Saturday, September 26, 2015

Wimbledon standouts to play in Tiburon Challenger

Denis Kudla, playing in last year's Sacramento
Challenger, was the only American man to reach
the second week at Wimbledon this summer. He
tops the entry list for next week's Tiburon Chal-
lenger. Photo by Paul Bauman
   Two players who made a splash at Wimbledon this summer are entered in next week's $100,000 Wells Fargo Tiburon Challenger at the Tiburon Peninsula Club.
   Wild card Denis Kudla was the only American man to reach the second week at Wimbledon, and qualifier Dustin Brown of Germany stunned two-time champion Rafael Nadal en route to the third round at the All-England Club.
   Kudla, after losing to 2014 U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic in the round of 16 at Wimbledon, qualified for Atlanta and defeated then-No. 35 Jack Sock en route to the semifinals.
   Kudla tops the Tiburon entry list with a world ranking of No. 76. Following the 23-year-old resident of Arlington, Va., and Tampa, Fla., are 20-year-old Kyle Edmund (101) of Great Britain, Tim Smyczek (106) of Tampa Fla., the 30-year-old Brown (107), Ryan Harrison (116) of Austin, Texas, Bjorn Fratangelo (118) of Boca Raton, Fla., Blaz Rola (139) of Slovenia and 18-year-old Jared Donaldson (143) of Irvine, Calif.
   All also plan to play in the $100,000 Sacramento Pro Circuit Challenger at the Natomas Racquet Club the week after Tiburon, and all except Kudla are entered in the $50,000 Fairfield Men's Pro Challenger at In Shape: Fairfield Rancho Solano the week after Sacramento.
   Tiburon qualifying starts today, and the main draw begins on Monday.
At Tiburon Peninsula Club
Today's schedule
First-round qualifying
Center Court
(Starting at 10 a.m.)
   Ben McLachlan, New Zealand, vs. Dennis Nevolo, United States.
   Conor Berg, United States, vs. Paul Barreto, United States.
(Not before 2 p.m.)
   Sekou Bangoura, United States, vs. Sameer Kumar, United States.
Court 1
(Starting at 10 a.m.)
   Filip Bergevi, Sweden, vs. Maxime Tchoutakian, France.
   Joseph Cadogan, Trinidad and Tobago, vs. Noah Newman, United States.
Court 4
(Starting at 10 a.m.)
   Sebastian Fanselow, Germany, vs. Eric Johnson, United States.
   Takanyi Garanganga, Zimbabwe, vs. Bernardo Saraiva, Portugal.

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