Coming from Switzerland and having aspirations of reaching the very top in tennis is naturally going to draw comparisons with Roger Federer. We take a look at the emerging star, including Dominic Stricker’s coach.
The 19-year-old started the year ranked outside the world’s top 1000 in the tennis rankings after ending 2020 as the world number three junior, but now he finds himself in the top 300 of the men’s game.
In March, Stricker captured his first Challenger title in just his second Challenger appearance as a 874th-ranked wildcard at the 2021 Lugano, Switzerland tournament.
Winning his first challenger title saw Stricker climb over 400 places in the rankings.
On his ATP Tour debut he defeated former world number three and US Open champion Marin Cilic as a 419th-ranked wildcard at the ATP 250 event in Geneva.
Stricker backed up his straight-sets win against Cilic by beating Hungarian star Marton Fucsovics in similar fashion, before losing in three tight-sets to Pablo Andujar in the quarter-finals.
The NextGen star secured the biggest win of his career to date when he beat Hubert Hurkacz on the grass in a tournament in Stuttgart. He went on to lose in the quarter-final stage to former Wimbledon semi-finalist Sam Querrey.
Those back-to-back ATP Tournaments propelled Stricker into the world’s top 300.
Since Stricker’s breakout during the May/June part of the season, the youngster has struggled to kick on and make a further push up the rankings.
His last tournament was a run to the semi-finals of an ATP Challenger event in Biel, Switzerland, last month, where he had to retire in his last four clash against Liam Broady.
The teenager who plays left-handed with a double-handed backhand also won the Gstaad doubles title alongside Marc-Andrea Huesler earlier this season.
Stricker will have to watch the Intesa Sanpaolo Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan, which will be held next month.
That tournament will see the eight best players under the age of 21 who have accrued the most points this season compete in the season’s showpiece.
Stricker currently sits 16th the Race to Milan, which could see the likes of Jannik Sinner, Felix Auger-Aliassime, Carlos Alcaraz, Sebastian Korda, Lorenzo Musetti, Brandon Nakashima, Jenson Brooksby and Holger Vitus Nodskov Rune all compete against one and other.
There the crop of NextGen rising stars that Stricker will be eager to compete against for the biggest titles in men’s tennis in the years to come.
Stricker showed his pedigree by beating his compatriot Leandro Riedi in the first all-Swiss Grand Slam boys’ singles final at 2020 Roland Garros before teaming with Flavio Cobolli to win the boys’ doubles title (ATP).
Stricker became the first player to sweep the French Open boys’ singles and doubles titles since Fernando Gonzalez in 1998 (ATP).
Who is Dominic Stricker’s coach?
Dominic Stricker’s coach is former Swiss tennis player Sven Swinnen. The 40-year-old reached a career-high ranking of 451 in the world.
Swinnen has been Stricker’s personal coach since 2019 and he was a former opponent of Roger Federer.
After a dream year, which was capped off by being called-up to the Swiss Davis Cup team for the first time that brought a victory for Dominic in the singles and doubles, he’ll be looking on in 2022.