Featured Matches

Featured Matches – November 7, 2018

Tennys Sandgren
Age: 27
Residence: Gallatin, Tenn.
Current Singles Ranking: 61
Career High Ranking: 47 (4/16/18)

Tennys Sandgren has put together a breakout year on the ATP World Tour, starting with his quarterfinal appearance at the Australian Open in January. He reached his first ATP final at the U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championships in Houston and advanced to the quarterfinals at Geneva and Stockholm. He is just the fifth Vol to crack the top 50 of the ATP singles rankings. He was an All-American for the Tennessee Volunteers in 2011 and never lost a collegiate match in Knoxville.

Henri Laaksonen
Age: 26
Residence: Glattpark, Switzerland
Current Singles Ranking: 163
Career High Ranking: 93 (8/7/2017)

Henri Laaksonen enjoyed a strong July this year, playing through qualifying to reach the semifinals of the ATP World Tour event in Bastad, Sweden, and backing that up two weeks later with a finals appearance at the ATP Challenger in Chengdu, China. He has been a member of Switzerland’s Davis Cup team since 2009 and has gone 2-1 for the Swiss this year. This is his fourth appearance at the Knoxville Challenger.

John-Patrick Smith
Age: 29
Residence: Townsville, Australia
Current Doubles Ranking: 84
Career High Ranking: 52 (9/11/17)

The former Tennessee Volunteer won his first ATP World Tour doubles title this year in Atlanta. He won the Knoxville Challenger doubles title here in 2013. He played at Ten-nessee from 2008-11 where he became the second player in college tennis history to be an eight-time All-American. He held the No. 1 college ranking in singles and dou-bles and led the Vols to three SEC titles.

Matt Reid
Age: 28
Residence: Sydney, Australia
Current Doubles Ranking: 124
Career High Ranking: 60 (9/11/17)

Matt Reid has won 17 ATP Challenger Tour doubles titles since 2013, eight of them coming with John-Patrick Smith. He has won two Challenger titles this year (Aptos, California, and Cassis, France). This is his first appearance at the Knoxville Challeng-er.

Ruben Gonzales
Age: 33
Residence: Terre Haute, Indiana
Current Doubles Ranking: 143
Career High Ranking: 131 (9/10/18)

Ruben Gonzales has won three ATP Challenger Tour titles this year, including one this year at Scheveningen, Netherlands. He and Lammons have been playing together since June. He played college tennis at Illinois and has been a member of the Philip-pines Davis Cup team.

Nathaniel Lammons
Age: 25
Residence: Dallas, Texas
Current Doubles Ranking: 130
Career High Ranking: 120 (9/10/18)

Nathaniel Lammons won his first ATP Challenger Tour title earlier this year at Scheveningen, Netherlands, with Ruben Gonzales. The two also reached the finals of the Sopot Challenger in Poland. He reached the second round of the U.S. Open in doubles this year and played college tennis at SMU.