Alexander Zverev is undoubtedly the torchbearer and picture boy of German tennis, but he isn’t the only native star who had an incredible 2021. Here we look at Dominik Koepfer in more detail, including who his parents are.
Koepfer has a habit of improving year-on-year, in fact in the last six seasons, the 27-year-old has improved his year-end ranking in six straight seasons. In 2021, he achieved a career-high ranking of world number 50.
It was also in 2021 where the left-hander reached his first ATP Tour semi-final, he achieved the feat at Acapulco and didn’t drop a set en-route to reaching the last four.
In Mexico, Koepfer beat Milos Raonic and Cameron Norrie before beating by his compatriot Zverev for a spot in the final.
Koepfer surpassed his previous best which was a quarter-final appearance at the 2020 ATP Masters 1000 event in Rome, where he qualified on his main draw debut and beat Gael Monfils. Earlier in the tournament, the German saved one match point against Australian star Alex de Minaur.
In 2019, the man who was born in Furtangen, Germany, registered six wins en-route to the US Open fourth round as a qualifier.
It was in 2019 where Koepfer captured his first ATP Challenger Tour title at Ilkley, Great Britain, where he beat Dennis Novak in a third-set tie-break, in the Championship match.
At the 2021 French Open, Koepfer played out a four-set thriller with the legendary Roger Federer, but the Swiss came out on top, in a match which had three tie-breaks.
In his last ATP appearance of the 2021 season, Koepfer certainly seized his chance at the ATP Masters 1000 Paris event.
After losing in qualifying, Koepfer entered the main draw as a lucky loser and saved match points to beat Andy Murray in the opening round.
Not satisfied with one upset, the German beat Canadian sensation Felix Auger-Aliassime before losing to ATP Finals participant Hubert Hurkacz in three-sets, in the last-16.
Who are Dominik Koepfer’s parents?
Dominik was introduced to tennis by his parents, who both played. His father, Thomas, is an engineer and his mother, Marianne, is a pharmacist.
Koepfer, who is coached by Rhyne Williams and Billy Heiser, played college tennis from 2013 to 2016 at Tulane University in New Orleans, USA. He is a two-time All-American and he earned a finance degree (ATP).
With several high-profile scalps already to his name, Koepfer will be looking to kick on in 2022 and possibly reach the quarter-final stage of a Grand Slam for the first time.