Czech Republic gave Great Britain a scare at the 2021 Davis Cup and that was largely down to an emerging young star. Here we take a look at that young prodigy in more detail, including who Tomas Machac’s parents are.
The 21-year-old came away from the Davis Cup with a perfect singles record, following straight set victories against Frenchman Richard Gasquet and the world number 25 Daniel Evans.
Machac’s performances in Group C weren’t enough to secure his nation a place in the tournament’s quarter-finals, but it gives him the perfect platform to launch an assault on the ATP Tour in 2022.
Despite currently being ranked number 143 in the world in the ATP Rankings, Machac’s performances at the Davis Cup show he is capable of so much more.
He may not have clinched a victory in either of his doubles outings, but Machac’s confidence should be sky high following his eye-catching end to the 2021 season.
2021 had already been a memorable year for the Czech star, as he won his first Grand Slam match, won his second Challenger title, reached the top 150 in the world and made his Olympics debut.
On top of his Davis Cup credentials, it’s been a phenomenal year for the young sensation, who reached number 16 in the junior rankings after winning the 2017 Orange Bowls boys’ doubles title (ATP).
Machac showed his burgeoning potential by winning his first ATP Challenger title at the 2020 Koblenz Open.
The youngster earned his first tour-level win by beating Mario Vilella Martinez at the 2021 Australian Open, before losing in the second round to world number 10 and this year’s Wimbledon runner-up Matteo Berrettini in four sets.
In March, Machac won his second ATP Challenger singles title at the 2021 Nur-Sultan Challenger II, Kazakhstan.
The NextGen contender qualified to represent Czech Republic at the Olympics where he reached the second round after beating Jose Sousa.
Machac was beaten in the second round by number eight seed Diego Schwartzman in a tight two-set encounter (6-4, 7-5).
In August, he reached his second Challenger final of 2021 in Liberec, beating Botic van de Zandschulp in the semi-finals, but he was unable to lift the trophy after being ousted by fellow emerging star Alex Molcan in the championship match.
In his penultimate Challenger appearance of the season, Machac beat fellow NextGen contenders Jack Draper and Dominic Stricker.
Who are Tomas Machac’s parents?
Machac starting playing tennis at the age of five, hitting the ball against a wall while his sister, Katerina, played (ATP). His father is also called Tomas and his mother is Daniela.
After being invited to train at TK Sparta Praha in Prague as a 10-year-old, Machac hasn’t looked back and has trained there ever since.
Tomas Machac’s coach is former Czechoslovakia tennis player Daniel Vacek, who turned professional in 1990 and retired in 2003.
The 50-year-old achieved a career-high singles ranking of number 26 in the world.
Machac could emerge as one of 2022s breakout stars following his 2021 exploits.