Ben McLachlan

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Ben McLachlan
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McLachlan at the 2018 French Open
Country (sports) Japan (2017 – )
 New Zealand (2012 – 2017)
ResidenceQueenstown, New Zealand
Born (1992-05-10) 10 May 1992 (age 26)
Queenstown, New Zealand
Height1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Turned proMay 2014
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
CoachLan Bale and Riki McLachlan
Prize moneyUS$523,918
Singles
Career record0–0
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 729 (15 June 2015)
Doubles
Career record46–32
Career titles4
Highest rankingNo. 18 (5 November 2018)
Current rankingNo. 18 (14 January 2019)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenSF (2018)
French Open1R (2018)
WimbledonQF (2018)
US Open1R (2018)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
French Open1R (2018)
Wimbledon3R (2018)
US Open1R (2018)
Last updated on: 14 January 2019.

Ben McLachlan (/məˈklɒxlən/ mə-KLOKH-lən;[1] マクラクラン 勉 Makurakuran Ben; born 10 May 1992) is a New Zealand-born tennis player who, although he still lives in New Zealand, now represents Japan, having switched his national allegiance in June 2017. He was entitled to do so because his mother is Japanese. He is a doubles specialist, who first reached his career-high doubles ranking of world No. 18 on 5 November 2018, after the Paris Masters.

Tennis career[edit]

2017[edit]

He won three ATP Challenger doubles titles, at the Internazionali di Tennis dell'Umbria, Gwangju Open and Kobe Challenger.

He was selected in the Japan Davis Cup team in September, being Japan's top-ranked doubles player at that time.

In October, he caused a surprise by winning the Japan Open, his first ATP World Tour event. He and his partner Yasutaka Uchiyama beat Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau, the world's third-ranked pair, in the quarterfinals and then Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares, the fourth-ranked pair, in the final.[2]

2018[edit]

McLachlan played his first Grand Slam tournament at the Australian Open, partnering German Jan-Lennard Struff to reach the semifinals after defeating the top-seeded and world no. 1 pair of Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo.[3] In the semifinals they lost to the seventh-seeded team of Oliver Marach and Mate Pavić, who went on to win the tournament.

McLachlan then teamed with Hugo Nys to reach the finals in Montpellier, where they lost to English brothers Ken and Neal Skupski. They lost in the semifinals of the Delray Beach Open to the eventual winners Jack Sock and Jackson Withrow. After first-round losses at Acapulco (partnered by Nicholas Monroe) and Indian Wells, and a second-round loss in the Irving Classic (the latter two with Julio Peralta), he and Struff teamed up for the first time since the Australian Open to contest the Miami Open. After good wins in the first three rounds, they came up against the Bryan brothers in the semi-finals, and lost to the eventual winners 5-7, 4-6. He then travelled to Houston for the US Clay Court Championships, where he partnered Ryan Harrison for the first time. In a major upset, they lost to the wild card pair of Dustin Brown and Frances Tiafoe in the first round.

From there it was across to Europe, and the Monte Carlo Masters. Yet another new partner (Santiago González) awaited him, and they went out in the first round to a wild card pair in local Romain Arneodo and McLachlan's former partner in Hugo Nys. Reunited with Struff for the Hungarian Open, they won their first two matches comfortably before being beaten in three tie-breaks in their semi-final against Andres Molteni and Matwe Middelkoop. McLachlan went on to Istanbul for his next tournament, partnered again by Monroe, and they were the top seeds. They went all the way to the final, losing in a match tie-break after taking the first set. In Madrid they beat John Isner and Jack Sock in the first round and Ivan Dodig and Rajeev Ram in the second, before losing to Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut in the quarter-finals.

McLachlan's last stop before the French Open was in Lyon, where he paired up with Marcin Matkowski for the first time, losing in the first round in a match tie-break. Reunited with Struff at Roland Garros, the pair suffered a surprise defeat at the hands of Marcelo Arevalo and Jamie Cerretani in the first round, losing in three sets. He also played mixed doubles for the first time, his partner being Makoto Ninomiya, but they lost in the first round to second seeds Latisha Chan and Ivan Dodig. Ninomiya would go on to be runner-up in the women's doubles with Eri Hozumi.

