Kayla Cross

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Kayla Cross
Birthdate March 21, 2005
Birthplace London, Ontario, Canada
From London, Ontario, Canada
Height 5’7” (1,70m)
Style of play Left-handed (two-handed backhand)
Turned pro Plays for Vanderbilt Commodores (starting in 2024)
Best WTA singles ranking No. 487 (July 22, 2024)
Best WTA doubles ranking No. 240 (January 1, 2024)
Profile on CdnTennis.ca


Kayla Cross (born March 21, 2005 in London, Ontario, Canada) is a Canadian tennis player. She reached a career-high WTA singles ranking of No. 487 on July 22, 2024 and a career-high WTA doubles ranking of No. 240 on January 1, 2024.

In 2019, Cross won her first ITF singles title on the junior circuit at the G5 in Calgary. The same year, she won two more junior ITF singles titles at the G5 in Victoria and at the G5 in Kamloops, and four junior ITF doubles titles at the G5 in George Town, the G5 in Calgary, the G5 in Victoria and the G5 in Kamloops. In 2021, she won four junior ITF doubles titles at the G3 in San José, the G3 in Santo Domingo, the G2 in Tashkent and the GA in Mérida. Also in 2021, Cross was awarded a wildcard in the qualifying draw of the National Bank Open where she lost in straight sets to Océane Dodin in the first round. In 2022, she reached the doubles final at the junior Australian Open with fellow Canadian Victoria Mboko. She won three junior doubles titles in 2022, at the G1 in Traralgon, the G1 in Porto Alegre and the G1 in Roehampton. At the junior 2022 Wimbledon Championships, Cross reached the doubles final again with compatriot Victoria Mboko and the third round in singles. Also in 2022, Cross won her first professional doubles title at the ITF W25 in Saskatoon with compatriot Marina Stakusic. The same year, she qualified for her first WTA singles main draw at the 250 in Granby, losing in the opening round to world No. 55 Anna Bondár. She also lost in the first round in doubles with fellow Canadian Victoria Mboko. Cross advanced to the third round in singles of the junior 2022 US Open. In 2023, she won her second professional doubles title at the ITF W25 in Edmonton with Liv Hovde. In 2024, she reached her first professional singles final at the ITF W75 in Granby, losing to Maria Mateas. She is currently a part of the Vanderbilt University tennis team.

Cross' parents put her into tennis as her dad and two brothers played the sport. At age six, she started playing tennis at the London Hunt and Country Club in London, Ontario. She is currently part of the National Training Centre in Montréal since 2021.

ITF Circuit finals

Singles: 1 (1 runner-up)

ITF W100 (0–0)
ITF W75 / ITF W80 (0–1)
ITF W50 / ITF W60 (0–0)
ITF W40 (0–0)
ITF W25 / ITF W35 (0–0)
ITF W15 (0–0)
Titles by surface
Hard (0–1)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L Date Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0–1 Jul 2024 Granby, Canada W75 Hard Maria Mateas (USA) 3–6, 6–7(3–7)

Doubles: 10 (3 titles, 7 runners-up)

ITF W100 (0–0)
ITF W75 / ITF W80 (0–0)
ITF W50 / ITF W60 (0–2)
ITF W40 (0–1)
ITF W25 / ITF W35 (3–4)
ITF W15 (0–0)
Titles by surface
Hard (2–4)
Clay (1–3)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L Date Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1–0 Jul 2022 Saskatoon, Canada W25 Hard Marina Stakusic (CAN) Kendra Bunch (USA)
Katarina Kozarov (SRB)
6–3, 7–6(7–4)
Loss 1–1 Nov 2022 Calgary, Canada W60 Hard (i) Marina Stakusic (CAN) Catherine Harrison (USA)
Sabrina Santamaria (USA)
6–7(2–7), 4–6
Loss 1–2 Jan 2023 Boca Raton, United States W25 Clay Renata Zarazúa (MEX) Tiphanie Fiquet (FRA)
Ashley Lahey (USA)
6–4, 1–6, [4–10]
Loss 1–3 May 2023 Feld am See, Austria W25 Clay Sofia Costoulas (BEL) Denisa Hindová (CZE)
Chiara Scholl (USA)
2–6, 0–6
Loss 1–4 Jun 2023 Otočec, Slovenia W40 Clay Sofia Sewing (USA) Ekaterine Gorgodze (GEO)
Elvina Kalieva (USA)
2–6, 3–6
Loss 1–5 Oct 2023 Redding, United States W25 Hard María Herazo González (COL) Liv Hovde (USA)
Clervie Ngounoue (USA)
3–6, 5–7
Loss 1–6 Oct 2023 Toronto, Canada W60 Hard (i) Liv Hovde (USA) Carmen Corley (USA)
Ivana Corley (USA)
7–6(8–6), 3–6, [3–10]
Win 2–6 Nov 2023 Edmonton, Canada W25 Hard (i) Liv Hovde (USA) Allura Zamarripa (USA)
Maribella Zamarripa (USA)
4–6, 6–4, [10–7]
Loss 2–7 Dec 2023 Lousada, Portugal W25 Hard (i) Elena Pridankina (RUS) Eliessa Vanlangendonck (BEL)
Stephanie Visscher (NED)
Win 3–7 May 2024 Bethany Beach, United States W35 Clay Jaeda Daniel (USA) Ashton Bowers (USA)
Mia Yamakita (USA)
7–6(7–3), 7–6(7–2)

Junior Grand Slam finals

Doubles: 2 (2 runners-up)

Result Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 2022 Australian Open Hard Victoria Mboko (CAN) Clervie Ngounoue (USA)
Diana Shnaider (RUS)
4–6, 3–6
Loss 2022 Wimbledon Grass Victoria Mboko (CAN) Rose Marie Nijkamp (NED)
Angella Okutoyi (KEN)
6–3, 4–6, [9–11]

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