CARY, NC, September 14, 2017 – In his best career win, Kevin King defeated No. 1 seed, Ernesto Escobedo in the tournament’s evening feature match. King, a Georgia Tech alumni, played tough defense against the hard-hitting Escobedo. King capitalized on Escobedo’s second serve, winning 65% of those points. King will face Facundo Mena in the third round on Friday. Mena defeated the No. 8 seed Dennis Novikov in earlier Thursday action. The last time Mena and Novikov played was in the 2016 Qualifying rounds at Indian Wells, with Novikov taking the win. Mena’s strong serving today, winning over 77% of his first serve point, helped, him to win the match in just over an hours time.
Friday’s matches begin at 1:00pm on Stadium Court with the No. 5 seed Mitchell Krueger taking on recent Bogota Challenger Champion, Marcelo Arevalo. Also scheduled to play is Noah Rubin, who attended Wake Forest and played Roger Federer in the second round of the 2017 Australian Open. He will face the No. 9 seed, Christian Garin.
Atlantic Tire Championships
A USTA Pro Circuit Event
Thursday, September 14
Cary Tennis Park
Thursday September 14 - RESULTS
Singles– Second Round
Noah Rubin (6), United States, def. Joao Pedro Sorgi, Brazil, 6-4, 6-2
Mackenzie McDonald (7), United States, def. Christian Harrison, United States, 6-3, 7-5
Cameron Norrie, Great Britian, def. Tennys Sandgren (2), United States, 6-3, 2-6, 6-2
Kevin King, United States def. Ernesto Escobedo (1), United States, 3-6, 7-5, 6-3
Marcelo Arevalo, El Salvador, def. Q-Julian Zlobinsky, United States, 6-2, 7-6(5)
Facundo Mena, Argentina, def. Dennis Novikov (8), United States, 6-4, 6-3
Mitchell Krueger (5), United States, def. WC-William Blumberg, United States, 6-2, 6-2
Christian Garin (9), Chile, def. Luke Bambridge, Great Britain, 6-1, 6-4
Facundo Mena, Argentina, and Joao Pedro Sorgi, Brazil, def. Luke Bambridge, Great Britain, and David O’Hare (2), Ireland, 7-5, 6-3
Austin Krajicek and Jackson Withrow (1), United States, def. Luis Patino (Mexico) and Raymond Sarmiento, United States, 6-2, 3-6, 12-10
Mikelis Libietis, Latvia, and Dennis Novikov, United States, def. Thai-Son Kwiatkowski and Mackenzie McDonald, United States, 6-1, 6-3
Doubles– First Round
Marcelo Arevalo, El Salvador, and Miguel Angel Reyes-Varela, Mexico, def. WC-Alexis Galarneau, Canada, and Michael Ogden, United States, 6-4, 6-1
Friday’s September 15 – SCHEDULE
Stadium Court – starting at 1 p.m.
Mitchell Krueger (5) vs. Marcelo Arevalo
Not before 2:00 p.m.
Kevin King vs. Facundo Mena, followed by
Christian Garin (9) vs. Noah Rubin (6)
Not before 6:00 p.m.
Mikelis LIbietis and Dennis Novikov vs. Facundo Mena and Joao Pedro Sorgi, followed by
Mackenzie McDonald (7) vs. Cameron Norrie
Court 15 – not before 3 p.m.
Sekou Bangoura and Evan King (3) vs Marcelo Arevalo and Miguel Angel Reyes-Varela
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