For their first grass court tournament together, McLachlan and Struff went to Stuttgart, where they lost in the first round. They changed partners so that Struff would have a fellow German with him at Halle, and McLachlan teamed up with Japanese No. 1 Kei Nishikori, a very infrequent doubles player. It was not an auspicious start, as they were beaten in straight sets by Marcel Granollers and Robin Haase. McLachlan's last tournament before Wimbledon was at Eastbourne where, teaming up again with Matkowski, they suffered the same result as in Lyon - a first round loss.

At Wimbledon McLachlan and Struff dropped only one set in their first three matches on the way through to the quarter-finals. They lost there in four sets, the three which went against them all being tie-breaks, to Frederik Nielsen and Joe Salisbury. Even with that defeat, they remained the only pair in the whole competition not to have lost a service game. In the mixed doubles McLachlan teamed up with Eri Hozumi. As 14th seeds they had a bye in the first round, then had a walkover in the second, before losing to fourth seeds Jean-Julien Rojer and Demi Schuurs.

McLachlan and Struff then moved on to the German Open, where they lost in the semi-finals to Julio Peralta and Horacio Zeballos, and McLachlan then went to Washington, where he and Ivan Dodig had a superb win over Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo in the first round, before losing in a big upset to Denis Kudla and Frances Tiafoe in their quarter-final. It was the second time, following Houston in February, that Tiafoe had inflicted a defeat on McLachlan.

The two North American Masters 1000 events, in Toronto and Cinncinati, saw McLachlan team up with Matwe Middelkoop. In Toronto they lost in the second round to Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau, the latter playing his first tournament in several months after an injury break. Cinncinati also saw a second round defeat, this time to Colombians Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah.

In his last tournament before the US Open, McLachlan resumed his partnership with Struff at Winston-Salem, but they were knocked out in the first round by eventual runners-up Jamie Cerretani and Leander Paes. In the year's final major event, he and Struff were the 12th seeds in the men's doubles, but were knocked out in the first round by the Italian pair of Matteo Berrettini and Andreas Seppi. In the mixed doubles McLachlan resumed his partnership with Makoto Ninomiya, but they lost in the first round to the eventual runners-up, Alicja Rosolska and Nikola Mektic.

The next event for McLachlan was the Davis Cup tie in Osaka against Bosnia/Herzegovina where, reunited with Yasutaka Uchiyama, they beat Tomislav Brkic and Nerman Fatic in straight sets to seal victory for Japan.[4]

At the end of September, McLachlan won his second title on the ATP Tour at the Shenzhen Open, partnering Joe Salisbury.[5] A week later he successfully defended his Japan Open crown in Tokyo, but this time with regular partner Jan-Lennard Struff, beating Raven Klaasen and Michael Venus in the final.[6] They then lost in the first round of the European Open in Antwerp, beaten 13-11 in a match tie-break by Máximo González and Nicolás Jarry, and McLachlan finished his season when he and Struff went out in the first round of the Paris Masters, beaten 6-3, 6-4, by Dominic Inglot and Franko Skugor.

2019[edit]

McLachlan and Struff started the new year in Brisbane, where they easily won their first match, but suffered a big upset defeat in the quarter-finals. From there they headed to Auckland, where they beat Łukasz Kubot and Horacio Zeballos in the first round, Marcus Daniell and Wesley Koolhof in the quarter-finals and the top seeds Oliver Marach and Mate Pavić in the semi-final, requiring two tie-breaks in all three matches. In the final they were up against Raven Klaasen and Michael Venus, and took the first set 6-3. Down 2-6 in the second set, they won four games in a row to take the match and the title.[7]

ATP career finals[edit]

Doubles: 6 (4 titles, 2 runners-up)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (2–0)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (2–2)
Finals by surface
Hard (4–1)
Clay (0–1)
Grass (0–0)
Finals by setting
Outdoor (3–1)
Indoor (1–1)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1–0 Oct 2017 Japan Open, Japan 500 Series Hard Japan Yasutaka Uchiyama United Kingdom Jamie Murray
Brazil Bruno Soares
6–4, 7–6(7–1)
Loss 1–1 Feb 2018 Open Sud de France, France 250 Series Hard (i) France Hugo Nys United Kingdom Ken Skupski
United Kingdom Neal Skupski
6–7(2–7), 4–6
Loss 1–2 May 2018 Istanbul Open, Turkey 250 Series Clay United States Nicholas Monroe United Kingdom Dominic Inglot
Sweden Robert Lindstedt
3–6, 6–3, [8–10]
Win 2–2 Sep 2018 Shenzhen Open, China 250 Series Hard United Kingdom Joe Salisbury Sweden Robert Lindstedt
United States Rajeev Ram
7–6(7–5), 7–6(7–4)
Win 3–2 Oct 2018 Japan Open, Japan (2) 500 Series Hard (i) Germany Jan-Lennard Struff South Africa Raven Klaasen
New Zealand Michael Venus
6–4, 7–5
Win 4–2 Jan 2019 Auckland Open, New Zealand 250 Series Hard Germany Jan-Lennard Struff South Africa Raven Klaasen
New Zealand Michael Venus
6–3, 6–4

