|Full name||Thomas John Paul|
|Country (sports)||United States|
|Residence||Greenville, North Carolina, United States|
|Born||May 17, 1997|
Voorhees Township, New Jersey, United States
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Career record||80-71 (53.0%)|
|Highest ranking||No. 31 (15 August 2022)|
|Current ranking||No. 31 (15 August 2022)|
|Grand Slam singles results|
|Australian Open||3R (2020)|
|French Open||2R (2020, 2021)|
|US Open||1R (2015, 2017, 2020, 2021)|
|Olympic Games||1R (2021)|
|Career record||28-35 (44.4%)|
|Highest ranking||No. 100 (1 August 2022)|
|Current ranking||No. 101 (15 August 2022)|
|Grand Slam doubles results|
|Australian Open||2R (2021)|
|French Open||QF (2020)|
|US Open||2R (2016)|
|Davis Cup||RR (2021)|
|Last updated on: 15 August 2022.|
Thomas John "Tommy" Paul (born May 17, 1997) is an American professional tennis player. Paul has a career-high ATP singles ranking of world No. 31, achieved on 15 August 2022, and doubles ranking of No. 100, achieved on 1 August 2022. He won his maiden ATP title at the 2021 Stockholm Open.
Tommy Paul was consistently one of the highest ranked juniors of his class. Paul reached a career-high ITF junior rank of No. 3 on December 9, 2015.
Paul reached two junior Grand Slam finals in 2015. He won the 2015 French Open boys' singles title by defeating fellow American Taylor Fritz in the final in three sets. At the same tournament he reached the final in doubles partnering fellow American William Blumberg. He also reached the final at the 2015 US Open boys' singles, this time losing to Fritz in three sets.
Paul turned pro in 2015. Unusually for an American, Paul has shown a preference for playing on clay, having won the Junior French Open and his first four ITF Futures singles titles on clay. He qualified for the main draw of a major for the first time at the 2015 US Open, losing to Andreas Seppi in the first round.
In March 2016, Paul cracked the Top 200 for the first time by qualifying for the Miami Masters. In April, Paul was awarded a wildcard into the 2016 U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships at Houston, and defeated 53rd-ranked Paolo Lorenzi in the first round for his first career ATP level win.
Paul would then mainly compete on the ATP Challenger Tour and ITF Circuit for the remainder of 2016.
He continued competing in Challengers and ITFs in first half of 2017. In July 2017, after going through qualifying at the Atlanta Open, he defeated seventh seed and 53rd-ranked Chung Hyeon in three sets. He then went on to defeat Malek Jaziri in three sets to advance to his first ATP tour-level quarterfinal. Then he was defeated by third seed Gilles Müller. Following his performance in Atlanta, Tommy was awarded a wildcard into the ATP 500 Washington Open. Paul defeated Casper Ruud to advance to the second round. He then played Lucas Pouille and achieved the biggest win of his career, defeating the Frenchman in straight sets. In the next round, he faced Gilles Müller again, but this time came out on top in three sets to reach his first ATP 500 quarterfinal. He lost to Kei Nishikori in three sets.
In September 2019, Paul broke into the top 100 for the first time in his career having won his second ATP Challenger title of the year in New Haven, after winning in Sarasota earlier in the season.
Paul started his 2020 season at the first edition of the Adelaide International. Getting past qualifying, he reached the semifinals where he lost to fellow qualifier Lloyd Harris. Ranked 80 at the Australian Open, Paul reached the third round of a Grand Slam for the first time in his career by beating 18th seed and World No. 20, Grigor Dimitrov, in the second round. He was defeated in the third round by Márton Fucsovics.
Paul started his 2021 season at the Delray Beach Open. Seeded fifth, he lost in the second round to compatriot and eventual finalist, Sebastian Korda. Seeded 15th at the Murray River Open, he was defeated in the second round by Australian Alexei Popyrin. Ranked 53 at the Australian Open, he lost in the second round to 24th seed Casper Ruud.
In March, Paul competed at the Rotterdam Open. He reached the quarterfinals where he fell to qualifier and eventual finalist, Márton Fucsovics. At the Abierto Mexicano in Acapulco, he was eliminated in the first round by fourth seed Milos Raonic. In Miami, he was beaten in the first round by Marcos Giron.
