COLUMBUS, Ohio – The USTA announced on Wednesday its five-person men’s collegiate summer team and two of those players are Buckeyes. Rising-sophomore Cannon Kingsley and graduate John McNally were both named to the team which was selected specifically to help America’s premier college players assimilate to professional tennis in a team-oriented environment via the USTA Pro Circuit.
Each of the players were selected based on their ATP singles ranking or a combination of their pro and ITA singles rankings and their Universal Tennis Rating. Players on the team are eligible to receive a grant for travel to USTA Pro Circuit events and coaching support over four weeks this summer.
Kingsley followed his freshman season, one in which he was named the national Freshman of the Year, with another tremendous year. He was one of the top singles players in the country, reaching as high as No. 5 in the ITA rankings. He did not lose a singles match until the NCAA Tournament, going 27-0 through the regular season and the Big Ten Tournament and was named the unanimous Big Ten Player of the Year. The Newport, N.Y. native was 9-2 vs. ranked singles players and went 9-0 at the No. 1 singles spot and 12-1 at the No. 2 spot.
McNally claimed first team All-Big Ten honors for the fourth consecutive season. The Cincinnati, Ohio native also qualified for the NCAA Singles Championship for the second time and was ranked as high as No. 11 in singles and No. 4 in doubles. He was 23-6 in singles play with eight wins over ranked and had a 12-3 record at the No. 1 singles position. With 19 doubles wins, he was second on the team with 42 combined victories.
Below is a list of events that the team will train for an compete in the rest of the summer.
Week of July 19: ATP Challenger 80 – Cary, N.C.
M25 – Edwardsville, Ill.
Week of July 26: ATP Challenger 80 – Lexington, Ky.
Week of August 2: M25 – Decatur, Ill.