Aug. 9, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio– Three former Buckeye standouts on the Ohio State men’s tennis team are set to begin qualifying action at the 2014 Western & Southern Open at the Linder Family Tennis Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. Blaz Rola, Chase Buchanan and Devin McCarthy will each look to advance past the singles qualifying round beginning Saturday morning.
In qualifying singles, No. 7 seed Rola will face Evgeny Donskoy of Russia, while Buchanan (WC) squares off against Nick Kyrgios of Australia. McCarthy also earned a wild card into the qualifying draw and will play Paul-Henri Mathieu of France.
Rola (2011-13), who is currently ranked 82nd in the world in singles, will look to continue his successful first year as a professional after advancing to the second round at two Grand Slams earlier in the year at Wimbledon and the Australian Open. Rola faced defending champion Andy Murray live on ESPN, gaining international experience at the highest stage the tennis world can offer. In January, Rola became the first Buckeye to win a singles main draw match at the Australian Open to help raise him into the ATP World Top 100 rankings. Since being on the professional tour, Rola has advanced to five singles finals at challenger tournaments, including a win in Guangzhou, China. Rola, the 2013 NCAA singles champion, has been as high as 80th in the world this year in singles after being ranked No. 201 last November.
Buchanan (2009-12), a native of New Albany, Ohio, has claimed 15 professional titles that also include nine doubles wins heading into the weekend in Cincinnati. His latest victory came at a challenger event in Ecuador when he captured the doubles crown with Peter Polansky (Canada) with a 6-4, 6-4 win in the final. Buchanan paired with Rola last November to win a doubles challenger tournament in Toyota, Japan. In singles, he advanced to the final at the Uzbekistan challenger final in May, while claiming a singles win at futures event in Bolivia last September. Buchanan wrapped up his senior season as a five-time All-American in 2012.
McCarthy (2010-13), who will be competing in front of his hometown crowd of Cincinnati, has been the second-latest Buckeye to join the professional circuit last summer after help leading Ohio State to an NCAA semifinal bid in 2013 during his senior year. Like Rola and Buchanan, McCarthy has been traveling across the globe improving his tennis game at the professional level. He has already competed in 32 singles and 28 doubles professional tournaments, claiming six futures doubles titles, including three with 2014 Buckeye All-American Peter Kobelt in Hong Kong and Israel this summer. In singles, he advanced to the final at the futures event held in Colombia last summer, dropping a three-set match to Buchanan in the all-Buckeye final. He earned his first singles victory on the professional circuit at the futures event in Israel June 16 with a 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 victory. McCarthy was a 2013 First Team All-Big Ten selection and finished his career with a 22-match win streak, earning 28 victories overall.
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