November 7, 2021

Kyle Seelig Wins First Pro Title


COLUMBUS, Ohio – In addition to the good runs out in San Diego, three Buckeyes found success in professional events this weekend. Kyle Seelig, a 2021 graduate, won his first pro title while current junior Cannon Kingsley reached the finals of an ITF event in New York and JJ Wolf semifinaled at the ATP Challenger in Charlottesville.

Seelig won the ITF M15 in Heraklion, Greece for his first professional title. He won a pair of three-set matches in the first two rounds and then topped Aristotelis Thanos, a native of Greece, in the quarterfinals 6-1, 7-5. In the semifinals, Seelig rolled to a 6-4, 6-2 win over Peter Fajta, who is ranked No. 669 in the world. That setup a matchup with Ryan James Storrie of Great Britain in the final and he again won in straight-sets 6-1, 7-5. This was Seelig’s second professional final this year and he came into the week ranked 748 in the world rankings.

Kingsley, who has had a great fall on the professional circuit, played well again, reaching the final of the ITF M15 in Ithaca, N.Y. He breezed through the first four rounds in straight sets, losing no more than four games in any of the eight sets. He met Luke Johnson in the finals and jumped out quick with a 6-3 win in the first set. But he lost his first set of the week, 6-4 in the second, and then battled into a third-set tiebreaker before eventually falling 8-6 in the breaker. He also finaled in Lubbock in September and has two other semifinal finishes this fall.

Wolf returned from an injury this summer and has worked his game back into shape. Coming off winning a title at the ATP Challenger in Las Vegas last week, he reached the semifinals of the Challenger event in Charlottesville, Va. He won three straight-set matches before running into Stefan Kozlov for a second-consecutive week. The two met in the finals in Las Vegas last week where Wolf got the win. On Saturday, Kozlov held the upper hand in a three-set victory. Kozlov then went on to win the title on Sunday.