Buckeyes in the Pros — Summer Update

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JJ Wolf in Atlanta

JJ Wolf – 46

JJ has had a good 2023 campaign thus far and is looking poised for another run at the US Open next month. He reached his third ATP semifinal this past week in Atlanta, beating Dominik Koepfer in the quarterfinals and battling fellow American and world No. 9 Taylor Fritz in the semis. He started the year by reaching the round of 16 at the Australian Open, his deepest run in a major. He then semifinaled in Dallas a month later, falling to John Isner in three sets. He also reached the second round at Wimbledon earlier this month. Wolf has reached the third round of the US Open twice so far.

Blaz Rola – 477

Rola came back from a knee injury that sidelined him last season and appears to be returning to form. He reached the singles round of 16 in three challenger events in Europe and this past week, he and partner Nino Serdarusic received a last-minute wild card in the doubles draw at the Plava Laguna Croatia Open Umag. The duo capped a dream first tournament with a hugely dramatic final victory. They saved three championship points in a thrilling Match Tie-break before prevailing 4-6, 7-6(2), 15-13 against top seeds Simone Bolelli and Andrea Vavassori. Rola and Serdadusic had led the Match Tie-break 8-4 but then lost five points in a row to stand on the brink of a heartbreaking defeat. They held their nerve three times to deny their Italian opponents victory, however, before sealing a two-hour, seven-minute win.

James Trotter – 437

After having a tremendous final collegiate season that was capped with an NCAA doubles title and being named the OSU Male Athlete of the Year, James Trotter turned pro and reached the singles semifinals and the doubles final in his first pro event in June. He also semifinaled in both singles and doubles last week at the Challenger event in Canada. He is currently ranked a career-high 437 in singles and 416 in doubles.

Kyle Seelig – 444

Kyle Seelig opened his season by reaching back-to-back semifinals in Santo Domingo and after a bit of a break, he returned and reached the quarterfinals of the ITF event in Pittsburgh this week. On the doubles side, he also reached the semis of one of the events in Santo Domingo. Seelig is ranked No. 444 in singles and No. 446 in doubles.

Justin Boulais – 487

Justin is sitting at career-highs of 487 in singles and 490 in doubles as he too is playing well this summer. He reached the quarterfinals of a pair of singles events, including in his home country of Canada last week. He also semifinaled in doubles with Trotter in Canada.

Cannon Kingsley – 533

Cannon opened his summer by reaching the doubles final with James Trotter in Wichita in mid-June. He then had a great week in at the 25K in Champaign last week, making the finals in both the singles and doubles draws. He beat world No. 243 Evgeny Donskoy in the singles semis and then teamed with fellow Buckeye Jack Anthrop to reach the doubles final.

JJ Tracy – 676

JJ Tracy has had a great summer on the pro circuit. He claimed his first pro title at the 15K in South Bend in June and reached the finals of the 25K event in Canada earlier this month. He also reached the semis in doubles in Canada. Like Trotter, he also reached career-highs in the ATP rankings in both singles and doubles at No. 676 and 842 in doubles.

Alexander Bernard — 725

Bernard finished his first collegiate season well and has also been playing well this summer. He made the quarterfinals of the 25K in Champaign last week and then went to Ecuador this week and reached the main draw in singles. He beat world No. 420 Nathan Ponwith in the final round of qualifying. In doubles, he reached the semifinals in South Bend last month. 

Bryce Nakashima – 775 (doubles)

The incoming freshman has had a great doubles run this summer, reaching the finals of three events and the semifinals of another. He has won a pair of doubles titles and is currently ranked 775 in the ATP doubles rankings.

Jack Anthrop – 885

Jack was playing as well as anyone at the end of the collegiate season and he rolled that in the summer. He joined Nakashima to win the doubles title in Rancho Santa Fe in early June and to finaled in singles at the 15K in San Diego a week later. He and Nakashima reached the doubles finals in Lakewood, Calif., in early July and then he and Kingsley finaled in Champaign this past week. He is ranked 885 in singles and 1092 in doubles.

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