Former Ohio State player JJ Wolf ousted from U.S. Open

Bill Rabinowitz
Daniil Medvedev, right, greets former Ohio State player JJ Wolf at the net after Medvedev's straight-set victory in a third-round match Saturday at the US Open in New York.

Former Ohio State tennis player JJ Wolf’s run at the U.S. Open ended Saturday with a straight-set loss to No. 3 seed Daniil Medvedev.

Wolf’s powerful groundstrokes gave Medvedev some trouble, but the Russian successfully counterpunched for a 6-3, 6-3, 6-2 victory.

Playing in his first major, Wolf became only the third Buckeye ever to reach the third round.

“I didn’t know it was his first major,” Medvedev said in his courtside post-match interview. “It’s a great result. In my first major, I only won one match, and he won two. I’m sure he’s going to be climbing up the rankings.”

Wolf, a 21-year-old from Cincinnati, entered the U.S. Open ranked 138th. Medvedev ranks fifth.

Medvedev, who reached the U.S. Open final last year, broke Wolf’s serve seven times. Wolf had two service breaks.

Wolf was the Big Ten’s player of the year in 2019. He turned pro last June.