As comfortable on clay as he is on hard court, young Serbian jewel Hamad Medjedovic is gradually revealing his talent to the world, with a record-breaking 2023 season. At just 20 years of age, the right-hander with the dazzling forehand is fast approaching the Top 100 and is confident of his strengths, hoping to follow in the footsteps of his compatriot and now coach, Victor Troicki, former world number 12.
Born on July 18, 2003, in a small Serbian village called Novi Pazar, Hamad Medjedovic quickly demonstrated his tennis skills. At the age of 10, he moved to Belgrade to continue playing tennis in better conditions. An investment that paid off, as a few years later he reached 9th place in the world ITF Junior rankings. He soon made his debut on the professional circuit, receiving an invitation to the Belgrade Open 2021. Despite losing in the first round, he continued his rise to prominence on the Challenger circuit, demonstrating his strength and determination. Armed with his Pure Strike racket and RPM Blast string, Hamad won his first Challenger title at the Platzmann-Sauerland Open in Germany in June 2022, knocking out some of the tour's most experienced players. It was then that he made his first big impression, and with his confidence boosted by his aggressive game, the 1.88 m Serbian, then aged 19, went on to win his second Challenger title a few months later. With this latest victory, he made Serbian tennis history by becoming the fourth Serbian player to win multiple Challenger titles.
And now, the big leagues
After a third victory at the Upper Austrian Open Challenger, he reached the top 200 in May 2023. This meteoric rise was marked by a major victory over his Pure Strike compatriot, former world number 3 and top seed Dominic Thiem, in the semi-finals of this tournament. But Medjedovic's debut in the big leagues has only just begun. In May, Medjedovic made his first Grand Slam appearance at the French Open, where he qualified for the main draw thanks to three brilliant qualifying victories. It was the same story at Wimbledon, where he once again qualified for the main draw after a fine qualifying adventure.
A few days later, he decided to make his return to his favorite surface, clay, at the Gstaad tournament, in a bid to establish himself alongside solid players accustomed to this type of tournament. He did just that, reaching his first ATP semi-final. An encouraging run which ended with him facing the future champion. Back on the secondary circuit in September, he won his 4th Challenger title in Majorca. After achieving a career-high ATP ranking of 102nd in October 2023, the Serb remains hungry to make a name for himself on the circuit and make his mark on his sport, just as his all-time idol Cristiano Ronaldo did in soccer. Tennis fans the world over are eagerly awaiting the next step in his lightning ascent. Next up is the Next Gen ATP Finals, where he will be making his mark for the first time. An important tournament for the future of a career that promises to be explosive.
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