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Michael McClune

09-24-2007, 01:52 AM
Michael McClune, who won the National Championship last month, won his first Futures event today, beating compatriot Tim Smyczek 6-4, 6-2. He dropped only one set in the tournament. In the process, he defeated U.S. Junior Open champion Ricardas Berkankis 6-4, 6-2.

This is his second consecutive good week. Last week he lost in the semis to Carsten Ball, who he beat 6-2, 6-1 this time around.

McClune just turned 18 last month.

Here's a picture of him:


09-24-2007, 03:14 AM
That is an impressive win for McClune. Thanks for posting the info here SHB. :)

Johnny Groove
09-24-2007, 03:25 AM
Yeah, i heard of this kid as well. I threw him in my sigge today and hes playing a futures this week too.

09-24-2007, 04:39 AM
:yeah: always good to see a new young american having some good results. Thanks SHB!

09-26-2007, 02:16 AM
I watched him play Chela in NY and he easily could have taken a set.

He has a beautiful game. :yeah:

09-26-2007, 02:19 AM
how does he play, Joel?

09-27-2007, 01:27 AM
Very classic, all-court game. Beautiful one-handed backhand. Isn't afraid to come to the net.

09-27-2007, 01:53 AM
ah cool thanks :) Looking forward to being able to see him play!

10-10-2007, 04:56 AM
McClune will face Donald Young in the second round of the Sacramento Challenger after beating Christopher Lam 6-1, 6-1. This will be a good measuring stick for him. Young beat McClune 7-6(3), 6-1 in the QF of the 2006 National Championship. The winner will probably face Querrey in the QF. McClune has never been beyond the second round of a Challenger, of which he's played four (excluding this one).

Since winning his first pro title a few weeks back, he's lost in the QF and SF of two Futures events, both times to compatriot Nikita Kryvonos.

10-10-2007, 05:09 AM
I enjoyed watching him play today. He has a smooth, classic looking service motion that made me think of Pete Sampras (but it's not really similar).

10-12-2007, 05:52 AM
6-2, 6-4 to Young. It doesn't look like McClune has closed the gap since they last met.

10-13-2007, 10:41 PM
Michael McClune

Would see him at Top 150 next year.

10-21-2007, 03:58 AM
I found this article that briefly discusses the Young-McClune match from last week. It sounds like the two are pretty supportive of each other. I like to see that.


Querrey, Young and McClune are considered potential top-10 players. McClune said Young "can go all the way (to No. 1). He has the talent, skill and game."

Young is only one month older than McClune but has far more experience. Young turned pro at 14 -- perhaps unprecedented for a male player -- and McClune did so in April.

Thursday, in the first meeting between the two players as pros and second overall (Young is 2-0), the 6-foot-2 McClune displayed more power, but the 5-9 Young was steadier.

"He's a big guy with a big serve and forehand," Young said. "I hope he's the guy with me winning matches (in the future)."

10-21-2007, 10:19 PM
McClune won his second pro title today by defeating Carsten Ball 6-7(0), 6-4, 6-3 in USA F26 Futures. So that's two wins in his last four Futures with QF and SF appearances sandwiched between the two wins.

He's playing another Futures event this week.

10-21-2007, 11:11 PM
EXCELLENT!!!!!!!!!!! :banana:

10-22-2007, 04:59 AM

10-22-2007, 05:57 PM
Mike has now proved himself on the futures level, I'd like to see him try to qualify/play the upcoming US/Canadian challengers.

11-07-2007, 02:35 AM
McClune beat Fleishman 3-6, 7-6(5), 6-3 in the first round of the Nashville Challenger. Big win for him.

11-07-2007, 03:45 AM
This is a big win for him. I feel bad for Zack, but I am so pleased for Michael.

11-09-2007, 07:56 PM
Nice start for Michael. He got to make big run next year

11-10-2007, 10:27 PM
I saw Mcclune play today in the Champaing qualifying round... good stroke.. nice backhand.. what do you guys think about him?

11-10-2007, 11:03 PM
I think he has one of the nicest service motions I've ever seen. I told him so in Sacramento. I fangirl for his serve. ;)

02-09-2008, 12:15 PM
he will play qualifying for Delray Beach this weekend

his 1st round opponent is 16-year-old fellow American wildcard Chase Buchanan

02-09-2008, 04:06 PM
he won it, but it was a lot tougher than expected

Buchanan was leading with the break in the third set, but couldn't handle the pressure in his final service games when McClune turned a 2-4 into a 6-4

02-09-2008, 06:42 PM
Keep it up Mike!

02-09-2008, 06:53 PM
Good win though :yeah:

Johnny Groove
02-09-2008, 07:38 PM
wild match :eek:

My friend was there, he was texting me the whole time :eek:

Hope he qualifies, i want to see him :D

02-10-2008, 05:38 PM
he lost to Mirnyi 1-6 6-7

this time it was Mike who couldn't close the set when he was serving for it at 5-3:o

better luck in Indian Wells or wherever he will play next

02-10-2008, 06:52 PM
San Jose probably. :)

03-01-2008, 12:52 PM
he lost his 1st qualifying match in Dubai to Sirianni:rolleyes:

but being Roger's hitting partner should help him hopefully

03-09-2008, 10:10 PM
Wheres the play next?

03-09-2008, 11:49 PM
He got a wild card for the Indian Wells qualifying. He's already down in Palm Springs practicing.

