CAREER

CAREER

«I want to be remembered as a person who did something positive for tennis»

  • Name: Eric Vanshelboim

  • Born: 15 July 2001 (age 18)

  • Birthplace: Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

  • Home Base: Alicante, Spain

  • Height: 6 ft. 1.5 in. (187 cm)

  • Weight: 182 lbs (82.7 kg)

  • Plays: Right-Handed, One-Handed Backhand

  • Coach: Rune Haertell Thomsen (Denmark)

  • ATP Rank: 689 (December 2019)

MAJOR MOMENTS
IN THE SPORTS CAREER

PARTICIPATION IN GRAND SLAM TOURNAMENTS

  • Eric played in all four junior Grand Slams (Australian Open, Rolland Garros, Wimbledon, and US Open). In Rolland Garros and Wimbledon he made it to the second round in singles, and in Rolland Garros, he also went to the semifinal in doubles

VICTORY AMONG JUNIORS

  • In February 2019, Eric won the grade 1 junior ITF tournament in Kazan, Russia, which is known as an unofficial CIS championship on hardcourt

INVITATION TO THE NATIONAL TEAM

  • Eric got selected by the captain, Andrey Medvedev, for the Ukrainian David Cup team alongside three other experienced players, all 32-33 years old. Eric had offers from other national teams but expressed willingness to play for Ukraine

TOURNAMENT IN ANTALYA

  • Eric turned professional in October 2018 in Antalya, Turkey. In his first tournament, he won three matches in qualification and then went all the way to the quarterfinals. In his first-round main draw match, Eric beat an Australian Chris O’Connell who is now ranked in top 200 ATP

VICTORY AT ANNING TOURNAMENT

  • In his second tournament played in Anning, China in January 2019, Eric managed to win the trophy even though he got admitted to the tournament only by way of special exemption due to his high junior ranking

VICTORY TOURNAMENT IN USA

  • He played in a major international U-10 tournament in Florida, USA, at the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy (IMG), and took second place in the singles, as well as winning both doubles and mixed doubles

SPORTS PREFERENCES AND STYLE

  • 1Eric’s preferred surface is clay
  • 2His excellent physical shape allows him to start quickly and run all over the court all day long
  • 3He does not have a killer shot and prefers to play defensively, slow down the pace and either provoke the opponent to make an error or find an opportunity to counterattack
  • 4He’s more of a runner and grinder than a shot maker
  • 5Eric’s best shots are slice and volleys at the net
  • 6His forehand is generally better than his backhand but the latter has been steadily improving since his change to one-handed style
  • 7Eric is naturally left-handed but plays with his right hand
  • 8He does not have a defined style of play and often tries to confuse his opponents with hard-to-predict shots
  • 9Eric is known to be better at doubles than at singles

Eric seems to be doing better in the professional as opposed to the junior game.

As of September 2019, he is #15 in the unofficial ATP world rankings among those born in or after 2001. Today, Eric continues his international career on a global level, collaborates with global brands and companies, and takes part in international tournaments.