Tennys Sandgren

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Tennys Sandgren
Sandgren RG18 (49) (42077234085).jpg
Sandgren at the 2018 French Open
Country (sports) United States
ResidenceGallatin, Tennessee, USA
Born (1991-07-22) July 22, 1991 (age 27)
Gallatin, Tennessee, USA
Height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Turned pro2011
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
CoachCarsten Ball
Prize moneyUS$1,502,033
Singles
Career record23–29 (44.23%)
Career titles1
Highest rankingNo. 41 (14 January 2019)
Current rankingNo. 76 (11 February 2019)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenQF (2018)
French Open1R (2017, 2018)
Wimbledon1R (2018)
US Open2R (2018)
Doubles
Career record4–7 (36.36%)
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 115 (6 January 2014)
Current rankingNo. 153 (11 February 2019)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open1R (2019)
French Open1R (2018)
WimbledonQ1 (2017)
US OpenQF (2018)
Last updated on: 11 February 2019.

Tennys Sandgren (/ˈtɛnɪs ˈsændɡrən/ TEN-iss SAND-grən;[1][2] born July 22, 1991) is an American professional tennis player who broke into the Top 100 of the ATP rankings towards the end of 2017 after competing mainly on the ATP Challenger Tour for many years. Born and raised in Gallatin, Tennessee, he went on to play two years of college tennis at the University of Tennessee before launching his professional career.

Junior career[edit]

As a junior, Sandgren compiled a singles win/loss record of 70-38 (and 53-35 in doubles), reaching as high as No. 9 in the combined ITF junior world rankings in April 2009.[3]

Junior Slam results:

Australian Open: -
French Open: 3R (2009)
Wimbledon: 2R (2009)
US Open: 2R (2009)

College career[edit]

Sandgren was a January midseason addition to the Tennessee Volunteers' 2010 tennis roster, joining older brother Davey, who was a senior All-American on the team.[4] Coached by Sam Winterbotham and Chris Woodruff, the younger Sandgren immediately strengthened the middle of the Vols' singles lineup, going 10-0 in Southeastern Conference play at the No. 4 position to help the team win the SEC regular-season and tournament titles.[5] The team went on to reach the NCAA team finals that year as well.

As a sophomore, Sandgren reached the semifinals of the NCAA Singles Championships, losing to teammate, roommate and doubles partner Rhyne Williams in three sets. He finished the season with a 37-6 record and his 10-1 record in conference once again helped the Vols to an SEC regular-season title. He finished his career with a 60-12 singles record (83.33%), the third-best career winning percentage in Tennessee history.[6]

He was also a member of the USTA Summer Collegiate Team after his freshman and sophomore seasons.

Professional career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Sandgren in action during the 2013 Challenger of Dallas

Sandgren turned pro in 2011, playing mostly at the ITF Futures level through 2012. In 2013, his ATP ranking remained inside the Top 300 for nearly the entire year, allowing him to play on the Challenger Tour for much of the season. In his final tournament of the year, Sandgren reached and won his first final at Challenger level in Champaign to crack the Top 200 for the first time.

In 2014, Sandgren missed half of the year after undergoing hip surgery near the beginning of the season.[7] After returning to the courts, it took him nearly a year to get back to the Top 250 and the Challenger level. Sandgren would not return to the Top 200 until November 2016, when he reached his second career Challenger final in Columbus, almost three years exactly after he first achieved these two milestones.

2017: Challenger Tour breakthrough, Top 100[edit]

Building off his success at the end of the previous year, Sandgren reached five more Challenger finals, winning two of them in Tempe and Savannah. He also qualified for his first tournament on the ATP World Tour – the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships in Houston.[8] Sandgren's early season success earned him a wildcard berth into the main draw of the French Open. In his Grand Slam debut, Sandgren lost in the first round to Mikhail Kukushkin.[9] A semifinals appearance in Prostejov helped him to finally break into the Top 100. He then recorded his first two ATP World Tour wins at the Washington Open in early August, including a victory over No. 20 Nick Kyrgios. At the US Open, Sandgren lost in the first round to No. 7 Marin Cilic.

