LEXINGTON, Ky. – Saturday marked the opening day of action at the 2018 Kentucky Bank Tennis Championships in Lexington, which was headlined by former Kentucky Wildcat Jesse Witten (USA) advancing past N. Vijay Sundar Prasanth (IND) in straight sets to book his spot into the second round of men’s qualifications.
Witten broke early in both sets and then consolidated those breaks to hold on for a 6-4, 6-4 win in straight sets and advance into Sunday’s play for the second-straight year. Witten will face off against Mikael Torpegaard (DEN), who blitzed past Pavel Krainik (CAN) 6-2, 6-2 on the second show court at the Boone Varsity Tennis Center in Lexington.
Chile’s Jorge Montero (CHI) had one of the more thrilling wins of the day, beating Enzo Wallert (FRA) in three sets, 6-4, 6-7, 6-3 on the second show court. Montero was ahead and serving for the match at 5-4 in the second set before Wallert broke for five all and ended up winning the tiebreak to push the match to a third set. In the third, Montero picked up a break a handful of games into the frame, and etched out a three-set win with a 6-3 mark in the third.
In the final two matches of the day, Ruan Roelofse (RSA) beat Kento Takeuchi (JPN) in straight sets and [WC] Austin Hussey (USA) def. [WC] Alex Kobelt (USA) in straights as well.
Sunday is the final day of men’s qualifying, as play will begin at 9 a.m. ET from the Boone Tennis Center in Lexington. Admission will be free for the second day in a row, with a variety of concession items available for sale in the complex for patrons in attendance.