Alexei Popyrin

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Alexei Popyrin
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Popyrin at the 2019 French Open
Full nameAlexei Popyrin
Country (sports)Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia
ResidenceAustralia
Born (1999-08-05) 5 August 1999 (age 21)
Sydney, Australia
Height1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
Turned pro2017
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize moneyUS$1,345,160
Singles
Career record30–38 (at ATP Tour level, Grand Slam level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles1
Highest rankingNo. 61 (10 May 2021)
Current rankingNo. 62 (17 May 2021)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 3R (2019, 2020)
French Open 2R (2019)
Wimbledon 2R (2019)
US Open 3R (2019)
Doubles
Career record2–8 (at ATP Tour level, Grand Slam level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 247 (29 July 2019)
Current rankingNo. 1499 (12 April 2021)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 3R (2019)
French Open 1R (2021)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open 1R (2019)
Last updated on: 10 May 2021.

Alexei Popyrin (born 5 August 1999) is an Australian professional tennis player.

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Popyrin has a career-high ATP singles ranking of No. 61 achieved on 10 May 2021. He also has a career-high ATP doubles ranking of No. 247 achieved in July 2019. He turned professional in 2017 and has won 1 singles title on the ATP Tour.

Personal life

Popyrin was born in Sydney, Australia to Russian parents. [1] He began playing tennis at the Kim Warwick Tennis Academy in Hornsby at the age of four [2] [3] and was in attendance for the historic 2008 Australian Open third round match between Lleyton Hewitt and Marcos Baghdatis. [4] At the age of 8, Popyrin relocated to Dubai for two years due to his father's work commitments before moving to Alicante, Spain where fellow Australian Alex de Minaur was his neighbour. [5] Popyrin also spends time training in Nice, France, [6] Marbella, Spain and Dubai. [7] He has trained at the Mouratoglou Academy since April 2017. [8]

Popyrin is multilingual in English, Russian and Spanish. [9] Popyrin is a supporter of Everton F.C. [10]

Junior career

In 2011, Popyrin won the Australian u12s Grasscourt Championships and, with Chase Ferguson, won the u12s National Claycourt Doubles Championships. In the same year he competed in the Tennis Europe u12 circuit, winning the Stork International 12 & Under in Oetwil Am See (SUI), Torneo U12 - Porto San Giorgio in Porto San Giorgio (ITA), [11] Torneo Citta Di Padova in Padova (ITA). Popyrin lost in Semifinal at Eddie Herr International Junior Tennis Championships - IMG / Bollettieri Sports Academy Bradenton, FL (USA), Passagespoirs Le Passage (FRA), as well as Final of Campionati Internazionali BNL d'Italia U12 - Circolo Canottieri in Roma (ITA).

Popyrin started competing in ITF Junior circuit in 2013 and, in 2017, reached the semifinals at the 2017 Australian Open in the junior doubles tournament. [12] He then followed that up by winning 22 consecutive matches winning 4 consecutive tournaments : the Mediterranee Avenir - Club Olympic Casablancais Casablanca (MAR), Trofeo Bonfiglio - Tennis Club Milano Milan (ITA), the 2017 French Open junior singles title in May 2017 and his first ITF Professional tournament in Poland F4 Futures Mragowo (POL). While ranked number 2 in the juniors single rankings, Popyrin decided to focus on the professional circuit. [13]

Professional career

2017–2018: Start of pro circuit

Popyrin won his first professional ITF title in July 2017 at the Poland F4 in Mragowo, Poland. This victory broke Popyrin into the top 1000 for the first time. Popyrin played some more ITF and Challenger tournaments across 2017 and ended 2017 with a ranking of 622.

Popyrin started the 2018 season ranked No.622, achieving a career-high ranking 25 times over the course of the season peaking at No.147 in November.

In January 2018, Popyrin qualified for an ATP World Tour tournament for the first time at the Sydney International beating Nicolas Mahut and Federico Delbonis. He lost in round 1 to John Millman. Later in January, Popyrin made his Grand Slam debut at the 2018 Australian Open after being awarded a wildcard. [14] He lost in round 1 to Tim Smyczek. Popyrin spent the next six months in Europe playing in challenger tournaments, increasing his ranking.

In August 2018, Popyrin qualified for and won the Jinan Challenger in China beating James Ward in the final and becoming the third youngest teenager in 2018 to win a professional title. [15] This was his first Challenger title. [16] Later in August, Popyrin broke into the world's top 200. In October, Popyrin qualified for his second ATP World Tour main draw at the Stockholm Open, where he again lost to John Millman in round 1. The following week, Popyrin again qualified for a main draw, this time at Swiss Indoors beating Benoit Paire and Mackenzie McDonald. He defeated Matthew Ebden in round 1 for his first ATP World Tour win. [17] Popyrin ended 2018 with a singles rank of 147.

2019-2020: First Grand Slam win / ATP Top 100

Popyrin commenced 2019 with wildcards into the Brisbane International and Sydney International, losing in the first round in both. He also received a wildcard in the Australian Open, and achieved his first Grand Slam win by defeating Mischa Zverev in straight sets. Popyrin followed this up by beating Dominic Thiem and lost in the third round to Lucas Pouille in closely contested five sets.

