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Michael Mackenzie Lowe McDonald (born April 16, 1995) is an American male professional tennis player who won the 2016 NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Championships in both singles and doubles.[1] After the NCAA tournament, on June 16, 2016, he announced that he would not return to UCLA for his senior year, but turn professional.[2]

Mackenzie McDonald
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Country (sports) United States
ResidenceOrlando, Florida
Born (1995-04-16) April 16, 1995 (age 24)
Piedmont, California
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Turned pro2016
PlaysRight handed, two-handed backhand
CollegeUCLA
CoachMat Cloer
Prize money$1,087,464
Singles
Career record17–24 (Grand Slam, ATP Tour level, and Davis Cup)
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 59 (1 April 2019)
Current rankingNo. 59 (1 April 2019)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open2R (2018, 2019)
French Open1R (2019)
Wimbledon4R (2018)
US Open1R (2016, 2018)
Doubles
Career record4–12
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 206 (31 July 2017)
Current rankingNo. 214 (1 April 2019)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open1R (2019)
French Open1R (2019)
WimbledonQ1 (2018)
US Open2R (2018)
Last updated on: 3 April 2019.

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Juniors careerEdit

McDonald was a semifinalist in the boys' singles of the 2012 Australian Open.[3] In 2012, he reached a career high ranking in the ITF World Tour Junior Rankings of number 12 and won the 18s singles title at the 2012 Easter Bowl.[4]

College careerEdit

2013Edit

McDonald was listed as the No. 1 player coming into college according to the ITA. As a freshman in UCLA, he was named a Singles All-American and the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year. McDonald was also a quarter finalist at the NCAA singles championship while compiling a 33–9 record during the season, including an 18–4 record in dual matches.

2015Edit

At the 2015 NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Championship, he defeated top-ranked Axel Alvarez of Oklahoma during team competition. He played #1 singles and doubles for the UCLA Bruins for most of the season.

2016Edit

During the 2016 season, he helped his Bruins to the quarterfinals of the Division I Tennis Team Championship. Then on Memorial Day, May 30, McDonald defeated the No. 1 ranked Mikael Torpegaard of Ohio State University for the singles championship at Michael D. Case Tennis Center, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He became the 12th UCLA Bruins player to win the singles title. McDonald also teamed with Martin Redlicki to play for the doubles championship. They defeated the team of Arthur Rinderknech and Jackson Withrow from Texas A&M to win the doubles individual championship. In doing so, McDonald became the first college player to win both the national singles and doubles titles since Matias Boeker of the University of Georgia in 2001.

Professional careerEdit

2013Edit

At age 18, he McDonald qualified for the 2013 Western & Southern Open[3] by defeating two top 100 players despite never previously having earned an ATP point. McDonald lost in the first round to David Goffin in straight sets.[5] He was subsequently given a wildcard entry into the 2013 US Open qualifying.

2014Edit

McDonald qualified into the main draw of the 2014 Challenger in Winnetka, Illinois and defeated world no. 154 Sam Groth.

2016Edit

 
McDonald at the 2016 US Open

McDonald was awarded a wild card into the main draw of the US Open, where he lost to Czech qualifier Jan Šátral in five sets in the first round. Beginning in late September and lasting through early October, McDonald had an impressive string of results in challenger level tournaments, winning his first ITF Pro Circuit title at USA F29 Irvine Futures, as well as reaching back to back semifinals in Tiburon and Stockton with impressive wins over three top 150 players.

2017Edit

McDonald began the season winning the singles title at the F1 Los Angeles Pro Futures held at the University of Southern California, beating Carl Söderlund in the final 6–4, 6–0 by winning the last eleven games.[6] In March at the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells, McDonald, along with former University of Virginia tennis player Danielle Collins, were selected to receive the Oracle US Tennis Awards, given to exceptional collegiate players transitioning to a professional.[7] McDonald won the USA F12 Futures doubles event with Lloyd Glasspool, his fifth career Futures doubles title.

2018Edit

He participated in his first Australian Open in January where he defeated Elias Ymer 6–4, 6–3, 3–6, 6–1 in the first round after winning the qualifiers. In the next round, he was defeated by 3rd ranked Grigor Dimitrov in a 5 set thriller, losing 6–4, 2–6, 4–6, 6–0, 6–8. Later, he won the Seoul Challenger 1–6, 6–4, 6–1 against Jordan Thompson.

At Wimbledon, he reached his first Grand Slam third-round by winning his first-ever 5-set match, 11–9 in the 5th, over Nicolás Jarry in the round of 64. He then proceeded to defeat Guido Pella in straight sets to reach the second week of a grand slam for the first time in his career. He was then defeated in four sets by Milos Raonic in the round of 16.

2019Edit

McDonald reached the final of the Dallas Challenger in February, where he lost 6-4 6-7(3) 1-6 to Mitchell Krueger, despite leading by a set and a break in the 2nd set. He also participated in the Delray Beach Open in February, where he defeated Juan Martin del Potro in the quarterfinals 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (5) to reach his first ATP level semifinals, where lost to Radu Albot 6-3, 0-6, 0-6. His good form carried on into the ATP 500 Acapulco tournament, where he reached the Quarterfinals, eventually losing to Cameron Norrie 3-6 2-6. These results helped propel him to a career-high ranking of 62°.

