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Tennys Sandgren (/ˈtɛnɪs ˈsændɡrən/ TEN-iss SAND-grən;[1][2] born July 22, 1991) is an American professional tennis player who broke into the Top 100 of the ATP rankings toward the end of 2017 after competing mainly on the ATP Challenger Tour for many years. Born and raised in Gallatin, Tennessee, he played two years of college tennis at the University of Tennessee before launching his professional career.

Tennys Sandgren
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Sandgren at the 2018 French Open
Country (sports) United States
ResidenceGallatin, Tennessee, USA
Born (1991-07-22) July 22, 1991 (age 27)
Gallatin, Tennessee, USA
Height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Turned pro2011
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
CoachCarsten Ball, Dro Havana
Prize money$1,652,384
Singles
Career record26–37 (41.3%)
Career titles1
Highest rankingNo. 41 (14 January 2019)
Current rankingNo. 72 (15 July 2019)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenQF (2018)
French Open1R (2017, 2018, 2019)
Wimbledon4R (2019)
US Open2R (2018)
Doubles
Career record5–9 (35.7%)
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 115 (6 January 2014)
Current rankingNo. 147 (1 July 2019)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open1R (2019)
French Open1R (2018)
WimbledonQ1 (2017)
US OpenQF (2018)
Last updated on: 8 July 2019.

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Early lifeEdit

Sandgren's parents, South African Lia Lourens and American David Sandgren, met at a tennis club in Johannesburg. They married and moved to Tennessee in 1988 with Sandgren's older brother, Davey.

Sandgren, who was named Tennys after his Swedish great-grandfather, was home-schooled and is coached by his mother. Davey Sandgren is also a tennis player who achieved a career-high ATP ranking of 800 in doubles in 2009.

Junior careerEdit

As a junior, Sandgren compiled a singles win/loss record of 70-38 (and 53-35 in doubles), reaching as high as No. 9 in the combined ITF junior world rankings in April 2009.[3]

Junior Slam results:

Australian Open: -
French Open: 3R (2009)
Wimbledon: 2R (2009)
US Open: 2R (2009)

College careerEdit

Sandgren was a January midseason addition to the Tennessee Volunteers' 2010 tennis roster, joining older brother, Davey, who was a senior All-American on the team.[4] Coached by Sam Winterbotham and Chris Woodruff, the younger Sandgren immediately strengthened the middle of the Vols' singles lineup, going 10-0 in Southeastern Conference play at the No. 4 position to help the team win the SEC regular-season and tournament titles.[5] The team reached the NCAA team finals that year.

As a sophomore, Sandgren reached the semifinals of the NCAA Singles Championships, losing to teammate, roommate and doubles partner Rhyne Williams in three sets. He finished the season with a 37-6 record and his 10-1 record in conference helped the Vols to an SEC regular-season title. He finished his career with a 60-12 singles record (83.33 percent), the third-best career winning percentage in Tennessee history.[6]

He was also a member of the USTA Summer Collegiate Team after his freshman and sophomore seasons.

Professional careerEdit

Early yearsEdit

 
Sandgren in action during the 2013 Challenger of Dallas

Sandgren turned professional in 2011, playing mostly at the ITF Futures level through 2012. In 2013, his ATP ranking remained inside the Top 300 for nearly the entire year, allowing him to play on the Challenger Tour for much of the season. In his final tournament of the year, Sandgren won his first final at Challenger level in Champaign to crack the Top 200 for the first time.

In 2014, Sandgren missed half of the year after undergoing hip surgery near the beginning of the season.[7] Upon returning to the court, it took him nearly a year to get back to the Top 250 and the Challenger level. Sandgren returned to the Top 200 in November 2016, when he reached his second career Challenger final in Columbus, almost three years after he first achieved these two milestones.

2017: Challenger Tour breakthrough, Top 100Edit

In 2017, Sandgren reached five Challenger finals, winning two of them in Tempe and Savannah. He qualified for his first tournament on the ATP World Tour, the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships in Houston.[8] Sandgren's success earned him a wildcard berth into the main draw of the French Open. In his Grand Slam debut, Sandgren lost in the first round to Mikhail Kukushkin.[9] A semifinals appearance in Prostejov helped him to break into the Top 100. He recorded his first two ATP World Tour wins at the Washington Open in early August, including a victory over No. 20 Nick Kyrgios. At the U.S. Open, Sandgren lost in the first round to No. 7 Marin Cilic.

