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Friday, August 1, 2014

Draws Released, Kalamazoo Nationals Begin Saturday with Doubles, Opening Ceremony


The qualifying has been completed, so the Kalamazoo draws are now available for both singles and doubles at the tournament website, ustaboys.com.  The top three seeds in the 18s qualifying--No. 9 Deiton Baughman, No. 19 Reilly Opelka and No. 11 Logan Smith--made it through and are seeded in the main draw.

The five other qualifiers in the 18s are: Jimmy Bendeck, Jake Jacoby, Alexander Lebedev, No. 12 qualifying seed Austin Hussey and No. 6 qualifying seed Ciro Riccardi.  Bendeck won his match 2-6, 6-3, 7-6(5) over Charles Tan.  Three lucky losers were given entry: Pally Ray(7), Nathan Brown(11) and Fred Mesmer.

In the 16s, the qualifiers are Jackson Suh(1), Maxwell Cancilla(14), Aleks Huryn, Max Pham(8), Vatsal Bajpai(11), Jason Kerst (in a third set tiebreaker), Aleksandar Kovacevic and Brian Cernoch(2).  One lucky loser is into the 16s, No. 3 seed Sebastian Arcila.   None of the 16s qualifiers were seeded in the main draw.

The complete list of seeds is in the post below this one.

Main draw plays begins Saturday with first round doubles at 8 a.m. Another round of doubles, which will feature all seeded teams, is also on the schedule, followed by the opening ceremonies featuring Mats Wilander. Wilander and 2013 18s doubles champion Paul Oosterbaan of Kalamazoo will play the top-seeded boys doubles team of Collin Altamirano and Baughman.

The schedule for Saturday's doubles can be accessed via the "Match Times" tab on the home page later today. The first round of singles is Sunday, with times to be posted Saturday evening.

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