Tuesday, 20 December 2016 21:43

Puerto Rico Futures Update; Skyler Butts Earns First ATP Point

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This is supposed to be the tennis off-season but there are several players with college ties that are playing in one of the few Futures taking place this week down in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. 10 of the 16 players in the singles second round and 10 of the 16 doubles quarterfinalists have college ties including 2004 Rutgers graduate and New York NBC Sports Anchor Harry Cicma. Cicma lost in the opening round of qualies in the singles draw but he and Evan King cruised in their opening round doubles match.

Puerto Rico F1 - Second Round 
[1] Evan King (Michigan '13) vs. Quinton Vega (Wisconsin '12*)
[3] Ben Lock (Florida State '16) vs. Roy Smith ('17 Baylor commit)
Strong Kirchheimer (Northwestern Sr) vs. Caio Silva
Ilija Vucic (St. John's '12*) vs. Alexandre Rotsaert
[4] Brayden Schnur (North Carolina '16*) vs. Tyler Mercier (Nebraska-Omaha '14)
[6] Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (Virginia Sr) vs. Isaiah Strode
Nicholas Hu (Harvard '16) vs. Vasil Kirkov
Doubles Quarterfinals 
Nicholas Hu (Harvard '16)/Alexios Halebian vs. S Arcila/Ignacio Garcia ('17 Florida Atlantic commit)
Ilija Vucic (St. John's '12*)/N Peric vs. R Grovas/Alejandro Rodriguez-Vidal ('17 Xavier commit)
Evan King (Mich '13)/Harry Cicma (Rutgers '04) vs. Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (Va Sr)/Quinton Vega (Wisc '12*)
Ben Lock (FSU '16)/Courtney Lock (UNLV Jr) vs. D Juksa/F Romboli
* didn't play in college for all four years
Skyler Butts (Claremont-Mudd-Scripps '16) earned his first ATP point after defeating fellow qualifier Ki Lung Ng 7-5, 6-2 in the opening round of the $10K Hong Kong F4 Futures. Butts will be back on the court on Wednesday to take on ATP #902 Tung-lin Wu in the second round. 
Guillermo Nunez (TCU Jr) won his opening round match at the $10K Chile F8 Futures but fell in the second round to the top seed Juan Pablo Paz 6-1, 6-4. Nunez and his doubles partner Nicolas Jarry won their opening round match and will play in the quarterfinals on Wednesday. 



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