Tennys Sandgren (Bio, Titles, Career, Prize Money & Family)

Tennys Sandgren (Bio, Titles, Career, Prize Money & Family)

Published: December 7, 2021

Personal Details:

Name:Tennys Sandgren
Date of birth:22-07-1991
Birthplace:Gallatin, TN, USA
Weight:195 lbs (88 kg)
Height:6’2” (188 cm)
Turned pro:2011
Plays:Right-handed forehand, Two-handed backhand

Who is Tennys Sandgren?

Tennys Sandgren, born on the 22nd of July 1991 in Gallatin, Tennessee, is a professional tennis player.

Son to his south African mother Lia Lourens and his father David Sandgren, he was given his name “Tennys” in honor of his great grandfather. This name would soon reflect the most important thing of his life. 

Home-schooled by his mother, Sandgren took up tennis at the early age of just three years old and hasn’t stopped playing since then. At the age of 7, he took another step forwards and started participating in tournaments. 

After winning various tournaments during his teens, he went to the University of Tennessee to play for the college’s tennis team. Once his college years were over, Tennys went professional in 2011.

He slowly started to make a name for himself, winning various titles, which we’re going to talk about later. 

Tennys Sandgren, who stands at 6’2” (188cm) and weighs 195 lbs (88kg), is a right-handed, two-handed backhand player.

He has seen his career frustrated by several long-term injuries that have kept him from greater success.

Tennys Sandgren’s Tennis Career So Far

Currently (December 2021), Tennys Sandgren is ranked 96th in the world.

As said before, he took up tennis at the age of 3 and trained for four years to then start playing in tournaments between 2006-2007. He was No.1 in Boys 16 singles and was even national singles champion on clay and hardcourt.

In 2008 he became a three-time Boys 18 champion as well as capturing the Texas ITF singles championship.

A year before going to college, Tennys was a semi-finalist in two of the best ITF tournaments around the globe, being Copa Gerdau in Brazil and Easter Bowl in California. 

After reaching these milestones, Tennys started to make a name for himself, reaching 9th place in the ITF Junior World Ranking in April 2009.

In 2011 he became a professional committing to the University of Tennessee as the number 1 prospect in all the United States.

After winning the singles ITA All-America tournament and being a semi-finalist in the 2011 NCAA Singles, Tennys was selected to play for the USTA Summer Collegiate Team, along with Rhyne William.

Together they captured his first professional title, winning 6-2, 7-5 in the final of the Godfrey Futures in Illinois.

In 2012 he played in various tournaments at the ITF level, and in 2013 he was always in the top 300, which made him eligible to play the Challenger tour for a good part of the season.

In his final tournament of the year, he became champion at the Challenger level, making his way to the top 200.

In 2014, injuries started to affect his career after hip surgery, missing half of the season. He then spent more than a year trying to return to the top 200, a milestone he reached in 2016 after reaching his second Challenger final.

2017 was a breakthrough year for Tennys. He finally reached the top 100 after winning two of the five challenger finals in 2017.

By doing this, he qualified for the ATP World Tour played in Houston and then entered the French Open’s main draw.

His Grand Slam debut came in the form of a loss against Mikhail Kukushkin. However, the semi-final appearance at the Czech Open made him reach the top 100 for the first time in his career.

In 2018 he started with various early exits, participating in the main draw of the Auckland Open after Kyle Edmund withdrew, losing in three sets to Hyeon Chung.

On his Australian Open debut, he defeated Jeremy Chardy in his opening match. In the second round, he defeated 2014 champion Stan Wawrinka, and in the third round, he came victorious over Maximilian Marterer.

In the fourth round, Tennys defeated No. 5, Dominic Thiem, in a thrilling five-set match. Sadly he was defeated by Hyeon Chung in the quarterfinals. 

When the clay season began, Sandgren reached his first final of the ATP tour at the US Men’s Clay Court Championships, losing to Steve Johnson in the final but making the top 50 for the first time.

He then lost in various tournaments, being defeated by Novak Djokovic in the first round of Wimbledon and the second round of the US Open.

January 2019 was a life-changing month in Tennys Sandgren’s life. He won his first ATP title at the Auckland Open, and this way, he got to the highest ranking in his career at No. 41 in the world.

He lost nine consecutive matches after ending that run at Wimbledon.

Unfortunately, there is a good chance that someone at the top will have bad luck, and unfortunately, it came. Sandgren injured his toe, which caused him to disappear from the top 50 for the rest of the year.

In 2020 Sandgren made it to the quarterfinals of the 2020 Australian Open. After losing seven match points, he lost to superstar and tennis legend Roger Federer.

In 2021 Sandgren saw himself with an early exit at the Australian Open but was finally eligible to represent his country at the 2020 Olympic Games.

His singles run came in short after losing in the first round, but he reached the bronze medal game on doubles, which he lost to the New Zealand pair of Marcus Daniell and Michael Venus.

Career Titles Singles

ATP:

Date:Tournament:Country:
12-01-19AucklandNew Zealand

Challengers:

Date:Tournament:Country:
11-11-13ChampaignUSA
20-02-17TempeUSA
07-05-17SavannahUSA

Career Titles Doubles

Challengers:

Date:Tournament:Country:
01-10-12SacramentoUSA
29-04-13TallahasseeUSA
16-09-13İzmirTurkey
30-12-13NouméaFrance
05-01-15NouméaFrance
08-11-15CharlottesvilleUSA
19-11-16ChampaignUSA

Biggest Achievements

Winning more titles in doubles than in singles, Tennys Sandgren has had a career with quite a good number of championships.

His most notorious victory was the ATP tour at Auckland, New Zealand, where he won his only ATP championship to this date, beating Cameron Norrie in two sets (6-4, 6-2).

Besides his first ATP title, we can add the doubles titles at the Challenger tournaments in Sacramento, Tallahassee, Izmir, Nouméa (2x), Charlottesville, and Champaign.

Tennys Sandgren Net Worth

Currently, Tennys Sandgren is valued at a whopping 3-million-dollar net worth. Most of this money comes from the prize money he has won so far during his career. In addition, there is income from partnerships with various companies.

Tennys Sandgren Prize Money

Tennys Sandgren has won over 3 million dollars from tournament prizes, winning 474.000 dollars only in 2021. This amount is likely to increase further in 2022 if he performs well in tournaments.

Tennys Sandgren's Racket

Sponsored by Wilson, Tennys Sandgren currently uses the Wilson Blade 98 Countervail. He has been using this racket for a good amount of time and doesn’t look to change it in a pursuable future.

Other players who used this racket are David Ferrer, David Goffin, and Karen Khachanov.

Conclusion on Tennys Sandgren

Now that we have learned about Tennys, we know he’s a good tennis player whose career could have been better if it hadn’t been for injuries. Although injuries have come across, he has returned and battled against the top players for some time.

However, after falling off the top rankings, we could see Tennys return to the challenger level.

Brian Henderson

I am what you might call a true tennis fanatic. When I am not on the tennis court teaching or playing myself, I am probably writing an informative article about tennis. My goal is to get as many people as possible excited and informed about tennis.

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Published: December 7, 2021