Birth Date: 28/09/1990
Birth Place: Lincoln, UK
Resides: Lincoln, UK
Plays: Right Handed – Two-handed Backhand
Game-Style: Attacking Baseliner
Favourite Surface: Hard
Age Started Tennis: 4
Turned Pro: 20
This year Daniel has already won one singles Futures event. In 2014 Daniel won two Qatar Futures titles and one US Challenger. In 2013 he won five other Futures titles to add to his prior attainments and also broke into the top ATP 250. Daniel has now played in all the Grand Slams.
Daniel began his year in Australia, entering the Australian Open qualifiers for the first time in his career. He then returned to the UK where he enjoyed immediate success in Futures vents, reaching two quarter finals and one semi final.
He then had some good wins in Challenger and Futures events, notably at Qatar where he won the singles title in the spring. Daniel entered the qualifying stage at a Roland Garros in May and defied the odds in the first round defeating Israel’s Number 2 Amir Weintraub 6-2, 6-1. This was his first every victory in a Grand Slam qualification round outside of Wimbledon. In the second round he faced top qualifying seed, and world number 89, Paolo Lorenzi, against whom he lost 6-3, 7-6. Daniel was rewarded by receiving a wildcard to the main draw of Wimbledon where he lost in four sets to former top 25 player Jeremy Chardy.
After Wimbledon Daniel returned to the Challenger Tour reaching the semi-finals in Binghamton, USA, eventually losing to Sergi Stakhovsky. At Binghamton, Daniel won his first ever title at Challenger level, teaming up with fellow Brit Daniel Smethurst to win the doubles, defeating Stakhovsky and Marius Copil in the final 6-,7 6-2, 10-6. Further success followed back in the UK where he reached two semi finals at Wrexham and another at Loughborough. Qatar once more proved a happy hunting ground for Daniel, as in December he won another Futures singles title there and also reached the semis of the doubles.
Year to Date
Daniel had a great start to the season, reaching the final of the GB Futures event at Sheffield in January, where he narrowly lost to Daniel Smethurst, but at Sunderland later in the month won the Futures title, defeating Alexander Ward in a tight final 7-6(8), 6-3. In March Daniel partnered David Rice to make the final of the Wirral Futures event, losing to the Dutch pairing of Antal Van Der Duim and Boy Westerhof. Once more in March Daniel made a Futures final appearance at Shrewsbury, this time losing in a thrilling final against Quentin Halys of France, 4-6, 6-3, 3-6. Dan went on to make 4 more futures finals in 2015 without managing to quite get over the line for a title.
Daniel’s father, Mark, is a former soccer player. His tennis idol as a youngster was Andre Agassi. His favourite sporting personalities are now Rafael Nadal and David Beckham. Off the court he enjoys golf and relaxing with friends. Dan is coached by Fran Ruiz.