Tennys Sandgren

Tennys Sandgren II is an American professional tennis player who broke into the Top 100 of the ATP rankings toward the end of 2017 after competing mainly on the ATP Challenger Tour for many years. Born and raised in Gallatin, Tennessee, he played two years of college tennis at the University of Tennessee before launching his professional career.

Early life

Sandgren's parents, South African Lia Lourens and American David Sandgren, met at a tennis club in Johannesburg. They married and moved to Tennessee in 1988 with Sandgren's older brother, Davey.
Sandgren, who was named Tennys after his Swedish great-grandfather, was home-schooled and is coached by his mother. Davey Sandgren is also a tennis player who achieved a career-high ATP ranking of 800 in doubles in 2009.

Junior career

As a junior, Sandgren compiled a singles win/loss record of 70-38, reaching as high as No. 9 in the combined ITF junior world rankings in April 2009.
Junior Slam results:
Australian Open: -

French Open: 3R

Wimbledon: 2R

US Open: 2R

College career

Sandgren was a January midseason addition to the Tennessee Volunteers' 2010 tennis roster, joining older brother, Davey, who was a senior All-American on the team. Coached by Sam Winterbotham and Chris Woodruff, the younger Sandgren immediately strengthened the middle of the Vols' singles lineup, going 10-0 in Southeastern Conference play at the No. 4 position to help the team win the SEC regular-season and tournament titles. The team reached the NCAA team finals that year.
As a sophomore, Sandgren reached the semifinals of the NCAA Singles Championships, losing to teammate, roommate and doubles partner Rhyne Williams in three sets. He finished the season with a 37-6 record and his 10-1 record in conference helped the Vols to an SEC regular-season title. He finished his career with a 60-12 singles record, the third-best career winning percentage in Tennessee history.
He was also a member of the USTA Summer Collegiate Team after his freshman and sophomore seasons.

Professional career

2011–2016: Early years, Futures success and first Challenger title

Sandgren turned professional in 2011, playing mostly at the ITF Futures level through 2012. In 2013, his ATP ranking remained inside the top 300 for nearly the entire year, allowing him to play on the Challenger Tour for much of the season. In his final tournament of the year, Sandgren won his first final at Challenger level in Champaign to crack the Top 200 for the first time.
In 2014, Sandgren missed half of the year after undergoing hip surgery near the beginning of the season. Upon returning to the court, it took him nearly a year to get back to the Top 250 and the Challenger level. Sandgren returned to the Top 200 in November 2016, when he reached his second career Challenger final in Columbus, almost three years after he first achieved these two milestones.

2017: Challenger Tour breakthrough, top 100

In 2017, Sandgren reached five Challenger finals, winning two of them in Tempe and Savannah. He qualified for his first tournament on the ATP World Tour, the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships in Houston. Sandgren's success earned him a wildcard berth into the main draw of the French Open. In his Grand Slam debut, Sandgren lost in the first round to Mikhail Kukushkin. A semifinals appearance in Prostejov helped him to break into the Top 100. He recorded his first two ATP World Tour wins at the Washington Open in early August, including a victory over No. 20 Nick Kyrgios. At the U.S. Open, Sandgren lost in the first round to No. 7 Marin Cilic.

2018: Australian Open quarterfinal, maiden ATP final

Sandgren began the 2018 season with a first-round loss to Gilles Simon in Pune. He followed with a loss to Casper Ruud in the second qualifying round at the Auckland Open. Sandgren received entry into the main draw of the tournament as a lucky loser following the withdrawal of Kyle Edmund. In the first round of the main draw, he lost in three sets to Hyeon Chung, winner of the inaugural Next Generation ATP Finals in Milan, Italy, two months prior. Making his Australian Open main draw debut, Sandgren won his opening match against French player Jeremy Chardy. In the second round, he defeated 2014 champion and ninth seed Stan Wawrinka, marking his first victory against a Top 10 ranked player. Following a victory over Maximilian Marterer in the third round, Sandgren defeated world No. 5 Dominic Thiem in Sandgren’s first five-set match. He lost to Chung in the quarterfinals in straight sets.
As the No. 1 seed, Sandgren was defeated 1-6, 2-6 in the first round of qualification for the Argentina Open by world No. 188 Facundo Bagnis. He lost in the second round of the Rio Open, the first round of the Brasil Open, the second round in Indian Wells and the first round in Miami.
At the beginning of the clay season, Sandgren reached his first final on the ATP World Tour at the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships, but lost to Steve Johnson.
Sandgren lost in the first round of the Monte Carlo Open to Philipp Kohlschreiber in straight sets. He suffered another first-round loss in Barcelona to Malek Jaziri, also in straight sets.
Following a first-round loss against Frances Tiafoe at the Estoril Open, Sandgren suffered his fourth consecutive first round loss, losing in straight sets to Denis Shapovalov at the Madrid Open.
After having reached the quarterfinals at the Geneva Open, Sandgren was knocked out in the first round of the French Open by world No. 177 Hubert Hurkacz. He lost in the first round of the doubles tournament in straight sets.
In the first round of Wimbledon, Sandgren was knocked out by eventual champion Novak Djokovic in straight sets, winning only six games.
In the first round of the U.S. Open, Sandgren beat Viktor Troicki in straight sets before losing to Djokovic in four sets in the second round.