2018: Australian Open quarterfinal, maiden ATP finalEdit

Sandgren began the 2018 season with a first-round loss to Gilles Simon in Pune. He followed with a loss to Casper Ruud in the second qualifying round at the Auckland Open. Sandgren received entry into the main draw of the tournament as a lucky loser following the withdrawal of Kyle Edmund. In the first round of the main draw, he lost in three sets to Hyeon Chung, winner of the inaugural Next Generation ATP Finals in Milan, Italy, two months prior. Making his Australian Open main draw debut, Sandgren won his opening match against French player Jeremy Chardy. In the second round, he defeated 2014 champion and ninth seed Stan Wawrinka, marking his first victory against a Top 10 ranked player.[10] Following a victory over Maximilian Marterer in the third round, Sandgren defeated world No. 5 Dominic Thiem in Sandgren’s first five-set match.[11] He lost to Chung in the quarterfinals in straight sets.[12]

As the No. 1 seed, Sandgren was defeated 1-6, 2-6 in the first round of qualification for the Argentina Open by world No. 188 Facundo Bagnis. He lost in the second round of the Rio Open, the first round of the Brasil Open, the second round in Indian Wells and the first round in Miami.

At the beginning of the clay season, Sandgren reached his first final on the ATP World Tour at the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships, but lost to Steve Johnson.[13]

Sandgren lost in the first round of the Monte Carlo Open to Philipp Kohlschreiber in straight sets. He suffered another first-round loss in Barcelona to Malek Jaziri, also in straight sets.

Following a first-round loss against Frances Tiafoe at the Estoril Open, Sandgren suffered his fourth consecutive first round loss, losing in straight sets to Denis Shapovalov at the Madrid Open.

After having reached the quarterfinals at the Geneva Open, Sandgren was knocked out in the first round of the French Open by world No. 177 Hubert Hurkacz. He lost in the first round of the doubles tournament in straight sets.

In the first round of Wimbledon, Sandgren was knocked out by eventual champion Novak Djokovic in straight sets, winning only six games.

In the first round of the U.S. Open, Sandgren beat Viktor Troicki in straight sets before losing to Djokovic in four sets in the second round.

2019: First ATP titleEdit

In January, Sandgren won his maiden ATP Tour title at the Auckland Open.[14]

ATP career finalsEdit

Singles: 2 (1 title, 1 runner-up)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam (0–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (0–0)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (1–1)
Finals by surface
Hard (1–0)
Clay (0–1)
Grass (0–0)
Finals by setting
Outdoor (1–1)
Indoor (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0–1 Apr 2018 U.S. Clay Court Championships, United States 250 Series Clay   Steve Johnson 6–7(2–7), 6–2, 4–6
Win 1–1 Jan 2019 Auckland Open, New Zealand 250 Series Hard   Cameron Norrie 6–4, 6–2

