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2013 Men's Player Profiles

The invited men players for the 2013 Australian Open Wild Card Playoff are listed below. These are the players who have been selected so far — please check back for the final list of participants.

Chase Buchanan

Age: 22 (6/4/1991)
Career High Ranking: 271 (October 2013)
Hometown: New Albany, Oh.
 
Buchanan won the 2012 NCAA doubles title while at Ohio State, capping a collegiate career in which he was an all-American in both singles and doubles. Since 2012, Buchanan has won five pro circuit Futures titles – all of which have come on clay. During a junior career that saw him ranked as high as No. 6 in the world, Buchanan won the 2009 USTA Boys' 18s national title, earning him a wild card into the US Open main draw, where he played France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the first round.

 

Bjorn Fratangelo

Age: 20 (7/19/1993)
Career High Ranking: 292 (October 2013)
Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pa.
 
In 2011, Fratangelo became the first American since John McEnroe in 1977 to win the boys’ singles title at the French Open – his first tournament on red clay. He broke through on the Pro Circuit in 2013, winning three Futures singles titles by mid-June. He was named after tennis legend Bjorn Borg, and has been a practice partner for the U.S. Davis Cup team.

 

Jarmere Jenkins

Age: 23 (11/25/1990)
Career High Ranking: 331 (November 2013)
Hometown: College Park, Ga.
 
Jenkins nearly won the NCAA “triple crown” this spring as a senior at Virginia, winning the NCAA team title and doubles championship and reaching the singles final. He turned pro this summer and quickly won his first singles title on the USTA Pro Circuit, at a Futures event in Rochester, N.Y. Jenkins is one of nine siblings and also one of several college tennis-playing brothers from his suburban Atlanta family, whose story was featured by Oprah Winfrey.

 

Steve Johnson

Age: 23 (12/24/1989)
Career High Ranking: 97 (July 2013)
Hometown: Orange, Calif.
 
At Southern California, Johnson was a two-time NCAA singles champion (2011-12), a four-time NCAA team champion and won 72 straight matches. He reached the third round of the 2012 US Open and has played in every Grand Slam main draw since, qualifying for the French Open and earning a wild card into Wimbledon after winning a Challenger in Nottingham, Great Britain, two weeks prior. Johnson, who began playing tennis with beach balls and balloons around his home, broke into the Top 100 in June, and shortly after qualifying and reached the round of 16 at the Winston-Salem Open Emirates Airline US Open Series event.

 

Austin Krajicek

Age: 23 (6/16/1990)
Career High Ranking: 210 (July 2013)
Hometown: Tampa, Fl.
 
In the last two years, Krajicek won six singles titles at Futures events on the pro circuit, collecting four in 2013. Krajicek, a five-time All-American for Texas A&M who won the 2011 NCAA men's doubles title, has also collected 16 doubles titles on the Pro Circuit since 2008, the same year he won the 2008 USTA Boys' 18s National Championship, earning a wild card into the 2008 US Open main draw. Krajicek has also been a practice partner on three occasions for the U.S. Davis Cup team, most recently for the team's semifinal tie in Gijon, Spain. He is a distant relative of former Wimbledon champion Richard Krajicek.

 

Denis Kudla

Age: 21 (7/17/1992)
Career High Ranking: 90 (July 2013)
Hometown: Knoxville, Tenn.
 
Kudla is a former US Open junior finalist known for his strong backhand and on-the-court resiliency. In 2013, he reached the second round of both Wimbledon and the US Open, where he lost two tiebreak sets to No. 5 Tomas Berdych. Kudla qualified for both Wimbledon and the French Open this past year and qualified for four of his eight ATP World Tour main draw appearances. Kudla debuted in the Top 100 in July and spent 11 weeks there overall. In the past two years, he’s won three USTA Pro Circuit Challenger titles, including one in 2013, in Tallahassee, Fla. Kudla was born in Kiev, Ukraine, and moved with his family to Virginia at 1 year old.

 

Tennys Sandgren

Age: 22 (7/22/1991)
Career High Ranking: 184 (November 2013)
Hometown: Gallatin, Tenn.
 
Sandgren achieved his career-high ranking at the end of the 2013 season, when he strung together strong results in back-to-back $50,000 USTA Pro Circuit Challengers, reaching the semifinals in Knoxville, Tenn., and winning the singles title in Champaign, Ill. Sandgren, whose name sounds like the sport, is a former Top 10 junior who went on to star at Tennessee for two years before turning pro in 2011. Since then, he has won six pro circuit Futures titles, four in 2012.

 

Rhyne Williams

Age: 22 (3/22/1991)
Career High Ranking: 114 (August 2013)
Hometown: Knoxville, Tenn.
 
Williams is a former NCAA singles finalist at Tennessee (2011) who played in the 2013 US Open, French Open and Australian Open. He won the Australian Open Wild Card Playoffs in 2012 to gain that wild card entry in Melbourne, and nearly defeated No. 28 Florian Mayer in a fourth-set tiebreak. A few months later, Williams reached his first ATP semifinal, in Houston. His mother and uncle are former professional tennis players, while his grandfather, Michael DePalmer, Sr., was Tennessee's long-time tennis coach who helped found the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy.