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Buckeyes in the Pros – Summer Update – Ohio State Buckeyes

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The 2022 season has not only been another strong collegiate year for the Buckeyes, but it’s also been a successful one on the pro circuit. A number of current players as well as former players have enjoyed worldwide success this year. Six players are currently sitting on a career ranking.

JJ Wolf – 83 (career 83)
JJ has had a rocky 2022 so far and cracked the Top 100 in the world rankings for the first time in his career. He has played well at Challenger and ATP levels at times. He reached the semi-finals of four Challenger events and also qualified in the main draw of five ATP 500 or higher level events. He qualified for the round of 16 at the ATP 500 in Acapulco in February where he fell to Stefanos Tsitsipas. He then won a main draw match the following week in Indian Wells and then faced Tsitsipas again, this time in the second round of the ATP event in Miami in March. Wolf defeated then-ranked No. 36 American Jenson Brooksby in the first round of the ATP 250 event in Houston. At the Citi Open, he scored perhaps the best victory of his career, knocking out world number 22 Denis Shapovalov in three sets and advancing to his first ATP quarter-final. Wolf has appeared in seven Grand Slams and reached the round of 16 at the 2020 US Open.

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Kyle Seelig – 444 (career high 444)
Kyle has had a great 2022 so far. He reached the semifinals of five Futures events and won the 15K in Pittsburgh in early July. He also finished at the 25K in Netanya, Israel, where he knocked out world No. 274 Kaichi Uchida 6-3, 6-3 in the semifinals. He started his full-time professional career last June and has climbed nearly 600 places in the ATP rankings over the past 13 months.

Mikaël Torpegaard – 487 (166 career peak)
Mikael has competed in 12 Challenger events in 2022 and qualified for the quarter-finals of the event in Columbus in January. He also reached the doubles final in two events, including the tournament in Shymkent, Kazakhstan in May. Torpegaard has five professional singles titles in his career, including three Challenger titles.

Blaz Rola – 681 (78 career)
The former NCAA champion and four-time All-American has played a limited schedule in 2022 as he recovers from knee surgery. He was well ranked in the Top 200 at the start of the season before his injury. Rola reached the main draw in five majors during his career, including the round of 16 at the Australian Open and the round of 16 at Wimbledon where he faced Andy Murray. He has a total of 14 professional singles titles and 14 professional doubles titles in his career.

Cannon Kingsley – 580 (563 career)
Cannon resumed a stellar college season and reached the quarterfinals of the Futures event in Pittsburgh in early July, then followed that up a week later by advancing to the 25K semifinals in Champaign, Illinois. At the Lexington Challenger, he won a pair of qualifiers to earn a spot in the main draw. He fought ATP number 121 Emilio Gomez in a third set before falling 7-5.

John McNally – 636 (470 career)
John has played in 11 events so far in 2022 and has reached the round of 16 in six of those events, including advancing to the semi-finals at the Futures event in Vero Beach, Florida in May. He also made two doubles semi-finals. The two-time All-American won the singles title at the Futures event in Columbus last year.

James Trotter – 688 (600 career)
James had a great week at the 25K event in Edwardsville, Illinois, winning his first professional singles title. He also played well in doubles in four professional events this summer, reaching the final in all four and winning three titles. Because of this, he jumped 54 places in the rankings to a career high of 444. He won the event at East Lansing in early June as well as the event at South Bend in late June. He teamed up with Justin Boulais in Champaign in early July and fell in the final. Trotter and Boulais then won the title on their home turf at the Columbus 25K in mid-August.

Alexander Bernard – 756 (756 in career)
Alex had a busy 2022, playing in 14 professional events. He reached the quarter-finals in four Futures tournaments, including back-to-back semi-final appearances in Cancun in May. In doubles, he and fellow Buckeye Jack Anthrop reached the semi-finals at the Futures event in South Bend in June.

JJ Tracy – 820 (820 career)
JJ has only played in four pro events since November 2021 and has one of the highest rankings for just four events. Made it to the finals of the 25K Futures event in Columbus last November. Then, after the college season this spring, he advanced to the semifinals of the Futures event in South Bend and the round of 16 in Champaign. He also finished second in the doubles table at Columbus with partner and teammate Robert Cash.

Jack Anthrop – 1068 (career high 1068)
Jack has performed in six professional events since completing his first semester on campus. He reached the Round of 16 at Futures events in South Bend and Lakewood, Calif., then advanced to the Quarterfinals of the 25K Futures in Edwardsville, Ill., beating fellow Buckeye Kyle Seelig and world No. 628 Ethan Quinn. . He is also in the semi-finals at two ITF doubles events.

Robert Cash – 1263 (career high 1263)
Robert earned his ranking by playing well in singles and doubles at the Futures event in Columbus last November. He reached the round of 16 in singles after beating ATP No. 632 Omni Kumar before falling to teammate Cannon Kingsley in a three-set match. In doubles, he and partner JJ Tracy raced to the final before finishing second. That performance led him to one of the best doubles years in OSU history last spring. It finished second in the NCAA Championship, recorded a program record 45 wins, and finished the year as the top doubles team in the nation.

Andrew Lutschaunig – 705 – doubles
Andrew competed in two events last fall and reached the Columbus Challenger final in September with James Trotter, then finished in the semifinals at the Futures event in September. That propelled him into his best collegiate season yet in 2022. He was 11-3 in doubles and then provided the deciding point in the NCAA quarterfinal game against rival Michigan.

Justin Boulais – 1041 – doubles
Justin teamed with James Trotter to reach the doubles draw final at the 25K Futures event in Champaign in mid-July and then won the 25K in Columbus in mid-August. They also had a fun three-set match with teammates Cannon Kingsley and James Tracy in the first round in Champaign.

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