The NextGen of tennis stars will be hoping to announce themselves on the ATP Tour in 2022. Here we look at Jurij Rodionov in more detail, including who his parents are.
After breaking into the world’s top 200 in 2019, the 22-year-old achieved a career-high ranking of number 134 in 2021.
It was also in 2021 where the Austrian advanced to his first ATP Tour quarter-final and semi-final at the grass court event at Stuttgart, where he was given a wildcard.
Rodionov announced himself on the tour in the most dramatic of circumstances after saving one match point and rallying from two sets down vs Jeremy Chardy at the 2020 French Open first round, to earn his first tour-level win of career. The left-hander came through qualifying to reach Roland Garros main draw.
The Austrian, who has won three Challenger titles, peaked at number seven in the junior rankings, with his best performance being a run to the 2017 Wimbledon boys’ singles quarter-finals and boys’ doubles final.
In the opening months of the 2021 season, Rodionov reached the final of a Challenge event in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, before being beaten by American Mackenzie McDonald.
En-route to reaching the Stuttgart semi-finals, Rodionov beat German duo Dominik Koepfer and Peter Gojowczyk, before earning the biggest win of his career by upsetting Australian star Alex de Minaur.
Rodionov had to unfortunately retire from his last-four clash against former US Open champion Marin Cilic.
In one of his last outings of the 2021 season, Rodionov lost a three-set thriller in a German-based Challenger event against upcoming Swiss star Dominic Stricker.
Who are Jurij Rodionov’s parents?
Jurij started playing tennis at the age of four, but he initially wanted to play football, but in his town, he wasn’t allowed to until he was six-years-old (ATP).
Rodionov is part Austrian, part Belarusian because his parents, father, Serguei, mother, Galina, moved to Nuremberg, Germany in 1996. Jurij was born three years later and they would relocate to Austria soon after (ATP).
His favourite tournament is Wimbledon and his idols growing up included Marat Safin, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
Rodionov will no doubt be targeting a place in the world’s top 100 in 2022, which would bring him automatic qualification into some of the biggest tennis tournaments on the planet.