Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Aussie prospect Kyrgios withdraws from Tiburon

Nick Kyrgios, 18, rose to No. 177 in the world by reach-
ing the semifinals of the Sacramento Challenger.
Photo by Paul Bauman
   Australian sensation Nick Kyrgios withdrew from the $100,000 First Republic Bank Tiburon Challenger on Monday with a sore (right) playing arm.
   Kyrgios (pronounced KEER-ee-ose), 18, was replaced in the draw by Marcelo Arevalo, a former University of Tulsa star from El Salvador who will turn 23 on Oct. 17.
   Kyrgios, the youngest player in the top 200 in the world by 20 months, rose 14 places to No. 177 by reaching the semifinals of last week's $100,000 Sacramento Pro Circuit Challenger at the Natomas Racquet Club.
   The 6-foot-4 (1.93-meter) Kyrgios played two three-set matches with a sore arm in Sacramento before losing to second-seeded Tim Smyczek 6-3, 6-1.
   Arevalo is scheduled to face fifth-seeded Rhyne Williams of Knoxville, Tenn., today in the first round in the fourth match on Court 1. Play begins at 10 a.m.
   Other new rankings -- Sacramento champion Donald Young soared 22 places to No. 103 in this week's rankings. That would barely put Young directly in the main draw of the Australian Open in January.
   Including Young's title in the $50,000 Napa Valley Challenger, the 24-year-old Atlanta resident has improved 42 spots in two weeks. He climbed to a career-high No. 38 in February 2012.
   Tim Smyczek, the Sacramento runner-up from Tampa, Fla., rose nine notches to a career-high No. 91.
   American Jarmere Jenkins, a semifinalist last week, skyrocketed 156 places to No. 386 four months after graduating fom the University of Virginia in anthropology. In May at Urbana, Ill., Jenkins led the Cavaliers to their first NCAA team title, reached the singles final and won the doubles crown with then-freshman Mac Styslinger.
   Following are the singles and doubles draws, complete singles qualifying draw and today's schedule in the Tiburon Challenger:
   http://assets.usta.com/assets/1/15/singles_draw293.PDF
   http://assets.usta.com/assets/1/15/doubles_draw294.PDF
   http://assets.usta.com/assets/1/15/qualifying_draw291.PDF
   http://assets.usta.com/assets/1/15/schedule294.PDF   

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