October 1st, 2018
Florida’s Mmoh Wins 1st USTA Pro Circuit Tennis Title in Ohio
Bradenton’s Michael Mmoh won his first USTA Pro Circuit title of the year at the Columbus Challenger, held Sept. 16-24, 2018 at the Ohio State Varsity Tennis Center in Ohio. In the final of the $75,000 ATP Challenger event he defeated top-seeded Jordan Thompson of Australia 6-3, 7-6(4).
The No. 3-seeded Mmoh in the second set broke with Thompson serving for the set at 6-5 and closed it out in the tiebreaker for his first USTA Pro Circuit title since Lexington, Ky., 13 months ago.
Mmoh rose to a career-high No. 108 on the ATP rankings. He dropped only one set during the week, in the first round finding himself a set down against fellow Floridian Sekou Bangoura.
Mmoh improved to 7-3 career in USTA Pro Circuit finals, while the 24-year-old Thompson fell to 10-13, suffering a fourth consecutive loss in finals this year.
Unseeded Tommy Paul of the U.S. and Canadian Peter Polansky won the doubles title, defeating unseeded Gonzalo Escobar and Roberto Quiroz of Ecuador 6-3, 6-3 in the final.