USC Men's Tennis Boasts Three Trojans In Australian Open Singles Main Draw
Nearly 12 years removed from winning the 2012 NCAA Championship as teammates at USC, three Trojans — Emilio Gomez, Yannick Hanfmann and Steve Johnson — have earned spots in the singles Main Draw at the Australian Open. Gomez and Hanfmann both worked their way through qualifying to net their place in the main draw, while Johnson is making his ninth appearance in the Aussie Open main draw.
Hanfmann pieced together three tough matches in qualifying to secure his second trip to this Grand Slam's main draw, following up his first such appearance in 2021. Ranked #126 in the world, Hanfmann will take on Australia's Thanasi Kokkinakis in the first round. Hanfmann has competed in all four Grand Slams.
For Gomez, this successful run through qualifying marks his first-ever main draw appearance at the Australian Open and his second Grand Slam. A 2020 participant at the French Open, Gomez enters this 2022 Aussie Open ranked #155 in the world. A three-set win in the third round of qualifying propelled him into the main draw, where he faces #27 Marin Cilic of Croatia in the opening round.
The Grand Slam veteran of the trio, Johnson ranks #84 in the world as he enters his ninth Australian Open, where his best finish has been the third round. Johnson, who is married to former USC volleyball player Kendall Bateman, skipped the 2021 Aussie Open for the birth of their daughter. This year, Johnson is drawn against Australia's #73 Jordan Thompson in the first round.
On the doubles side, another NCAA champion — Robert Farah — is again in the mix alongside hist trusty partner Juan Sebastian Cabal. The Colombian pair have been wildly successful since Farah finished his USC career as a 2008 NCAA Doubles Champion as well as a two-time NCAA team champ while teammates with Johnson. Farah and Cabal are two-time Olympians and two-tie Grand Slam Champions (Wimbledon and US Open). Ranked #10 in the world, Farah and Cabal are making their 10th appearance at the Australian Open.