In addition to his tennis successes, “Bachelor in Finance” in particular stands out in his CV. Interesting facts about Dominik Koepfer’s life motto: “From college player to tennis professional”.
Munich – Dominik Koepfer, born April 29, 1994 in Furtwangen, is one of the most consistent tennis players in Germany: He has been among the top 100 on the ATP world rankings since September 9, 2019, and since then he has been gradual. approaching the top 50 at. It was not clear from the beginning whether Koepfer would become a tennis professional at all, as tennis for a long time was “just” a hobby for him. The final decision was not to be made until he was a college student in America. There he was then grafted with the motto typical of American colleges: “Bigger, better, bolder”. “Bigger, better, braver” has since been evident in Dominik Koepfer’s aggressive and clearly structured playing style.
Dominik Koepfer – his career
According to the ATP world rankings, Dominik Koepfer is Germany’s third best player behind Alexander Zverev and Jan-Lennard Struff (as of April 27, 2022; note). This development was unpredictable at the beginning of his career, for Dominik Koepfer did not come directly to professional tennis, and tennis was for a long time no more than a hobby: Baden natives first took the detour via college studies in the United States. Only after a delay did he start. “When I was still in Germany, I only played tennis twice a week until I was 15. I also rarely played in German youth championships and certainly not in the ITF’s youth tournaments,” he once recalled in an interview with the German Tennis Federation (DTB) The graduate of Otto-Hahn-Gymnasium in Furtwangen also played golf and skied in the winter.Although his parents Thomas and Marianne also play tennis themselves, he did not feel any pressure from home to pursue a career as a tennis professional.This was also the reason to the point that Koepfer was hardly promoted by DTB. “Personally, I have never really been in the center of attention before because I have not played that much myself. Most other guys train every day when they are young, but I did many others “I got to the final at my first German championships, played European championships in Moscow, but otherwise I was just a long way from being promoted.”
Dominik Koepfer – his education in America
After graduating from high school, he moved to Tulane University in New Orleans. “Moving to the United States was the best opportunity for me to study and at the same time improve my tennis. You train six to seven times a week, about three to four hours a day, which above all keeps you in shape physically.” The right decision for him: “The best thing about being a student athlete is that you study, play sports and have fun and you can balance the financial aspects – and that at the highest level. You have a young team right from the start, lots of “friends around you and a sense of togetherness that is unique. Most importantly, I made friends for life during that time because you really go through thick and thin for four years.” After four years in college, winning National Indoors (2015), number one on the college rankings and getting a bachelor’s degree in Finance, he later ventured into the professional scene and fought his way up the world rankings from Tampa – backed by his coaches Billy Heiser and Rhyne Williams.
Dominik Koepfer – his career
The ideal path for him – from college player to tennis pro – should soon bear fruit. Dominik Koepfer’s biggest successes:
- 2017: first doubles title on the Challenger Tour in Columbus
2019: first individual tournament victory (Ilkley’s Challenger Tournament)
until 2019: four singles and two doubles titles on the Future Tour
2019: Reached the quarterfinals of the US Open
2020: Davis Cup team debut (opponent: Belarus)
- 2020: First place in the quarterfinals of an ATP Masters 1000 tournament (Rome); first win over a top 10 player (Gael Monfils)
- 2021: Reached the last 16 of the ATP Masters 1000 tournament in Paris
2021: Round of 16 at the Tokyo Olympics
2021: Semi-finals at the ATP 500 tournament in Acapulco (away against Alexander Zverev)