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08-31-2012 03:04 AM
Grit and Bear It: Notes From the Pro Tennis Hustle

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) more
08-26-2012 09:43 AM
Re: Michael McClune

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

08-20-2012 08:03 PM
Re: Michael McClune

Great win, didn't even know he has a thread .
08-20-2012 07:30 PM
Re: Michael McClune

Bumping this thread because McClune just beat Falla in Winston Salem.
11-18-2009 04:16 AM
Re: Michael McClune

Hope he gets serious. he has done nothing so far
11-17-2009 11:55 PM
Re: Michael McClune

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 Good work
10-17-2009 10:50 PM
Re: Michael McClune

This guy is most waste talent so far
10-15-2009 05:21 PM
Junkyard Racket
Re: Michael McClune

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.
06-02-2008 02:49 AM
Re: Michael McClune

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
06-01-2008 06:38 PM
Re: Michael McClune

Originally Posted by Fee View Post
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.
06-01-2008 05:42 PM
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Aren't you East Coast based? Was this just a visit?
06-01-2008 01:31 PM
Re: Michael McClune

Originally Posted by Deboogle!. View Post
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. It was so frustrating not having the internet for days.

Nice little tournament. And love the grounds at the Home Depot Center.
06-01-2008 02:30 AM
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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 01:58 AM
Re: Michael McClune

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

R1 Michael McClune USA vs. Victor Estrella DOM

if he wins, he will play Isner probably
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