What a week it was! The Old Capitol Tennis Championships were a success despite weather related challenges. From 100-degree days to days of pouring rain, not all play was able to be completed outside as planned. Luckily, the host venue and staff at the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Complex were very accommodating and play continued inside with little disruption. Enough about the weather, let’s talk about the talented pool of players!
The 2019 tournament consisted of a 32-player singles qualifying draw, a 32-player singles main draw, as well as a 16-team doubles main draw. The talented pool of players varied in age and nationalities, but all had one common goal: to take home a portion of the grand prize money of $25,000. Also, players fought to earn ranking points that improve their overall world ranking.
Although players came into the tournament with ATP and World Tennis Tour rankings, the 2019 Old Capitol Tennis Championships were a prime example of how the ranking is really just a number. There were a lot of noteworthy upsets that kept play exciting throughout the week. For the singles qualifying draw, there were three unranked players that qualified for the singles main draw. One noteworthy athlete, Joshua Peck from the University of North Carolina, made it to the 2nd round of the singles main draw before losing to the eventual winner of the main draw, Alex Rybakov.
As for the doubles main draw, Hawkeyes Oliver Okonkwo and Will Davies won their first match before losing in the second round in the ‘Battle of the Brits.’ The winner of the match proved to be the doubles runner ups, Mark Whitehouse and Jack Findel Hawkins. Overall, the doubles main draw was dominated by the number one seed Lloyd Glasspool and Alejandro Gonzalez (pictured), who won the final match in 6-2, 6-1 sets. With the win, Glasspool made it two titles in Iowa City in as many years as he was the inaugural singles champion.
The tournament and staff would like to extend their congratulations to all participating players, especially the singles champion, Alex Rybakov, and the doubles, champions, Lloyd Glasspool and Alejandro Gonzalez. All three men played commendable tennis and fought hard all week long for these deserving wins. Lastly, thank you to all of the volunteers and officials for all of your hard work that did not go unnoticed. None of this would have been possible without you all. We look forward to seeing everyone again in July 2020!