Friday, June 5, 2015

Thursday In Pictures: Winston-Salem Futures

This is the second post on the Wake Forest futures.  ICYM the first one: My First Futures Experience at $15K Winston-Salem.  

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
The largest crowd was at the Rubin and Sandgren match.  Tennys won the duel 7-5 6-3.

Wake Forest's Noah Rubin
The Handshake
Rhyne Williams after his 6-1 6-0 victory over Sahak Bazrganian
Sahak Bazrganian
Matija Pecotic of Croatia and Mac Styslinger had a LONG but friendly conversation after their match.  Both players smiled a lot.  The lefty top seed played very well; he defeated his opponent 6-3 6-1.

Matija Pecotic and Mac Styslinger
Still conversing...exchanging information perhaps?
Sekou Bangoura defeated UVA's Thai Kwiatkowski 6-3 7-6(9).

Sekou Bangoura
Thai Kwiatkowski (left) and UVA teammate Mac Styslinger (right)
On court 3, American Mico Santiago defeated India's Sanam Singh in the 3rd set tiebreak.

Mico Santiago

Sanam Singh
The most dramatic match of the day belonged to Hunter Nicholas and Ernesto Escobedo.  Hunter served for the first set at 5-2 but Ernesto broke back twice to force a tiebreak.  Frustrated, Hunter lost control of his emotions and started abusing his racket, towel, fence, and the balls.  Profanities and code violations were flying.  But he wasn't the only one upset.  Ernesto also received a code violation for ball abuse after disputing a line call on SP in the tiebreak.  HN's tantrums continued throughout the match.  After slamming a racket at his chair during changeover, the umpire awarded the final game to his young opponent to make the final score 6-7(6) 7-5 6-2. 

Ernesto Escobedo
Hunter Nicholas
Former Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket, Kevin King took out Wake Forest's Jonathan Ho 6-1 7-6(4).

Kevin King
Jonathan Ho

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
And that concludes this post.  Thanks for reading.

A reminder, check the ITF tournament page for the scores and updated draws.

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