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The Rise of J.J. Wolf, Ohio’s Most Promising Tennis Professional

The rise of J.J. Wolf has been rapid as he now seeks to become America’s hottest ATP talent.



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J.J. Wolf made himself known at this year’s Australia Open, aged 24; the future is bright for the Ohio native.

He first displayed signs of excellence at Ohio State University, and he was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year and First-Team All-Big Ten in 2017.

By April 2019, he was the No.1 ranked college player in the United States. The same year, he’d collected a 45-3 record between singles and doubles competition and was named Big Ten Men’s Tennis Athlete of the Year.

Wolf finished college at Ohio State as the No.1 ranked tennis player in NCAA, but as he sailed in Challengers, losing multiple games to Stefan Kozlov, many were surprised when it wasn’t the latter who became a breakout star in 2022.

Wolf rose into the top 50 ATP rankings in January 2023, following an impressive run where he reached the fourth round after defeating Jordan Thompson, 23rd-seed Diego Schwartzman, and Michael Mmoh before losing to Ben Shelton at the 2023 Australia Open. Currently, the 24-year-old has breached the top 40 at No.39.

He entered the 2023 Dallas Open with a No.6 seed. He reached his second tour-level semi-final appearance of his short career following wins over Brandon Holt, Radu Albot, and second seed Frances Tiafoe. He then went on the Delray Beach Open and reached the round of 16 but lost to Adrian Mannarino.

Born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, Wolf has only been competing as a professional since 2019 but has already made his presence known – specifically because of his 2022 performance. Last February, in Acapulco, ranked outside the top 200, he defeated Kevin Anderson, Lorenzo Sonego, and Andreas Seppi. Returning to Indian Wells, he qualified and went on to beat Hugo Gaston in the first round before taking Roberto Bautista Agut to 76 in the third.

Those following the career of Wolf and banking on his success have found excellent betting odds during his come-up. Fans can use BetMGM Ohio promo codes to further boost the overall wagering value, but emulating his 2022 win/loss record may be challenging.

The elite-level wins continued following his Indian Wells success. A semi-final appearance in Phoenix, an R64 in Miami, and a three-set defeat to No.5 Tsitsipas. A win versus No.36 Brooksby in Houston, wins against Rune and Shapovalov in Washington, and then US Open successes against Tabilo and Agut before losing to Kyrgios. A finals game at the Florence 250, a 46-46 loss to Felix Auger Aliassime. All of these results saw him finish 15-13 in 2022 at the ATP level – impressive!

In conjunction with his 2023 success at the Australian Open and beyond, he’s had a taste of the big time and has continuously climbed the ATP elite pantheon. It’s hard to predict how far Wolf can go, but the ceiling is high given the consistent uptrend in progress and results as he continues to improve in the ATP World Tour alongside the biggest names in the sport. His shot power is phenomenal; he moves well on the court and boasts a mature, experienced attitude and IQ that could produce a future star.

While he may stunt with a flashy earring or two, this doesn’t reflect on Wolf’s professionalism. Thus far, he’s been serious, respectful, and drama-free and hasn’t shown an interest in needing his ego stroked via social media. The delivery on the court we’ve seen from him in the previous two years has shown glimpses of greatness.

Wolf has crossed paths, defeated, and threatened some of the best tennis players in the world. With added experience, his future accomplishments are limitless, as no expert or critic can truly predict how successful he can become over the next three years.

After defeating Schwartzman – one of his most challenging opponents to date – at this year’s Aussie Open, Wolf displayed his mature and humble attitude after the match:

“I don’t come out with many expectations. I’m just still trying to get better. I don’t think this will be my best year of tennis, so I’m trying to improve many things. I’d like to think that I’m gonna get a lot better. So, I  try not to put too much emphasis on results right now.”   

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Jack Draper Wins In Stuttgart, Potentially Faces Andy Murray in Round Two



Jack Draper – ATP Monaco di Baviera 2024 (foto via Twitter @atptour)

Britain’s Jack Draper tight first round win headlined the opening day’s results at the Boss Open 2024 in Stuttgart – and possibly faces a second-round match with Andy Murray who takes on Marcos Giron tomorrow.

Less than 24 hours from the last ball being hit at Roland Garros, the ATP Tour had already switched surfaces onto the grass, and 22-year-old Draper was well tested but ultimately came through in two tie-breakers over Sebastian Ofner.

The sixth seed’s 7-6, 7-6 win contained just one break of serve each, both coming in the second set, as serve dominated proceedings on the faster grass courts in Germany.

While the Austrian won 75% on his first serve, Draper won a whopping 89% behind his first delivery as well as hitting eight aces. These kind of service stats will surely take him far during the grass court season.

