PLAYER PROFILE

Li Tu

  • Age25
  • Born27 May 1996
  • LivesAdelaide, South Australia
  • PlaysRight-handed

On court

  • Started playing tennis aged six at the behest of his badminton coach.
  • Captured the Optus 12s Australian Championships and the Optus 12s Spring Nationals in 2008.
  • Member of Australia’s World Junior Tennis Competition team in 2010.
  • Made his Grand Slam debut at the Australian Open Junior Championships in 2012.
  • Represented Australia in Junior Davis Cup in 2012.
  • Broke into the world’s top 700 in 2012.
  • Goal is to represent Australia in Davis Cup.
  • Favourite player is Roger Federer “because he is so calm and able to pump himself up when needed”.
  • Won 34 of 36 matches he contested at the UTR Pro Tennis Series in Australia in 2020 and early 2021.
  • Made his ATP debut in February 2021, losing in the opening round at the Melbourne Summer Series.
  • Awarded a main draw wildcard at Australian Open 2021, marking his first major appearance.

Off court

  • Hobbies include playing soccer, listening to music and “just hanging out with my friends and chatting”.
  • Favourite meal is honey chicken.
  • Favourite music is R’n’B.
  • Studied marketing and commerce at the University of Adelaide.
  • Just before his 16th birthday, decided to focus on education rather than pursue a professional tennis career. His 2020 results at the UTR Pro Tennis Series inspired him to pursue a professional tennis career again at age 24.
  • Runs a coaching business (L2 Academy) in Adelaide.

Year-end singles rankings

2021 517
2020

Li Tu in the news

Ranking movers: Popyrin rises after title-winning run
Alexei Popyrin celebrates his ATP Challenger title win in Bordeaux. Picture: Twitter
16 May, 2022

Australian Alexei Popyrin has been rewarded with a significant ranking rise after claiming his second career ATP Challenger title at an event in Bordeaux.
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Ranking movers: Li Tu climbs to new career-high
Li Tu. Picture: Getty Images
9 May, 2022

Li Tu is one of several Australian players achieving new career-high rankings this week.
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Social round-up: Engagements, titles and special insights
Ajla Tomljanovic in action at Madrid. Picture: Getty Images
5 May, 2022

What have Australia's top-ranked players been up to? We've collated tweets and posts from this week to keep fans up to date ...
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Ranking movers: Hijikata leads rising Aussie talents
ON THE RISE: Australia's Rinky Hijikata in action. Picture: Getty Images
2 May, 2022

Promising Australian Rinky Hijikata is at a new career-high in the latest ATP Tour singles rankings.
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