Paul started his clay-court season at the Sardegna Open. Seeded eighth, he lost in the first round to Yannick Hanfmann. At the Monte-Carlo Masters, he was defeated in the second round by ninth seed Roberto Bautista Agut. In Madrid, he was ousted from the tournament in the second round by sixth seed and world No. 7, Andrey Rublev. Getting past qualifying at the Italian Open, he lost in the first round to 10th seed Roberto Bautista Agut. At the Lyon Open, he was defeated in the second round by second seed, world No. 5, and eventual champion, Stefanos Tsitsipas. Seeded sixth at the first edition of the Emilia-Romagna Open in Parma, Italy, he reached the semifinals where he lost to Sebastian Korda. Ranked 52 at the French Open, he beat Christopher O'Connell in a first-round five-set thriller. He lost in the second round to world No. 2, Daniil Medvedev. As a result, he entered the top 50 on June 14, 2021.
Paul missed the grass-court season due to a foot injury.
Paul started his US Open Series at the Washington Open and lost in the first round to Daniel Elahi Galán. Getting past qualifying at the Canadian Open in Toronto, he was defeated in the second round by tenth seed Roberto Bautista Agut. Making it through qualifying at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati, he beat 16th seed, Cristian Garín, in the first round. He was eliminated in the second round by Lorenzo Sonego. Ranked 54 at the US Open, he lost in the first round to Roberto Carballés Baena in four sets.
During the week of September 27th, Paul competed at the San Diego Open. He lost in the first round to Sebastian Korda. At the Indian Wells Masters, he recorded one of the biggest wins of his career, defeating fourth seed and world No. 5, Andrey Rublev, to reach the round of 16. Previously, he had never made the third round of an ATP Masters 1000 event. This was his second win against a top 10 opponent after he defeated Alexander Zverev in Acapulco in 2020. He was beaten in the fourth round by 21st seed and eventual champion, Cam Norrie. At the Kremlin Cup in Moscow, he lost in the second round to sixth seed and eventual finalist, Marin ?ili?. In St. Petersburg, he was defeated in the second round by fifth seed and eventual finalist, Taylor Fritz. Getting past qualifying at the Paris Masters, he lost in the second round to seventh seed and world No. 10, Hubert Hurkacz. Paul played his final tournament of the season at the Stockholm Open. He reached the first ATP final of his career, defeating fifth seed, Taylor Fritz, in the second round, former world No. 1 and three-time Grand Slam champion, Andy Murray, in the quarterfinals, and eighth seed, Frances Tiafoe, in the semifinals. He won the title, defeating third seed and defending champion, Denis Shapovalov. He became the 10th first-time titlist of the year.
Paul ended the year ranked 43.
Paul started his 2022 season at the Adelaide International 1. Seeded sixth, he reached the quarterfinals where he lost to top seed and eventual champion, Gaël Monfils. At the Adelaide International 2, he made it to the quarterfinals where he was defeated by fourth seed Marin ?ili?. Ranked 41 at the Australian Open, he was eliminated in the second round by Miomir Kecmanovi?.
Seeded fourth at the Delray Beach Open, Paul reached the semifinals where he fell to top seed Cam Norrie. At the Abierto Mexicano in Acapulco, he won his first-round match when his opponent, fifth seed Matteo Berrettini, retired due to injury. He was beaten in the quarterfinals by fourth seed, former world No. 1, three-time champion, and eventual champion, Rafael Nadal. Representing the U.S. in the Davis Cup tie against Colombia, Paul played one match and won over Nicolás Mejía. In the end, the USA beat Colombia 4-0 to make up for Colombia beating them last year. At the Indian Wells Masters, he upset world No. 3, Alexander Zverev, in the second round for the biggest win of his career to reach the third round for a second time. He lost in the third round to 29th seed Alex de Minaur. The following week at the Miami Open, he defeated 23rd seed, Karen Khachanov, in the second round to reach the third round for the first time. He was ousted from the tournament in the third round by 11th seed Taylor Fritz. As a result, he reached the top 35 at world No. 34 on 4 April 2022.
