Monday, October 9, 2017

Two Fairfield players evacuated because of wildfires

   Two players in the $100,000 Fairfield Challenger and their host families were evacuated in the middle of the night today because of wildfires in the nearby wine country of Northern California, according to USTA on-site supervisor Keith Crossland.
   Crossland did not know which two players were evacuated but thought one was Australian qualifier Christopher O'Connell.
   The wildfires, which have killed at least 10 people and destroyed 1,500 homes, did not affect the tournament schedule.
   Tobias Kamke, a 31-year-old German, ousted seventh-seeded Ramkumar Ramanathan of India 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 in the opening round at Solano Community College, which is being used as an evacuation center.
   Kamke, who reached a career-high No. 64 in 2011, rebounded from an awful performance in his 6-2, 6-1 loss to third-seeded Michael Mmoh of Bradenton, Fla., in the first round of last week's $100,000 Stockton Challenger. Kamke was so distraught by his repeated errors that at one point he stomped on his racket and demolished the frame.
   Also today in Fairfield, top-seeded Ernesto Escobedo, 21, beat Alexander Sarkissian, a 27-year-old wild card, 5-7, 6-0, 6-2 in a matchup of Los Angeles-area residents.
   Escobedo, ranked No. 91, is one of two top-100 players in the tournament. Second-seeded Tennys Sandgren of Gallatin, Tenn., in the Nashville area is No. 98.
   In last year's final, Santiago Giraldo of Colombia defeated Quentin Halys of France. Neither returned this year.
   Here are the Fairfield singles qualifying draw, singles and doubles main draws and Tuesday's schedule. The tournament is being streamed live.

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