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News Release – July 19, 2014

News Release – July 19, 2014

Kentucky Bank Tennis Championships


(Updated with info about Kozlov match, local women’s qualifying match times, scores and tomorrow’s order of play.)



UK’s Gomez Fights Hard, Loses in Third-Set Tiebreaker


LEXINGTON, Ky. – When Evan King plays against a college student on the pro circuit, especially on that player’s home court, the last thing he said he ever does is write him off.

“I know; I was a college student,” said King, a three-time All-American who played for Michigan at No. 1 and set a record there for combined singles and doubles titles.

His decision not to write off University of Kentucky Wildcat Alejandro Gomez proved wise on Saturday, as King pulled out a 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(3) win at the Kentucky Bank Tennis Championships qualifying rounds this weekend at the University of Kentucky Hilary J. Boone Tennis Complex.

“Every college guy has a lot of fight in him, and you know a UK guy on his home court is going to be tough,” said King, who is from Chicago, has been on the pro circuit a year and is ranked 432.

And Gomez proved him right. He came out in the first set using consistency and his serve to take the first set 6-4. King gained the upper hand in the second set using well-placed serves and key shots to pull himself out of tight spots.  Gomez fought back but faltered slightly from his first set, losing the second set 3-6.

The pair held serve throughout the third set, with King continuing to dominate his service games and Gomez fighting back at every opportunity to tie the score at 6-6. King’s experience won out in the end, leading the 22-year-old to a 7-3 victory in the third-set tiebreaker.


“I missed some of my first serves and that gave him a big advantage,” said Gomez.


Evans will face No. 1 seed Filip Peliwo, a 19-year-old from Canada who last year won the junior singles championships at the US Open and Wimbledon and was the No. 1 junior in the world. He is currently ranked 227 on the pro circuit.

The other UK Wildcat in the men’s qualifying, Geraldo Lopez Villasensor of Mexico, lost in straight sets to Australian Blake Mott, 6-1, 6-4. Lopez is a rising sophomore at UK.


16-Year-Old Junior Player Through First Round of Qualifying


Sixteen-year-old American Stefan Kozlov advanced to the second round of qualifying after an injury forced Cesar Ramirez of Mexico to retire after the 24-year-old dropped the first set 6-4. Kozlov, a finalist in this year’s Wimbledon junior singles and doubles championships and in the Australian Open singles championship, is from Miami and is training at the USTA Center in Boca Raton, Fla. He will next meet 22-year-old Richard Gabb of Great Britain.


Local Players Rolph, Manning and Morin-Kougoucheff to Play in Women’s Qualifying

Women’s qualifying starts Sunday at 10 a.m. Madeleine Rolph, a rising senior at Lexington’s Sayre School and a top junior in the Southeast, will play Marina Shamayko of Russia at 10 a.m. Local player Tangerine Manning, 42, faces Petra Rampre of Slovokia, the No. 2 seed, also at 10 a.m. UK player Edmee Morin-Kougoucheff of France will play American Alexandra Mueller, following the first matches of the day at 10 a.m.


For more information, please contact media coordinator Rena Baer at 859-351-3230 or rena.baer@twc.com


Kentucky Bank Tennis Championships

A USTA Pro Circuit Event

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Hillary J. Boone Tennis Center

Lexington ,KY

Purse: $50,000

Surface: Hard-Indoor


Saturday July 19 – RESULTS

Men’s Singles – Qualifying First Round

Yoshihito Nishioka (2), JPN, def. WC-Alex Gornet, USA, 6-2,6-2,

Dennis Nevolo, USA, def. Leon Frost, AUS, 6-0, 6-0,

Tigre Hank, MEX, def. WC-Jordan Dyke, USA, 7-6(4), 6-2,

Mackenzie McDonald, USA, def. Mitchell Krueger (6), USA,  6-3, 6-4,

Blake Mott, AUS, def. Gerardo Lopez Villasenor, MEX, 6-1, 6-4,

Marcos Giron, USA, def. Yuuya Kibi (7), JPN, 6-3, 6-4

Gonzalo Escobar, ECU, def. WC-Kevin Metka, USA, 7-6(2), 7-5,

Evan King, USA, def. WC-Alejandro Gomez, COL, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(3),

Sekou Bangoura, USA, def. Hunter Callahan, USA, 6-4, 6-2,

Erik Crepaldi, ITA, def. Luis David Martinez (8), VEN, 7-5, 6-4,

Dennis Novikov, USA, def. Jason Jung (4), USA, 6-4, 7-6(4),

Jordan Thompson (3), AUS, def. WC-Richard Canelas, USA, 6-1, 6-1,

Raymond Sarmiento, USA, def. William Bushamuka, COD, 6-3, 6-2,

Stefan Kozlov, USA, def. Cesar Ramirez, MEX, 6-4, 0-0, (ret.)

Richard Gabb, GBR, def. Sanam Singh (5), IND, 3-6, 7-5, 6-4.


Sunday  July 20 – SCHEDULE

Stadium 1 – Starting at 10:00 a.m.

Jordan Thompson (3), AUS vs. Gonzalo Escobar, ECU, followed by,

Yoshihito Nishioka(2), JPN vs. Dennis Nevolo, USA, followed by,

Filip Peliwo (1), CAN vs. Evan King, USA, followed by

Dennis Novikov, USA vs. Raymond Sarmiento, USA.


Stadium 2 – Starting at 10:00 a.m.

Blake Mott, AUS vs. Marcos Giron, USA, followed by,

Tigre Hank, MEX vs. Mackenzie McDonald, USA, followed by,

Sekou Bangoura, USA vs. Erik Crepaldi, ITA, followed by,

Stefan Koslov, USA vs. Richard Gabb, GBR.



Women’s Qualifying Rounds


Monday July 21 – SCHEDULE

Qualifying  First Round

Court 3 – Starting at 10:00 a.m.

Petra Rampre (2), SLO, vs. WC-Tangerine Manning, USA, followed by,

Emily Webley-Smith, GBR vs. Danielle Lao, USA, followed by,

Shuko Aoyama (1), JPN vs. Asia Muhammad, USA, followed by,

Sanaz Marand (3), USA vs. Jacqueline Cako, USA.


Court 4 – Starting at 10:00 a.m.

Liudmila Vasilyeva, RUS, vs. Chiaki Okadaue (8), JPN, followed by,

Alexandra Mueller, USA vs. WC-Edmee Morin Kougoucheff, FRA, followed by,

Natalie Pluskota, USA vs. Jennifer Elie, USA, followed by,
Amy Bowtell, IRL vs. Carol Zhao, CAN.


Court 5 – Starting at 10:00 a.m.

Ashley Weinhold, USA vs. Denise Muresan, USA, followed by,

Justyna Jegiolka (4), POL vs. Marcela Zacarias, MEX, followed by,

WC-Kristie Ahn, USA vs. Kateryna Yergina, UKR, followed by,

Sherazad Reix, FRA vs. Riko Sawayanagi (6), JPN.


Court 6 – Starting at 10:00 a.m.

WC-Madeline Rolph, USA vs. Marina Shamayko (7), RUS, followed by,

WC-Jennifer Brady, USA vs. Isabella Holland, AUS, followed by,

Maria Sanchez, USA vs. Chiara Scholl, USA, followed by,
Anamika Bhargava, USA vs. Samantha Crawford (5), USA.



For more information, contact:

RENA BAER, Tournament Press Aide

Cell: (859)351-3230

Email: rena.baer@twc.com


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