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I will be in lovely Tallahassee once again for the Tallahassee Tennis Challenger, providing onsite coverage of the 50k, now held on Har-Tru clay, Monday through Wednesday. As a lead up to that, here is a preview of the men’s qualifying draw.
The top qualifying seed is Australian Greg Jones, a formerly accomplished junior player (including the finals of the 07 Junior French Open). He most notably qualified for the ATP Auckland this year, where he upset Jurgen Melzer in the first round. He is currently ranked 300 but has been as high as 179 in his career.
Jones will play either former FAMU tennis player Artiom Podgainii, a wild card, or Hunt Elliot, who is effectively a USTA player. Below Jones is the 5th qualifying seed, former University of Wisconsin player Marek Michalicka and his opponent, former FSU standout Jean-Yves Aubone.
Ilija Bozoljac, who made a name for himself in the recent Serbia-USA Davis Cup tie, is the 2 seed, and will play pre-qualifying tournament wild card winner Stephen Watson or Luka Gregorc of Slovenia, who was once a top 200 player.
20-year-old Rodney Carey will play former University of Florida player Greg Ouellette and the winner gets 21-year-old Yong-Kyu Lim. Lim plays Davis Cup for South Korea and qualified for the Sarasota challenger.
South African Fritz Wolmarans will play the 18-year-old wild card Mico Santiago. Michael Venus, a former All-American at LSU, will play former Ole Miss standout Catalin Gard of Romania in all SEC battle.
Christian Harrison will play 17-year-old Dante Saleh in a battle of American youngsters, while former Texas A&M player Jeff Dadamo will take on Sekou Bangoura, a former University of Florida player in another all SEC battle.
After a grueling 11 hour family car ride down 95, I am happy to be here. This officially marks my daughter’s longest car trip and she was great. She’s looking forward to three days of kid’s activities at the Cup, including the kid-interactive, chip-pluckin’ main draw ceremony tomorrow and an Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday.
I got a great deal on Hotwire for what turns out to be an outdated but value-rich 3.5 star hotel. The interesting thing is that it is just down the street from a motel where I booked a room last year and then chickened out and canceled after I read reviews like “You. Will. Die. Here.” Of course, I paraphrase. Coming from Baltimore, it takes a lot to get me nervous about a place where I’m only crashing for a few nights. In the end, the unanimity of conviction from Tripadvisor contributors got the best of me on that one. The worst part is, the motel didn’t look that bad when I drove by it at sundown tonight. Anyway, if you need a place to get away from it all for $30/night in North Ctown, email me for the opposite of a recommendation.
Here’s the tennis excitement.
—I’ve got an official Eintracht USA life membership card to give to Andrea Petkovic, as she is a huge fan of that German city’s football team.
–Too bad that Sara Errani is out with injury. The only time I met her, she refused to give credit to anything except her racquet. I really wanted to see if she would finally take a little credit for her consistency. Next time, Sara.