ATP Challengers and ITF Futures finalsEdit

Singles: 26 (14–12)Edit

Legend
ATP Challenger (3–5)
ITF Futures (11–7)
Finals by surface
Hard (12–6)
Clay (2–6)
Grass (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Win 1–0 Jul 2011 USA F20, Godfrey Futures Hard   Rudolf Siwy 6–2, 7–5
Win 2–0 Aug 2011 USA F21, Decatur Futures Hard   Bassam Beidas 6–3, 6–1
Win 3–0 Mar 2012 USA F7, Calabasas Futures Hard   Daniel Kosakowski 6–3, 7–5
Win 4–0 Apr 2012 USA F10, Little Rock Futures Hard   John Peers 6–1, 7–6(8–6)
Loss 4–1 May 2012 USA F12, Orange Park Futures Clay   Gerald Melzer 6–7(5–7), 3–6
Win 5–1 May 2012 USA F13, Tampa Futures Clay   Bjorn Fratangelo 6–1, 6–3
Win 6–1 Sep 2012 Canada F9, Markham Futures Hard (i)   Peter Polansky 6–4, 6–3
Loss 6–2 Jul 2013 Canada F4, Saskatoon Futures Hard   Austin Krajicek 5–7, 6–7(6–8)
Win 7–2 Nov 2013 Champaign, US Challenger Hard (i)   Sam Groth 3–6, 6–3, 7–6(7–5)
Win 8–2 Mar 2015 Canada F1, Gatineau Futures Hard (i)   Philip Bester 6–3, 7–6(9–7)
Loss 8–3 Mar 2015 Canada F2, Sherbrooke Futures Hard (i)   Edward Corrie 6–3, 1–6, 3–6
Loss 8–4 May 2015 USA F16, Tampa Futures Clay   Thales Turini 2–6, 5–7
Loss 8–5 Jun 2015 USA F16A, Winston-Salem Futures Clay   Matija Pecotić 2–6, 3–6
Win 9–5 Jun 2015 USA F16B, Charlottesville Futures Hard   Ernesto Escobedo 6–4, 6–4
Loss 9–6 Sep 2015 Canada F9, Toronto Futures Clay   Frank Dancevic 5–7, 3–6
Loss 9–7 Apr 2016 USA F12, Memphis Futures Hard   Denis Shapovalov 6–7(4–7), 6–7(4–7)
Win 10–7 Jun 2016 USA F17, Charlottesville Futures Hard   Dennis Nevolo 6–3, 6–3
Win 11–7 Jul 2016 USA F24, Godfrey Futures Hard   Facundo Mena 6–0, 6–4
Win 12–7 Jul 2016 USA F25, Edwardsville Futures Hard   Marc Polmans 7–6(7–4), 1–6, 6–3
Loss 12–8 Nov 2016 Columbus, US Challenger Hard (i)   Stefan Kozlov 1–6, 6–2, 2–6
Win 13–8 Feb 2017 Tempe, US Challenger Hard   Nikola Milojević 4–6, 6–0, 6–3
Loss 13–9 Apr 2017 Sarasota, US Challenger Clay   Frances Tiafoe 3–6, 4–6
Win 14–9 May 2017 Savannah, US Challenger Clay   João Pedro Sorgi 6–4, 6–3
Loss 14–10 Oct 2017 Tiburon, US Challenger Hard   Cameron Norrie 2–6, 3–6
Loss 14–11 Nov 2017 Charlottesville, US Challenger Hard (i)   Tim Smyczek 7–6(7–5), 2–6, 2–6
Loss 14–12 Apr 2019 Sarasota, US Challenger Clay   Tommy Paul 3–6, 4–6