Playing styleEdit

McDonald is aggressive baseliner, very similar to Kei Nishikori. McDonald has a very powerful forehand and backhand, which he uses to dictate points and tempo. He is also extremely fast, and athletic which helps him move around the court fluidity. Much of his success in college was because of his movement and shot creating with his forehand and backhand. McDonald also has tremendous hands especially at the net.

McDonald though has some weaknesses in his game. He does not have a big serve or a big second serve. He also can be overpowered in the return game by players with bigger serves.

ATP Challenger and ITF Futures finalsEdit

Singles: 7 (4–3)Edit

Legend (Singles)
ATP Challenger Tour (2–2)
ITF Futures Tour (2–1)
Titles by Surface
Hard (4–3)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0–1 Sep 2015 USA F26, Claremont Futures Hard   Deiton Baughman 6–2, 3–6, 3–6
Win 1–1 Sep 2016 USA F29, Irvine Futures Hard   Jan Choinski 6–0, 6–3
Win 2–1 Jan 2017 USA F1, Los Angeles Futures Hard   Carl Söderlund 6–4, 6–0
Win 3–1 Oct 2017 Fairfield, USA Challenger Hard   Bradley Klahn 6–4, 6–2
Loss 3–2 Jan 2018 Dallas, USA Challenger Hard (i)   Kei Nishikori 1–6, 4–6
Win 4–2 Apr 2018 Seoul, Korea Challenger Hard   Jordan Thompson 1–6, 6–4, 6–1
Loss 4–3 Feb 2019 Dallas, USA Challenger Hard (i)   Mitchell Krueger 6–4, 6–7(3–7), 1–6

Doubles: 9 (7–2)Edit

Legend (Doubles)
ATP Challenger Tour (2–1)
ITF Futures Tour (5–1)
Titles by Surface
Hard (7–2)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1–0 Sep 2013 USA F24, Costa Mesa Futures Hard   Marcos Giron   Keith-Patrick Crowley
  Matt Fawcett
6–3, 6–2
Win 2–0 Jun 2014 USA F17, Oklahoma City Futures Hard   Martin Redlicki   Jesús Bandrés
  Gonzalo Escobar
4–6, 7–6(7–3), [10–8]
Loss 2–1 Sep 2014 USA F25, Costa Mesa Futures Hard   Martin Redlicki   Nicholas Hunter
  Junior Alexander Ore
6–4, 4–6, [8–10]
Win 3–1 Sep 2015 USA F27, Costa Mesa Futures Hard   Martin Redlicki   Jean-Yves Aubone
  Benjamin Lock
6–2, 3–6, [10–5]
Loss 3–2 Aug 2016 Aptos, USA Challenger Hard   Ben McLachlan   Nicolaas Scholtz
  Tucker Vorster
7–6(7–5), 3–6, [8–10]
Win 4–2 Sep 2016 USA F29, Irvine Futures Hard   Deiton Baughman   Timothy Sah
  Ryan Seggerman
6–4, 6–3
Win 5–2 Oct 2016 Fairfield, USA Challenger Hard   Brian Baker   Sekou Bangoura
  Eric Quigley
6–3, 6–4
Win 6–2 Apr 2017 USA F12, Memphis Futures Hard   Lloyd Glasspool   Philip Bester
  Alex Lawson
6–2, 7–6(7–3)
Win 7–2 Jan 2018 Playford, Australia Challenger Hard   Tommy Paul   Maverick Banes
  Jason Kubler
7–6(7–4), 6–4

Top 10 winsEdit

Season 2016 2017 2018 2019 Total
Wins 0 0 0 1 1
# Player Rank Event Surface Rd Score MM Rank
2019
1.   Juan Martín del Potro 4 Delray Beach, United States Hard QF 6–4, 3–6, 7–6(7–5) 84

Singles performance timelineEdit

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A P Z# PO G F-S SF-B NMS NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (Z#) Davis/Fed Cup Zonal Group (with number indication) or (PO) play-off; (G) gold, (F-S) silver or (SF-B) bronze Olympic medal; a (NMS) downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.

Current through the 2019 Australian Open

Tournament 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 SR W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A A A A 2R 2R 0 / 2 2–2
French Open A A A A Q2 A 0 / 0 0–0
Wimbledon A A A A Q2 4R 0 / 1 3–1
US Open Q1 Q1 A 1R Q2 1R 0 / 2 0–2
Win–loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–0 4–3 0 / 5 5–5
Career statistics
Tournaments 1 0 0 3 0 13 17
Overall Win–Loss 0–1 0–0 0–0 0–3 0–0 9–13 9–17
Year-end ranking 673 642 371 321 176 78 35%

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Mackenzie McDonald – 2013–14 Men's Tennis Roster – UCLABruins.com | UCLA Athletics". www.uclabruins.com. Retrieved 2016-11-05.
  2. ^ UCLA Athletics, McDonald to Turn Professional, UCLABruins.com, June 16, 2016
  3. ^ a b U.S. 18-year-old Mackenzie McDonald makes an impression
  4. ^ "Easter Bowl". www.easterbowl.com. Retrieved 2016-11-05.
  5. ^ Piedmont's Mackenzie McDonald Falls to Belgian Tennis Star – Sports – Piedmont, CA Patch
  6. ^ http://www.itftennis.com/procircuit/tournaments/men's-tournament/info.aspx?tournamentid=1100039221
  7. ^ "Collins, McDonald Receive Oracle US Tennis Awards | BNP Paribas Open". BNP Paribas Open. Retrieved 2017-03-22.

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