Qualifying rounds concluded this morning with three Americans Qualifying for the Singles Main Draw. Matt Reid, an Aussie favorite (the number 1 qualifier seed) won a tight three set match against Wanamaran, while the match of the day went to Marcos Giron who knocked out the 2nd qualifier seed Liam Broady in three close sets. Nils Langer, and Dennis Novikov won their matches decisively to qualify, and the “lucky loser spot” ended up going to Broady (Kozlov withdrew due to injury). In Doubles Sebastian Bader and Erik Elliott had a tight 3 set win over Harry Bourchier and Chris Wettengel to secure their qualifying spot.
The Main Draw has already begun, and the qualifiers will get little rest before they hit some of the best tennis has to offer. Sam Querrey just came off his second Challenger win in two weeks, and says he is “feeling good, confident, and ready to play.” A native to the area, he loves this event and says, “ I am staying with family… this tournament is nice to play, it feels easy.” Querrey, the number one seed will likely play tomorrow in his quest to go three for three in California.
ABOUT THE USTA PRO CIRCUIT:
With Approximately 90 tournaments hosted annually throughout the country and prize money ranging from $10,000 to $100,000, the USTA Pro Circuit is the pathway to the US Open and tour-level competition for aspiring tennis players and a frequent battleground for established professionals. Celebrating its 35th anniversary in 2014, the USTA Pro Circuit provides players with the opportunity to gain professional ranking points, and it has since grown to become the largest developmental tennis circuit in the world, offering nearly $3 Million in prize money. Last year, more than 1,000 men and women from more than 70 countries competed in cities nationwide. Mardy Fish, Maria Sharapova, John Isner, Caroline Wozniacki, Sam Querrey, Victoria Azarenka and Andy Murray are among today’s top stars who began their careers on the USTA Pro Circuit.