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.

 

ABOUT THE USTA PRO CIRCUIT: 

With approximately 90 tournaments hosted annually throughout the country and prize money ranging from $15,000 to $125,000, 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. The USTA launched its Pro Circuit 39 years ago to provide 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 more than $3 million in prize money. Last year, more than 1,000 men and women from more than 70 countries competed in cities nationwide. Andy Murray, Maria Sharapova, John Isner, Sloane Stephens, Kei Nishikori,Victoria Azarenka, and Sam Querreyare among today’s top stars who began their careers on the USTA Pro Circuit. Follow the USTA Pro Circuit at #USTAProCircuit and www.procircuit.usta.com.

 

Atlantic Tire Championships

A USTA Pro Circuit Event

Saturday, September 15

Cary Tennis Park

Cary, NC

Purse: $50,000

Surface: Hard-Outdoor

 

 

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 [4] Reilly Opelka

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.  

 

ABOUT THE USTA PRO CIRCUIT: 

With approximately 90 tournaments hosted annually throughout the country and prize money ranging from $15,000 to $125,000, 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. The USTA launched its Pro Circuit 39 years ago to provide 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 more than $3 million in prize money. Last year, more than 1,000 men and women from more than 70 countries competed in cities nationwide. Andy Murray, Maria Sharapova, John Isner, Sloane Stephens, Kei Nishikori,Victoria Azarenka, and Sam Querreyare among today’s top stars who began their careers on the USTA Pro Circuit. Follow the USTA Pro Circuit at #USTAProCircuit and www.procircuit.usta.com.

 

Atlantic Tire Championships

A USTA Pro Circuit Event

Thursday, September 13

Cary Tennis Park

Cary, NC

Purse: $50,000

Surface: Hard-Outdoor

 

Thursday, September 13 - RESULTS
Men’s Singles-Quarterfinal 

(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

 

Doubles-Quarterfinal

(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

 

Saturday, September 15 – SCHEDULE
Stadium starting at 12:00pm 

(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 

 

TWO AMERICAN SEEDS ADVANCE TO QUARTERFINALS

 

CARY, NC, September 12, 2018 – Only two seeded players will advance to the singles quarterfinals.  No. 4 seed Reilly Opelka and No. 5 seed Bjorn Fratangelo both finished their matches in just over an hour.

Bjorn Fratangelo defeated former Georgia Tech player Christopher Eubanks and will face Alejandro Gonzalez in the quarterfinals on Thursday.  It will be the pair’s third meeting.

Opelka’s 17 aces helped to defeat fellow American Donald Young.  He will face Dominik Koepfer on Thursday.  Koepfer defeated Alexei Popyrin in just under three hours, the longest match of the day.

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. 

 

 ABOUT THE USTA PRO CIRCUIT:

With approximately 90 tournaments hosted annually throughout the country and prize money ranging from $15,000 to $125,000, 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. The USTA launched its Pro Circuit 39 years ago to provide 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 more than $3 million in prize money. Last year, more than 1,000 men and women from more than 70 countries competed in cities nationwide. Andy Murray, Maria Sharapova, John Isner, Sloane Stephens, Kei Nishikori, Victoria Azarenka, and Sam Querrey are among today’s top stars who began their careers on the USTA Pro Circuit. Follow the USTA Pro Circuit at #USTAProCircuit and www.procircuit.usta.com.

 

Atlantic Tire Championships

A USTA Pro Circuit Event

Wednesday, September 12

Cary Tennis Park

Cary, NC

Purse: $50,000

Surface: Hard-Outdoor

 

Wednesday September 12 - RESULTS

Men’s Singles-Second Round

Jose Hernandez-Fernandez (DOM) def (WC) William Blumberg (USA) 6-4, 6-3

(Q) James Duckworth (AUS) def (Q) Evan Song (USA) 6-3, 7-6(4)

(4) Reilly Opelka (USA) def Donald Young (USA) 6-1, 7-6(5)

(5) Bjorn Fratangelo (USA) def Christopher Eubanks (USA) 6-4, 6-4

Alejandro Gonzalez (COL) def Mikael Ymer (SWE) 4-6, 6-3, 6-4

Kaichi Uchida (JPN) def Evan King (USA) 6-4, 6-3

(Q) Joris De Loore (BEL) def (3) Marcelo Arevalo (ESA) 7-6(3), 7-5

Dominik Koepfer (GER) def (7) Alexei Popyrin (AUS) 6-7(5), 7-6(5), 7-6 (3)

 

Mens’ Doubles-First Round

(WC) William Blumberg / Blaine Boyden (USA) def Kevin King (USA) / Ruan Roelofse (RSA) 7-5, 6-1

(1) Fabrice Martin /Hugo Nys (FRA) def (Q) Roberto Ortega-Olmedo / Pablo Vivero Gonzalez (ESP) 6-3, 6-2

Luis David Martinez (VEN)/ David Perez Sanz (ESP) def (2) Marceo Arevalo (ESA)/ Roberto Maytin (VEN) 6-4, 3-6, 10-7

 

Thursday September 13 – SCHEDULE

Stadium starting at 12:00pm

(1) Fabrice Martin  / Hugo Nys  vs Hans Hach Verdugo  / Andreas Siljestrom, followed by  

Dominik Koepfer vs (4) Reilly Opelka, followed by

Alejandro Gonzalez vs (5) Bjorn Fratangelo, followed by  

(3) Peter Polansky /Jackson Withrow  vs (WC) William Blumberg  / Blaine Boyden

 

COURT 15 start 12:00pm

Kaichi Uchida  vs Jose Hernandez-Fernandez, followed, by

(Q) Joris De Loore  vs (Q) James Duckworth, followed by

Evan King  / Hunter Reese  vs Luis Martinez  / David Perez Sanz