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Ben McLachlan (/məˈklɒxlən/ mə-KLOKH-lən;[1] マクラクラン 勉 Makurakuran Ben; born 10 May 1992) is a New Zealand-born tennis player who, although he still lives in New Zealand, now represents Japan, having switched his national allegiance in June 2017. He was entitled to do so because his mother is Japanese. He is a doubles specialist, who first reached his career-high doubles ranking of world No. 18 on 5 November 2018, after the Paris Masters. He attended the University of California, Berkeley.

Ben McLachlan
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McLachlan at the 2018 French Open
Country (sports) Japan (2017 – )
 New Zealand (2012 – 2017)
ResidenceQueenstown, New Zealand
Born (1992-05-10) 10 May 1992 (age 27)
Queenstown, New Zealand
Height1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Turned proMay 2014
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
CoachRiki McLachlan, Lan Bale
Prize moneyUS$744,678
Career record0–0
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 729 (15 June 2015)
Career record64–56
Career titles4 ATP
4 Challenger and 13 ITF Futures
Highest rankingNo. 18 (5 November 2018)
Current rankingNo. 50 (14 October 2019)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenSF (2018)
French Open1R (2018, 2019)
WimbledonQF (2018)
US OpenQF (2019)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open1R (2019)
French Open1R (2018), 2019)
Wimbledon3R (2018)
US Open1R (2018)
Last updated on: 14 October 2019.

Tennis careerEdit


He won three ATP Challenger doubles titles, at the Internazionali di Tennis dell'Umbria, Gwangju Open and Kobe Challenger.

He was selected in the Japan Davis Cup team in September, being Japan's top-ranked doubles player at that time.

In October, he caused a surprise by winning the Japan Open, his first ATP World Tour event. He and his partner Yasutaka Uchiyama beat Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau, the world's third-ranked pair, in the quarterfinals and then Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares, the fourth-ranked pair, in the final.[2]


McLachlan played his first Grand Slam tournament at the Australian Open, partnering German Jan-Lennard Struff to reach the semifinals after defeating the top-seeded and world no. 1 pair of Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo.[3] In the semifinals they lost to the seventh-seeded team of Oliver Marach and Mate Pavić, who went on to win the tournament.

McLachlan then teamed with Hugo Nys to reach the finals in Montpellier, where they lost to English brothers Ken and Neal Skupski. They lost in the semifinals of the Delray Beach Open to the eventual winners Jack Sock and Jackson Withrow. After first-round losses at Acapulco (partnered by Nicholas Monroe) and Indian Wells, and a second-round loss in the Irving Classic (the latter two with Julio Peralta), he and Struff teamed up for the first time since the Australian Open to contest the Miami Open. After good wins in the first three rounds, they came up against the Bryan brothers in the semi-finals, and lost to the eventual winners 5–7, 4–6. He then travelled to Houston for the US Clay Court Championships, where he partnered Ryan Harrison for the first time. In a major upset, they lost to the wild card pair of Dustin Brown and Frances Tiafoe in the first round.

From there it was across to Europe, and the Monte Carlo Masters. Yet another new partner (Santiago González) awaited him, and they went out in the first round to a wild card pair in local Romain Arneodo and McLachlan's former partner in Hugo Nys. Reunited with Struff for the Hungarian Open, they won their first two matches comfortably before being beaten in three tie-breaks in their semi-final against Andres Molteni and Matwe Middelkoop. McLachlan went on to Istanbul for his next tournament, partnered again by Monroe, and they were the top seeds. They went all the way to the final, losing in a match tie-break after taking the first set. In Madrid they beat John Isner and Jack Sock in the first round and Ivan Dodig and Rajeev Ram in the second, before losing to Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut in the quarter-finals.

McLachlan's last stop before the French Open was in Lyon, where he paired up with Marcin Matkowski for the first time, losing in the first round in a match tie-break. Reunited with Struff at Roland Garros, the pair suffered a surprise defeat at the hands of Marcelo Arevalo and Jamie Cerretani in the first round, losing in three sets. He also played mixed doubles for the first time, his partner being Makoto Ninomiya, but they lost in the first round to second seeds Latisha Chan and Ivan Dodig. Ninomiya would go on to be runner-up in the women's doubles with Eri Hozumi.

For their first grass court tournament together, McLachlan and Struff went to Stuttgart, where they lost in the first round. They changed partners so that Struff would have a fellow German with him at Halle, and McLachlan teamed up with Japanese No. 1 Kei Nishikori, a very infrequent doubles player. It was not an auspicious start, as they were beaten in straight sets by Marcel Granollers and Robin Haase. McLachlan's last tournament before Wimbledon was at Eastbourne where, teaming up again with Matkowski, they suffered the same result as in Lyon - a first round loss.

