QUALIFIER JAMES DUCKWORTH CONTINUES RUN TO FINALS
CARY, NC, September 15, 2018 – Qualifier James Duckworth continues his run, advancing to Sunday’s Championship match by defeating the No. 5 seed Bjorn Fratangelo. Duckworth served 17 aces and saved all six breakpoints in the pair’s first meeting. Duckworth is hoping to become the tournament’s second qualifying player to raise the trophy on Sunday. He will face No. 4 seed Reilly Opelka in the Championship match at 1pm. Opelka defeated Kaichi Uchida in the first semifinal match of the day. Opelka’s large serve helped him to overtake Uchida in exactly one hour. It will be the first meeting for Duckworth and Opelka.
All American team, Evan King and Hunter Reese defeated Toshihide Matsui and Frederik Nielsen to advance to the Championship Doubles match. King and Reese struggled with serving during the first set, but steadily increased their first serve percentage to 83% by the third set. King and Reese will face the No. 1 seeds Fabrice Martin and Hugo Nys. Martin and Nys defeated local University of North Carolina players William Blumberg and Blaine Boyden in the day’s longest match.
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
Saturday, September 15
Cary Tennis Park
Saturday, September 15 - RESULTS
Men’s Singles Semifinals
(4) Reilly Opelka (USA) def Kaichi Uchida (JPN) 6-3, 6-4
(Q) James Duckworth (AUS) def (5) Bjorn Fratangelo (USA) 6-3, 6-4
Men’s Doubles Semifinals
Evan King / Hunter Reese (USA) def (4) Toshihide Matsui (JPN) / Frederik Nielsen (DEN) 2-6, 6-1, 10-8
(1) Fabrice Martin / Hugo Nys (FRA) def (WC) William Blumberg / Blaine Boyden (USA) 6-3, 5-7, 13-11
Sunday, September 16– SCHEDULE
Stadium starting at 1:00pm
(1) Fabrice Martin / Hugo Nys vs Evan King / Hunter Reese, followed by
(Q) James Duckworth vs  Reilly Opelka