Following in the footsteps of Novak Djokovic and carrying the Serbian tennis mantle, is a nigh on impossible task. But here we look at the man tasked with filling those shoes, Miomir Kecmanovic, and who his parents are.
The 22-year-old, who reached world number one as a junior, achieved a career-high number 38 in the ATP Rankings in 2021. He broke into the top 40 the year prior, after winning his first ATP Tour title in Kitzbuhel.
But it was 2019, when Kecmanovic started to make his ascent, as he set a new career-high ranking on 15 different occasions and broke into the world’s top 100, following a run to quarter-finals, as a lucky loser, at ATP Masters 1000 Indian Wells.
He earned 24 tour-level victories in 2019, which was rounded off by the biggest win of his career when he defeated German star Alexander Zverev at the ATP Masters 1000 event in Cincinnati.
He finished the year by beating Casper Ruud and Alejandro Davidovich Fokina en-route to reaching the 2019 Next Gen Finals last four, before losing to eventual champion Jannik Sinner.
The Serbian showcased his burgeoning talent by ousting Stefanos Tsitsipas in a third-set tiebreak to win the 2015 Orange Bowl junior title, which he followed up by ending 2016 as the world number one junior, at the Greek star’s expense.
In 2021, Kecmanovic started the year with a run to the quarter-finals of an ATP 250 event in Melbourne, before running into Sinner once again.
On the clay in Buenos Aires, Kecmanovic reached the last four, but he was swept aside by home favourite Diego Schwartzman.
In the Wimbledon second round, Kecmanovic fought back from two-sets down against Roberto Bautista Agut to force a fifth and deciding set, but the Spaniard had too much in the tank.
He may have only amassed 14 wins in 2021, but as he continues to find his feet on the ATP Tour, Kecmanovic still secured wins over the likes of Daniel Evans and Soonwoo Kwon.
Who are Miomir Kecmanovic’s parents?
After turning pro in 2017, Kecmanovic is currently being coached by former ATP star David Nalbandian, won won 11 ATP titles and reached the semi-finals of every Grand Slam, which included a Wimbledon final appearance in 2002, where he was beaten by Lleyton Hewitt.
The Argentine also posted victories against Djokovic, Roger Federer, Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal.
His parents, father, Dragutin, and mother, Maja Pavlov, are both doctors (ATP). Kecmanovic began playing tennis at the age of six with his grandfather, Jovan.
He moved to Florida with his aunt, Tanja, at the age of 13 to train at IMG Academy.
Having a coach, who has beaten three of the greatest tennis players of all-time and consistently challenged for Grand Slam titles, can only be a good thing for Kecmanovic.
The young Serb will be eager to kick on and re-announce himself as a force to be reckoned with in 2022.