They had chairs this time, first come first serve. Three courts in action on the left and one on the right for the second round matches. A cool and breezy day.
The best thing about attending futures (and challengers) is getting to see the players up close. Smaller crowd makes it easier to spot and interact with the athletes Also, they are free of charge most of the time.
|Brian Baker and Rhyne Williams watching Tennys Sandgren and Noah Rubin|
|Tennys and Rhyne|
|UVA's Mac Styslinger and Collin Altamirano|
|Wake Forest's Noah Rubin|
|Rhyne Williams after his 6-1 6-0 victory over Sahak Bazrganian|
|Matija Pecotic and Mac Styslinger|
|Still conversing...exchanging information perhaps?|
|Thai Kwiatkowski (left) and UVA teammate Mac Styslinger (right)|
Penny for your thoughts?
|Brian, Tennys, and Rhyne after their doubles match|
|Tennys wringing his shirt after his match...|
Looking straight ahead, WF football stadium. On the right, WS futures' playing courts.
Future ATP Winston-Salem stadium court (currently fenced).
Looking back, the Wake Forest Indoor Tennis Center housing locker rooms and players' lounge.
On the left side, they are constructing permanent seating facility ahead of the Winston-Salem Open.
Before I left, noticed that Brian drove off in a different vehicle instead of riding with Rhyne and Tennys. Then I remembered he told me the other day, his brother lives in Durham so maybe he is staying there for the week.
|Me with Brian and Rhyne|
A reminder, check the ITF tournament page for the scores and updated draws.