Through half of Saturday’s semifinal action at the Men’s Pro Challenger in Charlottesville, Sunday’s singles final is now set.
Ukranian-born Americans Denis Kudla and Alex Kuznetsov will meet in Sunday’s singles title match. Kudla, the No. 8 seed, knocked off defending singles champion Izak Van der Merwe of South Africa, while Kuznetsov defeated No. 2 seed Alex Bogomolov Jr. of Russia. In an interesting twist, both Kudla and Kuznetsov will be playing for the doubles final (Kuznetsov and Germany’s Mischa Zverev are about to take the court against UVa’s Jarmere Jenkins and American Jack Sock; Kudla and Jesse Levine will follow against Australians John Peers and John-Patrick Smith, the No. 2 seed). Also of note, both Kudla (currently resides in Arlington, Va., 20 years old) and Kuznetsov (Philadelphia, 25) were born in Kiev, Ukraine.
—Scott Ratcliffe, USTA