One man with huge tennis pedigree is Thiago Seyboth Wild, a burgeoning talent from Brazil. Here we look at Thiago Seyboth Wild in more detail, including who his parents are.
The 21-year-old lost in the first round of qualifying for the Australian Open to Dutchman Robin Haase in an agonising final-set tie-break.
On his first ATP Tour appearance of the season, Seyboth Wild also lost, this time in straight sets to fellow NextGen star Juan Manuel Cerundolo in Cordoba, Argentina.
In March, he qualified for his first ATP Masters 1000 tournament before losing in straight sets in the main draw first round.
Two months later, Seyboth Wild qualified for the ATP 250 event in Lyon, before losing to Gael Monfils in the opening round.
The talented youngster also suffered a painful defeat in the first round of qualifying at the second Grand Slam of the year, the French Open.
In a replay of what happened Down Under, Seyboth Wild lost in a final-set tie-break.
At Wimbledon, Seyboth Wild went one round further in qualifying but was unable to get past the second round at the All England Club.
In July, he reached the last 16 of the ATP 500 event in Hamburg on clay after coming through qualifying before being beaten by Laslo Djere. He was beaten by the same opponent the following week in Gstaad.
On his last ATP event of the season, Seyboth Wild lost in the first round of Kitzbuhel, Austria.
The Brazilian has played in three Challenger events in South America since then but has failed to get beyond the last 16 in any of those tournaments.
Seyboth Wild hasn’t qualified for the Intesa Sanpaolo Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan, which will be held next month.
That tournament will see the eight players under the age of 21 who have accrued the most points this season compete in the season’s showpiece.
The likes of Jannik Sinner, Felix Auger-Aliassime, Carlos Alcaraz, Sebastian Korda, Jenson Brooksby, Brandon Nakashima and Lorenzo Musetti have all qualified for that tournament, that’s the pool of emerging stars that Seyboth Wild will have to compete with in the years to come.
But Seyboth Wild has already shown he has the pedigree to compete with his fellow NextGen rivals. He beat Musetti to lift the 2018 US Open boys’ singles title.
He earned his first ATP Tour win of his career on home clay defeating Elias Ymer in 2019 in Sao Paulo as a wild card in the first round.
The former top-ten junior achieved a career-high ranking of 106 in 2020 after reaching the second Challenger final of his career at Aix-en-Provence and making his maiden Grand Slam appearance in New York.
But it was last year at Santiago where Seyboth Wild came to stardom as a 19-year-old, becoming the first ATP Tour champion born in the 2000s and youngest Brazilian champion in Open Era (ATP). He beat Casper Ruud in the championship match.
One week before the tournament in Santiago, Seyboth Wild saved three match points to beat Davidovich Fokina in the 2020 Rio de Janeiro first round as a wild card, which proved to be the longest ATP Tour match (three hours 50 minutes) since a certain 2009 ATP 1000 Madrid semi-final (Nadal beat Djokovic in four hours and three minutes).
In 2020, which was no doubt his breakout year, Seyboth Wild also made his Davis Cup debut during Brazil’s 3-1 road loss to Australia where he lost to John Millman.
Who are Seyboth Wild’s parents?
Seyboth Wild’s parents are Claudio Ricardo Wild, who manages tennis academies, and his mother, Gisela Christine Seyboth, who is a doctor.
Seyboth Wild’s surname derives from many nationalities. His father’s family is from Romania and Russia, while his mother is German.
He began playing tennis at the age of four because his dad played too. He speaks Portuguese, English and Spanish.