The former University of California tennis player was selected for Team Japan on Tuesday, just one day before he was set to make his Wimbledon debut.
After teaming up with South African player Raven Klaasen in doubles in London, the former Cal star has decided to team up with Japanese star Kei Nishikori for the Olympic doubles competition.
Cal’s men’s tennis director, Peter Wright, is “extremely happy and proud of Ben” for making it to the Olympics in Tokyo. “He has been a fantastic ambassador for our team on the professional circuit, and he has played some of his finest tennis at the Grand Slam tournaments.
One of his goals while on the Cal tennis team was to one day represent his alma mater, the United States, in the Olympic Games.”
B. McLachlan Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
In his first Olympics, B. McLachlan will be competing in men’s tennis on July 24 and men’s doubles on July 30 at Ariake Tennis Park in Tokyo. Former Cal assistant coach Lan Bale and Riki McLachlan, his brother and a Cal alum himself in men’s tennis, coach him.
Japanese tennis players competing in Rio include men’s player Yoshihito Nishioka and women’s players Naomi Osaka, Misaki Doi, Ena Shibahara (who plays mixed doubles with McLachlan on occasion), and Shuko Aoyama.
B. McLachlan, who is rated 47th in the world as a doubles player, reached a career-high ranking of 18th in 2019. McLachlan and Klaasen, who are the 14th seeds at Wimbledon, are ranked 20th in the world by the ATP.
B. McLachlan has played in the Australian Open and the French Open, two of the four Grand Slam tournaments, in 2021.
Once known as Bear, he and German partner Jan-Lennard Struff advanced to the semifinals of the 2018 Australian Open. This was their greatest Grand Slam finish. Like Struff, B. McLachlan best Wimbledon showing was in 2018, when both men made it to the quarterfinals.
B. McLachlan, Riki, and Craig were all born in New Zealand, the country for which he previously played. Since 2017, when Ben’s mother, Yuriko, moved the family to Japan to take advantage of better prospects there, he has competed internationally for Japan.
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