In front of a packed Varsity Indoor Tennis Center filled with Ohio State faithful, Buckeye tennis legend J.J. Wolf delighted his hometown crowd with an emphatic 6-4, 6-2 victory over former World No.33 Denis Istomin (UZB).
Wolf only faced one break point the entire match, losing just six points on his first serve, and held his nerve in baseline rallies to earn three breaks of his own.
“I tried my hardest in every point,” said Wolf. “Stayed low, served well and tried to compete for every point.”
Although Sunday’s match was just over an hour, Wolf faced tough opponents in highly competitive matches all week, starting off with three straight 3-set matches.
“I think consistency and keeping a high level were essential for me this week. I played so many great players – there weren’t any easy matches. So, really staying on my game and staying focused is what pulled me through.”
This win marks his fourth ATP Challenger Tour title, his second in 2020, and he is now projected to break into the top 150 in the ATP rankings for the first time in his career.
“It means the world to me to win the Oracle Pro Series in front of family, friends, all my coaches and the Buckeye community. Oracle put on a great tournament and it means everything to me and my family to win this title.”
In doubles, the Philippine/American duo of Treat Huey and Nathaniel Lammons took the title over Lloyd Glasspool and Alex Lawson, dropping only 10 out of 66 points on serve to win 7-6(3), 7-6(4).