—There is a huge American roster tomorrow on display at the Qualifying, to wit:
FAMILY CIRCLE CUP – CHARLESTON, SC, USA
MARCH 30 – APRIL 07, 2013
Q. Women’s Singles
 K Pliskova (CZE) vs. A Riske (USA)
A Rodionova (RUS) vs.  V King (USA)
 M Burdette (USA) vs. V Solovyeva (RUS)
[WC] L Chirico (USA) vs.  Y Beygelzimer (UKR)
 K Pliskova (CZE) vs. C Scholl (USA)
[WC] S Marand (USA) vs.  C Garcia (FRA)
 S Karatantcheva (KAZ) vs. C Castano (COL)
S Rogers (USA) vs.  G Min (USA)
 T Pereira (BRA) vs. J Elie (USA)
[WC] V Duval (USA) vs.  P Ormaechea (ARG)
 E Bouchard (CAN) vs. K Marosi (HUN)
P Goncalves (BRA) vs.  I Falconi (USA)
 S Zhang (CHN) vs. P Rampre (SLO)
A Barty (AUS) vs.  N Burnett (ITA)
 M Larcher de Brito (POR) vs. [WC] H Carter (USA)
J Craybas (USA) vs.  J Pegula (USA)
ORDER OF PLAY – SATURDAY, MARCH 30, 2013
ALTHEA GIBSON start 10:00 am
Qualifying – J Craybas (USA) vs J Pegula (USA)
Qualifying – [WC] V Duval (USA) vs P Ormaechea (ARG)
Qualifying – S Rogers (USA) vs G Min (USA)
Qualifying – K Pliskova (CZE) vs A Riske (USA)
COURT 3 start 10:00 am
Qualifying – M Burdette (USA) vs V Solovyeva (RUS)
Qualifying – S Karatantcheva (KAZ) vs C Castano (COL)
Qualifying – T Pereira (BRA) vs J Elie (USA)
Qualifying – P Goncalves (BRA) vs I Falconi (USA)
COURT 4 start 10:00 am
Qualifying – M Larcher de Brito (POR) vs [WC] H Carter (USA)
Qualifying – A Barty (AUS) vs N Burnett (ITA)
Qualifying – E Bouchard (CAN) vs K Marosi (HUN)
Qualifying – A Rodionova (RUS) vs V King (USA)
COURT 5 start 10:00 am
Qualifying – [WC] L Chirico (USA) vs Y Beygelzimer (UKR)
Qualifying – S Zhang (CHN) vs P Rampre (SLO)
Qualifying – [WC] S Marand (USA) vs C Garcia (FRA)
Qualifying – K Pliskova (CZE) vs C Scholl (USA)
2013 @AustralianOpen Men’s Qualifying Preview
Steen Kirby, TennisEastCoast.com
Continuing a trend from my men’s qualifying preview for the 2012 US Open, here is a men’s qualies preview of the Aussie Open, as action kicks off tonight in Melbourne. The qualifying tournament and will run through the weekend and 16 players will qualify for the main draw.
Top 16 qualifying seeds (32 total)
1: Andreas Haider Maurer
2: Ricardas Berankis
3: Dudi Sela
4: Ruben Bemelmans
5: Martin Alund
6: Kenny De Schepper
7: Daniel Brands
8: Florent Serra
9: James Blake
10: Matthias Bachinger
11: Tim Smyczek
12: Alex Bogomolov
13: Thiemo De Bakker
14: Yuichi Sugita
15: Rajeev Ram
16: Antonio Veic
The rankings cutoff for main draw entry was just a few spots beyond the top 100 so as you see there are a lot of talented players and a few big names still seeking to make the main draw by qualifying.
First round matchups to watch:
Paul Capdeville vs. (26) Jack Sock
American youngster Jack Sock skipped the USTA AO WC event, preferring to take his shot at making the main draw of the Aussie Open through regular qualifying and he will open with Chilean veteran Capdeville, who seems to struggle off of his preferred clay. Capdeville was 3-7 at the ATP level last year and failed to qualify for any of the Grand Slam events. Many people are expecting a breakout year from Sock and it could start here.
Thanasi Kokkinakis vs. Steve Johnson
Kokkinakis is the 16 year old Aussie youngster who stepped in at the Hopman Cup and performed admirably but now is when it counts. He will face a tough test against Johnson, another highly touted American of whom great things are expected this year. Both guys are lanky and hit the ball well from the baseline, as well as preferring hard courts, but Johnson will certainly be the more experienced player in this matchup.
Alex Kuznetsov vs. (21) Ryan Sweeting
Kuznetsov and Sweeting are a couple of now comparatively veteran American players who seem to have hit rough patches in their careers. Sweeting was once ranked in the top 70 and has now dropped out of the top 140 and failed to win any events last year at any level. Kuznetsov, who like Sweeting is 25, is ranked outside the top 200 and though he did manage to qualify for the Aussie Open last year,he played just 2 matches at the ATP level this past year. Both men could use a career jolt, and there’s no better place to have a good start than Melbourne.
