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           • Born on July 4.
• Coach: Peter Lucassen
Christopher Eubanks, 22, Atlanta
• Won his first ATP Challenger title in April at the $75,000 hard- court event in Leon, Mexico, after reaching the singles final a week earlier at the $50,000 event in Guadalajara; Broke into the Top 200 shortly thereafter and rose to a career-high No. 183 in June.
• Turned pro in October 2017 after completing his junior year at Georgia Tech, where he was a two-time ACC Player of the Year and two-time ITA singles All-American; Advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2017 NCAA singles championship and went 31-6 in singles in his final season in college.
• Had a breakout summer in 2017, beating Taylor Fritz and Jared Donaldson to reach the quarterfinals of the US Open Series’ BB&T Atlanta Open in his hometown; Made his Grand Slam main-draw debut at the 2017 US Open, after receiving a wild card.
• Childhood neighbor of Donald Young and his family, after the Youngs relocated to Atlanta from Chicago; Grew up playing and training with Donald at his family’s nearby facility.
• Won his first USTA Pro Circuit singles title in June 2017 at the Collegiate Series event in Winston-Salem, N.C. Also reached the final of the $25,000 USTA Pro Circuit Futures in Los Angeles, Calif., in January.
Miomir Kecmanovic, 18, Serbia
• Former world No. 1-ranked junior
• Product of Nick Bollettieri’s IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. • Won three Futures and one Challenger title in 2017
Evan King, 26, Chicago
• Qualified for the 2017 US Open to make his Grand Slam debut,
facing eventual semifinalist Pablo Carreno Busta in the first round.
• This January, advanced to the semifinals of an ATP Challenger in Playford, Australia, and reached three ATP Challenger doubles finals in February; Also qualified for the main draw of the ATP Masters Series event in Indian Wells in 2018.
• Graduated from the University of Michigan in 2013 as a three- time All-American (2011-13) and the Big Ten Athlete of the Year in 2012 and 2013; Owns the program record for most combined career singles and doubles wins (196) and ranks third all-time on Michigan’s singles wins list with 117 victories.
• Holds 25 USTA Pro Circuit and ITF Pro Circuit doubles titles, including seven titles in 2017 and one in 2018, at the $75,000 USTA Pro Circuit Challenger in Sarasota, Fla.
• Holds six USTA Pro Circuit and ITF Pro Circuit singles titles.
• In 2014, served as a practice partner for the U.S. Davis Cup team during its World Group Playoff against Slovakia in Chicago.
Kevin King, 27, Peachtree City, Ga.
• Reached his first Challenger semifinal of 2018 in May, in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; Qualified for the Australian Open and lost to Jo- Wilfried Tsonga in January.
• Served as practice partner for the U.S. Davis Cup Team for April’s Quarterfinal victory over Belgium in Nashville.
• Graduated from Georgia Tech in 2012, finishing his career ranked No. 4 in doubles in the collegiate rankings and with 87 doubles wins.
• Earned All-America honors in 2011 after reaching the semifinals of the NCAA Doubles Championships that year.
• Holds six USTA Pro Circuit and ITF Pro Circuit singles titles, including three titles in 2017, and 11 doubles titles.
Thanasi Kokkinakis, 22, Australia
• Rose to No. 69 in the world in 2016 before having surgery on his right shoulder. Finished 2015 as one of four teenagers in the Top 100.
• Defeated Roger Federer in Miami this year, the lower-ranked player to beat a world No. 1 since 2003.
Gilles Muller, 35, Luxembourg
• Ranked a career-high No. 21 in the world on July 31, 2017; Injury to his left elbow ended his 2017 season following the US Open.
Dennis Novikov, 24, San Jose
• Won his first Challenger singles title in three years in February, at
the Challenger in Morelo, Mexico.
• Turned pro after two seasons at UCLA; Was the Pac-12 Player of the Year as a sophomore in 2013.
• Won the 2012 USTA Boys’ 18s National Championship to earn a wild card entry into the US Open.
• Born in Russia, played junior hockey for six years
Tommy Paul, 21, Orlando, Fla.
• Broke into the Top 150 in January before being sidelined with an elbow injury; Returned to competitive play at the $25,000 USTA Pro Circuit Collegiate Series event in late June, where he reached the singles final.
• Won the 2017 US Open Wild Card Challenge to earn a spot in the 2017 US Open.
• Reached back-to-back ATP quarterfinals in summer 2017 at the US Open Series event in Atlanta—his first career ATP quarterfinal— and later in Washington D.C. Also advanced to the semifinals of the $75,000 USTA Pro Circuit Challenger in Winnetka, Ill., last summer.
• Made Grand Slam main draw debut at the 2015 US Open as a qualifying wild card. Was just the 16th player ever to compete in the US Open main draw after receiving a wild card into qualifying and then winning three matches to secure his spot in the main singles draw.
• Won the 2015 French Open junior singles title, becoming the sixth American ever to win the boys’ championship in Paris; defeated fellow American Taylor Fritz in the first-ever all-U.S. boys’ singles final at Roland Garros, dating back to 1947.
• Reached the final of the junior US Open in 2015, losing to Fritz, and the quarterfinals of junior Wimbledon.
• Peaked at a career-high No. 3 in the ITF World Junior Rankings in fall 2015.
• As a pro, won the $15,000 Futures in Palm Coast, Fla., in February 2017 and the USTA Pro Circuit Collegiate Series event in Winston-Salem, N.C., in June. Holds six USTA Pro Circuit and ITF Circuit singles titles overall.
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