Ben McLachlan (// mə-KLOKH-lən; 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.
McLachlan at the 2018 French Open
|Country (sports)|| Japan (2017 – )|
New Zealand (2012 – 2017)
|Residence||Queenstown, New Zealand|
|Born||10 May 1992|
Queenstown, New Zealand
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Turned pro||May 2014|
|Plays||Right-handed (one-handed backhand)|
|Coach||Riki McLachlan, Lan Bale|
|Highest ranking||No. 729 (15 June 2015)|
|Career titles||4 ATP|
4 Challenger and 13 ITF Futures
|Highest ranking||No. 18 (5 November 2018)|
|Current ranking||No. 31 (27 May 2019)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||SF (2018)|
|French Open||1R (2018, 2019)|
|US Open||1R (2018)|
|Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results|
|Australian Open||1R (2019)|
|French Open||1R (2018), (2019)|
|US Open||1R (2018)|
|Last updated on: 9 June 2019.|
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.
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. 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.
At the end of September, McLachlan won his second title on the ATP Tour at the Shenzhen Open, partnering Joe Salisbury. 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. 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. 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.
ATP career finalsEdit
Doubles: 8 (4 titles, 4 runners-up)Edit
|Win||1–0||Oct 2017||Japan Open, Japan||500 Series||Hard||Yasutaka Uchiyama|| Jamie Murray
|Loss||1–1||Feb 2018||Open Sud de France, France||250 Series||Hard (i)||Hugo Nys|| Ken Skupski
|Loss||1–2||May 2018||Istanbul Open, Turkey||250 Series||Clay||Nicholas Monroe|| Dominic Inglot
|3–6, 6–3, [8–10]|
|Win||2–2||Sep 2018||Shenzhen Open, China||250 Series||Hard||Joe Salisbury|| Robert Lindstedt
|Win||3–2||Oct 2018||Japan Open, Japan (2)||500 Series||Hard (i)||Jan-Lennard Struff|| Raven Klaasen
|Win||4–2||Jan 2019||Auckland Open, New Zealand||250 Series||Hard||Jan-Lennard Struff|| Raven Klaasen
|Loss||4–3||Feb 2019||Open 13, France||250 Series||Hard (i)||Matwé Middelkoop|| Jérémy Chardy
|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
ATP Challenger and ITF Future finalsEdit
Singles: 1 (1 runner-up)Edit
|ATP Challengers (0–0)|
|ITF Futures (0–1)|
|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)|
|Loss||0–1||Jun 2014||Akishima, Japan||Futures||Clay||Keisuke Watanuki|| Sho Katayama
|7–6(7–4), 3–6, [4–10]|
|Loss||0–2||Aug 2014||Rosarito, Mexico||Futures||Hard||Jarryd Chaplin|| Daniel Garza
|Win||1–2||Nov 2014||Pensacola, United States||Futures||Clay||Justin S. Shane|| Julian Cash
|Loss||1–3||Feb 2015||Colombo, Sri Lanka||Futures||Clay||Andre Dome|| Arsenije Zlatanović
|Loss||1–4||Apr 2015||Tsukuba, Japan||Futures||Hard||Jarryd Chaplin|| Shintaro Imai
|Win||2–4||May 2015||Orange Park, United States||Futures||Hard||Jean-Yves Aubone|| Maximiliano Estévez
|Win||3–4||Jun 2015||Karuizawa, Japan||Futures||Clay||Keisuke Watanuki|| Sho Katayama
|6–1, 3–6, [10–3]|
|Win||4–4||Jun 2015||Akishima, Japan||Futures||Clay||Yuya Kibi|| Arata Onozawa
|Win||5–4||Aug 2015||Ashkelon, Israel||Futures||Hard||Jarryd Chaplin|| Jonathan Kanar
|6–2, 4–6, [10–8]|
|Win||6–4||Sep 2015||Kiryat Gat, Israel||Futures||Hard||Jarryd Chaplin|| Mor Bulis
|Win||7–4||Sep 2015||Meitar, Israel||Futures||Hard||Jarryd Chaplin|| Michael Geerts
|Win||8–4||Feb 2016||Baku, Azerbaijan||Futures||Carpet (i)||Mikelis Libietis|| Sanjar Fayziev
|7–6(7–2), 6–7(2–7), [10–6]|
|Win||9–4||Feb 2016||Tel Aviv, Israel||Futures||Hard||Mikelis Libietis|| Alexios Halebian
|3–6, 7–6(7–3), [12–10]|
|Loss||9–5||Mar 2016||Nishi-Tama, Japan||Futures||Hard||Huang Liang-chi|| Yuya Kibi
|Win||10–5||Apr 2016||Tsukuba, Japan||Futures||Hard||Finn Tearney|| Yuichi Ito
|3–6, 6–4, [10–4]|
|Win||11–5||May 2016||Ramat Gan, Israel||Futures||Hard||Jarryd Chaplin|| Nicolas Meister
|Win||12–5||Jun 2016||Kiryat Shmona, Israel||Futures||Hard||Jarryd Chaplin|| Cameron Silverman
|Win||13–5||Jun 2016||Akko, Israel||Futures||Hard||Jarryd Chaplin|| Nick Chappell
|2–6, 6–3, [10–5]|
|Loss||13–6||Mar 2016||Kelowna, Canada||Futures||Hard||Jarryd Chaplin|| John Paul Fruttero
|Loss||0–1||Aug 2016||Aptos, United States||Challenger||Hard||Mackenzie McDonald|| Nicolaas Schultz
|7–6(7–5), 3–6, [8–10]|
|Loss||0–2||Oct 2016||Monterrey, Mexico||Challenger||Hard||Jarryd Chaplin|| Evan King
|7–6(7–4), 4–6, [2–10]|
|Win||1–2||Jun 2017||Todi, Italy||Challenger||Clay||Steven de Waard|| Marin 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
|Win||2–3||Sep 2017||Gwangju, South Korea||Challenger||Hard||Chen Ti|| Jarryd Chaplin
|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
|Win||3–4||Nov 2017||Kobe, Japan||Challenger||Hard (i)||Yasutaka Uchiyama|| Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan
|4–6, 6–3, [10–8]|
|Win||4–4||Jun 2019||Surbiton, United Kingdom||Challenger||Grass||Marcel Granollers|| Kwon Soon-woo
|4–6, 6–3, [10–2]|
Doubles performance timelineEdit
Current through the 2019 French Open
|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||0 / 1||3–1|
|US Open||A||A||A||A||1R||0 / 1||0–1|
|Win–Loss||0–0||0–0||0–0||0–0||7–4||0–1||0 / 6||7–6|
|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||0 / 1||1–1|
|Cincinnati Masters||A||A||A||A||2R||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|
|Davis Cup||A||A||A||PO||1R||QR||0 / 1||1–3|
|Grand Slam tournaments|
|Australian Open||A||1R||0 / 1||0–1|
|French Open||1R||1R||0 / 2||0–2|
|Wimbledon||3R||0 / 1||0–1|
|US Open||1R||0 / 1||0–1|
|Win–Loss||0–3||0–2||0 / 5||0–5|
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- "McLachlan/Struff Stun Top Seeds". ATP World Tour. 23 January 2018.
- "McLachlan and Uchiyama Seal Victory for Japan". ITF. 15 September 2018.
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- "From Ballboy To Champ: McLachlan Wins Auckland With Struff". ATP Tour. 12 January 2019.