December 5, 2022

2022 Buckeyes in the Pros


JJ Wolf – 66 (career high 56)

JJ had a breakout 2022 season. He climbed into the Top 100 in the world for the first time in his career, topping out at No. 56 at the end of the summer. He reached his first ATP level semifinal and final when we made a run to the championship match in Florence in October. He claimed three Top 100 wins that week. That run in Florence came just over a month after he reached the third round of the US Open for the second time in the last three years. He rolled past world No. 18 Roberto Bautista Agut in straight sets in the opening round and eventually found himself against Nick Kyrgios on the big stage inside Louis Armstrong Stadium. For the year, Wolf won a main draw match at nine ATP 250 level or higher events and reached the semifinals of four Challenger events.

Kyle Seelig – 405 (career high 397)

Kyle had a busy 2022. He played in nearly 30 events all over the world, including spending the last two months in Australia. He reached the semifinals of 10 Futures events and had three finals appearances. He won the 15K in Pittsburgh in early July for his first professional title and also reached the finals at the 25K in Netanya, Israel and the 25K in Darwin, Australia in September. Seelig also played 20 doubles events and currently holds a ranking of 403 with a career-high mark of 381. He had back-to-back doubles tournament titles in late September and early October. Seelig started his full-time professional career last June and has risen over 600 spots in the ATP rankings over the last year and a half.

Cannon Kingsley – 545 (career high 488)

Cannon had a busy fall on the professional circuit. He participated in nine tournaments since August, advancing to the quarterfinals twice and a semifinal appearance at the Columbus Challenger in September. He also paired with teammate JJ Tracy to reach the semifinals of the doubles draw in Columbus in September as well.

Justin Boulais – 555 (career high 540)

Justin played well on the professional circuit this fall, reaching the round of 16 in three Challenger events and finaling in a pair of Futures events. He won the Futures event in Champaign in September, rolling past No. 543 Sekou Bangoura 6-1, 6-1 in the finals. He also beat Liam Draxl and Patrick Kypson en route to the finals of the 25K Futures in Saint-Augustin, Canada in October. In doubles, he is currently ranked 623 and has a win this year at the Columbus Challenger in August with James Trotter.

Alex Bernard – 586 (career high 586)

Alex played a lot in 2022, appearing in 20 total events. He reached the quarterfinals in five Futures events including claiming his first professional singles title at the Columbus Futures in November. He topped fellow Buckeyes John McNally in the semis and Matej Vocel in the finals. He also reached the main draw at the Knoxville Challenger and claimed a solid qualifying round win over No. 488 Gage Brymer in Las Vegas.

James Trotter – 595 (career high 588)

This was a good year for James on the professional circuit. He claimed his first professional singles title at the 25K event in Edwardsville, Ill., at the end of July. He has also played well in doubles in four professional events over the summer, reaching the final in all four, and winning three titles. This fall, he went back home to Japan and reached the round of 16 at the Challenger in Yokohama in October and the round of 32 in Yokkaichi last month. He capped the summer by winning the Futures event in Columbus with partner Justin Boulais, giving him four doubles titles this year. He broke into the Top 400 in the doubles ranking earlier this fall and is currently ranked No. 460.

Mikael Torpegaard – 663 (career high 166)

Torp appeared in 12 Challenger events in 2022 and advanced to the quarterfinals of the event in Columbus in January. He also reached the doubles finals in a pair of events, including the tournament in Shymkent, Kazakhstan in May. A knee injury has forced Mikael to retire and he is beginning his coaching career. He is currently serving as the volunteer assistant coach for the Buckeyes.

John McNally – 797 (career high 470)

John played in 17 events in 2022 and reached the round of 16 in nine of those events, including advancing to the semifinals in three, the last of which coming in Columbus last month. In doubles, he won each of the last three Futures events he entered. The Cincinnati native won in Ithaca, N.Y. in early October and in early November and then capped his year with a win right here in Columbus. He is currently ranked a career-best 473 in doubles.

Jack Anthrop – 962 (career high 960)

Jack played in nine professional events since the end of his first semester on campus. He reached the round of 16 at the Futures events in South Bend and Lakewood, Calif., and then advanced to the quarterfinals of the 25K Futures in Edwardsville, Ill., defeating fellow Buckeye Kyle Seelig and world No. 628 Ethan Quinn. He capped the fall with a quarterfinal appearance at Columbus Futures in November.

Blaz Rola – 1120 (career high 78)

Blaz’s 2022 was limited due to knee surgery in the spring. He was ranked inside the Top 200 to start the year and has been training hard at the end of the year with an eye on a return in January of 2023. Rola has appeared in five Grand Slam main draws has a total of 28 professional singles and doubles titles in his career.

Robert Cash – 1279 (career high 1085)

Robert has been slowed a bit recently with an injury he is rehabbing in order to be ready for the team portion of the season. He played in one professional singles event, advancing through qualifying and playing in the main draw at the Columbus Challenger in September. In doubles, he is ranked 990 and rejoined Matej Vocel for the Columbus Challenger and the pair reached the semifinals. Cash and Vocel had one of the best doubles seasons of any collegiate doubles team this past year.

Preston Stearns – 1527 (doubles)

Joined signee Brandon Carpico and reached the semifinals of the Columbus Futures in November. The duo beat George Goldhoff and fellow Buckeye Matej Vocel in the quarterfinals.