GODFREY – As the second round of the main draw continues Thursday, five players who advanced from the singles-qualifying round are still in play at the 18th annual Lewis and Clark Community College Men’s Pro Tennis Classic, a United States Tennis Association (USTA) tournament.
After playing a three-hour match in the qualifying rounds on Tuesday, Gonzales Austin came back Wednesday to win against Alex Rybakov in the first round of the main draw, 6-2, 6-7(5), 6-1.
“It was a good match,” Austin said. “I felt strong even after coming off the ‘three setter’ in qualifying.”
Austin also played a doubles match later in the afternoon with Maxx Lipman, defeating Aron Hiltzik and Alexander Sendegeya of Great Britain in a 6-2, 6-4 victory.
Liam Caruana is also advancing to the next round of the main draw after making it through the qualifying rounds. Caruana won his match against fellow American Henry Craig, 6-0, 6-3.
“It was a solid match. I made very little errors,” Caruana said. “I play Michael Mmoh tomorrow. I am going to have to play a solid match to compete with him.”
Singles qualifier George Goldhoff is advancing to the next round of the main draw after Julian Allen Childers had to retire from the match, 6-4, 6-0.
Goldhoff also played doubles with American John Mee against Jordi Arconada of Argentina and American Dominic Cortone. Cortone and Arconada came out on top with a 6-4, 6-0 victory.
Sameer Kumar worked his way through qualifying to pick up his first Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) point by defeating Christopher Marquis of India, 6-2, 6-2 in the first round of the main draw. Kumar will be a freshman this fall at Stanford University.
“I didn’t know much about him before the match. This is my first draw win, so I am pretty excited,” Kumar said.
Evan King defeated Aron Hiltzik, 6-2, 6-0.
Grayson M. Goldin defeated Alexander Sendegeya of Great Britain, 6-3, 1-6, 6-3.
Michael Mmoh defeated A.J. Catanzariti, 7-6 (4), 6-4.
Kyle Koch defeated Maximiliano Estevez of Argentina, 6-4, 6-4.
Daniel Graza, of Mexico, defeated American William Little, 7-6(1), 6-4.
Nick Chappell and Will E. Stein defeated Ryan Agar of Australia and Sebastian Bader of Austria, 6-3, 6-2.
Play continues through the weekend, with doubles finals on Friday and singles finals on Sunday. Admission is free and covered seating with fans is available for spectators.
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