SINGLES QUARTERFINAL ROUND SET AT THE CHARLOTTESVILLE MEN’S PRO CHALLENGER
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., November 1, 2012 – The Main Draw resumed on Thursday at the Charlottesville Men’s Pro Challenger at The Boar’s Head Sports Club, and the singles quarterfinal round is set at the USTA Pro Circuit event.
No. 8 seed Denis Kudla started the day’s action with a three-set win over Switzerland’s Michael Lammer. The 20-year old Arlington, Va., native will now face University of Virginia legend Somdev Devvarman in the quarterfinal round in Friday’s featured match. Devvarman dropped the first set on Thursday to qualifier Taro Daniel of Japan, but rallied to take the final two sets in front of an ecstatic audience.
No.6 Bobby Reynolds was upset by Australian 23-year old John-Patrick Smith, 7-6(4), 7-6(3). Smith will face 2011 Charlottesville singles champion Izak Van der Merwe of South Africa, who knocked off up-and-coming Nebraska native Jack Sock, 6-3, 6-4. Only two seeded players – Kudla and No. 2 seed Alex Bogomolov Jr. of Russia – remain after two rounds of singles competition.
In doubles, No. 1 seed Reynolds and Treat Huey, a UVa graduate, defeated another former Cavalier, Drew Courtney, and American 17-year old phenom Christian Harrison, 6-1, 6-3. The Boar’s Head Sports Club’s own Brendan Evans and Jarmaine Jenkins’ run was ended by the pair of Tim Smyczek and Ryan Sweeting, 7-5, 6-4.
The No. 4 seeded group, Americans Devin Britton and Austin Krajicek, were upended by Alex Kuznetsov and Mischa Zverev, who won the match-deciding tiebreak, 12-10. Kuznetsov and Zverev are the second duo to advance to the semifinals, and will await the winner between Huey and Reynolds and Jarmere Jenkins and Jack Sock.
Friday’s highlights include the other two singles quarterfinal matches, as well as the final two doubles quarterfinal matches. Bogomolov Jr. will take on Rhyne Williams, and former Stanford standout Bradley Klahn will face fellow American Alex Kuznetsov. Smyczek and Sweeting will go up against No. 2 seeds John Peers and John-Patrick Smith of Australia. A full schedule is listed below.
The Charlottesville Men’s Pro Challenger features 32 singles players and a 16-team doubles field. Thanks to the generosity of this year’s sponsors, admission to the tournament is free all week long, and will again benefit Special Olympics Virginia.
Once again this year, play at The Charlottesville Men’s Pro Challenger will take place on a limited number of courts, ensuring plenty of tennis action for fans both day and night. Main Draw quarterfinal matches will start at noon on Friday. The semifinal matches will begin at 1:00 PM on Saturday and the finals will be played on Sunday, beginning at 1:00 PM.
The Boar’s Head Sports Club is located at 200 Wellington Drive in Charlottesville.
–Scott Ratcliffe, USTA