At Wimbledon McLachlan and Struff dropped only one set in their first three matches on the way through to the quarter-finals. They lost there in four sets, the three which went against them all being tie-breaks, to Frederik Nielsen and Joe Salisbury. Even with that defeat, they remained the only pair in the whole competition not to have lost a service game. In the mixed doubles McLachlan teamed up with Eri Hozumi. As 14th seeds they had a bye in the first round, then had a walkover in the second, before losing to fourth seeds Jean-Julien Rojer and Demi Schuurs.

McLachlan and Struff then moved on to the German Open, where they lost in the semi-finals to Julio Peralta and Horacio Zeballos, and McLachlan then went to Washington, where he and Ivan Dodig had a superb win over Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo in the first round, before losing in a big upset to Denis Kudla and Frances Tiafoe in their quarter-final. It was the second time, following Houston in February, that Tiafoe had inflicted a defeat on McLachlan.

The two North American Masters 1000 events, in Toronto and Cincinnati, saw McLachlan team up with Matwe Middelkoop. In Toronto they lost in the second round to Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau, the latter playing his first tournament in several months after an injury break. Cincinnati also saw a second round defeat, this time to Colombians Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah.

In his last tournament before the US Open, McLachlan resumed his partnership with Struff at Winston-Salem, but they were knocked out in the first round by eventual runners-up Jamie Cerretani and Leander Paes. In the year's final major event, he and Struff were the 12th seeds in the men's doubles, but were knocked out in the first round by the Italian pair of Matteo Berrettini and Andreas Seppi. In the mixed doubles McLachlan resumed his partnership with Makoto Ninomiya, but they lost in the first round to the eventual runners-up, Alicja Rosolska and Nikola Mektic.

The next event for McLachlan was the Davis Cup tie in Osaka against Bosnia/Herzegovina where, reunited with Yasutaka Uchiyama, they beat Tomislav Brkic and Nerman Fatic in straight sets to seal victory for Japan.[4]

At the end of September, McLachlan won his second title on the ATP Tour at the Shenzhen Open, partnering Joe Salisbury.[5] A week later he successfully defended his Japan Open crown in Tokyo, but this time with regular partner Jan-Lennard Struff, beating Raven Klaasen and Michael Venus in the final.[6] They then lost in the first round of the European Open in Antwerp, beaten 13–11 in a match tie-break by Máximo González and Nicolás Jarry, and McLachlan finished his season when he and Struff went out in the first round of the Paris Masters, beaten 6–3, 6–4, by Dominic Inglot and Franko Skugor.


McLachlan and Struff started the new year in Brisbane, where they easily won their first match, but suffered a big upset defeat in the quarter-finals. From there they headed to Auckland, where they beat Łukasz Kubot and Horacio Zeballos in the first round, Marcus Daniell and Wesley Koolhof in the quarter-finals and the top seeds Oliver Marach and Mate Pavić in the semi-final, requiring two tie-breaks in all three matches. In the final they were up against Raven Klaasen and Michael Venus, and took the first set 6–3. Down 2–4 in the second set, they won four games in a row to take the match and the title.[7] They lost in a tight third set tie-break to Radu Albot and Malek Jaziri in the first round of the Australian Open. Reunited with Yasutaka Uchiyama for the Davis Cup tie against China, they lost to Gong Mao-xin and Zhang Ze in three sets, although Japan won the tie 3-2 to qualify for the finals in Madrid in November. McLachlan and Struff then lost in the first round at Rotterdam.

McLachlan changed partners for the Open 13 in Marseille as Struff didn't attend, teaming up with Matwé Middelkoop to go all the way to the final, where they lost in a match tie-break to Jérémy Chardy and Fabrice Martin. Dubai was the next stop where, reunited with Struff, he again lost in a final, this time to Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury. They had their revenge on that pair in their very next match, in the first round at Indian Wells, but it was Venus and Klaasen's turn for revenge in the second round, winning 6–4, 7–6(4). Struff elected to play singles only in Miami, so McLachlan joined forces with Neal Skupski. They lost in the first round to Radu Albot and Nikoloz Basilashvili.

More first round losses followed over the next three months, the streak reaching eight with his and Struff's exit from Roland-Garros, where they had been seeded 15th, at the hands of eventual runners-up Jérémy Chardy and Fabrice Martin. He also played mixed doubles at the French Open, teaming up again with his partner from Wimbledon, Eri Hozumi, but they lost in a first round match tie-break to María José Martínez Sánchez and Neal Skupski.

He broke the losing streak in resounding fashion by winning the Surbiton Trophy with Marcel Granollers to start the grass season in style.

