Everything you need to know about Wimbledon's new hero Christopher Eubanks
Christopher Eubanks is making a name for himself at Wimbledon this year.
The unseeded American, ranked world No.43, is playing in the main draw for the first time but has enjoyed a sensational run to the quarter-finals in the men’s singles.
But Eubanks is not a youngster or a tour novice. The 27-year-old from Atlanta, Georgia has been active for almost a decade and made his ATP debut eight years ago.
Eubanks is a late bloomer – having only won his first Grand Slam match at the US Open last year – and only had a handful of first and second round appearances at major tournaments heading into this year’s Championships.
His big breakthrough came at the Miami Open in March with an impressive run to the last eight at the Masters event, a result which saw him climb inside the world top 100, where he lost to the very player that he will next face at Wimbledon.
That man was Daniil Medvedev and the Russian world No.3 has lauded Eubanks in the build-up to their quarter-final clash despite being the favourite to advance, labelling the American as a ‘dangerous player’ who is capable of claiming another scalp.
Eubanks has already pulled off some incredible results in SW19 and most recently eliminated Greek fifth-seed Stefanos Tsitsipas – the man who knocked out Andy Murray – and he also dumped out British No.1 Cameron Norrie in another shock.
‘We just so happened to live in Atlanta. I don’t know if it was then, but I know it is now, the largest tennis market in the USA per capita. There’s tons of tennis courts, tons of tennis players, coaches, and everything.
‘It was pretty convenient of a sport to say, ‘Oh, maybe I should play tennis’ – [and] my dad started to take lessons. He ended up getting my brother into it. It kind of went from there.’
Eubanks won his maiden ATP Tour title in the build-up to Wimbledon at the Mallorca Open and has a strong friendship with WTA stars Coco Gauff and Naomi Osaka, with the former spotted watching his win over Tsitsipas.
He has credited fellow American Gauff and four-time Grand Slam champion Osaka for helping him to instil the self-belief which has seen him reach his first major quarter-final.
Eubanks is known for his unique and fearless style of play – which combines powerful serving and high-risk shots – making him a force on grass courts, with his one-handed backhand and aggressive approach two of his big strengths.
‘He definitely has a different game to other players,’ Medvedev said about Eubanks ahead of their showdown in the last eight.
‘Relies a lot on his serve, and serves great. He’s not afraid to go to the net maybe even after let’s say many people of my generation, we tend to go to the net after a good shot to try to finish the point. He is not scared to make a bad shot and still to go to the net and try to finish the point there.
‘Definitely a little bit different from other players. Also one-handed backhand. Close to the line. Going to be interesting. I will try to deal with what he can produce at my best.’
Norrie, speaking after his defeat to Eubanks in the second round, described the American’s style of tennis as ‘risky’ and said: ‘I know him from college. Watched him play a lot. I know his game pretty well. I had a really good plan going into the match. I was feeling confident.
‘He was redlining, playing so aggressive. Yeah, I think it was credit to him. He executed how he was hitting the ball, and what he was going for was so aggressive and so risky, and it paid off for him. Credit to him. He deserved it.’
Eubanks says the biggest lesson he has learnt this year is that he ‘likes grass’ and with far less grass-court specialists on the ATP Tour these days, there is now a huge opportunity to establish himself as a top player on the iconic surface.
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