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Wu Yibing: History for China, injuries, video games – 10 things you need to know about the Chinese star

Wu Yibing is the first Chinese player to ever claim an ATP title, and the highest-ranked Chinese man in ATP history. Find out more about the rising talent.

Yibing Wu, Dallas 2023 Yibing Wu, Dallas 2023 – © Imago / Panoramic

Get to know more about the Chinese star that is rising up the rankings…

What did Wu Ying achieve in Dallas in 2023?

Wu became the first Chinese player to ever claim an ATP title when he saved four championship points to defeat John Isner in the Dallas Open final, 6-7(4), 7-6(3), 7-6(12). Prior to the Dallas Open a Chinese player had never been beyond an ATP semi-final, and that had not happened since 1995.

Why did Wu miss nearly three seasons, from 2019 to 2022?

Wu suffered a litany of injuries, and did not compete from March of 2019 to December of 2021. He dealt with elbow, back, shoulder and wrist injuries and underwent elbow surgery in 2020.

What is Wu’s highest ranking?

Wu climbed to a career-high ranking of 58 in the world on February 13, 2023. He is the highest-ranked male player in Chinese tennis history.

Yibing Wu, Dallas 2023 - © Imago / Panoramic
Yibing Wu, Dallas 2023 – © Imago / Panoramic

Is Wu a model?

You won’t find the word “model” written on Wu’s tax return, but he does get a kick out of posing for the camera when he gets the chance.

What is one of Wu’s favourite hobbies?

Wu loves to play video games. He says that video games actually help his hand-eye coordination, but he doesn’t think kids should follow his example.

What is Wu’s best shot?

His forehand is absolutely lethal, but he also has a surprisingly big serve for his size, and a very versatile backhand. But it is the forehand that makes most tennis aficionados swoon.

What was Wu ranked in March of 2022?

Wu’s ranking had dipped to 1869 on March 21st, 2022. Since then he has risen over 1,800 spots (as of February 13).

Who is Wu’s favourite athlete?

Wu is an admirer of NBA star Kevin Durant.

“When I first watched the NBA, I think that was the 2011-2012 season,” he told “That’s when Westbrook, Harden and Durant played on the Thunder and they made the finals that year and lost to LeBron [James]… That is my first memory of NBA basketball.”

What did Wu achieve at the 2022 US Open?

At the 2022 US Open, 22-year-old Wu became the first man from China in 63 years to win a main draw match at a major. He would go on to reach the third round before falling to Daniil Medvedev.

Was Wu a good junior?

At the 2017 US Open, 17-year-old Wu became the first boy from China ever to win a major title at the junior level.

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