Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) All singles matches were completed on the second day of qualifying at the LG&T Tennis Challenger. Americans Andrew Carter and Mitchell Frank won to qualify for the main draw starting Monday. Fritz Wolmarans of the South Africa and Michael Venus of New Zealand also qualified with wins.
In the day’s most exciting match, Carter defeated Maciek Sykut (USA) in three hard-fought sets, 4-6, 6-2, 6-4. Carter was the top singles player at the University of Louisville this year.
Frank defeated Harel Srugo of Israel 6-2, 6-2. A freshman at the University of Virginia, Frank was ranked as high at #2 in the country in singles in 2012 and reached the quarterfinals of the NCAA men’s singles tournament.
Wolmarans defeated Evan King (USA) 6-3, 7-6(3). Wolmarans has played for the South African Davis Cup team and is currently ranked 510 in the world. In October 2011 he reached his best ATP ranking of 198. King, 20, was the Big 10 Athlete of the Year for Michigan in 2012, and has been named to the All Big 10 team 3 times.
Venus defeated Patrick Daciek (USA), 6-3, 6-2. The 24 year-old Venus played tennis at LSU, where in 2009 he was the SEC Player of the Year and an ITA (Intercollegiate Tennis Association) All American.
Qualifying matches for doubles were halted due to rain.
Matches resume at 10am tomorrow, with first round singles action along with qualifying round doubles matches. Binghamton’s Alex Tsai will play with Binghamton Tennis Center head pro William Mendler of Towanda, PA are scheduled to play a doubles qualifying match tomorrow not before 11am.
Summary of today’s action:
Mens Qualifying Singles - Final Round
Andrew Carter (USA) defeated Maciek Sykut (USA) 4-6, 6-2, 6-4
Fritz Wolmarans (RSA) defeated Evan King (USA) 6-3, 7-6(3)
Mitchell Frank (USA) defeated Harel Srugo (ISR) 6-2, 6-2.
Michael Venus (NZL) defeated Patrick Daciek (USA) 6-3, 6-2.