Hayden Jones is proving he’s a star on the rise at this year’s US Open.
The 17-year-old from the Gold Coast has become the first Australian in nine years to advance to a boys’ doubles semifinals at Flushing Meadows.
Jones and American partner Alexander Razeghi secured their semifinal spot with a hard-fought 6-7(1) 6-3 [11-9] victory against American duo Maxwell Exsted and Cooper Woestendick.
They tallied 27 winners across the 79-minute quarterfinal encounter.
This propels Jones, who trains at Tennis Australia’s National Tennis Academy, into his first Grand Slam semifinal.
Jones, currently No.69 in the ITF World Tour junior rankings, is only the seventh Aussie to reach a boys’ doubles semifinal in New York in the past 20 years.
|US Open boys’ doubles
Australian semifinalists in past 20 years
Jones and Razeghi’s semifinal opponents are yet to be decided. They will face either the No.2 seeds, Brazilian Joao Fonseca and Bulgaria’s Iliyan Radulov, or the unseeded combination of Swede Max Dahlin and Estonia’s Oliver Ojakaar.
Jones is aiming to become the first Australian to progress to a US Open boys’ doubles final since Omar Jasika’s title-winning run in 2014.
Aussies in action – US Open
Boys’ doubles, quarterfinals
Hayden Jones (AUS)/Alexander Razeghi (USA) d Maxwell Exsted (USA)/Cooper Woestendick (USA) 6-7(1) 6-3 [11-9]
Boys’ doubles, semifinals
Hayden Jones (AUS)/Alexander Razeghi (USA) v TBC
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