The German tennis player may not have grabbed the headlines in 2021 like his compatriot Alexander Zverev, but we take a look at Daniel Altmaier in more detail, including who his coach is.
Fresh after breaking into the world’s top 200 in 2020, Altmaier has halved his ranking in 2021 and has continued his ascent on the ATP Tour.
But despite being only 23-years-old it feels like Altmaier has been on the tour for a long time, but that’s probably due to him picking up his first ranking point at the age of 15 in 2014.
Altmaier rose to stardom when he made his Grand Slam debut at the 2020 French Open, and after coming through qualifying he beat the eight seed Matteo Berrettini to reach the fourth round.
The German did not drop a set en-route to lifting his first Challenger title which came on home soil at 2021 Braunschweig.
The right-hander, who plays with a one-handed backhand like his idols Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka, advanced to his first ATP Tour semi-final at the 2021 Umag, Croatia, event where he came through qualifying.
He beat Dusan Lajovic in straight sets in the quarter-finals before losing to Richard Gasquet in three sets.
Altmaier made it back-to-back ATP semi-final appearances with another last four showing which this time came in Kitzbuhel, Austria, but again he was narrowly beaten in a tight three setter, this time to Spaniard Pedro Martinez.
Back on home soil at Luedebscheid, playing in another Challenger event, Altmaier again lifted the trophy, which included beating Juan Manuel Cerundolo, who featured in the Next Gen Finals, in the last four.
On his ATP Masters 100 debut at Indian Wells, Altmaier beat Sam Querrey in straight sets in the opening round before losing to Grigor Dimitrov.
In November 2021, Altmaier reached his third Challenger final of the season, but after beating Jack Sock en-route to the championship match, this time he couldn’t come out on top.
Both of his Challenger titles have come on clay, despite him declaring that his favourite surface is hard and tournament being Wimbledon (ATP).
His impressive exploits in 2021 saw him climb up to a career-high ranking of number 98 in the world.
Who is Daniel Altmaier’s coach?
Altmaier started playing tennis at the age of seven through his parents’ encouragement to play sports (ATP).
Daniel Altmaier’s coach is former Argentinian professional player Francisco Yunis, who reached a career-high ranking of number 61 in the world.
Altmaier has already surpassed his coach in the majors because the furthest Yunis got was the round of 32, but he still has a while to go yet to oust his 47-year-old coach in the rankings.
However, if he continues his impressive progression which he has displayed in recent years, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him being near the world’s top 50 come the end of 2022.