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Michael Mmoh (/m/ MOH;[2] born January 10, 1998) is an American tennis player. He won the USTA junior national championship in 2016. He has won 2 ATP Challenger titles and 4 ITF Futures tournaments, including his first at the age of 16.

Michael Mmoh
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Mmoh at the 2016 US Open
Country (sports) United States
ResidenceBradenton, Florida
Born (1998-01-10) January 10, 1998 (age 21)
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Height1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Turned pro2016
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
CoachAlexander Waske
Prize money$657,498
Singles
Career record7–15
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 96 (October 1, 2018)
Current rankingNo. 196 (August 26, 2019)[1]
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open1R (2017, 2019)
French OpenQ1 (2017, 2019)
Wimbledon1R (2018)
US Open1R (2016, 2018)
Doubles
Career record1–2
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 476 (December 24, 2018)
Current rankingNo. 625 (February 25, 2019)
Grand Slam Doubles results
US Open2R (2014)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
US Open1R (2017, 2018)
Last updated on: February 25, 2019.

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Personal lifeEdit

Born in Saudi Arabia, Mmoh has both Irish and Nigerian ancestry. Michael's father Tony Mmoh was also a professional tennis player who represented Nigeria and reached a career-high ranking of 105. His mother was born in Ireland and is also an Australian citizen. Mmoh's parents named him after basketball superstar Michael Jordan.

Mmoh began playing tennis at age 3. He trains at the IMG Academy in Florida.[3]

Junior careerEdit

Mmoh peaked in the Boy's Junior rankings at No. 2 after reaching the semifinals at the 2015 Junior French Open. He won the 2016 USTA 18s Boys' National Championship to earn a wild card into the main draw of the US Open.

Professional careerEdit

Mmoh has enjoyed some early success on the ITF Futures tour, winning 3 titles before turning 18. In February 2016, Mmoh qualified for his first ATP-level tournament at Memphis by defeating fellow Americans Dennis Novikov and Bjorn Fratangelo. He then lost in the first round to eventual finalist Taylor Fritz, the highest ranked American teenager at the time. Following his 4th Futures title, Mmoh was awarded a wild card into the Miami Masters, where he lost to Sascha Zverev, the top-ranked 18 year-old in the world, after dropping two tiebreaks.

In September 2016, Mmoh broke into the Top 300 for the first time by reaching the final of the ATP Challenger event at Tiburon as a qualifier. In November, he reached the Top 200 and also won the 2017 Australian Open Wild Card Challenge largely by claiming his first career Challenger title at Knoxville. He would claim another Challenger title the following summer at Lexington.

To start off the 2018 season, Mmoh recorded his first career ATP-level match wins by defeating Federico Delbonis in the first round of the Brisbane International and world No. 33 Mischa Zverev to make the quarterfinals.

Career finalsEdit

Singles: 11 (8–3)Edit

Legend (Singles)
ATP Challenger Tour (4–1)
ITF Futures Tour (4–2)
Titles by Surface
Hard (7–3)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Win 1–0 Oct 2014 USA F29, Brownsville Futures Hard   Dennis Novikov 7–6(7–5), 6–1
Win 2–0 Jul 2015 USA F22, Godfrey Futures Hard   Jared Hiltzik 6–3, 3–6, 7–5
Win 3–0 Oct 2015 USA F30, Houston Futures Hard   Lucas Gómez 6–3, 6–2
Loss 3–1 Jan 2016 USA F2, Long Beach Futures Hard   Yannick Hanfmann 4–6, 0–6
Win 4–1 Mar 2016 USA F10, Bakersfield Futures Hard   Casper Ruud 6–4, 6–7(5–7), 6–1
Loss 4–2 Oct 2016 Tiburon, US Challenger Hard   Darian King 6–7(5–7), 2–6
Win 5–2 Nov 2016 Knoxville, US Challenger Hard (i)   Peter Polansky 7–5, 2–6, 6–1
Loss 5–3 Jul 2017 USA F23, Wichita Futures Hard   Christian Harrison 6–1, 2–6, 5–7
Win 6–3 Aug 2017 Lexington, US Challenger Hard   John Millman 4–6, 7–6(7–3), 6–3
Win 7–3 Sep 2018 Columbus Challenger, US Challenger Hard   Jordan Thompson 6–3, 7–6(7–4)
Win 8–3 Sep 2018 Tiburon, US Challenger Hard   Marcel Granollers 6–3, 7–5

External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ ATP Profile
  2. ^ "Full Interview: Francis Tiafoe and Michael Mmoh". YouTube.com. June 3, 2014. Retrieved January 7, 2018.
  3. ^ "Michael Mmoh is a rising hope". New York Times. Retrieved March 21, 2016.