2018: Australian Open quarterfinal, maiden ATP final[edit]

Sandgren began his season with a first round loss to eventual champion Gilles Simon in Pune. He followed this up with a loss to Casper Ruud in the second qualifying round at the Auckland Open. However, he received entry into the main draw of the tournament as a lucky loser following the withdrawal of Kyle Edmund. In the first round of the main draw, he lost in three sets to Hyeon Chung, winner of the inaugural Next Generation ATP Finals in Milan, Italy, two months prior. Making his Australian Open main draw debut, Sandgren won his opening match against French player Jeremy Chardy. In the second round, he defeated 2014 champion and ninth seed Stan Wawrinka, marking his first victory against a Top 10 ranked player.[10] A victory over Maximilian Marterer in the third round set up a meeting with world No. 5, Dominic Thiem, whom he beat in his first five-set match.[11] He then lost to Chung in the quarterfinals, this time in straight sets.[12] Prior to this tournament, Sandgren had never won a Grand Slam match, having only qualified twice for the main draw of any Grand Slam event and having lost in the first round in both cases.

As the No. 1 seed, Sandgren was defeated 1-6, 2-6 in the first round of qualification for the Argentina Open by world No. 188 Facundo Bagnis. Following this, he lost in the second round of the Rio Open, the first round of the Brasil Open, the second round in Indian Wells and the first round in Miami respectively.

At the beginning of the clay season, Sandgren reached his first final on the ATP World Tour at the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships, but lost to Steve Johnson.[13]

Sandgren lost in the first round of the Monte Carlo Open to Philipp Kohlschreiber in straight sets. This was followed by another first round loss in Barcelona to Malek Jaziri, also in straight sets.

Following a first round loss against Frances Tiafoe at the Estoril Open, Sandgren suffered his fourth consecutive first round loss, losing in straight sets to Denis Shapovalov at the Madrid Open.

After having reached the quarterfinals at the Geneva Open, Sandgren was knocked out in the first round of the French Open by world No. 177 and qualifier Hubert Hurkacz. He also lost in the first round of the doubles tournament in straight sets.

In the first round of Wimbledon, Sandgren was knocked out by eventual champion Novak Djokovic in straight sets, winning only six games.

In the first round of the US Open, Sandgren beat Viktor Troicki in straight sets before losing to Djokovic in four sets in the second round.

2019: First ATP title[edit]

In January, Sandgren won his maiden ATP Tour title at the Auckland Open.[14]

ATP career finals[edit]

Singles: 2 (1 title, 1 runner-up)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam (0–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (0–0)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (1–1)
Finals by surface
Hard (1–0)
Clay (0–1)
Grass (0–0)
Finals by setting
Outdoor (1–1)
Indoor (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0–1 Apr 2018 U.S. Clay Court Championships, United States 250 Series Clay United States Steve Johnson 6–7(2–7), 6–2, 4–6
Win 1–1 Jan 2019 Auckland Open, New Zealand 250 Series Hard United Kingdom Cameron Norrie 6–4, 6–2

ATP Challengers and ITF Futures finals[edit]

Singles: 25 (14–11)[edit]

Legend
ATP Challenger (3–4)
ITF Futures (11–7)
Finals by surface
Hard (12–6)
Clay (2–5)
Grass (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Win 1–0 Jul 2011 USA F20, Godfrey Futures Hard Czech Republic Rudolf Siwy 6–2, 7–5
Win 2–0 Aug 2011 USA F21, Decatur Futures Hard Lebanon Bassam Beidas 6–3, 6–1
Win 3–0 Mar 2012 USA F7, Calabasas Futures Hard United States Daniel Kosakowski 6–3, 7–5
Win 4–0 Apr 2012 USA F10, Little Rock Futures Hard Australia John Peers 6–1, 7–6(8–6)
Loss 4–1 May 2012 USA F12, Orange Park Futures Clay Austria Gerald Melzer 6–7(5–7), 3–6
Win 5–1 May 2012 USA F13, Tampa Futures Clay United States Bjorn Fratangelo 6–1, 6–3
Win 6–1 Sep 2012 Canada F9, Markham Futures Hard (i) Canada Peter Polansky 6–4, 6–3
Loss 6–2 Jul 2013 Canada F4, Saskatoon Futures Hard United States Austin Krajicek 5–7, 6–7(6–8)
Win 7–2 Nov 2013 Champaign, US Challenger Hard (i) Australia Sam Groth 3–6, 6–3, 7–6(7–5)
Win 8–2 Mar 2015 Canada F1, Gatineau Futures Hard (i) Canada Philip Bester 6–3, 7–6(9–7)
Loss 8–3 Mar 2015 Canada F2, Sherbrooke Futures Hard (i) United Kingdom Edward Corrie 6–3, 1–6, 3–6
Loss 8–4 May 2015 USA F16, Tampa Futures Clay Brazil Thales Turini 2–6, 5–7
Loss 8–5 Jun 2015 USA F16A, Winston-Salem Futures Clay Croatia Matija Pecotić 2–6, 3–6
Win 9–5 Jun 2015 USA F16B, Charlottesville Futures Hard United States Ernesto Escobedo 6–4, 6–4
Loss 9–6 Sep 2015 Canada F9, Toronto Futures Clay Canada Frank Dancevic 5–7, 3–6
Loss 9–7 Apr 2016 USA F12, Memphis Futures Hard Canada Denis Shapovalov 6–7(4–7), 6–7(4–7)
Win 10–7 Jun 2016 USA F17, Charlottesville Futures Hard United States Dennis Nevolo 6–3, 6–3
Win 11–7 Jul 2016 USA F24, Godfrey Futures Hard Argentina Facundo Mena 6–0, 6–4
Win 12–7 Jul 2016 USA F25, Edwardsville Futures Hard Australia Marc Polmans 7–6(7–4), 1–6, 6–3
Loss 12–8 Nov 2016 Columbus, US Challenger Hard (i) United States Stefan Kozlov 1–6, 6–2, 2–6
Win 13–8 Feb 2017 Tempe, US Challenger Hard Serbia Nikola Milojević 4–6, 6–0, 6–3
Loss 13–9 Apr 2017 Sarasota, US Challenger Clay United States Frances Tiafoe 3–6, 4–6
Win 14–9 May 2017 Savannah, US Challenger Clay Brazil João Pedro Sorgi 6–4, 6–3
Loss 14–10 Oct 2017 Tiburon, US Challenger Hard United Kingdom Cameron Norrie 2–6, 3–6
Loss 14–11 Nov 2017 Charlottesville, US Challenger Hard (i) United States Tim Smyczek 7–6(7–5), 2–6, 2–6

