Six Ohio State Buckeyes, past and present, headline the player field for the 2020 Oracle Pro Series – Columbus, competing on home turf at OSU’s Varsity Indoor Tennis Center. J.J. Wolf and Mikael Torpegaard, two of the most prolific men’s tennis players OSU has seen, received direct entry into the main draw due to his early success on the pro tour. Alumnus Peter Kobelt and current Buckeyes John McNally, Cannon Kingsley and Justin Boulais have received wildcards into the main draw. The Ohio State Buckeyes are currently the No.2 team in the NCAA.
As the defending champion, Mikael Torpegaard has seen success on the ATP Challenger tour here in Columbus. The Dane is one of the most decorated players in OSU history, earning All-American honors five times, tied for the most in school history. He is a two-time Big Ten Athlete of the Year and finished runner-up in both the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championship.
J.J. Wolf spent three years at Ohio State, where he went 35-2 in his dominant junior season, earning ITA All-American status. The Cincinnati native was first-team All-Big Ten in each of his three seasons and was recognized as the Big Ten Player of Year in 2019.
Peter Kobelt was a four-time ITA All-American during his time at Ohio State. In 2014, he reached the final of the NCAA Men’s Doubles tournament, capping off his senior year and a great career as a Buckeye.
John McNally currently sits at No.7 on the Oracle/ITA Singles rankings, a career-high. The junior from Cincinnati was a first-team All-Big Ten selection in his first two years as a Buckeye and leads the 2019-2020 squad as a captain and at the No.1 singles position. His freshman year, he helped lead Ohio State to a Big Ten title and runner-up finish at the NCAA tournament.
Cannon Kingsley enters the Oracle Pro Series on a 10-match winning streak, which includes a win over Oracle/ITA No.1 Daniel Cukierman of USC. The 6’2” freshman has risen quickly in the rankings and sits at No.12, the highest-ranked first-year in the NCAA.
Justin Boulais, another Freshman, reached the top 600 in the ATP rankings before enrolling at Ohio State and won the U18 Canadian Nationals singles title and U18 indoor doubles title in 2018.
The Buckeyes have tough tests waiting for them in a deep player field that features former World No. 21 Tomaz Bellucci (BRA), former World No.33 Denis Istomin (UZB) and former World No.38 Donald Young (USA). Other Americans competing in Columbus include Sekou Bangoura, Ulises Blanch, Kevin King, Stefan Kozlov, Martin Redlicki, Alexander Ritschard and Noah Rubin.