Pro Circuit Recap: Mackenzie McDonald & Thai Kwiatkowski Win Singles Titles; Aron Hiltzik Wins His First Doubles Title; Abigail Tere-Apisah Rolling in Doubles; David O’Hare Wins Another Challenger Doubles Title

This past week was a good one for recent NCAA singles champions with the 2016 champ Mackenzie McDonald winning the $100K Fairfield Challenger while the 2017 champ Thai Kwiatkowski won the $25K Houston Futures. Prior to last week McDonald’s best performance at the Challenger-level was the semifinals but he plowed past that point with a straight set win over Australia’s Christopher O’Connell and then in the finals he defeated Bradley Klahn 6-4, 6-2. McDonald earned a $14,400 payday plus he picked up 90 ATP ranking points which moved him up to a new career-high ranking of 164. .@mackiemacster reflects on his maiden #ATPChallenger title...

McDonald/Collins Named Oracle Award Winners, Full Breakdown of the March 21st Oracle/ITA Team Rankings

Last Friday night Mackenzie McDonald and Danielle Collins were selected by a panel of six as the two inaugural winners of the Oracle US Tennis Awards. Both McDonald and Collins, who were the 2016 NCAA singles champions, won a $100,000 grant to help with their transition from college to professional tennis. Collins, who was actually a two-time NCAA singles champion, currently has a career-high WTA ranking of 237 after having no ranking when she graduated from Virginia last May. McDonald, who left UCLA after his junior year, currently has a career-high ATP ranking of 245 after having a ranking of 427 when he officially turned pro. The full release is available...

Mackenzie McDonald Wins LA Futures, Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan Wins ATP Dubs Title in India, Max Schnur Wins Challenger Dubs Title in Australia

Mackenzie McDonald may have left school after his junior year at UCLA but the 2016 NCAA singles champion felt right at home on a college campus as he won his second career pro singles title with a straight set win over Virginia freshman Carl Soderlund at the $25K USC/LA USA F1 Futures.  Soderlund came into the match having won 8 of 9 sets this week and it looked like he’d make it 9 of 10 after the Stockholm, Sweden, native opened up an early 4-1 lead. Soderlund held fairly comfortably in each of his first three service games while also breaking McDonald’s second service game at love courtesy of two double faults. McDonald held from 40/15 to...

Mackenzie McDonald and Carl Soderlund Will Meet in LA Futures Final

Virginia first year Carl Soderlund still hasn’t played an official collegiate match but the 19-year old from Sweden has already defeated several of college’s elite this week at the $25K USC/Los Angeles USA F1 Futures. Soderlund met Evan King (Michigan ’13) on Saturday afternoon in a match that started four hours later than scheduled due to a morning downpour. Soderlund started off the match with a hold and then after three consecutive breaks he would hold again for a 4-1 first set lead. After another set of holds, King rallied to even it at 5-5 with a hold, break, and yet another hold. King had a break point to go up 6-5 but Soderlund...

Hanfmann/Quiroz Win LA Doubles Title; Soderlund Last Cavalier Standing; Evan King Rallies Past Gomez

Yannick Hanfmann (USC ’15) was the big winner on Friday at the $25K USC/Los Angeles USA F1 Futures. The 6’4″ German started off the day playing a fellow 6’4″ German in former Pepperdine Wave Sebastian Fanselow. The opening set stayed on serve through the first five games until Fanselow broke Hanfmann at love to go ahead 4-2. Fanselow would hold for 5-2 and then break in a one-deuce game to claim the opening set 6-2. Hanfmann struck first in the second set when he broke for a 3-2 lead and then two games later he broke again to go up 5-2. A love hold would give Hanfmann a 6-2 set to send it to a winner take all third set.Hanfmann...