Tulane tennis alumnus Dominik Koepfer impresses at US Open

Jake Blancher, Contributing Reporter

Tulane alumnus Dominik Koepfer recently made headlines after advancing to the fourth round of the U.S. Open. Although he eventually lost in four sets to fifth-ranked Daniil Medvedev in a nationally televised match, Koepfer made a strong showing at the event.

The 25-year-old German tennis player first made his entrance onto the international tennis stage in 2017, playing in the Winston-Salem Open as a lucky loser, but lost in the first round to Argentinian Horacio Zeballos.

Later in the year, Koepfer won the doubles 2017 Columbus Challenger Tour alongside Denis Kudla. This year, Koepfer earned a wildcard entry to Wimbledon, where he won his first Grand Slam main match, defeating Filip Krajinović in the first round.

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Dominik Koepfer, shown here during his time at Tulane, has been making waves in the professional tennis world.

During his time on the Green Wave tennis team from 2012-16, Koepfer accumulated numerous regional and national honors — eight in his senior year alone. 

Among these accolades were NCAA All American singles, Intercollegiate Tennis Association Southern Region Most Improved Senior and ITA Southern Region Player of the Year. Not to mention that he was the first-ever Tulane tennis player to win the ITA National Men’s Senior Player of the Year. 

Koepfer led the tennis team to a winning record each season in New Orleans, with a combined 59-33-1 record over his four-year tenure. Koepfer individually boasted a .780 winning percentage in singles and a .673 winning percentage in doubles. 

Since playing in the U.S. Open, Koepfer just finished competing in the Zhuhai Championships and the China Open. He had third round exits in both the singles and doubles tournaments in the Zhuhai Championships and lost a match in two sets against first-seeded Uruguayan, Pablo Cuevas, in the qualifying rounds of the China Open on Sept. 28. 

Green Wave tennis fans will certainly be watching Koepfer’s next career steps with bated breath, hoping he can carry on the Tulane tennis legacy.

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