The Slovakian number one has finished 2021 with a flourish and after an unforgettable year, we take a look at Alex Molcan in more detail, including who his coach is.
The 23-year-old began 2021 by making his ATP debut in Turkey after winning two matches in qualifying to reach the main draw.
In March, he advanced through the qualifying rounds in Marseille where he beat Ernests Gulbis to reach his second main draw appearance, before being beaten by former Australian Open semi-finalist Lucas Pouille.
In May, at the Belgrade Open, after qualifying yet again, Molcan reached the final of an ATP tournament for the first time in his career before losing in straight sets to world number one Novak Djokovic.
He entered the top 150 in the world after reaching the final of a Challenger event in Czech Republic and the round of 16 at the Hamburg Open.
In August, he won his first Challenger title in Liberec where he lost just 18 games to win the title. As a result he hit a new career-high of number 136 in the world.
Molcan made his Grand Slam debut at the 2021 US Open after qualifying for the main draw. He overcame a fellow qualifier and NextGen star Brandon Nakashima in five sets to reach the third round of a major for the first time in his career.
In the third round, he was defeated by 11th seed Diego Schwartzman in straight sets. His run at Flushing Meadows saw him reach a career-high ranking of number 117 in the world, in September 2021.
Following a semi-final run at a Challenger event in Bergamo and lifting the trophy at a Challenger in Helsinki in November 2021, Molcan cracked the world’s top 100, as he became the 87th ranked ATP player.
Molcan has also beaten the likes of Lorenzo Musetti, Sebastian Baez, Fernando Verdasco and Federico Delbonis in 2021.
During a fledging career on the Junior Circuit, Molcan peaked at number 18 in the rankings and reached the 2015 Australian Open boys’ doubles final with Hubert Hurkacz.
Who is Alex Molcan’s coach?
Molcan began playing tennis at the age of five, but he moved to Bratislava when he was 12 because his mother, Andrea, who is a physiotherapist, wanted to provide him with better training.
Speaking about the move via ATP Tour , Molcan said: “I didn’t know anyone. I went to school there and it was hard because I was one guy from another city. Every player has to sacrifice something to be good.
“My mom sacrificed a lot for me to get where I am today. She always supported me to play tennis and she changed her life because of me.”
Alex Molcan’s coach is Ladislav Simon, who is 45-years-old and a former Slovakian tennis player, who reached a career-high singles ranking of 556 in the world.
Molcan has already surpassed his coach’s credentials on the tour and after an eye-catching end to 2021, he will be hoping to break new ground in 2022.