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Mackenzie McDonald

Mackenzie McDonald
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McDonald at the 2019 French Open
Country (sports) United States
ResidenceLake Nona, Orlando, Florida
Born (1995-04-16) April 16, 1995 (age 27)
Piedmont, California
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Turned pro2016
PlaysRight handed (two-handed backhand)
CoachJaime Pulgar García
Prize moneyUS$2,708,470
Career record56-73 (43.4% in ATP World Tour and Grand Slam main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 49 (February 7, 2022)
Current rankingNo. 51 (June 6, 2022)
Grand Slam singles results
Australian Open4R (2021)
French Open3R (2022)
Wimbledon4R (2018)
US Open2R (2021)
Career record13-31 (29.5% in ATP World Tour and Grand Slam main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 180 (August 23, 2021)
Current rankingNo. 312 (February 7, 2022)
Grand Slam doubles results
Australian Open2R (2021)
French Open3R (2022)
Wimbledon1R (2022)
US OpenQF (2020)
Last updated on: February 7, 2022.

Michael Mackenzie Lowe "Mackie" McDonald (born April 16, 1995) is an American professional tennis player. He reached a career-high singles ranking of world No. 49 on February 7, 2022, and No. 180 in doubles on August 23, 2021. He won the 2016 NCAA Division I Tennis Championships in both singles and doubles.[1][2]

Juniors career

McDonald was a semifinalist in the boys' singles of the 2012 Australian Open.[3] In 2012, he reached a career high ranking in the ITF World Tour Junior Rankings of number 12 and won the 18s singles title at the 2012 Easter Bowl.[4] While still a junior, he won the men's singles in the Ojai Tennis Tournament in 2013[5] and also qualified for the 2013 Cincinnati Masters at age 18 by defeating top 100 players Nicolas Mahut and Steve Johnson. However, he lost in the first round of the main draw to fellow qualifier David Goffin.

College career


McDonald was listed as the No. 1 player coming into college according to the ITA. As a freshman at UCLA, he was named a Singles All-American and the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year. McDonald was also a quarterfinalist at the NCAA singles championship while compiling a 33-9 record during the season, including an 18-4 record in dual matches.


At the 2015 NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Championship, he defeated top-ranked Axel Alvarez of Oklahoma during team competition. He played #1 singles and doubles for the UCLA Bruins for most of the season.


During the 2016 season, he helped his Bruins to the quarterfinals of the Division I Tennis Team Championship. Then on Memorial Day, May 30, McDonald defeated the No. 1 ranked Mikael Torpegaard of Ohio State University for the singles championship at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He became the 12th UCLA Bruins player to win the singles title. McDonald also teamed with Martin Redlicki to play for the doubles championship. They defeated the team of Arthur Rinderknech and Jackson Withrow from Texas A&M to win the doubles individual championship. In doing so, McDonald became the first college player to win both the national singles and doubles titles since Matías Boeker of the University of Georgia in 2001. After the NCAA tournament, on June 16, 2016, he announced that he would not return to UCLA for his senior year, but turn professional.[6]

Professional career

2013-2015: ATP main draw debut

At age 18, McDonald qualified for the 2013 Western & Southern Open[3] by defeating two top 100 players despite never previously having earned an ATP point. He became first unranked teenager to qualify for an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament since Sergio Casal at the 1995 Miami Masters. McDonald lost in the first round to David Goffin in straight sets.[7] He was subsequently given a wildcard entry into the 2013 US Open qualifying.

McDonald qualified into the main draw of the 2014 Challenger in Winnetka, Illinois and defeated world no. 154 Sam Groth.

2016: Grand Slam and US Open debut

McDonald at the 2016 US Open

McDonald was awarded a wild card into the main draw of the US Open, where he lost to Czech qualifier Jan ?átral in five sets in the first round.[8] Beginning in late September and lasting through early October, McDonald had an impressive string of results in Challenger-level tournaments, winning his first ITF Pro Circuit title at USA F29 Irvine Futures, as well as reaching back-to-back semifinals in Tiburon and Stockton with impressive wins over three top-150 players.

2017: Oracle US Tennis Award

McDonald began the season winning the singles title at the F1 Los Angeles Pro Futures held at the University of Southern California, beating Carl Söderlund in the final by winning the last eleven games.[9] In March at the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells, McDonald, along with former University of Virginia tennis player Danielle Collins, were selected to receive the Oracle US Tennis Awards, given to exceptional collegiate players transitioning to a professional.[10] McDonald won the USA F12 Futures doubles event with Lloyd Glasspool, his fifth career Futures doubles title.

