Smyczek Tops Sandgren at JSM Challenger

URBANA, Ill.  – No. 7 seed, Tim Smyczek, upset the No. 1 seed, Tennys Sandgren, 6-4, 6-4 on Thursday at the JSM Challenger. Smyczek advances to the semifinals of the JSM Challenger.


In singles play, No. 3 seed, Bjorn Frantangelo defeated Canada’s Filip Peliwo, 4-6, 7-5, 7-6(4) in dramatic fashion to advance to Friday semifinal round. Cam Norrie {GBR} was dominate in his match with Mackenzie McDonald {USA}, topping the American, 6-2, 6-0. In the marquee match of the evening, No. 3 seed, Taylor Fritz, defeated Tommy Paul {USA}, 6-1, 3-0, ret.


Doubles action saw the No. 1 seeded pairing of Leander Paes and Purav Raja {IND} defeat Alex Lawson and Nathaniel Lammons, 6-3, 6-1. Former Illini, Ruan Roelofse, and doubles partner, Joe Salisbury advanced to the doubles semifinals with a 6-4, 3-6, 10-3 win over Hach Verdugo and Martinez.


Play is scheduled to begin at 12 p.m. on Friday afternoon at the Atkins Tennis Center.


About the USTA Pro Circuit

With approximately 90 tournaments hosted annually throughout the country and prize money ranging

from $10,000 to $100,000, the USTA Pro Circuit is the pathway to the US Open and tour-level competition

for aspiring tennis players and a frequent battleground for established professionals. The USTA launched

its Pro Circuit in 1979 to provide players with the opportunity to gain professional ranking points, and

it has since grown to become the largest developmental tennis circuit in the world, offering nearly

$3 million in prize money. Last year, more than 1,000 men and women from more than 70 countries

competed in cities nationwide. John Isner, Maria Sharapova, Andy Murray, Caroline Woznaicki, Kei

Nishikori, Victoria Azarenka and Sam Querrey are among today’s top stars who began their careers on

the USTA Pro Circuit.


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