ATP career finalsEdit

Doubles: 8 (4 titles, 4 runners-up)Edit

Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (2–1)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (2–3)
Finals by surface
Hard (4–3)
Clay (0–1)
Grass (0–0)
Finals by setting
Outdoor (3–1)
Indoor (1–2)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1–0 Oct 2017 Japan Open, Japan 500 Series Hard   Yasutaka Uchiyama   Jamie Murray
  Bruno Soares
6–4, 7–6(7–1)
Loss 1–1 Feb 2018 Open Sud de France, France 250 Series Hard (i)   Hugo Nys   Ken Skupski
  Neal Skupski
6–7(2–7), 4–6
Loss 1–2 May 2018 Istanbul Open, Turkey 250 Series Clay   Nicholas Monroe   Dominic Inglot
  Robert Lindstedt
3–6, 6–3, [8–10]
Win 2–2 Sep 2018 Shenzhen Open, China 250 Series Hard   Joe Salisbury   Robert Lindstedt
  Rajeev Ram
7–6(7–5), 7–6(7–4)
Win 3–2 Oct 2018 Japan Open, Japan (2) 500 Series Hard (i)   Jan-Lennard Struff   Raven Klaasen
  Michael Venus
6–4, 7–5
Win 4–2 Jan 2019 Auckland Open, New Zealand 250 Series Hard   Jan-Lennard Struff   Raven Klaasen
  Michael Venus
6–3, 6–4
Loss 4–3 Feb 2019 Open 13, France 250 Series Hard (i)   Matwé Middelkoop   Jérémy Chardy
  Fabrice Martin
3–6, 7–6(7–4), [3–10]
Loss 4–4 Mar 2019 Dubai Tennis Championships, UAE 500 Series Hard   Jan-Lennard Struff   Rajeev Ram
  Joe Salisbury
6–7(4–7), 3–6

ATP Challenger and ITF Future finalsEdit

Singles: 1 (1 runner-up)Edit

ATP Challengers (0–0)
ITF Futures (0–1)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0–1 Nov 2014 Pensacola, United States Futures Clay   Théo Fournerie 2–6, 5–7

Doubles: 27 (17 titles, 10 runners-up)Edit

ATP Challengers (4–4)
ITF Futures (13–6)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0–1 Jun 2014 Akishima, Japan Futures Clay   Keisuke Watanuki   Sho Katayama
  Arata Onozawa
7–6(7–4), 3–6, [4–10]
Loss 0–2 Aug 2014 Rosarito, Mexico Futures Hard   Jarryd Chaplin   Daniel Garza
  Antonio Ruiz-Rosales
6–0, retired
Win 1–2 Nov 2014 Pensacola, United States Futures Clay   Justin S. Shane   Julian Cash
  Florian Lakat
7–6(7–2), 6–2
Loss 1–3 Feb 2015 Colombo, Sri Lanka Futures Clay   Andre Dome   Arsenije Zlatanović
  Miljan Zekić
2–6, 4–6
Loss 1–4 Apr 2015 Tsukuba, Japan Futures Hard   Jarryd Chaplin   Shintaro Imai
  Takuto Niki
2–6, 4–6
Win 2–4 May 2015 Orange Park, United States Futures Hard   Jean-Yves Aubone   Maximiliano Estévez
  Facundo Mena
6–4, 6–4
Win 3–4 Jun 2015 Karuizawa, Japan Futures Clay   Keisuke Watanuki   Sho Katayama
  Arata Onozawa
6–1, 3–6, [10–3]
Win 4–4 Jun 2015 Akishima, Japan Futures Clay   Yuya Kibi   Arata Onozawa
  Keisuke Watanuki
6–3, 6–2
Win 5–4 Aug 2015 Ashkelon, Israel Futures Hard   Jarryd Chaplin   Jonathan Kanar
  Elie Rousset
6–2, 4–6, [10–8]
Win 6–4 Sep 2015 Kiryat Gat, Israel Futures Hard   Jarryd Chaplin   Mor Bulis
  Edan Leshem
7–6(7–2), 6–2
Win 7–4 Sep 2015 Meitar, Israel Futures Hard   Jarryd Chaplin   Michael Geerts
  Stefano Napolitano
7–6(7–5), 6–3
Win 8–4 Feb 2016 Baku, Azerbaijan Futures Carpet (i)   Mikelis Libietis   Sanjar Fayziev
  Timur Khabibulin
7–6(7–2), 6–7(2–7), [10–6]
Win 9–4 Feb 2016 Tel Aviv, Israel Futures Hard   Mikelis Libietis   Alexios Halebian
  Ryan Lipman
3–6, 7–6(7–3), [12–10]
Loss 9–5 Mar 2016 Nishi-Tama, Japan Futures Hard   Huang Liang-chi   Yuya Kibi
  Toshihide Matsui
3–6, 1–6
Win 10–5 Apr 2016 Tsukuba, Japan Futures Hard   Finn Tearney   Yuichi Ito
  Sho Katayama
3–6, 6–4, [10–4]
Win 11–5 May 2016 Ramat Gan, Israel Futures Hard   Jarryd Chaplin   Nicolas Meister
  Hunter Reese
7–5, 7–6(7–1)
Win 12–5 Jun 2016 Kiryat Shmona, Israel Futures Hard   Jarryd Chaplin   Cameron Silverman
  Quinnton Vega
6–2, 6–3
Win 13–5 Jun 2016 Akko, Israel Futures Hard   Jarryd Chaplin   Nick Chappell
  Milen Ianakiev
2–6, 6–3, [10–5]
Loss 13–6 Mar 2016 Kelowna, Canada Futures Hard   Jarryd Chaplin   John Paul Fruttero
  Jason Jung
4–6, 6–7(4–7)
Loss 0–1 Aug 2016 Aptos, United States Challenger Hard   Mackenzie McDonald   Nicolaas Schultz
  Tucker Vorster
7–6(7–5), 3–6, [8–10]
Loss 0–2 Oct 2016 Monterrey, Mexico Challenger Hard   Jarryd Chaplin   Evan King
  Denis Kudla
7–6(7–4), 4–6, [2–10]
Win 1–2 Jun 2017 Todi, Italy Challenger Clay   Steven de Waard   Marin Draganja
  Tomislav Draganja
6–7(7–9), 6–4, [10–7]
Loss 1–3 Jul 2017 Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy Challenger Clay   Steven de Waard   Guido Andreozzi
  Gerald Melzer
2–6, 6–7(4–7)
Win 2–3 Sep 2017 Gwangju, South Korea Challenger Hard   Chen Ti   Jarryd Chaplin
  Luke Saville
2–6, 7–6(7–1), [10–1]
Loss 2–4 Oct 2017 Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Challenger Hard   Go Soeda   Saketh Myneni
  Vijay Sundar Prashanth
6–7(3–7), 6–7(5–7)
Win 3–4 Nov 2017 Kobe, Japan Challenger Hard (i)   Yasutaka Uchiyama   Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan
  Christopher Rungkat
4–6, 6–3, [10–8]
Win 4–4 Jun 2019 Surbiton, United Kingdom Challenger Grass   Marcel Granollers   Kwon Soon-woo
  Ramkumar Ramanathan
4–6, 6–3, [10–2]