(7) Daniel Brands vs. Frank Dancevic
Doha semifinalist Brands has now moved into the top 130 and will take on Canadian veteran Dancevic, ranked just inside the top 170 and just 2-6 at the ATP level last year due in some part to injuries. Brands has a lot of power but struggles to keep his error count down quite often, and this could be another close match.
(10) Matthias Bachinger vs. Stephane Robert
The 25 year old Bachinger is ranked inside the top 130. He’ll take on French journeyman veteran Robert, who was once ranked in the top 70 but has faded outside the top 250. Bachinger is relatively experienced at the ATP level, posting a 9-16 record last year, while Robert played just 3 matches at that level in the previous year.
(15) Rajeev Ram vs. Nicolas Devilder
Yet another American who has not quite met expectations gets an intriguing matchup. Ram could use a good year in 2013 as he is ranked right around 130 in the world and will open with Frenchman Devilder, another former top 70 player who with age has slipped in the rankings and now sits just outside the top 200. He played just 3 matches at the ATP level in the past year, and all 3 were at the French Open, but he did post 2 wins and can get on a hot streak.
First quarter draw preview and predictions
Top seed Haider Maurer of Austria, who in addition to seemingly preferring clay, is in questionable form after finishing his 2012 with just 1 win in his last 7 matches will open with Evgeny Korolev. Korolev is a former top 50 player trying to make his way back to the top and should have a surface advantage. The winner of that match will face Christopher Rungkat or more likely Canadian Peter Polansky.
French veteran Adrian Mannarino, another former top 50 player, plays with a refreshing, unique style and just last week won a the challenger in New Caledonia in strong fashion. He opens against Ukrainian Ivan Sergeyev and the winner of that will play either Aussie Brydan Klein or Riccardo Ghedin of Italy.
Ricardas Berankis, trying to make his way back into the top 100 will open will open with middling challenger player Peter Gojowczyk , then could play 17-year-old Aussie youngster Nick Krygios who nearly won Australia’s wild card playoffs, or American Bradley Klahn.
The winner of Sock/Capdeville will take on Gianluca Naso or more likely Jan Hernych, who qualified in Doha. This is a competitive section in that Berankis, Sock, Krygios, Klahn or Hernych could all reasonably qualify depending on form.
Consistent Israeli veteran Sela, who was once ranked in the top 30 and was 12-19 at the ATP level year will do battle with intriguing Spaniard Sergio Guiterrez-Ferrol. Like most Spaniards, he prefers clay, but isn’t a slouch on hard courts, either. He then likely faces another former top 40 veteran in Igor Kunitsyn, who has slipped in the rankings after a rough 2012 and will face a test in the form of Ivo Minar.
This is a section full of veterans, and another veteran, Michael Berrer, a German serve and volleyer, will open with Michael Przysiezny. After that Berrer gets fellow German veteran Dominik Meffert or rising Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert.
Ruben Bemelmans, a Belgian with great potential, he qualified in Chennai and was 4-6 at the ATP level last year. He opens with Andrey Golubev and then could meet rocket serving Aussie Sam Groth or young Frenchman Lucas Pouille of France.
Former top 100 player Marsel Ilhan of Turkey will play Nikola Mektic and Frenchman Vincent Millot will play Thai veteran Danai Udomchoke, who was also formerly top 100.
Argentine clay courters Diego Schwartzman, top 170, and Martin Alund, top 120, will meet at the top of the second quarter, while Bollettieri academy product and former junior number 1 Yuki Bhambri of India will play Thomas Fabbiano.
Wayne Odesnik will take on the 2nd highest ranked Israeli player Amir Weintraub, while Rik De Voest, 0-3 at the ATP level in 2012, will take on Moldovian Radu Albot. This is quite an open quarter.
Tall top 120 player Kenny De Schepper of France will take on Fabiano De Paula of Brazil, then face the winner of Kokkinakis/Johnson in another brutal 2nd round matchup.
