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Brandon Nakashima

San Diego, Calif.
High Bluff Academy
High School
Brandon Nakashima - Men's Tennis - Virginia Cavaliers

2018: Nakashima wins ITF Junior Masters Title (

12/11/19: Brandon Nakashima Announces His Decision to Turn Pro


  • Still qualified to play in junior tournaments in the summer of 2019, moving up to a No. 4 world junior ranking
  • Made the semifinals in singles at the USTA Boys 18s National Championships, winning the third-place match. Was the runner-up in doubles
  • Advanced to the the semifinals of the Junior US Open in singles and the quarterfinals in doubles
  • Advanced to the Round of 16 in singles and the quarterfinals of doubles at Junior Wimbledon and the third round of singles at the Junior French Open


  • ACC Freshman of the Year, the sixth player in program history to earn the honor
  • All-ACC First Team, the only freshman on the first team
  • ITA Atlantic Region Rookie of the Year
  • All-ACC Academic Team
  • Ranked No. 64 in singles and No. 11 in doubles in the final rankings
  • Was the first alternate for the NCAA Doubles Championship, but withdrew from consideration for the competition
  • Finished the year with a 17-5 record at singles, including going 3-0 in the NCAA Championship
  • Posted a 20-3 record in doubles, winning 19 of those matches while partnering with Henrik Wiersholm. The tandem won all four of their doubles matches in the NCAA team tournament
  • Finished the season with a 8-0 record in doubles in ACC matches
  • Made his collegiate debut by downing William & Mary’s Finbar Talcott 6-0, 6-3 on court two (1/17)
    Played his first matches at No. 1 singles at ITA Kickoff weekend, including downing Cal’s Paul Barretto (1/26)
  • ACC Player of the Week (Feb. 12) after playing an important role in the Cavaliers’ 5-2 victory over top-ranked Wake Forest, taking down No. 21 Bar Botzer in straight-sets on court three. That same weekend, he also topped Boston College’s Derek Austin on the top court, handing Austin his first loss of the dual season, 6-3, 6-2
  • ACC Singles and Doubles Player of the Week (Apr. 16) after picking up singles wins against North Carolina. He and Wiersholm topped the No. 28-ranked duo from UNC to help UVA win the crucial doubles point against the Tar Heels
  • Graduated high school a semester early to enroll at Virginia in January
  • Still qualified (by age) to play in junior tournaments in the summer of 2019, ranked as the No. 4 junior in the world. Advanced to the third round of the Junior French Open (June 6)


  • No. 4 junior player in the world
  • Upset world No. 1 junior Chun Hsin Tseng to win the 2018 ITF Junior Masters Boys’ Singles Championship in Chengdu, China in October
  • Played in three junior Grand Slams in 2018, advancing to the quarterfinals in singles at the junior US and French Opens and the quarterfinals of doubles at Junior Wimbledon
  • In a warm-up to Wimbledon, he won the singles title at the 2018 Junior International Roehampton tournament
  • Won the singles title at International Spring Championships in Carson, Calif. in April 2018
  • Runner-up at the Boys’ 18 Singles National Championships in Kalamazoo, Mich.
  • Advanced to the second round of qualifying for the men’s singles main draw at this year’s U.S. Open
  • Won the singles title as a wildcard entrant at the Laguna Niguel Racquet Club USTA Pro Futures tournament in September in California
  • Reached an ATP world ranking of 523


  • Son of Wesley Nakashima and Christina Nakashima
  • Has a younger brother, Bryce


Singles Doubles
Year Overall Dual ACC Overall Dual ACC
 2018-19  17-5  17-5  7-2  20-3  20-3  8-0
 Career  17-5  17-5  7-2  20-3  20-3  8-0