Sally Milano | May 22, 2017
May is Asian Pacific-American Heritage Month. To celebrate, USTA.com is taking a look at Asian-Americans past, present and future – those who have helped to shape the game, and those who could soon cement their place in it.
Here’s a closer look at former college star and current ATP pro Mackenzie McDonald:
- McDonald, who turned pro in 2016, is currently ranked a career-high No. 227 in the ATP World Tour Rankings.
- A collegiate star at UCLA, McDonald swept the NCAA singles and doubles titles in 2016, making him the first man in 15 years – and just the fifth since 1974 – to accomplish the feat. The 22-year-old earned All-America honors all three years he competed for UCLA and finished his final season ranked No. 1 in singles and doubles in the ITA collegiate rankings.
- McDonald won the first pro title of his career in 2016 at the $10,000 USTA Futures event in Irvine, Calif.
He claimed his second career title earlier this year at the $25,000 USTA Futures in Los Angeles. He also holds six USTA Pro Circuit doubles titles to date.
- McDonald made his Grand Slam main-draw debut as a wild card at the 2016 US Open. A year earlier, he won the American Collegiate Invitational, a tournament held at the US Open for the top American college players.
- Nicknamed "Mackie," the California native idolized former UCLA basketball coach John Wooden and Roger Federer growing up. He is a big supporter of UCLA, as well as the San Francisco 49ers, San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Lakers.