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Four weeks, 20,000 miles for doubles specialist Megan Moulton-Levy

April 29, 2014 11:58 AM
Megan Moulton-Levy (R) won her first WTA doubles title earlier this month in Monterrey, Mexico.

By McCarton Ackerman, USTA.com

Tennis truly is a global sport. Just ask Megan Moulton-Levy.

The American doubles specialist is ranked No. 53 in the world after a whirlwind month that has seen her hit four continents in four consecutive weeks. After competing at the Sony Open in Miami, she traveled to consecutive WTA events in Monterrey, Mexico; Katowice, Poland; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Marrakesh, Morocco, racking up more than 20,000 miles in the process.

This week, she traveled a subdued 980 miles from Marrakesh to Oeiras, Portugal, for her next WTA event.

The grueling travel has been paying off for Moulton-Levy. She snapped a seven-match losing streak in style by winning her first WTA doubles title in Monterrey, partnering with Darija Jurak of Croatia. The duo also reached the semifinals in Marrakesh and are expected to compete together next month at the French Open.

She isn’t the only American globetrotter on tour, though. Check out some of the other men and women who are accumulating plenty of frequent flyer miles throughout the year.

James Cerretani: At 37 events in the last calendar year, this doubles specialist, ranked No. 167, has played more tournaments than anyone else on the ATP World Tour. He’s competed on five continents since the last clay-court season and started 2014 with a six-week trip that included stops in Hawaii, Panama and France.

Michael Russell: He’s been on tour for 16 years, but this veteran player ranked No. 97 in singles still has the energy for a packed schedule. Russell has played 30 events in the last calendar year, winning Challenger titles in locales ranging from Manta, Ecuador, to the USTA Pro Circuit event in Charlottesville, Va.

Nicholas Monroe: Currently ranked No. 58, this doubles specialist is willing to go anywhere in pursuit of ranking points. Last summer, he played an ATP event in Sweden before flying to a tournament in Colombia and then heading directly back to Europe for another event in Austria. The plan paid off; he reached his career-high ranking of No. 51 that August.

Julia Cohen: This globetrotter has been known to play up to 40 events in a calendar year but has recently cut back to a paltry 35. Now ranked No. 240 in singles, she’s currently spending her eighth consecutive week on the road by playing a USTA Pro Circuit event in Indian Harbour Beach, Fla. Fittingly, her best result on tour came in 2012 after reaching the finals of the WTA event in Baku, Azerbaijan, which she was the lone American to travel to.

Chieh-Yu Hsu: Currently ranked No. 226 in singles on the WTA, Hsu is the only other American woman to compete in more than 30 events over the last 12 months. She was rewarded for her efforts earlier this month at the WTA event in Bogota, Colombia, recording a win in doubles over former world No. 1 Jelena Jankovic.

 

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