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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State freshman Cannon Kingsley played in all four junior Grand Slam events this year and he acquitted himself quite nicely.
The Northport, N.Y., native opened the year down under by turning in a tremendous performance at the Australian Open in both singles and doubles. He picked up three consecutive straight-set victories in route to the quarterfinals of the singles draw before falling to Filip Christian Jianu. He also partner with Emilio Nava to make a run all the way to the finals of the doubles draw where the team finished runner up.
At the French Open, he lost his opening round singles match but made the round of 16 in doubles. At Wimbledon, Kingsley went 1-1 in both singles and doubles including a singles win over the seeded Otto Virtanen of Finland.
This past week at the US Open may have been his most rewarding tournament of the summer. Playing in front of friends and family and a large group of supporters, Kingsley battled his way to a spot in the singles semifinals. Battled certainly described his performance as he was a perfect 5-0 in tiebreakers in his four victories. In the round of 16, he defeated Canadian standout and Kentucky freshman Liam Draxl in a great match 7-6(7), 7-6(6).
Rain on Friday in New York put a damper on the quarterfinals as no junior matches were played. That meant all four quarterfinal matches and both semifinal matches would be played on Saturday. Kingsley defeated Dominic Stephan Stricker 7-6(3), 6-4 in the morning quarterfinal and then faced his Australian Open doubles partner Emilio Nava just about 90 minutes later in the semis. Nava went on to win the match but that did little to diminish Kingsley’s strong run. He also played with fellow Buckeye freshman Robert Cash in the doubles draw at the US Open juniors. The tandem dropped a hard-fought opening round match 7-6(6) 2-6 [6-10].
Kingsley rose to a career-high 593 in the ATP rankings this summer after advancing to the round of 32 at the Savannah Challenger and the quarterfinals of the challenger in Champaign. He was also as high as No. 10 in the ITF World Junior rankings and is the No. 1 ranked recruit in the class of 2019 according to Tennis Recruiting Network.