Mackenzie McDonald's parents and ethnicity after American stuns Nadal at Australian Open

Joshua Rogers January 18, 2023
Mackenzie McDonald's parents and ethnicity after American stuns Nadal at Australian Open
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What is Mackenzie McDonald’s ethnicity? Meet his parents Vivian Young and Michael McDonald after the American stunned Rafael Nadal at the Australian Open.

If you didn’t know the name Mackenzie ‘Mackie’ McDonald before today, you most certainly will do now. The American shocked the tennis world on Wednesday (18 January) after beating defending champion Rafael Nadal at the 2023 Australian Open.

Nadal, who won the tournament last year, struggled with a hip injury throughout, and McDonald was able to capitalise, beating the Spaniard in straight sets, 6-4 6-4 7-5.

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An overview of the American’s career

This was undoubtedly the biggest win of McDonald’s career, who beat compatriot Brandon Nakashima in five sets in the first round in Melbourne this week.

McDonald is no stranger to upsets though. The 27-year-old, who won the 2016 NCAA Division I Tennis Championships, beat Juan Martin del Potro at the 2019 Delray Beach Open – the first top 10 win of his career.

However, a hamstring injury ruled him out for the rest of the 2019 season, and struggled for form on his return in 2020. A year later, he regained form, making the fourth round at the Australian Open where he lost to Daniil Medvedev.

At the Citi Open in 2021, Mackenzie beat defending champion Nick Kyrgios in the first round before beating 2015 champion Kei Nishikori in the semis to reach his first ATP Final. He lost in the final to Jannik Sinner.

In 2022 he kicked on and cracked the world’s top 50 for the first time.

What is Mackenzie McDonald’s ethnicity?

After his recent win, fans want to know more about him, including what Mackenzie McDonald’s ethnicity is. McDonald is of Chinese, Scottish and English descent, and has spoken about his heritage in the past.

“I’m 25 percent Scottish,” said McDonald about his heritage, “25 percent English and half Chinese.”

More on Mackenzie McDonald’s parents and mother

Mackenzie McDonald’s parents are father Michael McDonald and mother Vivianesque ‘Vivian’ Young. His father has English and Scottish heritage while his mother is Chinese. However, Mackenzie was born in Piedmont, California and is therefore American by nationality.

His father Michael is an oral surgeon and is on Instagram @macbruin82. He appears to be a huge supporter of his son’s tennis career and regularly posts updates from his matches.

In November last year Mackenzie shared a photo with his dad on Michael’s birthday:

Mackenzie McDonald’s mother, Vivian Young, is also on Instagram. According to her bio she was born and raised on the Island of Alameda in the San Francisco Bay in California.

She describes herself as an ‘artiste’ and ‘photographer’ and owns a photo studio called Vivianesque:

McDonald also has a younger sister called Dana Jones.

Dana is a University of California, Los Angeles alum and a professional gymnast. She also has a son, Rome, who is Mackenzie’s nephew.

He has shared several photos of his nephew to his Instagram over the years.

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Joshua is a Senior Sports Writer at GRV Media with over five years of experience in online writing and editing. After receiving a BA (Hons) in Ancient History and an MA in Sports Journalism, he became a writer for a leading social publisher with over 7 million Facebook followers. Joshua then joined Reach PLC, covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online and regional publications like the Liverpool Echo. He then moved to a social media marketing agency and content studio, Brave Bison, acting as Website Editor for The Hook. Joshua now oversees all sports content on The Focus, specializing in NBA, NFL, F1, and tennis, while also keeping a close eye on his beloved Manchester United.