Spotlight on the Champ’seed Foundation Alumni
Career High-Ranking 3rd (ATP)
At the end of 2017, thanks to his excellent results, Stefanos Tsitsipas (Greece) was able to finance his own way and thus left the Champ’seed Foundation at the age of 19. Since then, Stefanos has continued to progress at the highest level. He won the Next Gen Masters in 2018, and the following year won the ATP World Tour Finals, which features the world top eight players. In the Grand Slams, he reached the semi-finals three times at the Australian Open, in 2019, 2021 and 2022 and the final in 2023; at Roland Garros, he reached the semi-finals in 2020 and the final in 2021, finishing the year ranked World No. 3.
Career-High Ranking 4th (WTA)
Early bloomer Cori “Coco” Gauff (USA) left the foundation in 2018 at the age of 14 after securing a major sponsorship deal. Then, she went on to achieve remarkable success and won her first title on the professional circuit in Linz (Austria) in 2019. She reached the round of 16 at Wimbledon in 2019 and at the Australian Open in 2020. Today, she has two singles titles and five women’s doubles titles on the WTA Tour. In 2021, she reached a Grand Slam final for the first time in doubles at the US Open, then in singles at Roland-Garros in 2022.
Career-High Ranking 9th (ATP)
Holger Rune (Denmark) is rising fast and his results in 2021 were exceptional. He moved up 370 spots to reach No. 103 in the ATP singles ranking by the end of that year. In 2022, he continued his fantastic run! The Danish youngster, who is training regularly at the Mouratoglou Academy since he was 12 years old, played outstanding again that season. Holger broke into the ATP Top 100 for the first time in his career in January 2022, reaching the Top 50 after his first ATP tour title in Munich. At Roland Garros he played his first Grand Slam quarter-final and he won the title in Stockholm in October. Only two weeks later, he claimed the Master's trophy in Paris - his biggest win in his career so far, enabling him to reach the No. 10 spot in the singles ranking in November 2022.
Career High-Ranking 18th (ATP)
With ever growing support from the Italian Tennis Federation and comfortably established in the world’s Top 100, Lorenzo Musetti (Italy) left the foundation at the beginning of 2021. Then, he won his first win against a Top10 player, Diego Schwartzman (ranked World No. 9) and repeated the feat in 2022 against Felix Auger-Aliassime (ranked World No. 9). In July 2022, he won his first ATP Tour event in Hamburg, Germany.
Career-High Ranking 59th (ATP)
Alexei Popyrin (Australia) was supported by the Champ’seed Foundation until the end of 2018, as he was fast approaching the Top 100 players in the world.
In 2021 he won his first ATP 250 tournament in Singapore and reached his highest ranking to date at Word No. 59.
There is no doubt that we will continue hearing from this great player’s success!
Career-High Ranking 51st (WTA)
Top 200 on April 4th 2022, Top 100 on September 19th 2022, Career-High Ranking No. 51 on January 30th, 2023... The highly promising Linda Fruhvirtova joined the Champ'seed family in 2017 and left early 2023 thanks to her results. In 2022, she notably clinched the WTA 250 trophy of Chennai, India, after back to back top 25 wins at the Miami Open. In 2023, she reached her maiden grand slam second week at the Australian Open. No doubt Linda will continue to blossom over the years to come. She is also an amazing role model for her younger sister Brenda Fruhvirtova whom we continue to support as a Champ'seed player.
Chun-Hsin ‘Jason’ Tseng
Career-High Ranking 83rd (ATP)
Chun-Hsin “Jason” is currently the highest ranked Taiwanese player on the ATP tour. He has a career high ATP singles ranking of World No. 83, achieved in August 2022. He was also the ITF junior No. 1, first reaching this ranking in June 2018 after winning the Roland-Garros Junior Champion title, the year he left the Champ’seed Foundation. He is currently coached by the former technical coordinator of the Champ’seed Foundation, Benjamin Ebrahimzadeh.