Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Piedmont's McDonald falls in Aptos Challenger

   Wild card Mackenzie McDonald from the San Francisco Bay Area lost to eighth-seeded Marton Fucsovics of Hungary 6-4, 6-2 on Monday in the first round of the $100,000 Comerica Bank Challenger in Aptos.
   McDonald, an All-American as a UCLA freshman in the spring, was playing 80 miles (129 kilometers) south of his home in Piedmont. Fucsovics, 22, won the Wimbledon boys singles title in 2010.
   Marcos Giron, this year's NCAA singles champion as a junior and McDonald's doubles partner at UCLA, lost to sixth-seeded Ante Pavic of Croatia 3-6, 7-6 (6), 6-3. Giron graduated from Thousand Oaks High School, Sam Querrey's alma mater, in the Los Angeles region.
   Top-seeded Mikhail Kukushkin, ranked 55th, of Kazkhstan and No. 2 Marcos Baghdatis, last week's Vancouver Challenger champion and the 2006 Australian Open runner-up from Cyprus, are scheduled to play their first-round matches today at the Seascape Sports Club. 
   The Comerica Bank tournament, in its 27th straight year, is the longest-running men's Challenger in the United States.
   Past Comerica singles champions include International Tennis Hall of Famer Patrick Rafter (1993) and two-time Grand Slam singles champion Andy Murray (2005). Past doubles winners include 15-time Grand Slam men's doubles titlists Bob and Mike Bryan (1998 and 2000).
$100,000 COMERICA BANK CHALLENGER
At Seascape Sports Club in Aptos
First-round singles
   Juan Ignacio Londero, Argentina, def. Alex Bogomolov Jr., Russia, 6-3, 6-1.
   Marton Fucsovics (8), Hungary, def. Mackenzie McDonald, United States, 6-4, 6-2.
   Di Wu, China, def. Illya Marchenko, Ukraine, 6-3, 5-7, 6-1.
   Go Soeda (4), Japan, def. Gonzalo Lama, Chile, 7-6 (5), 6-3.
   Ante Pavic (6), Croatia, def. Marcos Giron, 3-6, 7-6 (6), 6-3.
Today's schedule
(Starting at 9 a.m.)
Center Court
   Kevin King, United States, vs. Rhyne Williams, United States.
   Chase Buchanan, United States, vs. Ze Zhang, China.
   Alex Kuznetsov, United States, vs. Austin Krajicek, United States.
   Mikhail Kukushkin (1), Kazakhstan, vs. Yasutaka Uchiyama, Japan.
   Emilio Gomez, Ecuador, and Ze Zhang, China, vs. Richard Gabb, Great Britain, and Bumpei Sato, Japan.
   Marcos Baghdatis (2), Cyprus, vs. Andre Dome, United States.
Court 5
   Evgeny Donskoy (3), Russia, vs. Sanam Singh, India.
   Andrea Collarini, Argentina, vs. Daniel Nguyen, United States.
   James Ward, Great Britain, vs. Emilio Gomez, Ecuador.
   Dennis Nevolo, United States, vs. Farrukh Dustov (7), Uzbekistan.
   John-Patrick Smith, Australia, vs. Somdev Devvarman, India.
   Taro Daniel, Japan, vs. Ruben Bemelmans, Belgium.

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