August 15, 2022

Buckeyes in the Pros — Summer Update


The 2022 season was not only another good collegiate year for the Buckeyes, but it has been a successful one on the professional circuit as well. A number of current players as well as former players, have enjoyed success around the world this year. Six players are currently sitting on a career-high ranking.

JJ Wolf – 83 (83 career high)
JJ has had an eventful 2022 so far and has climbed into the Top 100 in the world rankings for the first time in his career. He’s played well at times at both the Challenger and ATP levels. He’s reached the semifinals of four Challenger events and has also advanced in the main draw at five ATP 500 level or higher events. He advanced to 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 next week in Indian Wells and then played Tsitsipas again, this time in the second round of the ATP event in Miami in March. Wolf beat American Jenson Brooksby, who was ranked No. 36 at the time, in the first round of the ATP 250 event in Houston. At the Citi Open, he claimed perhaps the best win of his career, knocking-off world No. 22 Denis Shapovalov in three sets and advancing to his first ATP quarterfinal. Wolf has appeared in seven Grand Slams and reached the round of 32 at the 2020 US Open.

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

Mikael Torpegaard – 487 (166 career high)
Mikael has appeared in 12 Challenger events in 2022 and advanced to the quarterfinals of the event in Columbus in January. He has also reached the doubles finals in a pair of events, including the tournament in Shymkent, Kazakhstan in May. Torpegaard has five career professional singles titles, including three Challenger titles.

Blaz Rola – 681 (78 career high)
The former NCAA champion and four-time All-American has played a limited schedule in 2022 as he is recovering from knee surgery. He was ranked well inside the Top 200 at the beginning of the season prior to his injury. Rola has reached the main draw in five majors over his career, including the round of 64 at the Australian Open and the round of 64 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 high)
Cannon picked up from a stellar collegiate season and reached the quarterfinals of the Futures event in Pittsburgh in early July and then followed that a week later by advancing to the semifinals of the 25K in Champaign, Ill. At the Challenger in Lexington, he won a pair of qualifiers to earn a spot in the main draw. He battled ATP No. 121 Emilio Gomez into a third set before falling 7-5.

John McNally – 636 (470 career high)
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 semifinals of the Futures event in Vero Beach, Fla., in May. He also has a pair of semifinal appearances in doubles. The two-time All-American won the singles title at Futures event in Columbus last year.

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

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

JJ Tracy – 820 (820 career high)
JJ has played in just four professional events since November of 2021 and has one of the highest rankings for only four events. Reached the finals of the 25K Futures event in Columbus last November. Then following the collegiate 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 runner-up in the doubles draw in Columbus with partner and teammate Robert Cash.

Jack Anthrop – 1068 (1068 career high)
Jack has played in six 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’s also semifinaled at a pair of ITF events on the doubles side.

Robert Cash – 1263 (1263 career high)
Robert earned his ranking by playing well in both 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 ran all the way to the finals before finishing runner-up. That performance led him to one of the best doubles years in OSU history this past spring. He finished runner-up at the NCAA Championship, recorded a program record 45 wins and finished the year ranked as the top doubles team in the country.

Andrew Lutschaunig – 705 – doubles
Andrew played in a pair of events last fall and reached the finals of the Columbus Challenger in September with James Trotter and then semifinaled at the Futures event in September. That propelled him into his best collegiate season thus far in 2022. He was 11-3 in doubles and then provided the clinching point in the NCAA quarterfinal match against rival Michigan.

Justin Boulais – 1041 – doubles
Justin teamed with James Trotter to reach the finals of the doubles draw 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 fellow teammates Cannon Kingsley and James Tracy in the opening round in Champaign.