Thursday Morning Man: Michael Mmoh!
In 2008, the top two tennis players in the world were Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Flash-forward to 10 years later and the top two players in the world are Federer and Nadal.
But someday, somehow, there will be a changing of the guard and a young player like Michael Mmoh will step up and take the mantle.
The 20 year old American tennis player is the reigning USTA junior national champion. He has won 2 ATP Challenger titles and 4 ITF Futures tournaments, including his first at the age of 16.
Born in Saudi Arabia, Mmoh has both Irish and Nigerian ancestry. Michael’s father Tony Mmoh was also a professional tennis player who represented Nigeria and reached a career-high ranking of 105. His mother was born in Ireland and is also an Australian citizen. Mmoh’s parents named him after basketball superstar Michael Jordan.
To start off the 2018 season, Mmoh recorded his first career ATP-level match wins by defeating Federico Delbonis in the first round of the Brisbane International and world No. 33 Mischa Zverev to make the quarterfinals.