Under the retired Number 32 banner, the number belonging to pro basketball legend Julius Erving at NYCB Live, Liam Broady won the first set and the first match of the Inaugural New York Open, an ATP 250 tour event in Uniondale, NY on Sunday on Stadium Court. He played a familiar foe in countryman Cameron Norrie. For his part, Broady will face Adrian Menendez-Maceiras and be relegated to the Grandstand Court today. Stadium Court, like the sports history memories made within the former Nassau County Veterans Coliseum hosting this tournament is an American showcase today.
Chris Eubanks takes on compatriot Ernesto Escobedo, Bjorn Fratangelo faces Alex Bulbik from Kazakhstan and Jared Donaldson meets big Croatian Ivo Karlovic. And that’s just the day session. Tonight’s line up on the same court features Ryan Harrison against Donald Young and Frances Tiafoe looking to spoil Sebastian Korda’s tour level main draw debut.
Eubanks effectively breezed through his match yesterday against top qualifying seed Taro Daniel in 71 minutes and seemed to draw a lot of inspiration from the section full of American players there to cheer on their man. He can expect more of that today, and I expect that he will overcome Escobedo, a player with more experience at the pro level.
The last time Stefano Travaglia came to New York, he qualified for the U.S. Open. Today, he faces Tim Smyczek on grandstand court in an attempt to qualify for the New York Open. In a two round qualifier, anything can happen. And I believe Travaglia will head into a New York main draw for the second consecutive time.
RESULTS – MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2018
Qualifying – [WC] C. Eubanks (USA) d  T. Daniel (JPN) 7-5 6-3
Qualifying –  B. Fratangelo (USA) d [WC] G. Kushnirovich (USA) 6-4 6-2
Qualifying – [Alt] L. Broady (GBR) d  C. Norrie (GBR) 6-4 7-6(7)
Qualifying –  T. Smyczek (USA) d M. Mmoh (USA) 6-2 6-3
Qualifying –  A. Menendez-Maceiras (ESP) d [Alt] D. King (BAR) 7-6(6) 7-5
Qualifying –  A. Bublik (KAZ) d S. Ofner (AUT) 7-5 6-1
Qualifying –  E. Escobedo (USA) d R. Ramanathan (IND) 7-5 6-3
Qualifying –  S. Travaglia (ITA) d P. Polansky (CAN) 5-7 6-4 6-4
ORDER OF PLAY – MONDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2018
STADIUM COURT start 1:00 pm
Qualifying – [WC] C. Eubanks (USA) vs  E. Escobedo (USA)
Qualifying –  B. Fratangelo (USA) vs  A. Bublik (KAZ)
J. Donaldson (USA) vs I. Karlovic (CRO)
Not Before 7:30 pm
 R. Harrison (USA) vs D. Young (USA)
F. Tiafoe (USA) vs [WC] S. Korda (USA)
GRANDSTAND start 1:00 pm
Qualifying – [Alt] L. Broady (GBR) vs  A. Menendez-Maceiras (ESP)
Qualifying –  T. Smyczek (USA) vs  S. Travaglia (ITA)
D. Sela (ISR) vs  N. Basilashvili (GEO)
P. Gojowczyk (GER) / T. Huey (PHI) vs [WC] M. McDonald (USA) / M. Schnur (USA)