ATP Challenger and ITF Future finals[edit]

Singles: 1 (1 runner-up)[edit]

Legend
ATP Challengers (0–0)
ITF Futures (0–1)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0–1 Nov 2014 Pensacola, United States Futures Clay France Théo Fournerie 2–6, 5–7

Doubles: 26 (16 titles, 10 runners-up)[edit]

Legend
ATP Challengers (3–4)
ITF Futures (13–6)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0–1 Jun 2014 Akishima, Japan Futures Clay Japan Keisuke Watanuki Japan Sho Katayama
Japan Arata Onozawa
7–6(7–4), 3–6, [4–10]
Loss 0–2 Aug 2014 Rosarito, Mexico Futures Hard Australia Jarryd Chaplin Mexico Daniel Garza
Mexico Antonio Ruiz-Rosales
6–0, retired
Win 1–2 Nov 2014 Pensacola, United States Futures Clay United States Justin S. Shane United Kingdom Julian Cash
France Florian Lakat
7–6(7–2), 6–2
Loss 1–3 Feb 2015 Colombo, Sri Lanka Futures Clay United States Andre Dome Serbia Arsenije Zlatanović
Serbia Miljan Zekić
2–6, 4–6
Loss 1–4 Apr 2015 Tsukuba, Japan Futures Hard Australia Jarryd Chaplin Japan Shintaro Imai
Japan Takuto Niki
2–6, 4–6
Win 2–4 May 2015 Orange Park, United States Futures Hard United States Jean-Yves Aubone Argentina Maximiliano Estévez
Argentina Facundo Mena
6–4, 6–4
Win 3–4 Jun 2015 Karuizawa, Japan Futures Clay Japan Keisuke Watanuki Japan Sho Katayama
Japan Arata Onozawa
6–1, 3–6, [10–3]
Win 4–4 Jun 2015 Akishima, Japan Futures Clay Japan Yuya Kibi Japan Arata Onozawa
Japan Keisuke Watanuki
6–3, 6–2
Win 5–4 Aug 2015 Ashkelon, Israel Futures Hard Australia Jarryd Chaplin France Jonathan Kanar
France Elie Rousset
6–2, 4–6, [10–8]
Win 6–4 Sep 2015 Kiryat Gat, Israel Futures Hard Australia Jarryd Chaplin Israel Mor Bulis
Israel Edan Leshem
7–6(7–2), 6–2
Win 7–4 Sep 2015 Meitar, Israel Futures Hard Australia Jarryd Chaplin Belgium Michael Geerts
Italy Stefano Napolitano
7–6(7–5), 6–3
Win 8–4 Feb 2016 Baku, Azerbaijan Futures Carpet (i) Latvia Mikelis Libietis Uzbekistan Sanjar Fayziev
Kazakhstan Timur Khabibulin
7–6(7–2), 6–7(2–7), [10–6]
Win 9–4 Feb 2016 Tel Aviv, Israel Futures Hard Latvia Mikelis Libietis United States Alexios Halebian
United States Ryan Lipman
3–6, 7–6(7–3), [12–10]
Loss 9–5 Mar 2016 Nishi-Tama, Japan Futures Hard Chinese Taipei Liang-Chi Huang Japan Yuya Kibi
Japan Toshihide Matsui
3–6, 1–6
Win 10–5 Apr 2016 Tsukuba, Japan Futures Hard New Zealand Finn Tearney Japan Yuichi Ito
Japan Sho Katayama
3–6, 6–4, [10–4]
Win 11–5 May 2016 Ramat Gan, Israel Futures Hard Australia Jarryd Chaplin United States Nicolas Meister
United States Hunter Reese
7–5, 7–6(7–1)
Win 12–5 Jun 2016 Kiryat Shmona, Israel Futures Hard Australia Jarryd Chaplin United States Cameron Silverman
United States Quinnton Vega
6–2, 6–3
Win 13–5 Jun 2016 Akko, Israel Futures Hard Australia Jarryd Chaplin United States Nick Chappell
Germany Milen Ianakiev
2–6, 6–3, [10–5]
Loss 13–6 Mar 2016 Kelowna, Canada Futures Hard Australia Jarryd Chaplin United States John Paul Fruttero
Chinese Taipei Jason Jung
4–6, 6–7(4–7)
Loss 0–1 Aug 2016 Aptos, United States Challenger Hard United States Mackenzie McDonald South Africa Nicolaas Schultz
South Africa Tucker Vorster
7–6(7–5), 3–6, [8–10]
Loss 0–2 Oct 2016 Monterrey, Mexico Challenger Hard Australia Jarryd Chaplin United States Evan King
United States Denis Kudla
7–6(7–4), 4–6, [2–10]
Win 1–2 Jun 2017 Todi, Italy Challenger Clay Australia Steven de Waard Croatia Marin Draganja
Croatia Tomislav Draganja
6–7(7–9), 6–4, [10–7]
Loss 1–3 Jul 2017 Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy Challenger Clay Australia Steven de Waard Argentina Guido Andreozzi
Austria Gerald Melzer
2–6, 6–7(4–7)
Win 2–3 Sep 2017 Gwangju, South Korea Challenger Hard Chinese Taipei Chen Ti Australia Jarryd Chaplin
Australia Luke Saville
2–6, 7–6(7–1), [10–1]
Loss 2–4 Oct 2017 Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Challenger Hard Japan Go Soeda India Saketh Myneni
India Vijay Sundar Prashanth
6–7(3–7), 6–7(5–7)
Win 3–4 Nov 2017 Kobe, Japan Challenger Hard (i) Japan Yasutaka Uchiyama India Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan
Indonesia Christopher Rungkat
4–6, 6–3, [10–8]

