AMERICAN SEEDS ADVANCE TO SEMIFINALS
CARY, NC, September 13, 2018 – Two Americans advanced to the semifinals of the Atlantic Tire Championship today. Both Bjorn Fratangelo, the No. 5 seed, and Reilly Opelka, the No. 4 seed, will advance to the semifinals.
Fratangelo defeated Alejandro Gonzalez to advance to the semifinals where he will face Qualifier James Duckworth. It will be the first meeting for the pair. Duckworth is hoping to follow in the steps of the tournament’s 2016 winner, James McGee, who came through the qualifying rounds to become the tournament champion.
Opelka defeated German player Dominik Koepfer in just under ninety minutes. Opelka won 90% of his first serve points, with 14 aces helping that statistic. He will face Kaichi Uchida on Saturday.
College players had a strong showing in the doubles quarterfinals. Former University of Michigan player, Evan King, and his partner Hunter Reese, University of Tennessee player, will move on to the next round where they will face Toshihide Matsui and Frederick Nielsen who received a walk-over to the semifinals. Local University of North Carolina players William Blumberg and Blaine Boyden defeated the No. 3 seeds in the last match of the evening. The Tarheel duo saved all five breakpoints they faced to move on to the next round where they will face the French team of Fabrice Martin and Hugo Nys.
Due to the impending Hurricane Florence, no play will be held on Friday. Match play is scheduled to resume on Saturday pending court conditions.
The Atlantic Tire Championships are held at Cary Tennis Park. The field for this $50,000 event features 32 singles players and 16 doubles teams. Tickets can be purchased online at the tournament website www.atlantictirechampionships.com, or at the Cary Tennis Park.
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Atlantic Tire Championships
A USTA Pro Circuit Event
Thursday, September 13
Cary Tennis Park
Thursday, September 13 - RESULTS
(5) Bjorn Fratangelo (USA) def Alejandro Gonzalez (COL) 6-7(5), 7-5, 6-4
(Q) James Duckworth (AUS) def (Q) Joris De Loore (BEL) 6-3, 7-6(3)
Kaichi Uchida (JPN) def Jose Hernandez-Fernandez (DOM) 6-4, 6-3
(4) Reilly Opelka (USA) def Dominik Koepfer (GER) 7-6(4), 6-4
(1) Fabrice Martin / Hugo Nys (FRA) def Hans Hach Verdugo (MEX) / Andreas Siljestrom (SWE) 7-6(5), 7-5
(WC) William Blumberg /Blaine Boyden (USA) def (3) Peter Polansky (CAN) /Jackson Withrow (USA) 6-2, 7-5
Evan King / Hunter Reese (USA) def Luis Martinez (VEN) / David Perez Sanz (ESP) 7-6(5), 5-7, 11-9
(4) Reilly Opelka vs Kaichi Uchida, followed by
(5) Bjorn Fratangelo vs (Q) James Duckworth, followed by
(4) Toshihide Matsui/ Frederik Nielsen vs Evan King / Hunter Reese, followed by
(1) Fabrice Martin / Hugo Nys vs (WC) William Blumberg / Blaine Boyden