The French tennis conveyor belt always produces stars that find themselves as a permanent fixture in the world’s top 100. Arthur Rinderknech is another player who has achieved that feat. Here we take a look at the Frenchman in more detail, including who his parents are.
The 26-year-old reached a career-high ranking of number 58 in the world in November 2021, after his best season to date on the ATP Tour.
Rinderknech’s season was highlighted by a semi-final appearance in Kitzbuhel, where he lost to ATP Finals performer Casper Ruud, and four other ATP quarter-finals.
He rallied from two sets down against NexGen star Miomir Kecmanovic to earn his first Grand Slam main draw win at the 2021 US Open. He pushed Spanish sensation Carlos Alcaraz to four sets in the round of 64.
That came after the Frenchman came agonisingly close to securing his first win at a major, after qualifying for the Wimbledon main draw, before losing a fifth set tie break to Oscar Otte, who went on to push Andy Murray, in the first round.
Rinderknech has lifted three Challenge titles during his career, with the most recent victory coming in Istanbul, where he beat Brandon Nakashima en-route to ousting compatriot Benjamin Bonzi in the final.
In his first ATP quarter final appearance, he lost on a final set tie-break to fellow Frenchman Ugo Humbert.
In his next last eight showdown, Rinderknech lost to Great Britain sensation Cameron Norrie, after beating rising star Jannik Sinner in the last 16.
The right-hander, who plays with a double-handed backhand, also secured wins in 2021 against John Millman, Roberto Bautista Agut, Holger Rune and Lucas Pouille.
In his last two tournament appearances in 2021, Rinderknech lost to French star Hugo Gaston at the ATP Masters 1000 event in Paris. He responded to the disappointment on home soil by reaching the quarter-finals in Stockholm, before losing out in a tight three-setter to Canadian superstar Denis Shapovalov.
Rinderknech finished 2021 with 18 wins and 16 losses, which was the first time he had achieved more than 14 ATP singles wins in a season (ATP).
Who are Arthur Rinderknech’s parents?
Rinderknech is a five-time all-American at Texas A&M University (three singles, two doubles), where he graduated from Mays Business School in 2018.
Arthur Rinderknech’s parents are father, Pascal, who is the director of a tennis club in Paris and mother, Virginie, who is a former WTA world number 208 (ATP).
Arthur, who is a former top 10 junior, started playing tennis at the age of six with his parents. His cousin, Benjamin Balleret, also played professional tennis (former world number 204).
Under the guidance of long-time coach Sebastien Villette, the 26-year-old is setting an example for all international players that have made the decision to take the college route in the United States.
After a record-breaking 2021, Rinderknech will be looking to kick on and make 2022 even sweeter.