“I thought it was a really good match,” Eurosport quoted Draper saying after his match. 
“Both of us played really clean tennis, executing really well.
“When it came down to it, I’m glad I competed really well and got over the line – it’s good to be back on the grass as well.”

There were also wins for Germany’s Yannick Hanfmann who won 6-3, 6-3 over wildcard Henri Squire, while compatriot Dominik Koepfer won in three sets over China’s Zhizhen Zhang 4-6, 7-6, 7-6. 

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Carlos Alcaraz Still Owns A Magical Racket



The legend of Carlos Alcaraz and his magical racket lives on.

The 21-year-old Spaniard executed one magical shot after another with his racket and legs  Sunday afternoon in the French Open final. That bit of magic spelled defeat for Germany’s Alexander Zverev.

This was a final to remember, one of the great matches of all the Grand Slams. It just wasn’t in the cards for the 26-year-old Zverev to finally win a Grand Slam title.


Both players seemed to play a game of “he had it and then he didn’t.”

Alcaraz appeared to have everything under control in the first set, but Zverev rushed through the second set and then made a comeback from 5-2 down in the third set to win five straight games.

Zverev had everything going for him when he started the fourth set with a two-set advantage. It appeared that all the 6-6 Zverev had to do was to continue playing his masterful game of big serves and mighty ground strokes.

But Zverev couldn’t get started in the fourth set until he was down 4-0. So much for a smooth and easy ride to a Grand Slam title. By then, the magic of Alcaraz was heating up.


Zverev still had his chances, even when he fell behind 2-1 in the fifth set. He had to feel pretty good about his chances when he took a triple break point lead against Alcaraz’s serve and appeared ready to even the set at 2-2. Even after Carlos came up with a winner to bring the  game score to double break point.

Zverev still was ready to even the entire match.

That’s when everything seemed to go haywire for the German, while all the while, Alcaraz was able to repeatedly come up with his magical shots as the Spaniard made critical shots that looked almost impossible to make.


Everything for Zverev was lost in the magical racket of Alcaraz.

What was then initially called a game-ending Alcaraz double fault and a 2-2 deadlock quicky reversed itself and Alcaraz stayed alive by winning the next three points while taking a 3-1 advantage.

Zverev did get back to a 3-2 deficit and had a break point in the sixth game, but that was it for the hopes of Zverev. The last two games went rather easily in favor of Alcaraz to wrap up a 6-3, 2-6, 5-7, 6-1, 6-2 victory for Alcaraz.

That moved the Spaniard to a higher level of success on the ATP Tour. He became the youngest man to win Grand Slam titles on all of the different surfaces, clay, grass and hard courts.

Carlos Alcaraz and his magical racket appear to be headed for greatness.

James Beck was the 2003 winner of the USTA National Media Award  for print media. A 1995 MBA graduate of The Citadel, he can be reached at 

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Tsitsipas Brothers Hit With Trio Of Fines At French Open



Stefanos Tsitsipas and his brother Petros have been fined more than 20,000 euros for multiple violations of the coaching rules at this year’s French Open. 

The brothers received a financial penalty during three different matches that they played in. Two of those were in the second and third rounds of the men’s doubles tournament. Furthermore, Stefanos was also penalised during his singles quarter-final match against Carlos Alcaraz, which he lost in straight sets. According to French newspaper L’Equipe, all three of those fines were issued as a result of coaching rules being broken.

Ironically, coaching is allowed during matches at the French Open but certain rules must be followed. ‘Verbal’ coaching can only be issued from the coaches and their team if they are sitting in the designated player’s box. Instructions must be limited to a few words and can only be given if the player is in the same half of the court as their coach. Although non-verbal coaching is allowed regardless of what side the player is on. Finally, players can’t start a conversation with their coach unless it is during a medical break, a bathroom break or when their opponent is changing clothes.

However, the Tsitsipas brothers have been found in violation of these rules, which is likely due to their animated father in the stands who is also their coach. Apostolos Tsitsipas has been given coaching violations in the past at other events, including the 2022 Australian Open. 

The value of the fines are €4,600 and €9,200 for the Tsitsipas brothers in the doubles, as well as an additional €7,400 just for Stefanos in the singles. In total, the value of their fines is €21,200. However, the penalty is unlikely to have an impact on the duo whose combined earnings for playing in this year’s French Open amount to roughly €495,000. 

So far in the tournament, the highest single fine to be issued this year was against Terence Atmane who hit a ball out of frustration that struck a fan in the stands. Atmane, who later apologised for his actions, managed to avoid getting disqualified from the match. Instead, he was fined €23,000. 

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