The Great Wall
Place of birth: Hangzhou, China
ATP Tour titles: 1
Career-high ranking: 55
Best Grand Slam performance: R3 US Open 2022
UTS performances: Debut
Style and personality:
China’s biggest new star. Following the lead of the great Li Na, Wu is leading the new generation of Chinese men trying to make it big on the ATP Tour. The highest-ranked Chinese man on Tour, he already has a title to his belt and like so many of the top young players, he wants the match on his racquet. Dynamic and aggressive, he moves like Carlos Alcaraz and hits the ball as hard as Rafael Nadal. He’ll love the UTS formula and could be a surprise star of UTS5.
Wu Yibing is a force that has been coming for some time. The Chinese won the singles and doubles titles at the junior US Open as long ago as 2017 and ended that year as junior world No 1. If it were not for a series of injuries, including back, elbow, shoulder and wrist that kept him off the Tour for almost two years, he would surely have broken through before now. But he’s making up for lost time; in 2022, he rose more than 1800 spots in the rankings to just outside the top 50 by March, 2023, the final push coming when he won his first title in Dallas, beating Denis Shapovalov, Taylor Fritz and John Isner in the process.