10 Things To Know About Mackenzie McDonald
2. McDonald attended Piedmont High School in California, the same high school of former World No. 4 Brad Gilbert.
3. McDonald became the first unranked player to qualify for an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event in 2013 when he did so at the Western & Southern Open.
4. At the San Francisco Challenger in February, when playing Wimbledon seemed like just a dream, he said: ‘I want to win Challenger titles and transition to play more ATP 250s.’ McDonald is a two-time ATP Challenger Tour champion, triumphing in Fairfield, California last year and in Seoul, South Korea this season.
5. Thanks to his run to the Round of 16, McDonald is set to crack the Top 100 of the ATP Rankings for the first time. He is projected to climb into the Top 80 regardless of his result against 2016 finalist Milos Raonic or Austrian Dennis Novak, and can move into the Top 60 if he reaches the quarter-finals. McDonald is currently World No. 103, and his highest standing is No. 101.
6. In his junior year at UCLA, in 2016, McDonald was named the ITA National Men's College Player of the Year, going on to win the NCAA Singles Championship to earn a wild card into his first Grand Slam main draw at that year's US Open, where he lost in five sets against Jan Satral. He is one of three college players who will compete in the Wimbledon fourth round, joining Kevin Anderson and John Isner.
7. The American idolised former NBA star Kobe Bryant, iconic UCLA basketball coach John Wooden and Roger Federer.
8. In his first match against a Top 10 opponent, McDonald pushed 2017 Nitto ATP Finals champion Grigor Dimitrov before the Bulgarian won 8-6 in the fifth set of their second-round encounter at this year's Australian Open. Read Match Report & Watch Highlights
9. McDonald was coached by former World No. 6 Wayne Ferreira from 13 to 18 years old.
10. McDonald's career prize money for singles and doubles combined entering the tournament was $416,728. He is guaranteed at least £163,000 for his efforts thus far, which converts to more than $216,500.