Aussie Jordan Thompson will take on Nicolas Renevand, and the winner of that will face the winner of Kuznetsov/Sweeting. I wouldn’t put it out of the realm of contention that Kokkinakis could qualify, as could De Schepper but Johnson has the edge.
The Brands/Dancevic winner will play a Frenchman in Gregoire Burquier or veteran David Guez, while Canadian Steve Diez will take on Pavol Cervenak and Spaniard Javier Marti will take on Jimmy Wang. Wang is a former top 100 player who was 3-4 at the ATP level last year and qualified for the US Open. Wang will have a shot, but the Brands/Dancevic winner should get through.
Former top 40 Florent Serra, another consistent but not dynamic challenger level player, opens with New Caledonia challenger finalist Andrej Martin, while young Aussie Alex Bolt will take on Dutchman Boy Westerhof.
Dustin Brown, one of the more intriguing players in qualifying (took a set off David Ferrer in Doha!) will play Hiroki Moriya, while Aussie Jacob Grills will take on Belgian Maxime Authom. Brown should be able to get out of this section.
The most recognizable name in qualifying and probably the most experienced, James Blake will have a tough test against Marius Copil of Romania and then could meet Donald Young in the 2nd round, if Young can get past Aldin Setkic. Setkic has done very well at the futures level. Young endured a miserable, abysmal 2012 and precipitous drop in the rankings to now just inside the top 200, but might get his game back together in early 2013.
Dutchman Matwe Middlekoop, who nearly qualified in Auckland most recently, will take on Matteo Viola and Jamie Baker will play Julio Campozano.
The Bachinger/Robert winner will play either Adrian Menendez-Maceiras of Spain or Canadian Erik Chvojka, while New Caledonia challenger semifinalist and French veteran Marc Gicquel will play Denis Zivkovic. Denys Molchanov will play Farrukh Dustov.
AO WC finalist Tim Smyczek will take on Marcelo Demoliner of Brazil and then the winner of Kamil Capkovic vs. Aussie youngster Matt Barton.
Another AO WC participant, Daniel Kosakowski will play Aussie Adam Feeney, while rising young German lefty Cedrik-Marcel Stebe, who is still maturing and qualified in Chennai along with being ranked in the top 170, opens with Uladzimir Ignatik of Belarus. Stebe, Barton or Smyczek will all have good chances to qualify.
Another veteran who had a rough 2012, Alex Bogomolov will play Niels Desein of Belgium and then former top 30 pro Potito “Potato Starch” Starace of Italy. Starch plays AO WC participant Tennys Sandgren.
American Michael Yani will play Mirza Basic while Ti Chen will play veteran grinder Simon Greul of Germany, a former top 60 player. In a section of now inconsistent veterans, look for the youngster Sandgren to get by in a surprise.
In a section full of Dutch and Germans, disappointing Dutchman Thiemo De Bakker, a former top 50 player trying to break back into the top 100, will play Oleksandr Nedovyesov. Dutchman Jesse Huta Galung, who did well at the futures level last year, will see German Jan-Lennard Struff.
Tsung Hua Yang will play German Bastian Knittel while Arnau Brugues-Davi will meet Ze Zhang of China in an open section of the draw.
Veteran German lefty Mischa Zverev, another struggling former top 50 player, will take on Yuichi Sugita of Japan. Briton James Ward will play Boris Pashanski.
Aussie Matt Reid will face Ricardo Hocevar of Brazil. German Julan Reister will take on AO WC participant Denis Kudla, who should have an edge in this section of the draw.
The Ram/Devilder winner will play Jonathan Eysseric or Hans Podlipnik Castillo while the veteran former top 60 player Marco Chiudinelli will play Allesandro Giannessi of Italy and Damir Dzumhur will play Izak Van Der Merwe of South Africa. This section is full of clay courters and wide open, with an edge to Chiudinelli or Ram.
