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Former Wildcat Jesse Witten, current UK player Wallert also advance

LEXINGTON, Kentucky, July 24, 2016 – Three seeded players advanced into the finals of the qualification draw on Sunday afternoon, including top-seeded Yasutaka Uchiyama (JPB), who needed three sets to fend off Greg Jones (AUS) and advance into Sunday’s finals.

Uchiyama faced two match points in a second-set tiebreak at 6-5 and 7-6, but Jones was unable to close the door and Uchiyama won the last three points of the tiebreak to force the match to a third set after Jones took the opening set, 7-5. In the third set, it was all Uchiyama as the top-ranked player in the singles draw flew through six games with three service breaks in under 30 minutes to claim his spot in the final round. With a win over Mackenzie McDonald (USA) on Monday, he will earn a spot in the main draw. McDonald defeated fifth-seeded Nicolaas Scholtz (RSA) in two sets, becoming the only player to beat a seeded player all day.

It was also a good day for the University of Kentucky men’s tennis program, who saw two Wildcats advance into the qualifying finals on Sunday afternoon. In the opening match on the stadium’s second court, current Kentucky player Enzo Wallert (USA) knocked off Ruan Roelefse (RSA) in three close sets, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4. Wallert, a wild card entry, earned a break of serve at 5-4 in the opening set to take the first frame and then in the third set, earned his break midway through the set and served out a 6-4 win to book his spot in the qualifying finals. Wallert will face Alex Kuznetsov (USA) who knocked off Erik Crepaldi (ITA) in straight sets to open the day on the stadium’s No. 1 court, 6-3, 6-2.

In addition, former Kentucky standout Jesse Witten won his match today over eighth-seeded Frederik Nielsen (DEN) 6-1, 6-3 to move into the qualifying doubles. Witten looked strong, beating the 2012 Wimbledon doubles’ champion in just 56 minutes. Witten served at 49 percent, and never faced a break point in the match. Witten will play Marinko Matosevic (AUS) for a spot in the main draw on Monday afternoon on court one in the Boone Tennis Center stadium. Matosevic beat the USA’s Clay Thompson in three sets on Saturday, 7-6 (3), 3-6, 6-2.

2016 Kentucky Bank Championships

A USTA Pro Circuit Event

Sunday, July 24, 2016 – (Day 2)

Hilary J. Boone Varsity Tennis Center

Lexington, Ky.

Purse: $50,000

Surface: Hard-Outdoor


Saturday, July 24 – Results

Men’s Qualifying – Day Two (Round of 16)

Alex Kuznetsov, United States, def. Erik Crepaldi, Italy, 6-3, 6-2

[WC] Enzo Wallert, United States, def. Ruan Roelofse, South Africa, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4

Jesse Witten, United States, def. Frederik Nielsen, Denmark, 6-1, 6-3

(4) Marinko Matosevic, Australia, def. Clay Thompson, United States, 7-6 (3), 3-6, 6-2

Mackenzie McDonald, United States, def. (5) Nicolaas Scholtz, South Africa, 6-4, 7-6 (4)

(2) Lloyd Glasspool, Great Britain, def. Jose Statham, Australia, 6-2, 6-4

(1) Yasutaka Uchiyama, Japan, def. Greg Jones, Australia, 5-7, 7-6 (8), 6-0

Reilly Opelka, United States, def. Damon Gooch, Australia, 6-4, 6-4

Order of Play – Monday, July 25 

STADIUM 1 – Starting time: 10 a.m. ET

Laura Robson (GBR) vs. Kat Facey (USA) [Women’s qualifying – Round of 16]

Lizette Cabrera (AUS) vs. Greetje Minnen (BEL) [Women’s qualifying – Round of 16]

Not before 1 p.m. ET

Marinko Matosevic (AUS) vs. Jesse Witten (USA) [Men’s qualifying finals]

Adrian Mannarino (FRA) vs. Hiroki Moriya (JPN) [Men’s Main Draw – Round of 32]

Not before 7 p.m. ET

Eric Quigley (USA) vs. Brydan Klein (GBR) [Men’s Main Draw – Round of 32]

Beck Pennington (USA)/Jesse Witten (USA) vs. Sekou Bangoura (USA)/Jose Statham (NZL) [Doubles]

STADIUM 2 – Starting time: Not before 10 a.m. ET

Mary Haffey (USA) vs. Cristiana Ferrando (ITA) [Women’s qualifying – Round of 16]

Katy Dunne (GBR) vs. Alexandria Mueller (USA) [Women’s qualifying – Round of 16]

Not before 1 p.m. ET

Alex Kuznetsov (USA) vs. [WC] Enzo Wallart (USA) [Men’s qualifying finals]

Quentin Halys (FRA) vs. Nicolas Meister (USA) [Men’s main draw – Round of 32]

Not before 7 p.m. ET

Tommy Paul (USA) vs. Frances Tiafoe (USA) [Men’s main draw – Round of 32]

COURT 3 – Starting time: Not before 10 a.m. ET

Emily Webley-Smith (GBR) vs. Akvile Parazinskaite (LTU) [Women’s qualifying – Round of 16]

Keri Wong (USA) vs. Olivia Rogowska (AUS) [Women’s qualifying – Round of 16]

Not before 1 p.m. ET

Yasutaka Uchiyama (JPN) vs. Mackenzie McDonald (USA) [Men’s qualifying finals]

COURT 5 – Starting time: Not before 10 a.m. ET

Sabrina Santamaria (USA) vs. Alison Bai (AUS)

Freya Christie (GBR) vs. Mana Ayukawa (JPN) or Sophie Chang (USA) [Women’s qualifying – Round of 16]

Not before 1 p.m. ET

Llyod Glasspool (GBR) vs. Reilly Opelka (USA) [Men’s qualifying finals]

Ryan Shane (USA) vs. Jordan Thompson (AUS) [Men’s main draw – Round of 32]

Doubles Qualifying Finals


With approximately 90 tournaments hosted annually throughout the country and prize money ranging from $10,000 to $100,000, the USTA Pro Circuit is the pathway to the US Open and tour-level competition for aspiring tennis players and a frequent battleground for established professionals. The USTA launched its Pro Circuit 37 years ago to provide players with the opportunity to gain professional ranking points, and it has since grown to become the largest developmental tennis circuit in the world, offering over $3 million in prize money. Last year, more than 1,000 men and women from more than 70 countries competed in cities nationwide. John Isner, Sam Querrey, Sloane Stephens, Kei Nishikori, Victoria Azarenka and Andy Murray are among today’s top stars who began their career on the USTA Pro Circuit.


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E-mail: cmsh223@uky.edu

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