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   Rick Kepler, Taylor Fritz & Amelia Escalante
Playing as a junior in Northern California, Mackie grew up playing in many tournaments in Aptos, so it was quite a familiar setting for him when he earned a wildcard for the Seascape Challenger in 2014. “I always enjoyed going to Aptos and being from the Bay Area it was nice to be close to home and my family and friends.” After turning pro he played again in the Challenger in 2016 and 2017. One of his most impressive matches in Aptos was last year when he prevailed to win a close three-setter against John Millman, who had won the Seascape tournament in 2015. Mackie got the win 6-7, 6-4, 6-0. “That was a big match for me because John had been having a great year,” he recalled. “I was a little nervous going in since it was my first time playing him, but I competed hard.”
Mackie recently had a career-boosting debut in his first Wimbledon tournament, making it all the way to the round of 16 before losing in a four-setter to Seascape alum, Milos Raonic — No. 32 in ATP world rankings. In fact, Mackie is the first man to advance to the fourth round in a debut at the All England Club since Nick Kyrgios made the quarterfinals in 2014. That success, on top of also recently winning the Seoul, Korea Open
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