Doubles performance timelineEdit

Men's doublesEdit

Current through the 2019 Los Cabos Open.

  New Zealand   Japan
Tournament 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 SR W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A A A SF 1R 0 / 2 4–2
French Open A A A A 1R 1R 0 / 2 0–2
Wimbledon A A A A QF 1R 0 / 2 3–2
US Open A A A A 1R 0 / 1 0–1
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 7–4 0–3 0 / 7 7–7
ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Indian Wells Masters A A A A 1R 2R 0 / 2 1–2
Miami Open A A A A SF 1R 0 / 2 3–2
Monte-Carlo Masters A A A A 1R 1R 0 / 2 0–2
Madrid Open A A A A QF 1R 0 / 2 2–2
Italian Open A A A A A 1R 0 / 1 0–1
Canadian Open A A A A 2R A 0 / 1 1–1
Cincinnati Masters A A A A 2R A 0 / 1 1–1
Shanghai Masters A A A A 2R 0 / 1 1–1
Paris Masters A A A A 1R 0 / 1 0–1
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 8–8 1–5 0 / 13 9–13
National representation
Davis Cup A A A PO 1R QR 0 / 1 1–3
Career statistics
Tournaments 0 0 0 2 30 20 52
Titles 0 0 0 1 2 1 4
Finals 0 0 0 1 4 3 8
Overall Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 5–2 36–29 18–20 59–51
Year-end ranking 758 397 198 73 18 53.64%

Mixed doublesEdit

Tournament 2018 2019 SR W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A 1R 0 / 1 0–1
French Open 1R 1R 0 / 2 0–2
Wimbledon 3R 1R 0 / 2 0–2
US Open 1R 0 / 1 0–1
Win–Loss 0–3 0–3 0 / 6 0–6


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  2. ^ "McLachlan/Uchiyama Complete Dream Week With Tokyo Crown". ATP World Tour. 8 October 2017.
  3. ^ "McLachlan/Struff Stun Top Seeds". ATP World Tour. 23 January 2018.
  4. ^ "McLachlan and Uchiyama Seal Victory for Japan". ITF. 15 September 2018.
  5. ^ "McLachlan/Salisbury Capture Shenzhen Title On Team Debut". ATP World Tour. 30 September 2018.
  6. ^ "Struff/McLachlan Triumph In Tokyo For First Team Title". ATP World Tour. 7 October 2018.
  7. ^ "From Ballboy To Champ: McLachlan Wins Auckland With Struff". ATP Tour. 12 January 2019. Archived from the original on 13 January 2019. Retrieved 14 January 2019.

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