- Johnny Esfeller
IMG Academy's Michael Mmoh wins U18 Canadian World Ranking Grade 2 in Montreal
The IMG Academy Bollettieri Tennis program's Michael Mmoh (pictured right with his latest trophy) took the main draw boys singles title in Montreal, Canada in U18 Canadian World Ranking Event, held at the Uniprix Stadium, Sept. 9-13. The 15-year old entered the event as the No. 2 seed, currently ranked No. 82 ITF. Though Mmoh's path to the title was not an easy one.
In the first round, Mmoh faced Canada's Jack Van Slyke and dropped the first set 3-6. Mmoh rallied and took the next two sets decisively, 6-3, 6-3.
In the second round, Korea's Yunseong Chung attempted to derail Mmoh's run at the title, but Mmoh overcame the challenge and advanced, 1-6, 6-2, 6-4.
In the quarters, Mmoh faced his contryman, Carter Lin. It took three tiebreaks, but Mmoh dispatched Lin, 7-5, 7-6(2).
Mmoh got off to a slow start in the semifinal against Alex Rybakov (USA), but pulled through to advance, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.
However, Mmoh made his biggest statement of the event in the final, facing off against the No. 26 ranked player in the world and the event's top-seed, Seong Chan Hong. Mmoh's fortitude never faltered, and he knocked off Hong on a 7-5 tiebreak in the third and deciding set.
Mmoh entered the event ranked No. 82 ITF, just two spots shy of his career high of No. 80 (Jan. 1, 2013). Mmoh's last singles title came in December 2012 when he took top honors at the Junior Orange Bowl Boys 14s tournament.