To be honest, I didn't plan on attending the semifinals but these came in the mail earlier than expected.
Pictured key chains of Rhyne Williams and Tennys Sandgren during their time at the University of Tennessee. "Sift" is one of their favorite hashtags. Originally, I planned to give them to the former teammates at the Charlottesville Challenger in November. When I first followed Rhyne and Tennys, I was fascinated by their friendships and was/still am envied of it. Hadn't seen anything quite like it. They even had their own language. (They lost in the doubles final yesterday, but it was nice to see them playing with each other like old times).
Moving on, Semifinal Saturday was the hottest day of the week (high in the 80s). Crowd was the smallest all week (majority of the players already left for their next tournament). First thing I noticed while pulling into the parking lot, 18 year old Ernesto Escobedo having a practice session with his coach (uncle I believe). It was great to see the young American putting in work and trying to improve his game (sorry, I didn't take picture).
|Tournament Official Finding Shade Next To The Bushes|
|Mico Santiago Serving|
|Pecotic's Lefty Serve...Interesting Design On The Back Of His Shirt|
Second Semifinal: (3) Tennys Sandgren (USA) d. Raymond Sarmiento (USA) 6-4 6-4
|Tennys Typically Changes Shirt Every Set As Long As I Can Remember|
|USC's Raymond Sarmiento|
|Coach Brian Baker Supporting Tennys|
|First Time Seeing These|
|Finding Shade Next To The Light Pole...It Was HOT!|
In case you missed the first two posts of this series:
My First Futures Experience at $15K Winston-Salem
Thursday In Pictures: Winston-Salem Futures