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Taro Daniel

Taro Daniel
Country (sports)  Japan
Residence Valencia, Spain
Born (1993-01-27) 27 January 1993
New York, USA
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Turned pro 2010
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Coach(es) José Francisco Altur
Prize money $291,845
Singles
Career record 3–12 (at ATP Tour level, Grand Slam level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 108 (17 August 2015)
Current ranking No. 122 (21 September 2015)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open Q3 (2014)
French Open 1R (2015)
Wimbledon Q1 (2014, 2015)
US Open 1R (2014)
Doubles
Career record 0–0 (at ATP Tour level, Grand Slam level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 566 (23 September 2013)
Current ranking No. 1129 (8 June 2015)
Last updated on: 26 September 2015.

Taro Daniel (ダニエル 太郎 Danieru Tarō, born 27 January 1993) is an American-born Japanese professional tennis player. He trains in Valencia, Spain with coach José Francisco Altur and prefers clay courts. He has won two ATP Challenger Tour singles titles, and achieved a career-high singles ranking of world no.108 in 17 August 2015.[1]

Personal life

His father, Paul Daniel, is an American, and his mother, Yasue, Japanese. He grew up in various places in the world. He spent most of his elementary school days in Saitama, Japan. He went to the Nagoya International School. He and his family moved to Spain when he was fourteen. He speaks English, Japanese, and Spanish. He has one sister, Kana.[1]

Tennis career

Early Age

Taro started playing tennis when he was 7, He practiced at the Shinrin Longwood Tennis Club in Nagoya City during his years in Japan. He got third place for under 12 in the All Japan Junior Tennis Tournament.

2011 - 13

Daniel had won a couple of ITF Futures events in Spain and Portugal. In ATP Challenger Tour, He made the semifinal at the Yokohama in November 2012, and reached his first Challenger final at the Yeongwol in November 2013, where he lost to fourth seed Bradley Klahn in the final. In 2011-2013, Daniel had raise his ATP ranking from world no. 978 to 241.

2014

Daniel reached the third qualifying round of the 2014 Australian Open, losing to Thomaz Bellucci. Qualifying for his first ATP tournament, he made the quarterfinals of the Chile Open, after gaining revenge over Bellucci and defeating eighth seed Federico Delbonis. His run was ended by third seed Nicolas Almagro.

At the 2014 Davis Cup World Group Quarterfinal against Czech Republic, Daniel was nominated first time for Japan Davis Cup team.[2] He played the singles rubber, but lost to Lukáš Rosol with five-setter and Jiří Veselý. Daniel qualified for the 2014 US Open to make his Grand Slam main draw debut, losing to fifth seed Milos Raonic in the first round.[3] The next week, he reached the final at the Seville Challenger, where he was defeated by top seed Pablo Carreño.

2015

After competing in the ATP events of Montpellier and Casablanca, Daniel defeated Filippo Volandri to claim his first ATP Challenger Tour title in Vercelli. He qualified for the 2015 Frech Open, losing to 32nd seed Fernando Verdasco in the first round. In July, Daniel won the Fürth Challenger, defeating top seeds Blaž Rola and Albert Montañés.[4]

At 2015 Davis Cup World Group Play-offs against Colombia, Daniel won the first Davis Cup match of his career, beating Alejandro Falla in the last tie. His victory completed 1-2 come-from-behind victory against Colombia to remain in the World Group for 2016.[5] In October, He qualified for the Valencia Open, and reached second round before losing to sixth seed Guillermo García-López.

Challenger finals

Singles: 4 (2 titles, 2 runners-up)

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 5 November 2013 Yeongwol, South Korea Hard Bradley Klahn 6–7(5–7), 2–6
Runner-up 2. 8 September 2014 Seville, Spain Clay Pablo Carreño Busta 4–6, 1–6
Winner 3. 20 April 2015 Vercelly, Italy Clay Filippo Volandri 6–3, 1–6, 6–4
Winner 4. 1 June 2015 Fürth, Germany Clay Albert Montañés 6–3, 6–0

Doubles: 1 (1 runner-up)

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 22 September 2013 Kenitra, Morocco Clay Alexander Rumyantsev Gerard Granollers
Jordi Samper-Montana
4–6, 4–6

Reference

  1. ^ a b ATP World Tour Profile
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