EDWARDSVILLE — Thursday concluded another very exciting day at the Edwardsville Futures.
The most interesting stories included American Christian Harrison's win over No. 1 seed Blake Mott of Australia. It appears to be an upset on paper, but Ryan Harrison's younger brother got into the main draw based on his protected ranking, meaning he got injured and didn't play many tournaments. He is actually a better player than his current ranking makes it seem. His career high ranking was 351 in 2013.
Tennys Sandgren faced off against his former University of Tennessee teammate and doubles partner, Rhyne Williams. Both players are coming off of injuries, but coming off of his championship win in Godfrey, Sandgren was too hot for Williams to handle, and bested him in straight sets, 6-1 6-4.
The Edwardsville Futures defending champion, Evan King, a Chicago native, ran into some trouble while playing the second ranked 17-year-old in the nation, John McNally, of Cincinnatti. McNally took the first set 6-3 with an early break on serve, but King's experience and persistence got him the second set 6-1. The grind proved to be too much for the youngster in the third set when McNally was forced to retire due to cramping.
Other singles winners were: No. 4 Omar Jasika, No. 6 Gonzalo Escobar, No. 7 Connor Smith, No. 8 Marc Polmans and Emil Reinberg.
All of the doubles matches proved to be comfortable wins for the victors. The No. 2 seeded team of Escobar and Alejandro Gomez and the No. 4 duo of Smith and Jackson Withrow advanced to the semifinals.
Singles play begins Friday at 9 am.