Doubles: 25 (16–9)[edit]

Legend
ATP Challenger (7–6)
ITF Futures (9–3)
Finals by surface
Hard (13–9)
Clay (3–0)
Grass (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1–0 Jul 2010 USA F17, Pittsburgh Futures Clay United States Rhyne Williams United States Greg Ouellette
Canada Vasek Pospisil
3–6, 6–3, [11–9]
Win 2–0 Sep 2011 Canada F6, Toronto Futures Hard United States Rhyne Williams United States Chase Buchanan
United States Peter Kobelt
6–1, 6–3
Loss 2–1 Sep 2011 Canada F7, Markham Futures Hard (i) United States Rhyne Williams Canada Milan Pokrajac
Canada Peter Polansky
6–4, 3–6, [8–10]
Win 3–1 Feb 2012 USA F5, Brownsville Futures Hard United States Rhyne Williams Philippines Ruben Gonzales
United States Chris Kwon
7–6(7–4), 6–0
Win 4–1 Mar 2012 USA F6, Harlingen Futures Hard United States Rhyne Williams Italy Thomas Fabbiano
China Wu Di
6–7(6–8), 7–5, [10–6]
Win 5–1 Apr 2012 USA F10, Little Rock Futures Hard United States Greg Ouellette New Zealand Marvin Barker
United Kingdom Edward Corrie
4–6, 7–6(7–2), [10–8]
Loss 5–2 Jul 2012 Lexington, US Challenger Hard United States Rhyne Williams United States Austin Krajicek
Australia John Peers
1–6, 6–7(4–7)
Loss 5–3 Sep 2012 Canada F8, Toronto Futures Hard United States Chase Buchanan Hungary Márton Fucsovics
Croatia Ante Pavić
2–6, 4–6
Win 6–3 Sep 2011 Canada F9, Markham Futures Hard (i) United States Chase Buchanan Australia Carsten Ball
Canada Peter Polansky
6–2, 4–6, [10–7]
Win 7–3 Oct 2012 Sacramento, US Challenger Hard United States Rhyne Williams United States Devin Britton
United States Austin Krajicek
4–6, 6–4, [12–10]
Loss 7–4 Jan 2013 Maui, US Challenger Hard United States Rhyne Williams Chinese Taipei Lee Hsin-han
Chinese Taipei Peng Hsien-yin
7–6(7–1), 2–6, [5–10]
Loss 7–5 Feb 2013 Dallas, US Challenger Hard (i) United States Rhyne Williams United States Alex Kuznetsov
Germany Mischa Zverev
4–6, 7–6(7–4), [5–10]
Win 8–5 May 2013 Tallahassee, US Challenger Clay United States Austin Krajicek Australia Greg Jones
Canada Peter Polansky
1–6, 6–2, [10–8]
Win 9–5 Jul 2013 Canada F4, Saskatoon Futures Hard United States Austin Krajicek Moldova Roman Borvanov
Canada Milan Pokrajac
6–4, 3–6, [10–6]
Win 10–5 Sep 2013 İzmir, Turkey Challenger Hard United States Austin Krajicek United Kingdom Brydan Klein
Australia Dane Propoggia
7–6(7–4), 6–4
Loss 10–6 Nov 2013 Champaign, US Challenger Hard (i) United States Austin Krajicek United Kingdom Edward Corrie
United Kingdom Daniel Smethurst
6–7(5–7), 6–0, [7–10]
Win 11–6 Jan 2014 Nouméa, New Caledonia Challenger Hard United States Austin Krajicek Croatia Ante Pavić
Slovenia Blaž Rola
7–6(7–4), 6–3
Win 12–6 Jan 2015 Nouméa, New Caledonia (2) Challenger Hard United States Austin Krajicek United States Jarmere Jenkins
United States Bradley Klahn
7–6(7–2), 6–7(5–7), [10–5]
Loss 12–7 Jun 2015 USA F16A, Winston-Salem Futures Hard United States Rhyne Williams Chile Julio Peralta
United States Matt Seeberger
6–3, 3–6, [8–10]
Win 13–7 Sep 2015 Canada F9, Toronto Futures Clay United States Chase Buchanan Germany Sami Reinwein
United States Justin S. Shane
6–1, 6–3
Win 14–7 Nov 2015 Charlottesville, US Challenger Hard (i) United States Chase Buchanan Canada Peter Polansky
Canada Adil Shamasdin
3–6, 6–4, [10–5]
Win 15–7 Apr 2016 USA F13, Little Rock Futures Hard United States Ryan Lipman United States Nick Chappell
United States Dane Webb
6–3, 6–2
Win 16–7 Nov 2016 Champaign, US Challenger Hard (i) United States Austin Krajicek United Kingdom Luke Bambridge
United Kingdom Liam Broady
7–6(7–4), 7–6(7–2)
Loss 16–8 Jan 2017 Maui, US Challenger Hard United States Bradley Klahn United States Austin Krajicek
United States Jackson Withrow
4–6, 3–6
Loss 16–9 Nov 2018 Knoxville, US Challenger Hard (i) United States Hunter Reese JapanToshihide Matsui
Denmark Frederik Nielsen
6–7(6–8), 5–7

