Markéta Vondroušová is a Czech professional tennis player. She has a career-high ranking of world no. 14. Finishing runner up at the 2019 French Open, she became the first teenage Grand Slam finalist on a tour since Caroline Wozniacki achieved this feat a decade earlier. She had reached the finals of the WTA singles tournament, winning once. She has also won a Silver medal at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, representing Czech Republic.
Having won two Grand Slam doubles titles, she is a former world no. 1 junior champion. Aged 17, she won the 2017 Ladies Open Biel Bienne which was just the second WTA singles event in her career. This feat propelled her into the top 100 ranking even before she turned 18. She has struggled with a lot of injuries in her career and had to miss the second half of the 2019 season.
|Prize money||US$ 4,612,909|
|Highest ranking||No. 14|
|Current ranking||No. 35|
|Social media profile||Instagram – @marketavondrousova|
Personal Information and Relationships
- Vondroušováwas born on 28th June, 1999 in Sokolov, Czech Republic.
- Her father is David Vondrouš and her mother’s name is Jindřiška Anderlová
- Her father introduced her to the sport at the age of ten. She played the sport recreationally.
- Her mother also has a sports background, having played volleyball for SK Slavia Prague in the top-flight Extraliga
- Her parents divorced when she was three, but they, along with her stepfather, stayed in her life supporting her growth as a tennis player.
- Vondrousova moved to Prague to train more regularly in the capital, at the age of 15.
- Her boyfriend, 24-year-old Stephan Simek is a fellow tennis player
- František Frk, her grandfather, was the Czechoslovak national champion in the pentathlon in 1935
- From a young age she has always taken a keen interest in sports. She tried a variety of sports including skiing, table tennis, football and floorball, excelling in all of these.
- Junior career – Vondroušovámade debut on the ITF Junior circuit at the age of 13 and won both the singles and doubles titles at her first tournament. In 2014, she reached the semifinals of both the French Open & Wimbledon. She continued her streak of success in doubles in 2015. She won the singles and doubles events at the Grade-A Trofeo Bonfiglio. She beat Charlotte Robillard-Millette in the singles final for her only career Grade-A singles title, thus becoming the No. 1 ranked junior in the world for the first time.
- 2017 – Vondroušováwon two ITF titles and broke into the top 300 for the first time in her career. She also won her first WTA tour title at the age of 17 in what was just her second WTA singles event. She claimed another title at the Slovak Open back on the ITF circuit, propelling her to the top 100 before she turned 18, making her the youngest player to do so at the time.
- 2018 – She had moderate success in the year 2018, turning out to be a slow season.
- 2019 – She had a strong start to the season and her best performance of the season came at French Open, where she made it to the final without dropping a single set. She had to miss the rest of the season due an injury. That year, she entered the Top 20, peaked at No. 14 and closed the season at no. 16.
- 2021 – Vondroušovámade it to her first WTA 1000 doubles final pairing with Kristina Mladenovic. She also won a silver medal at the Tokyo Olympics.
Prize Money Earnings
Vondroušová has earned US$ 4,612,909 as prize money in her tennis career to date. As of 2021, her net worth is estimated to be $4-5 million.
Endorsements and Sponsored
- Nike – She has a sponsorship deal with Nike for apparel and shoes. You would currently see her wearing the Nike Air Vapor Zoom X on court.
- Yonex – As for her racket, she uses the Yonex Ezone 100 as she has a sponsorship agreement with Yonex, one of the leading tennis racket brands.
- Marketa’s signature shot is the drop shot.
- She is considered to be one of the best returners on the WTA Tour. She had led the tour in percentage of return games won and percentage of return points won in 2019 among all players with at least ten matches.
- Vondroušová’s prowess in tennis could be easily associated with the strong athletic background from her mother’s side of the family.
- Although she is an eccentric player with promise, she has not won any Grand Slam singles titles yet. But she is still young and with her current performance we can expect to see her claim her maiden Grand Slam title soon.
- She is the youngest player to score a top 20 win since 2014, the youngest WTA winner since 2015 and The lowest ranked player to reach a WTA Final since Justin Henin