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McLachlan, Goransson Bound For Wimbledon Quarters

Jul 6, 2021
Former Cal teammates Andre Goransson (left) and Ben McLachlan (right) are playing with other partners in the Wimbledon doubles quarterfinals on Wednesday.

LONDON – California men's tennis alumni and former Golden Bear doubles partners Ben McLachlan and Andre Goransson are set to play in the Wimbledon doubles quarterfinals – pairing with other players – on Wednesday at the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club.
 
Back in the 2013-14 season, McLachlan, a senior, and Goransson, a freshman, had a final ITA doubles ranking of 71st after posting a 10-7 record for Cal. In the 2014 NCAA tournament's second round, the two Bears defeated the 70th-ranked Harrison Adams and Shane Vinsant, 8-6, to clinch doubles in Cal's eventual 4-3 upset of eighth-seeded/10th-ranked Texas A&M.
 
Now playing professionally, McLachlan, representing Japan, and South African Raven Klaasen – the 14th seeds – play Simone Bolelli of Italy and Maximo Gonzalez of Mexico in the Wimbledon quarterfinals. The winners of that match advance to the semifinals to play the winner of the clash between Sweden's Goransson and Norway's Casper Ruud and the fourth-seeded team of Spain's Marcel Granollers and Argentina's Horacio Gonzalez. Both quarters are set to start at 11 a.m. BST on Wednesday.
 
In Wednesday's other quarterfinal, the sixth-seeded duo of former Australian Open champions Rajeev Ram (USA) – Cal's volunteer assistant coach in 2020-21 – and Joe Salisbury (UK) face the third-seeded, Colombian pair of Robert Farah and Juan Sebastian Cabal. The winners of that contest advance to the semis to face the top-seeded Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic of Croatia.