Four Doubles Quarter-Finals And Six Second Round Singles Matches Set For Thursday
Seven tie-breakers, including five in the final sets of matches, were played Tuesday in the 16 singles and doubles matches at the Los Cab USTA Men’s Futures $15,000 tennis tournament at Los Caballeros Racquet and Sports Club.’
Germany’s Adrian Oetzbach won a second-set tie-breaker to dispatch Brazil’s Alex Blumenberg , and three of the four doubles quarter-finals also went to tie-breakers. The other two came in the first set of matches won by France’s Arthur Rinderknech and America’s Ryan Shane.
The doubles quarter-finals will be played today, as well as eight second round singles matches. Zimbabwe’s Benjamin Lock, the second seed, is the highest remaining seed left. He is joined in the second round by fifth-seed Ryan Shane, who won the event in 2015, and eighth-seed Jumpei Yamasaki, of Japan.
Part of the developmental tour of the USTA, the free event, which ran for 18 years in Costa Mesa before moving to Fountain Valley last year is an opportunity to see the future of professional tennis today.
The singles and doubles championship will be held Sunday, Oct. 1.
The final Sunday will also feature a free junior play day for kids designed to introduce them to the game of tennis. It will run from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Contact Los Caballeros Racquet & Sports Club 714-756-8560 for more info and to sign up.
Last year’s event was won by Sebastian Fanselow, a German citizen, who beat Takanyi Garanganga, of Zimbabwe, in straight sets. Fanselow nearly claimed a second title, but he and his partner, Sebastian Bader, were defeated by the New Mexican brother tandem of Hunter and Yates Johnson in the doubles final.
Other recent champions of the event include Steve Johnson, who won in 2011 and is currently ranked 45nd in the world, and Bradley Klahn, of Poway, who won the 2013 event and who competed in this year’s U.S. Open. Ernesto Escobedo, who lost in the finals in 2014 and 2015, is currently ranked 81st in the world.
The Los Caballeros Racquet & Sports club is located at 17272 Newhope Street, In Fountain Valley. It is a comprehensive sports club, offering everything from swimming and volleyball courts, to personal fitness and group exercise classes. For more information, call (714) 546-8560, or visit www.loscab.com.