Doubles: 25 (16–9)Edit

Legend
ATP Challenger (7–6)
ITF Futures (9–3)
Finals by surface
Hard (13–9)
Clay (3–0)
Grass (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1–0 Jul 2010 USA F17, Pittsburgh Futures Clay   Rhyne Williams   Greg Ouellette
  Vasek Pospisil
3–6, 6–3, [11–9]
Win 2–0 Sep 2011 Canada F6, Toronto Futures Hard   Rhyne Williams   Chase Buchanan
  Peter Kobelt
6–1, 6–3
Loss 2–1 Sep 2011 Canada F7, Markham Futures Hard (i)   Rhyne Williams   Milan Pokrajac
  Peter Polansky
6–4, 3–6, [8–10]
Win 3–1 Feb 2012 USA F5, Brownsville Futures Hard   Rhyne Williams   Ruben Gonzales
  Chris Kwon
7–6(7–4), 6–0
Win 4–1 Mar 2012 USA F6, Harlingen Futures Hard   Rhyne Williams   Thomas Fabbiano
  Wu Di
6–7(6–8), 7–5, [10–6]
Win 5–1 Apr 2012 USA F10, Little Rock Futures Hard   Greg Ouellette   Marvin Barker
  Edward Corrie
4–6, 7–6(7–2), [10–8]
Loss 5–2 Jul 2012 Lexington, US Challenger Hard   Rhyne Williams   Austin Krajicek
  John Peers
1–6, 6–7(4–7)
Loss 5–3 Sep 2012 Canada F8, Toronto Futures Hard   Chase Buchanan   Márton Fucsovics
  Ante Pavić
2–6, 4–6
Win 6–3 Sep 2011 Canada F9, Markham Futures Hard (i)   Chase Buchanan   Carsten Ball
  Peter Polansky
6–2, 4–6, [10–7]
Win 7–3 Oct 2012 Sacramento, US Challenger Hard   Rhyne Williams   Devin Britton
  Austin Krajicek
4–6, 6–4, [12–10]
Loss 7–4 Jan 2013 Maui, US Challenger Hard   Rhyne Williams   Lee Hsin-han
  Peng Hsien-yin
7–6(7–1), 2–6, [5–10]
Loss 7–5 Feb 2013 Dallas, US Challenger Hard (i)   Rhyne Williams   Alex Kuznetsov
  Mischa Zverev
4–6, 7–6(7–4), [5–10]
Win 8–5 May 2013 Tallahassee, US Challenger Clay   Austin Krajicek   Greg Jones
  Peter Polansky
1–6, 6–2, [10–8]
Win 9–5 Jul 2013 Canada F4, Saskatoon Futures Hard   Austin Krajicek   Roman Borvanov
  Milan Pokrajac
6–4, 3–6, [10–6]
Win 10–5 Sep 2013 İzmir, Turkey Challenger Hard   Austin Krajicek   Brydan Klein
  Dane Propoggia
7–6(7–4), 6–4
Loss 10–6 Nov 2013 Champaign, US Challenger Hard (i)   Austin Krajicek   Edward Corrie
  Daniel Smethurst
6–7(5–7), 6–0, [7–10]
Win 11–6 Jan 2014 Nouméa, New Caledonia Challenger Hard   Austin Krajicek   Ante Pavić
  Blaž Rola
7–6(7–4), 6–3
Win 12–6 Jan 2015 Nouméa, New Caledonia (2) Challenger Hard   Austin Krajicek   Jarmere Jenkins
  Bradley Klahn
7–6(7–2), 6–7(5–7), [10–5]
Loss 12–7 Jun 2015 USA F16A, Winston-Salem Futures Hard   Rhyne Williams   Julio Peralta
  Matt Seeberger
6–3, 3–6, [8–10]
Win 13–7 Sep 2015 Canada F9, Toronto Futures Clay   Chase Buchanan   Sami Reinwein
  Justin S. Shane
6–1, 6–3
Win 14–7 Nov 2015 Charlottesville, US Challenger Hard (i)   Chase Buchanan   Peter Polansky
  Adil Shamasdin
3–6, 6–4, [10–5]
Win 15–7 Apr 2016 USA F13, Little Rock Futures Hard   Ryan Lipman   Nick Chappell
  Dane Webb
6–3, 6–2
Win 16–7 Nov 2016 Champaign, US Challenger Hard (i)   Austin Krajicek   Luke Bambridge
  Liam Broady
7–6(7–4), 7–6(7–2)
Loss 16–8 Jan 2017 Maui, US Challenger Hard   Bradley Klahn   Austin Krajicek
  Jackson Withrow
4–6, 3–6
Loss 16–9 Nov 2018 Knoxville, US Challenger Hard (i)   Hunter Reese  Toshihide Matsui
  Frederik Nielsen
6–7(6–8), 5–7

Performance timelinesEdit

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.

SinglesEdit

Current through the 2019 Wimbledon Championships.

Tournament 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 SR W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A A A Q2 Q1 Q1 Q2 Q1 QF 1R 0 / 2 4–2
French Open A A A A Q1 A A A 1R 1R 1R 0 / 3 0–3
Wimbledon A A A A A A A A Q2 1R 4R 0 / 2 3–2
US Open Q1 A Q1 Q2 Q1 Q1 A Q1 1R 2R 0 / 2 1–2
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–2 5–4 3–3 0 / 9 8–9
ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Indian Wells Masters A A A A A A A A A 2R 1R 0 / 2 1–2
Miami Open A A A A A A A A A 1R 1R 0 / 2 0–2
Monte-Carlo Masters A A A A A A A A A 1R A 0 / 1 0–1
Madrid Open A A A A A A A A A 1R A 0 / 1 0–1
Italian Open A A A A A A A A A A A 0 / 0 0–0
Canadian Open A A A A A A A A A A 0 / 0 0–0
Cincinnati Masters A A A A A A A A A Q1 0 / 0 0–0
Shanghai Masters A A A A A A A A A Q1 0 / 0 0–0
Paris Masters A A A A A A A A A Q2 0 / 0 0–0
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–4 0–2 0 / 6 1–6
Career statistics
2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 Career
Tournaments 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 20 12 38
Titles / Finals 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 1 1 / 1 1 / 2
Overall Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 2–6 16–20 8–11 26–37
Year-end ranking 980 1361 540 233 183 660 261 191 96 61 41%

DoublesEdit

Tournament 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 SR W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A A A A A A A 1R 0 / 1 0–1
French Open A A A A A A A 1R A 0 / 1 0–1
Wimbledon A A A A A A Q1 A A 0 / 0 0–0
US Open A A A 1R A A A QF 0 / 2 3–2
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–0 0–0 0–0 3–2 0–1 0 / 4 3–4
Career statistics
2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 Career
Tournaments 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 5 3 9
Titles / Finals 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0
Overall Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–0 0–0 0–0 4–5 1–3 5–9
Year-end ranking 650 163 133 316 194 347 444 152 35.71%

Record against top 10 playersEdit

Sandgren's match record against players who have been ranked in the top 10. Only ATP Tour main-draw matches are considered.

