Coming back from surgery is a big ask on the ATP Tour and there is one man who is aware of that more than most. Here we take a look at James Duckworth in more detail, including who his coach is.
After undergoing multiple surgeries on his right elbow, right foot and right shoulder, Duckworth reached a career-high ranking of world number 47 in 2021.
The 29-year-old also posted a personal-best 22 tour-level wins in 2021, which was highlighted by his first ATP Tour final appearance at Nur-Sultan.
The Australian also produced the biggest win of his career where he beat the then world number 13 David Goffin at the ATP Masters 1000 event in Miami.
In a year of breaking new ground, Duckworth also reached the third round of a Grand Slam in 2021, as well as reaching his first ATP Masters 1000 quarter-final.
Duckworth started 2021 in impressive fashion on home soil where he beat rising stars Tomas Machac and Ugo Humbert before losing to Corentin Moutet.
Duckworth reached the last-32 at Wimbledon after beating former semi-finalist Sam Querrey in the second round.
At the ATP Masters 1000 event in Toronto, Duckworth backed up a win against Taylor Fritz with an impressive straight sets win against rising star Jannik Sinner en-route to reaching the last-16.
After crashing out of the US Open, despite being two sets to love up against Pedro Martinez in the first round, Duckworth regained confidence by winning a Challenger event in Istanbul.
That propelled the right-hander on to reaching his first ATP Tour final appearance where he didn’t drop a set en-route to the championship match. But Duckworth was beaten in straight sets by Soonwoo Kwon.
He finished the 2021 season with a charge to the ATP Masters 1000 Paris quarter-finals. Duckworth beat Roberto Bautista Agut, Lorenzo Musetti and Alexi Popyrin before losing a tight three-set battle against ATP Finals debutant Hubert Hurkacz.
Who is James Duckworth’s coach?
Duckworth started playing tennis at the age of seven along with other sports. His father, David, is a surgeon and his grandmother, Beryl Penrose, swept singles and doubles titles at 1955 Australian Championships (ATP).
His coach is fellow Aussie and former professional player Mark Draper. Draper competed in the singles of three Grand Slams, one of which was at Wimbledon where fourth seed Greg Rusedski was forced to withdraw due to injury.
The 50-year-old and Duckworth look to have established a fruitful partnership and with the 2022 season upon us Down Under, Duckworth will be hoping to start the new ATP season in the same manner he finished the latter.