This year saw six new ATP champions crowned and one of them was 20-year-old Thiago Seyboth Wild. With the youngster appearing on Behind the Racquet this week, it's time learn more about him. 

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Seyboth Wild won the junior US Open in 2018 and climbed as high as No. 8 in the junior rankings. Though his mother wanted him to give up tennis for a stable career in medicine, at No. 115, he's the second-highest ranked Brazilian male in the world. He's also the youngest from his country within the Top 500. 

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He won his first ATP Challenger last year after winning three ITF-level events in 2017 and '18. He's so new to the higher echelons of the tour that he has only played one main draw of a Grand Slam, the US Open this year, where he lost to Daniel Evans. 

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When he won the ATP 250 in Santiago in March, Seyboth Wild became the youngest Brazilian to ever win a title and the first male player born in 2000 to do so. He topped Casper Ruud in his first career final appearance. 


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In March, the Brazilian was the first player to reveal a positive test for COVID-19. The tour was cancelled for six months, after which he reached the final of an ATP Challenger in France in September. He dropped four first-round matches to close out 2020.

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Seyboth Wild is a huge Harry Potter fan. So much so that he has several Harry Potter inspired tattoos including the Golden Snitch, Hermione’s eyes, the Forbidden Forest and Hedwig’s head. 


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