* As of 6 July 2019

Top 10 winsEdit

Season 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 Total
Wins 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 3
# Player Rank Event Surface Rd Score TS Rank
2018
1.   Stan Wawrinka 8 Australian Open, Melbourne, Australia Hard 2R 6–2, 6–1, 6–4 97
2.   Dominic Thiem 5 Australian Open, Melbourne, Australia Hard 4R 6–2, 4–6, 7–6(7–4), 6–7(7–9), 6–3 97
2019
3.   Fabio Fognini 10 Wimbledon, London, United Kingdom Grass 3R 6–3, 7–6(14–12), 6–3 94

Twitter controversyEdit

Sandgren's activity on Twitter came under scrutiny during the 2018 Australian Open when it was noted that he was a follower of a number of right wing individuals and organizations, including co-founder and former leader of the English Defence League Tommy Robinson and activist Nicholas Fuentes.

When questioned on his social media activity, Sandgren said he found some of the alt-right content interesting, but that to fully support alt-right beliefs would be incompatible with his Christian faith.[15][16][17][18] He later clarified: "Definitely not all 'alt-right' content is interesting, just some individuals' specific content".

Within 48 hours of the controversy emerging, Sandgren had deleted several years of tweets, claiming he wanted to create a "version of a cleaner start".[19]

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ Atlantic Tire Championships (September 15, 2016). "5 Questions with Tennys Sandgren". YouTube. Retrieved January 18, 2018.
  3. ^ "ITF Tennis Juniors - Player Profile". ITF Tennis. Retrieved January 9, 2013.
  4. ^ "Tennys Sandgren Joins Volunteers". utsports.com. University of Tennessee. Retrieved January 9, 2013.
  5. ^ "Tennys Sandgren Profile". utsports.com. University of Tennessee. Retrieved January 9, 2013.
  6. ^ "Tennessee Tennis Record Book" (PDF). utsports.com. University of Tennessee. Retrieved January 9, 2013.
  7. ^ "ATP No. 136 Tennys Sandgren on the rise after hip surgery". Tallahassee Democrat. Retrieved January 20, 2018.
  8. ^ "Tennys Sandgren Bio ATP World Tour Tennis". ATP World Tour. ATP Tour, Inc. Retrieved January 20, 2018.
  9. ^ Bergman, Justin. Tennys Sandgren’s game, and name, on the rise in Australia. Washington Post: January 19, 2018. Retrieved January 21, 2018.
  10. ^ "Australian Open: Tennys Sandgren demolishes Stan Wawrinka to move into third round in Melbourne". Herald Sun. January 19, 2018.
  11. ^ "Giant-killer Tennys Sandgren's fairy-tale run goes on with Dominic Thiem upset". The Straits Times. January 22, 2018.
  12. ^ "From Milan To Melbourne, Chung Keeps Surging". atpworldtour.com. Retrieved January 24, 2018.
  13. ^ "Johnson successfully defends Houston title against inspired Sandgren". Tennis.com. April 15, 2018.
  14. ^ "Super Sandgren: Tennys Wins Maiden Title In Auckland". ATP Tour. January 12, 2019.
  15. ^ "Australian Open 2018: Tennys Sandgren says he is not a far-right sympathiser". The BBC. January 22, 2018. Retrieved January 22, 2018.
  16. ^ "Tennys Sandgren forced to deny far-right sympathies at Australian Open". The Guardian. January 22, 2018. Retrieved January 22, 2018.
  17. ^ "Australian Open surprise package Tennys Sandgren denies support for American alt-right". The Telegraph. January 22, 2018. Retrieved January 22, 2018.
  18. ^ "Australian Open: Tennys Sandgren faces questions about social media links to alt-right movement". USA Today. January 22, 2018. Retrieved January 22, 2018.
  19. ^ "Tennys Sandgren deletes tweets after denying far-right sympathies at Australian Open". The Guardian.

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