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The statistics that defined 2022 – 20 first-time title winners in the ATP and WTA Tours

There were 20 first-time title winners across the ATP and WTA Tours in 2022. Here’s a snippet on them all…

Linda Fruhvirtova in Chennai Linda Fruhvirtova in Chennai (Zuma/Panoramic)

20 players raised their maiden trophies on tour this year. Scroll down to jog your memory on a year of (many) firsts…

Thanasi Kokkinakis (Adelaide-2)

Kokkinakis was the first maiden title winner in 2022. He won in his hometown of Adelaide, defeating Arthur Rinderknech.

Thanasi Kokkinakis AO_2021 (1)
Thanasi Kokkinakis AO_2021 (1)

Alexander Bublik (Montpellier)

Bublik shocked Alexander Zverev at the Open Sud de France, earning his first top-5 win in the process.

Felix Auger-Aliassime (Rotterdam)

After losing every set of his first eight ATP finals, Auger-Aliassime came through in Rotterdam, defeating Stefanos Tsitsipas for his first of four ATP titles in 2022.

Pedro Martinez (Santiago)

Spain’s Martinez edged Sebastian Baez in a three-set final in Chile.

Holger Rune (Munich)

Holger Rune donned the lederhosen after becoming the first Dane to win an ATP title since 2005 at Munich. He would raise two more trophies in 2022, including his first Masters 1000 title in Paris.

Holger Rune winning in Munich
Holger Rune of Denmark kisses the trophy after winning the final match against Botic Van De Zandschulp of the Netherlands at the Tennis ATP tournament in Munich, Germany (© © Matthias Schrader / AP Photo / SIPA Press)

Sebastian Baez (Estoril)

Baez defeated Frances Tiafoe in straight sets, on the same day as Rune’s triumph.

Tim van Rijthoven (‘s-Hertogenbosch)

At 205, Van Rijthoven is the lowest-ranked ATP champion in 2022. He dominated Daniil Medvedev in the final.

Francisco Cerundolo (Bastad)

The Argentine joined his brother in the title-winning club, defeating compatriot Baez in the final.

Maxime Cressy (Newport)

Cressy edged Alexander Bublik in a third-set tiebreak to claim his first title.

Maxime Cressy, Wimbledon 2022
Maxime Cressy celebrates | © AI / Reuters / Panoramic

Lorenzo Musetti (Hamburg)

Musetti won a battle of future forces in the third-longest three-set final on the ATP Tour in 2022.

Brandon Nakashima (San Diego)

San Diego native Nakashima hoisted the trophy in his hometown event, defeating fellow American Marcos Giron.

Marc-Andrea Huesler (Sofia)

The Austrian southpaw defeated Holger Rune for his first title.

WTA first-time title winners…

Anastasia Potapova Cluj 2022
Imago / Panoramic

Anastasia Potapova  (Istanbul) 

The Russian came through qualifying and defeated Veronika Kudermetova on the final for her breakthrough moment.

Martina Trevisan (Rabat) 

Trevisan topped American Claire Liu in a battle of first-time finalists in Rabat.

Martina Trevisan
Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – May 31, 2022 Italy’s Martina Trevisan reacts during her quarter final match against Canada’s Leylah Annie Fernandez (AI/Reuters/Panoramic)

Beatriz Haddad Maia (Nottingham)

Haddad Maia became the first Brazilian to win a title on grass in 50 years by topping Alison Riske for the title.

Bernarda Pera (Budapest)

American Bernarda Pera had a career year in 2022, and won the title in Budapest, defeating Aleksandra Krunic.

Marie Bouzková (Prague) 

Bouzkova didn’t hit a single winner in the final, but still got past Anastasia Potovapova, 6-0, 6-3.

Linda Fruhvirtová  (Chennai) 

The youngest title winner on the WTA Tour was 17-year-old Linda Fruhvirtova. She came from a break down to defeat Magda Linette.

Mayar Sherif (Parma) 

Egypt’s Sherif defeated Maria Sakkari for her first top-10 win and the Parma title. She became the first woman from Egypt to ever win a WTA title.

Anna Blinkova (Cluj-Napoca) 

Blinkova came from qualifying to become the last first-time winner on the WTA Tour in 2022. She defeated Jasmine Paolini, 6-2, 3-6, 6-2.

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