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Jerzy Janowicz

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Full name: Jerzy Filip Janowicz Jr.
Alias: Jerzy Filip Janowicz Jr
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Bio He is a professional tennis player from Poland. Born in Łódź, Poland he was introduced to tennis at the age of five by his parents. Known for his very powerful serve, he can hit at up to 249 km/h (155 mph) along with strong groundstrokes. Despite never winning an ATP title, Janowicz obtained a career-high world ranking of no. 14 in August 2013. He was awarded the Gold Cross of Merit by Polish President Bronisław Komorowski in 2013 for his achievements.

Having finished as runner-up at two Junior Grand Slam tournaments, Janowicz rose to prominence on the pro circuit leading up to and following his run to the final, as a qualifier, of the 2012 Paris Masters, during which he defeated five top-20 players such as Andy Murray and Janko Tipsarević. Despite losing to David Ferrer in the finals, he made his top-30 debut in the ATP Rankings and became the highest-ranked male Polish tennis player.

Janowicz became the first Polish male to reach a Grand Slam semifinal at the 2013 Wimbledon Championships, losing to eventual champion Andy Murray. He struggled with a major knee injury during the 2016 season, which led to a significant drop in rankings and form. Janowicz is currently coached by Günter Bresnik and his strength and conditioning coach is Piotr Grabia.

Janowicz began playing tennis at the age of five after his parents introduced him to the sport. Fathe, Jerzy and mother Anna Szalbot were both professional volleyball players. Janowicz has named Pete Sampras as his inspiration. Every October Janowicz and his team run the annual Atlas Jerzyk Cup tennis tournament in Lodz, Poland promoting the sport to young children, ages 8 to 12 years old.

Janowicz inherits his athleticism and height from his parents, who were both volleyball players. At the age of 10 or 11, his parents sold off their chain of sports stores and apartments to support their son's training, recognizing that he had a future in tennis from a young age. As a junior Janowicz posted a 59–23 win/loss record and reached a combined ranking of no. 5 in the world in 2008. He reached the boys' singles final at the 2007 US Open and 2008 French Open, losing in straight sets to Ričardas Berankis and Yang Tsung-hua, respectively.

Janowicz possesses one of the hardest serves in the world, hitting a first serve generally between 130 and 140 mph and often hitting a second serve from 115 to 120 mph. His ball toss is extremely high, even for a man who is 6 feet 8, producing a high trajectory. Janowicz also moves remarkably well considering how big he is, and hits powerful groundstrokes from the back of the court and has an excellent drop shot. He has a double-handed backhand, and is known to hit hard and constantly mix up his game by hitting numerous drop shots, slices and spins.
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