2019: First ATP title

In January, Sandgren won his maiden ATP Tour title at the Auckland Open. He achieved his career high in rankings at 41 on January 14. However, after the title, Sandgren suffered a 9-match tour-level losing streak, which he finally snapped at Wimbledon, where he reached the fourth round before losing to Sam Querrey. He then reached the quarterfinals at Newport and the third round at the U.S. Open. At the end of the season, a fractured toe kept him inactive, and his ranking sank back out of the top 100.

2020: Second Australian Open quarterfinal

Sandgren again made it to the quarterfinals of the Australian Open, where he played Roger Federer. He lost in five tight sets against an injured Federer, after holding seven match points.

World TeamTennis

Sandgren has played two seasons with World TeamTennis starting in 2015 when he debuted in the league with the California Dream and then again in 2018 with the Washington Kastles. It was announced that he will join the Orlando Storm during the 2020 season set to begin July 12.

ATP career finals

Singles: 2 (1 title, 1 runner-up)

Loss0–12018 U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships – Singles|Clay Steve Johnson6–7, 6–2, 4–6
Win1–12019 ASB Classic – Men's Singles|Auckland Open, New Zealand250 SeriesHard Cameron Norrie6–4, 6–2

Doubles: 1 (1 runner-up)

Loss0–12019 Winston-Salem Open – Doubles|Winston-Salem Open, United States250 SeriesHard Nicholas Monroe Łukasz Kubot
Marcelo Melo
7–6, 1–6,

ATP Challengers and ITF Futures finals

Singles: 26 (14–12)

Win1–0USA F20, GodfreyFuturesHard Rudolf Siwy6–2, 7–5
Win2–0USA F21, DecaturFuturesHard Bassam Beidas6–3, 6–1
Win3–0USA F7, CalabasasFuturesHard Daniel Kosakowski6–3, 7–5
Win4–0USA F10, Little RockFuturesHard John Peers6–1, 7–6
Loss4–1USA F12, Orange ParkFuturesClay Gerald Melzer6–7, 3–6
Win5–1USA F13, TampaFuturesClay Bjorn Fratangelo6–1, 6–3
Win6–1Canada F9, MarkhamFuturesHard Peter Polansky6–4, 6–3
Loss6–2Canada F4, SaskatoonFuturesHard Austin Krajicek5–7, 6–7
Win7–22013 JSM Challenger of Champaign–Urbana – Singles|Champaign, USChallengerHard Sam Groth3–6, 6–3, 7–6
Win8–2Canada F1, GatineauFuturesHard Philip Bester6–3, 7–6
Loss8–3Canada F2, SherbrookeFuturesHard Edward Corrie6–3, 1–6, 3–6
Loss8–4USA F16, TampaFuturesClay Thales Turini2–6, 5–7
Loss8–5USA F16A, Winston-SalemFuturesClay Matija Pecotić2–6, 3–6
Win9–5USA F16B, CharlottesvilleFuturesHard Ernesto Escobedo6–4, 6–4
Loss9–6Canada F9, TorontoFuturesClay Frank Dancevic5–7, 3–6
Loss9–7USA F12, MemphisFuturesHard Denis Shapovalov6–7, 6–7
Win10–7USA F17, CharlottesvilleFuturesHard Dennis Nevolo6–3, 6–3
Win11–7USA F24, GodfreyFuturesHard Facundo Mena6–0, 6–4
Win12–7USA F25, EdwardsvilleFuturesHard Marc Polmans7–6, 1–6, 6–3
Loss12–82016 Columbus Challenger 2 – Singles|Columbus, USChallengerHard Stefan Kozlov1–6, 6–2, 2–6
Win13–82017 Tempe Challenger – Singles|Tempe, USChallengerHard Nikola Milojević4–6, 6–0, 6–3
Loss13–92017 Sarasota Open – Singles|Sarasota, USChallengerClay Frances Tiafoe3–6, 4–6
Win14–92017 Savannah Challenger – Singles|Savannah, USChallengerClay João Pedro Sorgi6–4, 6–3
Loss14–102017 Tiburon Challenger – Singles|Tiburon, USChallengerHard Cameron Norrie2–6, 3–6
Loss14–112017 Charlottesville Men's Pro Challenger – Singles|Charlottesville, USChallengerHard Tim Smyczek7–6, 2–6, 2–6
Loss14–122019 Sarasota Open – Singles|Sarasota, USChallengerClay Tommy Paul3–6, 4–6

Doubles: 25 (16–9)

