Dominic Stricker is showing his talent in the Next Gen finals in Milano. Alex Mann has written a timely Dominic Stricker player profile.
Dominic Stricker has set the Next Gen Finals alight, defeating Lorenzo Musetti, Jack Draper and Tseng Chun-hsin to reach the semi-final stage. Who is this Swiss rising star and will he win the Next Gen Finals? Here’s everything you need to know.
Dominic Stephan Stricker was born on the 16th August 2002 in Switzerland. In 2019, Stricker, alongside Flavio Cobolli reached the final of the junior French Open doubles competition. Stricker also began competing on the ITF tour, playing a handful of tournaments.
Former tennis player Sven Swinnen currently coaches Stricker. Swinnen reached a career-high singles ranking of 451 in 2007 but was most notably a hitting partner for Roger Federer during his early career. Stricker has talked about his admiration for Roger Federer and met the Swiss great before his retirement. With the right coach at his side, can Stricker follow in the footsteps of his idol?
It was in 2020 when Stricker had much of his success on the junior tour. At the beginning of the year, he reached the quarter-final of the Australian Open boys singles. The Swiss then went on to win the junior French Open singles and doubles titles. Stricker defeated fellow Swiss, Leandro Riedi in the final of the singles and partnered Flavio Cobolli once again to win the doubles title. The Swiss youngster ended 2020 ranked 1168 in the ATP singles rankings.
Stricker made big strides on the ATP tour in 2021. In March, he won his first ATP Challenger title in his home country, defeating Vitaliy Sachko. With his victory in Lugano, Switzerland, Stricker flew up the ATP singles rankings, rising from 874 to 425.
In May, Stricker was awarded a wildcard for competing in his first ATP tour event in Geneva, Switzerland. Facing former world number 3, Marin Cilic in the first round, Stricker took out the Croat in straight sets. Backing up the result, the Swiss youngster defeated world number 44, Marton Fucsovics, to reach the quarter-final. Although he lost out to Pablo Andujar, Stricker’s first two ATP tour victories meant he rose to world number 334.
Continuing his rise, Stricker reached back-to-back ATP quarter-finals, defeating Radu Albot and world number 20, Hubert Hurkacz on the grass courts of Stuttgart, Germany. By the end of 2021, Stricker had reached the top 300, sitting at 246 in the ATP singles rankings.
At the beginning of 2022, Stricker attempted to qualify for his first men’s singles major at the Australian Open. He reached the second round of the singles qualifying, losing out to Matthew Ebden.
In January, Stricker reached his second ATP Challenger tour final, losing to Yoshihito Nishioka, in Columbus, Ohio. A week later, Stricker avenged his loss to Nishioka, defeating him to lift his second Challenger title in Cleveland, Ohio.
After losing in the second round of qualifying at the French Open and Wimbledon, he won his third Challenger title in Zug, Switzerland.
In October, he reached the quarter-final of the European Open in Antwerp Belgium, defeating Botic van de Zandschulp on the way.
Currently ranked 111 in the world, Stricker has continued his impressive season at this year’s Next Gen Finals in Turin, Italy. As the lowest-ranked player in his group, the Stricker beat world number 43 Jack Draper, world number 89, Tseng Chun-Hsin and the favorite for the title, world number 23, Lorenzo Musetti, to qualify for the semi-final.
Standing at 1.83m, the Swiss youngster possesses a powerful serve and a reliable second. His lefty forehand has an ample amount of topspin which he can use to pin opponents in the corner of the courts and is comfortable coming forward to the net. With the devastating performances he’s shown this week, he has to be the favorite for this year’s Next Gen title.