Paul started his clay-court season at the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships in Houston. Seeded seventh, he lost in the second round to Nick Kyrgios. Seeded seventh at the Estoril Open, he was defeated in the first round by 2015 champion Richard Gasquet. In Madrid, he lost in the first round to 10th seed, Jannik Sinner, in a tight three-set match, despite having match points at 5-3 and 6-5 in the second set. At the Italian Open, he was beaten in the second round by Alex de Minaur. Seeded sixth at the Geneva Open, he lost in the first round to Tallon Griekspoor. Seeded 30th at the French Open, he was defeated in the first round by Cristian Garín.
Paul began his grass-court season at the Libéma Open in 's-Hertogenbosch. Seeded seventh, he lost in the first round to compatriot Brandon Nakashima in a match that consisted of three tiebreakers. In Queens, he beat sixth seed, Denis Shapovalov, in the first round. In the second round, he defeated three-time Grand Slam champion and former world No. 3, Stan Wawrinka. In the quarterfinals, he lost to second seed, world No. 10, defending champion, and eventual champion, Matteo Berrettini. At the Eastbourne International, he upset second seed and world No. 13, Jannik Sinner, in the second round. He was beaten in the quarterfinals by sixth seed, world No. 24, and defending champion, Alex de Minaur. Seeded 30th at Wimbledon, he defeated Ji?í Veselý in the third round to reach the fourth round of a Grand Slam for the first time in his career. He lost in the fourth round to ninth seed, world No. 12, and home crowd favorite, Cam Norrie.
Paul started his preparation for the US Open at the Atlanta Open. Seeded fifth, he reached the quarterfinals where he lost to Ilya Ivashka. Seeded 14th at the Washington Open, he was defeated in the second round by 2019 champion and eventual champion, Nick Kyrgios. At the National Bank Open, he stunned second seed and world No. 4, Carlos Alcaraz, in the second round, the third top-5 win of his career. He reached the quarterfinals of a Masters 1000 for the first time in his career after defeating 13th seed, Marin ?ili?, in the third round. He lost in the quarterfinals to Dan Evans in three sets.
Paul possesses a strong attacking forehand and solid footwork along the baseline and speed coming into net, attributes that have allowed him success on clay surfaces.
|Win||1-0||Nov 2021||Stockholm Open, Sweden||250 Series||Hard (i)||Denis Shapovalov||6-4, 2-6, 6-4|
|Win||2015||French Open||Clay||Taylor Fritz||7-6(7-4), 2-6, 6-2|
|Loss||2015||US Open||Hard||Taylor Fritz||2-6, 7-6(7-4), 2-6|
|Loss||2015||French Open||Clay||William Blumberg|| Álvaro López San Martín
|Win||1-0||May 2015||Spain F13, Valldoreix||Futures||Clay||Albert Alcaraz Ivorra||2-6, 6-4, 6-4|
|Win||2-0||May 2015||Italy F11, Lecco||Futures||Clay||Lorenzo Sonego||6-1, 6-4|
|Loss||2-1||Nov 2015||Charlottesville, USA||Challenger||Hard (i)||Noah Rubin||6-3, 6-7(7-9), 3-6|
|Win||3-1||Jan 2016||USA F3, Plantation||Futures||Clay||Adrien Puget||7-6(7-4), 6-0|
|Win||4-1||Jan 2016||USA F4, Sunrise||Futures||Clay||Adrien Puget||6-4, 3-6, 6-3|
|Win||5-1||Feb 2017||USA F6, Palm Coast||Futures||Clay||Renta Tokuda||6-3, 4-6, 6-3|
|Loss||5-2||Mar 2017||USA F9, Orlando||Futures||Clay||Dominik Köpfer||6-4, 3-6, 5-7|
|Win||6-2||Jun 2017||USA F19, Winston-Salem||Futures||Hard||Christopher Eubanks||6-4, 6-4|
|Loss||6-3||Jul 2017||USA F21, Tulsa||Futures||Hard||Christian Harrison||6-3, 2-6, 1-6|
|Loss||6-4||Jun 2018||USA F15, Winston-Salem||Futures||Hard||Michael Redlicki||3-6, 6-3, 1-6|
|Win||7-4||Nov 2018||Charlottesville, USA||Challenger||Hard (i)||Peter Polansky||6-2, 6-2|
|Win||8-4||Apr 2019||Sarasota, USA||Challenger||Clay||Tennys Sandgren||6-3, 6-4|
|Loss||8-5||Apr 2019||Tallahassee, USA||Challenger||Clay||Emilio Gómez||2-6, 2-6|
|Win||9-5||Sep 2019||New Haven, USA||Challenger||Hard||Marcos Giron||6-3, 6-3|
|Win||10-5||Sep 2019||Tiburon, USA||Challenger||Hard||Thanasi Kokkinakis||7-5, 6-7(3-7), 6-4|
|Loss||0-1||Jul 2017||USA F21, Tulsa||Futures||Hard||Nathan Ponwith|| Austin Krajicek
|Win||1-1||Jan 2018||Playford, Australia||Challenger||Hard||Mackenzie McDonald|| Maverick Banes
|Win||2-1||Sep 2018||Columbus, USA||Challenger||Hard (i)||Peter Polansky|| Gonzalo Escobar
Current through the 2022 National Bank Open.
