American, top 20, Acapulco: Everything you always wanted to know about Tommy Paul (but never had time to find out) – updated after 2024 Delray Beach final

Tommy Paul is back in the top 20 after reaching the Acapulco final. Here are responses to some common questions you may have about the American

Tommy Paul of the U.S. celebrates with the runner-up trophy after the Mexican Open Final Tommy Paul of the U.S. celebrates with the runner-up trophy after the Mexican Open Final Image Credit: AI/Reuters/Panoramic

Who is Tommy Paul?

Tommy Paul is an American tennis player who competes on the professional tennis circuit.

What did Tommy Paul do against Carlos Alcaraz?

Tommy Paul played world No 1 Carlos Alcaraz in consecutive weeks at the ATP Masters events in Toronto and Cincinnati in 2023.

In their first match, Paul pulled off what was seen as a significant upset, handing Alcaraz only his fifth loss of the year by beating the Spaniard 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 in the ATP Masters 1000 Canada quarter-finals, just weeks after the 20-year-old had defeated Novak Djokovic in the 2023 Wimbledon final.

The next week at the ATP Masters 1000 Cincinnati, Paul nearly did it again, meeting Alcaraz in the round of 16 and pushing the world No 1 in a tight 7-6, 6-7, 6-3 match.

What did Tommy Paul do at the 2023 Laver Cup?

Paul played in his second Laver Cup in 2023, helping Team World to a 13-2 victory over Team Europe. The American took part in two matches, with a doubles match alongside Frances Tiafoe against Arthur Fils and Andrey Rublev on day one, which the pair won 6-3, 4-6, 10-6, and a singles match on day two, which he lost 7-6 (6), 6-2 to Casper Ruud.

Tommy Paul was the only member of Team World to lose a match at the 2023 Laver Cup.

When was Tommy Paul born?

Tommy Paul was born on May 17, 1997 in New Jersey, United States.

Who are in his family?

Paul’s family includes Kevin, his father, Jill, his mother, Dylan, his brother,and Jessie Lynn, his sister.

How tall is Paul?

According to his profile on the official ATP Tour website, Paul 1.85m, or 6ft 1inch tall.

What did Tommy Paul achieve in Acapulco in 2023?

Paul reached the biggest singles final of his career on the ATP Tour in early March 2023 at Acapulco. The American defeated countryman and good friend Taylor Fritz, ranked No 5 in the world, in a dramatic three-hour plus marathon. Paul won 6-3, 6-7 (2), 7-6 (2) after a 3 hour 25 minutes battle – the longest match at the tournament, breaking the record of three hours and 21 minutes set by Stefan Kozlov and Grigor Dimitrov last year.

How many ATP titles has Paul won?

Paul has won two ATP singles titles in his career so far, which came at the Stockholm Open in 2021 and then the Dallas Open in 2024. In Stockholm, he defeated fifth seed, Taylor Fritz, in the second round, former world No 1 and three-time Grand Slam champion, Andy Murray, in the quarterfinals, eighth seed Frances Tiafoe in the semifinals and third seed and defending champion, Denis Shapovalov in the final.

At the 2024 Dallas Open, Paul defeated fellow American Marcos Giron in the final to lift his second tour-level title.

Who is Paul coached by?

Paul is coached by Brad Stine, an American tennis coach from California who had earlier worked with Jim Courier.

What is Tommy Paul’s best result at a Grand Slam so far?

Paul’s best result at a Major came at the 2023 Australian Open where he reached the semi-finals. This made him the first American male player to do so at the first Grand Slam of the season since Andy Roddick in 2009. Paul lost to eventual champion Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals.

What is his career-best ranking?

Paul’s career-high ranking is No 13, a mark he reached in August 2023. You can view his latest ranking and his entire ranking history on his ATP Tour profile page.

How much prize money has Paul won in his career?

According to the ATP Tour website, Paul has won over $6 million as of September 26, 2023. You can see his latest prize money stats on his ATP Tour profile page.

Was Tommy Paul a good junior?

Paul reached a career-high ITF junior ranking of No 3 on December 9, 2015. The American reached two junior Grand Slam finals in 2015 – winning the 2015 French Open boys’ singles title with a win over fellow American Taylor Fritz in the final. He also reached the final at the 2015 US Open boys’ singles, losing to Fritz in three sets.

Who was his idol while growing up?

Not surprisingly, Paul’s idol was fellow American, Andy Roddick.

Is he active on social media?

Yes. Paul is on Instagram, where has more than 151,000 followers.

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