03-27-2008, 10:23 PM
He was named as a practice partner for the upcoming DC Tie... should be a good experience for him :)

04-20-2008, 10:48 PM
McClune lost to Michael Yani 7-6, 6-0 in the second round of qualifying in the Baton Rouge Challenger. A pretty disappointing loss. I'm surprised by how poor his results have been this year.

04-20-2008, 11:06 PM
Seems his trip to Dubai with Federer hasn't turned into the results they might've hoped for. He's just gotta stick with it though :)

04-25-2008, 08:55 PM
I think he has one of the nicest service motions I've ever seen. I told him so in Sacramento. I fangirl for his serve. ;)
I love a good service motion. :drool: Thank goodness for YouTube, somebody uploaded some videos of Michael at USO last year and I really like what I see. I hope I'll get to see some more of him soon. :)

05-04-2008, 09:24 AM
Challenger Tunica Resorts

R1 Michael McClune USA vs. Victor Estrella DOM

if he wins, he will play Isner probably

06-01-2008, 01:58 AM
I saw McClune play at teh Carson challenger...and was very impressed. I like his movement...he's quick. And a good fh, but he has to develop a couple weapons to hurt his opponents a bit more.

He's just got to keep on working, because he seems to have what it takes to move up. Whether he's a top 50 player remains to be seen, but I think he can be much higher than he is now.

And he seems like a good kid... :)

06-01-2008, 02:30 AM
Lynn, when were you there and why didn't I know this, we could've said hello - I was there on Monday :(

06-01-2008, 01:31 PM
Lynn, when were you there and why didn't I know this, we could've said hello - I was there on Monday :(

I was there on Wednesday, and because of change of plans, for about 3 hours on Thursday.

I thought of you when I looked into going, but my niece doesn't have internet access so there was no way to pm you to see if you were going. I had to call my brother and have him look up the directions for me.

I need to buy a phone that has the internet. :lol: It was so frustrating not having the internet for days.

Nice little tournament. And love the grounds at the Home Depot Center. :yeah:

06-01-2008, 05:42 PM
Aren't you East Coast based? Was this just a visit?

06-01-2008, 06:38 PM
Aren't you East Coast based? Was this just a visit?

Yup, I live in Connecticut. I visted my nephew in SF for a couple of days and then my niece in the LA area. But I was also checking it out because there is a possibility of moving there in a couple of years. I've been to LA a number of times and always liked it, but wanted to doublecheck. The only problem is that I don't know if I can afford to live there. Everything is so expensive.

06-02-2008, 02:49 AM
Well if you have any questions about living in LA I'm more than happy to try to help :) too bad we missed each other though :(

Junkyard Racket
10-15-2009, 05:21 PM
McClune is up to #326 in the rankings this week. He's starting to win consistently at the Futures level. Hopefully, he can get into a few Challengers before the year is out.

10-17-2009, 10:50 PM
This guy is most waste talent so far

11-17-2009, 11:55 PM
Michael gets revenge on Alex Kuznetsov this week after last week's loss to him in Knoxville. Michael wins in straights against Kuznetsov and is into the second round:D Good work

11-18-2009, 04:16 AM
Hope he gets serious. he has done nothing so far

08-20-2012, 07:30 PM
Bumping this thread because McClune just beat Falla in Winston Salem.

08-20-2012, 08:03 PM
Great win, didn't even know he has a thread :lol:.

08-26-2012, 09:43 AM
I caught up with Michael @ Winston Salem...nice & sunny for his qualy match though most of the weekend was wet...have 2 say I was pretty impressed


08-31-2012, 03:04 AM

The view of the US Open from on the grind, where Michael McClune remains—for now.

The 2012 US Open is now underway, but 22-year-old professional tennis player Michael McClune won’t be competing. Instead, he’ll be at home watching on television with the rest of us.

This wasn’t always the case. At the age of 18, McClune was the top ranked Junior and by virtue of winning the USTA Boys’ National 18s Tennis Championships in Kalamazoo, he was granted a wild-card into the 2007 US Open. Though he lost in the first round to Juan Ignacio Chela (who was then the No. 22 seed) 2-6, 1-6, 6-7(0), the future still looked bright for the hard-hitting young American. With lucrative contract offers from Wilson, Nike, and IMG, McClune declined a scholarship offer from UCLA and decided to turn pro.

A long five years later, McClune qualified for his first ATP event. Last week at the Winston-Salem Open, a 250-level ATP tournament held in North Carolina, McClune defeated Jeff Dadamo, Guillaume Rufin, and Jack Sock to earn his place in the main draw. McClune could be forgiven for seeing some of himself in Sock, a highly touted 19-year-old who, like McClune, was a No. 1 Junior and Kalamazoo Tennis Championships winner (in 2011). McClune called the win over Sock the biggest win of his career, but he wasn’t done there.

In the first round of the Winston-Salem Open, behind an unbreakable serve and an impressively powerful backhand, he beat No. 52 Alejandro Falla for the first ATP win—and the first top-100 win—of his career. In the second round, facing No. 36 Jurgen Melzer (who was a top-10 player only last year), McClune came back from a nerve-ridden first set to nearly clinch the upset, earning four match points before finally losing 2-6, 6-2, 6-7 (12).......read more (http://theclassical.org/articles/grit-and-bear-it-notes-from-the-pro-tennis-hustle)