Elias Ymer could become the youngest player to play for Sweden since Mats Wilander made his debut in 1981 after he replaced Patrik Rosenholm in the Swedish squad to face Denmark in their Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Europe/Africa Zone Group I relegation play-off.
Ymer will be just 17 years and 198 days old on Friday and has spent most of his year playing in Junior tournaments. His biggest success in Juniors actually came at the end of 2012, when he reached the semifinals of the prestigious Eddie Herr International Junior Tennis Championships and the final of the Orange Bowl International Tennis Championship. On both occasions he narrowly lost to Laslo Djere.
He competed in all four Junior Grand Slams but was only able to progress past the first round in one of them, the Junior US Open Championships. The draws were unkind to the young Swede who suffered losses to Great Britain’s Kyle Edmund, Germany’s Alexander Zverev and Chile’s Christian Garin in three of the four Grand Slams.
All three of those players have been ranked inside the Top 10 in the Junior rankings, and are considered the future of their nations’ Davis Cup teams.
Ymer’s best result on the Pro Circuit this year came in the Sweden F6 Futures event in September where he reached the final, losing in three sets to Adrien Bossel. He also reached the semifinals of the Portugal F2 Futures event in March.
He also came close to making a name for himself when he received a wildcard into the first round at Bastad, his first ATP Tour-level event. Facing Grigor Dimitrov in the first round, Ymer won the opening set 75 but could not convert his great start into a victory, eventually losing 75 26 46.