Win1–0USA F17, PittsburghFuturesClay Rhyne Williams Greg Ouellette
Vasek Pospisil
3–6, 6–3,
Win2–0Canada F6, TorontoFuturesHard Rhyne Williams Chase Buchanan
Peter Kobelt
6–1, 6–3
Loss2–1Canada F7, MarkhamFuturesHard Rhyne Williams Milan Pokrajac
Peter Polansky
6–4, 3–6,
Win3–1USA F5, BrownsvilleFuturesHard Rhyne Williams Ruben Gonzales
Chris Kwon
7–6, 6–0
Win4–1USA F6, HarlingenFuturesHard Rhyne Williams Thomas Fabbiano
Wu Di
6–7, 7–5,
Win5–1USA F10, Little RockFuturesHard Greg Ouellette Marvin Barker
Edward Corrie
4–6, 7–6,
Loss5–22012 Fifth Third Bank Tennis Championships – Men's Doubles|Lexington, USChallengerHard Rhyne Williams Austin Krajicek
John Peers
1–6, 6–7
Loss5–3Canada F8, TorontoFuturesHard Chase Buchanan Márton Fucsovics
Ante Pavić
2–6, 4–6
Win6–3Canada F9, MarkhamFuturesHard Chase Buchanan Carsten Ball
Peter Polansky
6–2, 4–6,
Win7–32012 Natomas Men's Professional Tennis Tournament – Doubles|Sacramento, USChallengerHard Rhyne Williams Devin Britton
Austin Krajicek
4–6, 6–4,
Loss7–42013 Maui Challenger – Doubles|Maui, USChallengerHard Rhyne Williams Lee Hsin-han
Peng Hsien-yin
7–6, 2–6,
Loss7–52013 Challenger of Dallas – Doubles|Dallas, USChallengerHard Rhyne Williams Alex Kuznetsov
Mischa Zverev
4–6, 7–6,
Win8–52013 Tallahassee Tennis Challenger – Doubles|Tallahassee, USChallengerClay Austin Krajicek Greg Jones
Peter Polansky
1–6, 6–2,
Win9–5Canada F4, SaskatoonFuturesHard Austin Krajicek Roman Borvanov
Milan Pokrajac
6–4, 3–6,
Win10–52013 Türk Telecom İzmir Cup – Doubles|İzmir, TurkeyChallengerHard Austin Krajicek Brydan Klein
Dane Propoggia
7–6, 6–4
Loss10–62013 JSM Challenger of Champaign–Urbana – Doubles|Champaign, USChallengerHard Austin Krajicek Edward Corrie
Daniel Smethurst
6–7, 6–0,
Win11–62014 BNP Paribas de Nouvelle-Calédonie – Doubles|Nouméa, New CaledoniaChallengerHard Austin Krajicek Ante Pavić
Blaž Rola
7–6, 6–3
Win12–62015 BNP Paribas de Nouvelle-Calédonie – Doubles|Nouméa, New Caledonia ChallengerHard Austin Krajicek Jarmere Jenkins
Bradley Klahn
7–6, 6–7,
Loss12–7USA F16A, Winston-SalemFuturesHard Rhyne Williams Julio Peralta
Matt Seeberger
6–3, 3–6,
Win13–7Canada F9, TorontoFuturesClay Chase Buchanan Sami Reinwein
Justin S. Shane
6–1, 6–3
Win14–72015 Charlottesville Men's Pro Challenger – Doubles|Charlottesville, USChallengerHard Chase Buchanan Peter Polansky
Adil Shamasdin
3–6, 6–4,
Win15–7USA F13, Little RockFuturesHard Ryan Lipman Nick Chappell
Dane Webb
6–3, 6–2
Win16–72016 JSM Challenger of Champaign–Urbana – Doubles|Champaign, USChallengerHard Austin Krajicek Luke Bambridge
Liam Broady
7–6, 7–6
Loss16–82017 Tennis Championships of Maui – Doubles|Maui, USChallengerHard Bradley Klahn Austin Krajicek
Jackson Withrow
4–6, 3–6
Loss16–92018 Knoxville Challenger – Doubles|Knoxville, USChallengerHard Hunter ReeseToshihide Matsui
Frederik Nielsen
6–7, 5–7

Performance timelines


Current through the 2020 New York Open.


Record against top 10 players

Sandgren's match record against players who have been ranked in the top 10. Only ATP Tour main-draw matches are considered.

Twitter controversy

Sandgren's activity on Twitter came under scrutiny during the 2018 Australian Open when it was noted that he was a follower of a number of right wing individuals and organizations, including co-founder and former leader of the English Defence League, Tommy Robinson, and activist Nicholas Fuentes.
When questioned on his social media activity, Sandgren said he found some of the alt-right content interesting, but that to fully support alt-right beliefs would be incompatible with his Christian faith. He later clarified: "Definitely not all 'alt-right' content is interesting, just some individuals' specific content".
Within 48 hours of the controversy emerging, Sandgren had deleted several years of tweets, claiming he wanted to create a "version of a cleaner start".