Last Updated on January 28, 2023
Part of the new generation of American tennis players who are expected to achieve significant results on ATP Tour in the years to come, surely is 24-year-old J.J. Wolf.
Jeffrey John Wolf was born on 21st December 1998 in Indian Hill, Ohio in a family of Jeff and Brooke Wolf. It was expected for him to be involved in sports as his family has a sporting pedigree.
His father Jeff played basketball at Rollins College and is a member of the school’s athletics hall of fame and his mother Brooke was an All-MAC tennis player at Miami. He has younger sister, Danielle, who also plays tennis.
His grandfather Charles played football at Notre Dame and later was a professional basketball coach. He coached two NBA teams: the Cincinnati Royals and Detroit Pistons.
J.J. started playing tennis at the earliest age, was introduced to the sport, and was coached by his father Jeff. He has been ranked in the top 5 of his recruiting class since he was 10 years old and has been ranked as high as 14 in the ITF world junior rankings.
After finishing Cincinnati Country Day School, he went to Ohio State college where he played for Buckeye’s tennis team and had a tremendous first season. During his college years, he won many honors such as Big Ten Freshman of the Year, Big Ten Player of the Year, First team All-Big Ten and All- American.
He began playing semi-pro tennis in 2016 and next season he won USA F34, Harlingen Open, an ITF Futures tournament. Three years later, in July 2019, he signed with Topnotch Management to play professionally.
Who Is Jeffrey John Wolf’s Coach?
Since he went to college, J.J. is coached by David Kass and Patrick Thompson.
David Kass was born on 16th June 1970 in Bexley, a suburb of Columbus, Ohio. He is a former tennis player who won junior titles at both the Orange Bowl and Easter Bowl and represented the USA at the 1986 World Youth Cup alongside with Jim Courier and Michael Chang.
David played college tennis at the University of Michigan, where he was a three-time All-American and was the 1992 Big Ten Player of the Year. He didn’t have any success on the ATP Tour as a professional, reaching career-high singles ranking of 288 in the World.
After retirement, he founded the Kass Tennis Academy, a high-performance training base for juniors and pros with on and off-court programming, oriented to maximize each player’s long-term potential.
“JJ is one of the best athletes in the world of junior tennis,” said Kass about his trainee at the beginning of their collaboration. “He has a huge forehand and a big first serve. His potential is unlimited and he has an opportunity to be an All-American early in his career.”
Patrick Thompson is a tennis coach who works at the Kass Tennis Academy and together with David is responsible for Wolf’s development as a professional tennis player. He travels with Wolf and accompanies him at the tournaments and can be seen in his box together with Kass.
Coached by Kass and Thompson, at the beginning of season 2019 J.J. won his first Challenger at Columbus Open. As soon as he turned pro, Wolf won his second tournament on ATP Challenger Tour at Champaign-Urbana Open.
In January 2020 he started the year by winning the Challenger in Nouméa, defeating Yuichi Sugita in the final, and then in March he won the Columbus Open for the second year in a row, by defeating Denis Istomin in the final. With these results he made his top 150 debuts, reaching the World no.144 ranking.
During season 2020 he made his Grand Slam debut, playing at US Open where he made to the third round, where was defeated by Danil Medvedev. In 2021 Wolf underwent two hernia surgeries and could not compete for seven months.
He returned in style the following season when he made his first two Masters wins, one at Indian Wells and one at Miami. Also, he entered the top 100 in the World for the first time.
At US Open he repeated his best result at the Grand Slams, playing in the third round. By the end of the season, he played at the Firenze Open and reached the first ATP final of his career, which he lost in straight sets to Felix Auger-Aliassime. As a result of his good games throughout the year, he reached his career-high ranking so far, of World no.56.
Wolf had a great start of season 2023. On his Australia Open debut, he reached the fourth round of a Grand Slam for the first time in his career, where he lost to his fellow American Ben Shelton in five sets. Nevertheless, this result will lead him into the top 50 in the ATP rankings for the first time.
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Jeffrey John Wolf’s Achievements With Different Coaches
We have collected in the table the data about the trophies won by Jeffrey John Wolf under the guidance of various coaches.
|Coaches||Years of Completion||Titles|
|2016 – ongoing||2021 Las Vegas Open Challenger|
2020 Columbus Open Challenger
2020 Noumea Open, New Caledonia Challenger
2019 Champaign Open Challenger
2019 Columbus Open- Challenger
2017 Harlingen Open, Futures