He faced the 23rd seed Mischa Zverev in the first round, losing in five sets.[7][8]

He was also awarded a wildcard into the main draw of the 2020 US Open,[9] where he lost in the first round to Kwon Soon-woo in four sets.

Personal life

Thai-Son's parents are Wendi Le and Tim Kwiatkowski. He has a younger brother named Liem-Son. His parents are both University of Virginia alumni. Kwiatkowski is of Vietnamese and Polish descent.[10] Kwiatkowski majored in commerce.[3]

On 23 February 2021, Thai-Son Kwiatkowski has successfully obtained Vietnamese citizenship and will play for Vietnam's national tennis team in upcoming tournaments.[11] He immediately became the most accomplished tennis player to represent Vietnam after he obtained the citizenship and planned to represent the country in international competition.[12] He is playing for Hung Thinh - Ho Chi Minh City team since October 2019.[13]

Thai-Son is not the first foreign-born tennis player to be recruited by a domestic tennis team. Daniel Nguyen a Vietnamese American tennis player is playing for the Hai Dang - Tay Ninh team and obtained Vietnamese citizenship in 2019.[14][15]

Challenger and Futures finals

Singles: 5 (5-0)

Legend (singles)
ATP Challenger Tour (1-0)
ITF Futures Tour (4-0)
Titles 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 Dec 2016 Puerto Rico F1, Mayagüez Futures Hard United States Alexios Halebian 6-1, 6-4
Win 2-0 Oct 2017 USA F33, Houston Futures Hard United States Sebastian Korda 6-2, 6-2
Win 3-0 May 2018 Singapore F1, Singapore Futures Hard Japan Soichiro Moritani 6-2, 6-2
Win 4-0 Jun 2018 Canada F3, Calgary Futures Hard United States Paul Oosterbaan 6-4, 6-3
Win 5-0 Feb 2020 Newport Beach, USA Challenger Hard Colombia Daniel Elahi Galán 6-4, 6-1

Doubles: 12 (5-7)

Legend (doubles)
ATP Challenger Tour (1-2)
ITF Futures Tour (4-5)
Titles by surface
Hard (5-4)
Clay (0-3)
Grass (0-0)
Carpet (0-0)
Result W-L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1-0 Jun 2016 USA F17, Charlottesville Futures Hard United States Mac Styslinger Australia Greg Jones
New Zealand Jose Statham
6-4, 6-1
Win 2-0 Jun 2016 USA F18, Winston-Salem Futures Hard United States Jared Hiltzik United States Austin Smith
United States Dennis Uspensky
6-4, 6-2
Loss 2-1 Aug 2016 Finland F1, Kaarina Futures Clay New Zealand Jose Statham Finland Herkko Pöllänen
Denmark Mikael Torpegaard
7-6(7-4), 3-6, [6-10]
Loss 2-2 Dec 2016 Puerto Rico F1, Mayagüez Futures Hard United States Quinton Vega Serbia Neboj?a Peri?
Serbia Ilija Vu?i?
1-6, 3-6
Win 3-2 Mar 2017 France F5, Toulouse Futures Hard (i) France Fabien Reboul Belgium Niels Desein
France Yannick Jankovits
6-3, 7-6(7-4)
Loss 3-3 Jun 2017 USA F20, Rochester Futures Clay United States Luca Corinteli Canada Hugo Di Feo
Denmark Mikael Torpegaard
6-7(5-7), 4-6
Loss 3-4 Oct 2017 USA F33, Houston Futures Hard United States Austin Krajicek United States Aron Hiltzik
United States Dennis Nevolo
6-7(3-7), 3-6
Loss 3-5 Dec 2017 Mexico F7, Metepec Futures Hard United States John Paul Fruttero Ecuador Gonzalo Escobar
Mexico Manuel Sánchez
3-6, 3-6
Win 4-5 Jul 2018 Canada F4, Kelowna Futures Hard Republic of Ireland Julian Bradley United States Charlie Emhardt
United States Samuel Shropshire
7-6(7-5), 7-5
Loss 4-6 Apr 2019 Tallahassee, USA Challenger Clay United States Noah Rubin Venezuela Roberto Maytin
Brazil Fernando Romboli
2-6, 6-4, [7-10]
Loss 4-7 Jul 2019 Winnetka, USA Challenger Hard United States Christopher Eubanks United States JC Aragone
United States Bradley Klahn
5-7, 4-6
Win 5-7 Mar 2020 Indian Wells, USA Challenger Hard United States Denis Kudla United States Sebastian Korda
United States Mitchell Krueger
6-3, 2-6, [10-6]

References

  1. ^ a b Leung, Brian J. (May 29, 2017). "NCAA CHAMPION! Thai-Son Kwiatkowski wins the NCAA Singles Title!". streakingthelawn.com. Retrieved 2017.
  2. ^ "DI men's tennis championship: Virginia's Thai-Son Kwiatkowski wins NCAA men's singles title". NCAA.com. Retrieved 2017.
  3. ^ a b "UVA bio". virginiasports.com. Retrieved 2017.
  4. ^ "Kwiatkowski and Collins Win American Collegiate Invitational Singles Titles". longislandtennismagazine.com. September 11, 2016. Retrieved 2017.
  5. ^ Karnik, Danny. "2017 MEN'S TENNIS ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM ANNOUNCED". theACC.com. Archived from the original on July 31, 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  6. ^ Ratcliffe, Jerry. "Virginia's Kwiatkowski captures NCAA singles title". dailyprogress.com. Retrieved 2017.
  7. ^ "The Latest: No. 23 seed Zverev prevails over NCAA champ". washingtonpost.com. August 28, 2017. Archived from the original on September 11, 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  8. ^ "Asian-American Spotlight: Thai-Son Kwiatkowski". May 8, 2018.
  9. ^ "THCMC tennis player gets US Open wild card". vnexpress.net. August 29, 2020. Retrieved 2021.
  10. ^ Ratcliffe, Jerry (May 29, 2017). "Ratcliffe: Kwiatkowski overcomes his demons, goes out as a champion". The Daily Progress. Charlottesville, Virginia. Retrieved 2017.
  11. ^ American tennis Thai-Son Kwiatkowski player acquires Vietnamese citizenship
  12. ^ "Thai-Son Kwiatkowski becomes the most accomplished Vietnam player with citizenship". February 23, 2021.
  13. ^ "Tennis : Double nationalité pour Thai Son-Kwiatkowski | Culture-Sports | Vietnam+ (VietnamPlus)". March 22, 2021.
  14. ^ Vietnamese HCMC team signs high ranked Vietnamese American tennis player
  15. ^ Daniel Nguyen obtains Vietnamese citizenship

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