10 questions about Lloyd Harris: “King”, Roger Federer, South Africa

Lloyd Harris is one of the rising stars on the ATP Tour. Here are the answers to 10 questions you may have about the South African

Lloyd Harris, Anvers 2020

How did Lloyd Harris make history in Dubai in 2021?

Lloyd Harris became the first qualifier ever to reach the final of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships since its inception in 1993. The South African beat top seed Dominic Thiem, 14th seed Filip Krajinovic, former US Open champion Kei Nishokori, and then Denis Shapovalov. Only Aslan Karatsev, in the final, stopped him from taking his first ATP Tour title.

Lloyd Harris, Dubai, 2021

How old is Lloyd Harris ?

Lloyd Harris was born on February 24, 1997, so he was just 24 when he reached this final. He has one sister, Monique.

What is Lloyd Harris’s nationality?

Lloyd Harris is South African. He was born and lives in Cape Town.

What is Lloyd Harris’s nickname?

Lloyd Harris’s nickname is “King”.

“I was only 19 when I made it into the South Africa Davis Cup team which was a group full of older guys, 27, 28, and into their 30s,” Harris told Agence France Presse. “I started beating all of them all the time so one of the guys, Nicolaas Scholtz, said I was the king of all of them.”

At what age did Lloyd Harris first play tennis?

Harris played tennis from three years old but also played rugby, cricket, athletics and swimming. He only dedicated himself to tennis at around 15, something he says stopped him from becoming bored.

“That kept me excited for tennis and I kept on enjoying it. That was great,” Harris said. “Back in South Africa, I was lucky enough to be in great schools and have all the facilities and stuff that I needed.”

Who is Lloyd Harris’s coach?

Harris is coached by Anthony Harris – no relation – in Cape Town, South Africa, while on Tour, former Wimbledon semi-finalist and top 20 player Xavier Malisse accompanies him in some weeks.

How many ATP Tour titles has Lloyd Harris won?

Lloyd Harris has yet to win a title on Tour but has made two finals. He reached his first final in Adelaide in 2020, losing out to Russia’s Andrey Rublev. He made a second final, in Dubai in 2021, but was beaten by another Russian, Karatsev.

What is Lloyd Harris’s best ranking?

Harris reached his career-high ATP ranking of No 72 in January 2020, after reaching the Adelaide final. But he will hit a new career-high ranking of around 52 after his run to the final in Dubai.

What is Lloyd Harris’s record like in Grand Slams?

Harris has played in the main draw at nine Grand Slam events, his best effort coming at the 2021 Australian Open, where he reached the third round. He made his Wimbledon debut in 2019, taking a set off eight-time champion and the eventual finalist Roger Federer in the first round.

Lloyd Harris

What are Lloyd Harris’s hobbies?

Harris is a big fan of English Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur, having only really got into them a few years ago.

“When I started watching, I took a big liking in some of their players. Heung-min Son, Harry Kane probably my favourites,” Harris said in Adelaide in 2020. “Then I just started supporting them. Got the shirt, got everything that goes with it. And to be honest, I have been following them like every single match. Now I’m a diehard fan, for sure.”

You can follow Lloyd Harris on Instgram, where he has more than 15,000 followers; on Twitter, where he has just under 2,000 followers and on Facebook, where he is followed by more than 1,000 people. (March 2021)

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