Antonio Veic of Croatia will meet the hard serving Jan Mertl while Serb Dusan Lajovic will face Guilherme Clezar of Brazil. Former USC star Robert Farah of Colombia will play Spaniard Daniel Munoz De La Nava while Frenchman Maxime Teixeira will take on countryman Jonathan Dasnieres De Veigy, who is at a career high ranking of 148 and was a semi finalist in New Caledonia.
Qualifies: De Veigy
There you have it, a comprehensive preview of Aussie Open men’s qualifying. We are less than a week away from the main event in steamy Melbourne.
Sandy or no Sandy, the Charlottesville Men’s Pro Challenger kicks off today at the Boar’s Head Spots Club. Matches begin at 10:00 am. Top qualifying seed Though he’s a Frenchman, Clement Reix is the 2012 US Open National Playoffs champion. He’ll take on Darian King in the final match of the day, who has won two Futures events in Mexico this year. Virginia native Michael Shabaz will battle Eric Quigley this afternoon as well.
The match between young Christian Harrison and UVA’s Jarmere Jenkins will be a closely-watched event. Jenkins will be a big crowd favorite due to Jenkins Cavalier blood lines, but the tricky 18-year-old who made his way to the third round of US Open men’s doubles has learned a thing or two about hostile environments. Harrison also made the semifinals at Lexngton and the Canada F8s earlier this year. When I caught up with Christian Harrison in Newport over the summer, I overheard John Isner call him “Little Harry”, and I’ll always remember him that way, even if he goes on to eclipse his brother and Big John.
Assuming the lights stay on, main draw play will begin Monday and the tournament will conclude next weekend. I’ll be on-site from the quarterfinals through the finals.
This afternoon, Pennsylvania’s Alexandra Mueller will take the court at the US Open against Beatriz Garcia Vidagany of Spain on Court 11. Mueller won nine straight matches to get here, so she’s ready to make the most of it.
I sat down with her on Monday following her clinching of the USO qualifying wild card in New Haven. She’s excited about a chance to make a run at Flushing Meadows. She’s also looking to a break after the Open to spend more time at home with her family and her three dogs. Not surprisingly, she’s not in favor of tinkering with the college scoring system as the NCAA is considering. Wish her luck. She’s on third on Court 11, after the Sam Crawford and Dan Kosakowski matches.
ATP Atlanta Qualies Preview
The qualies draw for ATP Atlanta (http://www.atpworldtour.com/posting/2012/6116/qs.pdf) was posted late last night. Here is a quick preview.
Top 8 seeds are Belgian Ruben Bemelmans, who has had some good recent results, formerly promising junior Ricardas Berankis (who I still call Richard), Sergei Bubka, Brazilian Ricardo Mello, South African Rik DeVoest, the Tally Challenger champ Tim Smyczek, American vet Alex Kuznetsov, and Brazilian Ricardo Hocevar.
Czech doubles specialist Lukas Dlouhy gets a singles qualifying wild card, as does local veteran Erik Graves, Eric Sock (Jack Sock’s brother), and Georgia Tech standout Kevin King. 4 qualifiers will earn a spot in the main draw and I’ll be live to cover it all starting at 9 A.M. sharp. If you enjoy your tennis live-tweeted, follow me @nolesfan2011. I’ll have a wrap up post on day 1 of qualifying this evening and the main draw also comes out tomorrow evening. I will have a preview of that as well.
If it’s Saturday, then it must be Tennis in my Time Zone Time. Finally. The rain delays at Wimbledon have extended match play to almost US EDT status, but not quite. The Saturday action starts at a very un-Wimbledon-like 10:00 a.m. local time.
Attached are your Order of Play and your Qualifying Singles Draw. Take note of the American “Group of Death”, whereby Kudla, Yani, Klahn and Kuznetsov are shoved into the same bracket, and only one will make the main draw.
And, for your further entertainment, the chips get pulled at tomorrow’s Main Draw ceremony beginning after 4:30 p.m.
Follow the site and @TennisEastCoast throughout the Championships for current on-site coverage beginning Saturday afternoon.