2002 was the year that Roger Federer He began to forge his legend and make his way among the best tennis players ever seen on the circuit. At that time he only raised three trophies (Sydney, Masters 1000 in Hamburg and Vienna) and finished the year as number 6 in the world. In this context, Zachary Svajda, the young man who is only 18 years old today, came into the world.
Originally from La Jolla, a town in the city of San Diego, California, this tennis player who is currently in position No. 713 in the ATP ranking will make his presentation at the US Open 2021 after receiving a wild card for winning the USTA (United States Tennis Association) National Under-18 Championship.
Despite his young age, the Californian already played a main draw of the New York tournament. In 2019 he also received another wild card for obtaining the National Championship. At that time and only 16 years old, he faced Paolo Lorenzi (135 ° back then) and it almost gives the surprise. He beat the Italian the first two sets but then the experienced European ended up turning the game around.
Despite still being a youngster, Svajda already has two interesting marks in his short career. The first one is that he is one of the eight American tennis players who throughout history won the U-18 National Championship twice., being the last to achieve it Jack Sock in 2010 and 2011. Plus, He is the youngest player to play the main draw at the US Open since Donald Young in 2005.
Although several guys in his category are already playing at the ATP level such as Carlos Alcaraz, Lorenzo Musetti, Holger Rune or Juan Manuel Cerúndolo, the case of the American was different. After skipping the post-US Open 2019 university period to become a professional, the arrival of Covid-19 postponed their professionalization plans.
Between January and February 2020, he only played two Challenger and two M25 and then take the rest of the year. “It was difficult. It was supposed to be my first full year on tour full of many travels. It was like an 8 month preseason. I learned a lot on and off the court. I got positive aspects of the 8 months “he told The Tennis Forecast by the end of 2020.
For Svajda, the US Open is a very special tournament. In addition to being his favorite, he is the one who won one of his idols the most times: Roger Federer. With the Swiss he just shared a practice during Indian Wells 2019.
Its potential is undoubtedly enormous and the latter major of the season could mark the kickoff of a rising career for him. With the cards on the table, it only remains for the US Open to get into action and Svajda made his debut against Marco Cecchinato (80th) and his first step towards his great dream: to be an elite professional tennis player.