Monday's Highlights and Tuesday's Order of Play
Tuesday, April 25, 2023
Local Vero Beach Tennis Standouts To Test Their Mettle Against ATP-Ranked Pros Tuesday At Mardy Fish Tennis
All but three first round qualifying matches were completed after a rainy Monday at the Mardy Fish Children’s Foundation Tennis Championships at the Vero Beach Tennis & Fitness Club. Only the 5 pm night match between Sea Oaks tennis pro Ching Wang and Matthew Vos did not take the court as heavy rain and lightning canceled play for the day.
Ching will play his first round qualifying match at 10 am on Tuesday and, if he wins, again later in the day after rest. He is also scheduled to play his first round of doubles at 5:30 pm alongside his 53-year-old partner James Bragg, with whom he won the Mardy Fish doubles “wild card” event last week to earn entry into this tournament. Wang and Bragg will play Roberto Cid, a Davis Cup player from the Dominican Republic ranked No. 677 in singles by the ATP, and Sathi Reddy of India, who has an ATP doubles ranking of No. 1639.
Not before 3:30 pm on Stadium will feature the “King of the Hill” winner James Van Deinse, a co-owner of the Vero Beach Tennis Club, partnering with KOTH runner-up Tyler Rios of Port St. Lucie, playing against the No. 2 seeds in doubles Peter Bertran, also a Davis Cup player from the Dominican Republic who is ranked No. 625 in doubles, and Lorenzo Claverie of Italy, ranked No 705 in the world in doubles.
Tuesday’s first main draw doubles match on Stadium will feature four teenagers, No. 3 seeds Nico Godsick and Aidan Kim, both 18 who will attend Stanford and Florida respectively later this year, against 16-year-old Kaylan Bigun and 15-year-old Roy Horowitz. Godsick, the son of two-time Olympic gold medalist Mary Joe Fernandez and Laver Cup co-founder and agent for Roger Federer Tony Godsick, won the USTA National Boys’ 18 championships last year and reached the second round of the main draw in doubles at the 2022 U.S. Open.
Sebastian Mendoza, the No. 1 player from Vero Beach High School’s 2022 team, was defeated in his first-round qualifying match, falling to Isaac Nortey, a member of the Davis Cup team from Ghana, by a 6-3, 6-1 margin. The end of the match can be watched here: https://youtu.be/qI-baeZ4Xgs
WATCH: ATP-Ranked Pro Jacob Brumm loves the courts at the Vero Beach Tennis & Fitness Club and the very professional set-up as he discusses here: "Mardy Fish Futures - 2023 Impressions From ATP Pro Jacob Brumm" https://youtu.be/_bs0GTj-sE4
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