Q&A #16 with MacKenzie McDonald - Rising star and former NCAA Singles and Doubles Champ

MacKenzie McDonald 

What a pleasure it is to have Mackenzie McDonald on this weeks Q&A. Mackenzie is an NCAA division 1 singles and doubles champion. He left UCLA before his senior year to go pro and this has turned into a great decision. He is currently ranked 145 but with his current form, he will be top 100 within a few months. Mackenzie had a great run in the Australian open with a super tight 5 set loss to Grigor Dimitrov. He has the game to compete with the very best and expect him to become a household name very soon. Here we go....


What age did you start playing tennis at?
3

Mackenzie McDonald as a kid

Did any of your parents play tennis?
No

What was your highest ITF world ranking (under 18)?
12

What tennis academy did you train at as a junior?
Claremont Hotel and Spa in Berkeley, California.

Did you go to University?
Yes, UCLA

 

What age did you decide to go pro?
21

What was your highest ATP ranking?
145 Singles  [This will rise every week this year!]
210 Doubles

If you weren't a pro what do you think you would be doing?
Starving in college [😂]

Are you a Km/h or Mp/h person?
Mp/h

Whats your biggest weapon on-court?
Forehand

Whats your fastest ever serve?
125 Mp/h

Do you like flying?
Yes

Your flying class?
Economy, I like peanuts!

What clothing company are you sponsored by?
Fila

Mackenzie McDonald Fila Wilson

What rackets do you use?
Wilson blade

Is the racket personalized for you? 
Yes

What strings do you use?
Luxilon

What tension are your strings?
47 lb

How many rackets do you carry in your bag for a match?
5

What grips do you use? 
Wilson

Are you a sweatband person?
Yes

Did you ever use a tournament towel as a gift!?
Yeah, for my mom

Do you have pre-match music you like to play to get you in the zone?
Blink 182

Whats the one match that you played that you remember the best? 
Losing match against Roberto Quiroz my freshman year at USC

Which city has the best on court fans for atmosphere?
Aussie fans for Aussie players

Who was your childhood tennis hero?
Roger Federer

Do you prefer Running/Biking/Love Both or Hate Both?
Running

What is your favorite tennis fitness drill or exercise?
Assault bike

What do you do to relax while at tournaments?
Netflix & Chill

What is your all-time favorite book?
Goodnight moon

Whats your all-time favorite movie? 
Step Brothers

Finally, what is your favorite quote?
"Success is peace of mind, which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to do your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming."

Huge thanks to Mackenzie. We wish him a healthy and prosperous new year and look forward to him smashing into the top 100 very soon.

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Mackenzie and Grigor Dimitrov

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