Off court, Alexei seems like the typical 20-year-old Aussie guy. Laid-back and fun to be around, he’s the kind of mate you’d play video games with. But don’t be fooled, when he steps on the court, he’s an entirely different person. He puts his game face on, his focus sharpens, and he is ready for the kill. It starts with the serve, both precise and powerful, and then the forehand. He is a big-time player, the kind that likes a crowd and doesn’t crack under pressure… the kind to make the fans go crazy. With a career-high ranking of No. 87, he may be the underdog, but he should in no way be underestimated. Last year, he won a main draw match at all 4 Grand Slams.Watch live
The serve is Popyrin’s greatest weapon. In fact, his serve alone is enough to justify him his nickname, The Sniper.
Popyrin’s killer inside-out forehand is going to be one of the Australian’s top tools in his quest for the crown.
Even though he is one of the youngest players to compete in the UTS, Popyrin isn’t one to crack under pressure. All the opposite: The Australian thrives in the big moments.
Julien Jeanpierre is a French tennis coach and former professional player. In juniors, he won the Australian Open junior title, and earned wins against world-class players such as Roger Federer, Lleyton Hewitt, David Nalbandian, and Fernando Gonzalez. At the tour level, he broke into the ATP Top 200, reaching a career-high ranking of World No. 133. He notably beat Vincent Spadea in the Roland-Garros main draw. As a coach, he has worked with Arnaud Clément, Victoria Azarenka, Pauline Parmentier, and Paul-Henri Mathieu.
Julien Jeanpierre and Alexei Popyrin are new to each other. The duo has started working together in the few weeks leading up to UTS, at the Mouratoglou Academy. UTS will be an opportunity not only to test a new game format, but also to test the grounds with Coach Jeanpierre.