Performance timelines[edit]

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A P Z# PO G F-S SF-B NMS NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (Z#) Davis/Fed Cup Zonal Group (with number indication) or (PO) play-off; (G) gold, (F-S) silver or (SF-B) bronze Olympic medal; a (NMS) downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.

Singles[edit]

Current through the 2019 New York Open.

Tournament 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 SR W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A A A Q2 Q1 Q1 Q2 Q1 QF 1R 0 / 2 4–2
French Open A A A A Q1 A A A 1R 1R 0 / 2 0–2
Wimbledon A A A A A A A A Q2 1R 0 / 1 0–1
US Open Q1 A Q1 Q2 Q1 Q1 A Q1 1R 2R 0 / 2 1–2
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–2 5–4 0–1 0 / 7 5–7
ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Indian Wells Masters A A A A A A A A A 2R 0 / 1 1–1
Miami Open A A A A A A A A A 1R 0 / 1 0–1
Monte-Carlo Masters A A A A A A A A A 1R 0 / 1 0–1
Madrid Open A A A A A A A A A 1R 0 / 1 0–1
Cincinnati Masters A A A A A A A A A Q1 0 / 0 0–0
Shanghai Masters A A A A A A A A A Q1 0 / 0 0–0
Paris Masters A A A A A A A A A Q2 0 / 0 0–0
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–4 0–0 0 / 4 1–4
Career statistics
Tournaments 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 20 3 29
Titles / Finals 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 1 1 / 1 1 / 2
Overall Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 2–6 16–20 5–3 23–29
Year-end ranking 980 1361 540 233 183 660 261 191 96 61 44%

Doubles[edit]

Tournament 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 SR W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A A A A A A A 1R 0 / 1 0–1
French Open A A A A A A A 1R 0 / 1 0–1
Wimbledon A A A A A A Q1 A 0 / 0 0–0
US Open A A A 1R A A A QF 0 / 2 3–2
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–0 0–0 0–0 3–2 0–1 0 / 4 3–4
Career statistics
Tournaments 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 5 1 7
Titles / Finals 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0
Overall Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–0 0–0 0–0 4–5 1–2 5–8
Year-end ranking 650 163 133 316 194 347 444 152 38%

Top 10 wins[edit]

