The final qualifying round of the $10K USA F1 Futures has been played, and here are your results:
Christian HARRISON (USA) defeated Thai-Son KWIATKOWSKI (USA) 6-3 6-1
Dennis ZIVKOVIC (USA) (2) defeated Jack CARPENTER (GBR) 6-3 7-6(5)
Andrei DAESCU (ROU) (11) defeated Olivier SAJOUS (HAI) (3) 7-6(9) 2-6 6-3
Phillip SIMMONDS (USA) (4) defeated Alexander RITSCHARD (SUI) 7-6(5) 6-2
Andrea COLLARINI (USA) (5) defeated Daniel KOSAKOWSKI (USA) (9) 6-4 6-2
Thomas CAZES-CARRERE (FRA) (6) defeated Devin MULLINGS (BAH) 6-2 6-3
Teodor-Dacian CRACIUN (ROU) (7) defeated Jan KUNCIK (CZE) 6-3 6-7(2) 7-6(2)
Chris KWON (USA) (12) defeated Marcos GIRON (USA) 4-6 6-3 6-3
Ryan’s little bro making a name for himself, getting through over the precocious 15-year-old Kwiatkowski. Zivkovic continues the kind of play that saw him reach the semis of four Futures events last year, again at the expense of a game, young British competitor (he beat Oliver Golding in a tough first round on his way to the Mexico F8 semis this past November). Sajous, the Plantation-based local fave who lost to Wayne Odesnik in the wildcard tourney, takes a tough loss at the hands of erstwhile Oklahoma Sooner Andrei Daescu. Challenger Tennis 2011 Player To Watch Andrea Collarini with a decisive victory over UCLA freshman Kosakowski.
Collarini has now drawn top seed Jesse Levine in the main draw. I’m excited to see how Andrea fares in that one. Zivkovic goes from second seed in quals to facing the main draw second seed in the form of Mr. Alex Bogdanovic. Daescu slated to meet Simmonds in the main, in a Q v Q clash. Harrison gets to test his mettle against fellow promising junior Jeremy Efferding. Craciun gets a crack at Odesnik in the first round. And Kwon gets the big Slovenian Luka Gregorc.
Other notable main draw Round One matches:
Fourth seeded Knoxville Challenger semifinalist Nicholas Monroe takes on gifted 20 year-old Brit Dan Smethurst. Seventh seed Benjamin Balleret meets another CT PTW, Denis Kudla. The Big Cavalier, UVA’s Alexander Domijan, squares off against the third seed, Yong-Kyu Lim of Korea. Jordan Cox meets fifth seeded Romanian Catalin-Ionut Gard (one of three Romanians in the main draw). And talented twenty-year-old Alex Ward meets Venezuela’s David Souto, who – in addition to being the sixth-youngest player in the Top 500 – is also a 2011 Challenger Tennis Player To Watch (I just haven’t done the profile yet, so you’ll have to trust me).
Main draw is here. Tuesday’s order of play here. If you’re in the Greater Miami-ish area, you should definitely stop by to see some top-flight tennis. Matches are played at the Frank Veltri Tennis Center in Plantation Central Park, 9101 NW 2nd Street. Here’s the tournament website.
Update on edit: I knew Christian Harrison had been out for some time, but had no idea that the length of his absence stretched to 18 months. Research/knowledge fail on my part, and makes the 16 year-old’s run through qualifying all the more impressive. More on his injury, the Plantation tournament, and a great write-up of a Redlicki v Andrews Midwest Sectional 18s final courtesy of our friends at zootennis here.