Doubles performance timeline[edit]

Men's doubles[edit]

Current through the 2019 ASB Classic.

 New Zealand  Japan
Tournament 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 SR W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A A A SF 0 / 1 4–1
French Open A A A A 1R 0 / 1 0–1
Wimbledon A A A A QF 0 / 1 3–1
US Open A A A A 1R 0 / 1 0–1
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 7–4 0–0 0 / 4 7–4
ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Indian Wells Masters A A A A 1R 0 / 1 0–1
Miami Open A A A A SF 0 / 1 3–1
Monte-Carlo Masters A A A A 1R 0 / 1 0–1
Madrid Open A A A A QF 0 / 1 2–1
Italian Open A A A A A 0 / 0 0–0
Canadian Open A A A A 2R 0 / 1 1–1
Cincinnati Masters A A A A 2R 0 / 1 1–1
Shanghai Masters A A A A 2R 0 / 1 1–1
Paris Masters A A A A 1R 0 / 1 0–1
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 8–8 0–0 0 / 8 8–8
National representation
Davis Cup A A A PO 1R 0 / 1 1–2
Career statistics
Tournaments 0 0 0 2 30 2 34
Titles 0 0 0 1 2 1 4
Finals 0 0 0 1 4 1 6
Overall Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 5–2 36–29 5–1 46–32
Year-end ranking 758 397 198 73 18 58.97%

Mixed doubles[edit]

Tournament 2018 2019 SR W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A 0 / 0 0–0
French Open 1R 0 / 1 0–1
Wimbledon 3R 0 / 1 0–1
US Open 1R 0 / 1 0–1
Win–Loss 0–3 0 / 3 0–3

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wells, John C. (2008), Longman Pronunciation Dictionary (3rd ed.), Longman, ISBN 9781405881180
  2. ^ "McLachlan/Uchiyama Complete Dream Week With Tokyo Crown". ATP World Tour. 8 October 2017.
  3. ^ "McLachlan/Struff Stun Top Seeds". ATP World Tour. 23 January 2018.
  4. ^ "McLachlan and Uchiyama Seal Victory for Japan". ITF. 15 September 2018.
  5. ^ "McLachlan/Salisbury Capture Shenzhen Title On Team Debut". ATP World Tour. 30 September 2018.
  6. ^ "Struff/McLachlan Triumph In Tokyo For First Team Title". ATP World Tour. 7 October 2018.
  7. ^ "From Ballboy To Champ: McLachlan Wins Auckland With Struff". ATP Tour. 12 January 2019.

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