Jared Donaldson (born October 9, 1996) is an American professional tennis player from Glocester, Rhode Island. Donaldson was the only American to qualify for the inaugural Next Generation ATP Finals at the end of 2017. He has won a Challenger title in singles as well as doubles, with both of them having come at the Royal Lahaina Challenger in 2015.
Donaldson at the 2018 Wimbledon Championships
|Country (sports)||United States|
|Residence||Glocester, Rhode Island / Irvine, California|
|Born||October 9, 1996|
Providence, Rhode Island
|Height||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Career record||46–63 (42.2%)|
|Highest ranking||No. 48 (5 March 2018)|
|Current ranking||No. 192 (4 March 2019)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||1R (2017, 2018)|
|French Open||2R (2018)|
|US Open||3R (2016)|
|Highest ranking||No. 327 (2 February 2015)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|US Open||2R (2014)|
|Last updated on: 16 October 2018.|
Donaldson trained on the red clay in Buenos Aires for two years instead of following the conventional route of joining a tennis academy or USTA Player Development. His time there dramatically improved his consistency, movement and mental game. Having never claimed any prestigious junior crowns (Orange Bowl, Junior Grand Slams, Les Petits), Donaldson reached the final of the 2013 USTA Boys 18s National Championship at the age of 16, where he lost to Collin Altamirano in straight sets. Donaldson also attended the Gordon School and played middle school tennis there.
At the 2013 US Open, Donaldson reached the final round of qualifying, beating two players in the Top 250.
He continued to play extensively in the Turkey and US Futures circuit until breaking through with three consecutive Futures titles in June 2014. Donaldson then qualified for his first ATP event in Washington, D.C. at the Citi Open. He made an official statement about turning pro instead of playing collegiate tennis on August 22, 2014, just short of his 18th birthday.
He received main draw wildcards into the singles and doubles tournaments at the 2014 US Open. Although he lost to Gaël Monfils in straight sets, he received high praise from many of the tennis elite.
In January 2015, he won his first Challenger title at the 2015 Royal Lahaina Challenger in Maui, allowing him to move into the Top 200 of the ATP rankings. He also won the doubles title in Maui with partner Stefan Kozlov. The following month, he won his first ATP level match at the 2015 Memphis Open, this time defeating Kozlov.
2016: Top 100Edit
Donaldson made it through qualifying at the US Open. He then recorded the biggest win of his career, knocking off 12th-seeded David Goffin in the first round. He then beat Viktor Troicki before losing to Ivo Karlovic in the third round, which was enough to push him into the Top 100 of the ATP rankings for the first time.
2017: Top 50, ATP Tour-level consistencyEdit
With a higher ranking and consistent success, Donaldson was able to play primarily in ATP Tour level events throughout the year. He solidified his position in the Top 100 by reaching the fourth round of the Miami Open as a qualifier, rising from No. 95 to No. 73 in the ATP rankings. After a relatively quiet clay court season, Donaldson continued his climb in the rankings by making it to the third round at Wimbledon. Later in the summer, he scored two of the biggest wins of his career over No. 18 Lucas Pouille and No. 14 Roberto Bautista Agut at the Canada Masters and Cincinnati Masters respectively. These two wins helped to catapult Donaldson to a career high ATP ranking of No. 50 in the world at the end of October.
2018: First ATP semifinalEdit
Unlike many of his other top American contemporaries (such as John Isner and Jack Sock, among others) whose success relies on big serves and forehands, Donaldson's strength is in his return game. In the 2017 season, Donaldson was the 6th-highest ranked American (51st overall). He rated behind all five above him in serving, but was the best returner out of the group at 32nd on the tour, according to Infosys Nia Data.
Challenger and Futures finalsEdit
Singles: 7 (4–3)Edit
|Loss||0–1||Mar 2014||Turkey F7, Antalya||Futures||Clay||Jordi Samper-Montaña||2–6, 6–7(4–7)|
|Win||1–1||Jun 2014||Turkey F19, Bodrum||Futures||Clay||Nikola Milojević||6–3, 6–4|
|Win||2–1||Jun 2014||USA F15, Tulsa||Futures||Hard||Jarmere Jenkins||4–6, 6–3, 7–5|
|Win||3–1||Jun 2014||USA F17, Oklahoma City||Futures||Hard||Andrew Harris||6–3, 6–2|
|Win||4–1||Jan 2015||Maui, US||Challenger||Hard||Nicolas Meister||6–1, 6–4|
|Loss||4–2||Oct 2015||Sacramento, US||Challenger||Hard||Taylor Fritz||4–6, 6–3, 4–6|
|Loss||4–3||Apr 2016||Savannah, US||Challenger||Clay||Bjorn Fratangelo||1–6, 3–6|
Doubles: 2 (1–1)Edit
|Loss||0–1||Jun 2014||USA F15, Tulsa||Futures||Hard||Farris Fathi Gosea|| Dennis Novikov
|Win||1–1||Jan 2015||Maui, US||Challenger||Hard||Stefan Kozlov|| Chase Buchanan
This table is current through the 2018 Rogers Cup.
|Grand Slam Tournaments|
|Australian Open||A||A||Q2||Q1||1R||1R||0 / 2||0–2||0%|
|French Open||A||A||Q3||Q3||1R||2R||0 / 2||1–2||33%|
|Wimbledon||A||A||Q1||A||3R||2R||0 / 2||3–2||60%|
|US Open||Q3||1R||1R||3R||2R||A||0 / 4||3–4||43%|
|Win–Loss||0–0||0–1||0–1||2–1||3–4||2–3||0 / 10||7–10||41%|
|ATP World Tour Masters 1000|
|Indian Wells Masters||A||A||Q1||1R||Q1||2R||0 / 2||1–2||33%|
|Miami Open||A||A||A||1R||4R||3R||0 / 3||4–3||57%|
|Monte-Carlo Masters||A||A||A||A||A||1R||0 / 1||0–1||–|
|Madrid Open||A||A||A||A||2R||1R||0 / 2||1–2||33%|
|Italian Open||A||A||A||A||1R||1R||0 / 2||0–2||0%|
|Canadian Open||A||A||A||3R||3R||0 / 2||4–2||67%|
|Cincinnati Masters||A||A||2R||2R||QF||0 / 3||5–3||63%|
|Shanghai Masters||A||A||A||Q1||2R||0 / 1||1–1||50%|
|Paris Masters||A||A||A||A||Q1||0 / 0||0–0||–|
|Win–Loss||0–0||0–0||1–1||3–4||9–6||3–5||0 / 16||16–16||50%|
|Titles / Finals||0 / 0||0 / 0||0 / 0||0 / 0||0 / 0||0 / 0||0 / 0|
- ATP Rankings
- USTA Nationals: Collin Altamirano becomes first unseeded player to win singles title | MLive.com
- Former R.I. champ Jared Donaldson falls in US Open debut – News – providencejournal.com – Providence, RI
- "#NextGenATP Donaldson Breaks The Trend, Climbs The Rankings". ATP World Tour. Retrieved 2 October 2017.