JJ Wolf: The story of the junior revelation at the US Open


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JJ Wolf: The story of the junior revelation at the US Open

With just one year as a professional tennis player, Jeffrey John Wolf (138th) is starting to stomp on the circuit. A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, the 21-year-old is contesting his first Grand Slam and this Friday he will face a litmus test: Daniil Medvedev (3rd). The Russian will be the first Top Ten he faces in his career.

Arising from the bosom of a sports family (his grandfather Charles Wolf was an NBA coach in the 1960s) Wolf played up to four sports between his childhood and adolescence. Soccer, basketball, tennis and baseball were those that were training him and giving him tools that he still uses today. “Soccer helped me develop my footwork and speed, playing basketball was good for my lateral movement and jumping ability, and baseball was excellent for keeping an arm alive while serving and strong hip rotation as well.” the American explained to Tennis.com

This is how Wolf explains why he didn’t choose tennis from a young age: “I probably would have burned if I had only played tennis as a kid. I ended up opting for it because it came down to what I could control. On the court it’s about every point.” In that formation with a lot of sports, his father was also vital for the final choice. Jeff Wolf trained him until he was 17 years old and accompanied him to all the training sessions and games that Jeffrey played. In 2016, his mother had to receive cancer treatment and, in order not to leave his family, he chose to continue his education at Ohio State University. “I’ve seen them take the players and adopt them like family. They are so dedicated on and off the court. I think they do the best job anywhere in the country in developing tennis players. I still have a long way to go. touring, so I hope they develop me as well as possible, “JJ (how he’s nicknamed) told the Tennis Recruiting site four years ago.

Between his 19 and 20 years, Wolff competed between Challengers and youth tournaments. The Challenger of Columbus, Champaign and Noumea were his launch points to begin to step on the ATP circuit. After the stop by Covid-19, he debuted at the Cincinnati Masters 1000 against Richard Gasquet (4-6 and 4-6) after beating Jaume Munar (104 °) and Egor Gerasimov (70 °). At the current US Open, he already got rid of Guido Pella (36th) and Roberto Carballes (101st).

If the UTR (Universal Tennis Rating) positions him as one of the youth players with the greatest projection on the circuit, he is very clear about his objectives. “I just want to see how far I can go and be the best I can be,” says Wolf. “If that’s 50th or 20th or 1st in the world, I don’t care. I’m just trying to maximize my ability,” he confessed to Tennis. com


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