Tomas Machac has broke significant new ground on the tennis circuit this year and he has given himself the perfect platform to kick on. But who is Tomas Machac’s coach?
The 21-year-old has this year won his first Grand Slam match, won his second Challenger title, reached the top 150 in the world and made his Olympics debut.
That’s a very impressive season for the Czech star, who reached number 16 in the junior rankings after winning the 2017 Orange Bowls boys’ doubles title (ATP).
Machac showed his burgeoning potential by winning his first ATP Challenger title at the 2020 Koblenz Open.
He played his very first Grand Slam qualification at the 2020 French Open and defeated all three opponents without losing a set, before losing in the first round against Taylor Fritz in five sets.
The youngster did exactly the same thing at this year’s Australian Open, but he earned his first tour-level win by beating Mario Vilella Martinez, before losing in the second round to world number 10 and this year’s Wimbledon runner-up Matteo Berrettini in four sets.
In the build up to the first Grand Slam of the year, he made his ATP debut at the 2021 Murray River Open with direct entry into main draw, losing in the first round to James Duckworth.
In March, Macháč won his second ATP Challenger singles title at the 2021 Nur-Sultan Challenger II, Kazakhstan. Following his success, he entered the top 150 at a then career-high ranking of number 137.
The NextGen contender qualified to represent Czech Republic at this summer’s Olympics where he reached the second round after beating Jose Sousa.
Machac was beaten in the second round by number eight seed Diego Schwartzman in a tight two-set encounter (6-4, 7-5).
In August, he reached his second Challenger final of 2021 in Liberec, beating Botic van de Zandschulp in the semi-finals, but he was unable to lift the trophy.
Machac, who turned pro in 2017, plays right-handed with a double-handed backhand and currently finds himself at a career-high number 134 in the world.
Who is Tomas Machac’s coach?
Tomas Machac’s coach is former Czechoslovakia tennis player Daniel Vacek, who turned professional in 1990 and retired in 2003.
The 50-year-old achieved a career-high singles ranking of number 26 in the world.
The right-hander won 25 career titles in doubles with various partners, including the French Open in 1996 and 1997, and the US Open in 1997.
The furthest he got at the Grand Slams in the singles main draw events was the fourth round in New York and at Wimbledon. He finished with a win/loss record of 176 wins to 225 defeats during his singles career.
On his final singles Grand Slam appearance, he lost in four sets to Argentine David Nalbandian at the Australian Open.
During the course of his career, Vacek did secure Grand Slams wins against the likes of Lleyton Hewitt, Mark Philippoussis and Albert Costa.
Vacek’s extensive experience in singles and doubles will be crucial in helping to steer Machac up the tennis ladder.