COLUMBUS, Ohio – Chase Buchanan, a rising sophomore on the Ohio State men’s tennis team, earned a wild card into the main draw of the U.S. Open by winning the United States Tennis Association Boys’ 18 National Hard Court Singles championship Sunday in Kalamazoo, Mich.
A central Ohio native from New Albany, the No. 2-seed Buchanan played his first three-set match of the tournament in the final against eighth seed Ryan Lipman of Nashville, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4. This is the second-consecutive year Buchanan has won a Boys’ 18 title as he won the doubles championship in 2008 with Ryan Harrison.
In the premier junior boy’s tournament, Buchanan gave up only 28 points in seven matches, including blanking Blake Bazarnik 6-0, 6-0 in the round of 64.
The U.S. Open, one of four tennis Grand Slams is Aug. 31-Sept. 13 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y.
Buchanan, who joined the Buckeyes this past spring, quickly earned a playing spot at No. 6 singles during the regular season and postseason. He helped the team to an appearance in the NCAA team championships final against USC. He finished his freshman year with an 11-4 overall record, including a 6-1 mark in the Big Ten Conference.
2009 USTA Boys’ 18 National Hard Court Championship
F (2)Chase Buchanan d. (8) Ryan Lipman 6-2; 6-3; 6-4
SF (2)Chase Buchanan d. Mousheg Hovhannisyan 6-0; 6-1
Q (2)Chase Buchanan d. (7) Jarmere Jenkins 6-3; 6-3
16 (2) Chase Buchanan d. (26) Daniel Kosakowski 6-4; 6-2
32 (2) Chase Buchanan d. (29) Christian Schultz 6-2; 6-2
64 (2) Chase Buchanan d. Blake Bazarnik 6-0; 6-0
128 (2) Chase Buchanan d. Andrew Butz 6-1; 6-1