2018: Wimbledon fourth round, Top 100 debut

He participated in his first Australian Open in January where he defeated Elias Ymer in the first round after winning the qualifiers. In the next round, he was defeated by 3rd ranked Grigor Dimitrov in a 5 set thriller.[11] Later, he won the Seoul Challenger against Jordan Thompson.[12]

At Wimbledon, he reached his first Grand Slam third-round by winning his first-ever 5-set match over Nicolás Jarry in the round of 64.[13] He then proceeded to defeat Guido Pella in straight sets to reach the second week of a grand slam for the first time in his career.[14][15] He was then defeated in four sets by Milos Raonic in the round of 16.[16]

2019: First top 10 win, Career-high ranking, Injury and out of Top 100

McDonald reached the final of the 2019 Dallas Challenger in February, where he lost in three sets to Mitchell Krueger, despite leading by a set and a break in the 2nd set. He also participated in the 2019 Delray Beach Open in February, where he achieved his first top 10 win by defeating Juan Martín del Potro in the quarterfinals to reach his first ATP level semifinal,[17] where he lost to Radu Albot.[18] His good form carried on into the ATP 500 Acapulco tournament, where he reached the quarterfinals, eventually losing to Cameron Norrie in two sets. These results helped propel him to a then career-high ranking of world No. 62 on March 4, 2019.

At the 2019 French Open, McDonald suffered a serious hamstring injury in his first round doubles match, forcing him to miss the rest of the 2019 season.[19]

2020: Return to the tour, loss of form during COVID season

McDonald returned to the tour at the 2020 Auckland Open, where he lost in qualifiers to Mikael Ymer. He then used a protected ranking to enter the 2020 Australian Open, where he lost in the first round to 30th seed Dan Evans, despite having a two sets to love lead.[20]

At the 2020 US Open, McDonald lost to 30th seed Casper Ruud from two sets up.[21]

At the 2020 French Open, on his debut at this Major, McDonald earned his first victory at a Major since the 2019 Australian Open. Under the supervision of his new coach Jaime Pulgar García, he defeated Canadian qualifier Steven Diez in four sets before losing to defending (and eventual) champion Rafael Nadal in the second round in straight sets.[22]

2021: Australian Open fourth round, First ATP final, return to Top 100

At the 2021 Australian Open, McDonald reached the 4th round of a Major for the second time, defeating Marco Cecchinato, 22nd seed Borna ?ori?, and Lloyd Harris. He was defeated in the 4th round by eventual finalist Daniil Medvedev in straight sets.[23]

McDonald reached the semifinals at ATP 500 level for the first time at the 2021 Citi Open, defeating defending champion Nick Kyrgios,[24] 13th seed Benoît Paire, Ilya Ivashka, and Denis Kudla. There, he defeated 2015 champion Kei Nishikori in three sets to reach his first ATP final.[25] McDonald lost to 5th seed Jannik Sinner in three sets in the final.[26] As a result, he returned to the top 100 for the first time in 2 years, climbing more than 40 positions up in the rankings to world No. 64 on August 9, 2021.

2022: Top 50 debut

He made his top 50 debut on February 7, 2022 at world No. 49 following second round showings at the 2022 Australian Open and the 2022 Open Sud de France.

At the 2022 ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam he defeated eighth seed Nikoloz Basilashvili in 65 minutes.[27] He lost in the second round to Alex de Minaur in three sets.

Personal life

McDonald is of Chinese, Scottish and English descent.[28][2]

Performance timelines

(W) winner; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (DNQ) did not qualify; (A) absent; (NH) not held; (SR) strike rate (events won / competed); (W-L) win-loss record.
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.


Current through the 2022 Wimbledon Championships.

Tournament 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 SR W-L Win%
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A A A A 2R 2R 1R 4R 2R 0 / 5 6-5 55%
French Open A A A A Q2 A 1R 2R 2R 3R 0 / 4 4-4 50%
Wimbledon A A A A Q2 4R A NH 1R 2R 0 / 3 4-3 57%
US Open Q1 Q1 A 1R Q2 1R A 1R 2R 0 / 4 1-4 20%
Win-loss 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-1 0-0 4-3 1-2 1-3 5-4 4-3 0 / 16 15-16 48%
ATP Masters 1000
Indian Wells Masters A A Q2 1R A Q2 2R NH 2R 2R 0 / 4 3-4 42%
Miami Open A A A A A Q2 2R NH 2R 3R 0 / 3 4-3 57%
Monte-Carlo Masters A A A A A A A NH A A 0 / 0 0-0 0%
Madrid Open A A A A A A Q1 NH A Q2 0 / 0 0-0 0%
Italian Open A A A A A A A A A Q1 0 / 0 0-0 0%
Canadian Open A A A A A 1R A NH 1R 0 / 2 0-2 0%
Cincinnati Masters 1R Q1 A A Q2 1R A 1R 2R 0 / 4 1-4 20%
Shanghai Masters A A A A A 2R A NH 0 / 1 1-1 50%
Paris Masters A A A A A Q1 A A 1R 0 / 1 0-1 0%
Win-loss 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-1 0-0 1-3 2-2 0-1 3-5 3-2 0 / 15 9-15 38%
Career statistics
Tournament 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 SR W-L Win%
Tournaments 1 0 0 3 0 13 12 8 19 17 Career total: 73
Titles 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Career total: 0
Finals 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 Career total: 1
Overall win-loss 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-3 0-0 9-13 10-12 4-8 18-19 15-17 0 / 73 56-73 43%
Year-end ranking 673 642 371 321 176 78 129 193 55


