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Gojo Headlines Upsets on Day Two at Kentucky Bank Championship

Three of top-five seeds out on Tuesday in Lexington

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. –Three of the top five seeds in the men’s singles draw were sent home on Tuesday in their first-round matches, as pay continued in the 2018 Kentucky Bank Tennis Championships from the Hilary J. Boone Varsity Tennis Center in Lexington.

After large amounts of rain were dumped on the Lexington area overnight and spilling into the morning, the courts were dried and play resumed around Noon ET. The play brought upsets as No. 4 seeded Liam Broady (GBR) and No. 3 seeded Norbert Gombos (SRB) were both knocked out in straight sets.

In the late-afternoon match, Croatian qualifier Borna Gojo (CRO) scored the upset over Broady with a 6-4, 7-6 (4) win. Broady took control of the first set and slid his way into the second set with a frame under his belt. In a tight back-and-forth second set, Gojo was able to pull out the tiebreak win with two mini-breaks in the process and win 7-4 in the breaker to book his spot in the second round.

Fifth-seeded Max Purcell (AUS) was also stunned on his first day of play in Lexington in straight sets by Joao Magalhaes Haes Hueb de Menezes (BRA) 6-1, 6-4.

In the night session singles match, William Bushmauka (USA), a former Kentucky men’s tennis player who graduated in the spring, fell in straight sets.

On the women’s side, defending champion and fifth-seeded Grace Min (USA) lost in three sets to Asia Muhammad (USA) in a big upset. After dropping the first set, Muhammad rallied for two set wins to capture her spot in the second round.

Former UK All-American Tom Jomby will be back in action on Wednesday night second on in the night session following a doubles match. Jomby will be facing Gojo – the surprise winner on Monday for a spot in the round of 16.

For more information contact:
Chris Shoals (cmsh223@uky.edu, 513-312-2489)

Lexington Challenger Tennis Charity, Inc.  ((LCTCI a 501(c)3) dba)) Kentucky Bank Tennis Championships was organized in 2012 by a core group of conscience minded citizens with the purpose to raise charitable funds to benefit the local and state community. The idea initiated with the opportunity to generate money through a key event that came available- the Kentucky Bank Tennis Championships, a USTA Pro Circuit Tennis Tournament for Men and Women.  This event along with many other fundraising throughout the year will provide the resources to disperse funds to other charities in the community that operate with like minded missions. The tournament has been held in Lexington, KY at the UK Hilary J. Boone Center for 24 years. For more information on LCTCI or Kentucky Bank Tennis Championships, contact Brooks Lundy at lblundy1@gmail.com or www.lexingtonchallenger.com

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