Tommy Paul – USA

Gamestyle: Self-described “aggressive baseliner”. Compact swing on the forehand, though he generates plenty of spin due to his elite racquet speed. Excellent backhand, though he has the foot speed to run around it if desired. When playing well, he utilizes a mix of down-the-line/slice backhands to successfully move his opponent around the court. Short backswings allow him to be aggressive on the return, though he will slice when stretched. Elite athlete with tremendous movement on the court. The results he has had on clay are a testament to his court speed/footwork. Terrific improviser on the run, though he too often relies on his speed to cover for lapses in shot selection. A willing volleyer who displays quality touch around the net. Has shown newfound pop on the first serve, and has displayed a variety of kick/slice spins on the serve. Too easily loses concentration during matches. Shot selection can be appalling, particularly for someone with his speed. Must learn to embrace the Gilles Simon “grinder” mentality. t

Tommy Paul (born May 17, 1997 in Voorhees Township, New Jersey) is an American professional tennis player. Paul won the 2015 French Open boys’ singles title by defeating fellow American Taylor Fritz in the final in three sets. He also reached the boys’ singles final at the 2015 US Open, this time losing to Fritz in three sets. Paul was a quarterfinalist at the 2017 Citi Open, an ATP 500 tournament, before losing to Kei Nishikori.

Junior career

Tommy Paul has always been one of the highest ranked juniors of his class. Paul reached a career-high ITF junior rank of No. 3 on December 9, 2015.

Cited as one of North Carolina Tennis’ greatest rivalries, Paul played Will Baird a total of 14 times (Paul holding a 10–4 record) throughout their junior careers. In those matches, four took place in quarterfinal rounds, five in semifinal rounds, and two in finals. Ten of their fourteen matches ended in third sets.

Paul reached two junior Grand Slam finals in 2015, winning against Taylor Fritz at the French Open, and losing to him at the U.S. Open.


Paul turned pro in 2015. He has a career-high ATP singles ranking of No. 191 achieved on April 11, 2016. Unusually for an American, Paul has shown a preference for playing on clay, having won the Junior French Open and his first four ITF Futures singles titles on clay. He qualified for the main draw of a Grand Slam for the first time at the 2015 US Open, losing to Andreas Seppi in the first round.

In March 2016, Paul cracked the Top 200 for the first time by qualifying for the Miami Masters. In April, Paul was awarded a wild card into the 2016 U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championships at Houston, and defeated 53rd-ranked Paolo Lorenzi in the 1st round for his first career ATP level win.

Tommy would then mainly compete on the ATP Challenger circuit and ITF circuit for the remainder of 2016 and early 2017.

In July 2017, after going through qualifying at the Atlanta Open, he defeated seventh seed and 53rd-ranked Chung Hyeon in three sets. He then went on to defeat Malek Jaziri in three sets to advance to his first ATP tour level quarterfinal. Then he was defeated by third seed Gilles Müller. Following his performance in Atlanta, Tommy was awarded a wildcard into the ATP 500 Washington Open. Paul defeated Casper Ruud to advance to the second round. He then played Lucas Pouille and achieveed the biggest win of his career, defeating the Frenchman in straight sets. In the next round, he faced Gilles Müller again, but this time came out on top in three sets to reach his first ATP 500 quarterfinal. There he faced Kei Nishikori and lost in three sets.

Paul holds a record of 16 consecutive water bottle flips, taking place during the Playford Challenger of Early 2018.