EDWARDSVILLE — The first day of the Edwardsville Futures main draw is in the books at the EHS Tennis Center.
Tuesday's opening rounds of play saw four single matches completed and the first round of doubles played out.
Recent University of Illinois graduate Jared Hiltzik was one of the singles winners on Tuesday. Hiltzik bested Dekel Bar of Israel 7-6 (2), 6-4 in their first-round match. Hiltzik bowed out in the first round of the 2015 main draw at the Edwardsville Futures.
Unfortunately the outcome wasn't as good for Edwardsville Pro Wildcard Challenge winner Strong Kirchheimer. Kirchheimer fell in his opening round match to Roberto Quiroz, a USC grad, 2-6, 6-4, 6-2.
Other singles winners on Tuesday were: Carlos Gomez-Herrera of Spain and University of Tennessee grad Rhyne Williams. Gomez-Herrera defeated Alfredo Perez 3-6, 6-3, 6-0, while Williams bested Gonzalez Austin 6-1, 6-2.
No. 1 seed Luke Bambridge and Marc Polmans defeated Dekel Bar and Collin Johns 6-3, 6-2 to highlight the day in doubles. No. 2 team Gonzalo Escobar and Alejandro Gomez won 6-4, 6-2 over Felix Corwin and Daniel Hobart and the No. 4 tandem of Connor Smith and Jackson Withrow beat Victor-Carvalho Melo and Thiago Santos 6-4, 6-4.
The duo of Tom Fawcett and Sameer Kumar upset the No. 3 seeded team of Facundo Mena and Quiroz, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (6).
Other doubles winners were: Daniel Garza and Carlos Ramirez Utermann, Evan King and Michael Zhu, Lucas Gomez and Andres Schneiter and the duo of George Goldhoff and Martin Redlicki.
Singles action continued at 9 a.m. today. Play will continue in the Edwardsville Futures every day, with the singles and doubles finals on the docket for Sunday.