Saturday, September 27, 2014

Teen sensation to play in Sacramento Challenger

   Teenage sensation Stefan Kozlov and former USC star Daniel Nguyen received wild cards into the $100,000 Sacramento Pro Circuit Challenger, the USTA announced Friday.
   Qualifying begins today at 10 at the Natomas Racquet Club, and the main draw is scheduled for Monday through Oct. 5. Admission for today and Sunday is free, $5 daily for Monday through Thursday, $10 for Friday's quarterfinals and $15 per day for the Oct. 4 semifinals and Oct. 5 finals.
   Kozlov, 16, of Pembroke Pines, Fla., is ranked No. 762 in the world. He reached the Australian Open boys final at 15 in January and the second round of men's qualifying in the recent U.S. Open.
   Nguyen, a 23-year-old Long Beach native, is ranked No. 382. One of the few members of four NCAA Division I championship teams (2009-12), he clinched the Trojans' victories in 2010 and 2011.
   Other four-time team champions are Nguyen's teammate, Steve Johnson, and Stanford's Paul Goldstein (1995-98), the Cardinal's new coach.
At Natomas Racquet Club
Today's schedule
(Starting at 10 a.m.)
First-round qualifying
Court 1
   Clay Thompson, United States, vs. Philip Bester, Canada.
   Liam Broady (3), Great Britain, vs. Antonio Massara, Italy.
   Alexios Halebian, United States, vs. Erik Elliott, United States.
   Matt Reid (1), Australia, vs. Salvatore Caruso, Italy.
Court 6
   Thomas Fabbiano (2), Italy, vs. Wesley Koolhof, Netherlands.
   Tigre Hank (7), Mexico, vs. Alexander Ritschard, Switzerland.
   Marcos Giron (8), United States, vs. Brandon Sutter, El Dorado Hills.
   Michell Frank, United States, vs. Jose (Rubin) Statham, New Zealand.
Court 7
   Dennis Novikov, San Jose, vs. Frederik Nielsen, Denmark.
   Brett Bacharach, Newcastle, vs. Lovedeep Singh, Sacramento.
   Nils Langer (4), Germany, vs. Mico Santiago, United States.
   Dimitar Kutrovsky (5), Bulgaria, vs. Robert Shulman, Canada.
Court 9
   Fritz Wolmarans (6), South Africa, vs. Eric Quigley, United States.
   Spencer Papa, United States, vs. Harry Bourchier, Australia.
   Sekou Bangoura, United States, vs. Yale Goldberg, United States.
   Lucas Gomez, Mexico, vs. James Cluskey, Ireland.

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