Tournament 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 SR W-L Win%
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A A 1R A 2R 1R 0 / 3 1-3 25%
French Open A A A 1R 1R 1R 3R 0 / 4 2-4 33%
Wimbledon A A Q1 A NH A 0 / 0 0-0  - 
US Open 1R A 2R A QF 1R 0 / 4 3-4 43%
Win-loss 0-1 0-0 1-1 0-2 2-2 1-3 2-2 0 / 11 6-11 35%

ATP career finals

Singles: 1 (1 runner-up)

Grand Slam tournaments (0-0)
ATP Tour Finals (0-0)
ATP Tour Masters 1000 (0-0)
ATP Tour 500 Series (0-1)
ATP Tour 250 Series (0-0)
Finals by surface
Hard (0-1)
Clay (0-0)
Grass (0-0)
Finals by setting
Outdoor (0-1)
Indoor (0-0)
Result W-L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0-1 Aug 2021 Washington Open, United States 500 Series Hard Italy Jannik Sinner 5-7, 6-4, 5-7

ATP Challenger and ITF Futures finals

Singles: 8 (5-3)

Legend (singles)
ATP Challenger Tour (3-2)
ITF Futures Tour (2-1)
Titles by surface
Hard (5-3)
Clay (0-0)
Grass (0-0)
Result W-L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0-1 Sep 2015 USA F26, Claremont Futures Hard United States Deiton Baughman 6-2, 3-6, 3-6
Win 1-1 Sep 2016 USA F29, Irvine Futures Hard Germany Jan Choinski 6-0, 6-3
Win 2-1 Jan 2017 USA F1, Los Angeles Futures Hard Sweden Carl Söderlund 6-4, 6-0
Win 3-1 Oct 2017 Fairfield, USA Challenger Hard United States Bradley Klahn 6-4, 6-2
Loss 3-2 Jan 2018 Dallas, USA Challenger Hard (i) Japan Kei Nishikori 1-6, 4-6
Win 4-2 Apr 2018 Seoul, South Korea Challenger Hard Australia Jordan Thompson 1-6, 6-4, 6-1
Loss 4-3 Feb 2019 Dallas, USA Challenger Hard (i) United States Mitchell Krueger 6-4, 6-7(3-7), 1-6
Win 5-3 Feb 2021 Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan Challenger Hard (i) Austria Jurij Rodionov 6-1, 6-2

Doubles: 9 (7-2)

Legend (doubles)
ATP Challenger Tour (2-1)
ITF Futures Tour (5-1)
Titles by surface
Hard (7-2)
Clay (0-0)
Grass (0-0)
Result W-L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1-0 Sep 2013 USA F24, Costa Mesa Futures Hard United States Marcos Giron South Africa Keith-Patrick Crowley
South Africa Matt Fawcett
6-3, 6-2
Win 2-0 Jun 2014 USA F17, Oklahoma City Futures Hard United States Martin Redlicki Venezuela Jesús Bandrés
Ecuador Gonzalo Escobar
4-6, 7-6(7-3), [10-8]
Loss 2-1 Sep 2014 USA F25, Costa Mesa Futures Hard United States Martin Redlicki United States Nicholas Hunter
United States Junior Alexander Ore
6-4, 4-6, [8-10]
Win 3-1 Sep 2015 USA F27, Costa Mesa Futures Hard United States Martin Redlicki United States Jean-Yves Aubone
Zimbabwe Benjamin Lock
6-2, 3-6, [10-5]
Loss 3-2 Aug 2016 Aptos, USA Challenger Hard New Zealand Ben McLachlan South Africa Nicolaas Scholtz
South Africa Tucker Vorster
7-6(7-5), 3-6, [8-10]
Win 4-2 Sep 2016 USA F29, Irvine Futures Hard United States Deiton Baughman United States Timothy Sah
United States Ryan Seggerman
6-4, 6-3
Win 5-2 Oct 2016 Fairfield, USA Challenger Hard United States Brian Baker United States Sekou Bangoura
United States Eric Quigley
6-3, 6-4
Win 6-2 Apr 2017 USA F12, Memphis Futures Hard United Kingdom Lloyd Glasspool Canada Philip Bester
United States Alex Lawson
6-2, 7-6(7-3)
Win 7-2 Jan 2018 Playford, Australia Challenger Hard United States Tommy Paul Australia Maverick Banes
Australia Jason Kubler
7-6(7-4), 6-4

Record against other players

Record against top 10 players

McDonald's match record against those who have been ranked in the top 10, with those who have been No. 1 in boldface

*As of 30 June 2022.

Top 10 wins

McDonald has a 1-12 (7.7%) record against players who were, at the time the match was played, ranked in the top 10.

Season 2019 Total
Wins 1 1
# Player Rank Event Surface Rd Score MMR
1. Argentina Juan Martín del Potro 4 Delray Beach, United States Hard QF 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(7-5) 84


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