Tennys Sandgren (/ / TEN-iss SAND-grən; 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.
Sandgren at Wimbledon in 2019
|Country (sports)||United States|
|Residence||Gallatin, Tennessee, USA|
|Born||July 22, 1991|
Gallatin, Tennessee, USA
|Height||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Prize money||US$ 2,534,185|
|Career record||36–47 (43.4%)|
|Highest ranking||No. 41 (14 January 2019)|
|Current ranking||No. 55 (16 March 2020)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||QF (2018, 2020)|
|French Open||1R (2017, 2018, 2019)|
|US Open||3R (2019)|
|Career record||10–16 (38.5%)|
|Highest ranking||No. 115 (6 January 2014)|
|Current ranking||No. 211 (16 March 2020)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||2R (2020)|
|French Open||1R (2018)|
|US Open||QF (2018)|
|Last updated on: 22 March 2020.|
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.
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.
Junior Slam results:
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. 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. 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.
He was also a member of the USTA Summer Collegiate Team after his freshman and sophomore seasons.
2011–2016: Early years, Futures success and first Challenger titleEdit
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. 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. 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. 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. Following a victory over Maximilian Marterer in the third round, Sandgren defeated world No. 5 Dominic Thiem in Sandgren’s first five-set match. He lost to Chung in the quarterfinals in straight sets.
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.
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.
2019: First ATP titleEdit
In January, Sandgren won his maiden ATP Tour title at the Auckland Open. He achieved his career high in rankings at 41 on January 14. However, after the title, Sandgren suffered a 9-match tour-level losing streak, which he finally snapped at Wimbledon, where he reached the fourth round before losing to Sam Querrey. He then reached the quarterfinals at Newport and the third round at the U.S. Open. At the end of the season, a fractured toe kept him inactive, and his ranking sank back out of the top 100.
2020: Second Australian Open quarterfinalEdit
Sandgren again made it to the quarterfinals of the Australian Open, where he played Roger Federer. He lost in five tight sets against an injured Federer, after holding (and losing) seven match points.
Sandgren has played two seasons with World TeamTennis starting in 2015 when he debuted in the league with the California Dream and then again in 2018 with the Washington Kastles. It was announced that he will join the Orlando Storm during the 2020 season set to begin July 12.
ATP career finalsEdit
Singles: 2 (1 title, 1 runner-up)Edit
|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|
Doubles: 1 (1 runner-up)Edit
|Loss||0–1||Aug 2019||Winston-Salem Open, United States||250 Series||Hard||Nicholas Monroe|| Łukasz Kubot
|7–6(8–6), 1–6, [3–10]|
ATP Challengers and ITF Futures finalsEdit
Singles: 26 (14–12)Edit
|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
|Win||1–0||Jul 2010||USA F17, Pittsburgh||Futures||Clay||Rhyne Williams|| Greg Ouellette
|3–6, 6–3, [11–9]|
|Win||2–0||Sep 2011||Canada F6, Toronto||Futures||Hard||Rhyne Williams|| Chase Buchanan
|Loss||2–1||Sep 2011||Canada F7, Markham||Futures||Hard (i)||Rhyne Williams|| Milan Pokrajac
|6–4, 3–6, [8–10]|
|Win||3–1||Feb 2012||USA F5, Brownsville||Futures||Hard||Rhyne Williams|| Ruben Gonzales
|Win||4–1||Mar 2012||USA F6, Harlingen||Futures||Hard||Rhyne Williams|| Thomas Fabbiano
|6–7(6–8), 7–5, [10–6]|
|Win||5–1||Apr 2012||USA F10, Little Rock||Futures||Hard||Greg Ouellette|| Marvin Barker
|4–6, 7–6(7–2), [10–8]|