|Grand Slam tournaments|
|Australian Open||A||A||A||Q2||Q2||3R||2R||2R||0 / 3||4-3|
|French Open||A||Q2||A||A||1R||2R||2R||1R||0 / 4||2-4|
|Wimbledon||A||Q1||A||A||Q3||NH||A||4R||0 / 1||3-1|
|US Open||1R||Q1||1R||A||Q2||1R||1R||0 / 4||0-4|
|Win-loss||0-1||0-0||0-1||0-0||0-1||3-3||2-3||4-3||0 / 12||9-12|
|Davis Cup||A||A||A||A||A||RR||QR||0 / 1||2-0|
|Summer Olympics||NH||A||NH||1R||NH||0 / 1||0-1|
|ATP Masters 1000|
|Indian Wells Masters||A||Q2||A||A||A||NH||4R||3R||0 / 2||5-2|
|Miami Open||A||1R||A||A||A||NH||1R||3R||0 / 3||2-3|
|Monte-Carlo Masters||A||A||A||A||A||NH||2R||A||0 / 1||1-1|
|Madrid Open||A||A||A||A||A||NH||2R||1R||0 / 2||1-2|
|Italian Open||A||A||A||A||A||Q1||1R||2R||0 / 2||1-2|
|Canadian Open||A||A||A||A||2R||NH||2R||QF||0 / 3||5-3|
|Cincinnati Masters||Q1||A||2R||A||A||1R||2R||0 / 3||2-3|
|Shanghai Masters||A||A||A||A||A||NH||0 / 0||0-0|
|Paris Masters||A||A||A||A||A||2R||2R||0 / 2||2-2|
|Win-loss||0-0||0-1||1-1||0-0||1-1||1-2||8-8||8-5||0 / 18||19-18|
|Grand Slam tournaments|
|Australian Open||A||A||A||A||A||1R||2R||A||0 / 2||1-2|
|French Open||A||A||A||A||A||QF||1R||3R||0 / 3||5-3|
|Wimbledon||A||A||A||A||A||NH||A||2R||0 / 1||1-1|
|US Open||1R||2R||1R||A||A||A||1R||0 / 4||1-4|
|Win-loss||0-1||1-1||0-1||0-0||0-0||3-2||1-3||3-2||0 / 10||8-10|
Paul's record against players who have been ranked in the top 10, with those who are active in boldface. Only ATP Tour main draw matches are considered:
|1.||Alexander Zverev||7||Acapulco, Mexico||Hard||2R||6-3, 6-4||66|
|2.||Andrey Rublev||5||Indian Wells, United States||Hard||3R||6-4, 3-6, 7-5||60|
|3.||Matteo Berrettini||6||Acapulco, Mexico||Hard||1R||4-6, 5-1 ret.||39|
|4.||Alexander Zverev||3||Indian Wells, United States||Hard||2R||6-2, 4-6, 7-6(7-2)||39|
|5.||Carlos Alcaraz||4||Montreal, Canada||Hard||2R||6-7(4-7), 7-6(9-7), 6-3||34|