JJ Wolf making the transition from college tennis to playing as a pro

SARASOTA – At 23, JJ Wolf understands the stark difference between playing college tennis and trying to make it work as a professional player.

“It’s definitely a big transition,” Wolf said after winning his Round of 16 match 6-1, 6-2 over Alexis Galarneau at the Elizabeth Moore Sarasota Open. “Guys are out here trying to put food on the table. It’s their livelihood. ”

Wolf certainly got the first part right at Ohio State. As a Buckeye he was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 2017.

Wolf went on to finish his college career with a flourish. In his third and final year at Ohio State, he posted a 45-3 record in singles and doubles and was honored as the College Player of the Year in 2019.

And while earning a living from the game isn’t the same as playing in college, Wolf keeps a special eye on the former college stars he now faces as a professional.

He kept that in mind as he took on Galarneau, who was a standout at North Carolina State, on the clay at the Payne Park Tennis Center.

“I think that guys who go to college are harder to play against because they never give up,” Wolf said. “They are used to that team mentality. I loved playing at Ohio State. They were the best years of my life. ”

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