September 17, 2019

Columbus Challenger Recap


COLUMBUS, Ohio – JJ Wolf picked up a pair of victories on Friday and Saturday at the Columbus Challenger to advance to Sunday’s championship match. The Cincinnati native will face No. 4-seed Peter Polansky.

Wolf dropped the opening set to Gabriel Petit in his quarterfinal match on Friday but rallied to win the following two sets 6-4, 6-1. He then rolled to a 6-2, 7-6(5) victory over the top-seed Emilio Gomez on Saturday afternoon. Gomez was ranked No. 166 in the ATP World Rankings.

The championship match will begin at Noon on Sunday at the Varsity Tennis Center on Henderson Rd.

Mikael Torpegaard also made a solid run this week but he fell in the quarterfinals on Friday to Roberto Quiroz 7-6(5), 7-6(4).

Sept. 19, 2019

JJ Wolf and Mikael Torpegaard met earlier this year in the finals of a Columbus Challenger and they may be on a similar track this week. Both players won in straight sets on Thursday to advance to the quarterfinals.

Wolf took down No. 3 seed and world No. 168 Michael Mmoh 6-2, 6-2. Torpegaard, who is the No. 2 seed in the draw, rolled past Michael Geerts 6-3, 7-6(2). In the quarters, Wolf will take on Gabriel Petit of France while Torpegaard will play Roberto Quiroz who earlier took out Buckeye James Trotter in the second round.

Both Wolf and Torpegaard are on opposite ends of the draw and keep the possibility alive of meeting again in Sunday’s final.

Sept. 18, 2019

A couple of former Buckeyes got their Columbus Challenger started in a positive manner on Wednesday as both JJ Wolf and Mikael Torpegaard won to advance to the third round.

Wolf was playing a familiar foe in fellow teammate Kyle Seelig. Wolf’s serve was dominant in the opening set in route to a 6–3 victory. He then won the match with aa 6–2 triumph in the second. Wolf will play No. 3 seed Michael Mmoh on Thursday.

Torpegaard breezed through the first set 6-2 against Alexander Erler. The two were on serve throughout the second and Erler was able to pull even with a 7-1 win in the tiebreak. But Torpegaard turned the tables and would take the third and deciding set 6-1. He faces Belgium native Michael Geerts in the third round.

The current Buckeyes didn’t fare as well. In addition to Seelig’s defeat, James Trotter fell to 6-4, 6-2 to Roberto Quiroz.

In doubles, John McNally and Robert Cash took on the team of Nathan Pasha and Max Schnur. Pasha and Schnur won the first set 6-4 and the Buckeye duo took the second 7-4 in a tiebreaker. That sent the match to a super-breaker that was won by Pasha and Schnur 10-7.

Sept. 17, 2019

Senior Kyle Seelig gave himself a great birthday present on Tuesday, winning a match over professional Diego Hidalgo on day two of the ATP Columbus Challenger.

Seelig, who has an ATP rank of 1029, took down Hidalgo in straight sets 7-6(9), 6-1. Hidalgo was ranked No. 405 in the world.

The win sets up Seelig to face former teammate JJ Wolf in the second round on Wednesday. Mikael Torpegaard will also get his tournament started on Wednesday against Alexander Erler. James Trotter, who won an opening round match on Monday, plays Roberto Quiroz in the second round.

Seelig was the lone Buckeye to taste victory on Tuesday. Justin Boulais and Cannon Kingsley each dropped singles matches, Kingsley and fellow freshman JJ Mercer fell in their doubles match as did Trotter and Boulais.

John McNally and Robert Cash are the third Buckeyes doubles team in the draw and they will take on the No. 3 seeded team of Dennis Novikov an Hans Hach Verdugo.

Sept. 16, 2019

The opening day of the ATP Columbus Challenger was a solid one for the Buckeye contingent in action as they recorded three wins in five matches.

Freshmen Justin Boulais and Cannon Kingsley along with sophomore James Trotter all won on Monday. Boulais took down world No. 437 Jordi Arconada in a pair of tiebreakers. He won the opening set break 7-4 and the second set break 8-6. He advanced to face No. 14 seed Flip Peliwo.

Kingsley, who is coming off a run to the semifinals of the US Open Junior Championship, opened his tournament with a three-set win over Evan Song 6-4, 2-6, 6-2. He will next face former Virginia All-American Thai-Son Kwiatkowski in the second round.

Trotter, who has had a good summer, enjoyed a solid 6-4, 6-2 victory over Carlos Gomez-Herrera on Monday. His next opponent is world No. 249 Roberto Quiroz.

Freshman Robert Cash started the day against Strong Kirchheimer. The former Northwestern Wildcat took the opening set 6-3 and then clinched the match 6-4 in the second.

Junior John McNally ended the day by falling to Michael Geerts 6-4, 6-4.

Senior Kyle Seelig is also in the main draw and will play Diego Hildalgo in the opening round. The winner of that match will play OSU All-American JJ Wolf in the second round. Mikael Torpegaard, who is the No. 2 seed in the tournament, is also waiting for a second round opponent. There are also three doubles teams with OSU ties in the doubles draw.