Season 2018 Total
Wins 2 2
# Player Rank Event Surface Rd Score TS Rank
2018
1. Switzerland Stan Wawrinka 8 Australian Open, Melbourne, Australia Hard 2R 6–2, 6–1, 6–4 97
2. Austria Dominic Thiem 5 Australian Open, Melbourne, Australia Hard 4R 6–2, 4–6, 7–6(7–4), 6–7(7–9), 6–3 97

Personal life[edit]

Sandgren's parents, South African Lia Lourens and American David Sandgren, met at a tennis club in Johannesburg. They married and then moved to Tennessee in 1988 with Sandgren's elder brother Davey.[15]

Sandgren, who was named Tennys after his Swedish great-grandfather, was home-schooled and is coached by his mother.[16] Davey Sandgren is also a tennis player who achieved a career-high ATP ranking of 800 in doubles in 2009. [17]

Twitter controversy[edit]

Sandgren's activity on Twitter came under scrutiny during the 2018 Australian Open, when it was noted that he was a follower of a number of alt-right individuals and organizations including co-founder and former leader of the English Defence League Tommy Robinson and white nationalist rally activist Nicholas Fuentes. When questioned on his social media activity, Sandgren said he found some of the alt-right content interesting, but that to fully support alt-right beliefs would be incompatible with his Christian faith.[18][19][20][21] He later clarified: "definitely not all 'alt-right' content is interesting, just some individuals' specific content". Within 48 hours of the controversy emerging, Sandgren had deleted several years of tweets, claiming he wanted to create a "version of a cleaner start".[22]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Atlantic Tire Championships (2016-09-15). "5 Questions with Tennys Sandgren". YouTube. Retrieved 2018-01-18.
  3. ^ "ITF Tennis Juniors - Player Profile". ITF Tennis. Retrieved January 9, 2013.
  4. ^ "Tennys Sandgren Joins Volunteers". utsports.com. University of Tennessee. Retrieved January 9, 2013.
  5. ^ "Tennys Sandgren Profile". utsports.com. University of Tennessee. Retrieved January 9, 2013.
  6. ^ "Tennessee Tennis Record Book" (PDF). utsports.com. University of Tennessee. Retrieved January 9, 2013.
  7. ^ "ATP No. 136 Tennys Sandgren on the rise after hip surgery". Tallahassee Democrat. Retrieved 20 January 2018.
  8. ^ "Tennys Sandgren Bio ATP World Tour Tennis". ATP World Tour. ATP Tour, Inc. Retrieved 20 January 2018.
  9. ^ Bergman, Justin. Tennys Sandgren’s game, and name, on the rise in Australia. Washington Post: January 19, 2018. Retrieved January 21, 2018.
  10. ^ "Australian Open: Tennys Sandgren demolishes Stan Wawrinka to move into third round in Melbourne". Herald Sun. 19 January 2018.
  11. ^ "Giant-killer Tennys Sandgren's fairy-tale run goes on with Dominic Thiem upset". The Straits Times. 22 January 2018.
  12. ^ "From Milan To Melbourne, Chung Keeps Surging". atpworldtour.com. Retrieved 24 January 2018.
  13. ^ "Johnson successfully defends Houston title against inspired Sandgren". Tennis.com. 15 April 2018.
  14. ^ "Super Sandgren: Tennys Wins Maiden Title In Auckland". ATP Tour. 12 January 2019.
  15. ^ "Tennys, like Federer, has a SA-born mother!". Sport 24. 22 January 2018. Retrieved 27 Jan 2018.
  16. ^ "Tennys Sandgren's surprise run has been a long time coming". Tennis. 20 January 2018. Retrieved 27 Jan 2018.
  17. ^ "Davey Sandgren". ATP World Tour. Retrieved 27 Jan 2018.
  18. ^ "Australian Open 2018: Tennys Sandgren says he is not a far-right sympathiser". The BBC. 22 January 2018. Retrieved 22 Jan 2018.
  19. ^ "Tennys Sandgren forced to deny far-right sympathies at Australian Open". The Guardian. 22 January 2018. Retrieved 22 Jan 2018.
  20. ^ "Australian Open surprise package Tennys Sandgren denies support for American alt-right". The Telegraph. 22 January 2018. Retrieved 22 Jan 2018.
  21. ^ "Australian Open: Tennys Sandgren faces questions about social media links to alt-right movement". USA Today. 22 January 2018. Retrieved 22 Jan 2018.
  22. ^ "Tennys Sandgren deletes tweets after denying far-right sympathies at Australian Open". The Guardian.

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