During the first half of 2019 Popyrin qualified for the main draws of the ATP 250 tournaments in New York and Estoril, ATP 500 in Acapulco and Masters 1000 in Indian Wells and Monte Carlo. Following his success on the ATP tour, Popyrin was awarded a main draw wildcard into French Open. In the first round Popyrin defeated France's Ugo Humbert in four sets winning his first Roland Garros men's main draw match. He lost to Laslo Djere in the second round. In July 2019 Popyrin qualified for the main draw of Wimbledon Popyrin lost to Daniil Medvedev in the second round. This result broke Popyrin into ATP top 100 for the first time. In the same month, Popyrin received his first direct acceptance into ATP 250 tournament in Atlanta, where he lost in the quarterfinals.

2019 was a breakout year for Popyrin. He played at least second round in all four Grand Slams - 3rd round of Australia Open, 2nd Round of Roland Garros, 2nd Round of Wimbledon and 3rd Round in US Open losing in 4 closely contested sets to Matteo Berrettini 4–6, 4–6, 7–6(3), 6–7(2). In 2019 Popyrin qualified for 10 Professional tournaments tying the record set by Mischa Zverev in 2016. [18] He ended 2019 with an ATP singles rank of 97.

Popyrin ended 2020 with an ATP singles rank of 113.

2021: First ATP title

Popyrin received a wildcard into the main draw of the 2021 Australian Open similar to every year since 2018, with the exception of the 2020 Australian Open where he entered the main draw as direct entry. In the first round he defeated 13 seed David Goffin after saving four match points 3–6, 6–4, 6–7(4–7), 7–6(8–6), 6–3 in 3 hours 43 minutes. He then lost in the second round to Lloyd Harris.

In February, Popyrin entered the Singapore Open and defeated Marin Cilic in the semifinal and Alexander Bublik in the final to win his first ATP title and achieved a career high singles ranking of 82. [19]

National representation

Davis Cup

Popyrin made his Davis Cup debut for Australia in February 2019, at the age of 19, winning his first rubber against Bosnia and Herzegovina in Adelaide. [20]

ATP career titles and finals

Singles: 1 (1 title)

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
ATP Finals (0–0)
Masters 1000 (0–0)
ATP Tour 500 Series (0–0)
ATP Tour 250 Series (1–0)
Finals by surface
Hard (1–0)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Finals by setting
Outdoor (0–0)
Indoor (1–0)
ResultW–L   Date   TournamentTierSurfaceOpponentScore
Win1–0 Feb 2021 Singapore Open, Singapore 250 SeriesHard (i) Flag of Kazakhstan.svg Alexander Bublik 4–6, 6–0, 6–2

Performance timeline

Key
W F SFQF#RRRQ#P#APZ#POGF-SSF-BNMSNH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (P#) preliminary round; (A) absent; (P) postponed; (Z#) Davis/Fed Cup Zonal Group (with number indication) or (PO) play-off; (G) gold, (F-S) silver or (SF-B) bronze Olympic medal; a (NMS) downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament; (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 MercedesCup

Tournament 2018 2019 2020 2021 SRW–LWin %
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open 1R 3R 3R 2R 0 / 45–456%
French Open A 2R 1R 1R 0 / 31–325%
Wimbledon A 2R NH0 / 11–150%
US Open A 3R A0 / 12–167%
Win–Loss0–16–42–21–20 / 99–950%
National representation
Summer Olympics Not Held0 / 00–0  
Davis Cup A QF NH0 / 00–0  
ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Indian Wells Masters A 2R NH0 / 11–150%
Miami Open A Q1 NH 3R 0 / 12–167%
Monte-Carlo Masters A 1R NH 2R 0 / 21–233%
Madrid Open AANH 3R 0 / 12–167%
Italian Open AA Q2 Q1 0 / 00–0  
Canadian Open A Q1 NH0 / 00–0  
Cincinnati Masters A Q2 A0 / 00–0  
Shanghai Masters A Q1 NH0 / 00–0  
Paris Masters AAA0 / 00–0  
Win–Loss0–01–20–05–30 / 56–555%
Career statistics
Tournaments41951139
Titles00011
Finals00011
Overall Win–Loss1–412–192–515–1030–38
Win %20%39%29%60%44%
Year-end ranking14797113

Record against other players

Record against top 10 players

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

:* As of 1 June 2021

Top 10 wins

Season 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 Total
Wins001001
#PlayerRankEventSurfaceRdScoreAP Rank
2019
1. Flag of Austria.svg Dominic Thiem No. 8 Australian Open, AustraliaHard2R7–5, 6–4, 2–0 ret.No. 149
:* As of 6 May 2021

ATP Challengers and ITF Futures

Singles: 3 (2 titles, 1 runner-up)

Legend
ATP Challengers (1–0)
ITF Futures (1–1)
Titles by Surface
Hard (1–1)
Clay (1–0)
Grass (0–0)
OutcomeW-LDateTournamentSurfaceOpponentScore
Win1–0Jul 2017Poland F4, Mragowo Clay Flag of Lithuania.svg Laurynas Grigelis 6–3, 3–6, 6–3
Loss1–1Nov 2017Indonesia F7, Jakarta Hard Flag of Japan.svg Renta Tokuda7–6(7–4), 2–6, 5–7
Win2–1 Aug 2018 Jinan Challenger, ChinaHard Flag of the United Kingdom.svg James Ward 3–6, 6–1, 7–5

Junior Grand Slam finals

Boys' Singles: 1 (1 title)

ResultYearTournamentSurfaceOpponentsScore
Win 2017 French Open Clay Flag of Spain.svg Nicola Kuhn 7–6(7–5), 6–3

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