NCAA, Citi Open, Comeback Player of 2021 : 10 questions about Mackenzie McDonald

Citi Open finalist Mackenzie McDonald was named ATP Comeback Player of 2021. Here are responses to some common questions you might have about the 26-year-old American

Mackenzie McDonald of the United States at the Citi Open in August 2021

Who is Mackenzie McDonald?

Mackenzie McDonald  is a professional tennis player, who recently reached the final of the Citi Open in Washington in 2021. He was born on April 16, 1995, which makes him 26 years old. The American was named ATP Comeback Player of the Year for 2021 by the players on tour.

McDonald, who underwent a surgery on his hamstring in June 2019, started 2021 ranked No 194 and ended the season ranked 55th in the world.

“It’s extremely rewarding. For me it’s a massive accomplishment, honestly. At the end of the year I was hoping I was going to be nominated, I got that and then actually winning it is really cool for me,” McDonald told the ATPtour.com website. “It was a really big comeback and I feel like I put in all the hard work. When I was going through the rehab process I did everything I possibly could to get myself back.”

Which country is Mackenzie McDonald from?

McDonald represents the United States. He was born in Piedmont, California, and resides in Orlando, Florida and goes by the name of “Mackie”.

Was he a good junior?

McDonald peaked at No. 12 in the ITF World Tour Junior Rankings in April 2012. He reached the semi-finals in the boys’ singles at the 2012 Australian Open and also won the 18s singles title at the 2012 Easter Bowl.

Did Mackenzie McDonald win the NCAA Division I title?

McDonald, who went to UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles), won the 2016 NCAA Division I Tennis Championships in both singles and doubles. In June 2016, he announced that he would turn professional and would not be returning to UCLA for his senior year.

What is McDonald’s highest career-ranking?

The American’s career-high ranking is No 54, achieved for the first time in November 2021, boosted by his runner-up finish in Washington in 2021. You can find his current ranking and ranking history on his ATP Tour profile page.

How many ATP Finals has he reached in his career?

MacDonald has reached one ATP Tour singles finals, which came at the Citi Open in Washington 2021.

Speaking about his run in Washington which ended with a loss to Jannik Sinner in the final, McDonald said, “It’s been a great week. Building, ranking’s getting in the right direction, getting better as a player. Little cliché, but that’s the most important, and the results will take care of itself. I’m still going to be out for my first title, but this is definitely a step in the right direction, having been in a final before, and now I can say I did it at 500. I’m going to keep building until I get a title.”

How much prize money has he won in his career?

As of December 15, 2021, his total career prize money is $2,559,834. You can find his updated prize money statistics on his ATP profile page.

What is his best performance at a Grand Slam event?

MacDonald reached the fourth round of a Grand Slam for the first time at Wimbledon in 2018. He also reached the last 16 at the Australian Open in 2021.

What is McDonald’s style of play?

Speaking during his Citi Open run, McDonald spoke about the strengths in his game. “I will try to use my weapons, hit flat, come forward, use my speed.”

Is Mackenzie McDonald on social media?

McDonald is on Instagram where he has more than 30,500 followers and on Twitter where he has more than 4,000 followers.

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