|Loss||5–2||Jul 2012||Lexington, US||Challenger||Hard||Rhyne Williams|| Austin Krajicek
|Loss||5–3||Sep 2012||Canada F8, Toronto||Futures||Hard||Chase Buchanan|| Márton Fucsovics
|Win||6–3||Sep 2011||Canada F9, Markham||Futures||Hard (i)||Chase Buchanan|| Carsten Ball
|6–2, 4–6, [10–7]|
|Win||7–3||Oct 2012||Sacramento, US||Challenger||Hard||Rhyne Williams|| Devin Britton
|4–6, 6–4, [12–10]|
|Loss||7–4||Jan 2013||Maui, US||Challenger||Hard||Rhyne Williams|| Lee Hsin-han
|7–6(7–1), 2–6, [5–10]|
|Loss||7–5||Feb 2013||Dallas, US||Challenger||Hard (i)||Rhyne Williams|| Alex Kuznetsov
|4–6, 7–6(7–4), [5–10]|
|Win||8–5||May 2013||Tallahassee, US||Challenger||Clay||Austin Krajicek|| Greg Jones
|1–6, 6–2, [10–8]|
|Win||9–5||Jul 2013||Canada F4, Saskatoon||Futures||Hard||Austin Krajicek|| Roman Borvanov
|6–4, 3–6, [10–6]|
|Win||10–5||Sep 2013||İzmir, Turkey||Challenger||Hard||Austin Krajicek|| Brydan Klein
|Loss||10–6||Nov 2013||Champaign, US||Challenger||Hard (i)||Austin Krajicek|| Edward Corrie
|6–7(5–7), 6–0, [7–10]|
|Win||11–6||Jan 2014||Nouméa, New Caledonia||Challenger||Hard||Austin Krajicek|| Ante Pavić
|Win||12–6||Jan 2015||Nouméa, New Caledonia (2)||Challenger||Hard||Austin Krajicek|| Jarmere Jenkins
|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
|6–3, 3–6, [8–10]|
|Win||13–7||Sep 2015||Canada F9, Toronto||Futures||Clay||Chase Buchanan|| Sami Reinwein
Justin S. Shane
|Win||14–7||Nov 2015||Charlottesville, US||Challenger||Hard (i)||Chase Buchanan|| Peter Polansky
|3–6, 6–4, [10–5]|
|Win||15–7||Apr 2016||USA F13, Little Rock||Futures||Hard||Ryan Lipman|| Nick Chappell
|Win||16–7||Nov 2016||Champaign, US||Challenger||Hard (i)||Austin Krajicek|| Luke Bambridge
|Loss||16–8||Jan 2017||Maui, US||Challenger||Hard||Bradley Klahn|| Austin Krajicek
|Loss||16–9||Nov 2018||Knoxville, US||Challenger||Hard (i)||Hunter Reese|| Toshihide Matsui
Current through the 2020 New York Open.
|Grand Slam tournaments|
|Australian Open||A||A||A||A||Q2||Q1||Q1||Q2||Q1||QF||1R||QF||0 / 3||8–3|
|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||3R||0 / 3||3–3|
|Win–Loss||0–0||0–0||0–0||0–0||0–0||0–0||0–0||0–0||0–2||5–4||5–4||4–1||0 / 11||14–11|
|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||A||0 / 0||0–0|
|Cincinnati Masters||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||Q1||Q1||0 / 0||0–0|
|Shanghai Masters||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||Q1||A||0 / 0||0–0|
|Paris Masters||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||Q2||A||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||0–0||0 / 6||1–6|
|Titles / Finals||0 / 0||0 / 0||0 / 0||0 / 0||0 / 0||0 / 0||0 / 0||0 / 0||0 / 0||0 / 1||1 / 1||0 / 0||1 / 2|
|Grand Slam tournaments|
|Australian Open||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||1R||2R||0 / 2||1–2|
|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||1R||0 / 3||3–3|
|Win–Loss||0–0||0–0||0–0||0–1||0–0||0–0||0–0||3–2||0–2||1–1||0 / 6||4–6|
|Titles / Finals||0 / 0||0 / 0||0 / 0||0 / 0||0 / 0||0 / 0||0 / 0||0 / 0||0 / 1||0 / 0||0 / 1|
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 28 January 2020[update]
Top 10 winsEdit
- He has a 4–6 (40.0%) record against players who were, at the time the match was played, ranked in the top 10.
|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|
|3.||Fabio Fognini||10||Wimbledon, London, United Kingdom||Grass||3R||6–3, 7–6(14–12), 6–3||94|
|4.||Matteo Berrettini||8||Australian Open, Melbourne, Australia||Hard||2R||7–6(9–7), 6–4, 4–6, 2–6, 7–5||100|
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. He later clarified: "Definitely not all 'alt-right' content is interesting, just some individuals' specific content".
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- Tennys Sandgren at the Association of Tennis Professionals
- Tennys Sandgren at the International Tennis Federation
- Tennys Sandgren Q&A Profile
- Tennys Sandgren on Facebook
- Tennys Sandgren on Twitter