ATP RANKING: 25
Known for his aggressive playing style and deadly drop shots, Davidovich Fokina is making his debut with Team Europe holding a career-high ranking of No.21, achieved in August 2023 a week after advancing to a second ATP Masters 1000 semifinal in Toronto. The former Wimbledon boys’ champion turned pro in 2017 and started his climb up the rankings in earnest at US Open 2020, where he reached the fourth round for the first time.
Davidovich Fokina began playing tennis at the age of two and a half, introduced to the sport by his Swedish-Russian father Eduard, a former boxer. With nicknames Ale, Davi and Foki, the Spaniard left home at 16 to develop his tennis, inspired by the book Open by Andre Agassi and his idol Roger Federer. He later had an image of a tsunami tattooed on his forearm because, “that’s how I feel on court.” An animal lover, Davidovich Fokina has two cats and in April 2021 he set up a pet adoption platform called Adoptas.org in Spain.
Davidovich Fokina secured his first win over a top-10 player at the 2021 Monte Carlo Masters 1000, and after beating No.10 Matteo Berrettini he went on to reach the quarterfinals. Again at Monte Carlo in 2022, a second-round victory over Novak Djokovic propelled him into his first Masters final, falling to teammate Stefanos Tsitsipas in the title match. Ranked 46 at Roland Garros that year, he stunned Casper Ruud in their third-round match and beat Federico Delbonis to reach his first Grand Slam quarterfinal. In 2023, his ranking continued to improve after quarterfinal finishes at four events, including the ATP Masters at Indian Wells, and the semifinals at Toronto.
Quarterfinals: Barcelona, Indian Wells, Doha, Adelaide